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12 May 2006, 09:45 am
Volvo Fleet Receives Royal Send Off From New York
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006
New York, USA

In front of a spectacular backdrop and with H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden looking on, leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 got underway. In light winds, the trick at the start was not to get carried over the line early by the tide.
No ALT tag specifiedThe only American entry in the race, Pirates of the Caribbean skippered by American Paul CAYARD (USA), excelled in front of a home crowd and was one of the first to cross the line followed by the Australian entry Brunel under the new leadership of Matt HUMPHRIES (GBR).

The building breeze quickly carried The Pirates of the Caribbean off towards the turning mark at the Statue of Liberty, with Brunel, Neal MCDONALD'S (GBR) Ericsson and Brasil 1, skippered by five times Olympic medallist Torben GRAEL (BRA), in hot pursuit.

The light wind start gave the two ABN AMRO boats a disadvantage and as the four Farr designed boats moved quickly away from the line, both Mike SANDERSON'S (NZL) ABN AMRO ONE and Sebastien JOSSE'S (FRA) ABN AMRO TWO, designed by Juan KOUJOUMDJIAN, were left behind.

As the Volvo Open 70s passed the turning mark, the order had not changed and Pirates of the Caribbean had a small 19 second lead over Brunel. The first four boats rounded within a minute of each other with ABN AMRO ONE turning more than two minutes later just in front of team mates ABN AMRO TWO.

As the fleet headed out towards Ambrose Light Tower, movistar skippered by Bouwe BEKKING (NED) was in hot pursuit. Starting two hours later than the fleet, after taking a time penalty to fix the winch system that broke during the last leg, movistar was quickly doing 16 knots off the start line and took just eight minutes to reach the turning mark.

The wind looks set to build throughout the night providing some bumpy conditions for the fleet during their first 24 hours at sea. The seven Volvo Open 70s will be racing hard all the way to the scoring gate at Lizard Point, the most southerly point of mainland Britain, before heading through the Solent to Portsmouth.

The yachts are expected to arrive into Portsmouth, England, around 20 May 2006 where they will base themselves at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth.

Position Report At 0400 Hours UTC, 12 May 2006

Team Nation Skipper Latitude Longitude DTF DTL DTLC SMG ETA
ABN AMRO ONE NED Mike SANDERSON (NZL) 40 11.03N 071 55.02W 2957 0 0 11.9 No Data
Ericsson Racing Team SWE John KOSTECKI (USA) 40 11.01N

072 00.01W

2960 3 -2 11.2 No Data
Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 40 06.02N

071 56.01W

2960 3 0

12.1

No Data
Brunel AUS Grant WHARINGTON (AUS) 40 06.01N 071 57.03W 2961 4 0 12.0 No Data
Pirates of the Caribbean USA Paul CAYARD (USA) 40 05.01N 071 57.01W 2961 4 1 12.2 No Data
ABN AMRO TWO NED Sebastian JOSSE (FRA) 40 05.01N 071 59.01W 2963 6 -2 11.8 No Data
movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) 40 12.02N 072 22.05W 2974 17 1 12.2 No Data

Overall Leaderboard
(Up to and including Leg Six)

Pos Team Nation Skipper Pts
1 ABN AMRO ONE NED Mike SANDERSON (NZL) 70.5
2 Pirates of the Caribbean USA Paul CAYARD (USA) 47.5
3 movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) 47
4= ABN AMRO TWO NED Sebastien JOSSE (FRA) 42
4= Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 42
6 Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal MCDONALD (GBR) 34.5
7 Brunel AUS Grant WHARINGTON (AUS)/Matthew HUMPHRIES (GBR) 2.5

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

Lizzie GREEN (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Leg Seven Start In New York:© Martin STOCKBRIDGE
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