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3 June 2005, 11:19 am
A Mass Welcome Awaits Movistar
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006
Vigo, Spain

The Vigo Estuary in northern Spain is getting ready to welcome the VO 70 Movistar who set the 24 hour distance monohull record in April whilst sailing through the Southern Ocean during her ocean trials, she made 530 miles at an average speed of 22 knots

Movistar, sailing under the pennant of the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo, is the only Spanish representative in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006, will arrive in Vigo on 4 June.

This will conclude her third leg of ocean trials, she left Newcastle, Australia, on 23 March and sailed 1,400 miles to Wellington, New Zealand. After a stopover at the New Zealand port, she sailed 6,700 miles to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, (the leg in which she broke the 24 hour distance record) on 16 May, Movistar slipped her lines in Brazil to complete her ocean trials on this, the third leg that will finish in Vigo after sailing no less than 5,000 miles.

There will be a party on 4 June at the Ría de Vigo. Upon her arrival in Galicia, a flotilla of boats will welcome Movistar at the mouth of the estuary. 'The boat that will compete under the pennant of the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo, representing all nautical clubs in Spain' says Pedro CAMPOS (ESP), General Manager of the Team 'Movistar is a Galician boat and the only Spanish representative, so we can proudly say she is coming home'.

After the welcome at the mouth of the Ría, Movistar will be greeted by the crowd in Vigo. Accompying the crew will be supporters who will take to their boats hoping to get a closer look at the 70-foot colossus skippered by Bouwe BEKKING (NED) and with two Spanish Olympic Gold Medal winners in her crew, Iker MARTINEZ and Xabi FERNANDEZ.

'After more than three weeks of sailing, they will certainly be tired, but they have already told us over the phone that they are looking forward to arriving in Galicia to rest, enjoy the good food and become familiar with their new home until November. I would like to make an appeal to all Galicians to join us on this special occasion' said CAMPOS.

The A Laxe Dock, next to the Royal Nautical Club of Vigo, will be the berthing place for Movistar.

Melendy Britt (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Movistar:© Event Media
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