USA. Volvo Ocean Race: movistar builds on Melbourne to Wellington success with second place Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 April 2006
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Bouwe Bekking (NED) and his team racing the Spanish entry, movistar, finished leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race today in Baltimore, USA, at 00:14:15 GMT (1814 local time) in Baltimore. After 15 days, 8 hours, 4 minutes and 15 seconds at sea. movistar finished in a solid second position, proving that their win on in leg three from Melbourne to Wellington was no fluke and they are, indeed, a team to be reckoned with, as always anticipated.

“I am very, very happy with our result,” said Bouwe Bekking. “Second is a good result for us, especially finishing in front of the Pirates. We only have to wait until ABN AMRO TWO finishes to find out if we have moved up into second place overall. On the whole, I am extremely happy.

“In general the boat was very fast in light winds, medium in medium winds and fast again in the bigger breezes. Over the next few days we will do a normal recovery and fitness programme and thoroughly check over the boat.”

The six points they score for this leg, added to the 3.5 bonus points they earned for passing the scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha in first position, brings their total to 40.5 points, half a point clear of ABN AMRO TWO (Sebastien Josse) who, if they finish the leg in their current position, will be in third place overall.

Prior to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race from Vigo in Spain last November, movistar had always been considered a contender for the overall victory in the event, but, after leg one when the team was forced to retire with serious damage to the boat and a last place finish on leg four when the boat suddenly started to take on water as the team led the fleet towards Cape Horn, movistar has had some catching up to do.

Much of the stopover in Rio de Janeiro was spent doing essential work on the boat after she limped into port a week later than the leading boat, leaving the crew little time to tune the boat up for the in-port race, a week before the start of leg five. Movistar bounced back to post a second place in the Rio inshore race and today’s finish position has been a result of determined effort on the leg by the crew who pushed the boat every inch of the way.

Leg 5 day 17 0100 GMT positions:

1. ABN AMRO ONE Finished Elapsed time: 015d 02h 47m 52s
2. movistar Finshed Elapsed time: 015d 08h 04m 15s
3. Pirates of the Caribbean DST 74 miles
4. Brasil 1 DST 124
5. Ericsson Racing Team DTF 127
6. ABN AMRO TWO DTF 142
DTF Distance to finish
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 April 2006 )
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