December 25 ended with the third stage of the Volvo Ocean Race. The team MAPFRE come in first in Melbourne and got double points for the overall standings. At the last stage, the Spanish crew also took the lead position, thus strengthening its part in the regatta.
Trying to overtake MAPFRE Chinese boat Dongfeng Race Team damaged the keel system. This breakdown caused a slowdown, but still managed to bypass the Vestas 11th Hour Racing and take second place.
The next step to the completion of the race will be on January 2. Participants will have to travel 6000 miles to Hong Kong to get the desired championship.