Ericsson 3 and Ericsson 4 on Galway Bay. Photo Oskar Kihlborg/EricssonRacingTeam
GALWAY, Ireland (May 30, 2009) – Ericsson Racing Team placed fourth and fifth in today’s Galway In-Port Race of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Ericsson 3, skippered by Sweden’s Magnus Olsson, placed fourth after finishing second in the second race. Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael of Brazil, placed fifth.
The in-port race was well received among the locals, who turned out by the thousands to watch the racing. There was the largest on-water crowd to watch an in-port race, and many more lined vantage points on Salthill, the two-kilometer promenade stretching along Galway Bay. Volvo Ocean Race officials estimated 50,000 people were on hand throughout the day, which began with the dock-out ceremony at race village.