Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - Endure

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing third overall

by Lisa Ramsperger on 5 Jan 2012
Casey Smith takes a wave to the face on his way to the bow. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race© http://www.puma.com/sailing
Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg crossed the second stage of the leg two finish line, from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi, in fourth position on Wednesday 4th January at 12:28.38 UTC/16:28.38 local time, collecting three points for 19 points and third place overall in the leg.

'It was a great day to go sailing, I just wish we were a little quicker,' said skipper Ken Read. 'We are here to race. Every time we go out on the water, we’re looking to win. Today was a bit of a disappointment, I have to admit. Fortunately, the boat, mast, crew – everyone is in great shape. We just have to get faster.'

Puma’s Mar Mostro and crew were off from the starting line at 09:30 local/05:30 UTC this morning, heading down the Sharjah coastline. The boats saw an average of 20-knot winds over the 98 nautical mile stage two of the leg.

In a battle to the finish, Puma crossed the line in Abu Dhabi less than two minutes behind third-place Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand. Puma traveled the course in 6 hours, 58 minutes and 38 seconds. Groupama won stage two at 12:22:09 UTC, followed by Team Telefónica (12:23:01 UTC). Telefónica was the overall winner of leg two with 29 points between the two stages.

On December 26, Puma’s Mar Mostro earned 16 points for a third-place finish in the first stop on leg two. The team remains fourth in the overall race standings with 28 points.

'A disappointing result for Puma’s Mar Mostro, but our very first leg finish of this race nonetheless,' said media crew member Amory Ross. 'We are confident in our boat handling – especially in heavier air – but we were definitely a tick off the pace today. It was a long day, a pretty grueling day (it's hard to jump onto a VO70 in this weather after a week of not sailing), but we went fast and fast is always fun.'

Leg two was redrawn into two stages as the teams sailed from Cape Town to an undisclosed location to protect the fleet from pirate activity in the Indian Ocean. The teams arrived in a safe haven port and the boats were transported by heavy lift ship to a position off the Sharjah coastline in the northern Emirates. The second part of the leg was today’s sprint to the finish line in Abu Dhabi. The 5,430 nautical mile first part of the two-stage leg from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi counted for 80 percent of the available points, while the remaining 20 percent of the leg points were awarded after the sprint.

The Volvo Ocean Race started on November 5 in Alicante, and the six-team fleet is traveling 39,000 nautical miles through 10 ports, finishing in Galway, Ireland, in July 2012. The teams will have a week before racing resumes with the Pro Am Race on Thursday, January 12.

The standings:
Pos Team Leg Two / Overall
1. Team Telefónica 5 / 66
2. Camper with Emirates Team NZ 4 / 58
3. Groupama Sailing Team 6 / 42
4. Puma Ocean Racing by Berg 3 / 28
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 2 / 19
6. Team Sanya * - 4

* Suspended racing in leg two

Quoting Ken Read:
On arriving in Abu Dhabi: 'We always expected Abu Dhabi would be special, and so far it’s proving to be. It was hard to get here, but obviously the wait was worth it. This will be a lot of fun.'

On shipping the boats: 'We’re getting very used to loading boats on ships. I had never loaded a boat on a ship before in my life, and now we’ve put one on twice, off twice and we have one more to go.'

On preparing for the next leg: 'Now we can concentrate on not just getting ready to sail a leg. In Cape Town, we literally had to put the mast in the boat and go sail a leg. Now, over the next week in a half, we can concentrate on trying to make our boat faster. Today was proof that we have a little ways to go.' Puma Ocean Racing website
Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82upffront 660x82InSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

