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Saturday, March 31, 2012

PUMA Prepare To Pounce - Volvo Ocean Race Update

Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) reached Cape Horn at 0405 GMT today and the team have now suspended racing in order to make a 12-hour pit stop for repairs.
Photo: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race
Groupama sailing team (Franck Cammas/FRA) lead PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA) by 37.2 nautical miles (nm) and are beam reaching 100 nm north-west of the Falkland Islands.
Photo: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race
Telefónica suspended racing at 0427 GMT and, in a change of plan, are carrying out their repairs at Martial Creek, a cove in Herschel Island in the Cape Horn National Park, where they were met by their shore crew. Repairs in the pit lane began at 0640 GMT today. The team have been observed closely by the Chilean Navy, who have been in contact and even sent a plane up to look for the team. They have also been offered assistance by the Chilean Maritime Authority.
Photo: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race
On the racetrack, the first tactical play of the second stage of this leg to Itajaí in Brail was made overnight. Between 1900 and 22000 GMT yesterday, Ken Read and PUMA took a short cut in an effort to close the margin between Groupama. While Cammas and his men sailed extra miles to leave Staten Island to port in a fickle breeze ranging from 10 to 30 knots, Read sailed PUMA through the narrow Le Maire Strait between Staten Island and Tierra del Fuego.
Photo: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race
It didn’t pay, and by 0100 GMT this morning, Groupama were 35 nm ahead in a lead that by 1000 GMT today had stretched to 37.2 nm.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
Still in the Southern Ocean, one of two damaged and limping boats, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) have temporarily moved up the leg leaderboard to third place, due to the brief suspension of Telefónica. They have 900 nm to sail before they reach Puerto Montt in Chile, where they will make a stop for repairs.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
The crew of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR), the most recent casualty, are doing the most un-natural of things; trying to rein in a boat that clearly has the bit between her teeth.

“These boats just don’t know how to go slow. Imagine driving your town road speed limit in a Ferrari on the Nürburgring – it just wouldn’t feel right and it doesn’t,” wrote Media Crew Member Nick Dana.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
Only 1.5mm of flexing carbon separates the team from the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean and the crew cannot risk compromising the hull by letting Azzam have her head. They are heading north-east to find more favourable conditions and although the reinforcement to the hull appears to be holding up, contingency plans are still being considered. They are currently 1,733 nm from Groupama.
Leg 5
31/03/2012 10:05:15 UTC

DTLDTLCBSDTF
1GPMA0.0006.41677.7
2PUMA37.201511.41714.9
3CMPR1404.20516.33081.8
4ADOR1733.401213.13411.1
-SNYADid Not Finish
-TELESuspended Racing
Volvo Ocean Race Media

Day 2 fleet race highlights - RC44 Cascais Cup 2012

Spanish Stop For Repairs - Volvo Ocean Race Update

Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) reached Cape Horn at 0405 GMT today and the team have now suspended racing in order to make a 12-hour pit stop for repairs.
Photo: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race
Groupama sailing team (Franck Cammas/FRA) lead PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA) by 37.2 nautical miles (nm) and are beam reaching 100 nm north-west of the Falkland Islands.
Photo: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race
Telefónica suspended racing at 0427 GMT and, in a change of plan, are carrying out their repairs at Martial Creek, a cove in Herschel Island in the Cape Horn National Park, where they were met by their shore crew. Repairs in the pit lane began at 0640 GMT today. The team have been observed closely by the Chilean Navy, who have been in contact and even sent a plane up to look for the team. They have also been offered assistance by the Chilean Maritime Authority.
Photo: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race
On the racetrack, the first tactical play of the second stage of this leg to Itajaí in Brail was made overnight. Between 1900 and 22000 GMT yesterday, Ken Read and PUMA took a short cut in an effort to close the margin between Groupama. While Cammas and his men sailed extra miles to leave Staten Island to port in a fickle breeze ranging from 10 to 30 knots, Read sailed PUMA through the narrow Le Maire Strait between Staten Island and Tierra del Fuego.
Photo: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race
It didn’t pay, and by 0100 GMT this morning, Groupama were 35 nm ahead in a lead that by 1000 GMT today had stretched to 37.2 nm.

