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Volvo Ocean Race Update: MAPFRE Wins Leg 2

Volvo Ocean Race Update: MAPFRE Wins Leg 2

The Spanish flagged MAPFRE team won Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race on November 24, the 7,000 nautical mile marathon from Lisbon, Portugal to Cape Town, South Africa.

“It’s amazing, we’re super-happy. We came here in one piece and in front of the others, we can’t ask for more,” said skipper Xabi Fernández. “This is what we will see all the way around the world. Super-tight racing, everyone has good speed and small mistakes are very expensive. This time we were luck to do the least mistakes and that’s why we won.”

MAPFRE trailed Dongfeng Race Team on the long charge to the south, but last weekend, 14 days into the leg and after crossing the Doldrums, navigator Juan Vila and skipper Xabi Fernández put in a quick gybe to the southwest that Dongfeng didn’t match. It turned out to be a winning move; within hours the Spanish team had a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

In contrast, after leading from the first night, Dongfeng suddenly found itself in fourth place two weeks into the leg. But skipper Charles Caudrelier led his team to an inspiring fight-back. Over the final days, Dongfeng clawed its way back into a well-deserved second place.

“A good second place,” said Caudrelier. “For sure at one moment we were hoping for better, but a few days ago it was much worse and we made a fantastic comeback.

“Well done to MAPFRE, they did less mistakes than us, but we never gave up, the crew never complained, they just worked on the comeback… We have amazing speed in strong winds, we’ve worked on that a lot, and it was unbelievable, we were nearly a knot faster sometimes.”

Completing the podium is Vestas 11th Hour Racing, the winner of Leg 1. Skipper Charlie Enright’s team was always in the mix with the leaders on this leg, but couldn’t find a way to slip into the lead.

“We’re happy with a podium result against a lot of good teams,” Enright said, dockside in Cape Town. “We’re not satisfied yet with how we’re sailing the boat, so we still have a lot of work to do, but we’ll keep chipping away. We’re still trying to get faster through the water and streamline our decision-making, but it’s a long race. We have time.”

MAPRFE earns 8 points for the Leg 2 victory (7 points plus one bonus point for the win) and now takes the overall lead. For Leg 2, MAPFRE sailed 7,886.5 nautical miles over the ground at an average speed of 17.3 knots.

The teams will now prepare for the In-Port Race on December 8 before the 6500 nm Leg 3 from Cape Town, South Africa to Melbourne, Australia starts on December 10.

Leg 2 – Final Results
1. MAPFRE (ESP), Xabi Fernández (ESP), Nov 24 at 15:10:33 UTC (19:01:10:33)
2. Dongfeng Race Team (CHN), Charles Caudrelier (FRA), Nov 24 at 18:02:39 UTC (19:04:03:39)
3. Vestas 11th Hour Racing (DEN/USA), Charlie Enright (USA), Nov 24 at 19:37:53 UTC (19:05:37:53)
4. Team Brunel (NED), Bouwe Bekking (NED), Nov 25 at 00:14:47 UTC (19:10:14:47)
5. Team AkzoNobel (NED), Simeon Tienpont (NED), Nov 25 at 21:24:40 UTC (20:07:24:40)
6. Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (HKG), David Witt (AUS), Nov 25 at 21:55:21 UTC (20:07:55:21)
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic (POR), Dee Caffari (GBR), Nov 25 at 21:56:29 UTC (20:07:56:29)
DTF – Distance to Finish; DTL – Distance to Leader; STM – Stealth Mode

To see the crew lists… click here.

Overall Results (after 2 of 11 legs)
1. MAPFRE (ESP), Xabi Fernández (ESP), 14 points
2. Vestas 11th Hour Racing (DEN/USA), Charlie Enright (USA), 13
3. Dongfeng Race Team (CHN), Charles Caudrelier (FRA), 11
4. Team AkzoNobel (NED), Simeon Tienpont (NED), 7
5. Team Brunel (NED), Bouwe Bekking (NED), 6
6. Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (HKG), David Witt (AUS), 5
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic (POR), Dee Caffari (GBR), 2

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The second leg of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race started November 5 and took the seven teams on the 7000 nm course from Lisbon, Portugal to Cape Town, South Africa.

2017-18 Edition: Entered Teams – Skippers
• Team AkzoNobel (NED), Simeon Tienpont (NED)
• Dongfeng Race Team (CHN), Charles Caudrelier (FRA)
• MAPFRE (ESP), Xabi Fernández (ESP)
• Vestas 11th Hour Racing (DEN/USA), Charlie Enright (USA)
• Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (HKG), David Witt (AUS)
• Turn the Tide on Plastic (POR), Dee Caffari (GBR)
• Team Brunel (NED), Bouwe Bekking (NED)

Background: Racing the one design Volvo Ocean 65, the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race begins in Alicante, Spain on October 22 2017 with the final finish in The Hague, Netherlands on June 30 2018. In total, the 11-leg race will visit 12 cities in six continents: Alicante, Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff, Gothenburg, and The Hague. A maximum of eight teams will compete.

Source: Volvo Ocean Race

Source: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2017/11/24/volvo-ocean-race-mapfre-wins-leg-two/