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This was the moment of glory for MAPFRE. After 20 days 2 hours 31 minutes and 2 seconds the Spanish team crossed the line in the city of sails in first place after a closely fought battle against Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Dongfeng Race Team over the last 100 miles.
Leg 4 from Sanya to Auckland was the toughest leg so far and winning it brought the confidence that MAPFRE needed to keep going. Meanwhile, the Boatyard crew were preparing to start their work on land.
Less than 4 minutes after MAPFRE finished, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crossed the finish line to take second place with Dongfeng Race Team arriving in third place just 3 minutes later.
Meanwhile, 60 miles from Auckland, things were not so good for Team Brunel. They were fifth after a bad tactical decision the previous week. Team SCA were chasing them for fifth place.
Team Alvimedica crossed the line in fourth place. A good result for the rookies of the fleet who had been chasing the front pack during the closing stages of the leg.
Team Brunel arrived in Auckland after 20 days, 6hours and 30 minutes of sailing from Sanya followed by the female squad of Team SCA.
With no time to lose on land, the morning after the arrivals the shore crew was ready to start to work checking everything on the boats. Their job was not only to repair the boats, but to prepare them for sailing the toughest part of the world, the Southern Ocean.
Interview with Guy Barrow – Shore Crew Manager Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.
Auckland´s village will host the Volvo Ocean Race for 2 weeks before the start of Leg 5 to Itajaí, Brazil. The scoreboard is now very tight. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is leading with 8 points tied with Dongfeng Race Team. Third is Team Brunel on 14 points. With 16 points Team Alvimedica are fourth tied with MAPFRE and SCA is in sixth position with 24 points.
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