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31 January 2006, 09:33 am
Brasil 1 Mast Arrives In Australia
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

Brasil 1's race against time in Australia continues. While the boat is travelling 4000 km from the west coast to the east coast on the back of a trailer, the boat's new mast was flown into Sydney this Monday.
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The spare mast was in Britain, came through Amsterdam and arrived in Sydney at 0630 local time in Brasilia. Now, it is on its way to Melbourne, a 1,050 km journey. Unlike the boat, which only travels in the daytime, for safety reasons the mast can only travel at night (the part is 35 meters long). Therefore, the trip will take approximately two nights.

Brasil 1 spent the night close to Adelaide and has less than 1,000 km to go. The estimated arrival time has been changed. The trailer with the boat was supposed to arrive in Melbourne this Tuesday, but now it will park at Waterfront City, where the marina is located, on Wednesday morning.

In a conversation with the driver of the truck that is transporting the Brazilian sailboat, technical director of the Brasil 1 project, Horácio CARABELLI (BRA), made it very clear that the time left for repairs is short. 'We will start working the minute the boat arrives. Regardless of the time, morning, afternoon, evening, or even in the middle of the night. We have a lot to do in very little time,' he said.

The main goal of this race against time is to get the Brasil 1 ready to compete in the In Port race on Saturday. The start of the third leg, between Melbourne and Wellington, New Zealand, will be on 12 February. To ensure that the Brazilians will take part in both events, the organizers of the Australian race stop are doing everything to help. A number of volunteers have also shown up at the Brasil 1 base to offer their services. 'We can feel that everyone wants us to be ready in time,' said Ricardo ERMEL (BRA), in charge of the team's logistics.

The Brasil 1 is sponsored by VIVO, Motorola, QUALCOMM, HSBC, Embraer, ThyssenKrupp, NIVEA Sun, Ágora Senior Corretora de Valores and the Brazilian Government through Apex (Agency for the Promotion of Brazilian Exports), the Ministry of Industry, Development and Foreign Trade, the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Sports, with special support from Varig.

Overall Leaderboard
(Up to and including Leg Two)

Pos Team Nation Skippers Pts
3 movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) 15.5
4 Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 14.5
5 Pirates of the Caribbean USA Paul CAYARD (USA) 13.5
6 Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal MCDONALD (GBR) 12.5
7 Brunel AUS Grant WHARINGTON (AUS) 11

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

Bruno DORO (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Brasil 1 on their way to Melbourne:© David BRANIGAN
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