The winning time for Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race Game belongs to a French player with the screen name Kangoo I. Had they been sailing in the actual race, Kangoo I's time of 22 days, 1 hour would've been good enough for a third-place finish, ahead of Groupama (and the retirees). As a reward, race organizers will fly Kangoo I to Abu Dhabi to celebrate New Years at the stopover prior to Leg 3. Hopefully, Kangoo I's flight has Internet access; otherwise their winning streak will likely come to an end. To stay ahead in the race race—online or on the water—takes constant attention.
CAMPER/ Emirates Team New Zealand Is the Black Sheep**
The Kiwi team has faced persistent criticism from fellow competitors over the setup of their forestay. Puma Ocean Racing and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing were the first to protest, on Oct. 1, followed by Telefonica a day later, and by Groupama on Oct. 29, after the first in port race. At issue is whether CAMPER's headstay can be adjusted while underway, which would illegal according to the current Volvo 70 rule. While all protests have so far been dismissed, Groupama again protested following Leg 1, claiming that CAMPER's mast: