NEWS

PODIUM FOR MAPFRE IN THE LAST LEG

The ninth leg, which finished today in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, bids farewell to the offshore legs of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Spanish team claims their fourth podium position in this edition of the race, by overtaking Donfeng in the last mile up to line, to finish in third place.

THE BATTLE FOR VICTORY IN FRANCE BEGINS

MAPFRE left Lisbon today on the penultimate leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, the last push in the competition that began eight months ago, and whose winner will be decided over the next 1607 miles of the last two legs.

NEW PODIUM FINISH FOR MAPFRE, SECOND IN LISBON

MAPFRE finishes Leg 7 at 5:31 UTC 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.

XABI: “A DISPROPORTIONATE PENALTY FOR A SIMPLE ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR”

The International Jury has resolved several protests in Itajaí. Among them one made by the Spanish team, who were penalised with two points on the general classification for not having been informed of repairs made on the previous leg. Xabi Fernández stated, “the international jury has declared that we had no advantage to our performance or speed with the repairs undertaken on board. It was just an administrative error and a little bureaucracy regarding the way a boat informs of any damage suffered and how it is repaired. We have been given a penalty for making the repairs, and the team does not agree with it. We feel it is completely out of proportion”.

SECOND PLACE FOR “MAPFRE” IN BRAZIL

6776 miles (12,549 km) in 19 days. The Spanish boat skippered by Iker Martínez claims a brilliant and well-earned podium position in the master leg of the Volvo Ocean Race

BREAKING NEWS: LEG 5 START POSTPONEMENT

A final decision will be made and communicated no later than 12:00 NZDT on Friday March 13 (23:00 UTC on Thursday 12 March) on whether the delay will be to 14:00 NZ time on Monday March 16 or later.

“MAPFRE” CLOSER TO THE EQUATOR

After partially overcoming a problem with the data transmission, which made the team to sail for nearly four days without any weather information and almost without communication, the Spanish team prepares to cross the Equator

“MAPFRE” LEAVES CHINA AND HEADS TOWARDS AUCKLAND

Leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race has begun. The Spanish team, with Xabi Fernández as skipper, is already sailing the early stages of a leg of almost 10,000 km. In the immediate future, they have four tough days upwind until North of the Philippines.Leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race has begun. The Spanish team, with Xabi Fernández as skipper, is already sailing the early stages of a leg of almost 10,000 km. In the immediate future, they have four tough days upwind until North of the Philippines.

WILLY ALTADILL ONBOARD “MAPFRE”

Guillermo ‘Willy’ Altadill, son of one of the biggest names in Spanish offshore sailing, has the chance to make his own reputation in the Volvo Ocean Race after being called up for the fourth leg by MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández/ESP).

MARCHAND MISSES LEG FOUR

Dental problems – one of the worse curses that can strike an offshore sailor in the middle of the ocean – have forced MAPFRE’s Anthony Marchand out of the next leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Sanya to Auckland.

CHINA RECEIVES “MAPFRE”

Xabi Fernández’s team finished in fourth place after a last intense 30 hours in which there was no time to rest.

“MAPFRE” FINISHES LEG 2

The Spanish crew has crossed the finish line in Abu Dhabi at 03:18:18 UTC, after 24 d 11 h 18 m 18 s of racing.

2,489 MILES TO GO

We’ll have to wait to see the final outcome of “MAPFRE’s” bet towards the east but it ain’t over till the fat lady sings. Ahead, there will be several difficult steps which can result into large differences. Skipper Iker Martínez explained: “First, crossing the Equator and then, further north, another area where it’s forecasted not much wind. After that we will still have 1500 miles to go… Wow, there is still lots to go!”

HEADING TOWARDS THE INDIAN OCEAN, WITH “MAPFRE” IN THE LEADING PACK

Spectacular start in Cape Town of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. The fleet sailed a coastal course with gusts that went from 40 knots (74 km/h) of wind speed to an absolute lack of it which have strongly slowed and accelerated the teams. “MAPFRE” passed the offset mark after the Dutch team, heading towards Abu Dhabi in second place.

ROB GREENHALGH JOINS “MAPFRE”

British sailor Robert Greenhalgh will be one of the watch captains on board “MAPFRE”. The Spanish team has confirmed it today in Cape Town (South Africa), where the In Port race will be held next Saturday the 15th.

Greenhalgh is a very well-known sailor, who will sail his fourth Volvo Ocean Race. He won the race in 2005-2006 on board “ABN AMRO ONE” and was second with “Puma” in the 2008-2009 edition. Last time he competed in the race was in 2011-2012, being part of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew.

FOCUSED ON THE 2nd LEG

Today is the third day of the Spanish boat “MAPFRE” in Cape Town. Three days of work on shore to have both the boat and crew ready for the next leg. The aim of the team is to improve their performance and result.

“MAPFRE” ARRIVES TO CAPE TOWN. THE SECOND LEG BEGINS

The Spanish boat crossed the finish line at 13:47:32 hours Spanish time after sailing the longest last few miles without any wind. “SCA” made the most out of this situation and crossed the finish line ahead of the Spaniards, who are already thinking about Leg 2.

“MAPFRE” LEADS THE FLEET TO SOUTH AFRICA

Finally the day arrived. As expected, at exactly 14h00, the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race started in Alicante and the first few miles of “MAPFRE”, the only Spanish boat in the starting line of the around the world race. After an eight-mile coastal race in front of the city of Alicante, Iker Martínez’s team heads towards Cape Town and in first place.

MAPFRE, IN THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE

The Volvo Ocean 65 “MAPFRE” will be the one who will defend the colours of Spain in the new edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. It was confirmed today, Friday, by the insurance company MAPFRE and Pedro Campos, the team’s CEO.