How much must Bouwe Bekking have wished for the final stage of the three-way battle for overall victory at the final stage of the domestic waters of the weekend that his team would have achieved such a dominant performance as in the final inshore race in the destination port of The Hague? Bekking's Team Brunel said goodbye to the 13th edition of the race around the world with a clear start-to-finish victory. Thus, the "yellow ones" prevailed in the fight for third place on the podium in the inshore standings against the compatriots of Simeon Tienpont's team AkzoNobel, who, as in the overall standings, only remained fourth in the harbor race standings. Charles Caudrelier's Dongfeng Race Team had already won this inshore ranking ahead of Mapfre and was able to shine one last time on Sunday with second place.
In the last race at this 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race: Winner Carolijn Brouwer in the Dongfeng Race Team
The eleventh harbor race was everything, just not boring: With the duel between the two Dutch teams for third place, which has not yet been decided, and the duel of the "basement children" between David Witt's team Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag and Dee Caffari's team Turn the Plastic Finale served the tension that it promised. Both Team Brunel and Turn the Tide on Plastic managed to improve their inshore rating on the last day of the eight-month race around the world. Both were able to overtake the crews in front of them before this harbor race - tied on points, but with the higher number of better places.
As dominant as here, Bouwe Bekking's team Brunel designed the entire last harbor race
With the king at the wheel: Willem-Alexander was successfully in action with Team Brunel
Start-to-finish victory for Team Brunel in the last harbor race in the home area outside The Hague
Team AkzoNobel had botched the start and got better and better as the race progressed, but Charles Caudrelier's team defended their second place to the finish and was the boat that Team Brunel needed between themselves and AkzoNobel to make it into the ranking of the harbor races to pull past the compatriots. David Witts Team Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag lost the penultimate place in the inshore standings, got stuck on the barrel when rounding the third mark and was unable to catch up enough after a minute-long liberation struggle, although Caffari's Team Turn the Tide with a penalty was punished, the execution of which also took some time. This time it was the team of the only female skipper in the 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, which, after a lot of bad luck, prevailed in previous stages, moved up one place in the final classification of the short races and turned on the red lantern of the bottom light in the last meters Witt's crew could deliver.
Happy before the race, but the flag of the team can already be seen in the background, which Simeon Tienpont's Team AkzoNobel snatched away the third podium place in the inshore classification in the final sprint
Strong finish: In the last race, Dee Caffari and her team Turn the Tide on Plastic managed to improve by one place in the classification of the harbor races
The final result of the inshore ranking after eleven port races at the 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race
A now legendary clip about the victory of the Dongfeng Race Team at the 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race! Concentrated emotions to remember a memorable race …