winning skipper Charles Cauldrelier is interviewed just before the Sailors Parade
spectators line up along the beach
preparing for the dock out show
it is crowded at the pier head
sponsor activities are well under way
the line-up of the seven boats
Dongfeng and Akzo are battling it out
not everybody has come to watch the race
nerveous jockeying at the start
Akzo's skipper Simeon Tienpont gives his daughter a ride
Volvo Ocean Race 2018: the closing in-port race in the Hague
After the start in Alicante
on October 22 2017 the seven competing boats in the Volvo Ocean Race battled it out in 11 legs over a
total length of nearly 85.000 km.
The race remained competitive all the way to the end and the very last leg from
Gothenburg to the Hague would determine whether Mapfre, Brunel or Dongfeng would take the overall win.
took a high risk course, hugging the German and Dutch coast line.
It long looked a losing strategy but at the very end a shift of wind
sent them flying and they crossed the finish line
just before Akzo, Mapfre and Brunel.
So it was skipper Charles Cauldrelier
who triumphantly held the trophy high
in front of thousands of supporters.
The closing in-port race
on a sunny and hot June 30th
2018 could not change the overall standing but it was a last chance for the skippers to show their skills.
80 thousand fans we watched from the Scheveningen beach how Brunel took an early lead and never looked back. It was a nice end
to a very exciting Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.
bicycles line up along the road to the race village. Hey, this is the Netherlands
good to see this boat made it also from Alicante to the Hague
Akzo Nobel leaves the dock
but it is for Brunel to cross the finish line first
even the Dutch Air Force shows up