On Sunday, the fleet participating in the Volvo Ocean Race embarked upon the 9th stage from the U.S. port toward Wales.
Before the stage started, a flag-raising ceremony was held to commemorate the 5th Centennial of the first round the world journey completed by Juan Sebastián Elcano
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet prepared to return to the waters to contest the ninth stage, a hard and long test which will be crucial for the competing boats, as it is worth double the remaining three stages.
The MAPFRE team is up for the challenge after the historic victory picked two days ago in reaching Newport and retaking the lead in the general standings of the Volvo Ocean race.
‘The longest journey’
Last Friday, the MAPFRE boat participated in the flag-raising ceremony in homage to the Fifth Centennial of the first voyage around the world by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano. The Infanta Doña Elena de Borbón, accompanied by the naval Attaché of the Spanish Embassy in Washington, gave the pattern of the Spanish MAPFRE yacht, Xabi Fernández this commemorative flag
In a speech to representatives of the Ministry of Defense, the Mayor of Newport, the Chairman of the VOR and the Manager of the Spanish team, the Chairman and CEO of MAPFRE, Antonio Huertas, expressed his pride in terms of what this great voyage five hundred years ago represents, as a testament to the concept of globality and commitment shared and exhibited worldwide by MAPFRE’s great team.
‘WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THIS LEG IS’@DesafioMAPFRE go into #Leg9 with the lead in the Overall rankings – and @CiszekSophie admits that the Spanish team know that a win the transatlantic leg could be a major step to glory pic.twitter.com/IYJhgi5FNe
— Volvo Ocean Race (@volvooceanrace) 21 de mayo de 2018
Rest of the VOR route:
STAGE 9: Newport – Cardiff >> Start: May 20, 2018.
STAGE 10: Cardiff – Gothenburg > Start: June 10, 2018.
STAGE 11: Gothenburg – The Hague > Start: June 21, 2018.