Team Brunel started as desired, while the Dongfeng Race Team's plan to rush through the field from behind with a large Code Zero did not work out and Charles Caudrelier's team even fell back to last place before reaching fifth place at the finish
Dominant, convincing and with an almost casual security: America's Cup star and 49er Olympic champion Peter Burling gave Team Brunel as helmsman an impressive start-finish victory in the Newport harbor race. The team on the yellow boat had a clear concept and implemented it right from the start, then quickly pulled away from the field with good positioning. With a 21 second lead over the "home team" Vestas 11th Hour Racing at the first turning point, the Dutch made it 2 minutes and 30 seconds ahead of the Spanish team Mapfre, which was able to displace Vestas in third place, at the finish line after around an hour of racing.
To the delight of the American fans in the picture-perfect port city of Newport, Charlie Enright's team Vestas 11th Hour Racing secured third place on the podium
Brunel's helmsman Peter Burling was not only respected by his crewmates like Carlo Huisman here: The New Zealander steered the yellow boat across the course as if on rails
Rascal face, thumbs up and simply happy: Bouwe Bekking after his team Brunel's successful coup in the Newport harbor race
For Team Brunel this victory was only a small consolation for the missed stage win on the last long stage from Itajaí to Newport. Mapfre Bouwe Bekking's team had intercepted Brunel a few hundred meters from the finish in the unfortunate downturn in poker. And so Peter Burling was honest in his interview after winning the Hafenrennen: "We would have preferred to win the stage than the Hafenrennen. But of course this victory is also good. We all knew that the start today is and is crucial Team did a good job. We hope we come home really strong. " What is meant by "home" is The Hague, the port of destination of the Volvo Ocean Race. But first of all, the upcoming stage, with double the number of points, will take the fleet of seven boats from Newport over 3300 Atlantic nautical miles to Cardiff, UK, on Sunday.
By then, the stragglers in Newport's in-port race should have put up with the disappointment of their poor results. Behind David Witt's fourth-placed team Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag, Charles Caudrelier's Dongfeng Race Team only reached the finish line as the fifth team. The French skipper and his team had hoped for something different in a permanent duel with the Spanish sparring partners and friends from the Mapfre team. Simeon Tienpont's AkzoNobel team, driven by Danish match race ace Nicolai Sehested, had expected more than sixth place. And the fact that Dee Caffari's Turn the Tide on Plastic team came as the seventh crew only ten minutes after the winner Brunel should be more than annoying for the ambitious British skipper. She too will do everything possible to reach her home country in the best possible position on the Cardiff course.
The look at the statistics for the harbor race in the USA
The new overall standings for the in-port races after the Newport race on Saturday
The results of the Newport Harbor Race
This is what it looked like a short time after the start: Brunel was in the lead from the start, but the two regularly strong red boats from Mapfre and Dongfeng were still far from their later results in ranks 5 and 7