Spanish team Mapfre were the first team to arrive in Cape Town on Friday evening to win the challenging second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The leg from Lisbon took 19 days and covered over 7000 nautical miles.

In second place was the Chinese team, Dongfeng and Vestas 11th Hour Racing third.

It was a marathon stretch from Lisbon, Portugal.

In the previous edition of the race Mapfre finished the Cape Town leg in last position which made the victory all the more sweeter.

It’s the 11th occasion the organisers of the prestigious race have used Cape Town as a host city.

Xabi Fernandez, of Skipper Mapfre:

“I’m super happy for us we did well in the first leg, but winning here the first leg I’m very happy, very proud of course the team work was like a watch, the boat very good, everything went well.”

The famous race has been going since 1973 and the 2017/18 edition will take the teams 45000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark Host Cities.