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24 April 2001, 08:31 pm
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Volvo Ocean Race

Crown Princess Victoria to christen Team SEB yacht in home port Nacka Strand Festive Volvo Ocean Race christening ceremony on 4 May
Crown Princess Victoria will christen the Team SEB yacht that will take part in the Volvo Ocean Race. In so doing, the Princess will also be made godmother of a boat for the first time. A number of well-known Swedish artists will be doing their utmost to further the festivities of the evening.

During the winter, Team SEB has been building the yacht that will participate in the Volvo Ocean Race (formerly Whitbread Round the World Race) in Saltsj?baden outside Stockholm. On May 4th, the yacht, which will be named "SEB" in honour of the project's principal partner, will be christened at its home port in Nacka Strand just outside Stockholm.

The christening ceremony is part of a gala evening during which well-known artists will be performing, treating the guests to fun-packed entertainment. The Team SEB yacht and its crew will be the focus of attention during the festivities, which will take place around the floating stage in the dock. "The christening is an important milestone of the project. We are proceeding now from the planning stage to the actual implementation. The crew is more or less complete, the yacht ready and we are well prepared for our entire Volvo Ocean Race venture," says Lars Thunell, CEO of SEB.

During the evening, there will be entertainment including an air show, sailing activities and a fashion show. The artists Tommy Kyrberg, Anders Glenmark and Helen Sjoholm plus Anders Neglin's Orchestra and the Duvem?la Choir will be treating the guests to high-class entertainment. "By organising this event on home ground, we are celebrating the completion of our competition yacht and, at the same time, presenting the entire Team SEB project," says skipper Gurra Krantz.

During the winter, Team SEB has been engaged in a carefully structured program of sail testing, training and crew selection activities in Portugal. The same strategic approach will now be implemented in Gothenburg with Team SEB's new boat, now nearing completion. The new boat, to be named SEB, will then train together with its sparring partner, former Whitbread challenger Toshiba. "Carrying out our final preparations on home ground will ensure a more natural proximity to the other elements of the project, both in sporting and commercial terms," says Pelle Norberg.

At time of going to press, ten of the twelve-man crew has already been selected. The final two places will be confirmed during the spring.
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