Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Volvo Ocean Race- Camper wins Leg 9, Groupama overall winner

by Richard Gladwell on 3 Jul 2012
Camper’s Stu Bannatyne on the helm as they pass 2011-12 overall Volvo Ocean race winner, Groupama, on the way to win Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©

The Spanish/New Zealand entry in the Volvo Ocean Race has won Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line at 0100UTC, in Galway, Ireland.

Groupama (Franck Cammas) finished second behind Camper, assuring the French team of her overall win in the 39,000nm classic.

Her first win in nine legs, all but assures Camper of second place overall in the Volvo Ocean Race, giving her a six point margin over Puma Ocean Racing (Ken Read) who is expected to finish third into Galway, with Telefonica (Iker Martinez) fourth over the line and on overall points.





The win reversed a series of narrow losses for the Camper team, where they had been pipped on the finish line three times - costing 15 vital points.

That would not have made a difference to the overall result, which is a superb effort for Franck Cammas and his crew, who aside from a disappointing opening leg (finishing third), sailed very well, and improved as the race progressed. As the pressure went on in the final stages Groupama rose above the rest.

Even in adversity, such as dropping her mast on the final stage of Leg 5, into Brazil, when they suspended racing and finished under jury rig was a low and high point for the team.

Having the most experience in Round the World racing - of the Jule Verne Trophy style - Cammas is a former record holder for the fastest boat around the planet, and knew when to push, and when to button off when required. It was probably that ability that set Groupama from the rest, all of whom suffered major setbacks at some stage of the race. Cammas had his setback too, on Leg 5, but that was minimised.

For Camper, the win is a monkey off their back. Now, in nine legs, there have been five winners - and Camper was the last to score maximum points. Again the experience of the round the world team paid a dividend on the final leg, with a strategy of lightening and carefully stacking the sails in the boat, to optimise righting moment.

That was underlined at the start of the Leg when a penalty dropped Camper back to last. However she was able to power through the fleet, as never before, and got into second place - which she was able to hold her own against other boats which are considered to be faster.

To perhaps further underscore the closeness of the racing was revealed in the projected finish time from www.predictwind.com!Predictwind, where just a few minutes covered the finish times for the first four boats - from a position several hours out. Often we have seen that result predicted, and so often there have been critical place changes right on the finish line.

Camper should finish second overall in the Volvo Ocean Race if she can get just one point out of the final InPort race in Galway on Saturday.

For Ken Read and his team on Puma Ocean Racing, a third, with Camper winning is a bitterly disappointing result. And to be honest - the last in a string of disappointments. The first being the loss of the rig on Leg 1, another being the loss of the second 'InPort' race in China, and now third (with Camper leading) into Galway. For all their downs, Ken Read has performed outstandingly as a leader, and his crew have followed through some dreadful adversity. Leaving Miami, there was a good chance that Puma could have won the overall race, despite, incredibly, not finishing a leg. The fact that they came within an ace of taking second overall - scoring only eight legs to the others nine, is amazing. Their ability to bounce back from adversity, outwardly smiling, but inwardly bleeding is an example to all in sailing - young and old - and represents an attitude that is all too rare in professional sport.

Telefonica's , fourth place will be extremely disappointing, given they won the first three legs. But their race fell apart heading into Lorient, when they had to beat Groupama, and but instead broke both rudders in the final hours leading to the finish. The fact that the Spanish entry could slip from the lead mid-race to fourth, underlines the closeness of the race, especially amongst the top four boats.

Team Sanya and Abu Dhabi are yet to finish Leg 9.

