Spanish Princess Cristina chats with the Pirates of Caribbean's skipper Paul Cayard before the in-port race in Sanxenxo, northwestern Spain, 5 November 2005. The Volvo Ocean Race will leave from Vigo in the first oceanic stage to Cape Town. Ericsson, skippered by Neal MacDonald, won this first race and Brasil 1 finished in 2nd position.
The King Juan Carlos has come this morning to the maritime station of Vigo to give the exit to the Return to Vela-Volvo Ocean's World Race, in which they will take part seven crafts of six different nationalities.
The monarch came to the dock soon after his daughter the infanta Cristina, accompanied of her husband, Iñaki Urdangarín, who were greeted by the principal Galician, present authorities also forthwith to attend the beginning of the test, which for the first time goes out of a not British port.
VIGO (PONTEVEDRA) .-Thousands of vigueses dismissed to the sailboats that are going to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race, Ditch Turned to the World, in the middle of a great holiday in that the King Juan Carlos I and the dukes of Palm, the Infanta dona Cristina and Iñaki Urdangarín, had a great protagonism. The King dismissed in the same pantalán where the ships were placed to the regatistas and, together with them, received the benediction before the exit. The thousands of vigueses that gave to themselves appointment in the port vigués, perfectly controlled by a safety cord organized by safety members of the Royal House, vitorearon one for one to the ships as they were leaving the tie and were going to it laugh at Vigo to take the exit.
There was specially emotive the exit of the 'MoviStar-Galicia'', on board of which there went out the King, who, later, would approach the Swedish schooner 'Gotemburg' from the one that would give the cannon-shot of exit of the test.