The “movistar” was launched in the Marin Military Naval Academy Sanxenxo, 28th of October 2005

The  Marin Naval Academy is the venue chosen by the “movistar” team for the  official  launch  of the Volvo Open 70 they are to sail in the Round the  World  Race  2005-2006. The event is set to take place today, Friday 28th  of  October, at 16:30 hours, scarcely a week before the competition starts in Sanxenxo, with the first ever coastal regatta in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race.

“The  Marin  Naval  Academy was a natural choice –remarks Pedro Campos, managing  director  of  the  Spanish team–, first of all because it is an emblematic  institution  in  the  naval history of Galicia and Spain. All those who love the sea are familiar with and respect the tradition of the Marin  Naval Academy and for me personally, it is a great honour that our boat  can  be  christened  in  its  facilities.  On  the  other hand, the strategic  position  of  Marin  was  critical;  right  in  the Pontevedra Estuary,  where  the team has its base, and half way between Sanxenxo and Vigo.  Moreover, ever since we weighed up this option, the people running the Academy have bent over backwards to help us”.


The  launch,  attended  by  Admiral Jose Antonio Gonzalez Carrion, will take  place  at  16:30  hours  and  it  will  be  open to the public. “An excellent  opportunity  for people to visit a lovely place like the Naval  Academy  –continues  Campos–,  and  while  they are there, they can get a
first  hand  idea  of  what a Round the World boat like the “movistar” is really  like.  Once  again, I am grateful for the efforts and the support offered  by  the Academy, which has agreed to open its doors to enable us to share this celebration with whoever would like to come along”.

The  “movistar”  will  have a special God Mother for the launch. Esther Cid  Cadavid, the wife of Emilio Perez Touriño –President of the Xunta de Galicia  (Galicia  Regional  Government)–,  has  been chosen to crack the  bottle  of  “alvariño”  wine on the hull of the Volvo Open 70 “movistar”,
when it is christened with the name “Galicia”. Both the name and the flag of  Galicia  will  appear  on the hull of the boat for its voyage of over 57,000 kilometres around the world, starting on November 5th.


Anxela  Bugallo,  Minister of Culture and Sport of the Galicia Regional Government,  will  also  attend  the  event  on  behalf  of  the Galician Government,  accompanied  by  the  Director  General  of Sports, Santiago Dominguez,  the  Mayors of Marin, Pontevedra, Sanxenxo and Vigo, and with Admiral  Jose  Antonio  Gonzalez  Carrion, director of naval studies, and Commander  Javier  Franco  Suances,  Director of the Academy, hosting the event at the Marin Naval Academy.





Sailing/Round the World: Damage forces the Volvo Open 70 movistar to  head for shore.

The damage occurred after an enormous leap from a wave 500 miles from land, in the open sea off Lisbon. Damage forces the Volvo Open 70 “movistar” to head for shore.

Sanxenxo (Pontevedra), 13th of November 2005.

After a promising start, and when the Volvo Open 70 was sailing at full potential in a heavy downpour and in close competition with the Dutch boat, ABN-AMRO One, nearly 60 miles ahead of the rest of the fleet after a mere 12 hours of the competition, the boat leaped over a wave and slammed back down into the sea, causing structural damage to boat. The damage affected the work load of the pivoting keel’s hydraulic system.  For reasons of safety, the team is forced to set course for Cadiz (Spain) in an attempt to repair the damage.

The decision was taken after passing the latitude of Lisbon (Portugal) at 10:00 a.m. (Spanish time), when the Spanish boat was 300 miles from the port of Cadiz.

The entire shore team has set off from their base in Sanxenxo for Cadiz.

Ana Garcia
movistar Press Team
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Traditionally the Volvo Ocean Race race has always begun in the UK.  The first major change comes with the inclusion of Vigo as the start port, details of which will be published nearer to the start of the event.

After an inshore race in Sanxenxo, Galicia,
the first leg will start from the neighbouring port of Vigo and take the fleet south, via a scoring gate at Fernando da Noronha, on the Brazilian coast, to Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town has been a natural part of previous races given its geographical location where two of the world's great oceans meet, and thereby a logical destination for leg one.

Leg two will be the first test of the Southern Ocean. Historically, the event has always been known and respected for its long ocean legs, taking the event far south into the Southern Ocean. It is racing across this lonely ocean that allows the sailors to use their experience and push their boats to the limit and it is generally considered to provide the most exciting ocean racing in the world. To make it even more exciting, we have introduced a scoring gate at the Kerguelen Islands and another at Eclipse Island, off Albany on the west coast of Australia. The leg finish will be in Melbourne, Australia.

