• 11-MAY-2015

Weekly Highlights N°23

Newport, Rhode Island, and the home of US sailing prepared to give a warm welcome to the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. The town was ready for the first arrivals, first time in the history for this historic sailing city.

After 17 days 9 hours and 3 minutes, Dongfeng Race Team crossed the finish line in Newport, winning leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race. A remarkable feat after they breaking their mast in the previous leg the Chinese team managed to lead the fleet for the last 5 days and won an exhausting battle with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing just pipping them to the line.

Meanwhile, 30 miles away from Newport Team Alvimedica were sailing in 5th place trying to catch up with the leaders. For many of the crew, natives of Newport, whatever the outcome this was going to be a special moment, arriving home on their VO65.

Few miles behind the first two, Team Brunel and MAPFRE were fighting for the final podium place.

In the end it was the Dutch team took third coming back to the podium after 3 legs.

65 miles away, and the back of the fleet the female squad of Team SCA were looking forward to crossing the finish line. Despite last place this would be a proud moment for them, they had fought hard, keeping pace with the rest of the fleet for the majority of the leg.

For local team Alvimedica it was a heroes welcome to their home port after 17 days 14 hours 24min sailing. Big crowds followed them across the line, a warm welcome despite their arrival in the early hours of the morning.

Last in Team SCA arrived in after 17 day 20 hours 59min sailing.

With the teams all in, the shore crew immediately set to work after a demanding passage in the Atlantic. As usual the boats have some maintenance to carry out but unusually here in Newport they would all remain in the water ready to race the next leg…the pressure is on.

Next week, it's all on. All the teams have to be ready to sail the in port series here in Newport and then depart for Lisbon on leg 7. With less than one week to go this race has never been more exciting.


  • Marie Laurens
    Volvo Ocean Race News Distribution Manager