Friday, June 15, 2012

Victory For Groupama In Home Waters - Volvo Ocean Race Update

France's Groupama completed a heroic comeback victory on Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Friday, strengthening their grip on the overall standings and realising a dream homecoming to the port of Lorient.
Photo: Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race
Franck Cammas and his men were cheered by thousands of fans on the Brittany coast after crossing the Leg 8 finish line at their home port at 13:31:04 local, 11:31:04 UTC, with an elapsed time of four days, 23 hours, 31 minutes and four seconds.
Photo: Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race
Groupama earn 30 points and extending their advantage over Telefónica, whose own victory hopes were dashed when they broke a second rudder while leading overnight.
Photo: Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race
It is an impressive comeback for Groupama who dropped to fourth place just two days ago when their mainsail jammed and the team spent a costly two hours with bowman Brad Marsh at the top of the 31-metre mast effecting repairs in storm conditions.
Photo: Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race
But the never-say-die crew fought back to reclaim the lead less than 12-hours before the finish with blistering pace in the North Atlantic low pressure system that packed 45 knots winds and four metre waves.
Photo: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race
The French team’s victory hopes were bolstered by the misfortune of their arch-rivals Telefónica as the Spanish team were forced to slow to survival speeds after breaking both their rudders on the furious run to the finish.
Photo: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race
Telefónica skipper Iker Martínez said the damage had effectively ended their chances of overall victory, with Groupama now enjoying a significant lead with just one leg and two in-port races remaining.
Photo: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race
While Groupama’s crew revel in the warm wishes of French sailing fans, the race for the remaining podium places continues with CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand holding a narrow lead in second place over PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG.
Photo: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are in fourth place, whileTeam Telefónica are fifth and Team Sanya sixth.

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