Historic win for Ericsson 3

Skipper Magnus Olsson and his Nordic crew have won leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finishing line in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro this morning.
Olsson and his crew stepped ashore in the Marina da Gloria to a euphoric and emotional welcome after spending 40 days at sea.

"It's unbelievable. We actually deserve it. We had a fantastic strategy when we needed it. We were so tired but we had a great fighting spirit to the end. We sailed really well, and our performance was 100 per cent all the time."

This win is all the more emotional for the fact that the team had already been at sea for three days longer than the rest of the fleet when they arrived in the Marina da Gloria today having had no stopover in Qingdao to rest and unwind. Olsson and his crew had just over an hour to load 40 days’ worth of food and diesel in Qingdao after finally completing leg four, and set sail again on the most demanding and potentially dangerous leg of the course, chasing the rest of the fleet that had already left seven hours previously.

Ericsson 4 finished in second place followed by Puma. Follow the rest of the fleet on http://www.volvooceanrace.org/