Review 2014-15

Overview

Alicante - Cape Town - Abu Dhabi - Sanya - Auckland - Itajaí - Newport - Lisbon - Lorient - The Hague (pit-stop) - Gothenburg

Winner:
Skipper:
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Ian Walker/GBR
Design/Boat
Country
Elapsed time
Farr Yacht Design – Volvo Ocean 65
USA
146:16:09:21

 

  • The race was the first to use the new One Design class, the Volvo Ocean 65
  • Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper Ian Walker became the first British skipper to win the race.
  • Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing became the first team to win the double – securing both the overall trophy and the In-Port Race Series.
  • Team Vestas Wind grounded on shoals during Leg 2, some 200nm from Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The incident sparked a race against time to get the boat fixed and return to the race, which they eventually did ahead of Leg 8.
  • Dongfeng Race Team took to the start line as underdogs, featuring several rookie Chinese crew, but were the surprise package of the edition, finishing on the podium.
  • Team SCA, led by Samantha Davies, was the first all-female team in 12 years – and won a hat-trick of In-Port Races, as well as an historic finish into Lorient.
  • Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, leaders of Team Alvimedica, completed their first Volvo Ocean Races.
  • Dongfeng Race Team dismasted just miles from Cape Horn on Leg 5 – and were forced to suspend racing. They stopped in nearby Ushuaia and then motored on to Itajaí where they were fitted with a new rig.
  • Cyclone Pam forced the fleet to restart a day later than planned from Auckland, with winds of over 200mph causing chaos in the region.
  • Team SCA’s Sophie Ciszek scooped the Hans Horrevoets Rookie Award after an impressive debut race.
Podium positions (on points)
1
2
3
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 24 points
Team Brunel 29 points
Dongfeng Race Team 33 points

 

Course
Leg 1
Leg 2
Leg 3
Leg 4
Leg 5
Leg 6
Leg 7
Leg 8
Pitstop
Leg 9
Distance
Entries
Alicante - Cape Town
Cape Town - Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi - Sanya
Sanya - Auckland
Auckland - Itajaí
Itajaí - Newport
Newport - Lisbon
Lisbon - Lorient
The Hague
Lorient - Gothenburg
38,739 nm
7 boats

 

Start date
Leg distance
Winner
11-Oct-14
19-Nov-141
3-Jan-15
8-Feb-15
15-Mar-15
19-Apr-15
17-May-15
7-Jun-15
16-Jun-15
6,487
6,125
4,670
5,264
6,776
5,010
2,800
647
960

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Team Brunel
Dongfeng Race Team
MAPFRE
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Dongfeng Race Team
Team Brunel
Team SCA
Team Alvimedica

 

 

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