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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wind Dies For Groupama's Arrival Into Itajai - Volvo Ocean Race Update

Groupama’s bid for the last remaining Leg 5 podium spot was nearing an end early on Tuesday -- but it was not set to be a quick finish for Franck Cammas’s men as light winds off the Brazilian coast slowed them to just three knots, tantalisingly close to the line.
Photo: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race
At 0700 UTC Groupama sailing team were 29.2 miles from claiming third place and 20 points as they neared Itajaí, Brazil, three days after resuming racing using a makeshift rig fashioned from the salvaged pieces of their broken mast.

Groupama have sailed more than 750 miles since restarting their Leg 5 campaign from a point around 60 miles from Punta del Este in Uruguay at 0500 UTC on Saturday.
Photo: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race
However with winds dropping to under five knots, the final few miles were promising to be long and drawn out for Cammas’ crew, who dismasted on April 4 while leading the leg. Yann Riou, Groupama’s media crew member, said: “Our ETA is something of a mystery but it is not to make life complicated for people who are waiting for us on shore -- very honestly, we don’t have a clue.
Photo: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race
“If we had the choice, it would be nice if it doesn’t last too long. That said, we must acknowledge that this short run between Punta Del Este and Itajai has been quite smooth, in particular thanks to favourable weather.

“We can't say it was exciting, but it could have been much more painful.”
Photo: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race
The latest ETA for Groupama’s arrival is 1300 UTC on Tuesday.

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG won Leg 5 on Friday, seeing off a last-minute attack from Telefónica who finished second just 12 minutes behind. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand were hitting average speeds of almost 20 knots as they continued their charge south to Cape Horn after resuming racing on Sunday.

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