MAPFRE finishes Leg 7 in Second Place after nine days, 11 hours, 31 minutes and 39 seconds. It is the third podium finish in this Volvo Ocean Race for the Spanish team, which includes British sailor Rob Greenhalgh among its ranks.
After 9 days, 11, hours 31 minutes and 39 seconds MAPFRE crossed the finish line in Lisbon, the finishing port for this great leg across the Atlantic in this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. A magnificent second place for Iker Martínez and his crew, who completed leg 7, from the United States to Portugal, at 5:31 UTC.
Brunel were the winning team over the line 21 minutes and 50 seconds ahead of MAPFRE.
Alvimedica finished third after overtaking Dongfeng, with just 55 seconds separating both teams. Behind them Abu Dhabi and SCA were last across the line.
The leading pack reached the exclusion zone for maritime traffic and opted to head south, but as they approached the end of the area, the wind dropped and the distance between the leaders and MAPFRE dwindled to a little over a mile. About four miles away from the finish, Iker Martinez’s crew was just two miles behind Bekking and the Brunel crew, whilst Dongfeng was left stranded without breeze.
But at a race like this, anything is possible. In a radio interview with Fran Vignale, MAPFRE’s onboard reporter, he explained that when the team was heading to the entrance of the River Tajo there was still a great chance they would be left without wind. Past experiences in previous races meant the team had to have the anchor ready. Fortunately in this case, the provision proved unnecessary.
The wind finally picked up and Brunel set off and finished Leg 7 in first place. MAPFRE managed to hang on to their place at second until the finish line.