5 Best Moments of the Volvo Ocean Race
In the 13th year of the triennial yacht race around the word, we take a look back at the top 5 Volvo Ocean Race moments since the race began.
Volvo Ocean Race: 5 Best Moments
1. How could we forget one of the most surprising victories in yacht racing history? In 2014-15, Dongfeng’s skipper Charles Caudrelier exceeded all expectations after a tricky start, to win a place on the podium with a team of ‘Western Pros and Chinese Rookies’.
Committed to developing and raising the profile of offshore sailing in China, the new underdogs quickly showing their potential. Despite a night-time collision causing a broken rudder, determination prevailed to second place behind favourite team Abu Dhabi. On leg two a serious mast track problem plagued Dongfeng for the rest of the race, but ultimately their strength and willpower won Dongfeng’s spot on the podium and a well-deserved 3rd place in the overall ranking, in the closest racing ever seen in the world’s premier offshore race.
2. In 2012, the Camper Lifelovers Volvo Open 70 yacht, designed by Emirates Team New Zealand, set a new 24-hour distance record for the race. Skippered by Olympic veteran Chris Nicholson, the record-breaking Camper Lifelovers ultimately finished in second place at the 2011-2012 Race.
3. The original Volvo Ocean Race underdog story began with the most difficult leg of the race in 2007. AkzoNobel defied odds, winning Leg 6 by racing 6,344 miles from Hong Kong to Auckland in just 20 days.
4. The 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race broke multiple records:
70,471 corporate guests
4million footfall, dramatically increasing from the previous highest Race footfall in 2011-2012
An increase of 140% in online news audience across 113 countries
7,663 hours of global TV coverage (59% rise on 2011-12)
5. Our most recent memorable moment took place on 27th February 2018. On Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018, Team AkzoNobel raced from Hong Kong to Auckland in 20 days, 9 hours, 17minutes and 26 seconds.
Leg 6 proved even more intense with Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag finishing in an extremely close second place, following only 2 minutes and 14 seconds behind.
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018 Update
Will 13 be unlucky for some? As the seven teams pass the halfway mark of their 45,000-mile journey, and with only 5 legs left, the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 is getting ever more competitive.
Vestas made a made their mark in the opening leg by winning after their ‘against-the-odds comeback story’ at their debut in 2014-15. After leading, Vestas remained strong until leg three, finishing 3rd in the next two legs only to be followed by a retired status and two nonstarters in the next legs.
As Team AkzoNobel grasps a win in Leg 6, who will claim the ultimate victory? We’re looking forward to Leg 7 on 18th March.
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