The in port race, which is a new edition to the Volvo Ocean Race, will see the powerful Volvo Open 70's making their racing debut when they race together as a fleet around an inshore course set in the Ria de Pontevedra between Sanxenxo, Cap Udra and the Isles Cies. The course will be approximately 30 nautical miles long, in the format of a triangle followed by a number of windward/leeward loops. Wind direction and geography allowing, the course will be set as near to the shore as possible to allow spectators a grandstand view.
Many of the world's top sailors will be taking part, from five times Olympic medallist Torben GRAEL (BRA) skippering Brasil 1, to four times round the world race competitor Bouwe BEKKING (NED), who will be the man in charge of the Spanish entry movistar.
Swedish entry Ericsson Racing Team has a talented sailor at the wheel in the form of Britain's Neal MCDONALD, another veteran of ocean racing with three round the world races under his belt. Bolstering MCDONALD's afterguard is a sailor who cannot stay away from experiencing life at the extreme, the winner of the last race as the skipper of illbruck - John KOSTECKI (USA), who has joined the team as inshore tactician.
The fleet is also laced with America's Cup sailors. Winner of The Whitbread Round the World Race 1997-98 with EF Language and also four times America's Cup competitor is Paul CAYARD (USA), who is back again in search of glory, leading the team of Pirates on The Black Pearl.
Mike SANDERSON (NZL) also combines America's Cup experience with previous round the world race expertise as the skipper of the highly talented team onboard ABN AMRO ONE.
Completing the line up for tomorrow's race is Sebastien JOSSE (FRA) who will be steering ABN AMRO TWO. Although only 30, JOSSE has an impressive track record which includes the Vendee Globe, Transat Jacques Vabre and the Jules Verne Trophy.
Meteorology experts are predicting fine weather for tomorrow with a light offshore breeze building to approximately ten knots for a time, before diminishing to near calm conditions for a period late morning through midday. Shortly after noon, a new south westerly breeze is expected to fill in up the bay towards Sanxenxo. This will be slow to build but could
approach ten knots in the mid to late afternoon.
Crew lists for Sanxenxo in-port race
ABN AMRO ONE
ABN AMRO TWO
Ericsson Racing Team
Pirates of the Caribbean