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Ericsson 4 team celebrates Volvo Ocean Race win
Associated Press
2009-06-28 07:28 PM
Combining the greatest sailors with superior boat builders was what gave Sweden's Ericsson 4 victory in the around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, the team's racing director said Sunday.

"Not even the rain could ruin the festive spirits. We set out to win the race and we did it," Richard Brisius told a news conference. "The secret to our victory was simple: we gathered together the best yachtsmen and the best builders and we sailed around the world."

The 2,500-mile, 127-day race wrapped up in St. Petersburg on Saturday.

Ericsson 4 skipper Torben Grael of Brazil, a five-time Olympic medalist, hailed his team's record-setting pace on the first leg from Alicante, Spain, to Cape Town, South Africa.

Puma Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read, finished runner-up overall and was second in the 10th and final leg _ a 400-mile sprint from Stockholm to St. Petersburg that was won by Spain's Telefonica Black.

The Volvo Ocean Race began in Alicante on Oct. 11 and featured 10 legs and seven in-port regattas.

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