28 December 2017: All seven boats in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet have now finished Leg 3 in Melbourne, with team AkzoNobel crossing the line just before 10.30am local time today.
It was a slow and frustrating end to a difficult leg that saw the team fall behind the rest of the fleet after damaging their mast track during a gybe in heavy weather conditions.
Enjoying far better fortunes was leg winner team MAPFRE, who made it to Australia on 24 December, just in time to celebrate Christmas on dry land.
For the second consecutive leg, MAPFRE needed to come from behind to earn the victory. And for the second time in a row, it was Dongfeng Race Team they passed mid-stage to snatch the win.
The Southern Ocean pushed all the teams to the limit during the 6,500 nm leg from Cape Town, South Africa. Extreme cold, storm force winds for days on end and towering seas posed massive challenges for seamanship and tactics.
Throughout it all, the crews were able to rely on Inmarsat to keep them safe and connected. As official Satellite Communications Partner to the Volvo Ocean Race for a fifth consecutive edition, Inmarsat is providing reliable FleetBroadband connectivity for high-speed voice and data, Inmarsat C safety services and IsatPhone 2 satellite phones for the boats’ liferaft grab packs.
Leg 4 to Hong Kong starts on 2 January. Follow all the race action and get the latest news from the boats here: volvo.inmarsat.com.