The Boston Convention Center, just a short stroll from the stopover village at Fan Pier, was the site of the leg six prizegiving ceremony, as the Volvo Ocean Race celebrated its own on Sunday night.
The festivities followed a fantastic day of Pro-Am racing in the tight confines of Boston Harbor on a spectacular spring afternoon. Under a bright, sunny sky, crowds lined the sea wall around Fan Pier to watch the seven Volvo Open 70s compete, drag race style, on two parallel, short, race courses in gusty, shifty, conditions. The fleet were paired off in a series of heats, racing two at a time, competing to win their match and post the best overall time on the challenging race course.
To the delight of the crowd, the hometown heroes on PUMA posted the best time race time, ahead of Ericsson 3 and Delta Lloyd.
That was the afternoon, but the evening was dedicated to celebrating leg six, a 4900-mile haul from Rio de Janeiro to Boston.
PUMA was rewarded for posting the best 24-hour run on the leg, a 498-mile day, with an average speed of 20.75 knots.
Then, for the second consecutive leg, the Inmarsat Media Prize went to Gustav Morin, the media crew member on Ericsson 3.
"On a leg where conditions and sailing angles remained the same for days on end the pressure on the media crew members to create inventive and captivating scenes was considerable," said Chris McLaughlin, Vice President of External Affairs for Inmarsat, as he presented Morin with the award.
The Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Seamanship Award went to Delta Lloyd's Nick Bice, for his efforts in keeping the only first generation Volvo Open 70 in the fleet in racing trim throughout the leg. Delta Lloyd was able to earn third-place points at the scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha and sixth place on the leg.
Before the top three finishers in the leg were called up on stage to collect their prizes, Knut Frostad, the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, thanked the local stopover committee in Boston for their tremendous efforts in making the Boston sojourn such a success, and acknowledging Joe Fallon in particular, for his boundless enthusiasm for the race.
He also paid tribute to Jan Jakob, who was the winner of the Volvo Ocean Race Virtual Game on the leg from Qingdao to Rio de Janeiro, beating out nearly 200 000 other players. His prize for the win was a trip to the Boston stopover for the in-port weekend.
While Sunday night was dedicated to celebration, the hard work for the teams resumes this week - leg seven, from Boston to Galway starts in just six days time.
Leg Six prizes
Best 24-hour run - PUMA Ocean Racing, 498 miles
Inmarsat Media Prize - Gustav Morin, Ericsson 3
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Seamanship Award - Nick Bice, Delta Lloyd
Leg Six, 3rd place - Telefonica Blue
Leg Six, 2nd place - Ericsson 3
Leg Six, 1st place - Ericsson 4