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Next stop: Sanya

After a thrilling final Team Brunel has won the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Dutch boat sailed over the finish line in Abu Dhabi 16 minutes ahead of the second placed Dongfeng Race Team. It took skipper Bouwe Bekking and his men 23 days to cover 6,125 nautical miles from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. Team Brunel now stands in 1st place in the overall ranking.
On January 3rd the teams started in the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. The 4,670 nautical miles long route takes the fleet from Abu Dhabi to the Chinese coastal resort of Sanya, which can be found on the southern point of Hainan. The third leg of the 2014 – 2015 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is fundamentally different to the first two. Leg 3 will take Team Brunel out of the Straits of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, across the Indian Ocean, around the tip of Sri Lanka, through the Strait of Malacca, past Singapore, up the South China Sea, along the Vietnamese coast and finally into Sanya. The previous legs have run largely from north to south, or south to north. This means that they have been crossing the earth’s climate zones horizontally and looping the globe. This third leg they will be racing from west to east, and running along the climate zones instead of crossing them.
However, given that the race track is essentially a straight line, with the fleet reaching in a relatively steady wind direction , the strategic options are limited. “It will also be an unpredictable leg,” says skipper Bouwe Bekking. “Anything can happen, especially when it comes to the weather, which is even more difficult to predict during this leg then during the past stage. I’m expecting very high temperatures and plenty of rain.” Leg 3 is expected to take a little over three weeks with the leading boats predicted to arrive in Sanya around January 25th.
For the first time Esthec is participating in the world’s toughest offshore race as an official partner of Team Brunel. Bouwe Bekking, skipper of Team Brunel and Gideon Messink, one of the founding fathers of Team Brunel were key ambassadors of Esthec during the introduction of the company at the METS 2007.  Esthec, a composite material that in aesthetics and material accurately ticks all the boxes for the sailing and yacht industry, has been constantly innovated since the introduction in 2007. “For example with the low temperature Esthec Decking Blanc de Blancs and with Esthec Terrace, a state of the art and contemporary terrace system that enhances and embellishes any space with functional properties and sense of luxury. Although Esthec can nowadays also be found in other industries, we will always have a strong connection with high performance ocean racing”, says Commercial Director of Esthec Marcel van der Spek.
The Volvo Ocean Race takes Esthec with the products Decking and Terrace to our key source markets all over the world, such as the Middle East and Northern and Southern America. During the stop-overs new and existing valued relations of Esthec are welcomed to let them experience the Esthec Terrace and Esthec Decking products.
Click here to see an impression of the Abu Dhabi stop-over, in cooperation with Bolidt and VanDutch.



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