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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 19 - Race against the Clock

by VOR Auckland Stopover on 13 Mar 2012
Puma Ocean Racing moved over to have her mast unstepped and be hauled, soon after finishing on Sunday © Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz
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As the fleet battle it out on the way into Auckland, the Race Village is open in the Viaduct.

The Global Party is undeway with twelve hours of entertainment every day from 9am to 9pm. Today's line up includes five live bands as well as race highlights and action on the big screens. Then there's the Volvo Experience with the Grinding Challenge, the Race simulator and Air Balls on water plus movies in the 3D cinema and the Dome. And it's all free

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Issue 19

12 March 2012

The shore crews have been hard at work today - all the yachts are hauled out and it's a race against the clock to get the job list finished before the fleet returns to the water for racing.

Read the latest Volvo Ocean Race news here

Tuesday is Spain day at the Global Party. Check our website for full details of the day's entertainment. See you there!

The 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race

The Race features nine Legs with Stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajai (Brazil), Miami (USA), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France) with the finish in Galway (Ireland) in July 2012.

Six teams have entered the Race, including CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand.

News from CAMPER

Keep up to date with the latest news direct from Emirates Team New Zealand entry CAMPER by reading the ETNZ blog. Read more [Sorry, this link had a problem]s" href="http://etnzblog.com/#%21news" target="_blank">here.

Follow the Race

The organisers of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race have made it easy to follow the live action from the Race every minute of the day. There's live video streaming, a Race Tracker, blogs, daily updates on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in addition to global media coverage. Find all the links here

The Auckland Stopover

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is now scheduled to arrive in Auckland at the end of Leg 4 from Sanya (China) on Saturday 10 March 2012 (subject to change). The Pro-Am Race is on Friday 16 March and the In-Port Race on Saturday 17 March. The Start of Leg 5 will take place on Sunday 18 March.

Coming down to the Race Village

Check out isitbusy.co.nz to find out about any transport delays and to see what's going on in the Race Village.

Website

Keep up to date with all the news from the Auckland Stopover on our website . We are on Facebook and Twitter too.

Race against the clock

seabootsWith such a short turn-round time to get the yachts ready to go back in the water, shore crews and associated workers are having a busy time. Perhaps busy is not strong enough – frantic might be more appropriate.

The good news for shore and team managers is that none of the Volvo Open 70 yachts suffered serious damage during Leg 4 from Sanya in China. In addition to Groupama's bow damage, Telefonica did suffer minor damage to the bow after hitting a log or some other floating object (no one is quite sure what it was).

So far the haul-out is going well for all the boats. In the interests of fairness, here are the updates in alphabetical order:

Mike Danks, shore manager for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, says that his crew are spending very long days working on their entry in the round the world race.

“It’s been 8am to midnight every day and that won’t stop till the end of the week," he says. “There’s nothing major, just lots of little stuff, but it all takes time. And the weather hasn’t helped – it’s messy for the guys walking round, and just generally unpleasant. Still, I believe it’s on the improve.”

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand has the best of it in this Stopover, being in their home base and with the yacht under cover. Shore manager Neil Cox says that a visual and tap survey of the boat brought up no damage with an ultrasound scan of the hull still to be done. The damage to the J2 sail is a little more of a worry.

“We have a replacement section coming in from the US and I understand it has cleared Customs so we should receive it soon,” said Cox.“Our other sails are in a dehumidifier drying out."

“It’s wonderful for us being back in Auckland. Because the boat was built here, we have a huge resource pool of knowledge, with people offering their expertise in an array of skills.”

Groupama shore manager, Australian Ben Wright, says that though the sailing crew pushed themselves and the boat hard on the fourth leg, they all came through it unscathed.

“We’ve had a thorough look at the hull, and there are no problems," said Wright. "The sails are all good, and we’re up to speed with our general maintenance."

“The main problem has been the weather. It’s extremely difficult to dry out the inside of the boat and the sails. As well, the short Stopover means we can’t take full advantage of Auckland and all it has to offer. The men are low on weight, and this is going to make the next leg difficult.”

Former Sydney-sider Tim Hacket, shore manager for PUMA Ocean Racing powered by Berg, says his team of 20 or so have had late nights already this week. They too haven’t found any major problems and they’ll be ready to go back in the water on Tuesday evening, after rigging is replaced that morning.

Team Sanya shore manager Nick Bice says that a visual check of the boat’s hull shows 99 per cent soundness.

“We won’t sign it off until the ultrasound is done but it looks good," he said. "We should be back in the water on Wednesday lunchtime."

“We liaise with the team before the boat arrives in port, so that when it docks we know what to expect and can get straight into it.”

Apart from the small bow problem on Telefonica, shore manager Horatio Carabelli says they have no major issues.

“The next job is an ultrasound check of the hull and mast but we don’t expect to find anything we are not already aware of,” said Carabelli.

Carabelli expects that his yacht will be back in the water on Wednesday morning.

If all goes according to plan with the six boats, the shore teams will have time to adjust rigging and electronic equipment and allow the crew some time to renew their acquaintance with their craft during the Practice Race on Thursday before racing starts on Friday with the Pro-Am series.

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