9th stage of Volvo Ocean Race ended with the victory of team Brunel. Dongfeng is still the leader in the overall standings.
The 9th stage of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/2018 in Cardiff is over in. The winner is Bouwe Bekking’s team Brunel, that has risen in the general score to the third place. The leader of the VOR Dongfeng lost the second position to AkzoNobel and took an honorable third place.
Becking after crossing the finish line said:
«We’re very happy with the result – to beat the two red boats (Dongfeng and MAPFRE) was the objective».
To win the 9th stage, Becking had to fight off the Dutch skipper Simeon Thienpont’s team AkzoNobel, that made a nominal gap of a couple of hundred meters just a few hours before the finish.
Thanks to the strong current and wind, Becking and his team were able to get ahead again and come 4 minutes and 05 seconds earlier than AkzoNobel.
AkzoNobel set a record in 24-hour swimming in the Volvo Ocean Race.
New mark is 602.51 nautical mile.
Tienpont said at the finish:
"This was an incredible race. I’m unbelievably proud of the crew. We kept pushing all the way to the finish line and we’re happy with second place.»
The two teams were still on their way on Tuesday morning.
Results for today:
1. Brunel - Winner (57 points)
2. AkzoNobel - 2nd place (48 points)
3. Dongfeng Race Team-3rd place (60 points)
4. Vestas 11th hour Racing-4th place (36 points)
5. MAPFRE - 5th place (59 points)
6. Turn the Tide on Plastic - 6.9 nautical miles to finish (25 points)
7. Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag - 133.0 nautical miles behind (29 points)
*All photos are taken from the official website of the Volvo Ocean Race