One could argue that the starting gun for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race was fired on Saturday noon off Marina Rubicón in Lanzarote and Team Campos, skippered by Iker Martínez took the early lead. The Spanish team might the latest entry, officially announced a month ago, but with a crew that counts some of the world’s best offshore sailors it is certain they will make giant strides forward.
Iker Martínez and his crew, with French legend Michel Desjoyeaux onbaord as coach, had a perfect start at the pin end and got off the starting line with full pace. The red boat took the lead immediately and started the 670-nm circumnavigation of the Canary archipelago, in front of Team Brunel and Team SCA.
Lanzarote delivered and the race got underway with a nice 15 knots of northerly breeze. The reaching start made it even difficult for our photo boat to follow the brand new VO65′s that were blasting along the southwestern coast of Lanzarote. Having followed for just a few miles, less than 1% of the entire race, it will be difficult to draw any credible conclusions. However, if there were one point that stood out, that would be the shocking start of Team SCA. Sam Davies and her crew must have gotten their pre-start timing completely wrong and less than 20 seconds before the start, the Swedish VO65 was 300 meters behind the line, stalled. As a result, Team SCA started their first stand off against the other VO65′s at least half a minute late!
What was meant to be THE photo of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race edition, that is the three VO65′s crossing the starting line together, will have to wait. According to Michel Desjoyeaux, Team Campos had estimated it would need approximately 62 hours to complete the race and by Tuesday morning we will have much clearer indications on the VO65′s and the Volvo Ocean Race form guide while for sure, the three participating teams will have a wealth of information to digest and ponder upon in the debriefings…