The Official
Website of the
Sailing Federation
6 March 2006, 12:02 pm
Movistar Back On Track
No ALT tag specified

Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

At 0330 UTC this morning movistar was about to be craned back into the water. She is now motoring back down the Beagle Channel and has 34 miles to go before returning to the spot where she suspended racing and her leg can resume. Meanwhile the two Dutch ABN boats remain at the head of the fleet, with Pirates chasing in third.
No ALT tag specified

As movistar suspected, the fairing between the keel and the hull had broken off and this is how the water leaked into the boat. Once the boat was out of the water in Ushuaia, Argentina, the team was able to see that there was also some light damage to the rudder and the hull, which was almost certainly caused by the fairing breaking off. The team has carried out repairs which will get them to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they will carryout a more rigorous investigation and a repair will be done to bring the boat back up to optimum condition for the next leg of the course.

'We will be sailing with the keel halfway so as not to exert too much pressure around the area until we are able to perform more in-depth repairs,' explained skipper Bouwe BEKKING (NED). 'Obviously, in these kinds of conditions, our speed will be a lot slower than the rest of the fleet, but we should be in Rio by 13 March,' he added.

Movistar Drop Protests

The race office was also informed that movistar has withdrawn both protests against Sebastien JOSSE's (FRA) ABN AMRO TWO and Paul CAYARD's (USA) Pirates of the Caribbean, which were submitted ashore during the stopover in Wellington, New Zealand and one after the re-start in Wellington.

For the rest of the fleet racing towards Rio de Janeiro with just over 1,000 nautical miles to run, it has been another 24 hours of smooth sailing. The dreaded slow passage through the ridge of high pressure yesterday did not materialise and the fleet managed to keep moving. The whole fleet tacked late last night, but the order remains unchanged as they head towards the coast, 700 miles to their west. Mike SANDERSON's (NZL) ABN AMRO ONE continues to sail consistently faster than the chasing pack and has extended her lead to 45 miles, from ABN AMRO TWO in second place.

Position Report At 1000 Hours UTC, 6 March 2006
Team Nation Skipper Latitude Longitude DTF DTL DTLC CMG SMG VMG ETA
ABN AMRO ONE NED Mike SANDERSON (NZL) 40 29.01S 46 56.01W 1073 0 0 346 15.8 15.9 09/03/2006 - 1800 UTC
ABN AMRO TWO NED Sebastian JOSSE (FRA) 41 17.05S 46 48.10W 1118 45 -11 343 13.9 15.7 09/03/2006 - 2100 UTC
Pirates of the Caribbean USA Paul CAYARD (USA) 41 23.02S 47 5.02W 1126 53 -4 358 13.9 15.7 09/03/2006 - 2200 UTC
Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 41 38.02S 46 33.01W 1137 64 -3 355 14.3 15.7 09/03/2006 - 2300 UTC
Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal MCDONALD (GBR) 42 11.04S 45 46.03W 1164 91 -8 348 13.7 15.6 10/03/2006 - 0100 UTC
movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) 54 54.01S 67 20.03W 2326 1253 -72 101 5.6 12.5 14/03/2006 - 0100 UTC

DTF: Distance To Finish
DTL: Distance To Leader
DTLC: Distance To Leader Change; the difference between the distance from the boat to the leader taken at the time of the last six hour poll, and the distance from the boat to the leader at the previous poll
CMG: Course Made Good; the average course steered over the period of the past six hours up to the time of the last poll
SMG: Speed Made Good
VMG: Velocity Made Good; the average velocity of the boat towards the finish over the entire leg
ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival

Overall Leaderboard
(Up to and including Leg Four Scoring Gate - not yet ratified)

Pos Team Nation Skipper Pts
3 movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) 26
5 Pirates of the Caribbean USA Paul CAYARD (USA) 24.5
4 Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 22.5
6 Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal MCDONALD (GBR) 18
7 ING Real Estate Brunel AUS Grant WHARINGTON (AUS) 11.5

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

Lizzie GREEN (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Movistar about to be put back in the water and leave Ushuaia:© Oskar KIHLBORG
Share this page
World Sailing TV
Latest News
News Archive
© 2015 Copyright ISAF/ISAF UK Ltd. All Rights Reserved Privacy & Cookies delivered by Sotic powered by OpenText WSM