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Friday, November 25, 2011

Telefónica Can Smell Success - Volvo Ocean Race Update

 At 1900 UTC tonight, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) was just 406 nautical miles from getting the gun in Cape Town for Leg 1. But in offshore yacht racing as in many sports, it's never wise to count your chickens until they've hatched. The crew still have some work to do before they glide safely across that finish line tomorrow afternoon.
Photo: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race
At 1600 UTC this afternoon, Telefónica was maintaining an average speed of 21 knots, while behind her CAMPER (Chris Nicholson/AUS) was making 13.8 and Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) just 11.4. Both boats lost substantial miles on the leader when Telefónica’s superior positioning extended their lead as expected.
Photo: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race
At 1900 UTC this evening, the picture was worse for the chasing pack as Telefónica drew a further 15 nm out of CAMPER, whose average speed had dropped to 14.6, while Groupama 4 had lost 42 nm and her speed had plummeted to an average of 9.3 knots, leaving her nearly 600 nm behind Telefónica.
Photo: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race
CAMPER is expected to cross the finish line approximately 12 hours after the winner, with Groupama 4 finishing overnight on Monday.
Photo: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race
Meanwhile, PUMA’s Mar Mostro has around 100 nautical miles to motor-sail before she reaches the safe haven of Tristan da Cunha. The crew will stay in two guesthouses and be entertained by the locals while they await the arrival of their cargo ship, which was due to leave Cape Town today.
Photo: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race
Mar Mostro will be motored into the lee of the island where she will be craned onboard the ship. The crew and shore team will work on her during the voyage back to Cape Town in the hope that they will have the boat ready to quickly step their new mast in time to compete in the in-port race and Leg 2 start on December 10 and 11 respectively.


Leg 1
Report: 25/11/2011 19:02:56 UTC
 DTLDTLCBSDTF
1TELE0.000.018.1406.5
2CMPR185.3015.014.6591.8
3GPMA594.4042.09.31000.9
-ADORRetired from Leg 1
-PUMARetired from Leg 1
-SNYARetired from Leg 1

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