Wednesday, 24 December 2008


by Volvo Ocean Race media

Fernando Echávarri from Spain brought Telefónica Black through the finish in Singapore today in fifth place at 1736 GMT (0136 local time), after racing for nine days, seven hours, 36 minutes and 23 seconds (09:07:36:23).

The team’s total overall score is 19.5 points, which puts them fifth overall. However if Green Dragon (Ian Walker/GBR) is the next boat to finish, they will slip to sixth place. Ian Walker and his men are currently fighting off an attack from Kosatka Team Russia (Andreas Hanakamp/AUT), which, if they succumb and Kosatka beats them to the finish, will leave Green Dragon and Telefónica Black on an equal score overall of 19.5 points.

As the team began the long motor in to Sentosa Island, Fernando Echávarri said:
“It’s not disappointing at all for us. We just couldn’t pass the others, we had opportunities to do it but we just couldn’t.

“We are happy because we made a good leg, we were a few hours behind the top boats, but we know we can do better and we’ll keep working on it.

“We are really destroyed...exhausted. We thought we had a chance at one stage, we could see the others about four miles ahead, but we were never really in the right place at the right time to take advantage and get past them."

The next boat to finish will be later this evening.

Leg Three Finishing Order Singapore
1. Telefónica Blue: 8 points (FINISHED)
2. PUMA : 7 points (FINISHED)
3. Ericsson 3: 6 points (FINISHED)
4. Ericsson 4: 5points (FINISHED)
5. Telefónica Black: 4 points (FINISHED)

Overall Leaderboard (Subject to Protest)
1. Ericsson 4: 35 points (FINISHED)
2. Telefónica Blue: 30.5 points (FINISHED)
3. PUMA : 27.5 points (FINISHED)
4. Ericsson 3: 23.5 points (FINISHED)
5. Telefónica Black: 19.5 points (FINISHED)
6. Green Dragon: 17.5 points (RACING)
7. Team Russia: 8.5 points (RACING)
8. Delta Lloyd: 8 points (RACING)

Scoring Gate Order
1. Ericsson 4 (4 points)
2. Telefónica Blue (3.4 points)
3. Ericsson 3 (3 points)
4. PUMA (2.5 points)
5. Telefónica Black (2 points)
6. Green Dragon (1.5 points)
7. Kosatka Team Russia (1 point)
8. Delta Lloyd (0.5 points)

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