Team AkzoNobel has finished the third stage of the race’s four-part Leg Zero qualification series from Plymouth, England to St. Malo, France in fifth place.
The team crossed the finish line of the 225-nautical mile (417-kilometer) race through the English Channel shortly after 07.30 UTC (09.30 CEST) today.
The third Leg Zero heat started within a day of the crew finishing the Rolex Fastnet Race, giving them little time to catch up on lost sleep before setting off. Nor did the nine sailors – seven men and two women – get much chance to sleep on the short race to St. Malo via a turn at the Needles lighthouse off the western end of the Isle of Wight.
“It was really tricky with the influence of the land, the tides, the coast and the shipping,” Tienpont said. “It’s such a tactical game. Every 15 minutes something happens: a sail change or a change of course and we are continually moving sails around because the wind gets a bit lighter or a bit stronger. So, basically there’s no sleep.”