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IN-PORT RACE BLOG: ERICSSON 4 WINS THE DAY

Februari 09, 2009 @ 07:09:48   Foto Dave Knale/Rick Tomlinson - Volvo Ocean Race

In-port racing in the Volvo Ocean Race was postponed in Qingdao

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So Ericsson 4 extends their lead following the in-port races in Qingdao. In fact. the results on the day matched the overall leaderboard coming into the races, to the gaps between the teams have just been extended, albeit slightly, heading into leg five.

We'll bring you dockside reaction and Mark Chisnell's 'Play of the Day' shortly. And of course, great photographs off the water by Rick Tomlinson and Dave Kneale. Stay tuned

Provisional Results and Points - Qingdao in-port race day

Race 1

Ericsson 4
Green Dragon
PUMA
Telefonica Blue

Race Two

Telefonica Blue
Ericsson 4
PUMA
Green Dragon

Overall for the day and scoring points

Ericsson 4 - 4 points
Telefonica Blue - 3.5 points
PUMA - 3.0 points
Green Dragon - 2.5

05:55 GMT

The rich get richer

Conditions are even lighter for race two, where Telefonica Blue bounces back in style, coming back from worst in race one to an emphatic win in race two. Ericsson 4 earns second place while PUMA - despite being over the start line early - takes third. Green Dragon took a bad shift on the second beat to fall to fourth.

Overall, Ericsson 4 takes the day from Telefonica Blue. PUMA and Green Dragon are tied following the two races, but PUMA gets the nod on the tie break.

04:15 GMT

Ericsson 4 has won the first of two scheduled races on Monday. In light, shifty conditions, Ericsson 4 skipper Torben Grael fought off a hard charge from Green Dragon, who took second place.

PUMA was able to get past Telefonica Blue for third place.

The Race Committee is setting marks in anticipation of a 10:30 start. Below, Mark Chisnell offers up his take on the day.


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