NEWS LEG 4

“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.