Please select your home edition
Edition
Yamaha-Mark 2014

Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama crew on form in Miami's In-Port race

by Vincent Borde on 20 May 2012
Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France take down their spinnaker, during the Port Miami In-Port Race, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race© http://www.volvooceanrace.com
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Franck Cammas and his men sailed amazingly well in Miami's In-Port race and though victory went to the Emirati boat, they relegated their most dangerous adversaries astern of them and closed in considerably on the Spanish leader, who finished last in this action-packed race!

This seventh In-Port of the Volvo Ocean Race was certainly the most exciting and the most incredible since the start of the event in Alicante. Protests, full-on crossed tacks, switches of leader, wind shifts and light patches, constantly shook up the hierarchy in this race, which was run beneath stormy skies.

Indeed the breeze of around a dozen knots at kick-off time wasn't very stable in terms of strength and the crews were really put under pressure to adapt to the light spells and the very messy chop in particular.

Ian Walker and his Emirati crew really got an excellent start, as the fleet quickly split off into two groups, Franck Cammas and Chris Nicholson following Abu Dhabi on the right-hand side of the very lively race zone. However, after a long beat, the Spanish were also in good shape as they managed to take the inside lane at the first mark, with Groupama 4 positioned in third place just a few boat lengths shy of them, whilst the Americans were already off the pace.

As such the first section off the wind under spinnaker was very important and Franck Cammas was the first to roll into a gybe. By positioning the boat to windward of Abu Dhabi, he also got past Telefonica by linking onto the inside track at the next mark...

On the following leg, with sheets eased, Groupama 4 extended away a little whilst Abu Dhabi was overtaken by the Spanish. By that stage there was significant separation between the three leaders and their pursuers, with the chase led by the Chinese boat. Indeed Camper and Puma appeared to be in a very poor position as a rain squall began to suck up the wind. As a result, there was a general bunching of the chasing pack behind the French and Emirati boats, to the extent that as Telefonica stalled on rounding the mark, she was dispatched by the Americans and the New Zealanders...


Groupama 4 looked set to secure a top spot but the wind again claimed some victims as it died away: the crew of Abu Dhabi was the quickest to hoist their Code 0 for a final, fairly screwy beat. Despite a spectator boat in his path, Ian Walker managed to claw back a few dozen metres and during the final change of tack, got the edge over Franck Cammas. The breeze had become so fickle by then that Camper and Puma were no longer that far off, whilst Telefonica was bringing up the rear offshore...

Abu Dhabi maintained her position and crossed the finish line in first place, just ahead of Groupama 4. However, the real spectacle was over third place: having just tacked, the New Zealanders couldn't power up again straightaway and the Americans snapped up the opportunity and hurtled to leeward of them and ultimately crossed the finish line half a boat length ahead of the Kiwis!

Meantime the Spanish were struggling and finished in last place behind Sanya. This was a particularly positive result for the French team as Groupama 4 made up four points on the leaders in the overall standing and are now just seven points shy of the top of the leaderboard. Behind them, just one little point separates the New Zealanders and the Americans... the seventh leg between Miami and Lisbon, the start of which will take place at 1700 UTC on Sunday, promises to be extremely important for these four teams, who will be intent on ultimate victory in this eleventh round the world race, starting with this upcoming transatlantic race which will lead the crews back to Europe!

Finishers in the Miami In-Port race:

1- Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker)
2- Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas)
3- Puma (Ken Read)
4- Camper (Chris Nicholson)
5- Sanya (Mike Sanderson)
6- Telefonica (Iker Martinez)

(Provisional) overall standing after the Miami In-Port race:

1-Telefonica (Iker Martinez) : 1+30+6+29+2+27+6+20+1+25+2+15+1 = 165 points
2-Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas) : 2+20+2+18+5+24+2+30+4+20+6+20+5 = 158 points
3-Camper (Chris Nicholson) : 4+25+5+24+4+18+3+15+6+15+5+25+3 = 152 points
4-Puma (Ken Read) : 5+0+4+19+3+17+5+25+5+30+4+30+4 = 151 points
5-Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker) : 6+0+3+10+6+14+4+10+2+0+3+10+6 = 74 points
6-Sanya (Mike Sanderson) : 3+0+1+5+2+5+1+5+3+0+0+0+2 = 27 points

Volvo Ocean Race website

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignBarz Optics - Kids rangeGAC Pindar Freight

