“They’d just conquered something that no one felt was…

“They’d just conquered something that no one felt was possible, coming from being really behind to win that leg. Just by his believing in his crew and just forcing everyone forward. So that’s what we’ve got to do.”

Sam Davies and Annie Lush of SCA on Magnus Olsson. Source.

Magnus sailed the race six times. The last time was in the 2008-2009 race, when he was skipper of Ericsson III. After suffering damage and a near-sinking on Leg 4, they abandoned the leg and diverted to Taiwan for hurried repairs. They arrived in Qingdao, China, on the day of the next leg’s start, coming to the dock only long enough to load supplies, then heading back out to start seven hours behind the other boats.

Taking an unorthodox northerly route across the Pacific, Ericsson III rounded Cape Horn in first place and went on to win the leg. The photo above was taken after their arrival in Rio.

Magnus was head coach of Team SCA until April, 2013, when he died following a stroke at the team’s training facility in Lanzarote. He was 64.

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