Wednesday, November 5, 2008

New keel for Ericsson 3

Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race Ericsson 3's keel is changed in Cape Town

Ericsson 3 took a large step towards achieving their potential by replacing their non-compliant keel today.

The team were penalised to the tune of one point per in-port race, one for each scoring gate and two for every leg finish as a result of a pre-race verdict by the International Jury, who ruled in Alicante that the team’s keel fin did not meet race rules.

It has so far cost the team four points – meaning they occupy sixth on the leaderboard with five points instead of fifth – but now that bill will stop growing.

“It’s good that this team can now start getting full points,” said Richard Brisius, Ericsson Racing Team's managing director. “They are a very good team and can do well in this race.” Full Report