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GP Portsmouth Day 2
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30-5-2006: Day 2 Racing
Today the Volvo Extreme 40’s did what they are designed to do -
Spectators along Southsea seafront saw the true power of the 40ft extreme
catamarans, which form part of the in-port entertainment package for the Volvo
Ocean Race 2005-06, and witnessed the carnage of the final race of the day.
In 15-25 knots the final race saw two of the teams, overall series leaders
Tommy Hilfiger and Volvo Ocean Race, upside down. Tommy Hilfiger helmed by Randy
Smyth performed a spectacular cartwheel after they dug the front of the boat in
whilst they were leading the race. The boat got to the point of no return and
all of the crew members tumbled from the high side, through the air and into the
Unfortunately Tommy Hilfiger were unable to finish the race but still managed
to hold on to second place overall after scoring two seconds and a first in the
three earlier races of the day.
In exactly the same spot, just one lap later, Volvo Ocean Race helmed by the
class designer Yves Loday mirrored the mistake and although they didn’t do a
complete cartwheel, they did capsize the boat causing them to forfeit a result
from that race.
Team Basilica, helmed by 49er sailor Alister Richardson managed to keep their
heads above water. The all British team scored four results inside the top three
to pull out an eighteen point lead over second placed Tommy Hilfiger.
Conrad Humphreys’ Motorola had the best day out of the fleet. With Isle of
Wight sailor Leigh McMillan at the helm, the team went on to score two firsts
and two thirds to place them third overall - just one point off second. Team
Holmatro, helmed by class creator and double Olympic medallist Mitch Booth is
currently placed fourth overall with Team Volvo Ocean Race fifth.