|Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Volvo Ocean Race|
Time for a check up on this great race: the First leg had a great final with several boats battling till the finish line: Abu Dabi won the leg over Dongfeng and on the last positions the girls (SCA), with the finish line on sight, overtook Mapfre. On Mapfre that with AbuDabi I had considered the big favorites things did not went well and Desjoyeaux leaved the team.
|Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget|
They tried to make everything look like normal but the fact is that nothing went well on the boat, the conflicts were many, the Spanish skipper did not follow the advise of the French navigator (Nico Lunven) and the last drop was near the end where against Luven opinion, Íker, the Spanish skipper, decided to go for the final approach near the coast, instead of a more offshore option, having as result to be overtaken by the girls. Too much for the French sailing star, Desjoyeaux, that is not used to lose, much less to come in last.http://www.abc.es/vela/noticia/desjoyeaux-se-baja-del-mapfre-por-desacuerdos-con-iker/
|Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race|
Things continue not to be well for them: they made again last on the Cape inshore race and even if they made a great start with strong wind, starting the race in first and are among the first now, I don't see them as favorites anymore ...unless Íker starts to listen to the new navigator instead of deciding himself about the best course.
You can follow the race here:
The start of the leg two, the inshore race and a resume of the leg one, all great movies: