The results before this inport race are as follows
Current Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Series Leaderboard
1. MAPFRE – 32 points
2. Dongfeng Race Team – 27 points
3. Team Brunel – 23 points
4. team AkzoNobel – 21 points
5. Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag – 13 points
6. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 12 points
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 10 points
Dongfeng Race Team showed great concentration and resilience in winning the New Zealand Herald In Port Race in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday. Conditions were extremely light, shifty and patchy on the Waitematā Harbour, making for plenty of lead changes over the course of the one hour race.Team AkzoNobel finished in second place, while early leaders MAPFRE completed the podium to retain the overall lead in the In Port Race Series.
“It was very tricky, very difficult,” said Dongfeng skipper Charles Caudrelier following the race. “We had a terrible start but there was so much happening during the first leg that it wasn’t always good to be in the lead as you just showed the others where the light spots were. We were able to pick up on that and sail around the leaders.
“We worked hard on our speed, and managed to come back slowly.” The race started in spectacular fashion, considering how light the wind was. MAPFRE positioned well to leeward of the fleet, was first across the line, with David Witt’s Scallywag barging through with speed ahead of a big group clustered near the pin end. But in fact, it was Team Brunel who were causing the pile-up at the pin, forcing three boats outside of the start line, with Dongfeng, Turn the Tide on Plastic and team AkzoNobel all required to re-start well behind the leaders.