Telefonica Blue Welcomed 1st to Qingdao

Telefonica Blue has won leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line in the fog at 07:00:25 GMT, or 15:00:25 local time.

The brusied fleet will be welcomed by the first ever Chinese Volvo Ocean Race Village, officially opened on Wednesday afternoon with a series of drumming and dance performances, a few short speeches, and a climax punctuated by a very loud set of fireworks strung up along a mock-up of the ‘Great Wall’.

In his speech, race CEO Knut Frostad thanked the local organising committee for their preparations, and paid tribute to the fleet at sea, still battling the elements on their way to Qingdao.

“I want to complement all of the sailors, for the skill and seamanship they have shown in very difficult conditions,” he said. “We often say that ‘to finish first, first you have to finish’ and on this leg, from Singapore to Qingdao that is more true than ever before.”