The first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race was full of emotion and ended, on Friday (7), with the arrival in the Cape Town Team SCA teams and MAPFRE, sixth and seventh places respectively. Aboard the Spanish MAPFRE was the Brazilian André ‘Cheek’ Fonseca, who didn’t like finishing last after exhausting nearly 12000 kilometers race between Spain and South Africa.
“We are sad and disappointed by the outcome. For people to understand, we feel as if it was the defeat of Brazil from 7 to 1 to Germany, the World Cup. A rough day. We lost in the end the position that we were playing. We were up and working in the 24 hours to figure out the placement, but ended up not working out,” lamented Andre ‘Cheek’ Fonseca. “We lost contact with the leaders and was frustrating stay away from them during 15 days”.
The women’s boat Team overtook the Spaniards in SCA kilometers and crossed the finish line with a little more than 1 hour ahead. The sides of Spain, a mixture of frustration and feeling of accomplishment, because they were one of the last to enter the race. The MAPFRE has always been at the forefront, but couldn’t find the wind on approach to the island of Fernando de Noronha and saw the opening advantage boats in front.
In one of the final attempts to find the wind at the entrance of the port, the Spanish team recruited Brazilian Andre ‘Cheek’ Fonseca to climb to the top of the mast and view the situation in Cape Town. There was an exclusion zone and the team opted to sail closer to Earth. It didn’t work and they died on the beach. The girls Team were packed and SCA passed MAPFRE.
“We will rest and enjoy this time on Earth, here in Cape Town, to focus on the next step. We need to get into the next step at a level best and fight, “said the Brazilian.
The athletes of only 100% female boat around the world dedicated the result to the late Magnus Olsson. “We will not stop fighting in no time. It was a teaching that Magnus Olsson gave us,” said the Commander of the SCA Team, Sam Davies, in reference to the Swedish sailor, one of the legends of the Volvo Ocean Race, who passed away in 2013.
The leg more balanced history had excitement from start to finish during the 6,487 nautical miles or almost 12000 kilometers between Alicante, in Spain, and Cape Town, in South Africa. The victory kept the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, which finished two days ago. Completed the podium Dongfeng Race Team and Team Alvimedica. The boats Team Vestas Wind and Team Alvimedica took the fourth and sixth positions, respectively.
Final result of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race
1 – Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing – 25 days, 3 hours, 10 minutes and 44 seconds
2nd-Dongfeng Race Team-25 days, 3 hours, 22 minutes and 48 seconds
3rd – Team Brunel-25 days, 7 hours, 33 minutes and 25 seconds
4th-Vestas Wind Team-26 days, 48 minutes and 47 seconds
5-Teal Alvimedica-26 days, 13 hours, 07 minutes and 38 seconds
6-Team 26 days – SCA 23 hours, 37 minutes, and 49 seconds
7-27 days – and MAPFRE 40 minutes