#vor – Forget the soccer disappointment! Ireland is to the fore in world sailing again writes Tom MacSweeney. France's Groupama completed a heroic comeback victory on Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race today strengthening their grip on the overall standings and realising a dream homecoming to the port of Lorient. Kerryman Damian Foxall is aboard and a podium finish for an Irishman in Galway beckons.
Skipper and sailing legend Franck Cammas and his men were cheered by thousands of fans on the Brittany coast after crossing the finish line at their home port at 13:31:04 local time, with an elapsed time of four days, 23 hours, 31 minutes and four seconds.
When he contracted Damian Foxall to his crew, Camas said of the Irishman: "He is such a great sailor it is better to have him with you than against."