Sunday, 31 May 2009
PUMA Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read (USA) come first in the In-port Race in Galway Bay. Image copyright Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race.
"Relief," said Ken Read. It had been on the cards since the very first leg, but finally happened today. PUMA have taken top spot on a podium for the first time.
by Bridgid Murphy
They had, in the skipper's own words, been the "bridesmaid" of this event, a highly talented group seemingly destined to finish the race without spraying the winner's champagne.
In fact, they made the top three on 13 of 19 scoring occasions coming into this latest chapter, no fewer than seven of those in second place. Those numbers propelled them into a fierce battle for the metaphorical silver medal, but the fact remained they were one of just three active teams to have not won at a single scoring station.
That changed in Galway Bay Saturday afternoon in the most unlikely of circumstances.
The wind was light, ranging between eight knots and 12, and if anyone was going to excel it would be Telefonica Blue, the light air masters with the best inshore record.
PUMA Ocean Racing
Volvo Ocean Race