- Dutch and Chinese battle to keep overall victory hopes alive
- Team SCA and Team Vestas Wind sail on at head of fleet
- Dawn finish forecast as Lorient gears up for thrilling finale
ALICANTE, Spain, June 10, 2015 - Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) and Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking /NED) were fighting to keep their dreams of overall Volvo Ocean Race victory alive as Leg 8 shaped up for a thrilling finish at dawn in Lorient, France, on Thursday.
© Anna-Lena Elled / Team SCA / Volvo Ocean Race
The nine-month offshore marathon could hardly be more finely poised. So far, in the event that started in October last year in Alicante, some 37,000 nautical miles have been sailed in a full circumnavigation of the world.
However, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) need only to stretch their lead to eight points by finishing two places ahead of their Chinese and Dutch rivals, and the 12th edition’s title will be theirs.
At the head of the fleet, Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) and Team Vestas Wind (Chris Nicholson/AUS) are continuing to put the hammer down to close out what could be a remarkable leg victory for either of them.
Team SCA are the first all-women’s challengers to enter offshore racing’s toughest challenge for 12 years and victory in Lorient, after a four-day ‘sprint’ from Lisbon, would mark the first female crew win in a leg since Tracy Edwards’ Maiden sailors achieved it on two occasions in the 1989-90 race.
The latest estimated time of arrival in Lorient, Brittany, is from 0400 UTC/0600 local time on Thursday.