Team Telefonica, the winner of the first three legs of the Volvo Ocean Race, continues to dominate the top podium position with a win in Sanya today. The Sanya In-Port Race saw perfect conditions in Sanya Bay, with flat seas and winds in the range of 20 knots.
PUMA Ocean Racing skipper Ken Read was also enjoying a victory, as the boys onboard Mar Mostro finished second in the race, after being edged by the winning boat. “We were in the A-division today,” said Read. “The two of us had a good race and a great little battle. It was a very good second place. We’re happy with second.”
It wasn’t all smiles for the fleet, though. CAMPER was attempting to look at the bright side of things after missing a podium position for the first time during this edition of the race. However, skipper Chris Nicholson is comforted by the fact that their fourth place finish was a major improvement over their initial placement of sixth.
It was also a somber moment for hometown heroes Team Sanya, who finished in last place after being beat to the line by Franck Cammas’ Groupama.
The leader board remained unchanged, with Telefonica shoring up their first place position. Second place CAMPER also gained some ground on third place team Groupama. However, it’s still anybody’s race. There’s only a 40-point difference between fifth place Abu Dhabi and second place CAMPER. With 30 points being awarded to the winner of a leg, all it takes to change the score is a bad day for one team and a good day for another.
Photo by Paul Todd / Volvo Ocean Race.