MAPFRE Wins VOR Opener

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Spain’s MAPFRE took first place in the first in-port event of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race this past weekend in Alicante, Spain. A light-air warmup, the event was a tactical one that ultimately saw MAPFRE beating the rest of the fleet by an impressive 90 seconds before crowds of adoring home-town fans.

Highlights from this past weekend’s VOR in-port race in Alicante, Spain

At the start, skipper Xabi Fernández and his team made the bold call to duck behind the entire fleet in order to sail up what turned out to be the favored right-hand side of the course. Coming from behind this way, they had a narrow lead at the first gate, a lead they successfully defended all the way to the finish.

“It was pretty clear that we wanted to hit the right side of the course in the first upwind leg looking for more breeze," explained Fernández. "The truth is it wasn’t an easy race, but we took a bit of a risk at the start, and everything went really well."

Behind MAPFRE, it was also a hard-fought race from start to finish. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, for example, was strong on the first leg, but dropped back over time. In contrast, Dongfeng Race Team fought its way up the fleet to grab second place, battling with Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Team Brunel, who traded places throughout. The ultimate finish order was: MAPFRE, Dongfeng, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Brunel, Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, AkzoNobel and Turn the Tide on Plastic.

“It was a very exciting first in-port race for us," said Newport, Rhode Island’s Charlie Enright, the skipper of Vestas 11th Hour Racing. "They’re always really close. You know, when you’re racing these 65ft canting keel boats around a one-mile track it gets interesting, with a lot of exchanges and big headsails and a lot of grinding. We did some good things and some bad things and got third place. All in all, not a bad way to start the campaign.”

For more on the VOR, click here.

Video of the entire VOR Alicante in-port race

October 2017

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