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28 March 2001, 10:11 am
Volvo Ocean Race
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Bermuda's official entry in the Volvo Ocean Race has been launched at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
Tyco International celebrated the christening with help from Jennifer Smith, Premier of Bermuda, and The Right Reverend Ewen Ratteray, Anglican Bishop of Bermuda.

The Right Reverend Ewen Ratteray blessed the boat and offered a prayer of protection to the team at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. More than 100 people attended the celebration, which included a traditional champagne christening by the Premier of Bermuda, Jennifer Smith. Presiding over Sunday's ceremonies was L. Dennis Kozlowski, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tyco International Ltd.

A race between the Tyco boat and the team's training boat preceded the christening. Participating in the race with Team Tyco were His Excellency Governor Thorold Masefield of Bermuda and other dignitaries.

"Tyco is proud to fly the Bermuda flag over our entry in the Volvo Ocean Race," said Kozlowski. "This grueling race is a test of skill, teamwork and global reach -- three attributes that reflect the character of Tyco International, Ltd."

The tradition of boat christenings goes back hundreds of years, according to Kevin Shoebridge, skipper of Team Tyco. "We sailors are a superstitious lot, so no matter the size -- whether it's a row boat or an aircraft carrier -- a ship is always blessed before it goes into the water," he said.

The 60 ft. (18 m)-long sailboat was constructed by Eric Goetz in Bristol, R.I., US. Goetz specializes in high-tech racing yachts, and is a leader in the world-race, boat-building market.

Team Tyco will be training at its spring camp in West Palm Beach, Fla., US, for the rest of April. In May, the team moves to Europe for additional training and equipment testing.
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