Hamburg (dpa/lno)? Offshore Team Germany completed the second stage of the new three-part Ocean Race Europe with second place in its class. On the 700 nautical-mile course from Cascais (Portugal) to Alicante (Spain), only the French “LinkedOut”, which leads the overall standings, was faster. The German Emuka yacht “Einstein” with Captain Robert Stancik (Berlin) came in second with nine points at the expense of the leader.
Severe weather in the Strait of Gibraltar, the collision of a shark, the loss of wind electronics, and the consequences of two poorly placed maneuvers made the German crew examine intensely during the three days at sea. In the end, centering in the boring final match was enough to get a happy second place. “After passing through the Strait of Gibraltar we made our way through light winds and achieved a good position,” said British sailor Annie Loach, from Einstein.
In the second classification category VO65, Team Mirpuri (Portugal), which was victorious in the second stage, advanced over AkzoNobel (Netherlands) and Sailing Poland. The Austrian inaugural winners from the Austrian Ocean Race project slipped to fourth place with sixth in the second stage. The third and final stage of the prelude to The Ocean Race 2022/23 begins on June 13. It carries a total of twelve boats from nine countries from Alicante to the Italian destination port of Genoa.
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