Team Brunel win Leg 7 of Volvo Ocean Race. Skipper Bouwe Bekking took the gun at approx 06:11 hrs Wednesday morning off Lisbon. In second place were MAPFRE. Next to finish will be Dongfeng.
She crossed the finish line in Lisbon at 0500UTC crossing in light winds just after daybreak.
Next to finish will be Mapfre (Iker Martinez) (ESP). Both boats are just ghosting up the estuary and pushing the outgoing tide. Crews are packed right forward along with the sails to get all the weight as far forward as possible and reduce stern drag.
The breeze increased for the final mile for Mapfre assuring her of second place. Following is Team Alvimedica 6nm astern of the leader, with Dongfeng Racing the same margin away, having been passed by Team Alvimedica. Abu Dhabi is 7nm from the finish and Team SCA 17nm to sail.
Mapfre finished about 0540UTC, the final podium place looks to be assured for Team Alvimedica, with Dongfeng astern by a safe and controllable margin as the boats head directly to the finish line. Race leader Abu Dhabi Ocean racing will be fifth to finish.
The result does not alter the points situation with Abu Dhabi retaining a lead of five points over Dongfeng. However the Chnese entry is still to appear in front of the International Jury over incidents at the start of Leg 7. Dongfeng is two points ahead of Team Brunel.
Alvimedica is four points astern of Team Brunel with Mapfre one point behind. However Mapfre also has a problem to work through in the Jury Room and that situation may change.
The race boats reported they had a very comfortable trip across the Atlantic with a peak wind of 24kts, the leg was sailed in mostly flat water.
Team Vestas Wind has also arrived in Lisbon, just beating the boats who finished leg 7. She will be commissioned over the next few days and is expected to begin trial sailing, all going well.
by sailweb and Richard Gladwellby