Stockholm has been a beautiful host to the Volvo Ocean Race, however, there's a lot too it and nothing is quite simple. Take for example the venture we all embarked on to greet the teams: nearly 3 hour ferry ride to an island. Today, it was/is a slog of a motor for the teams and media, a bus ride to catch the boat. Though an amazing day, the wind forecast is light.
Folks, have to say, the armchair spectator may have the best seat in the house. You know you can fetch a bite to eat or a cup of tea and guaranteed working head in short distance. Though, there is real spirit here and the crowds expected are anticipated to rival those of the Sprint Race into town. Now, that will be a site. Those photographers in the air have in past captured the impressive number of people who've come out to experience the Volvo Ocean Race and anticipate their shots to take our breathe away later today.
Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race.
The City Sprint from Sandhamn, the finish line of leg 9, to the city of Stockholm
Taking bit of a back-seat experience this go around, making use of all the media outlets Stockholm Stop-over Team has made available for us. It will be hard to miss a sailor sneeze, let alone a key moment in the race and quite excited to know I have a lovely toilet to count on!!
It's a reflection back to yesterday's post on Telefonica Blue taking the cake for perseverance as they came from behind and got the job done during today's final in-port race of the event. The story could not have been scripted better. As you followed, it seemed after the first race Puma secured their placement on the podium, but no. Mathematically, the race for second is still on and sincerely not determined till the final leg. A much better story anyways! Can't wait for Mark Chisnell to get back in...some final tweaks to the book are yet to come.
Photos Of The Boats Arrivals Back Into Stockholm: