After a thrilling final Team Brunel has won the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Dutch Volvo Ocean Race boat sailed over the finish line in Abu Dhabi on Saturday morning 16 minutes ahead of the second-placed boat Dongfeng Race Team. It took skipper Bouwe Bekking and his men 23 days and 16 hours to cover the 6,125 nautical miles (11,300 km) from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. Team Brunel now stands in 1st place in the general ranking.
The last miles were unbelievable tense. Yesterday Team Brunel lost the lead to Dongfeng Race Team. The distance between us was 1,5 Nm. In the following night the men of Team Brunel fought back to a distance of 0,7 Nm. “Nobody slept, it was a drag race,” says Bouwe Bekking with a smile on his face. “Suddenly the wind shifted slightly, this meant we could sail the last miles with a bit more speed and pass Dongfeng.” Jump in the discussion here.