Still in the Southern Ocean, one of two damaged and limping boats, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) have temporarily moved up the leg leaderboard to third place, due to the brief suspension of Telefónica. They have 900 nm to sail before they reach Puerto Montt in Chile, where they will make a stop for repairs.

The crew of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR), the most recent casualty, are doing the most un-natural of things; trying to rein in a boat that clearly has the bit between her teeth.

“These boats just don’t know how to go slow. Imagine driving your town road speed limit in a Ferrari on the Nürburgring – it just wouldn’t feel right and it doesn’t,” wrote Media Crew Member Nick Dana.

Only 1.5mm of flexing carbon separates the team from the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean and the crew cannot risk compromising the hull by letting Azzam have her head. They are heading north-east to find more favourable conditions and although the reinforcement to the hull appears to be holding up, contingency plans are still being considered. They are currently 1,733 nm from Groupama.
Leg 5
31/03/2012 10:05:15 UTC
DTLDTLCBSDTF
1GPMA0.0006.41677.7
2PUMA37.201511.41714.9
3CMPR1404.20516.33081.8
4ADOR1733.401213.13411.1
-SNYADid Not Finish
-TELESuspended Racing
Volvo Ocean Race Media

Media Video Leg 5 - Day 12 : A mythical cape Groupama in the volvo océan race

Media Video Leg 5 - Day 12 : A mythical cape Groupama in the volvo océan race

Message From Yann Riou Onboard Groupama, the Volvo Ocean Race Leg Five Leader

Leg 5 - Day 12 : Message from Yann Riou

Added 30/03/2012, 09:29Filed in : Leg 5 - Auckland - Itajai
Groupama in the Volvo Ocean Race
Photo: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race
Groupama in the Volvo Ocean Race

Just off the coast of Chile, Groupama 4 is continuing to make headway towards Cape Horn, at a speed which has seldom been so low since they set out from Auckland a little over twelve days ago. In the wake of the French, the Americans on Puma are making the most of the wind filling in behind them to seriously close on the leader. Suffice to say that between wonder, deliverance and close-contact racing, we're in for a real treat...

That's it! We're on the last lap. Later on, we'll be leaving the Pacific in our wake. We're getting out of here without further ado! We're going to round Cape Horn, which for us marks the end of 10 days of a rare intensity and extreme violence.

We hope to get to see this famous rock, just so as to mark the occasion... If we don't see it, that's just too bad! That won't stop us from celebrating it... today or some other day. The important thing is that it is in our wake.

In the meantime, we're getting a bit wet. The wind has finally dropped. However, we've ended up in the influence of a warm front, a clever meteorological term which doesn't mean that it's warm out. In fact, right now it means that we can't see 100 metres in front of us, and we're being subjected to the assault of a light but persistent rain.

My patriotic fibre forbids me from comparing it to the kind of weather you sometimes find in a region, which a certain number of us are particularly attached to aboard Groupama 4.

That said, even in this drizzle, it's a relief to be sailing in mild wind and sea conditions for the first time in 10 days. It's a relief to be able to go up forward without being ripped away by a wave. It's a relief to be able to get across the cabin without the risk of being thrown against the mast bulkhead.

A relief yes, albeit a temporary one, as the wind is set to increase over the next few hours. Nothing terrible compared with what we've been experiencing of late, but it's enough to make life complicated until we round the Horn.

Yes indeed, later on, we'll be rounding Cape Horn, after an extremely demanding Pacific crossing, both for the men and the boat. Far from being a result, it's a fine moment.

