April 26, 2006, Baltimore, Maryland – The ‘Battle of The Bay’ – the duel between the Volvo Open 70s on Chesapeake Bay this Saturday 29th April – is to be broadcast live across the United States and around the world via the Volvo Ocean Race’s official website. It will also be broadcast to spectator boats following proceedings on the bay.
This contest, the fifth of the Volvo Ocean Race’s highly successful series of in-port match races, has the potential to be the best so far. Many are expecting this to be the time when Mike Sanderson’s (NZ) seemingly unbeatable ABN AMRO ONE faces its most serious challenge – a scenario made even more likely considering the current forecast: a very light easterly breeze on a gloriously sunny day.
Light winds will not suit ABN AMRO ONE but will certainly appeal to the teams aboard Sanderson’s closest rivals on the points’ table, Bouwe Bekking’s (NED) second-placed movistar and Paul Cayard’s American entry, Pirates of the Caribbean. And Brasil 1, sailed by five-time Olympian and dual gold medallist, Torben Grael, cannot be ignored.
Much interest will also focus on Ericsson and the revamped Australian entry, Brunel, which rejoins the Volvo fleet in Baltimore after undergoing extensive modifications in Melbourne. Ericsson, which has not excelled since winning the opening in-port race in Spain, will enter the arena on Saturday with Neal McDonald (GBR) back at the helm and two new crewmembers, navigator Mark Rudiger (USA) and Ian ‘Barney’ Walker (AUS).
The man who is the voice of the Volvo Ocean Race, Guy Swindells, will again be joined at ringside by yachting commentator and author Rob Mundle aboard a media boat operating inside the course exclusion zone on Chesapeake Bay. All the action will be broadcast from 12:45 EDT (17:45 BST).
The race commentary can be heard by simply going to the race website, www.volvooceanrace.org, and clicking on the live broadcast icon.
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