Ericsson 3 and Ericsson 4 finished 1-2 in the Qingdao to Rio leg. 12,300 miles of glorious sailing, danger, and discomfort. 40 days - February 14 - March 26. 40 days without a hot shower.
The hobbled Telefonica Blue was still 600 miles from the finish in light air when the Ericsson boats landed. A particularly welcome landing for Ericsson 4 skipper Torben Grael, the great Brazilian Olympian and America's Cup skipper, who was greeted by his wife and daughter.