Daryl Wislang on-board Dongfeng during this year's Volvo Ocean Race. Daryl's team won the prestigious race in The Netherlands on Monday morning. Photos: Volvo Ocean Race.

Nelson sailor wins ocean race


Nelson sailor Daryl Wislang has won his second Volvo Ocean Race in dramatic fashion.

The 37 year-old former Nelson Yacht Club member was the watch captain on the Chinese-backed Dongfeng Race Team boat.

Heading into the final three-day leg of the round-the-world race, from Sweden to The Netherlands over the weekend, Daryl’s team was in a three-way sprint for the overall race win.

Dongfeng took a different route to the other two teams and was rewarded with the stage victory and the overall race.

Remarkably, it was the team’s first stage win of the race.

It is the second win for Daryl after he won the prestigious race on-board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in 2015.

Daryl told the Nelson Weekly back in January that winning the title was his goal.

“That’s why I joined this team. On paper it was going to be strong team, they started early, they had the budget and time was on our side.”

But the win was by the slimmest of margins, just 16 minutes, the closest in the race’s history.

The 37-year-old father of two told the Weekly that his next goal is the America’s Cup.

“I’d like to give the America’s Cup a crack. It’s something that I haven’t competed in and it’s in New Zealand next time. I’d definitely like to give that a go and immerse myself in it and see how that dynamic works.”

“I’ve never been in the right position to get involved in it, but now is as good a time as any.”

The Volvo Ocean Race started in Spain last October and made its way to Portugal, South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Australia, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Wales, Sweden and The Netherlands.