Published: Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Skipper Charlie Enright and Team Alvimedica claimed the top spot of the final Volvo Ocean Race Leg 9. Team Brunel and MAPFRE followed behind the first place team in second and third.

Team Alvimedica Win 1

(Photo: Ainhoa Sanchez/ Volvo Ocean Race)

This secures the second overall spot for Team Brunel. Despite not being able to hold off Spanish challengers MAPFRE (Iker Martínez/ESP), Dongfeng Race Team still took the final podium place for third overall – an incredible result with four Chinese rookie sailors in their ranks.

“There is still a long way to go but I know from the reaction back home this project has been great for offshore sailing in China,” says Dongfeng crewmember Yang Jiru (Wolf). “I hope it will inspire young Chinese sailors for years to come. Eighteen months of this life with this team has taught me a lot. Besides offshore sailing it has taught me how to deal with situations and emotions I would have never otherwise faced.”

The Turkish/American boat led the fleet home to crowded docks in the final stopover in Gothenburg, Sweden to bring to a close 38,739 nautical miles (nm) and nine months of the 41-year-old offshore marathon.

Team Alvimedica Win 2

(Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/Volvo Ocean Race)

Less than two hours 40 minutes separated the entire fleet from Team Alvimedica. Enright was still savouring his triumph after all had safely crossed the line, following a few scares, when the wind dropped briefly to nothing.

“It was very nerve-wracking,” says Enright. “But we ended up with a great result for our team and a testament to how far we have come. To end like this is really amazing.”

Although Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing came into the leg at fifth place, behind Dongfeng Race Team, the overall trophy still belongs to the team making ADOR the champion of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Team Alvimedica Win 4

(Photo: Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race) 

It seals one of the greatest global sporting triumphs for the Gulf region and makes Ian Walker the first British skipper to win the overall trophy.

"I said at the start of the race that I was confident, but there are 100 ways to lose this race but only one way to win it,” says Walker. “And it just all came together for us perfectly."

Team Alvimedica Win 3

(Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/Volvo Ocean Race)

Leg 9 was the last of all the stages since the fleet set out on October 11 from Alicante, Spain. Only one team, Team Vestas Wind (Chris Nicholson/AUS), have failed to win a leg – missing five because of a boat rebuild.

Team Alvimedica Win 6

Fourth place overall will have to be decided in the final act of the 2014-15 edition, Saturday's (June 27) Inmarsat In-Port Race Gothenburg, when Team Alvimedica and MAPFRE, tied on 34 points, will duel to break the deadlock.

Leg 9 results:
1st Team Alvimedica
2nd Team Brunel
3rd Mapfre
4th Dongfeng Race Team
5th Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
6th Team Vestas Wind
7th Team SCA

Overall Rankings:

1st Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing / Ian Walker / 24 points
2nd Team Brunel / Bouwe Bekking / 29 points
3rd Dongfeng Race Team / Charles Caudrelier / 33 points
4th Team Alvimedica / Charlie Enright / 34 points
5th Mapfre / Iker Martinez / 34 points
6th Team SCA / Sam Davies / 51 points
7th Team Vestas Wind / Chris Nicholson / 60 points