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Volvo Ocean Race - Newsletter - Leg 3 Finish 6 February 2012

Families greet Groupama Sailing Team, as they finish second on leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Abu Dhabi, UAE, to Sanya, China.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
Welcome to Sail-World.com's Volvo Ocean Race Newsletter for 6 February 2012

Leg 3 - Part B of the Volvo Ocean Race has concluded in Sanya, China.

The leg finish concludes the stop-start nature of the last two legs, which were disrupted due to measures adopted by trace organisers to avoid the potential for attack by pirates operating out of Somalia.

This final part of Leg 3 from Maldives to Sanya, has been unusual to say the least.

Essentially the outcome of the leg was decided in the Malacca Straits between Sumatra and Malaysia when Telefonica made a move towards the Sumatran coast, got the breeze - some claim off a convenient thunderstorm - and scooted away at speeds into the double digits, while at least two of the crews were left near-becalmed.

Once the fleet exited the final landfall east of Singapore, Telefonica had once again stamped her authority on the leg and was set for her third leg win. That feat had not been achieved since the Peter Blake skippered Steinlager 2 won all six legs in the then Whitbread Round the World course.

Team Telefonica, finishes first on leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Abu Dhabi, UAE, to Sanya, China.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

So what do we know?

Most obviously that Telefonica is a fast boat, well sailed, and doesn't make mistakes. Simply, none of the others can claim to tick all of those boxes - and that really is the story of the race so far.

The only imponderable is the performance of the boats in hard-driving downwind conditions - of which we saw some on the latter stages of Leg 1. However the next two legs will really be the test.

Camper finishes third on leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Abu Dhabi, UAE, to Sanya, China.  Marc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race

The Auckland Stopover looks to be something else again, with the call for volunteers oversubscribed already and there is a buzz of anticipation already in the City of Sails as fans look forward to the return of the Volvo Ocean Race, after a too long absence.

Shore teams start work on making sure the boats are ready for the In-Port Race in the Sanya race village, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race office has released some impressive media statistics and readership numbers coveting the period of the first leg. We have the full report in this edition of Sail-World's Volvo Ocean Race newsletter - certainly the sponsors should be well pleased, and the platform has been set for a great event.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Editor@Large

