`ABN Two' completes rough leg

Sailing

April 19, 2006|By CANDUS THOMSON | CANDUS THOMSON,SUN REPORTER

The last of the Volvo Ocean Race yachts under sail arrived yesterday morning after a grueling slog up the Chesapeake Bay.

ABN Amro Two, the sister of the winner of the 5,000-mile Rio de Janeiro-to-Baltimore leg, crossed the finish line at Baltimore Light at 10:41, for an elapsed time of 15 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes and 59 seconds. The crew of young sailors overcame a major equipment malfunction late in the race to finish under wind power.

But by bringing up the rear, the second Dutch boat was pushed out of second place overall to third place.

"The reason I can not be too disappointed is because our crew work was excellent and also the tactics, and I think we sailed better in this leg than in any other," said skipper Sebastien Josse. "I am not too worried as the race is not finished yet and there is still plenty of the race left."

The only one of the seven competitors still unaccounted for is the Australia-based Brunel, which is due to arrive at Dundalk Marine Terminal on a container ship on April 24. The boat was forced to quit the race because of equipment and financial troubles.

The leader of the around-the-world race, ABN Amro One, has accumulated 62.5 points, an almost insurmountable 22-point margin over Movistar of Spain, which picked up enough points to move from fourth to second place.

The U.S. entry, Pirates of the Caribbean, finished third, but dropped from third overall to fourth when it could not capitalize on a scoring opportunity mid-leg. Brasil 1 and Ericsson Racing Team maintained their fifth and sixth places.

The next chance to earn points is during the in-port race April 29, which will be held in the bay between the Patapsco and Magothy rivers. A win is worth 3.6 points.

candy.thomson@baltsun.com

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