Persbericht 5 juni 2018: Team Brunel wins leg 9 of Volvo Ocean Race

Early on Tuesday morning Team Brunel was victorious in Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race. A few hours before the finish, AkzoNobel led the fleet, even though Team Brunel held the leading position in the first few days of the leg. In the Bristol Channel, skipper Bouwe Bekking’s team finally re-took the lead. On the finish line, after more than eight days of sailing, the difference was merely four minutes and five seconds. Thanks to this win, Team Brunel still has a chance of winning the overall race.

Team Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking: “We have won another leg in which double points can be earned. We cannot have done it better than this. The fact that we beat the two red boats, Dongfeng and MAPFRE, and there were a number of other boats in between us and them, simply means that we are doing well in the classification. I am extremely satisfied.”

Result Leg 9 Newport – Cardiff
1. Team Brunel
2. Team AkzoNobel
3. Dongfeng Race Team
4. Vestas
5. Mapfre
6. Turn the Tide on Plastic
7. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag

Burling: Our second double point victory
Peter Burling: “It’s our second double point victory. Which has got us back in the race now after a slow start. Obviously we want to have a change for the overall win going in to The Hague. I think this win kept that alive, which is pretty awesome and it was a hell of a battle with AkzoNobel till the finish.”

Good for Dutch sailing
Bekking, in his eighth Volvo Ocean Race, eventually sailed his boat over the finish four minutes earlier than Team AkzoNobel, skippered by Dutchman Simeon Tienpont, after a nerve-wracking final.

Bekking: “I thought it was fantastic we were fighting for the victory together with Simeon, which is good for sailing in the Netherlands. But, of course – to be honest – it is also nice when you defeat the other boat. Not only for us but also for the shore crew who work around the clock to make sure everything on the boat works as well as possible.

Goal Bekking is an overall race win
With two more legs to go Team Brunel still has a chance for the final victory after an win in leg 7 and being the runner-up in leg 8.
Bekking: “We continue to look ahead. We have closed the gap with MAPFRE and Dongfeng and the overall win remains my main objective.”

Before the Volvo Ocean Race sets course on Sunday June 10 from Cardiff to Gothenburg (SE), there will be another In Port race on Friday, June 8 in Cardiff.

Overall scoreboard after Leg 9
1. Dongfeng Race Team 60
2. MAPFRE 59
3. Team Brunel 57
4. Team AkzoNobel 48
5. Vestas 36
6. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag 29
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic 26