Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ericsson 3 wins leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race

[Source: Volvo Ocean Race] Ericsson 3 has finally crossed the finish line in Rio De Janeiro to win Leg 5.

After an agonising march to glory, Swedish skipper Magnus Olsson and his men officialy finished at 10:37:57 GMT.

Related audioEricsson 3 skipper Magnus Olsson talks about his boat's victory
On arrival, a jubilant Olsson, buoyed by the result, said: "It's unbelievable. We had a fantastic strategy when we needed it. Aksel (Magdahl) did a really good job on that. We were tired but we had a great fighting spirit to the end."

Asked about the go-slow towards the finish line when Ericsson 3 fell into a wind hole and almost ground to a halt within sight of the chequered flag, Olsson, ever the comedian, said: "We didn't want to get too far ahead, so we slowed down a bit, in order to control the other boats."

Ericsson 3 wins leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Rio de Janeiro, 26 March 2009. Video copyright Volvo Ocean Race

The Ericsson 3 crew celebrating a well-deserved victory. Rio de Janeiro, 26 March 2009. Photo copyright Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race

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