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Stars Turnout for Portsmouth In-Port Race

Portsmouth, England – May 26, 2006 – Sports personalities, actors and Royalty will guest star during the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 in-port race, which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May.

Pirates of the Caribbean, skippered by American Paul Cayard, will be joined onboard by one of the film’s actors Mackenzie Crook, who plays Pirate Ragetti in ‘Pirates’. Crook also played Gareth in the hit sit-com ‘The Office’. Co-star Kevin McNally (Joshamee Gibbs in ‘Pirates’) will also be in attendance on Monday.

Also competing onboard Pirates of the Caribbean will be the yacht’s godmother Lady Gabriella Windsor as well as Olympic medal-winning rower James Cracknell.

Cracknell, who won rowing gold at the Athens Olympics with team-mate Sir Matthew Pinsent, will put any camaraderie aside, as Pinsent will be onboard rival yacht Ericsson.

Round the world yachtswomen Dee Caffari, who recently returned from her epic voyage the ‘wrong way’ around the world, will swap yachts when she steps onboard Mike Sanderson’s (NZ) ABN AMRO ONE – the overall race leader.

A total of six boats will compete in the in-port race. Unfortunately the Spanish entry movistar, skippered by Dutchman Bouwe Bekking, is yet to be recovered from the North Atlantic after the crew was forced to abandon ship.

Sébastien Josse, Skipper of ABN AMRO TWO, has also recently announced that his team will be competing in Monday’s race. Participation in the race had been thrown into doubt following the tragic loss of ABN AMRO TWO crew member Hans Horrevoets during the New York to Portsmouth leg of the race.

Seb Josse commented: “We are all keen to go on – we know that it is what Hans would have wanted and the first step is to get back out on the water for the in port race. Of course it will not be easy but the whole team has decided to go sailing on Monday and we will be doing it for Hans. Gerd Jan [Poortman] will be on board and Coxy [Neil Cox] will also join us as the 11th man.” The team have not yet made a decision on the rest of the race.

For the in-port race, Ericsson will be boosted by some additional local sailors, who are familiar with the complicated waters of The Solent. movistar’s former navigator Andrew Cape (AUS) who lives in Lymington, has joined the team for the remainder of the race, replacing Mark Rudiger (USA). Local skipper Neal McDonald, who hails from Hamble, will be sailing in familiar territory as will Hampshire helmsman Tim Powell and crew member Jason Carrington.

Also competing on Monday will be the Australian entry Brunel and the first Brazilian entry in the race, Brasil 1 skippered by five times Olympic medallist Torben Grael (BRA).

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