'I feel very relieved,' said MCDONALD after stepping ashore. 'It is nice to know that we have got good boat speed and are clearly one of the fastest boats in those conditions. It is a really nice start to win the race and certainly a great way to start the regatta. John [KOSTECKI (USA) - tactician] really put us in the right place and that made all the difference to the race.'
The battle for second and third place was closely fought throughout the two hour race. HM King Juan Carlos I of Spain, enjoyed some tight manoeuvres onboard local boat, movistar, but the Brasil 1 team, with its crew of Olympic medalists, was able to hold onto to their narrow lead, to finish in second place.
Skipper, Torben GRAEL (BRA) said, 'We are very happy with the boat and it is a great boost for our campaign. We didn't get a great start, but we felt very good with our speed and this is how we made up the ground we lost at the start. I am really pleased that we have a very motivated team and we had some very good racing, it really was a great way to start the race.'
|The fleet underway
© Rick Tomlinson
Perhaps the surprise of the day was Team ABN AMRO whose team of hotshots onboard ABN AMRO ONE must now be bitterly disappointed by not only finishing in sixth position, but crossing the line behind their team mates, the inexperienced young crew led by Frenchman Sebastien JOSSE. No doubt both skippers will be hoping never to meet these sorts of light air conditions again in the next nine months.
The day dawned bright and fair for the first time in weeks in the seaside resort of Sanxenxo today, leaving the sea glassy but the sky blue. The Volvo Open 70s racing together for the first time as a fleet were left milling around as the race committee postponed the race as they waited for more wind to fill in.
The racing finally got underway at just after 1500 local time. Spectators, afloat in anything they could find, invaded the race track giving marshals a headache as they attempted to clear the course ready for racing. Starting the inshore race in light south westerly breeze, the race committee made the decision to shorten course in a dying breeze after two hours of racing.
Scoreboard After In Port Race Sanxenxo
1. Ericsson Racing Team - elapsed time 01:51:29 (3.5 points)
2. Brasil 1 - 01:54:55 (3 points)
3. Pirates of the Caribbean - 01:56:30 (2.5 points)
4. movistar - 01:57:13(2 points)
5. ABN AMRO TWO - 02:00:07 (1.5 points)
6. ABN AMRO ONE - 02:04:11 (1 points)
7. Premier Challenge - DNC (0 points)
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