Volvo Ocean Race – Team Telefónica Wins Leg 1 (EN)
26. November 2011
After putting in a faultless performance on Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, which started from Alicante, Spain on November 5, Team Telefónica crossed the finish in Cape Town at 1814 UTC (2014 local time) on Saturday after 6,500 nautical miles and 21 days, five hours, 14 minutes and 25 seconds (21:5:14:25).
Telefónica skipper Iker Martínez and his crew stepped ashore to a summer’s evening in Cape Town and a rapturous welcome from a crowd of sailing fans, shore crew and loved ones.
“The feeling is fantastic. It’s something that you only dream of. We’ve seen what can happen and we have achieved much more than we thought we could,”" said Martínez, an Olympic gold and silver medallist for Spain.
The team now lead the Volvo Ocean Race with a total of 31 points — 30 for victory in the first offshore leg and one point for coming last in the Iberdrola In-Port Race back in Alicante. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand were around 200 nm behind the winners, with an ETA of Sunday morning. Groupama sailing team were around 825 nm behind and expected in on Tuesday.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Team Sanya and PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG were all forced to retire from the leg and are facing a race against time to be ready for the Cape Town In-Port Race on December 10 and the start of Leg 2 to Abu Dhabi the following day.