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MAPFRE wins in Itajaí to extend In-Port Series lead

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The Spanish team MAPFRE won the Itajaí In-Port Race on Friday in Brazil, after battling with team AkzoNobel for the lead.

The win allows skipper Xabi Fernández and his team to extend their lead in the In-Port Race Series over Dongfeng Race Team who finished in third place on Friday.

Team AkzoNobel was a close second place in Itajaí which will secure their third place position on the race leaderboard.

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Itajaí In-Port Race --- Provisional Results

1. MAPFRE
2. Team AkzoNobel
3. Dongfeng Race Team
4. Turn the Tide on Plastic
5. Team Brunel
6. Vestas 11th Hour Racing

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MAPFRE wins in Itajaí and extends In-Port Series lead

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The Spanish team MAPFRE won the Itajaí In-Port Race on Friday in Brazil, after battling with team AkzoNobel for the lead on the first of three laps of the race course.

© Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race

A large spectator fleet was on hand to watch the racing in a moderate 10 knot sea breeze and after taking the lead on the first downwind leg, MAPFRE protected well the rest of the way.

The win allows skipper Xabi Fernández and his team to extend their advantage in the In-Port Race Series over Dongfeng Race Team who finished in third place on Friday.

“It was a good race for us today, right from the start, but the key for us was being able to pass AkzoNobel on the first downwind,” Fernández said. “From there we could stretch.

“Being the series leader is always good. We know how tight the overall race leaderboard is where we’re just one point behind Dongfeng, so this could be important at the end of the race and for that we are happy today.”

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Team AkzoNobel was a close second place in Itajaí, which secures their third place position on the series leaderboard.

“When we looked at the conditions and the race course today we knew the start would be critical and we had a very good start with pace,” skipper Simeon Tienpont said. “But MAPFRE did a really good job. We were waiting for them to make a mistake but they did the best race today and we’re very happy with second place.”

Dongfeng Race Team was also content with a podium result.

“We didn’t have a good start but we were able to use the mistakes of the others to get back near the leaders,” skipper Charles Caudrelier said. “We sailed the rest of the race well but there was not so much opportunity.”

Turn the Tide on Plastic scored their best finish of the series with a fourth place result and has moved off the bottom of the series leaderboard.

Team Brunel had a promising start on Friday but was undone by a sail handling error at the top mark, which dropped them from challenging for the lead to battling with Vestas 11th Hour Racing at the back of the fleet.

Team SHK/Scallywag didn’t take the start on Friday, with the boat still out of the water being prepared to take the start of Leg 8 on Sunday.

Earlier, at the skippers’ press conference, Scallywag’s David Witt spoke poignantly about the loss of his friend and teammate John Fisher:

© Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race

“We started together 12 years ago and he was always the first guy picked… the biggest compliment I could give John is that he was the best team player I’ve ever seen. He put everyone else first.

“For me, he was my best mate. Sunday will be a bit weird – it will be the first time I’ve gone to sea without him in 12 years…

“But we’ve had amazing support from within the Volvo Ocean Race family. The character of the people in this race has been exemplified by the way we’ve been supported by the other competitors in this race… I’m sure John would be very proud about that.

“The best thing we can do in John’s memory is get on with the job on Sunday… If he was standing behind be right now he’d be telling me to harden up and get on with it and that’s what we’re going to do on Sunday.”

Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Itajaí, Brazil to Newport, Rhode Island, starts on Sunday 22 April.


Itajaí In-Port Race --- Results
1. MAPFRE – 7 points
2. Team AkzoNobel – 6 points
3. Dongfeng Race Team – 5 points
4. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 4 points
5. Team Brunel – 3 points
6. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 2 points
7. Team SHK/Scallywag – did not start


Current Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Series Leaderboard
1. MAPFRE – 44 points
2. Dongfeng Race Team – 39 points
3. team AkzoNobel – 33 points
4. Team Brunel – 29 points
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 18 points
6. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 15 points
7. Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag – 15 points

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Team SHK/Scallywag arrive in Itajaí in a race against time to start Leg 8

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Team SHK/Scallywag pulled up to the dock at the bustling Itajaí Race Village at mid-afternoon on Thursday, completing its delivery trip from the west coast of Chile.

The boat had previously made landfall in Chile after retiring from Leg 7 following the loss of crew member John Fisher, with a delivery crew taking on the task of getting the boat to Itajaí.

Now the team is in a race against time to be ready for the Leg 8 to Newport, Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon.

© Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Neil Cox, the Head of the Boatyard, says he has his full team ready to work around the clock to get Scallywag on the start line, but he cautions that certain processes can’t be shortcut.

“We have the entire Boatyard workforce dedicated to working on that boat,” Cox said. “We’ve also kept suppliers on site to help us with certain tasks.

“Following the Southern Ocean legs, we’re giving the rigs a thorough check with the help of Southern Spars. Any carbon work that has to be done takes a certain amount of time to ‘cook’ and that process can’t be shortened.

