sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama cross Leg 5 finish
Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama cross Leg 5 finish

'Groupama Sailing Team during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12'    Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race skipper Franck Cammas and his men crossed the finish of the fifth leg, between Auckland (New Zealand) and Itajai (Brazil), at 13h 58m 45s (UTC).

Groupama 4 secure third place in this action-packed race between New Zealand and Brazil. After three days under jury rig between Punta del Este (Uruguay) and Itajai, Groupama 4 further boosts her second place in the overall standing. The French boat will make the most of this 12-day Brazilian stopover to find her wings again, as a new mast is due to arrive in Brazil in the next few days.

A spectator fleet follows Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, sailing under jury rig, as they approach the finish line in Itajai, during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Ian Roman-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

23 days 12 hours 58 minutes and 44 seconds: such is the final race time for this leg between Auckland and Itajai, via Cape Horn. For the actual time at sea, you have to deduct 61 hours 46 minutes of suspended racing following Groupama 4's dismasting, just as she had gained the upper hand over the Americans on Puma, offshore of Rio de la Plata. As such, it's a huge relief for all the shore team and sailing team to have managed to recover the whole of the rig and to have rebuilt a new spar so as to cover the remaining 650 miles between Punta del Este and Itajai.

Day 12 - Groupama 4 rounds Cape Horn - souvenir pics - Leg 5 - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Yann Riou-Groupama Sailing Team_©_-Volvo Ocean Race   Click Here to view large photo

Franck Cammas and his crew perfectly negotiated the trickiest and toughest part of the Volvo Ocean Race by being the first to round Cape Horn, after enduring over eight days of an extremely long and violent austral storm. The climb up the Argentinean coast was the opportunity for an intense and superb duel between the French and the American boats. Indeed for four days, Groupama 4 and Puma were continually jockeying for position at the head of the race, where they were sailing within sight of each other! And whilst the two VO-70s were beginning the final sprint to the finish offshore of Uruguay, together with a Spanish crew who had performed a dazzling comeback after a pit stop behind Cape Horn, Groupama 4's mast broke just below the first set of spreaders…

Day 21 - Check of Groupama 4’s jury rig - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Yann Riou-Groupama Sailing Team_©_-Volvo Ocean Race   Click Here to view large photo

This incredible suspense was cut short at that point as Franck Cammas and his men suspended racing to make for Punta del Este to effect repairs. In a little less than three days, the shore team had managed to recover and adapt the upper section of spar to assemble an 18m-high jury rig. In this way, Groupama 4 was able to complete this fifth leg and secure third place, Sanya and Abu Dhabi having retired due to damage and Camper having had to make a pit stop in Chile to reinforce her bow. In fact the latter is just about to round Cape Horn (early on Wednesday) as Groupama 4 was making it into Itajai…

Quote from the boat
Franck Cammas, skipper of Groupama 4: 'To finish third in Itajai isn't too bad, even though we had slightly higher, more fulfilling ambitions a week ago than to finish the leg under jury rig! This result enables us to remain in contact with the leaders in the overall standing, since the Spanish are just twenty points ahead. It remains a big disappointment, but part of that sentiment has been erased by the work the shore team and the sailing team did in Punta del Este. We can be proud of what we've achieved and I think we've come out all the stronger from this.
Heroes? We're not heroes. I just hope that we're good sailors… We're still in a positive phase and as skipper, I won't have any difficulty in remotivating the crew for the next leg. We still have some very clear and very ambitious objectives: we're going to rig up our spare mast, which is due to arrive in Brazil soon. We've proven during this tough leg that we've sailed well and there's no reason why we shouldn't perform just as well in the next stage…'

Standing for the fifth leg from Auckland-Itajai
1-Puma (Ken Read): 19d 18h 09' 50
2- Telefonica (Iker Martinez): 19d 18h 22' 28
3- Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas): 23d 12h 58' 44
4- Camper (Chris Nicholson): 2,100 miles from the finish
DNF: Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker)
DNF: Sanya (Mike Sanderson)

Overall standing after five oceanic legs and five In-Port races
1-Telefonica (Iker Martinez) : 1+30+6+29+2+27+6+20+1+25 = 147 points
2-Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas) : 2+20+2+18+5+24+2+30+4+20 = 127 points
3-Camper (Chris Nicholson) : 4+25+5+24+4+18+3+15+6+15* = 119 points
4-Puma (Ken Read) : 5+0+4+19+3+17+5+25+5+30 = 113 points
5-Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker) : 6+0+3+10+6+14+4+10+2+0 = 55 points
6-Sanya (Mike Sanderson) : 3+0+1+5+2+5+1+5+3+0 = 25 points
*Subject to Camper finishing this fifth leg.

Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, celebrate on stage with President of the City Council, Luiz Carlos Pisseti and Mayor of Itajai, Jandir Belilini, as they finish leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Ian Roman-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

Groupama Sailing Team, skipper Franck Cammas from France, is interviewed with Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad, on the dock after finishing leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

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=95907

3:41 PM Tue 10 Apr 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:

10 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Camper Blogs from the Horn .. dreamin' of Hooters
10 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Camper tries to beat Southern Ocean Depression
10 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Ken Read - the adventure so far + Audio and Video
10 Apr 2012  How the Internet can do what other media cannot - a must read!!
10 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 - Groupama continue to make headway
09 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Two now heading for Leg 5 finish
09 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica's complex comeback
09 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Cammas on the brighter side
08 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Camper back in race mode for Itajai +Video
08 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Camper back at sea + Video
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



















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
























Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek by Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014,














2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals by Nancy Mellon, Corona del Mar, CA


America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, New Zealand








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   
RP52 Scarlet Runner sails in San Francisco   
2014 Governor's Cup - Nevin Snow and team on form   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Americans claim silver medals in Tavira   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Day 1   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup to take place on Fuerteventura   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Medals decided in thrilling Tavira conclusion   
7th Annual Swim for Cystic Fibrosis to take place July 21st   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Max Ranchi   
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, Day 2 - It just keeps getting better   
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship final day preview   
AWT Pacasmayo Classic 2014 - Catching up with Levi Siver   
Top Kiwi Laser sailor just avoids being on downed airliner   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Trans-Atlantic: Team Alvimedica - 500 Miles   
Pacific Cup 2014 – Photos of ‘Invisible Hand’   
International 14 World Championships - No excuse for not being there   
VX One North American Champ - Four races on opening day lead to tie   
J/70 North American Championship opens with Healy-Keane tight battle   


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 WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT