As the dramatic fleet split come to an end, it is Donfeng and MAPFRE to the North and Alvimedica to the South who lead their fleets towards the finish line in the Hague tonight. The Hague, or to be more precise its harbour of Scheveningen, is hosting a pit-stop on the way to Gothenburg, Sweden, the final leg destination.
The current estimated time of arrival is around midnight local time/21:00 UK time, but no points are awarded for this part of the leg. The boats will re-start their course to Gothenburg from midday local time/09:00 UK onwards on Saturday (June 20) from The Hague in the order they arrive tonight/early tomorrow.
They will be released to sail the remaining 480 nautical miles (nm) of the leg to Gothenburg with the same time advantages/deficits on their rivals that they took into The Hague.
Team Brunel (27 points), Dongfeng Race Team (29 points), MAPFRE (31 points) and Team Alvimedica (33 points) are all scrapping desperately for position with the two remaining podium positions still there to be won.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have all but secured the overall trophy. MAPFRE’s Spanish sailor, Rafael Trujillo, probably summed up the situation best: “There’s everything to win and nothing to lose.”
The seven-strong fleet is expected to arrive in the Swedish port on Monday (June 22) afternoon to complete the offshore racing.
The final event of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, the 12th edition of the 41-year-old event, will be the Inmarsat In-Port Race Gothenburg on Saturday, June 27, drawing to a conclusion nine months and more than 38,739nm covered, visiting 11 ports and every continent.
Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 9 Positions at 15:40 hrs UTC Thursday 18 June 2015
1. Dongfeng Race Team – Distance to Finish 533 nm (-480 nm) (N)
2. MAPFRE DTL 0.4 nm (N)
3. Team Alvimedica DTL 4.1 nm (S)
4. Team Brunel DTL 4.2 nm (N)
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing DTL 21.7 nm (S)
6. Team SCA DTL 27 nm (S)
7. Team Vestas Wind DTL 31.6 nm (S)