The only American yacht in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005/06, The Black Pearl skippered by Paul Cayard (US), has arrived into Baltimore in third place to a rapturous home welcome.

Pirates of the Caribbean team finished at 0722 (local time) to clench their fourth podium place and skipper and crew were clearly delighted. When they sailed to the arrivals pontoon a crowd of supporters, media, friends and families were there to greet them.

On the dockside Paul Cayard explained to waiting press: “We’re getting used to third but the result is tough to get used to. We are all very competitive and we all really want to win.