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Leg 2 set for spectacular sprint finish into Abu Dhabi

© Paul Todd / Volvo Ocean Race
© Paul Todd / Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is set for a high speed, adrenaline packed sprint to the finish of Leg 2 in Abu Dhabi on January 4.

"It’s a short sprint, 80 nautical miles, and the boats will blast their way to Abu Dhabi in just few hours" - Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad


The heightened risk of pirate attack meant that, having completed the first stage of Leg 2 from Cape Town to a secret safe haven port in the Indian Ocean on December 26, the boats were transferred to a secure cargo ship for the passage to a re-start port closer to Abu Dhabi.

That ship is expected to reach the second port in the next few days, when the boats will be re-launched by the team’s shore crews and readied for the start of the final stage of Leg 2 into Abu Dhabi on January 4.

According to Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad, the dash to the finish should be an amazing spectacle.

“The prevailing winds in this area mean that the boats will be fast reaching for the final stage of Leg 2,” he said. “It’s a short sprint, 80 nautical miles and the boats will blast their way to Abu Dhabi in just few hours.”

“We have seen how close the racing has been on the first two legs, with boats finishing minutes apart after thousands of miles of ocean racing. So we can expect all five teams to be fighting it out right to the finish line in Abu Dhabi.”

Large crowds are expected to watch the fleet arrive in Abu Dhabi where today His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan and a group of senior local dignitaries officially opened the 55,000 square metre Destination Village – the centrepiece of the race’s two week stopover in the city.

Such is the draw of the fleet’s arrival in Abu Dhabi that local government offices will close early on January 4 to enable employees to make it to the race village in time to watch the boats finish Leg 2.

Overall race leader Team Telefónica, skippered by Spanish double Olympic medallist Iker Martínez was the first boat to arrive at the safe haven port on Boxing Day to claim 24 points, just two minutes ahead of second placed CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson who collected 20 points.

Ken Read’s PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG arriving at the safe haven in third, scoring 16 points. Franck Cammas’ Groupama sailing team took 12 points for fourth ahead of Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing who earned eight points for fifth.


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