After a stressful and testing Atlantic crossing, SANDERSON was relieved to bring Black Betty and her crew into Portsmouth. For him, it was not a day too soon, 'It has been a very tough few days, with up to 50 knots of winds, especially the last 24 hours.
'It is lovely to be here. It was such a huge set back losing Hans, but I know this is what he would have wanted.
'It is amazing really. It is such a special moment. For me this is the Olympic medal, the climbing Everest, it's a childhood dream to have skippered a boat and to have won the Volvo Ocean Race. It has been absolutely unbelievable. It has been the most amazing race with the most amazing team. We have been so tight as a team, from top to bottom.'
Speaking about the tragic loss of Hans HORREVOETS (NED) from ABN AMRO TWO, SANDERSON said, 'From the minute we got the message about the man overboard, we didn't know exactly which boat it was from, but I had that sinking feeling that it might be one of us. I emailed Si Fi straight away and he said that they had turned around and that Hans was in the water. It was a real kick in the stomach. We felt every minute that the guys were looking for him and they did an amazing job to get back to him. It was just tragic that it wasn't soon enough.'
ABN AMRO ONE took the lead from day two out of the Hudson River and led the fleet north to the coast of Nova Scotia, then tacked south passing behind the fleet, temporarily falling to the bottom of the leaderboard. By day six, ABN AMRO ONE was back up to form and on top again leading the pack across the Atlantic.
Neal MCDONALD's (GBR) Ericsson is 60 miles from the Lizard and is expected to arrive in Portsmouth around 1300 UTC tomorrow. Pirates of the Caribbean is 15 miles behind Ericsson and the fight for second place on the podium is sure to be a fierce one.
Position Report At 0400 Hours UTC, 21 May 2006
|ABN AMRO ONE||NED||Mike SANDERSON (NZL)||FIN||FIN||FIN||FIN||FIN||FIN||FIN||FIN||FIN|
|Ericsson Racing Team||SWE||Neal MCDONALD (GBR)||50 10.01N||03 19.04W||91||0||0||77||16.5||12.9||21/05/2006 - 1258 UTC|
|Pirates of the Caribbean||USA||Paul CAYARD (USA)||50 8.02N||03 40.06W||104||13||2||76||16.9||12.8||21/05/2006 - 1350 UTC|
|Brasil 1||BRA||Torben GRAEL (BRA)||50 1.02N||04 36.04W||140||49||5||69||17.4||12.6||21/05/2006 - 1614 UTC|
|Brunel||AUS||Matthew HUMPHRIES (GBR)||47 51.05N||12 42.02W||485||394||3||71||17.2||11.1||22/05/2006 - 2015 UTC|
|movistar||ESP||Bouwe BEKKING (NED)||48 55.01N||13 44.03W||502||411||-19||64||9.3||11.1||22/05/2006 - 2132 UTC|
|ABN AMRO TWO||NED||Sebastian JOSSE (FRA)||48 55.02N||13 45.10W||503||412||-19||65||9.3||11.1||22/05/2006 - 2135 UTC|
(Up to and including Leg Six)
|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||Matthew HUMPHRIES (GBR)||2.5|
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