MAPFRE Wins VOR Leg 4!

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg 3 arrivals28FEB15 – Spanish Team MAPFRE won Leg 4 of the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race sliding over the finish line some 20 days after departing Sanya, China. This has to be the best sailed VOR event ever with spectacular sailing on the new Volvo 65 one-design ocean racing yachts. The VOR 65 is a complex, powerful and extremely fast boat. This is an ocean race so these boats do not slow down for big seas or turbulent air.

The Volvo Ocean racing teams are putting it all on the line to cross the finish line as lead boat. All other yacht races pale in comparison. Team MAPFRE sailed their asses off to earn this Auckland photo finish. Teams Abu Dhabi Racing and Dongfeng who were just minutes behind the winning boat at the finish line. What a finish! The Kiwi crowds were appreciative and excited to see these beautiful boats sail into Auckland, Australia. MAPFRE was skippered by Xabi Fernandez (ESP). Captain Fernandez is actually a stand-in skipper for Iker Martinez who will be back onboard for Leg 5 when the fleet sails for Itajai on March 15, 2015. Leg 5 will be another onerous voyage with the fleet racing through the Southern Ocean. Good sailing MAPFRE! Disfrutar de su familia, amigos y la hospitalized Australiana! Feature photo courtesy of Maria Muina. Night shot photo courtesy of Xaume Olleros.

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Auckland Stopover

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