SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race
Leg 0 Summary + Team Vestas Wind Win
ALICANTE, September 14 - Leg 0 of the Volvo Ocean Race served up drama galore including a man - and sail - overboard plus a surprise winner today in Team Vestas Wind to give a mouth-watering taste of things to come when the real event starts in just three weeks.
The dress rehearsal, which does not count towards Volvo Ocean Race points, climaxed with a thrilling finish just before day-break on Sunday with five of the seventh boats arriving within 20 minutes of each other and the sixth completing the two-day return trip from Alicante to Mallorca a further 16 minutes later.
Denmark's Team Vestas Wind finished just 10 seconds ahead of Team Brunel of The Netherlands for victory.
The seventh member of the fleet, Team España, completed the course behind the rest of the fleet after making a navigational decision which backfired badly.
Sixth-placed Dongfeng Race Team experienced more than their fair share of excitement when they were forced to rescue a fore sail after it slipped overboard on Friday and then Chinese sailor Jin Hao Chen (Horace) was forced to hold on to a halyard line after falling off the boat in around midnight on Saturday while working on an outrigger.