Published: Friday, 19 June 2015

Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) made a triumphant entry into The Hague, Netherlands putting the team in a position to win Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Team Alvimedica Wins Volvo Leg 9 Pit Stop

(Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race)

The young crew still has 480 nautical miles (nm) of the final leg of the nine-month offshore marathon to Gothenburg, Sweden.

Having sailed two days, eight hours and 34 minutes since leaving Lorient, France, on Tuesday, the team now has a 26nm advantage over second place boat, Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA).

Team Alvimedica Wins Volvo Leg 9 Pit Stop 4

(Rick Tomlinkson/Volvo Ocean Race) 

“It always feels good going into the locker room at halftime ahead, but that’s all it really is,” says Enright. “It’s kind of like Cape Horn, no points but still a great accomplishment.”

Enright, 30, the youngest skipper in the race, also led his team to the Cape Horn landmark ahead on Leg 5, but relinquished that lead and eventually finished third.

Team Alvimedica Wins Volvo Leg 9 Pit Stop 2

(Ricardo Pinto/Volvo Ocean Race) 

Team Alvimedica will head out of The Hague at 1200 local time on Saturday with a one-hour plus advantage over Dongfeng Race Team and the rest of the fleet.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) finished the first half of Leg 9 in fifth place. Walker’s crew has an eight-point advantage over Team Brunel at the top of the overall standings.

The seven boats are due to finish the leg in Gothenburg,Sweden on Monday afternoon according to the latest estimates.

Leg 9 Pit-stop Standings:

1)    Team Alvimedica: 02d 08h 34m 01s

2)    Dongfeng Race Team: 02d 10h 20m 30s

3)    MAPFRE: 02d 10h 54m 18s

4)    Team Brunel: 02d 11h 11m 47s

5)    Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing: 02d 12h 27m 44s

6)    Team Vestas Wind: 02d 12h 38m 18s

7)    Team SCA:  02d 13h 06m 37s