Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Telefónica Plows Ahead, Puma Slows Under Jury Rig

At 1900 UTC tonight Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) was continuing to reach south at 18.5 knots in the easterly tradewinds, while behind her PUMA’s Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA) is limping at 2.3 knots under a jury rig of storm trysail and staysail.

Telefónica is continuing her course just east of south, taking care to avoid the threatening windless centre of the Saint Helena High to the east.

CAMPER (Chris Nicholson/NZL) has seized the opportunity and is now reeling in the wounded black cat. She is 48 nautical miles to the west of the track sailed by PUMA’s Mar Mostro and approximately 55 nm behind. She is closing at a speed of 17.5 knots and ready to pounce.

Further back, Groupama 4 and Franck Cammas are averaging 18.4 knots - a speed almost as fast as Telefónica. Both CAMPER and Groupama 4 have made inroads into the lead this evening, with the French yacht gaining 16 nm.

Meanwhile, for the disheartened and disappointed crew of PUMA’s Mar Mostro, it will be a long night as they review their options and make some key decisions.
Leg 1
Report: 21/11/2011 19:02:20 UTC
-ADORRetired from Leg 1
-SNYARetired from Leg 1
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