sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race leaders close in on Cape Horn
Volvo Ocean Race leaders close in on Cape Horn

'Stuart Bannatyne and Adam Minoprio on watch on the way to Chile onboard CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil.'    Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo

In the Volvo Ocean Race at 1900 UTC today, as Groupama and Puma close on Cape Horn, conditions have improved temporarily for the series of gybes required to set them free of the Southern Ocean.

Groupama reported sailing with 25 knots of west north-westerly wind in a much less violent sea. 'We are heading towards the southern tip of South America, but not directly towards Cape Horn, since we will have to gybe several times along the coast,' said skipper Franck Cammas. It will be touch and go as to whether Groupama and Puma will both escape the punchy weather still due in the region of Cape Horn tomorrow when the leading pair will be in the vicinity.

The fleet will not be sorry to leave the Southern Ocean behind. Cammas said that it was only yesterday that the waves dropped below seven metres, and admitted to broaching Groupama twice during the heaviest of conditions. 'We haven’t been really frightened at any point, but it was stressful for a long time,' he said.

Martin Krite on the bow, preparing for a sail change, onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil. -  Yann Riou-Groupama Sailing Team_©_-Volvo Ocean Race   Click Here to view large photo

Groupama is expected to enter Drake’s Passage, the expanse of water that separates Cape Horn from the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica tomorrow. Cape Horn marks the northern boundary of Drake’s Passage, the area notorious for shipwrecks and known as the ‘sailor’s graveyard’.

'It’s not a deciding factor that we will still be leading on exiting Drake’s Passage. However, it is not a deciding factor to be leader. What matters is to make it back into the Atlantic with a boat in her absolute prime and with a crew which is great shape,' the French skipper explained.

While Groupama and Puma keep up their duel, 41 nautical miles (nm) apart, third-placed Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) are continuing to sail cautiously with a gaping 363 nm between them and first place. However, the crew is still looking forward to rounding the historic landmark.

A brief moment of sunlight on an otherwise grey Southern Ocean day. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajai, Brazil. -  Amory Ross-Puma Ocean Racing-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

'Despite how the racing is going, rounding this Cape is always an important maritime passage and it is a symbol of great personal achievement for all of us, because of the tough conditions, the cold and because of the risk undertaken when you sail down in these latitudes,' the Spanish skipper said.

Further back still and also sailing slowly due to possible damage, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have 1475 nm to claw back to still be in the game. Some of this will be achieved when Telefónica make their pit stop in Ushuaia, but whether it will be enough to give Walker and his men a podium position remains to be seen.

Paul Willcox pointing towards the horn. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil. -  Nick Dana-Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing -Volvo Ocean Race   Click Here to view large photo

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand is maintaining a steady speed towards Puerto Montt in Chile, where she too will make a pit stop for damage repairs.

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=95420

8:55 PM Thu 29 Mar 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:

30 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 makes fast headway
30 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Conserving fuel onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
29 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Camper's shore crew prepare for quick turnaround
29 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Host of issues for Puma's Mar Mostro
29 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Hurtling towards Leg 5’s major milestone
29 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi plots their comeback
29 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama crew roll with the punches
29 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Bleak onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
28 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Night gybes as course set for Cape Horn
28 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica pitstop plan revealed + Video
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World







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










































Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,


















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
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 7 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Laser and Radial winner images by Jesus Renedo
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Medal Race images by Sail-World.com
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Dutch dominate Laser and Radial in Santander
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing more than doubles overall lead
J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing
Volvo Ocean Race - Seb Marsset joins Team Alvimedica
Fall Seamanship training opportunities at New York Yacht Club
Rolex Big Boat Series: More images from San Francisco - Final Day
AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here   
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier   
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race   
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target   
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded   
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage   
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years   
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified   
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt   
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander   
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow   


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