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Monday, November 28, 2011

Groupama 4 Travelling At A Snail's Pace - Volvo Ocean Race Update

Groupama 4 is making slow progress towards the finish line in Cape Town in a meagre 8.7 knots of breeze.
Photo: Yanni Roui/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race
It's a frustrating situation to still be at sea while the two teams who finished ahead of them, Telefónica and CAMPER, get a head start in preparing their boats for the Cape Town In-Port Race and the start of Leg 2 on December 10 and 11 respectively.
Photo: Yanni Roui/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race
With just one more night at sea and 274 nautical miles to go the French boat team is keen to make landfall.
Photo: Yanni Roui/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race
Meanwhile, the crew of PUMA’s Mar Mostro are wiling away their days playing golf and keeping an eye  out for their rescue freighter, Team Bremen, which left Cape Town in the early hours of Monday morning. The ship is expected to take four days to cover the 1,500nm to the remote island of Tristan da Cunha where she will crane PUMA's Mar Mostro up onto the cradle that is perched on her deck.
Photo: Yanni Roui/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race
On board is shore team boat builder Chris Hill, the cradle for Mar Mostro, a shipping container filled with tools, supplies, personal items for sailors and some delicious freeze-dried food for them to eat on the return trip. If all goes to plan, the boat should arrive in Cape Town on December 6. A replacement mast leaves the United States today and is expected to arrive in Cape Town on Friday.


Leg 1
Report: 28/11/2011 10:00:49 UTC
 DTLDTLCBSDTF
1TELEFinished: 021d 05h 14m 25s
2CAMPFinished: 021d 21h 48m 04s
3GPMA0.000.08.7274.4
-ADORRetired from Leg 1
-PUMARetired from Leg 1
-SNYARetired from Leg 1

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