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Team Brunel takes Omega 24-hour speed record in Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8

by Team Brunel 14 May 08:56 PDT
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 from Itajai to Newport, day 15, on board Brunel. Peeling in the North Atlantic one day out from Newport. © Sam Greenfield / Volvo Ocean Race

Team Brunel, skippered by race veteran Bouwe Bekking took the Omega 24-hour speed record in Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race. On the 2nd of May at 17:47 UTC Team Brunel counted 525.45 nm in 24 hours. Team Brunel ended Leg 8 after a nail-biting finish in a second place.

Abby Ehler: "It's another sort of stripe on your shoulder of what we have achieved. We may not have won the leg but we definitely have shown that we got really good boat speed by winning that award."

The Volvo Ocean Race will continue on Sunday May 20th with Leg 9 from Newport (US) to Cardiff (UK).

Volvo Ocean Race Leaderboard: (after Leg 8)

Mapfre, 53 points
Dongfeng Race Team, 50 points
Team Brunel, 42 points
Team AkzoNobel, 36 points
Vestas 11th Hour Racing, 28 points
Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag, 27 points
Turn The Tide On Plastic, 22 points

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