sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race - We won't give up says Puma's skipper
Volvo Ocean Race - We won't give up says Puma's skipper

'PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, skippered by Ken Read from the USA suffered a broken mast on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12'    Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

Volvo Ocean Race skipper Ken Read (Puma) has vowed he and his crew will keep on fighting until the very end for a chance to lift the trophy in Galway, despite lying 23 points behind leaders Groupama.

Reflecting on his second consecutive Volvo Ocean Race as Puma skipper, Read said he was proud of what his team have achieved in the current edition, having clawed their way back to second place after being down and out when they broke their mast in Leg 1.

'Back then we were sitting on Tristan de Cunha when the rest of the fleet were still racing, thinking about killing a cow so we could have dinner,' Read said.

'For five days waiting for the ship to come get us, we could see our yacht, just this tiny little dot on the horizon, bobbing in the ocean swells with this little stump of a mast.

'Now here we are, and Tristan just seems so far behind, it’s almost out of our memories,' Read said. 'Now we are thinking that this is just another boat race.'

Puma’s third place in Leg 8 came after a monumental slugging match, first with Groupama and Telefónica, then in the closing stages, Camper, who powered through to take second and now sit five points behind Read´s crew.

Read said Puma had approached the almost 2,000 nautical mile leg from Lisbon to Lorient via the Azores as a ‘must win’ after making steady progress up the leaderboard since the first leg retirement.

'Entering the leg we felt like we had to win it,' he said. 'That’s how we sailed too and we didn’t leave much on the table, that’s for sure. But in the end it just didn’t happen perfectly.'

Read said his team were far from ready to concede defeat, although Groupama go into the final two three scoring opportunities with a 23 point advantage over Puma.

'We closed the gap very quickly over the last couple of legs,' he said. 'But to finish it off when there is a chunk of points and so many people in front, you need a lot of good things to happen.

'It is Groupama’s race to lose now,' he said. 'But that is not to say we are not going to fight tooth and nail for it. They realise they have this thing in their grasp and I am guessing they will do a good job of finishing this race off.

'But, if they don’t want to do that, then we will take it from them, I guarantee that.'

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, skippered by Ken Read from the USA, in tough seas, on the approach to the finish of leg 8, from Lisbon, Portugal, to Lorient, France, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. -  Amory Ross-Puma Ocean Racing-Volvo Ocean Race©  

Volvo Ocean Race website


by Volvo Ocean Race

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=98658

11:18 PM Mon 18 Jun 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:

19 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Awaiting the jury decision + Video
18 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Blasting and wipe-outs in the Atlantic Storm - Video
17 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Setting a speed record of 39kts is not one you want
17 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 8 Review - Short, Fast and Furious + Video
16 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Defiant Telefonica reflect and look ahead to Galway
16 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: More images from Lorient
16 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the finish of Leg 8, Lorient
16 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Camper moves back into third overall and sets record
16 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Puma takes third in Leg 8
16 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 - Camper secures second place
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World







Soling North American Championship concludes on Lake Erie by Canadian International Soling Association,






































Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam day 5 by American Windsurfing Tour,


















470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,




ISAF Sailing Worlds - Caleb Paine through to Finn medal race + video
ISAF Worlds - 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 Rio 2016 spots taken
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Women's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Scott all set to lift Finn world title
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Men's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Aussies and Austrians claim 470 gold
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: 470 awards images by Sail-World.com
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - 470 medal race images by Jesus Renedo
Annapolis-to-Newport Race - 'What to Expect' Seminar to take place
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - No racing on penultimate day
Belcher takes record fifth 470 World Championship
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 8 video highlights
2014 Great Lakes Team Racing Championship about to set off
2014 Etchells North American Championship - Day 1
2014 U.S. Multihull Championship - Day 1
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Repechage top four determined in final flight
J/24 World Championship - 35th anniversary preview
470 Men and Women Worlds - Santander medal race line-up confirmed
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sail-World.com
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing stumbles in coastal race
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans ready for 470 medal races   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Action ramps up with end zone in sight   
Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length   
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander - Double French RS:X gold   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sailing Energy   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Finn leaders emerge from shifty Santander breeze   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded   
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4   
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard   
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result   
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO   
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead   


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