ABN Amro achieves double in ocean race
2 December 2005, AMSTERDAM — Team ABN Amro has won an impressive victory in the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.
2 December 2005
AMSTERDAM — Team ABN Amro has won an impressive victory in the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.
ABN Amro One was the first boat to cross the finish line in Cape Town, South Africa on Thursday. The vessel is one of the two sailing boats the Dutch bank has entered in the epic race.
Team ABN Amro's new 70-metre racing boats are designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian for high speeds and endurance.
ABN Amro One took the first stage after sailing 6,400 nautical miles from the port of Vigo in Spain during a 19-day voyage. The victory was made all the sweeter as sister ship, ABN Amro Two, came in second place six hours and 5 minutes behind ABN Amro One.
The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s toughest ocean race, taking each boat over 30,000 miles and circling the globe in eight months. The race runs is divided over nine legs and seven in-port races beginning on 5 November 2005 with an in-port race at Sanxenxo, Spain and ending on 17 June 2006 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The result in South Africa put ABN Amro One at the top of the leader-board with eight legs remaining.
"This is a great feeling. It's been an unbelievable leg. There was a lot said about our boats, especially after the in-port race, but this has proved to everyone that these machines are capable of something special," ABN Amro One skipper Mike Sanderson said.
"Tactically, it all went to plan. We knew we were taking a risk by heading so far west in the southern Atlantic, but we picked up some great winds during the latter part of the leg and thankfully it all paid off - after some fairly stressful moments," the New Zealander said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news, ABN Amro One