Leg three will take the fleet to Wellington for a pit-stop. Instead of the rolling start as seen in the Hobart pit-stop in the last edition of the race, the boats will start from Wellington as a fleet, beginning leg four, which takes them back into the Southern Ocean and around the infamous Cape Horn, which will also be a scoring gate, before the hot slog up to the leg finish in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. South America has been a part of the race since its conception in 1973, and we are pleased to continue the tradition of stopping in this important world market place.

Leg five will go direct to Baltimore, missing out a stopover in Florida, but with the inclusion of a scoring gate at Fernando da Noronha. Leg six will start from Annapolis as in previous years and take the fleet on a short leg to New York, which is another new port for the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006. Leg seven will start from New York and will set the fleet up for a crack at the Blue Riband transatlantic record from the Ambrose Light to the Lizard off the south western coast of England (which will also be a scoring gate), before finishing the leg in Portsmouth.

Leg eight will send the fleet westwards through the English Channel and around Irland and the north of the UK to finish in Rotterdam, Holland.

And finally the fleet will sail
the ninth leg from Rotterdam to Gothenburg in Sweden , the home of Volvo and the scene of huge support during the last event.



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Galicia looks out over the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay with over two thousand years of history behind it. Largely undiscovered by foreigners, it is very picturesque and mostly unspoilt. It also offers some of the prettiest Spanish landscapes.

To explore these lands in the north-west of Spain means a chance to live the adventure of a lifetime, full of tradition, lush landscapes and unique cities. In Galicia, the frontiers between sea and land cancel each other out. Both blend together along the 1,300 kilometres of coastline, 772 beaches, and five large rias (long sea lakes that stretch inland) where, tradition has it, the right hand of the Creator shaped the dramatic coastline that now defines part of this land.

A traveller coming to Galicia soon discovers that, in this territory situated in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula, over two thousand years of history have endured. Local history offers every visitor its enigmatic castros (Celtic dwellings) with their peculiar citadels; and in them, perhaps, discover the Celts, ancient occupants of an evocative granite world (the castros at Baroña -Porto do Son-, Viladonga -Castro do Rei- or Santa Tegra -A Guarda- are the best-preserved).




The traveller can also see Gallaecia, the Roman Galicia. The great Roman Wall in Lugo is still standing, a unique fortified enclosure with a circular structure and a perimeter of 2,200 metres lasting since the 3rd century. Something different is immediately noticeable here. Clear connections with the Celtic peoples are to be seen in this fertile land. Galicia is also the land of a thousand rivers. Water runs into many of them off the mountains of Os Ancares, O Courel or Peña Trevinca (with altitudes over 1,800 metres). 

Mountains, lush valleys and the most dramatic piece of coastline you are likely to find in Spain can be found in the four districts which make up the region. The district of Orense is by far the most mountainous with peaks reaching up to 1800m.


The friendly ‘gallegos' have many reasons to be so proud of their homeland, for here in this north-western pocket of the Spanish mainland lies a rich region of great diversity, where a scenic coastline, shaped by fjord-like ‘rías', meets an abundant land of wooded slopes and pretty stone villages, interrupted every now and then by the impressive silhouette of a historic city.


It is on and around the spectacularly indented coastline of the Rías Baixas that many of our properties are to be found. Here, the three estuaries or drowned river valleys of Vigo , Pontevedra and Arousa have carved a shoreline of wide sweeping bays and sheltered beaches of golden sand, whilst their calm waters are the source of some of the finest seafood in Europe. At the point where the Ría de Vigo meets the river, daily catches, mainly of oyster and mussel, are hauled onto the shores of the ‘seafood capital' of Arcade , later to be auctioned in the adjacent market. Naturally, it is this that dominates the menus of the restaurants that line the streets behind. Further down, from the well kept lawns and long sands of Cesnantes , views across the water encompass the lush wooded slopes that line the opposite shore.


In the nearby Ría de Pontevedra , a wander up the forested hillside that backs the bustling coastal town of Sanxenxo reveals the impressive panorama of seascape, punctuated by the imposing outline of the protected islands of Ciés and Ons , which are home to long sweeping beaches of fine white sand and a haven for birds. Around the corner in the local fishing port of Portonovo , details of the freshly caught fish once again fill the menu boards of the adjacent restaurants.


