• 19-NOV-2014

Weekly highlights n°6

Volvo Ocean Race´s village became the focus of the action in Cape Town. After the arrivals the Waterfront of the south African first stopover port was full of spectators. Hundreds of people came to visit the boats daily.

The second In Port race was the next step for the sailors but first the shore crew had some work to do. The repairs and maintenance on land were crucial to face the next competition commitments.

In port race and Leg 2 preparations also brought some changes for the teams. New faces and replacements including a family reunion. Now the Greenhalgh siblings will also be competitors. Previous Volvo Ocaen race winner, Rob Greenhalgh is the new helmsman for MAPFRE after Michel Desjoyeaux left the team.

The competition was on, time for the second In Port race. A new challenge for the teams to take more points for the In port Trophy. Also a new chance to sail the boat and test it in real racing conditions.

Windward-Leward course for the In port race. 9 miles in total with 5 marks to navigate before the finish.

Everything was ready for the start. But the teams had to deal with Table Bay wind conditions.

The race started upwind. A late shift meant that the crews had to be completely focused in order to have the best possible start.A good start for the crew from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. They took the lead from the beginning, sailing a perfect race on the waters off Cape Town.The battle for second place was between Team Brunel and the all female Team ..SCA. For most of the race they were neck and neck both crews having to perform to the peak of their abilities.

And it was Walker and his men who won the Inport race fresh from their leg one victory.

Team Brunel took second place and Team SCA third. The girls were delighted to set foot on the podium for the first time.

Next up leg 2 Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. A big challenge for the 7 teams with more than 25 days of sailing ahead.