Team Ericsson 3 - the so-called "Scandinavian Team Ericsson" under the leadership of Swedish captain Magnus Olson became the winner of the longest, fifth stage of the Volvo Ocean Race. They were the first to cross Cape Horn and the first to arrive in Rio de Janeiro.
Scandinavian team consists mainly of young sailors, and for them the victory in this longest and most controversial stage is especially important. The stage began for the team with a late start, they were delayed by as much as eight hours due to repairs. They did not have time to erase the carbon dust from the hull when the yacht entered a new stage. In the Southern Ocean, the navigator proposed an unusual and risky maneuver that many had in mind but did not dare to put into action. Erickson 3 dared - and rightly so.
Besides, the unconditional merit of the team should be considered the absence of breakdowns. By their own admission, the yachtsmen very diligently "nurtured" the yacht, and did not let it break. The result of hard and painstaking work was the well-deserved victory of the Volvo Ocean Race 2009 stage.
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