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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica takes Leg 3 win - Live Coverage
Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Telefónica became the first team to win the first three legs of a Volvo Ocean Race in 22 years as they swept to glory in Leg 3 from Abu Dhabi to Sanya. Not since Sir Peter Blake's Steinlager 2 made a clean sweep of all four legs of the 1989-90 edition of the Whitbread Round the World Race has the event seen such success.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the return home for Sanya
Volvo Ocean Race,
Local crew member, Teng, better known as Tiger, was draped in a Chinese flag as he led Mike Sanderson's men across the line in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 finish, into the team's home port at 12:35:17 UTC, bringing to an end 14 days of gruelling racing in Leg 3 Stage 2 from the Maldives.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Impressive Media and Readership for Leg 1
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race organisers have released the Media and readership statistics for the first leg of the nine leg race. As expected the event compares more than favourably with the America's Cup World Series which ran its San Diego event around the same time as the start of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya sail into home port
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race Team Sanya, the first sole Chinese entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, crossed the finish line at their home port late Sunday night to a raucous welcome from thousands of locals who lined the dock. Firecrackers sounded as the exhausted team, including the first Chinese sailor to compete in the race Teng 'Tiger' Jiang He, stepped ashore for hugs, kisses and cheers... [more]
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Camper's hard earned Volvo Ocean Race podium place
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - The Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand crew crossed the line in Sanya on Saturday after 12d 23h 28m 23s and a hard earned 3000 miles, to take third place on Leg 3. In claiming the final podium position, Chris Nicholson and his crew retain second place on the leaderboard, but the battle for a first winning leg continues.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi's search for more speed
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have a need for speed, skipper Ian Walker said after finishing Leg 3 in fifth place under the cover of darkness at Sanya, China on Saturday. 'We can do tactics better, crew work better and everything better because at the moment it's just not good enough' Jules Salter - navigator, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Walker's team, who won the first stage of Leg 3 from their homepor... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Disappointment for Puma Ocean Racing
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Ken Read, Skipper of Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: I bet that almost every final leg blog from any Volvo boat starts with...'This has been a tough leg.' Don't imagine any of you have ever heard a Volvo sailor saying, 'This leg has been a breeze.' None are. This was no exception.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama second to cross Leg 3 finish
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama have crossed the leg three finish line in Sanya (China) in second place after Franck Cammas and his men battled neck and neck with the Spanish on Telefonica for the past two weeks of racing between Abu Dhabi and Sanya in China. The performance by Franck Cammas and his international crew testifies to the constant progress they have been making... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper reports 20nm from from the finish of Leg 3
Hamish Hooper,
Hamish Hooper reports from onboard Camper: Well that's it Leg 3 almost done and dusted. The guys are truly exhausted, they have really dug it in massively since things didn't go our way in the Malacca Straits. Since it became evident that our decision didn't work out and we were leaving the Singapore Straits in fifth position, there hasn't been a hint of negativity or even disappointmen... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland Stopover News 8 - 26 days to go!
VOR Auckland Stopover,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has finished Leg 3 in Sanya (China). Read the latest news here. It's now just 28 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village. The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is racing towards Sanya (China) and the end of Leg 3. Read the latest news her... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Volunteers Oversubscribed for Auckland Stopover!
Penny Dain,
Hundreds of applicants have signed up as volunteers for next month's Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race and the organisers have now closed volunteer registration. 'Just under 500 volunteers have registered on the database and we've been blown away by the quality and commitment,' says Port Director Tom Mayo... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper's Tack Fest to China
Camper Media,
For the past 24 hours Camper has been tacking up the Vietnamese coast avoiding hundreds of fishing boats, debris and uncharted marks and islands. For navigator Will Oxley the final tack away from Vietnam coast came with a huge amount of relief: 'With poor quality charting, multitudes of unlit fishing vessels and miles of nets, not to mention shallow wrecks from the war, the potential for disa... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: A Soldier's course to Sanya
Sail-World,
With just over 100nm to sail to the finish line in Sanya, China, Telefonica looks set to take her third ocean leg win. According to the routing options from PredictWind, at 1900hrs UTC on 3 February, the Iker Martinex skippered Spainish entry, just has to sail the direct course to the finish, and should be able to average 15-17kts for the remaining distance.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Rough onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: There's only a day and a half of racing left out here and still plenty to gain. It's yet another testament to the group of guys onboard that an unsuccessful and trying trek to the middle of the South China Sea hasn't sunk the ship.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Weather closing in + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