Related Articles

Volvo Ocean Race- Official Video of latest edtion
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 started in Alicante, Spain in October 2011 and concluded in Galway, Ireland during July The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 started in Alicante, Spain in October 2011 and concluded in Galway, Ireland during early July 2012. This documentary tracks the fleet during their amazing around the world journey. Catch all the drama and action as the teams sail a 39,000 nautical miles through the world's most treacherous seas via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around Cape Horn to Itajaí, M
Posted on 21 Aug 2012
Volvo Ocean Race- All-Women crew announced for the 2014-15 edition
The Volvo Ocean Race will feature an all-female team for the first time since 2001-02 after global hygiene and forest co The Volvo Ocean Race will feature an all-female team for the first time since 2001-02 after global hygiene and forest company SCA announced they would enter a women’s crew for the next edition in 2014-15. 'The lack of women in the last few editions of the race has meant we haven't been representing half the population of the human race' - Knut Frostad, Volvo Ocean Race, CEO
Posted on 21 Aug 2012
Volvo Ocean Race- And when the race is over.... + Video
Camper, the second placed boat in the Volvo Ocean Race, has returned to her Spanish home. Camper, the second placed boat in the Volvo Ocean Race, has returned to her Spanish home. She will visit the Copa del Rey in Palma de Mallorca. Sponsored by the Mallorcan footwear company Camper, the return of the joint Spanish and New Zealand flagged boat, marks the end of a round the world adventure that started with the yacht’s baptism at the RCNP in September 2011 and the race start from A
Posted on 18 Jul 2012
Volvo Ocean Race- Calling up the Reinforcements
They say one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity, and that certainly was the case for reserve sailors They say one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity, and that certainly was the case for reserve sailors in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, who were given the chance to prove they could step up to challenges as big as the Southern Ocean, often with barely any notice. Be it an email with a subject line 'get your boots ready' or a hurried face-to-face with the skipper just minutes before the st
Posted on 18 Jul 2012
The most successful Volvo Ocean Race yet
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 was not only the closest race in the 39-year history of the event but also the most success The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 was not only the closest race in the 39-year history of the event but also the most successful, CEO Knut Frostad said on Thursday, with hundreds of thousands of fans visiting Galway in Ireland for a buoyant finale and outstanding growth across media platforms set to be confirmed once final data is in.
Posted on 16 Jul 2012
Volvo Ocean Race- Sanderson wants to go again
Sanya skipper Mike Sanderson will be back racing as early as this weekend but the big date circled in his diary is in la Sanya skipper Mike Sanderson will be back racing as early as this weekend but the big date circled in his diary is in late 2014 when he expects to return for another campaign in the Volvo Ocean Race. Sanderson skippered ABN AMRO ONE to victory in 2005-06 and while his race this time with Sanya was not the same glittering success he is determined it will not be his final appearance in the Volvo
Posted on 16 Jul 2012
Volvo Ocean Race- Reluctant hero Marsh takes seamanship honour
'It's been an amazing adventure, a fantastic tour, and a great race' - Brad Marsh The title ‘hero’ does not rest easy on the shoulders of Groupama bowman Brad Marsh, but most agree that it is the best way to describe the Kiwi who repaired a sinking yacht, saved a broken rig and scaled a 31-metre mast in a storm front.
Posted on 16 Jul 2012
Volvo Ocean race- How the closest ever race was won
The 11th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race was tipped to be the closest ever, and it did not disappoint. The 11th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race was tipped to be the closest ever, and it did not disappoint. To coincide with the Leg 9 documentary, we take a look back at all the action. For the first time in the race’s 39-year-history four boats were still in with a realistic chance of winning with a matter of days remaining.
Posted on 16 Jul 2012
Volvo Ocean Race - Perfection never enough for Franck Cammas
Volvo Ocean Race skipper Franck Cammas, at the age of just 39, is already assured of his place in sailing history Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 skipper Franck Cammas, at the age of just 39, is already assured of his place in sailing history thanks to Groupama's debut victory in the Volvo Ocean Race. Here we profile the charismatic French sailor for whom perfection is never good enough.
Posted on 10 Jul 2012
Volvo Ocean Race- Selected Awards announced at Formal Prizegiving
Camper's Hamish Hooper saw nine months of hard work pay off as he was crowned Media Crew Member of the Volvo Ocean Race The selected award category winners were announced at the final formal Volvo Ocean Race prizegiving in Galway Ireland. We present a gallery of images and video of the category winners and their feats including the Media Crew member Award, the Rookie Award, the Seamanship Award, the Shore Crew Award as well as the Designer Award and Speed Trophy presentation.
Posted on 9 Jul 2012