The closest Volvo Ocean Race in history

15 June 2018: After a very closely fought 1,500 nautical mile race from Cardiff to Gothenburg, Team Brunel has won Leg 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race taking it to equal first place on the leaderboard with just one Leg to go.

Only one point separates Team Brunel and MAPFRE, who are on 65 points, with Dongfeng Race Team on 64, however with an additional bonus point in the bag for best elapsed time, a dead heat scenario has arisen between the three contenders – a first in the extreme offshore race’s 45-year history.

Team Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking said: “We did a fantastic job as a team and of course the result was better than we could have dreamed. The pressure was on but we knew we just needed to sail the boat the best we could and not do any crazy things. Very happy how it all ended up.”

Final Leg

The final Leg to The Hague is set to be a tense and thrilling decider on who will be crowned the overall winner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 edition and as Official Satellite Communications Partner, race fans around the world will be able to watch the drama unfold!

Each Volvo Ocean 65 boat is kitted out with our FleetBroadband satellite communications so that the Onboard Reporters can capture all the race action in near real-time and send back footage and photos to share on social media channels. And for the first time, the crew have also been able to tell their own stories on social media thanks Crew Communicators, making this edition the most digitally connected of all time.

The Leg 11 start takes place on 21 June, so make sure you stay tuned to catch all the excitement by visiting our social wall featuring content from all seven teams here: volvo.inmarsat.com