The Ocean Race Europe fleet returned to competitive action in Cascais, Portugal Saturday for the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy coastal race.
A four-hour 40-nautical mile/75-kilometre sprint from Cascais to the Portuguese capital Lisbon and back.
In the IMOCA 60s, Charlie Enright’s American entry 11th Hour Racing Team made most of the early running.
But having led the five-boat fleet around the first two marks, on the way back upwind the United States foiler could not hold off the non-foiling Sailing Team Germany, skippered by Germany’s Robert Stanjek.
At the finish Offshore Team Germany took the win to collect three points.
11th Hour Racing Team took two points for second, with Thomas Ruyant’s LinkedOut closing out the podium for the final single bonus point.
The 12 international teams representing nine countries start Sunday on the second offshore leg to the city of Alicante on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.
1st The Austrian Ocean Race Project (AUT) – 7 points
2nd Ambersail-2 (LTU) – 6 points
3rd AkzoNobel Ocean Racing (NED) – 5 points
4th Sailing Poland (POL) – 5 points
5th Team Childhood I – 5 points
6th Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team (POR) – 4 points
7th Viva México (MEX) – 2 points
1st 11th Hour Racing Team (USA) – 6 points
2nd Offshore Team Germany (GER) – 5 points
3rd CORUM L’ Épargne (FRA) – 5 points
4th LinkedOut (FRA) – 4 points
5th Bureau Vallée (FRA) – 1 point