The King met the crews of the seven boats a day before they battled in the in-port race.
Glenn Bourke, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, said: “We are honoured that His Royal Highness has chosen to make an official visit to Sanxenxo. The crew members will relish the prospect of talking with him, given that he is an avid sailor. Who knows, he may even pass on a couple of tips for dealing with the tricky wind conditions we experience here in the bay. Being no stranger to elite yacht racing, I’m sure he will be impressed by the Volvo Open 70s.”
The King is extremely supportive of the Volvo Ocean Race; he hosted a reception at the Royal Palace in 2003 when Galicia was officially announced as the start port for the 2005-06 race. His list of sailing credits include; runner up at the 2003 Admiral’s Cup, winner of the Spanish IMS Championships as well as being a regular competitor in the IMS and Transpac circuit.
Seven Months Battling the Elements
The Volvo Ocean Race is a round the world yacht race featuring nine offshore legs, over 31,250 nautical miles. The 2005-06 event will feature an inshore race at each of the main stopover ports.
The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the world’s premier sporting events, and one of the harshest sports challenges. Starting in Galicia, Spain in November, the crews spend a grueling seven months battling severe weather and each other in demanding conditions, taking in Cape Town, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro and New York before finishing next June in Gothenburg. The yachts are scheduled to arrive in Portsmouth in May next year.
Your Chance to Participate in the Adventure
With Volvo X-Sea Challenge, you can apply for a fun trip at four stop-overs, where Gothenburg is one of them.
Further information can be found at www.volvooceanrace.org.