/ Sailing

Green Dragon enjoys change of fortune

Updated: Friday, 21 Nov 2008 23:27

The Green Dragon is heading towards India
The Green Dragon is heading towards India

It was a good day onboard Green Dragon as Ian Walker and his crew stormed over the scoring gate picking up three valuable points along the way.

This places the team joint second overall alongside PUMA as they head north for India.

‘We have a new game, learning to sail without a boom, getting third at the scoring gate and you never know maybe even a result on the leg,’ reported navigator Ian Moore.

‘We can see by the length on the scheds that we are not the only ones having a few issues out here.

‘It will be fascinating to see what the stories are from other boats, but if we can carry on dealing with our adversities the way we have been, then we might be able to claw some points out of what looked like a last in leg situation.’

The race north began last night, with Green Dragon the first boat to gybe north.

Green Dragon is currently holding on to third place behind the two Ericsson boats.

PUMA are 28 miles behind them in fourth position, with Telefoncia Black bringing up the rear some 194 miles behind current leader Ericsson 3.

Soon the fleet will be sailing into lighter conditions and back into the heat as they approach the equator.

For the crew onboard Green Dragon this will provide an opportunity to repair their broken boom.

‘We hope to start the repair when conditions improve and when the temperature rises a bit for the glue and resin we have onboard to cure,’ commented Ian Walker.

Leg Two Day Five : 1300 GMT Volvo Ocean Race Positions:
(boat name/country/skipper/nationality/distance to finish)

Ericsson 3 SWE (Anders Lewander/SWE) DTF 3021
Ericsson 4 SWE (Torben Grael/BRA) + 17
GREEN DRAGON IRL/CHN (Ian Walker/GBR) + 57
PUMA Racing Team USA (Ken Read/USA) + 85
Team Russia RUS (Andreas Hanakamp/AUT) + 86
Telefónica Blue ESP (Bouwe Bekking/NED) + 167
Delta Lloyd IRL (Roberto Bermudez/ESP) + 172
Telefónica Black ESP (Fernando Echávarri/ESP) + 194

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