The End...

On Sunday night in St. Petersburg, the final prize giving was an opportunity to remember and celebrate all that has happened on this magnificent adventure.
It was an emotional evening, with all of the teams, their families and friends finally able to truly relax after living in the pressure-cooker of the past nine months.
photo credit: Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race.
Volvo Ocean Race overall public prize giving in St Petersburg
Winners of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09, Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael (BRA) are presented the Fighting Finish trophy
PUMA Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read (USA) are presented with the second place trophy for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09
Telefonica Blue, skippered by Bouwe Bekking (NED) are presented with the third place trophy for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09

It was also time to say goodbye, with most of the teams disbanding as early as Monday, airplane tickets taking them to all corners of the globe already in hand, booked months in advance.
The most poignant moment came with the inaugaral awarding of the Hans Horrevoets Rookie Trophy, which was created in memory of Hans, who was lost at sea during the last edition of the race. The Dutchman was washed over the side of ABN AMRO TWO on the transatlantic leg. He had played a key role in ABN AMRO's unique and ambitious project to help young talent break into the top level of offshore sailing.
His wife, Petra, was on hand to present the award and her emotional speech saw even the most hardened of sailors wiping tears from their eyes.
The award was created to recognize a rookie sailor who was younger than 30 when the event commenced. Each skipper was asked to nominate a who has shown a significant drive to make an improvement to their own skills and to the skills of the team and who has shown a significant contribution in strengthening the team onboard. The Race Committee made a selection from those nominated.
The winner of the inaugural Hans Horrevoets Rookie Trophy is Michi Mueller from PUMA Ocean Racing, whom skipper Ken Read said had grown from a raw, untested rookie, into a linch-pin of the team.
photo credit: Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race.
Winners of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09, Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael (BRA) are presented the Fighting Finish trophy

It was a good night for PUMA as the Inmarsat Media Prize went to Rick Deppe, who was recognised for his outstanding work across the entire race. Deppe won the prize for leg 10 (his fourth win), as well as the overall prize (which included a cheque for 10,000 euros), and he was quick to pay tribute to his colleagues, asking all of the media crew members to join him on stage.
The Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Seamanship Award was given to the PUMA Ocean Racing shore crew (Neil Cox, Sean Healey, Will Oxley and Kimo Worthington) for rending assistance to Telefonica Blue, after they ran aground at the start of Leg 9 in Marstrand.

Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 Prizes
  • Best 24-hour run - Ericsson 4, 596.6 nautical miles
  • Hans Horrevoets Rookie Trophy - Michi Mueller, PUMA Ocean Racing
  • Inmarsat Media Prize - Rick Deppe, PUMA Ocean Racing
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Seamanship Award - PUMA Ocean Racing shore crew
  • Volvo Ocean Race, 3rd place - Telefonica Blue
  • Volvo Ocean Race, 2nd place - PUMA Ocean Racing
  • Volvo Ocean Race, 1st place - Ericsson 4
The End... The End... Reviewed by Panos Douros on Thursday, July 02, 2009 Rating: 5

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