Provisional Points:

1. Groupama 250
2. Camper 226
3. Puma 220
4. Telefonica 194








T Clewring One DesignAncasta Ker 33 660x82upffront 660x82

Related Articles

Rio 2016 - America's Cup champ says Paralympic racing is closest ever
Twice America’s Cup champion, Rick Dodson is extremely impressed with the standard of racing in the three man Sonar Twice America’s Cup champion, Rick Dodson is extremely impressed with the standard of racing in the three man Sonar keelboat class at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. The regatta is being held in Guanabara Bay on three of the courses used for the Olympic Sailing Regatta in August.
Posted on 13 Sep
A Q&A with Peter Bresnan ONE Palma’s founder and director
Sail-World interviewed ONE Palma’s founder Peter Bresnan to learn about the company’s partnership with McConaghy Boats For the past eight years, ONE Palma (formerly OneSails Spain) has been building a strong name, first as a sailmaker and later with refit work. Recently, ONE Palma and McConaghy Boats-legendary boatbuilders who have crafted some of the planet’s fastest sailboats-entered a business partnership. I caught up with Peter Bresnan, ONE Palma’s founder and director, to learn more about this new direction.
Posted on 2 Sep
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ train late on the Waitemata Harbour
Emirates Team NZ were out for a training session that ran into the early Thursday evening. Emirates Team NZ were out for a training session that ran into the early Thursday evening. The team were sailing their recently launched AC45 Surrogate test boat which features an articulated rudder gantry - taking the AC45 close to the geometry of the AC50 to be used in the 2017 America's Cup.
Posted on 1 Sep
Dateline Rio - Sailing Olympics review - as good as it gets?
The Rio Sailing Olympics was widely judged to have been the best of recent times. The Rio Sailing Olympics was widely judged to have been the best of recent times. The weather was better than Weymouth and Qingdao, the courses more varied, but from a working media perspective, it was the people running the Rio regatta who really made the difference.
Posted on 26 Aug
Rio 2016 - Plain speaking by triple-medalist on Olympic sailing moves
Triple Olympic medalist, Santiago Lange has been on the sharp end of changes made to Olympic classes and formats Santiago Lange, a six-time Olympian and Bronze medallist in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, won his third medal – Gold sailing in the Nacra 17 class. With that length of experience at an Olympic level, having sailed the Laser, Tornado and now Nacra 17 classes his comments on the future shape of the Olympic regatta was one of the highlights of the Medallists Media Conferences.
Posted on 25 Aug
Rio 2016 - Images of the penultimate race in the Finns - Scott wins
Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water for the final race of the Qualifying Series of the Mens Finn Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water for the final race of the Qualifying Series of the Mens Finn, in what potentially could have been Giles Scott's (GBR) Gold medal winning race. In the end, the current world champion won in style.
Posted on 15 Aug
Rio 2016 - Images from the Mens RS:X Medal Race
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water at the Medal Race for the RS:X class Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water at the Medal Race for the RS:X class won before the race by Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED) without needing points from the Medal Race. Nick Dempsey (GBR) was second on a similar basis.
Posted on 15 Aug
Rio 2016 - Sailors talk of Life at the Extreme on the Atlantic Ocean
Certainly the Volvo Ocean Race catchcry of Life at the Extreme is not a phrase associated with the Sailing Olympics. The 470 crews were suffering the mixed emotions of survival of an extreme test by nature, the cold, and for some elation at their placings, after Thursday's battle for survival. In conditions that looked more out of the Volvo Ocean Race, than an Olympic sailing regatta, crews battled 20kt plus winds and Atlantic Ocean rollers that towered up to four metres.
Posted on 13 Aug
Rio Olympics - Fourth gallery of images the fearsome Niteroi course
Fourth image gallery from racing on Day 4 in the Mens and Womens 470 class on the Niteroi course in the Atlantic Ocean Fourth image gallery from racing on Day 4 in the Mens and Womens 470 class on the Niteroi course in the Atlantic Ocean - sailing in 3-4 metre swells and 20kt plus winds. believe it or not the sea conditions were worse inshore as the fleet encountered the backwashed Atlantic rollers
Posted on 12 Aug
Rio 2016 - Third image gallery of 470's braving the Atlantic Ocean
Third image gallery from racing on Day 4 in the Mens and Womens 470 class on the Niteroi course in the Atlantic Ocean Third image gallery from racing on Day 4 in the Mens and Womens 470 class on the Niteroi course in the Atlantic Ocean - sailing in 3-4 metre swells and 20kt plus winds
Posted on 12 Aug