December 22, 2008 @ 17:02:40   Foto Photos by Rick Deppe-PUMA Ocean Racing/ Gabriele Olivo-Telefonica Blue/ Mikel Pasabant-Telefonica Black

Iker Martinez on the binoculors while Bouwe Bekking is checking from the stern

1 AV 4

Anders Lewander, Ericsson 3, post-finish: “It’s been so enormously tough all of this leg…but it’s been really amazing. I’ve really enjoyed this leg because of the close tactics and the mix of conditions. It’s hard work but the close encounter and the whole situation on this leg has been really challenging.

“I must admit that at several occasions during this leg I truly believed we were able to win. I’m really proud and happy about our achievement…this short gybing and close encounters is really good racing.

“The Malacca Strait was challenging with night sailing up the shoreline…then the line-up with the four of us in very variable, light wind conditions. It was a bit of a lottery situation. But it was important to keep in mind the big picture and not necessarily look just at the short term.”

Bouwe Bekking from the finish line: "A very happy bunch here on Telefonic Blue. We kept our heads cool today, and as predicted it wasn't over until close to the finish. We had all the exitement in the last 50 miles, dodging fishing nets, zig-zagging around tugboats, hundreds of commercial ships, and then the wind which was ranging from 20 knots to nearly zero. A real test for all the guys minds, as our nice advantage over the others nearly vanished, but we pulled it off and all the guys did a marvelous job. A better X-mas present we couldn't have wished for."

1 Ericsson 4 - 35.0 (finished)
2 Telefonica Blue - 30.5 (finished)
3 PUMA Ocean Racing - 27.5 (finished)
4 3Ericsson 3 - 23.5 (finished)
5 Green Dragon - 17.5 (racing)
6 Telefonica Black - 15.5 (racing)
7 Team Russia - 8.5 (racing)
8 Delta Lloyd - 8.0 (racing)

Telefonica Blue won leg three but behind, PUMA has grabbed second place, while the Nordic crew on board Ericsson 3 pushed their stable mates and overall race leader, Ericsson 4 into fourth place for the leg.


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