The final podium spot went to Ericsson 4, which ensures her overall victory in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. Although there is still one leg left to complete before the team crosses the finish for the final time in St Petersburg on 27 June, it is now not possible for them to be beaten.
Skipper GRAEL said, “We are finishing Ericsson 4’s circumnavigation. The boat was built here and left here nearly a year ago, so she’s back after sailing around the world and winning the race. It couldn’t be any better.
“We have a wonderful crew. A lot of experience. They have been fantastic on the whole leg, the whole race around the world. It’s a pleasure to sail with them and get back to Stockholm in this position, he said.
Provisional win for Ericsson 4 in VOR
The Volvo Ocean Race is not over yet, but Ericsson 4 has already amassed enough points to all but assure their victory. Despite finishing third in leg 9 (between Marstrand and Stockholm) the team has a 13-point lead over second-place challenger PUMA, with only 12 points possible in the remaining leg of the race.
From ISAF’s Sailing.org: