21 days, 6 hours, 59 minutes and 9 seconds to complete 7900 miles from Auckland to Itajaí. On Sunday 8th April, at 09:59 Spanish time, MAPFRE crossed the finish line in Brazil in fifth place, after one of the toughest legs in memory, through the greatly-respected Southern Ocean.
At 16:32:20 UTC today the Spanish boat informed the Volvo Ocean Race’s Race Control, that they had taken the decision to suspend racing six miles west of Cape Horn, to make repairs to the mast track, as well as to the main sail.
At 14:00 h local time in the City of Sails (02:00 am in Spain) MAPFRE began leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race.
7,600 miles, extreme conditions and the legendary rounding of Cape Horn. Xabi Fernández’s crew are gearing up to face the start of one of the most eagerly-awaited legs in the round-the-world race this Sunday.
“We did a good job. Holding onto a podium finish is always important, and so we are satisfied,” – Xabi Fernández, Skipper.