“Our goal within the boatyard is to get through the mandated service work that each boat goes through in this stopover and to complete any other repairs within the time it takes to get the rig ready. If everything goes well, they’ll be on the start line on Sunday, but we are at the point now where every hour counts.”

For the Scallywag crew, the race against the clock has seen an outpouring of goodwill from their competitors who are lending a hand, where necessary, to help them get to the start.

“Some of the other teams have offered to help us pull our mast out,” said sailor Trystan Seal. “So the support we’re getting is petty impressive. It’s a tight timeline for us to get to the start, but everyone is on our side and trying to help us as much as possible.” 

“It's amazing how much help we’ve been offered by the other teams,” said Annemeike Bes. “It’s a great feeling that so many people are supporting us.

“We’re in a race and we’re competitive and we all want to win, but at times like this it’s more like a family taking care of each other, and that’s awesome.”

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Six teams to take start of Itajaí In-Port Race

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Six teams will be on the start line on Friday afternoon for the Itajaí In-Port Race in Brazil, with Vestas 11th Hour Racing joining the fleet following its dismasting, and subsequent repair and relaunching.

Team SHK/Scallywag, who only arrived in Itajaí on mid-afternoon on Thursday won’t be taking part as the team races the clock to prepare for the start of Leg 8.

This is the seventh event in the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Series.

© Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

The Spanish MAPFRE team, skippered by Xabi Fernández, is at the top of the leaderboard for the series, with two race wins and three second place finishes to boast the most consistent podium results.

But just three points back is Dongfeng Race Team, winners of three races, but held back by one disappointing result in the China stop.

The two Dutch-skippered entries, team AkzoNobel and Team Brunel are battling for the final podium spot, with Simeon Tienpont’s AkzoNobel squad just one point ahead of Bouwe Bekking’s Brunel.

The Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Series acts as a tie-breaking mechanism for the overall race leaderboard. And with just one point separating first from second place after seven legs of racing, the results here could be crucial by the time the race finishes in The Hague at the end of June.

How to follow the Itajaí In-Port Race

Racing starts at 1400 local time (1700 UTC), on Friday, 20th April.

On the website:
Head to www.volvooceanrace.com to catch a live stream of the action from 1345 local time (1645 UTC). A post race story summarising the action and with quotes from the skippers will be posted shortly after racing has finished.

Check out Facebook Live:
We'll go live at 1345 local time (1645 UTC). You can go to our page to schedule a reminder so you don't miss it.

Check out Twitter Live:
Join the conversation on Twitter with the live broadcast at 1345 local time (1645 UTC) by visiting live.twitter.com/volvooceanrace and tweeting us with #volvooceanrace. We'll be live-tweeting the action, as well as broadcasting the race feed. Check it out as we share the best content from the teams, stakeholders and fans on our feed.

Join us on our live blog:
We'll be blogging all the moves, previews and news from the racetrack on our live blog, including the best of clips and social content, from 1330 local time (1630 UTC). You can find it at www.volvooceanrace.com under the 'Racing' section.

Download the app:
It's full of great content and fits on your mobile phone. Why wouldn't you want the official Volvo Ocean Race app? Head to the App Store or Google Play to download it. It's called Volvo Ocean Race.

Come down to the Race Village:
We’ve got a fantastic Race Village along the Itajaí waterfront, including the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard facility, the Volvo Pavilion and Volvo Ocean Race Globe as well as the team bases. The Village is jam-packed full of interactive elements, innovative structures and loads of exciting things to do.

Current Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Series Leaderboard
1. MAPFRE – 37 points
2. Dongfeng Race Team – 34 points
3. team AkzoNobel – 27 points
4. Team Brunel – 26 points
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 16 points
6. Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag – 15 points
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 11 points

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Climate zones key to success as virtual skippers gear up for Leg 8

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The stage will see an army of virtual skippers navigate from Itajai in Brazil to Newport on the USA’s east coast over 5,700 challenging nautical miles. The nature of the leg means that time zones will hardly change as the fleet heads north – unlike the weather.

© Virtual Regatta

The virtual skippers will have to fight their way through numerous climate zones, edging their way round the St Helena High in the South Atlantic and into the trade winds.
 
From that point the dreaded Doldrums will rear its ugly head for one last time, bringing fickle winds, thunder storms, rain and plenty of cloud action. Once clear of the Doldrums it’ll be back into the trade winds before taking on the Azores High, the northern hemisphere’s equivalent of the St Helena High.
 
One of the last hurdles will be the Westerly Storm Track, a series of depressions that spin off the North American continent towards Europe. With just four legs remaining, things are heating up on the overall scoreboard.
 
Swedish player Tessa94 tops the table with two leg wins to his name, followed by Belgium’s Marcusbelgicus and British 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race game winner Sideshow, who also has two leg victories under his belt.
 
The next four stages are going to be crucial in deciding the overall winner of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, starting with Leg 8. It’s still not too late to join in the action – head to volvooceanrace.com/game to sign up now and you could be on the start line when racing resumes at 2pm local time (5pm UTC) on Sunday April 22.

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