Volvo Ocean Race- Official Video of latest edtion
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 started in Alicante, Spain in October 2011 and concluded in Galway, Ireland during July The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 started in Alicante, Spain in October 2011 and concluded in Galway, Ireland during early July 2012. This documentary tracks the fleet during their amazing around the world journey. Catch all the drama and action as the teams sail a 39,000 nautical miles through the world's most treacherous seas via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around Cape Horn to Itajaí, M
Posted on 21 Aug 2012
Volvo Ocean Race- All-Women crew announced for the 2014-15 edition
The Volvo Ocean Race will feature an all-female team for the first time since 2001-02 after global hygiene and forest co The Volvo Ocean Race will feature an all-female team for the first time since 2001-02 after global hygiene and forest company SCA announced they would enter a women’s crew for the next edition in 2014-15. 'The lack of women in the last few editions of the race has meant we haven't been representing half the population of the human race' - Knut Frostad, Volvo Ocean Race, CEO
Posted on 21 Aug 2012
Volvo Ocean Race- And when the race is over.... + Video
Camper, the second placed boat in the Volvo Ocean Race, has returned to her Spanish home. Camper, the second placed boat in the Volvo Ocean Race, has returned to her Spanish home. She will visit the Copa del Rey in Palma de Mallorca. Sponsored by the Mallorcan footwear company Camper, the return of the joint Spanish and New Zealand flagged boat, marks the end of a round the world adventure that started with the yacht’s baptism at the RCNP in September 2011 and the race start from A
Posted on 18 Jul 2012
Volvo Ocean Race- Calling up the Reinforcements
They say one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity, and that certainly was the case for reserve sailors They say one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity, and that certainly was the case for reserve sailors in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, who were given the chance to prove they could step up to challenges as big as the Southern Ocean, often with barely any notice. Be it an email with a subject line 'get your boots ready' or a hurried face-to-face with the skipper just minutes before the st
Posted on 18 Jul 2012
The most successful Volvo Ocean Race yet
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 was not only the closest race in the 39-year history of the event but also the most success The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 was not only the closest race in the 39-year history of the event but also the most successful, CEO Knut Frostad said on Thursday, with hundreds of thousands of fans visiting Galway in Ireland for a buoyant finale and outstanding growth across media platforms set to be confirmed once final data is in.
Posted on 16 Jul 2012
Volvo Ocean Race- Sanderson wants to go again
Sanya skipper Mike Sanderson will be back racing as early as this weekend but the big date circled in his diary is in la Sanya skipper Mike Sanderson will be back racing as early as this weekend but the big date circled in his diary is in late 2014 when he expects to return for another campaign in the Volvo Ocean Race. Sanderson skippered ABN AMRO ONE to victory in 2005-06 and while his race this time with Sanya was not the same glittering success he is determined it will not be his final appearance in the Volvo
Posted on 16 Jul 2012
Volvo Ocean Race- Reluctant hero Marsh takes seamanship honour
'It's been an amazing adventure, a fantastic tour, and a great race' - Brad Marsh The title ‘hero’ does not rest easy on the shoulders of Groupama bowman Brad Marsh, but most agree that it is the best way to describe the Kiwi who repaired a sinking yacht, saved a broken rig and scaled a 31-metre mast in a storm front.
Posted on 16 Jul 2012
Volvo Ocean Race - Perfection never enough for Franck Cammas
Volvo Ocean Race skipper Franck Cammas, at the age of just 39, is already assured of his place in sailing history Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 skipper Franck Cammas, at the age of just 39, is already assured of his place in sailing history thanks to Groupama's debut victory in the Volvo Ocean Race. Here we profile the charismatic French sailor for whom perfection is never good enough.
Posted on 10 Jul 2012
Volvo Ocean Race- Selected Awards announced at Formal Prizegiving
Camper's Hamish Hooper saw nine months of hard work pay off as he was crowned Media Crew Member of the Volvo Ocean Race The selected award category winners were announced at the final formal Volvo Ocean Race prizegiving in Galway Ireland. We present a gallery of images and video of the category winners and their feats including the Media Crew member Award, the Rookie Award, the Seamanship Award, the Shore Crew Award as well as the Designer Award and Speed Trophy presentation.
Posted on 9 Jul 2012
Volvo Ocean Race- Formal Prizegiving - Racing Award winners
The racing award winners and crews were announced at the formal prizegiving for the Volvo Ocean Race, at Galway, Ireland The racing award winners were recognised at the formal prizegiving for the Volvo Ocean Race, at Galway, Ireland after the conclusion of the InPort race on Saturday. All six crews were presented with overall awards or place momentos. The InPort Trophy was awarded as well, the speed record trophy was also awarded.
Posted on 8 Jul 2012