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1 December 2005, 10:40 am
STOP PRESS: ABN AMRO ONE Win Leg One
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

ABN AMRO ONE (NED) have won leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race arriving at Cape Town, South Africa at 1324 hours UTC today to collect seven points for first place. With the classic backdrop of Table Mountain behind them, the scene onboard the winner was one of huge smiles, arms in the air, and then a media scrum as the cameras and reporters fought for the first quote.
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ABN AMRO ONE approach the leg one finish with Table Mountain looming
in the background
© Volvo Ocean Race

The euphoria of the win will stay with the team - the sailors and the shore crew that backs them up - for a long, long time. From a disappointing start in the first In-Port race when last on the water was not the ideal beginning to the campaign. But from then on, the boat and team has come through fire and water, storm and tempest - literally, to take this resounding win.

Original Story...

ABN AMRO ONE (NED) is just 24 miles from the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race leg one in Cape Town, South Africa with speeds having remained high throughout the last 24 hours in spite of the threatened light weather patch that had worried skipper Mike SANDERSON (NZL) a day ago.

Cape Town is poised, awaiting the arrival of the first boat to finish this leg, which is estimated to be around 1130 GMT this morning. ABN AMRO TWO and Sebastien JOSSE (FRA) is expected to finish later this afternoon, with the Torben GRAEL (BRA) led Brasil 1 expected later tonight.

Position Report At 1000 Hours UTC, 1 December 2005

Team Nation Skipper Latitude Longitude DTF DTL DTLC CMG SMG VMG ETA
ABN AMRO ONE NED Mike SANDERSON (NZL) 34 11.42S 18 07.57E 24 0 0 40 18.4 14.1 01/12/2005 - 1138 UTC
ABN AMRO TWO NED Sebastian JOSSE (FRA) 34 54.34S 16 26.10E 117 93 8 73 20.1 13.9 01/12/2005 - 1544 UTC
Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 35 04.50S 14 25.55E 211 187 3 80 19 13.7 01/12/2005 - 2102 UTC
Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal MCDONALD (GBR) 35 45.40S 09 06.43E 474 450 -25 67 14.6 13.1 02/12/2005 - 2204 UTC
Sunergy and Friends AUS Grant WHARINGTON (AUS) 33 20.46S 25 27.00W 2177 2153 -23 113 14.9 9.4 08/12/2005 - 1604 UTC
movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF
Pirates of the Caribbean USA Paul CAYARD (USA) DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF

For a complete list of all the news about the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 CLICK HERE.

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, ABN AMRO ONE comes into finish first on leg one of the race from Vigo to Cape Town:© Dave Brannigen
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