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Volvo Ocean Race - Newsletter: Leg 5 ends at last - 20 April 2012

Puma Ocean Racing and Team Telefonica, battle it out in the final miles of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's Volvo Ocean Race Newsletter for 20 April 2012

Almost one month after it started Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race has finished in Itajai, Brazil.

Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ arrived just after noon on Tuesday (GMT). Abu Dhabi, on her second ship trip of the race arrived two days later on the 19th April.

At the other extreme, Puma Ocean Racing, the only boat of the six entries not suspend racing on Leg 5, finished on 6 April, with Telefonica finishing minutes behind, having caught up the 17hrs conceded during a stopover at Cape Horn.

In the early afternoon of 11 April a jury rigged Groupama sailed across the finish line,. She dropped her rig while match racing Puma up the Argentinian coast.

In between the debate has raged as to whether the boats are up to the task, whether the designers and structural engineers have stuffed up, or if it is just operator error.

Puma Ocean Racing rounds Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America during Leg 5   Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

And to put another twist in the story of Leg 5, the oldest boat in the race, Team Sanya blew up a rudder days after the start, putting an end to what could have been a fairy tale of the whole race - had she been able to hold her lead all the way to Itajai.

For all the on the water drama, the real heros of the leg have been the shore crews, as they have done their level best under extreme logistical and time pressure to get their charges either repaired or on ships to enable racing to be resumed.

Groupama Sailing Team sailing under jury rig, as they approach the finish line in Itajai  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

In this edition of Sail-World's Volvo Ocean Race newsletter we look at the major incidents of the leg, as well as bringing you some significant feature stories from Puma's Kenny Read and Team Sanya's Mike Sanderson.

Ken Read takes us through the trip of his race so far. As he quipped several times during the interview in Auckland, he told his crew before the start that he wanted to put some of the adventure into their - but maybe not quite like this!

Stuart Bannatyne and Adam Minoprio on watch as Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand pass into the 'furious fifties' on their way South to Cape Horn Race)  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©

Mike Sanderson spoke to Sail-World after arriving back in Auckland, and amongst other things reveals that their hull had begun to split - only discovered after the hauled the boat. the winner of the 2005/06 edition of the race went on to talk about the future of the Volvo Ocean Rce, cost reduction and an number of other issues at the forefront of race fans' thinking.

This weekend the curtain falls on the Brazillian stopover with the ProAm Race,The InPort Race and finally the start of Leg 6 and the race fleet is Miami bound.

Team Telefonica in Martial Creek, Cabo de Hornos National Park, ready to rejoin leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race   Diego Fructuoso /Team Telefónica/Volvo Ocean Race

Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com as the drama and action continues to unfold.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Editor@Large

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Mike Sanderson on the present and future of the Volvo Ocean Race
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Mike Sanderson was the youngest ever skipper to win the Volvo Ocean Race when he skippered the Volvo 70 ABN Amro, otherwise known as Black Betty, to victory in the 2005/06 edition of the round the world classic. Sail-World caught up with Mike Sanderson while he was in Auckland, after pulling out of Leg 5, and sought his views on a range of issues overhanging the future of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Another Speed Record Challenge trophy for Camper
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Lisa Ramsperger,
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Volvo Ocean Race: To Squid or not to Squid? That is the Question.
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Volvo Ocean Race: Ken Read - the adventure so far + Audio and Video
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Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi double up on Azzam repair
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Volvo Ocean race: Camper to seek redress on Telefonica decision
Sail-World,
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Volvo Ocean race: Skippers comment on Leg 5 attrition
Volvo Ocean Race,
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Hamish Hooper,
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Richard Gladwell,
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Sail-World,
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Franck Cammas,
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Hamish Hooper,
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Volvo Ocean Race,
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Franck Cammas / Volvo Ocean Race,
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Sail-World,
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Amory Ross,
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Franck Cammas,
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Sail-World,
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Yann Riou, Groupama,
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Sail-World,
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper suspends racing and begins motoring + Video
Sail-World,
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Sail-World,
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Amory Ross,
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Volvo Ocean Race,
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper's shore crew prepare for quick turnaround
Lucy Harwood,
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Volvo Ocean Race - Host of issues for Puma's Mar Mostro
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 11 of Leg 5. Ken Read, Skipper of Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Believe it or not I can't sleep. The last few days have brought another host of issues. Most pressing has been the infection in Jono Swain's elbow that started with a quick wash down the cockpit about a week ago and has turned into a mess.... [more]
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