So thats it, Leg Zero is done and dusted!
What a leg its been.
Leg Zero Stage One – Round The Island Race 2017
Leg Zero Stage one saw the boats line up against some of the best boats on the water in the coveted Round the Island Race. All the boats doing well and crossing the line within 17 minutes of each other. MAPFRE taking line honours.
1. MAPFRE: 3 hours 13 minutes 11 seconds
2. Team Brunel: 3 hours 14 minutes 55 seconds
3. team AkzoNobel: 3 hours 15 minutes 16 seconds
4. Dongfeng Race Team: 3 hours 18 minutes 26 seconds
5. Turn the Tide on Plastic: 3 hours 24 minutes 16 seconds
6. Vestas 11th Hour Racing: 3 hours 25 minutes 10 seconds
7. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag: 3 hours 29 minutes 53 seconds
Leg Zero Stage Two – Fastnet Race 2017
The Fastnet Race 2017 one of the most famous yacht races on the planet. The course along the English Channel into the Irish Sea around the monumental Fastnet Rock and back into the English Channel around Lizard and a straight run to the finish line into Plymouth Sound. This year saw winds on the nose along the english channel out into the Irish Sea and light airs on the home run with pockets of wind pushing the teams home. With Dongfeng first around the Fastnet Rock and taking line honours just pipping MAPFRE on the line by just 1 minute.
1. Dongfeng Race Team: 2 days 15 hours 38 minutes 10 seconds
2. MAPFRE: 2 days 15 hours 39 minutes 06 seconds
3. Team Brunel: 2 days 15 hours 45 minutes 47 seconds
4. team AkzoNobel: 2 days 15 hours 52 minutes 40 seconds
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing: 2 days 16 hours 09 minutes 11 seconds
6. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag: 2 days 16 hours 13 minutes 53 seconds
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic: 2 days 16 hours 17 minutes 32 seconds
Leg Zero Stage Three – Plymouth – St Malo
The ultimate drag race across the English Channel. MAPFRE producing a commanding performance in Stage Three seeing boat speeds hit 19 Knots at times. A very tactical race seeing MAPFRE make all the right moves taking the first spot over the line.
Cross the line times and positions.
1. MAPFRE finish time 06:29 UTC
2. Team Brunel 07:10
3. Dongfeng Race Team 07:19
4. Vestas 11th Hour Racing 07:28
5. Team AkzoNobel 07:32
6. Turn the Tide on Plastic 08:35 (unofficial)
7. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag 09:08 (unofficial)
Leg Zero, Stage Four – St Malo – Lisbon.
With light winds shortening the final stage of leg zero. With sailing conditions down to a drifting race the decision to call time was made. A good decision with whats to come ahead for the crews. With Vestas 11th Hour Racing taking line honours for the stage with shortest distance to the finish line. Mapfre taking Leg Zero overall win.
Here are the rankings for the final stage and the overall standings of Leg Zero….
Leg Zero, stage four rankings
Calculated on shortest distance to finish line.
1. Vestas 11th Hour Racing
2. team AkzoNobel
4. Dongfeng Race Team
5. Team Brunel
6. Turn the Tide on Plastic
7. Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag
Leg Zero, overall final rankings
1. MAPFRE 29 points
2. Dongfeng Race Team 24
3. Team Brunel 24
4. team AkzoNobel 22
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing 20
6. Turn the Tide on Plastic 12
7. Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag 9
Now on with this weeks Ten Short Links……
Mapfre set the Volvo Ocean Race bar with overall Leg Zero victory
Spanish team Mapfre completed overall Leg Zero victory in the early hours of Wednesday (16 August) and struck the first psychological blow in the build-up to the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.
But what the Leg Zero series of qualifiers confirmed above all is that all the teams boasting race experience and/or preparation time are extremely closely matched.The newer teams know they have more work to do, but there are still plenty of positives to take from the progress they have made – and they still have time to close the gap with more than two months to go before the race starts from Alicante on 22 October.
