SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race
Team SCA wins second In-Port Race in Auckland, Team Brunel and MAPFRE on the podium
Auckland, New Zealand - March 14, 2015 - The Team SCA women must love inshore racing – after winning the In-Port Race in Abu Dhabi back in January, today they won the New Zealand Herald In-Port Race Auckland. They're the first team to take two In-Port Race wins.
And they didn't just win it, either. First to cross the start line in a light breeze, they gained early on in the race, sticking to the shore and rounding the first mark in first place. They kept the lead, leading the fleet under the iconic Harbour Bridge, and were first across the finish line.
Team Brunel and MAPFRE chased them all the way, finally taking second and third. Dongfeng Race Team, who won the previous In-Port in Sanya, took fourth.
With a surprising last minute move, Team Alvimedica overtook Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and the team's guest, All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu onboard for the occasion, one boat length from the finish line, finishing ahead by about two feet.
But no matter how tough the fight at the back, today's triumph in the City of Sails is a magenta one. One that put big, wide smiles on the faces of Team SCA and boosted the spirits of the all-female crew ahead of Leg 5.
Leg 5 Start postponed: the planned Leg 5 departure for Sunday March 15 has been delayed to Tuesday March 17 at the earliest due to Cyclone Pam. A final decision will be made no later than 18:00 local time on Sunday.
The Volvo Ocean Race's weather team currently predicts a possibility for severe weather with strong and gusty winds and heavy rainfall from Sunday afternoon to Monday midday. There will be no sailing on Sunday and the Race Village will be closed.
The New Zealand Herald In-Port Race Auckland results:
1. Team SCA 14:54:55 - 1pt
2. Team Brunel 14:55:15 - 2pts
3. MAPFRE 14:56:22 - 3pts
4. Dongfeng Race Team 14:57:01 - 4pts
5. Team Alvimedica 14:57:25 - 5pts
6. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 14:57:26 - 6pts
7. Team Vestas Wind DNS - 8pts
In-Port Race overall standings:
1. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing – 14pts
2. Team Brunel – 14pts
3. Team SCA – 16pts
4. Dongfeng Race Team – 18pts
5. Team Alvimedica – 20pts
6. MAPFRE – 25 pts
7. Team Vestas Wind – 36pts