The opening leg of The Ocean Race Europe came to a nail-biting summary yesterday in Cascais, Portugal, with the winners in both of those the VO65 and IMOCA 60 courses made a decision only in the final couple moments of the four-working day passage from Lorient, France.

The finish in the one particular-design VO65 course observed The Austrian Ocean Race Project, skippered by Gerwin Jansen (NED), come from driving to acquire and conquer the Lithuanian entry, Ambersail-2, by just 6 seconds.

Immediately after the race, Jansen claimed: “We are the rookies, the younger group, not that much experience… The very last 30 miles were so intense, it was unbelievable. We just stored on combating and this was the result!”

A more 15 seconds guiding in third was Dutch skipper Simeon Tienpont’s Crew Childhood I, and the full seven-boat fleet completed within just 6 minutes.

In the IMOCA class, Nicolas Troussel’s CORUM L’Epargne (FRA) was initially across the line, ahead of Charlie Enright’s United States entry 11th Hour Racing Group in 2nd and Thomas Ruyant’s LinkedOut (FRA) in third.

“It was an intensive race… and we knew that almost everything could be resolved listed here like every little thing can be determined in Alicante and afterwards on in Genoa for the race ultimate,” mentioned Troussel. “Anyway, we’re really pleased with that victory, we fought incredibly tricky and the end was magical for us.”

All groups are now resting in Cascais, in advance of competing in the Coastal Race as component of The Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy on Saturday and the get started of Leg Two, into Alicante, on Sunday.

Provisional Effects:

IMOCA

1st: CORUM L’Epargne

2nd: 11th Hour Racing Team

3rd: LinkedOut

4th: Offshore Group Germany

5th: Bureau Vallée

VO65

1st: The Austrian Ocean Race Challenge

2nd: AMBERSAIL-2

3rd: Crew Childhood I

4th: Sailing Poland

5th: AkzoNobel Ocean Racing

6th: Viva México

7th: Mirpuri Basis Racing Workforce

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