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Ericsson 4 will not be penalised

8th January 2009

Ericsson 4 will not be penalised under the protest filed by the Rule Management Group against the team. The International Jury found the team was not obliged to inform the Measurers of changes made to the bow of its boat, and therefore the team had not broken a rule.

Ericsson Racing Team did not inform the measurers that they had replaced the sacrificial bow section and 'duplicated' the position of the measurement reference point with another screw head, something that may have affectedthe accuracy of the hull measurement data.

The Rule Management Group accepted that the new bow section was the same as the replaced section, and that the position of the measurement reference point was not an issue.

The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain, on 4 October 2008, it will, for the first time, take in Cochin, India, Singapore and Qingdao, China before finishing in St Petersburg, Russia for the first time in the history of the race. Spanning some 37,000 nautical miles, visiting 11 ports over nine months, the Volvo Ocean Race is the world's premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews.

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