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Ericsson 4 Next In Line

After the euphoric welcome given to Ericsson 3 this morning when she crossed the finish line in Rio de Janeiro to win leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race, Ericsson 4’s turn will come, but later on today.

Ending her StealthPlay this morning when she came within 50 miles of the finish, at 1300 GMT today Ericsson 4 had 46 miles to run, but her boat speed is down to a miserable two knots, promising a long and drawn out affair.

PUMA in the third spot, (DTF 92 nm) is fairing fractionally better, achieving an average speed of 5.8 knots during the past three hours.  However, both Green Dragon and Telefónica Blue are making excellent progress a double the speed of PUMA, but have a lot of miles yet to cover.

Ericsson is predicted to finish around 2030 GMT today, provided she is not completely becalmed, with PUMA expected later tonight, but both Green Dragon and Telefónica Blue will have at least another two days at sea before they can sample the culinary delights of Rio de Janeiro.

Leg Five Day 41: 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      46 nm
     PUMA      USA      Ken Read USA      +46
     Green Dragon      IRL/CHI      Ian Walker GBR      +438
     Telefónica Blue      ESP      Bouwe Bekking NED      +626
     Delta Lloyd      IRL      Roberto Bermudez ESP      DNS
     Telefónica Black      ESP      Fernando Echávarri ESP      DNS
     Team Russia      RUS      Andreas Hanakamp AUT      DNS

Cape Horn Scoring Gate

Boat Name Date Rounding Time Gate Point
     Ericsson 3 17 : 03 : 2009 1222 4.0
     Ericsson 4 17 : 03 : 2009 1448 3.5
     PUMA 17 : 03 : 2009 2046 3.0
     Green Dragon 18 : 03 : 2009 0215 2.5
     Telefónica Blue 19 : 03 : 2009 1339 2.0