sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama avoid worst of tropical storm Alberto
Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama avoid worst of tropical storm Alberto

'Groupama Sailing Team during leg 7 - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12'    Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race    Click Here to view large photo

Whilst Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 team Groupama 4 is holding onto pole position in the seventh leg, from Miami to Lisbon, thanks to an early gybe in the tropical storm Alberto, the weather situation across the Atlantic isn't offering up any opportunities for the fleet: everyone is on the same course in a moderate southerly breeze, awaiting a potential opening in a couple of days. As such it's unlikely there will be any major upsets before they tackle a depressionary minimum forming between Newfoundland and the Azores.

'It's the early hours for us and we've slowed since the end of the night since we're currently under Code 0, beam onto the wind with 10-11 knots of breeze and a constant speed of 12-13 knots. We've left the tropical storm, which generated some big black cloud masses and lightning: the sky is clearer and cleaner, there are smooth seas and we're quietly slipping along. However, the weather is very complicated up ahead: it's hard to know which option we're going to take, as there are a lot pitfalls in front… We already know that the others are going to catch up with us over the coming hours, but fortunately everyone's following the same course at the moment. We're likely to go through every point of sail on our way to Lisbon, and even some upwind sailing in the middle of the Atlantic. It promises to be extremely varied and we're likely to go through the entire sail wardrobe… We shouldn't get too close to the ice zone offshore of Newfoundland,' commented Franck Cammas during the noon videoconference this Tuesday.

By diving onto a direct course earlier than their rivals, Franck Cammas and his men managed to avoid the worst of the tropical storm Alberto: the other five crews were surprised by the centre shifting over and some of them have even had to sail upwind in over 45 knots of breeze! With storms, squalls and lightning, it was an ‘end of the world' scenario, on seas which were raging due to the violent wind rotations on top of the oceanic current of the Gulf Stream. As such Groupama 4 was able to extract herself from all that without damage, as well as opening up a lead which was bordering on 50 miles midway through the afternoon (local time) on Monday. However, between the tropical phenomenon and a depression threading its way towards Newfoundland, a zone of lighter wind then slowed the progress of the French boat.

'After the Brazil-Florida leg, we'd promised ourselves that we'd be in on the action straightaway: we haven't spared any effort! We got a good start to the leg, because we were correctly positioned from the coastal course. And since then, we've managed to weave our way along nicely in the tropical storm. As we were the first to gybe, we avoided the zones of instability at the centre of the disturbed system, which enabled us to extend our lead over the course of Monday. Since the end of the night, we've fallen upon light airs and I'm hoping we won't be totally becalmed! The fleet behind is not escaping the influence of the depression and its again benefiting from steadier wind: there will certainly be some regrouping before our rivals hit the same wind as us… In any case, we were happy to have put in the gybe within the tropical storm Alberto before everyone else, but even we flirted with the centre for a while, as the systems are very hard to spot on the grib files and they're moving very quickly.'

On exiting tropical storm Alberto, Groupama 4 sought to hook onto a front, which is rolling in from Newfoundland to the Caribbean, where the southerly wind is set to build from sunset (local time). This front will push the Azores High along for the next few days, but as it disintegrates the further East it gets, a depressionary minimum will form across the fleet's trajectory. This is why Franck Cammas believes that a period of upwind sailing is on the cards in the middle of the Atlantic… It's this meteorological pitfall which will need to be tackled with discernment, because prior to that, there are no opportunities for another route in a more or less steady wind in terms of strength, but stable in terms of direction (South to South-West). As such, it's on the outskirts of the Atlantic archipelago that the routes may diverge at the end of the week. In the meantime, Groupama 4 must try to contain a comeback by the chasing pack, but essentially it's the wind gods who will decide on the separation between them over the next 48 hours…

'The back and ankle problems I had in Miami have been resolved: we've had two very active days on deck, especially yesterday, with a lot of spray and waves. It was nice to familiarise ourselves with what high speeds were like again! Fortunately things weren't too violent and it was even rather nice to rediscover boisterous conditions. My health and that of the rest of the crew is tip-top aboard Groupama 4. Furthermore, the temperature is perfect for getting in some good rest today! The atmosphere aboard is good, because the whole crew is focused on speed and our position as leader is positive. Added to that, this leg should be nice and short. For now, we're sailing our own race, without focusing on a particular adversary: Puma's certainly at ease and has been quick over the last three legs so the Americans are on an upward spiral… However, there are still some pieces of the jigsaw to put together before Lisbon!'

Positions at 1600 UTC on 22/05/2012
1. Groupama 4 – 2,946.7 miles from the finish
2. Puma – 12.0 miles astern of the leader
3. Telefonica – 18.0 miles astern of the leader
4. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing – 23.2 miles astern of the leader
5. Camper – 26.6 miles astern of the leader
6. Team Sanya – 36.5 miles astern of the leader

Groupama Sailing Team website


by Franck Cammas

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=97549

4:40 PM Tue 22 May 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race

Related News Stories:

22 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race; Two days into Leg 7 and race fleet cop a pasting
22 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Life is wet onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
22 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama gybes to perfection
22 May 2012  How the Internet can do what other media cannot - a must read!!
22 May 2012  Global Ocean Race fleet report brutal conditions
21 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Puma leave Miami on a high note + Video
21 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Gulf Stream conveyor belt whisks fleet towards storm
21 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7 restart images by Leighton O'Conner
21 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro leaves Miami for Leg 7 start
21 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama exits Miami for Leg 7 start
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World









International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,


















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
























Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA












U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi   
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition   
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5   
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos   
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show   
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT