(February 24, 2015; Day 17) – After the third leg to China fell apart for Brunel, they had hoped to return to the podium on the leg to New Zealand. And for nearly a week, they held the lead, and were conservatively positioned entering the Doldrums. And then in all fell apart… again.
“F **ck … we were in the lead,” said crew Rokas Milevicius. “We had the race in the hands… how could this happen?”
Brunel dropped to fifth, a painful descent, made worse as Dongfeng advanced from last to first.
“We have to be honest, it is gonna be very difficult to get back to where we were,” admits Gerd-Jan Poortman on Brunel.
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