2005–06 Volvo Ocean Race

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2005–06 Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race logo
Edition 9th
Dates 5 Nov 2005 – 17 June 2006
Competitors 7
Yachts Volvo Open 70
1st, gold medalist(s) Gold ABN AMRO I
2nd, silver medalist(s) Silver Pirates of the Caribbean
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bronze Brasil1
Pirates wins the final leg

The 2005–06 Volvo Ocean Race was held between 5 November 2005 and 17 June 2006. Seven boats took part in the race and made ten stops in nine countries.

The 2005–06 race was the first to not begin in the United Kingdom. The course of 31,000 nautical miles (57,000 km) was divided into 9 legs, and would take over 8 months to complete. A new class of boat, the Volvo Open 70 was introduced: The new boats were 2m longer and about 1,000 kg lighter than the VO60's used in the previous race. They were also allowed to have more sail area and include the use of canting keels.[1]

During Leg 7 of the race Hans Horrevoets, 32, of The Netherlands was swept overboard from ABN AMRO II. Although he was recovered from the water, attempts to resuscitate him were not successful. CPR was stopped at 0420GMT, 18 May 2006.[2]

The crew of Movistar abandoned ship after the aft end of their keel pivot broke away from their hull in the night of 20 May 2006, and transferred to ABN AMRO II which had been standing by and was escorted by HMS Mersey back to land.[3] Although a search was carried out for the yacht, it is believed she sank due to the damage sustained.[4]

The 2005–06 race had tighter restrictions on the number of crewmembers allowed than previous races. An all-male crew was restricted to ten, while a crew with at least 5 women could have eleven members, and an all-female crew, (of which there were none in the race), could have twelve. The only woman who served as crew was Adrienne Cahalan of Brasil 1, who was replaced after the first leg. The skipper of each team could nominate one additional person for the in-port races.


The competitors at port in Annapolis.
Brunel finishing the New York leg
Yacht Flag & Sail Designer Builder Skipper
ABN AMRO I Netherlands NED 1 Juan Kouyoumdjian Killian Bushe Sanderson, MikeMike Sanderson
ABN AMRO II Netherlands NED 2 Juan Kouyoumdjian Killian Bushe Sébastien Josse
Brasil1 Brazil BRA 1 Farr Yacht Design ML Boatworks Grael, TorbenTorben Grael
Brunel (Sunergy and Friends) Australia AUS 03 Don Jones Hart Marine Grant Warington
Ericsson Racing Team Sweden SWE 1876 Farr Yacht Design Green Marine Neal MacDonald
movistar Spain ESP 1 Farr Yacht Design Boatspeed Bouwe Bekking
Pirates of the Caribbean United States USA 7706 Farr Yacht Design Green Marine Cayard, PaulPaul Cayard


Event Starting date Start Finish Distance (nmi) Winner
Race 1 5 November 2005 Spain Sanxenxo In-Port Race Ericsson Racing Team
Leg 1 12 November 2005 Spain Vigo South Africa Cape Town 6,400 ABN AMRO I
Race 2 26 December 2005 South Africa Cape Town In-Port Race ABN AMRO I
Leg 2 2 January 2006 South Africa Cape Town Australia Melbourne 6,100 ABN AMRO I
Race 3 4 February 2006 Australia Melbourne In-Port Race ABN AMRO I
Leg 3 12 February 2006 Australia Melbourne New Zealand Wellington 1,450 movistar
Leg 4 19 February 2006 New Zealand Wellington Brazil Rio de Janeiro 6,700 ABN AMRO I
Race 4 25 March 2006 Brazil Rio de Janeiro In-Port Race ABN AMRO I
Leg 5 2 April 2006 Brazil Rio de Janeiro United States Baltimore 5,000 ABN AMRO I
Race 5 29 April 2006 United States Baltimore In-Port Race movistar
Leg 6 2 May 2006 United States Annapolis United States New York City 400 ABN AMRO I
Leg 7 11 May 2006 United States New York City United Kingdom Portsmouth 3,200 ABN AMRO I
Race 6 29 May 2006 United Kingdom Portsmouth In-Port Race ABN AMRO I
Leg 8 2 June 2006 United Kingdom Portsmouth Netherlands Rotterdam 1,500 Brasil1
Race 7 11 June 2006 Netherlands Rotterdam In-Port Race ABN AMRO I
Leg 9 15 June 2006 Netherlands Rotterdam Sweden Gothenburg 500 Pirates of the Caribbean


Yacht Total
Pirates of the Caribbean 73.0
Brasil1 67.0
Ericsson Racing Team 55.0
movistar 48.0
Brunel (Sunergy and Friends) 15.5


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