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Volvo Race - MAPFRE arrive in Brazil

 
The Spanish team MAPFRE crossed the finish line for Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Itajaí, Brazil on Sunday morning, securing a fifth place finish and collecting six points.
The result hands the overall lead in the race to Dongfeng Race Team, who leapfrog over MAPFRE with a one-point advantage on the leaderboard.

MAPFRE crossed the finish line Sunday at 07:59 UTC, for an elapsed time for the leg of 21 days, 06:59:09.

It’s a disappointing turn of events for skipper Xabi Fernández and his team who had led the race since winning Leg 2.

While MAPFRE was able to hang on to the leaders through the gales and hard miles of the Southern Ocean despite a damaged mast track, a torn mainsail at Cape Horn subsequently forced a 13-hour stop for repairs.

That allowed the leading group to push ahead of a high-pressure ridge, which would eventually all but block MAPFRE’s progress north towards the finish and turn that 13-hour pit-stop into nearly a five day deficit at the finish line.

Five boats finished Leg 7, with Team Brunel taking the win and scoring maximum points, followed by Dongfeng Race Team and team AkzoNobel. On Saturday, Turn the Tide on Plastic finished fourth.

Two teams retired from the leg: Team SHK/Scallywag following the tragic loss of John Fisher overboard; and Vestas 11th Hour Racing following a dismasting south of the Falkland Islands.

Both teams are now delivering their boats to Itajaí, Brazil, with a view to being on the start line for Leg 8 on Sunday, 22 April.

Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 7 - Sunday 8 April @ 08:55 UTC

1. Team Brunel -- Finished 3 April at 14:45:14 UTC
2. Dongfeng Race Team - - Finished 3 April at 15:00:08 UTC
3. team AkzoNobel -- Finished 5 April at 04:38:24 UTC
4. Turn the Tide on Plastic - - Finished 7 April at 04:12:44 UTC
5. MAPFRE - - Finished 8 April at 07:59:00 UTC
6. Vestas 11th Hour Racing - (retired) Dismasted
7. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (retired)

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