Friday, April 6, 2012

The Final Countdown For PUMA And Telefónica - Volvo Ocean Race Update

Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Auckland to Itajaí has entered the final stage, with a thrilling finale being played out between PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA) who believe this leg win is rightfully theirs, and Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) who have made an incredible comeback.
Photo: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race
At 1000 GMT and with 68.3 nautical miles (nm) to go until they cross the finish, PUMA led Telefónica by just two nm, but the Spanish team had the edge on speed, averaging just under a knot quicker. The leading boat is expected to finish around 1600 UTC today.
Photo: Diego Fructuosa/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race
Martínez and his men, who made a 17-hour pit stop after rounding Cape Horn on March 31 to strengthen damage to the bow of Telefónica, have been closing on PUMA ever since they returned to the race track.
Photo: Diego Fructuosa/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race
“We’re doing our absolute best, but there is something very disconcerting about watching your lead evaporate to a boat thriving in conditions we can’t reach,” said PUMA’s Media Crew Member Amory Ross.
Photo: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race
Now downwind in 11 knots of wind in flatter seas, there is a renewed sense of determination on board PUMA as the two boats’ courses merge seven nm off the Brazilian coast and 24 nm from the final waypoint at Florianópolis, some 30 miles south of Itajaí.
Photo: Yann Roui/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race
Meanwhile, work is continuing apace in Punta del Este to prepare a jury rig for Groupama in order that they can restart and complete Leg 5. In Chile, the shore crew of CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand are making good progress with the repairs to the boat and the race team intend to restart Leg 5 as soon as they can.
Leg 5
06/04/2012 10:02:28 UTC
-CAMPSuspended Racing
-GPMASuspended Racing
-ADORDid Not Finish
-SNYADid Not Finish
Volvo Ocean Race Media

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