Thursday, October 27, 2011

Volvo Ocean Race Buzz Building in Alicante

All six Volvo Ocean Race entries will line up in Alicante, Spain on Saturday to compete in an inshore sprint race  as a prelude to the start of the around the world race on November 5. The Iberdrola In-Port Race marks the beginning of the intense rivalry and extreme competition expected between the six teams to be staged on the world's wildest oceans during the next eight months.
 Camper with ETNZ Photo: Camper/Pedro Martinez
“There’s a lot riding on the in-port races. They are going to be intense,” said Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman/trimmer Adam Minoprio. While the 26-year-old Kiwi is a newcomer to ocean racing he will be in his element inshore, having won the 2009 World Match Racing Tour.

“Emirates Team New Zealand has a great background with inshore racing and the skillset of the crew makes us a very strong team,” he added.

“This week we sailed the in-port race course which took us an hour and everyone on board was exhausted after it. It works out we have to do a sail change every eight minutes so there will be a lot of hard work on board.”
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Photo: Ainhoa Sanchez/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
The teams: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, Groupama sailing team, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, Team Sanya and Team Telefónica; feature many of world's best, toughest and legendary yachtsmen.
Team Telefónica Photo: Maria Muina
The in-port races take place in all 10 host ports along the 39,000 nautical mile route and deliver over 20 percent of the points. Sailed close to the shore, they provide a spectacle for local spectators and the millions of people who follow the race worldwide, while also providing opportunities for the teams to climb further up the leader board.

Lulu Roseman

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