Sunday, June 18, 2006

Volvo Ocean Race

Yesterday we went to watch the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race come into the harbour in Gothenburg. The round the world race is 31,000 nautical miles (57,000 km) and takes 8 months to complete! 7 boats took part, but the Moviestar crew had to abandon ship as thier keel broke and their boat was taking in too much water. One of the crew members from the ABN AMRO TWO boat was swept overboard between New York and Portsmouth and sadly died too.

The company Daniel works for, Semcon, had co-designed part of the Swedish Ericsson Racing Team boat, so they had organised a big company day out to watch the race. We had a great spot up on the cliffs by the side of the finish line to watch the boats come in, sunbathe and eat a giant picnic.

The winning boat of the final leg (2nd overall) was the Pirates of the Caribbean/Disney boat. The crew sailed up to the finish line (just a few metres before the bridge) brandishing cutlasses and wearing eye patches!

The racing boats were followed by a huge armada of security, police, military, sailing and motor boats, plus a few brave people on jetskis!

After watching the first 2 boats cross the finish line we headed over to the other side of the harbour where Semcon had laid on a huge party, with drinks, a band and a big prawn buffet. As we sat outside eating we finally saw the Ericsson Racing Team Boat coming into harbour in 5th place, both in the final leg and overall ranking.

Nothing like a bit of cheesy dancing to round the night off!


At 1:27 PM, Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Boat races are fun and exciting. I envy you were able to witness it.

At 5:55 PM, Blogger verniciousknids said...

That sounds like a great day out...did you get any pics of the pirates?!

At 2:54 PM, Blogger kimananda said...

Hey, one of the people I interviewed the other day was telling me all about's cool to see some photos of it, too. It looks like a great day out!

At 3:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks like a great time.

At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wooow!! Helen-chan looks very pretty!! i love that pink tops!
all photos are amazing!! never seen sooo many boats in one shot lol
the dancing photo makes me smile. thanks a lotttt!!

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Baby Angel said...

wow! haven't never seen so many boats at one go :) beautiful scene...

At 10:30 PM, Anonymous Laura said...

Do I detect the YMCA in that dancing photo?!


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