MAPFRE draw first blood in Alicante

The local heroes on Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE were a popular winner in the first point scoring race of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Fernández and his team made a bold call at the start to duck behind the entire fleet in order to sail up what turned out to be the favoured right hand side of the course, coming from behind to earn a narrow lead at the first gate.

Alicante, MAPFRE In-Port race on board MAPFRE. Photo by Ugo Fonolla/Volvo Ocean Race. 14 October, 2017

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The MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante

The first official racing of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race will take place on Saturday afternoon with the MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante, marking the first point-scoring competition of the event. 

The starting gun will fire at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC) with seven of the best sailing teams in the world pushing hard to lay down a marker in the first competitive confrontation with points on the table.

Alicante Stopover. Practice Race. Photo by Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race. 13 October, 2017.

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