It’s getting tense now as we reach the stage in the Volvo Ocean Race where every single point counts.
The top three teams in the race are heading into the final two legs separated by just three points on the race leaderboard.
After racing over 40,000 nautical miles, Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team, the new overall race leader, is ahead of the Spanish MAPFRE team by just one point, with Team Brunel two points further back.
The tight overall race leaderboard is bringing the In Port Race Series standings into focus.
Should there be any ties on the overall leaderboard at the conclusion of the Volvo Ocean Race in The Hague, then the final position of the teams at the In Port Race Series will act as the tie-breaker.
MAPFRE, skippered by Xabi Fernández, currently holds the tie-breaking trump card, sitting at the top of the leaderboard for the series, with three race wins and four second place finishes to boast the most consistent podium results.
Eight points behind is Dongfeng Race Team, winners of three in port races, but held back in the series standings by one disappointing result in the China stop.
The two Dutch-skippered entries, team AkzoNobel and Team Brunel are battling for the final podium spot, with Bouwe Bekking’s Brunel, just one point ahead of Simeon Tienpont’s AkzoNobel.
It’s all to play for with just three contests left in the In Port Race Series… the action starts in Cardiff on Friday at 1400 local time.
How to follow the Sky Ocean Rescue In-Port Race Cardiff
Racing starts at 1400 local time (1300 UTC), on Friday, 8th June.
On the website:
Head to www.volvooceanrace.com to catch a live stream of the action from 1345 local time (1245 UTC). A post race story summarising the action and with quotes from the skippers will be posted shortly after racing has finished.
Check out Facebook Live:
We’ll go live at 1345 local time (1245 UTC). You can go to our page to schedule a reminder so you don’t miss it.
Check out Twitter Live:
Join the conversation on Twitter with the live broadcast at 1345 local time (1245 UTC) by visiting live.twitter.com/
Join us on our live blog:
We’ll be blogging all the moves, previews and news from the racetrack on our live blog, including the best of clips and social content, from 1330 local time (1230 UTC). You can find it at www.volvooceanrace.com under the ‘Racing’ section.
Download the app:
It’s full of great content and fits on your mobile phone. Why wouldn’t you want the official Volvo Ocean Race app? Head to the App Store or Google Play to download it. It’s called Volvo Ocean Race.
Come down to the Race Village:
We’ve got a fantastic Race Village in Cardiff, including the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard facility, the Volvo Pavilion and Volvo Ocean Race Globe as well as the team bases. The Village is jam-packed full of interactive elements, innovative structures and loads of exciting things to do.
Current Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Series Leaderboard
1. MAPFRE – 50 points
2. Dongfeng Race Team – 42 points
4. Team Brunel – 36 points
3. team AkzoNobel – 35 points
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 23 points
6. Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag – 19 points
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 16 points