Team Brunel win Volvo in-port race
SHOWS: AT SEA (APRIL 18, 2015) (VOLVO OCEAN RACE VNR – FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) 1. AERIAL SHOTS OF THE DOCK IN ITAJAI 2. DOCK OUT PARADE 3. FORMER BRAZIL 2002 SOCCER WORLD CUP WINNING CAPTAIN CAFU
Team Brunel win Volvo in-port race
SHOWS: AT SEA (APRIL 18, 2015) (VOLVO OCEAN RACE VNR – FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY)
1. AERIAL SHOTS OF THE DOCK IN ITAJAI
2. DOCK OUT PARADE
3. FORMER BRAZIL 2002 SOCCER WORLD CUP WINNING CAPTAIN CAFU WITH ABU DHABI OCEAN RACING
4. MAPFRE TESTING THE MAST IN THE RACE COURSE
5. TEAM VESTAS WIND IN-PORT RACE START LINE
6. SAILING SHOTS IN LOW WIND
7. MARK 1
8. TORBEN GRAEL (BRA) SAILING ONBOARD TEAM SCA
9. CAFU SAILING ONBOARD ABU DHABI OCEAN RACING
10. TEAM SCA PENALTY
11. TEAM BRUNEL SAIL CHANGE
12. TEAM BRUNEL CROSSING THE FINISH LINE
13. ABU DHABI OCEAN RACING AND DONGFENG RACE TEAM CROSSING THE FINISH LINE
14. TEAM BRUNEL PRIZE GIVING
STORY: Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/Netherlands) won an excruciatingly drawn-out in-port Race Itajaí in the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday (April 18) when a lack of breeze tested the sailors’ patience and seamanship to the full.
The very hard-earned victory takes the Dutch boat to the top of the in-port race series overall standings on 15 points, one point clear of second-placed Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/Great Britain).
Dueling most of the morning, it was not clear if the packed docks of fans in Itajaí would even see an in-port race, with wind pressures barely passing three knots.
Race management postponed the start for 10 minutes before the boats were finally able to cross the start line.
MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández/Spain) were simply happy to be on the racecourse, after their shore team and the race’s Boatyard crew were forced to work all night to reinforce a section of their mast, ensuring the rig was robust enough.
Team SCA (Sam Davies/Great Britain) were the first to show in the shortened, two-lap, four-leg contest as they chased their third win in the in-port series, and second in a row after their success in Auckland.
They narrowly reached the first gate ahead of overall race and in-port series leaders, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, with the all-female crew and Emirati crew opting for different sides of the course.
The pair completed lap two virtually neck-and-neck all the way as they desperately sought the little wind pressure Itajaí was offering on an overcast, but bright early afternoon.
Slowly but surely, however, the crew of Azzam began to eke out an advantage over the women, but then the wind dropped completely and the entire fleet slowed to a virtual standstill.
The Dutch Team then took their turn to feel total frustration as the wind deserted them and instead, Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/France) claimed the pace.
With the finish at last in sight, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Team Brunel and Dongfeng Race Team found themselves virtually in a dead heat for the lead, but still struggling desperately to find pressure.
Finally, Bouwe Bekking’s men shook off what they must have felt was concrete from their hull to win their first in-port race of the series.
Azzam then eased past Dongfeng for second with Team SCA pipping MAPFRE for fourth and Team Alvimedica had to settle for sixth.
Sunday, April 19 2015 – Leg 6 start at 1400 Local Time (1700 UTC)
Itajaí’s Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race results:
1. Team Brunel – 15:31:47 – 1pt
2. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing – 15:33:10 – 2pts
3. Dongfeng Race Team – 15:33:21 – 3pts
4. Team SCA – 15:33:43 – 4pts
5. MAPFRE – 15:34:10 – 5pts
6. Team Alvimedica – 15:35:58 – 6pts
Team Vestas Wind – DNS – 8pts
(DNS = did not start)
In-Port Race overall standings:
1. Team Brunel – 15pts
2. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing – 16pts
3. Team SCA – 20pts
4. Dongfeng Race Team – 21pts
5. Team Alvimedica – 26pts
6. MAPFRE – 30pts
7. Team Vestas Wind – 44 pts