‘Empanada de berberecho', a pie of smooth, light pastry filled with cockles, seafood croquettes, ‘pulpo a la gallega', octopus in paprika and olive oil, and a mouthwatering range of freshly caught fried fish are some of the many dishes that tempt the passer-by. Continuing northwards, the road soon turns a corner to reveal the long majestic sands of A Lanzada , where dunes and open grassland form the backdrop, with not a building in sight. Beyond, a bridge now joins the mainland to the idyllic island of A Toxa , home to the fishing town of O Grove and famed for its ‘conchas' or shellfish, which are served in their shells and combined with a delicious mixture of finely chopped onion and pepper.








Spanish was imposed as the only official language for several centuries. Since the end of the 20th century, the Galician language has also an official status, and both languages are taught in Galician schools. There is a strong social movement to preserve the Galician language. 


The Galician and Portuguese languages are derived from the early Portuguese-Galician (Galego-Português) language. In the Middle Ages, the Galician and Portuguese languages began to diverge because of the political separation of Portugal from Galicia. Today, they constitute different languages with different grammatical rules and official academies and institutions. There remain many similarities between Portuguese and Galician. Orally, these differences are about as much as between Flemish — a form of Dutch spoken in Belgium — and standard Dutch.


A distinct Galician Literature emerged after the Middle Ages. In the 13th century, important contributions were made to the romance canon in Galego-Português. The most notable was by the troubador Martín Codax and King Alfonso X El Sabio (The Wise).





Since 1833, Galicia has been divided in four administrative provinces: In addition to its seventeen autonomous communities, Spain is divided into fifty provinces.  The main cities are Vigo, A Coruña, Pontevedra, Lugo, Ferrol, Ourense, and Santiago de Compostela, the capital and seat of the archbishop, and the endpoint of medieval Europe's most famous pilgrimage route, Way of St James. 





Geographically, one of the most important features of Galicia is the presence of many fjord-like indentations on the coast, estuaries that were drowned with rising sea levels after the ice age. These are called rías and are divided into the Rias Altas and the Rias Baixas. Most of the population live near the Rias Baixas, where several large urban centres including Vigo and Pontevedra are located. The rias are important for fishing, and make the coast of Galicia one of the most important fishing areas of the world. The spectacular landscapes and wildness of the coast attract great numbers of tourists.


The weather is Atlantic, with mild temperatures all over the year. Santiago de Compostela has as average 100 days of rain a year. The interior, specifically the more mountainous parts of Ourense and Lugo, receive significant freezes and snowfall during the winter months.  Galicia has preserved much of its dense Atlantic forests where wildlife is commonly found. It is scarcely polluted, and its landscape composed of green hills, cliffs and rias is very different to what is commonly understood as Spanish landscape.



Finisterre on the Atlantic coast of Galicia


Finisterre on the Atlantic coast of Galicia



Inland, the region is less populated and suffers from migration to the coast and the major cities of Spain. There are few towns and there are many small villages. The terrain is made up of several low mountain ranges crossed by many small rivers that are not navigable but have provided hydroelectric power from the many dams. Galicia has so many small rivers that it has been called the "land of the thousand rivers." The most important of the rivers are the Miño and the Sil, which has a spectacular canyon. Lugo is a city in northwestern Spain, the capital of the province of Lugo in the autonomous community of Galicia in Spain.


Although the region is filled with extensive natural areas, Galicia has had environmental problems in the modern age. Deforestation is an issue in many areas, as is the continual spread of the invasive eucalyptus tree, imported for the paper industry, which is causing imbalances in the indigenous ecosystem. Fauna, most notably the European wolf, have suffered from livestock owners and farmers. The native deer species have declined because of hunting and development. Recently, oil spills have become a major issue, especially with the Mar Egeo disaster in A Coruña and the infamous Prestige spill in 2002, a crude oil spill larger than the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska. Other environmental issues include gas flushing by maritime traffic, pollution from fish hatcheries on the coast, overfishing.





Galicia is a land of economic contrast. While the western coast, with its major population centres, and its fishing and manufacturing industries is prosperous and increasing in population, the rural hinterland—the provinces of Ourense and Lugo—base mostly their economy on traditional agriculture, based on small landholdings called minifundios. However, the rise of tourism, sustainable forestry and organic and traditional agriculture are bringing other possibilities to the Galician economy without compromising the preservation of the natural resources and the local culture. Ourense (Galician: Ourense; Spanish: Orense) is a town in northwestern Spain, the capital of the province of Ourense in Galicia. Lugo is a city in northwestern Spain, the capital of the province of Lugo in the autonomous community of Galicia in Spain. 





