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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Groupama Secure Third to Be Second Overall - Volvo Ocean Race Update

By crossing the finish line in Itajai, Brazil on Tuesday at 13h 58' 44 UTC, Franck Cammas and his crew have secured third place in Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race race between New Zealand and Brazil. After three days under jury rig between Punta del Este (Uruguay) and Itajai, Groupama 4 is now in second place in the overall standings.
Photo: Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race
The French team will make the most of the 12-day Brazilian stopover to regroup and find their mojo again. A new mast is expected to arrive in Brazil over the next few days.The official final race time was 23 days 12 hours 58 minutes and 44 seconds. In order to calculate the actual time at sea, deduct 61 hours 46 minutes of suspended racing following Groupama's dismasting. This disaster occurred after they had gained the upper hand over Puma, offshore of Rio de la Plata.
Photo: Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race
It was a huge achievement for all the shore team and sailing team to have recovered the entire rig and then rebuild a new spar to allow the yacht to cover the remaining 650 miles between Punta del Este and Itajai.
Photo: Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race
"To finish third in Itajai isn't too bad, even though we had slightly higher, more fulfilling ambitions a week ago than to finish the leg under jury rig," Skipper Franck Cammas said.
Photo: Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race
"This result enables us to remain in contact with the leaders in the overall standing, since the Spanish are just twenty points ahead. It remains a big disappointment, but part of that sentiment has been erased by the work the shore team and the sailing team did in Punta del Este. We can be proud of what we've achieved and I think we've come out all the stronger from this," Cammas added.
Photo: Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race
Groupama were the first around Cape Horn, after enduring eight days of a violent austral storm and the climb up the Argentinean coast saw an intense duel between them and PUMA. It was on for four days as Groupama 4 and Puma jockeyed for top position at the head of the race and matched race tack for tack. As the two VO-70s sprinted to the finish offshore of Uruguay, together with a Spanish crew who had made an incredible comeback after making a pit stop behind Cape Horn, Groupama 4's mast snapped just below the first set of spreaders.
Photo: Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race
"Heroes? We're not heroes. I just hope that we're good sailors. We're still in a positive phase and as skipper, I won't have any difficulty in motivating the crew for the next leg. We still have some very clear and very ambitious objectives: we're going to rig up our spare mast, which is due to arrive in Brazil soon. We've proven during this tough leg that we've sailed well and there's no reason why we shouldn't perform just as well in the next stage."

Standing for the fifth leg from Auckland-Itajai

1-Puma (Ken Read): 19d 18h 09' 50
2- Telefonica (Iker Martinez): 19d 18h 22' 28
3- Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas): 23d 12h 58' 44
4- Camper (Chris Nicholson): 2,100 miles from the finish
DNF: Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker)
DNF: Sanya (Mike Sanderson)

Overall standing after five oceanic legs and five In-Port races

1-Telefonica (Iker Martinez) : 1+30+6+29+2+27+6+20+1+25 = 147 points
2-Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas) : 2+20+2+18+5+24+2+30+4+20 = 127 points
3-Camper (Chris Nicholson) : 4+25+5+24+4+18+3+15+6+15* = 119 points
4-Puma (Ken Read) : 5+0+4+19+3+17+5+25+5+30 = 113 points
5-Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker) : 6+0+3+10+6+14+4+10+2+0 = 55 points
6-Sanya (Mike Sanderson) : 3+0+1+5+2+5+1+5+3+0 = 25 points

*Subject to Camper finishing this fifth leg.

Lulu Roseman

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