Read more at http://www.sailing.org/news/42849.php#.WZnrDneGNLQ
Blair Tuke and Mapfre enjoy win ahead of Ocean Race
Blair Tuke and the Mapfre team clinched the official warm-up event for the Volvo Ocean Race as their ideal preparations continue.
Mapfre were sitting in third place on the fourth leg, a shot from St Malo in France to Lisbon in Portugal, however light winds abruptly ended the race.
Third was enough to secure spoils in the Leg Zero series, used as an essential trial for boats and crew ahead of the iconic event which begins in October.
Qualifying Complete for Volvo Ocean Race
Persistent light winds in the fourth and final race of the Leg Zero qualifying series for the seven Volvo Ocean Race teams forced the shortening of the course today, stopping racing at 0430 UTC with Vestas 11th Hour Racing winning the stage.
The slow forecast for the 770 nm race from St Malo, France to Lisbon, Portugal was anticipated, and closing this non-scoring series will now allow the teams to continue with their preparation in advance of the October 22 start of the 20178-18 race.
Volvo Ocean Race – What the skippers say
What a start to 2017-18 Leg Zero has given us! It’s been exciting, intense, frustrating – and a great form guide for how the main event might play out when the teams assemble on the dock in Alicante in October. But what do the skippers think? We got their reactions immediately after crossing the Leg Zero finish line…
Xabi Fernández, MAPFRE
We had an email a couple of hours ago from Race Control saying that the forecast was no wind at all and they decided to shorten the race which I think is a good decision because this Leg Zero was already becoming quite long and we are looking forward to finish and have a good rest.
Leg Zero Wrap Up – #VOR
Watch more at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd-kj8ShMRRDKrONtkjVRgg
Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE win Leg Zero
After nearly 70 hours of sailing, the fourth and final stage of leg Zero came to an end this morning at 06.30h Spanish time, in front of the Ria de Muros (La Coruña). With the fleet practically at a standstill off the Galician coast, and a prediction of extremely light winds over the next few days, the Race Organization took the decision last night to shorten the course. The last stage of Leg Zero was brought to a close at 06.30h this morning; MAPFRE, third at the time, had totaled 29 points overall, and as such were proclaimed winners of Leg Zero, with an advantage of five points over second-placed Dongfeng Race Team.
Trading Muscle for Mental Strength
Kiwi Jo Aleh twice skippered a 470 to the Olympic podium, and now hopes to make the transition to another mountain in the sport – the Volvo Ocean Race. Suzanne McFadden reports on Aleh’s journey.
Jo Aleh had to seriously ask herself why she was sailing around the southern coast of England, wet, cold and miserable in the dead of night – so far removed from the comfort zone of her dinghy.
Every manoeuvre on board the Volvo Ocean 65 yacht was hard work; hauling on ropes, lugging 400kg of sodden gear from one side of the deck to the other. For almost three days at sea, sleep was a distant memory.
Dee Caffari on the Volvo Race: “I can barely get my head around the enormity of the challenge”
As newly announced skipper of youth-orientated Volvo Ocean Race Team Turn the tide on plastic, I have rarely been so busy, or so inspired.
They say you should be careful what you wish for but nothing could be further from the truth. I am delighted to have been named skipper of team Turn the Tide on Plastic in the Volvo Ocean Race, but I can barely get my head around the enormity of the challenge that lies ahead.
Read more at http://www.yachtingworld.com/volvo-ocean-race-2017-18/dee-caffari-on-the-volvo-race-i-can-barely-get-my-head-around-the-enormity-of-the-challenge-that-lies-ahead-109724#Mu7CYTpZhiy5RU7b.99
Volvo Ocean Race: Strong Teams Getting Stronger
Before race official would officially ink their entry in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, the seven teams had to compete in four required qualification races, known as Leg Zero. This four stage series began the crescendo toward the October 22 start in Alicante, Spain, but also gave the teams an early sense of the pecking order.
To no one’s surprise, Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE – which finished third and fourth respectively in the 2015-15 race, and have had an early start on their training for the upcoming race – completed the Leg Zero series in the top two.
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