The Spanish boat, skippered by Iker Martínez, started the last leg of the Volvo Ocean Race on June 16, which runs from Brittany (France) to Sweden, and includes a 24-hour pit stop in the Hague (Holland).
Eight months since the start of the adventure in Alicante, the ninth and last leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 recently began in Lorient (France), with a good start for the Spanish team MAPFRE. After the windward leeward circuit the fleet set off for Leg 9 with the Spanish in second place, 28 seconds behind Dutch team Brunel, who also led during the circuit.
The fleet nudged for their places on the start line with a Westerly wind of 11 knots, and at 15:00 UTC the fleet set off for the last leg of the race. SCA and Alvimedica were early at the start and penalized with an extra turn.
Whilst the fleet gathered on the Committee side, MAPFRE went solo to the pin and found its place. With Iker Martinez once again at the helm, the Spanish team started the first stage of the 960-mile leg (which includes a 24 hour pitstop in the Hague) in sound fashion.
After the five ‘laps’ of the circuit, the fleet rounded the Lorient mark and headed off with Brunel in the lead followed by MAPFRE, Vestas, Dongfeng, Abu Dhabi, SCA and Alvimedica. The fleet then headed south towards the Bay of Quiberon.
“This will be a sprint and we are not likely to get a lot of sleep, so we will need to know how to pace ourselves, so we can push hard when we need to do so,” explained Cuervas-Mons.
The fleet are predicted to take about two and a half days to cross the so-called time gate at the Hague, where each boat’s arrival times will be registered. The the fleet will leave in exactly the same order of arrival at midday on Saturday 20th June, en route to Gothenburg (Sweden).