The weather has continued to close in on the four boats, which are racing towards the shore. In a make or break move, Read and his men on board Puma's Mar Mostro are now 127 nm to the east of fourth placed Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Thrills and spills from Puma's Mar Mostro + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: I bet you're wondering what we're up to? I bet you're asking yourself, 'Why are they doing what they're doing? Why are they going where they're going?' The short answer is we're doing what we seem to do best so far this race: provide a constant supply of thrills and spills.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Danger not over yet + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Telefónica navigator Andrew Cape couldn't hide his relief at being clear of the Malacca Strait – but said the danger is not over yet.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica and Groupama 4 scrapping along the Strait
Volvo Ocean Race,
After a night of close-quarter scrapping for the lead, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) and Groupama 4 were by 1000 UTC today just five more hours from passing Horsburgh Lighthouse and exiting the stressful Singapore Strait.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Make or break for Puma Ocean Racing
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Today could be the make or break day of this leg. Several major weather features have helped in splitting the fleet, and we find ourselves in a position that could see us go either way.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper parks off Malaysia, leaders sailing at 11kts
Warren Douglas,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand became becalmed on the Malaysian coast this afternoon losing the hard-earned miles clawed back earlier in the day. As race leaders Telefonica, Groupama and Puma found better breeze offshore and were able to maintain average speeds of 10-12 knots, Camper along with Abu Dhabi were in trouble closer inshore, barely able to maintain 2-3 knots.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - It's the little things that matter
Ken Read,
ken Read, Puma's skipper - 'Heat below and above decks has left us all pretty manky. Ok, that is the understatement of the century. We stink. '... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Wild night onboard Puma's Mar Mostro + Videos
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Phase One, complete. We've made it across the Indian Ocean and the Sea of Bengal, still in one piece and very much in the hunt. Telefónica converted on their northerly position and were first to make landfall and lead into the Strait, Camper close behind.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro approach Malacca Strait + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: The Malacca Strait adventures began last night and we're still a day out. Notoriously touted as one of the busiest and most congested shipping lanes in the world, we found our fare share of exiting and entering ships to contend (and communicate) with in the dark.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica expected to lead at Mallaca waypoint
Richard Gladwell,
The current overall leader in the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefonica (ESP) is expected to be in the lead at the first waypoint in the Mallaca Straits. They are expected to arrive at the point in the next two and a half days and are approximately 630nm away.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Simple sailing onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: If you're going to have to go upwind, this is exactly how you'd want to do it. It has been simple sailing: we haven't tacked or gybed once since leaving Malé, we've hardly touched our foul weather gear, the boat is dry, the sea is calm... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Secret port named and normal transmission resumes
Volvo Ocean Race,
Months of secret and meticulous planning reached the perfect conclusion on Saturday when the Volvo Ocean Race fleet safely arrived by ship in the secret haven, which has now been named. The port had until now been kept a secret as an unprecedented measure taken by organisers on expert advice against the risk of piracy in the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Interview with Abu Dhabi's watch captain
Louay Habib,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's watch captain, Robert Greenhalgh analyses the difficult leg to Sanya just 48 hours before the start.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya completed Leg 2 Stage 1
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Sanya successfully completed Stage 1 of Leg 2 at the secret port on Thursday evening, scoring a significant points haul over five weeks after racing began in Cape Town, South Africa. The crew of seven on board the first Chinese entry in the Volvo Ocean Race crossed the finish line at the undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: 'We're capable of better' - Camper's Chris Nicholson
Chris Nicholson ETNZblog.com,
Camper skipper, Chris Nicholson reviews their performance in the first legs in the Volvo OR, and the team's options to improve performance, plus the difficult options for the remainder of Leg 3 through to Sanya, China: 'It's fair to say that our performance in the first part of the leg was not good enough and not what any of us were looking for. Includes video interview.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race - Abu Dhabi takes top spot + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing scored a commanding victory on home waters taking top spot in the Etihad Airways In-Port Race to the delight of thousands of ecstatic fans at the Volvo Ocean Race's first Middle Eastern stopover. Abu Dhabi, skippered by Ian Walker, produced a faultless performance along the eight nautical mile course to win in a time of 57 minutes 51 seconds... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma - The Story So Far: Episodes 1-6 in Video
Puma Ocean Racing,
Puma presents this series of six video episodes covering their story in the Volvo Ocean Race, right from the start of the project through to the dismasting and rendezvous with a ship to take on extra fuel. The last episode features a mix of on boarrd footage interspersed with Shore Manager Kimo Worthington telling the story of the drama ashore... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 trophies awarded
Volvo Ocean Race,
The trophy for the overall winner of Leg 2 was awarded to Iker Martínez's Team Telefónica. Particular mention was made of Puma's latest move to fly in a team of bloggers to cover the Abu Dhabi stopover which attracted considerable media attention in its own right.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - No need to panic says Abu Dhabi skipper
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, despite having come in fifth in overall standings, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's skipper, Ian Walker, says that his team could easily be on the brink of success. Having been eliminated from the first leg after breaking their mast on the first night, Abu Dhabi finished fifth on both stages of Leg 2.... [more]
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