Enjoy our faster App experience

Volvo Ocean Race podium battle down to the wire

Volvo Ocean Race podium battle down to the wire

Four teams battling to join Abu Dhabi Racing in the top three



By (AFP)

Published: Sat 20 Jun 2015, 1:03 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:11 PM

An aerial view of monohulls participating in the Volvo Race during a pit stop in the harbour of Scheveningen, The Hague, on Friday.  — AFP

An aerial view of monohulls participating in the Volvo Race during a pit stop in the harbour of Scheveningen, The Hague, on Friday.  — AFP

The Hague — A pit stop in The Hague has left the final leg of the nine-month Volvo Ocean Race perfectly poised with two podium places set to be decided on the final day of the offshore marathon.

Team Alvimedica (Turkey/US) arrived first from Lorient, France, shortly after 1am in the famous Dutch port on Friday, followed by Dongfeng Race Team (China), MAPFRE (Spain) and Team Brunel (Netherlands).

Those four teams are all battling to join Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in the top three at the end of the race in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Emirati boat has an unassailable lead of eight points and was fifth of the seven teams to reach The Hague early on Friday morning.

If the positions remain the same by the time the fleet reaches leg nine destination Gothenburg, then Team Brunel and Dongfeng would tie for second place on 31 points and MAPFRE and Team Alvimedica would be locked together in joint fourth on 34. The event’s final race, an in-port race in Gothenburg, on Saturday, would then split those ties.

“It’s an amazing prospect that after racing for 38,739 nautical miles (nm) since last October and visiting 11 ports around the world, four of the seven boats would end up with exactly the same points and we’d be down to a sudden-death, in-port race showdown on the final day,” said Jon Bramley, the race’s news and media director.

“This race has been so closely fought all the way and this ninth and final leg is following the same pattern.” The fleet has a short pit stop in The Hague before resuming the leg in the order they finished from Saturday morning at midday local time. The times they finished in would dictate when they set sail again for Gothenburg, some 480nm away.

The seven-strong fleet is expected to arrive in Sweden some time on Monday afternoon.


More news from Local Sports