The name Galicia (Galiza) comes from Latin name Gallaecia, associated to the name of the ancient Celtic tribe that resided above the Douro river.  The Douro at Oporto Douro is one of the major rivers of Spain and Portugal, flowing from its source near Soria across central Spain and Portugal to its outlet at Oporto. 


Before the Roman invasion, a series of tribes lived on the region, having — according to Strabo, Pliny, Herodotus and others — a similar culture and customs. These tribes appear to have Celtic culture — there is evidence that the last Galician Celtic speaker died in the 15th century. Strabo (squinty) was a term employed by the Romans for anyone whose eyes were distorted or deformed. 


The region was first entered by the Roman legions under Decimus Junius Brutus in 137 BC/136 BC. 


In the 5th century AD invasions, Galicia fell to the Suevi in 411, who formed there the Kingdom of Galicia. In 584, the Visigothic King Leovigild invaded the Suebic kingdom of Galicia and defeated it, bringing it under Visigoth control. During the Moorish invasion of Spain, the Moors briefly occupied Galicia until they were driven out in 739 by Alfonso I of Asturias. 


Galician nationalist and federalist movements arose in the nineteenth century, and after the Spanish Republic was declared in 1931, Galicia approved in referendum an Autonomy Statute for becoming as an autonomous region. In 1936, Francisco Franco - a Galician from Ferrol himself - came to power in Spain and removed Galicia's such autonomy. He also tried to suppress the Galician language and culture. During the last decade of Franco's rule, renewed nationalist sentiment built up in Galicia.


In 1975, Franco died and democracy was restored to Spain soon after. Galicia became an autonomous region within Spain. There remains, however, a strong autonomist movement, the Bloque Nacionalista Galego, that seeks greater autonomy from the Spanish state, the preservation of Galician heritage and culture. Some factions advocate total independence from Spain and other smaller groups hope to be reintegrated within Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking world. 


Presently, Galicia is an autonomous community inside the Spanish State, with its own parliament and health service. Galicia, is a historical nationality, constituted as Autonomic Community acceding this way to a extended self ruling status under the Spaniard Constitution of1978. ...









The Volvo Ocean Race is the ultimate mix of world class sporting competition and on the edge  adventure.  It takes 8 months, covers 31,000 nautical miles of treacherous seas over 9 legs, in the process visiting 10 ports around the world.  


The teams comprise professional sportsmen and women at the top of their game. The race requires their utmost skill, physical endurance and competitive spirit as they race from continent to continent in an easterly direction around the world.






Round The World Yacht Race 2005 - 2006:



The Volvo Ocean Race is a marathon event. For nine months, world-class racers battle each other around the globe over some 32,700 miles (52,600 kilometers).  Participants spend weeks at a time driving their boats to the limit 24 hours a day. They sacrifice sleep, privacy, fresh food, and other comforts to win each leg. But what happens when they reach the next port of call?


The race doesn't stop-it just shifts gears. Weary sailors get a chance to rest and prepare for the next leg, while the shore crew swings into action. After weeks of demanding action, and a spartan existence at sea, the first things these exhausted sailors crave are basic human needs.

The event will start on November 5, 2005 with an inport race in Sanxenxo, Galicia, Spain.  



The race track will continue to follow the traditional route of the old clipper ships, sailing around the world with the prevailing winds.  An exciting new feature introduced for this event is a number of scoring gates and pit stops around the world, where the fleet will be able to score points, which will count towards the final score. 





It is unlikely that Colonel Bill Whitbread, of the brewing family and Admiral Otto Steiner, of the Royal Naval Sailing Association, ever envisaged the magnitude of the event they conceived 'over a pint' of beer nearly 30 years ago.  Although a 'round the world yacht race' had been considered throughout the last century, it needed the financial support and organisational expertise which Whitbread and the RNSA were able to put together. The first Whitbread Round the World Race, which got underway in September 1973, featured yachts that were little different from those cruising around the Mediterranean at the time. Since then, the ocean racing yacht has developed into a high-tech state-of-the-art speed machine, with little comfort spared for the crew but with leading-edge technology.





This new technology has also completely altered the concept of ocean racing. In the past, skippers and navigators had little idea of where their rivals might be as they ploughed day in day out through the vast oceans. During the first race, communication between the fleet and organisers was based on a weekly position report to a local coast guard, but from 1993-94, satellite equipment enabled the yachts to file their position every six hours. This meant that although boats were not necessarily in sight of each other, rival skippers were able to follow, and track, every move when necessary. In effect, this vast ocean race, where yachts can race for days on end for thousands of miles and not once see another competitor, has become, in this sense, more like a fiercely fought dinghy race performed on any local stretch of water.


