Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ericsson 4 first to the scoring gate

[Source: Volvo Ocean Race] Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael, was the first boat to the scoring gate at longitudinal 58 degrees east on the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09.

Grael and his men crossed the line at 03:45 GMT to collect their four points. Once across Grael pointed the bow north for the 3,000-mile home stretch to Cochin.

Anders Lewander's Ericsson 3 followed her sister ship and crossed the waypoint at 06:51 to pick up 3.5 points.

Among the pursuing pack, Green Dragon, Team Russia and the Telefonica twins are squabbling over the remaining podium positions.

Bouwe Bekking on Telefonica Blue, likes his chances of decent points, noting as he did that the ailing PUMA has slowed over the past 12 hours due to structural damage.

"Looks like PUMA is having some issues, sailing very slow," he observed in an email earlier this morning. "Hopefully their issue are not too big and that they are not forced to stop on their way.

"But it might mean that we can catch them and gain a valuable half point. The same said for our mates on the (Telefonica) black boat. They got the better of us some days back, but now we are catching them again, also that will be a close call for the points."

According to Race Meteorologist, Jennifer Lilly, as the fleet heads north-east ovet the 24-48 hours "they will be looking forward to a few days of trade wind sailing".

A blessed relief from the mauling they have taken in the Roaring Forties.

Highlights from Leg 1Here's an interesting couple of videos from the first leg, won by Ericsson 4. Guy Salter, media crew on the winning boat, reviews the leg and gives an inside view on Torben Grael's boat.

Review of leg 1 aboard Ericsson 4. Part 1 of 2. Video copyright Ericsson Racing Team

Review of leg 1 aboard Ericsson 4. Part 2 of 2. Video copyright Ericsson Racing Team

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