MAPFRE arrive in Brazil in fifth place

MAPFRE arrive in Brazil

The Spanish team MAPFRE crossed the finish line for Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Itajaí, Brazil on Sunday morning, securing a fifth place finish and collecting six points.

The result hands the overall lead in the race to Dongfeng Race Team, who leapfrog over MAPFRE with a one-point advantage on the leaderboard.

It’s a disappointing turn of events for skipper Xabi Fernández and his team who had led the race since winning Leg 2.

“It’s been difficult for all of us,” Fernández said. “We were expecting much better, but it’s not the end of the world, it’s not so bad.

“We were compromised this leg with technical problems, but it’s nothing to do with the crew work or the trust we have in each other. We’ve been going very well up to this moment and I’m pretty sure we’ll keep going well in the future.”

While MAPFRE was able to hang on to the leaders through the gales and hard miles of the Southern Ocean despite a damaged mast track, a torn mainsail at Cape Horn subsequently forced a 13-hour stop for repairs.

That allowed the leading group to push ahead of a high-pressure ridge, which would eventually all but block MAPFRE’s progress north towards the finish and turn that 13-hour pit-stop into nearly a five day deficit at the finish line.

MAPFRE crossed the finish line at 07:59 UTC, for an elapsed time for the leg of 21 days, 06:59:09.

Five boats finished Leg 7, with Team Brunel taking the win and scoring maximum points, followed by Dongfeng Race Team and team AkzoNobel. On Saturday, Turn the Tide on Plastic finished fourth.

Two teams retired from the leg: Team SHK/Scallywag following the tragic loss of John Fisher overboard; and Vestas 11th Hour Racing following a dismasting south of the Falkland Islands.

Both teams are now delivering their boats to Itajaí, Brazil, with a view to being on the start line for Leg 8 on Sunday, 22 April.

 

Leg 7
Auckland to Itajaí

 

8 April 2018
Positions at: 08:19 UTC

 

DTL nm

GAIN_LOSS

STATUS

SPEED kt

COURSE

TWS kt

TWD

DTF nm

 

1

 

TBRU

ARV

Elapsed time: 16d 13:45:18

2

 

DFRT

ARV

Elapsed time: 16d 14:00:08

3

 

AKZO

ARV

Elapsed time: 18d 03:38:24

4

 

TTOP

ARV

Elapsed time: 20d 03:12:44

5

 

MAPF

ARV

Elapsed time: 21d 06:59:09

6

 

SHKS

RET

 

7

 

VS11

RET

 

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    Eddy Lekens, Ice for his sailing friends, started sailing at the age of 9 and soon started racing with keelboats with his parents. He is the founder and owner of ClubRacer, one of Europe's most popular sailing websites. Eddy Lekens was in 2004 awarded for "best offshore sailor of The Netherlands" for his results with the Audi sailing team. His other passion away from sailing is being a omnichannel ecommerce consultant.

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