A moment we'd like to share with the people who are following us, and in particular the shore crew, the design office and the whole of Groupama sailing team.
Have a good day,

Yann

Standings for the 5th leg from Auckland - Itajai on 30 March 2012, 0400 UTC

1. Groupama 2,079.7 miles from the finish
2. Puma 18.2 miles astern of the leader
3. Telefonica 306.9 miles astern of the leader
4. Camper 1,287.5 miles astern of the leader
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 1,589.6 miles astern of the leader
6. Sanya DNF

Wet, Windy and Wild - Cascais RC44 Cup

Torrential rain bought stronger winds which tested the entire 15 boat fleet competing in the Cascais RC44 Cup 2012. Sailing with their big masthead spinnakers in the first race of the day the wind increased to 28 knots, by the final run a number of the team’s fell foul to some spectacular broaches.
Photo: MartinezStudio.es
Peninsula Petroleum (GBR)went for the leeward end of the start-line in each race and got the gun in  the first two races before posting a solid fifth in the third, moving John Bassadone, Vasco Vascotto (ITA) and the Gibraltar based team up to fifth overall.

“It was pretty scary today, actually very very exciting. We had unbelievable results and all sailed really well managing to control the boat, the crew did amazingly,” said Owner/Helmsman Bassadone.
Photo: MartinezStudio.es
Katusha (RUS) led the opening race of the day upto the final run before losing their spinnaker tack-line, which led to a dramatic spinnaker blow-out. With the halyard wrapped around the mainsail they couldn’t hoist their second kite and had to two-sail to the finish.

“We were lucky to lose only three points on that run,” guest helmsman Steve Howe said. The rest of the day proved less eventful, a solid second and third place followed leaving Katusha at the top of the overnight leaderboard, with a 14-point lead.
Photo: MartinezStudio.es
Team Aqua slotted in two sixth and a fifth to move up into second place overall whilst Artemis Racing (SWE) recovered from an average start to win the final race of the day. The team suffered two broaches right before the finish line of race one. The first was helped by a luff from Katusha, which saw the Swedes penalised for not keeping clear and incur a penalty turn. The second came on the last gybe and resulted in the spinnaker wrapping around the keel.
Photo: MartinezStudio.es
Morgan Larson (USA) tactician on Artemis Racing explained the conditions on the race course. “It was really tough out there today obviously windy and rainy but good action and the boats were perfect. The wind was top end for the boats but good, it would have been fairly under control if you had been sailing around on your own but when you start racing, sailing higher upwind and faster downwind with boats around you it gets pretty wild, with waves coming over the bow and into the boats, they get heavier and then you start breaking sails which is what you saw out there today.”


RC44 Cascais Cup Results
(After four races)

1   Katusha
     3 7 1 4 4 3 2 – 24
2   Team Aqua
     8 1 3 9 6 5 6 – 38
3   RC44 Team CEEREF
     5 2 6 1 11 8 7 – 40
4   Synergy Russian Sailing Team
     1 10 7 5 5 6 10 – 44
5   Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team
     4 13 11 14 1 1 5 – 49
6   Ironbound
     14 15 2 7 7 2 3 – 50
7   Artemis Racing
     7 3 8 13 12 7 1 – 51
8   No Way Back
     6 4 4 11 3 13 13 – 54
9   RUS-7 Sail Racing Team
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     9 11 13 2 2 11 9 – 57
10   Team Cascais
     2 5 12 3 13 10 11 (2)- 58
11   AEZ Sailing Team
     12 14 5 12 10 4 4 – 61
12   Puerto Calero
     10 9 9 6 8 9 12 – 63
13   Aegir
     11 6 14 8 16(DNS) 16(DNS) 8 – 79
14   Team Nika
     13 8 10 10 16(DNS) 16(DNS) 16(DNS)- 89
15   AFX Capital Racing Team
     15 12 15 15 9 12 16(DNF)(4) – 97


RC44 Media Team