The Volvo Ocean Race simply could not have been a better sporting event, but, just as importantly, it also became a great media event. The payback in terms of media coverage was hugely successful for all the teams and their sponsors, which, for the future of the race, was imperative. Based on this overwhelming success, the management of Volvo Car Corporation and AB Volvo confirmed during the Gothenburg stopover that they would retain ownership of the event, which would be run again in 2005.



A Corinthian adventure 1973-74


When the first gun was fired on September 8 1973, 17 boats of sizes ranging from 80' to 32' from seven countries crossed the start line just east of Portsmouth Harbour, but only 14 were to complete the circumnavigation. Sir Alec Rose, who, five years previously, had sailed around the world, single-handed, stopping only twice, fired the first-ever starting gun. Only four legs were staged - Portsmouth to Cape Town; Cape Town to Sydney; Sydney to Rio de Janeiro and from Rio the fleet raced back to Portsmouth.  The whole race lasted 144 days with the 77' Ketch, Great Britain II, skippered by Chay Blyth and crewed by paratroopers, first to finish on 9 April 1974.


Safety first 1977-78


Tragedies apart, the race was a huge success, and one of the main lessons learnt for the next race was that survival in these most exacting conditions were just as important as speed. Whitbread renewed their sponsorship and it was decided to repeat the event every four years. The next race ran from August 1977 to March 1978 and again staged four legs, only this time the port of Auckland was used instead of Sydney.

Flyer's encore 1981-82


Cornelis van Rietschoten returned on a new Flyer, which was 76' in length, with the specific aim to win the race on both elapsed and corrected time. This he achieved, crossing the finish line 119 days after the fleet had set out from Portsmouth in August 1981. Four legs were once again staged but instead of Rio de Janeiro, the third port of call was Mar de Plata, in Argentina. 

Strength of quality 1985-86


A smaller entry of 15 yachts from 10 countries entered the fourth Whitbread, but lack of quantity was more than made up for in strength of quality with all the yachts, including the new 80' maxis, being specifically built for this or an earlier race. Once again four legs were staged, but Mar del Plata was replaced by Punta del Este in Uruguay. This was also the last time for some years that a South African port, Cape Town, was used, although it was reinstated as a stopover port in the 1997-98 race.

'Big Red' 1989-90


The 1989-90 race will long be remembered as the time when the event came of age in terms of the massive publicity it achieved for the remarkable feat of seamanship shown by New Zealand's Peter Blake. Blake, on the 84' Bruce Farr designed ketch, Steinlager, claimed line honours on every one of the six legs. The race was also notable for the fact there was the first all-women entry, skippered by Tracy Edwards, on the 58' sloop, Maiden. It was also the first time six legs were staged.


Rewriting the record books 1993-94





The 1993-94 Whitbread generated more interest than ever before, with a new class of 'box rule' flat out ocean racers being introduced. Maxi yachts were still permitted and raced as a class, with the new W60 yachts also racing as a separate division. The course remained the same as the previous race and was keenly contested for the much-prized Heineken Trophy awarded to the overall winners in each division. Five Maxis and ten of the new Whitbread 60 class crossed the start line (one of the 60s, Odessa did not actually cross the start line until just over one week after the gun). Two days into the race, however, the maxi Fortuna skippered by Britain's Lawrie Smith had to withdraw after suffering a broken mizzenmast.


The Volvo Trophy 1997-98


The seventh and final race under the Whitbread banner changed the public face of ocean racing forever. The sheer excellence of the on board video footage and the quality and quantity of the daily emails from the crews ensured a huge media interest worldwide. In turn, this provided entertainment for the millions of sailing fans around the world and a whole new audience was introduced to the thrills of ocean water racing via the Internet.





Aside from the 35 weekly half hour television programmes produced by Trans World International, the race had its own web site, produced by Quokka Sports. On busy days, such as restarts, this web site recorded around 13 million hits, surpassing even the New York Stock Exchange.


The Volvo Ocean Race 2001-2002


Eight teams, including an all female team, were on the Royal Yacht Squadron starting line on September 23 2001 for the 2001-2002 edition of the race. The Whitbread had successfully been transformed into the Volvo Ocean Race and the 32,250-mile race around the world started from Southampton on the south coast of England and finished in style in Kiel Germany.  After 32,700 nautical miles, four oceans, nine countries, and ten ports, the German boat illbruck returned home today as the winner of the marathon Volvo Ocean Race.





















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