Sun, Jan 22, 2006 - Page 23 News List

`ABN AMRO ONE' gets to Australia ahead of pack

AP , MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

ABN AMRO ONE as it approaches the finish at Williamstown, Australia yesterday for the Volvo Ocean Race.

PHOTO: EPA

Dutch yacht ABN AMRO ONE ended a 19-day Southern Ocean crossing from South Africa to Australia yesterday with a first-place finish in the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The yacht, with skipper Mike Anderson, had floundered in light winds for nearly 24 hours, delaying the finish and reducing the yacht's speed at times to an average of 7.5kph as it approached the Australian coast.

Surrounded by 30 or 40 pleasure craft, it crossed the finish line at Williamstown inside Port Phillip Bay at 8:08pm local time, ending the 11,300km trip from Cape Town.

The seven multi-million-dollar yachts left South Africa on Jan. 2. Sister entry ABN AMRO TWO was expected to finish second in the leg and was about three hours behind.

Movistar of Spain was in third place, US-entry Pirates of the Caribbean fourth and ING Real Estate Brunel in fifth place.

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