Nagel’s team get place on podium again
Emily Nagel and her Team AkzoNobel team-mates continued their impressive form by securing a second straight podium finish in the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port series at the weekend.
The Dutch syndicate finished third in Saturday’s Dongfeng In-Port Race in Guangzhou, China, to maintain fourth spot in the overall Volvo Ocean Race In-Port series standings.
Spanish team and overall leaders Mapfre took the win, with second going to Team Brunel helmed by Peter Burling, Emirates Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup-winning helmsman.
Team AkzoNobel’s podium finish followed on the heels of their third place showing at the two-race Hong Kong In-Port event the previous weekend.
The Dutch team got off to a slow start in Saturday’s race, but recovered on the first upwind leg to round the top mark in second behind leaders Mapfre.
But their progress was stalled after experiencing problems furling their head sail approaching the leeward gate which allowed Dutch rivals Team Brunel to close the gap and ultimately pass them on the second upwind leg.
With Mapfre way out in front, the Dutch teams continued to battle tooth and nail for second.
Team AkzoNobel regained second spot on the final upwind leg but were pegged back by Team Brunel who passed the purple boat half way down the next leg and defended their position the rest of the way.
Chinese syndicate Dongfeng Race Team are second in the overall In-Port series standings, followed by Team Brunel in third.
Naval architect Nagel is the first Bermudian sailor to compete in the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race.
She was chosen to represent Team AkzoNobel, led by two-times America’s Cup winner Simeon Tienpont, after two months of trials with the syndicate during which she sailed several thousand offshore training miles and took part in all four legs of the Volvo Ocean Race’s “Leg Zero” qualifier series — including the classic Rolex Fastnet Race.
Nagel competed in the opening three legs but missed leg 4 with a back injury.
Leg 6 of the race around the world from Hong Kong to Auckland, New Zealand starts tomorrow. Mapfre also top the Volvo Ocean Race standings.
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