MoviStar has passed the always menacing Cape Horn, and has broken the monohull world record by sailing 530,19 nautical miles in 24 hours. It was a voyage in which MoviStar had to battle many adversities, including winds gusting over 40 knots, snow, huge waves and a collision while sailing at speeds of over 20 knots. 'It has been a typical Volvo Ocean Race leg,' said MoviStar's skipper, Bouwe BEKKING (NED). 'We have lived through the best and worse of ocean racing, but the final outcome couldn't be better.'
'Everyone in the team is very excited with the results of the first leg,' said general manager and inshore helmsman, Pedro CAMPOS (ESP). 'The journey from New Zealand to Rio de Janeiro is the most demanding leg of the entire Volvo Ocean Race, and we have completed it in an impeccable manner. Now, the crew will take a well-deserved break to regain their strength, spend time with their families, and prepare for the next leg, which will take them from Rio de Janeiro to Galicia in Spain, where they will arrive at the beginning of June.'
MoviStar arrived in Rio de Janeiro shadowed by a massive thunderstorm with 40 knots winds, which propelled her during the last few miles. 'After rounding Cape Horn, we gradually noticed that we were dressed overly warmly; for which we were grateful,' recalled Olympic gold medalist, Xabier FERNÁNDEZ (ESP). 'In a few days we went from 5ºC to almost 30ºC. Only on the final home stretch did we experience strong winds.'
'Most of us have already sailed this race more than once,' continued BEKKING, 'but I must admit that on this occasion it has proved to be especially tough, as we had to get used to pushing the boat with a relatively small crew, smaller than on the Volvo 60.'
'The shore-crew has been working flat-out since the arrival in Rio,' added BEKKING. 'The boat has been out of the water, the rig has been stripped down, new appendages have been installed and all the systems have been serviced, all according to the same timeframe as the next year's stopover.'