2005–06 Volvo Ocean Race

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
YachtFlag & SailDesignerBuilderSkipper
ABN AMRO INetherlands NED 1Juan KouyoumdjianKillian BusheSanderson, MikeMike Sanderson
ABN AMRO IINetherlands NED 2Juan KouyoumdjianKillian BusheSébastien Josse
Brasil1Brazil BRA 1Farr Yacht DesignML BoatworksGrael, TorbenTorben Grael
Brunel (Sunergy and Friends)Australia AUS 03Don JonesHart MarineGrant Warington
Ericsson Racing TeamSweden SWE 1876Farr Yacht DesignGreen MarineNeal MacDonald
movistarSpain ESP 1Farr Yacht DesignBoatspeedBouwe Bekking
Pirates of the CaribbeanUnited States USA 7706Farr Yacht DesignGreen MarineCayard, PaulPaul Cayard


EventStarting dateStartFinishDistance (nmi)Winner
Race 15 November 2005Spain SanxenxoIn-Port RaceEricsson Racing Team
Leg 112 November 2005Spain VigoSouth Africa Cape Town6,400ABN AMRO I
Race 226 December 2005South Africa Cape TownIn-Port RaceABN AMRO I
Leg 22 January 2006South Africa Cape TownAustralia Melbourne6,100ABN AMRO I
Race 34 February 2006Australia MelbourneIn-Port RaceABN AMRO I
Leg 312 February 2006Australia MelbourneNew Zealand Wellington1,450movistar
Leg 419 February 2006New Zealand WellingtonBrazil Rio de Janeiro6,700ABN AMRO I
Race 425 March 2006Brazil Rio de JaneiroIn-Port RaceABN AMRO I
Leg 52 April 2006Brazil Rio de JaneiroUnited States Baltimore5,000ABN AMRO I
Race 529 April 2006United States BaltimoreIn-Port Racemovistar
Leg 62 May 2006United States AnnapolisUnited States New York City400ABN AMRO I
Leg 711 May 2006United States New York CityUnited Kingdom Portsmouth3,200ABN AMRO I
Race 629 May 2006United Kingdom PortsmouthIn-Port RaceABN AMRO I
Leg 82 June 2006United Kingdom PortsmouthNetherlands Rotterdam1,500Brasil1
Race 711 June 2006Netherlands RotterdamIn-Port RaceABN AMRO I
Leg 915 June 2006Netherlands RotterdamSweden Gothenburg500Pirates of the Caribbean


Pirates of the Caribbean73.0
Ericsson Racing Team55.0
Brunel (Sunergy and Friends)15.5


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