Isle of Wight (England)
Leg Zero: Around the Island Race - Volvo Ocean Race boats beat existing monohull record in around the Isle of Wight race at Cowes Week
Spanish team MAPFRE took first blood in the first battle of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet – with Xabi Fernández and his Spanish team finding faultless form to win the first stage of Leg Zero and smash the established record time for a monohull around the Isle of Wight.
MAPFRE clocked 3 hours 13 minutes 11 seconds in strong conditions off England’s south coast to hold off Team Brunel and notch up victory in the Around the Island Race, Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK – the first in a series of four tests acting as qualifying for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, which starts on 22 October.
The first four of the Volvo Ocean 65s – MAPFRE, Brunel, AkzoNobel and Dongfeng – were all, subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, under the fastest previous monohull time of 3:20, set by the super-maxi ICAP Maximus.
Leg Zero – stage 1, Around the Island Race
- MAPFRE: 3 hours 13 minutes 11 seconds
- Team Brunel: 3 hours 14 minutes 55 seconds
- Team AkzoNobel: 3 hours 15 minutes 16 seconds
- Dongfeng Race Team: 3 hours 18 minutes 26 seconds
- Turn the Tide on Plastic: 3 hours 24 minutes 16 seconds
- Vestas 11th Hour Racing: 3 hours 25 minutes 10 seconds
- Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag: 3 hours 29 minutes 53 seconds
The boats will now regroup in Gosport as a final opportunity to prepare for the Rolex Fastnet Race, the second stage of Leg Zero, starting on Sunday. After the Fastnet, the teams complete Leg Zero by sailing from Plymouth to St Malo and then on to Lisbon.
Sabina Mollart RogersonHead of News - Sunset+VineUnited Kingdomsmollartrogerson@sunsetvine.com+44 207 258 6800+44 7922 140148