USA. Volvo Ocean Race. There will be all to play for in the In-Port race
Points after Leg 5
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Tuesday, 18 April 2006
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After the three podium places for leg five were taken by ABN AMRO ONE (Mike Sanderson), movistar (Bouwe Bekking) and Pirates of the Caribbean (Paul Cayard), the final three boats finished in quick succession.

Brasil 1 (Torben Grael) held off Ericsson Racing Team (John Kostecki) to take fourth place by whisker, finishing 12 minutes ahead of the Swedish boat, while ABN AMRO TWO (Sebastien Josse) brought up the rear in sixth position, finishing just under an hour later.

“The last 24 hours were terrible,” said skipper of Brasil 1, Torben Grael. “Everyone is really exhausted. We were all working on deck for the whole day and didn’t have a minute to rest, always checking where the other boats were. This result is good for the team’s morale. We fought for so long for this fourth place and winning it is a confidence boost for the next legs.” he said.

Leg five has seen a shake up on the overall leaderboard. Although ABN AMRO ONE has an advantage of 22 points as the team stretched their lead to 62.5, movistar now moves up from fourth place overall to second, with 40.5 points, and ABN AMRO TWO drops down a place to third. Pirates of the Caribbean exchanges third overall for fourth but the bottom of the leaderboard is unaffected and Brasil 1 and Ericsson maintain their fifth and sixth places.

Although ABN AMRO ONE has a strong advantage in the top spot, the race for second place is very open and there is everything to play for in the next in-port race scheduled to be held in Baltimore on April 29.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 April 2006 )
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