This leg could still sink a team’s hopes:
by Conrad Colman, New Zealand Herald
There were a few grumpy sea dogs complaining about how unfair the finish to the last leg of the Volvo Ocean Race in Newport (Leg 8) was when we saw the lead change in the last 500m due to thick fog, a strong current and no wind.
Well, that’s just part of ocean racing. Back in the days of the huge sailing clippers that delivered tea and other goods around the world, sailors didn’t stop when they crossed an imaginary line out at sea. They couldn’t count a ‘win’ until they were safely docked up and the goods had…
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Brunel wins race, MAPFRE pads lead:
Newport, RI (May 19, 2018) – Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel sailed a perfect race on this afternoon, winning the start, edging into a lead and extending away for a convincing victory in the Gurney’s Resorts In-Port Race Newport.
“We knew the start was going to be critical,” said Brunel’s helmsman Peter Burling after the race. “We came off the line in good shape and were able to sail clean the rest of the race and that made our life pretty easy…