Published: Monday, 15 June 2015

Team Alvimedica claimed the second Volvo Ocean Race in-port series win in Lorient, France, on Sunday.

Team Alvi 5

(Photo: Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race) 

The victory, following the team's win in the opening in-port race in Alicante eight months ago, bolsters the hopes of Charlie Enright’s crew to claim a final podium finish in the series that concludes in Gothenburg, Sweden, on June 27.

“We had a really, really good start which made it pretty easy to execute our game plan,” says Enright. “We need another good result in Gothenburg to close the deal.”

The SCA In-Port Race acts as a tiebreaker for the tightly contested second and third places in the offshore competition that also finishes in Gothenburg.

Team Alvi 6

(Photo: Ricardo Pinto/Volvo Ocean Race)

A lack of wind on the water delayed the race about 30 minutes.

MAPFRE (Iker Martínez/ESP) was forced to duck behind the rest of the seven-strong fleet as a premature start loomed, but eventually came in second, with Dongfeng Race Team right behind in third place. 

Team Alvimedica had no such problems and led the boats on the windier right hand side of the course giving the team a good advantage.

Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) and Team Vestas Wind (Chris Nicholson/AUS), first and second respectively in Leg 8, chose the lefthand side of the course, inevitably creating problems when approaching the first mark.

Team Alvi 3

(Photo: Ricardo Pinto/Volvo Ocean Race)

Both were ordered to take penalty turns. The all-women’s crew for failing to give MAPFRE enough space (water) as the crew tacked around the mark, and Team Vestas Wind for committing a similar offence against Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED).

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the overall event winners elect, are still top on 25 points, six clear of Team Brunel (31), with Team Alvimedica (32), Team SCA (33), MAPFRE (34) and Dongfeng Race Team (36) all with good chances of podium places.

Team Vestas Wind, who missed all the in-port races from Abu Dhabi to Newport, Rhode Island, because of a rebuild following a collision with a reef, is on 66 points.

Should Team Brunel win the final race in Gothenburg the team would lift the trophy at the expense of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing due to the most individual victories in the series.

Team Alvi 1

(Photo: Ricardo Pinto/Volvo Ocean Race)

Although Dongfeng Race Team has fallen a bit behind, the team did manage to win the IWC Schaffhausen 24 Hour Speed Record Challenge for Leg 8. This is awarded to the team that covers the greatest distance in any 24 hours during each stage of the race. Dongfeng Race Team covered 250.32 nautical miles. 

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Skipper Ian Walker, who is already assured of the main offshore trophy as long as his crew does not pick up a batch of penalty points in the final leg from Lorient to Gothenburg, was satisfied with Sunday’s performance.

“It was a good result for us,” says Walker “We were just trying to cover Team Brunel and to get enough points to get the series won. We’ve not quite done that, but we’re in a pretty good position.”

SCA In-Port Race Lorient Results:

1. Team Alvimedica 15:33:51 
2. MAPFRE 15:35:28 
3. Dongfeng Race Team 15:35:57 
4. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 15:36:16 
5. Team SCA 15:36:38 
6. Team Brunel 15:36:39 
7. Team Vestas Wind 15:36:40