by Sacha Oswald
Today, ABN AMRO ONE crossed the line in last place. But who cares? With a total of 96 points, the team has won the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 with two legs to spare, but it gives a certain piquancy that the team, which has been so dominant for so long, should come last in the last leg.
Mike Sanderson, skipper of ABN AMRO ONE with wife Emma after winning the Volvo Ocean Race overall in the last leg of Volvo Ocean Race from Rotterdam to Gšteborg, Sweden. © Oskar Kihlborg
'It’s my Everest, my Olympic rings, my childhood dream,' said Mike Sanderson (NZ), the skipper of the Dutch boat the ABN AMRO ONE team affectionately call Black Betty, when he won leg seven in Portsmouth. This was the point in the Volvo Ocean Race when the team knew they could not be beaten, but they still had two more legs to complete before they could finish the race in Goteborg.
As Mike Sanderson held aloft Fighting Finish, the striking Waterford Crystal winner’s trophy, presented to him and his team by HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, surrounded by 120,000 people who had watched the final stage of leg nine unfold, the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 concluded.
'Who cares about this leg', said Sanderson on the dock. 'We have won the Volvo Ocean Race and that is what it is all about. There is nothing wrong with today and the result, I promise you that. Gothenburg is the home of the Volvo Ocean Race and it is just great to be here. It was a bit slow getting in, but being here is just fantastic.
'This is the best dream for all of us. We wanted to win the Volvo Ocean Race, but unfortunately it was a bit of slow bus to get to the party. It is a dream come true for us at ABN AMRO and we are just over the moon with the result.
'I am not going to make any promises now on the dockside, but the Volvo Ocean Race is a wonderful race. We all love it and there is a good chance that we will all be back. '
And with that Mike Sanderson was ceremoniously thrown in to the water by the shore crew, swiftly followed by the rest of the team.
OVERALL LEADERBOARD (points not ratified)
|TEAM||FINISH TIME||ELAPSED TIME LEG NINE||COMBINED ELAPSED TIME||TOTAL RACE POINTS||POSITION OVERALL|
|ABN AMROONE||17/06/06 16:26:57||002d 05h 26m 57s||097d 11h 15m 39s||96.0||1|
|The Black Pearl||17/06/06 13:44:06||002d 02h 44m 06s||106d 17h 44m 17s||73.0||2|
|Brasil 1||17/06/06 14:32:15||002d 03h 32m 15s||102d 12h 36m 33s||67.0||3|
|ABN AMROTWO||17/06/06 13:48:56||002d 02h 48m 56s||101d 15h 50m 40s||58.5||4|
|Ericsson||17/06/06 16:10:20||002d 05h 10m 20s||105d 22h 44m 48s||55.0||5|
|Brunel||17/06/06 15:26:48||002d 04h 26m 48s||115d 16h 55m 37s||15.5||7|
|Leg Standing||Yacht Name||Leg Points||Finish Time||Elapsed Time||Total Elapsed Time||Race Points||Race Standings|
|1||The Black Pearl||7.0||17/06/06 13:44:06||002d 02h 44m 06s||106d 17h 44m 17s||73.0||2|
|2||ABN AMROTWO||6.0||17/06/06 13:48:56||002d 02h 48m 56s||101d 15h 50m 40s||58.5||4|
|3||Brasil 1||5.0||17/06/06 14:32:15||002d 03h 32m 15s||102d 12h 36m 33s||67.0||3|
|4||Brunel||4.0||17/06/06 15:26:48||002d 04h 26m 48s||115d 16h 55m 37s||15.5||7|
|5||Ericsson||3.0||17/06/06 16:10:20||002d 05h 10m 20s||105d 22h 44m 48s||55.0||5|
|6||ABN AMROONE||2.0||17/06/06 16:26:57||002d 05h 26m 57s||097d 11h 15m 39s||96.0||1|