NEWS LEG 2
The boat skippered by Iker Martínez also takes the Speed Record Challenge for sailing the most miles in 24 hours during this second leg: 517.4
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.