Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 728x90

Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis approach Leg 3 finish

by Oliver Dewar on 4 Mar 2012
A misty morning 250 miles off the coast of Patagonia - Global Ocean Race 2011-12 Phesheya Racing
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) fleet are on the 34th day of racing from Wellington to the third leg finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

With the Leg 3 finish of Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon in the next 24 hours as their Akilaria Class40 Financial Crisis beats across the 120-mile wide mouth of Rio de la Plata, 500 miles further south, Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire are making solid progress in headwinds with Phesheya-Racing.

Since Friday morning, Leggatt and Hutton-Squire have been on port tack, beating into north-westerlies and holding averages of seven to eight knots as they climb north through the South Atlantic 250 miles off the coast of Patagonia. As the South Africans approach civilisation after 34 days of racing, there are still visible signs of human impact offshore, specifically as they encounter fishing boats along the continental shelf: 'Marine debris saddens me every time I see it,' commented Phillippa Hutton-Squire on Saturday morning. 'Nick and I have done a fair amount of sailing off this coast and every time we return, the marine debris gets worse!'

During their time racing through the high latitudes of the Indian Ocean in GOR Leg 2 and while racing the 5,000 miles through the Pacific between Wellington, New Zealand, and Cape Horn, the wild Southern Ocean was untainted by floating rubbish. 'But as soon as we came north of the Falklands we have started to see traces of human kind scattered over the ocean,' Hutton-Squire continues. 'We’re working together with the Environmental Investigation Agency to record and report the wildlife and the marine debris in the hope that we can do something about it to save our oceans,' she explains. 'We need to encourage others to stop littering and save our planet! So recycle and pick up your litter so it doesn’t get into the ocean!'

At 14:00 GMT on Saturday, Phehseya-Racing was averaging 7.2 knots, while 500 miles to the north and 112 miles from the Leg 3 finish line in Punta del Este, Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon were sailing along the coast of Argentina close inshore, passing the bright lights of Mar del Plata on Friday night and entering the mouth of Rio de la Plata at 14:00 GMT on Saturday. 'There have been a lot of sail changes as we approach the coast,' reported Hugo Ramon late on Friday. 'We’ve used all of our headsails that are still in good shape,' he explains. 'Masthead Code 0, fractional Code 0, Solent, staysail and A6… we’ve thrown them all up to keep us going as fast as possible.' The Punta del Este ETA for Financial Crisis is currently 04:30 local (06:30 GMT) on Sunday.

GOR leaderboard at 14:00 GMT 03/03/12:
1. Cessna Citation Finished 20:37:30 GMT 29/2/12
2. Financial Crisis DTF 112 7.2kts
3. Phesheya-Racing DTL 500 Global Ocean Race website
Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Global Ocean Race - Final prizegiving in Les Sables d’Olonne
In the Global Ocean Race, separated momentarily from their Class40s, the teams attended the final, official event In the Global Ocean Race, separated momentarily from their Class40s, the teams attended the final, official event of the GOR 2011-12 in Les Sables d’Olonne and joined 150 guests at the event’s prize giving held in the town’s Salle Audubon on Boulevard Pasteur in the middle of Les Sable’s old town on Saturday evening.
Posted on 18 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race Class40 Sec. Hayai crosses Leg 5 finish
In the Global Ocean Race, at 21:54:44 GMT on Sunday, the fourth and final Class40, Sec. Hayai, crossed the finish line In the Global Ocean Race, at 21:54:44 GMT (23:54:44 local) on Sunday, the fourth and final double-handed Class40, Sec. Hayai, crossed the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne, France, with the Dutch father-and-son duo of Nico and Frans Budel taking fourth place in Leg 5 and fourth place overall.
Posted on 11 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race Class40 Phesheya-Racing cross Leg 5 finish
Global Ocean Race - Phesheya-Racing crossed the Leg 5 finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne at 23:40:21 GMT on 9 June Global Ocean Race (GOR) 2011-12 Class40 Phesheya-Racing, skippered by the South African duo of Phillippa Hutton-Squire and Nick Leggatt, crossed the Leg 5 finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne at 23:40:21 GMT on Saturday 9 June (01:40:21 Sunday 10 June local)
Posted on 10 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race - Chasing duo prepare for yet another gale
GOR - Phesheya-Racing in third place and Sec. Hayai in fourth have been climbing north-east passed Cape Finisterre As the Global Ocean Race two leading Class40s ripped through the Bay of Biscay and across the Les Sables d’Olonne finish line and into the shelter of Port Olona, Phesheya-Racing in third place and Sec. Hayai in fourth have been climbing north-east passed Cape Finisterre in strong westerly winds
Posted on 9 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis takes second overall
Global Ocean Race - Nannini and Sergio crossed the finish with Financial Crisis off the port of Les Sables d’Olonne In the Global Ocean Race, with nearly 40 knots blowing and an enormous swell rolling in from the Atlantic, the Italian-Slovak duo of Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo crossed the finish with Class40 Financial Crisis off the French port of Les Sables d’Olonne, taking second place overall in the fleet of the four remaining boats in the circumnavigation.
Posted on 8 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race Class40 Cessna Citation cross Leg 5 finish
Global Ocean Race - After 150 days of racing around the planet Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough have taken first place Global Ocean Race - After 150 days of racing around the planet, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough have taken first place in the fifth leg and have also won the circumnavigation event overall with their Akilaria RC2 Cessna Citation. Having led the GOR fleet for the majority of leg five Cessna Citation thundered towards the finish line hitting 17 knots under full main and Solent
Posted on 7 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race leader approaches Leg 5 finish
Global Ocean Race leading Class40 is approaching the final finish line of the 30,000-mile circumnavigation in leg five Global Ocean Race leading Class40 is approaching the final finish line of the 30,000-mile circumnavigation in leg five to Les Sables d’Olonne, France, and the two skippers, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough, are flat lining east through the Bay of Biscay in following wind with just 137 miles remaining for Cessna Citation on Tuesday afternoon
Posted on 6 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race leaders count down final miles
Global Ocean Race two front running Class40s were separated by 280 miles on Monday afternoon Global Ocean Race two front running Class40s were separated by 280 miles on Monday afternoon as the two double-handed Class40s head due east at the same latitude as the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. South-west of the leading two boats, around 180 miles NNW of the Azores, Phesheya-Racing and Sec. Hayai are beginning the long ascent through the Atlantic to the Bay of Biscay.
Posted on 5 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race fleet sail through second gale
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 fleet of double-handed Class40s has successfully sailed through the second gale in three days. Global Ocean Race - As Tropical Storm Beryl prowls around the North Atlantic, the GOR fleet of double-handed Class40s has successfully sailed through the second gale in three days. Furthest south in fourth place, Nico and Frans Budel recorded gusts of up 35 knots on Sec. Hayai
Posted on 4 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race fleet prepare for next intense gale
Global Ocean Race (GOR) fleet recover from the storm, assess any damage and look ahead to the next, intense gale Since a ferocious gale swept through the Global Ocean Race (GOR) fleet on Thursday, any thoughts of Distance To Leader figures and losses or gains have been side lined temporarily as the four double-handed Class40s recover from the storm, assess any damage and – unfortunately – look ahead to the next, intense gale sweeping towards them across the North Atlantic.
Posted on 2 Jun 2012