Saturday, 28 March 2009


Neal McDonald, onboard Green Dragon, on leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Qingdao to Rio de Janeiro. Image copyright Guo Chuan/Green Dragon Racing/Volvo Ocean Race.

by Volvo Ocean Race media

With the first three boats safely tied up in the Marina da Gloria, Rio after completing the 12,300 nm leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race, the next boat expected to finish will be Ian Walker’s Green Dragon.

However, she went into stealth mode this morning immediately after the 0700 GMT position report, and will not reappear until 0700 GMT tomorrow, or once she gets within 50 nm of the finish. At 0655 GMT this morning, she was 267 nm from the finish and doing 13 knots.

It is still possible that Green Dragon and Bouwe Bekking’s Telefónica Blue could have a duel at the finish, but until Green Dragon reveals her hand, that possibility is unknown. Telefónica Blue has 331 nm to run and is trucking along at a steady 16 knots. She has covered 340 nm in the past 24 hours, but is Green Dragon as fortunate?

Telefónica Blue is expected to finish tomorrow afternoon provided the breeze holds firm.

Leg Five Day 42: 1300 GMT Volvo Ocean Race Positions
(boat name/country/skipper/nationality/distance to finish)
Ericsson 3 SWE (Magnus Olsson/SWE) FINISHED
Ericsson 4 SWE (Torben Grael/BRA) FINISHED
PUMA Racing Team USA (Ken Read/USA) FINISHED
Green Dragon IRL/CHI (Ian Walker/GBR) STEALTHPLAY
Telefónica Blue ESP (Bouwe Bekking/NED) DTF 331

Delta Lloyd IRL (Roberto Bermudez/ESP) DNS
Telefónica Black ESP (Fernando Echávarri/ESP) DNS
Team Russia RUS (Andreas Hanakamp/AUT) DNS

Leg Five Finishing Order Rio de Janeiro
1. Ericsson 3: 8 points
2. Ericsson 4: 7 points
3. PUMA: 6 points

Overall Leaderboard (Provisional)
1. Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael/BRA) 63.5 points (FINISHED)
2. PUMA (Ken Read/USA) 53 points (FINISHED)
3. Telefónica Blue (Bouwe Bekking/NED) 46.5 points (RACING)
4. Ericsson 3 (Magnus Olsson/SWE) 43.5 (FINISHED)
5. Green Dragon (Ian Walker/GBR) 34.5 (RACING)

Cape Horn Scoring Gate
(boat/date/rounding time/gate points)
Ericsson 3: 17.03.09 1222 GMT: 4 points
Ericsson 4: 17.03.09 1448 GMT: 3.5 points
PUMA: 17.03.09 2046 GMT: 3 points
Green Dragon: 18.03.09 0215 GMT 2.5 points
Telefónica Blue: 19.03.09 1339 GMT 2 points

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