Monday, March 30, 2009

Volvo Update

"RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: The final two yachts to finish the long, fifth stage of the Volvo Ocean Race arrived over the weekend in Rio de Janeiro, organisers said.

Chinese-Irish yacht Green Dragon, with Britain's Ian Walker at the helm, finished in fourth spot, crossing the finishing line at 1859GMT on Saturday, in a time of 42 days, 13 hours and 59 minutes.

Spain's Telefonica Blue, led by Dutchman Bouwe Bekking arrived at 0355GMT on Sunday after 42 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes at sea. He is third in the standings however behind American Ken Read's Puma Ocean Racing.

This 12,300-mile stage from Qingdao, China is the longest and most arduous of the nine-month, round-the-world event for crews."

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