“绿蛟龙”号在微弱西南风中起程前往波士顿

里约,巴西,4月11日当地时间下午1500,沃尔沃环球帆船赛第六赛段开始,7支船队在5-10节的微弱西南风力推动下开始了里约-波士顿4,900海里的航行,预计持续时间为14-16天。起航笛声鸣响,“绿蛟龙”号处于领先位置,紧靠彪马队,而电讯黑队领头。年轻的西班牙电讯黑队队员在第四赛段船体受损严重,不得不错失第五赛段后,为自己在第六赛段赢得了一个完美的起航。船长费尔南多带领全队船员第一个通过了瓜纳巴拉湾第一标记点,紧随其后的是彪马队和爱立信4队。由于爱立信4队的紧迫逼人,彪马队在通过标记点时忙中出错,而爱立信4队则借此顺风跑到了第二。

对于第五赛段的冠军爱立信3队来说,这个赛段的开场并不顺利,随着他们顺风航行至最后一个标记点时,队员们竟无法降下大三角帆,最后不得不爬上桅杆才得以获得解放。由于这一事故,爱立信3队只能眼睁睁地看着除了德尔塔•劳埃德队以外的其他船队从身边驶过,进入大海。船队们驶出瓜纳巴拉湾,经过著名的科巴卡巴纳海滩,然后沿着巴西的海岸线向北航行进入更广阔的海域。电讯黑队领衔,随后是爱立信4队,彪马队以微弱差距位列第三。争夺第四的战争在“绿蛟龙”和电讯蓝队之间展开,而爱立信3队也从之前的事故中恢复了过来,暂列第六。完成修复工作的德尔塔•劳埃德队从开赛伊始就一直在努力追赶领先的船队,但仍落在了最后。

里约前往波士顿途中设有一个得分门,位于费尔南多-迪诺罗尼亚岛处,而船队预计将在4月27日左右抵达赛段终点波士顿。

在第六赛段开赛前,船长伊恩评论:“这一赛段让我们感到兴奋,我们也希望借这一赛段获得好的名次。在里约停留的时间比较短,特别对岸上队员而言,要在这么短时间内把‘绿蛟龙’调整到最好的状态,他们的压力也很大。我们只试航了2个小时,就参加了上周末的港内赛,由于对于海湾的不熟悉,比赛结果不太理想。除此以外,整支队伍都状态很好,整装待发了。从地图上看,这个赛段将是直线航行,但事实上有些看着越容易越直接的其实并不像看上去的那样。我们会全程戒备,尽管我们已经经历了12,500海里,超过42天的第五赛段,并不代表14-16天的航行就不再是个挑战。前途还充满着艰苦和挫折,我绝对不是轻视接下来的这近5000海里!

2009年4月11日

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Leg six of the Volvo Ocean Race kicked off this afternoon at 1500 local time (GMT -4) on Apr 11 in a light south westerly 5 - 10 knots sea breeze, the 4,900 mile leg should see the fleet arrive in Boston in 14 - 16 days.  It was a good start for Green Dragon as they stuck close to PUMA at the committee boat end of the line, with Telefónica Black at the pin end. It was the young Spanish crew on Telefonica Black, who are back in the race after missing Leg 5 due to damage sustained in Leg 4, that had the best start off the line. Skipper Fernando Echávarri led the fleet around the first mark in Guanabara Bay with PUMA and Ericsson 4 hard in pursuit.  Pressure from Torben Grael at the mark forced a mistake by the PUMA which allowed Ericsson 4 to slip into second as they headed downwind. 

For Leg 5 winners Ericsson 3 it was a shaky start as they headed downwind towards the bottom mark, the crew were unable to drop their spinnaker and a crew member was forced to climb the mast in order to free the sail.  This error saw the fleet sail past and out into the open sea, apart from Delta Lloyd who had a slow start and were left trailing in seventh. The fleet then headed out of Guanabara Bay and past the famous Copacabana beach before turning off and heading north out into the open sea along the Brazilian coast.  Telefonica Black’s lead held with Ericsson 4 in second and PUMA chasing in third behind. The battle for fourth continued between Green Dragon and Telefonica Blue and Ericsson 3 had made up some ground after the sail error earlier in the start and were holding sixth place.  The newly repaired Delta Lloyd seemed to struggle from the beginning and were left chasing the fleet as they headed out in seventh place.

There is one mid-leg scoring gate opportunity on this leg, set at Fernando de Noronha, before the fleet arrives in Boston on or around 27 April

Speaking before the start skipper Ian Walker commented, “This is a very exciting part of the race for us, and a part of the race we want to do well in. The stopover has been short, particularly for the shore crew.  But every time we get to this stage I just want to get going again. The boat is in great shape, the short amount of time here has put a lot of pressure on the shore team.  The In Port race was difficult we only sailed for 2 hours before the race, we hadn’t sailed in the Bay before and it didn’t go as we had hoped. With that exception we are in good shape and ready to go.  On paper this leg looks quite straight forward but sailing and life has taught me that the things that look straight forward are often not the most straight forward. We’ll keep our guard up, we’re ocean sailing just because we’ve done 12,500 miles on the last leg and sailed for over 42 days, doesn’t mean that sailing for 14 - 16 days is any less of a challenge.  There are plenty of hazards out there and plenty of things that can go wrong, it wasn’t that long ago that I used to think the Fastnet was a big adventure!  So I’m not going to underestimate the next 4000 - 5000 miles that’s for sure!”

For more information about Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, please visit the following sites:
Volvo Ocean Race official site (Chinese): www.volvooceanrace.cn
Volvo Ocean Race official site (English): www.volvooceanrace.org
Volvo Ocean Race Chinese sailor blog:
http://www.volvo.com/group/china/zh-cn/brand_event/sponsorships/sailing/volvooceanrace/blog/blog.htm
Green Dragon Team official site (English): www.greendragonracing.com/en