Great sailing from the Spanish team, skippered by Basque sailor Xabi Fernández, who crossed the finish line in second place, 2 hours and 33 minutes behind the winners, after 6 days 4 hours 42 mins and 30 seconds of sailing from Alicante to Lisbon
Thousands of fans came out to follow the start of Leg One of the round-the-world race.
Thousands of fans came out to follow the start of Leg One of the round-the-world race. 1450 miles lie ahead of the fleet between Alicante and Lisbon, in which MAPFRE will do everything in their power to have the best possible start to the Volvo Ocean Race
Sunday 22nd October sees the start of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. At 14:00h the seven teams will set off on the 1450 nautical miles from Alicante to Lisbon, competing for the first points at stake in the round-the-world race.
An extra dose of motivation but remind we can’t get too confident, this race is extremely long!
MAPFRE, skippered by Xabi Fernández, entered the port at 00.30 UTC on Thursday morning