ABN AMRO arrived at Newport, RI, USA on Sunday, eleven days after leaving Portugal. It is the second of the new Volvo Open 70s, specially designed for the race, to complete an ocean crossing after Spain's entry, MoviStar. Even with such a small amount of time on the water they have already proved their capabilities, with MoviStar recently breaking the world speed record for the longest distance run in 24 hours in a monohull, subject to ratification from the World Sailing Speed Record Council.
Talking about the 7,000 mile transatlantic trip ABN AMRO skipper, Mike SANDERSON (NZL) commented: 'Bottom line is that it has been an amazing trip! We have pretty much had most conditions and have really been able to put the boat through its paces.'
'We might have motored for a few hours when there wasn't any wind a couple of times, but as far as we can work out, it would be the fastest trip a monohull has made across the Atlantic from East to West...It will end up being something like nine days and seven hours...Once again a sign of what these boats are going to do, as the guys get more and more used to pushing them to the edge...'
'Our hats must go off to the Volvo Ocean Race office, for creating such exciting boats. Even though there are only now two in the water already they are tearing up the oceans, and will have a pretty big impact on the record books in the future I am sure.'
The Team ABN AMRO shore crew is now busy at work in Newport, RI. USA, getting the boat ready for the voyage back to the base camp in Portugal. The boat will sail into New York harbour around 21 April, where various press and client events will take place. The boat will then sail back to Portugal around 25 April.
Team ABN AMRO are also entering a second boat in the Volvo Ocean Race which is being crewed by a selection of young sailors picked after a series of trials which culminated in Portugal last week.