sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Rolex Fastnet Race - Volvo 70 trio rounding the rock

Rolex Fastnet Race - Volvo 70 trio rounding the rock

'Groupama Sailing Team skippered by Franck Cammas from France in the Rolex Fastnet Race.'    Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race    Click Here to view large photo

The Rolex Fastnet Race is currently underway with Groupama Sailing Team having rounded the Fastnet Rock a fraction ahead of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing after the two new boats overhauled crafty underdogs and Volvo Ocean Race rivals Team Sanya on day two.

Groupama 4 rounded the Rock off the southern tip of Ireland four minutes ahead of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Azzam at exactly 1700 GMT. Team Sanya were around thirty minutes behind, with conditions getting worse for the three boats who will contest the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 and forecasts of winds up to 25-35 knots and swells as high as five metres.

Team Sanya, the only one of the three in an older-generation Volvo Open 70, had enjoyed the lead overnight after breaking formation with the other boats in a strategy devised by Norwegian navigator Aksel Magdahl.

Sanya tacked early in around twelve knots of breeze and the boat passed close to the headland at Land’s End on a much more northerly route to the other two teams late on Sunday.

Ian Walker on board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Azzam and Franck Cammas on Groupama 4 experienced lighter winds overnight on their more southerly course and the move gave Sanya a clear advantage but as day progressed the two brand new boats caught up and all three were abreast as they powered towards the Fastnet Rock.

The 608-nautical mile race is likely to finish in Plymouth on Tuesday for the fastest monohulls, including the three Volvo Open 70s. The monohull record is for one day 20 hours and 18 minutes and that could be under threat, depending on conditions for the remainder of the race.

Sanderson, speaking by satphone at 1500 GMT today, gave a flavour of how close the boats were to each other.

'We've got Groupama 4 about two miles to windward and about a mile in front and we've got Azzam about five miles to windward and basically sort of neck and neck,' said Sanderson, who skippered ABN AMRO ONE to victory in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06.

'We're ticking the miles off pretty quick. It's wet and a little wild but all's well on the mighty Sanya. We can see both the other Volvo Ocean Race boats. They are all going incredibly quick here. It’s been quite a spectacle.'

Groupama 4 skipper Franck Cammas echoed that view. 'The boat is going faster and faster,' he said. 'We are now sailing at 19, 20 knots. It's starting to get wet here on deck. We can see Azzam upwind and Sanya downwind. It's a beautiful fight, a real sprint tot the Fastnet.'

According to Walker, the British double Olympic silver medallist whose Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team enjoyed the best start on Sunday, conditions are set to get windier now that the boats are around the rock and heading for the finish line in Plymouth.

'We are looking at 25 to 35 knots,' he said. 'It will be windy and it will be miserable but we will have the daylight, which is always nice.'

The closeness of the three boats performances so far during this race will be of interest to the other teams Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -- PUMA Ocean Racing powered by Berg Propulsion, Team Telefónica and Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, with the event starting on October 29 in Alicante.

Volvo Ocean Race website




by Sophie Luther

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=87334

7:03 PM Mon 15 Aug 2011 GMT






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
2011 Rolex Fastnet Race

Related News Stories:

21 Aug 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Official Video of latest edtion
21 Aug 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: All-Women crew announced for the 2014-15 edition
31 Jul 2012  B&G helps Volvo Ocean Race winner to victory
18 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: And when the race is over.... + Video
18 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Calling up the Reinforcements
16 Jul 2012  The most successful Volvo Ocean Race yet
16 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Sanderson wants to go again
16 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Reluctant hero Marsh takes seamanship honour
16 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean race: How the closest ever race was won
10 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Perfection never enough for Franck Cammas
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World



America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
































































America's Cup: 2017 venue short-list reduced to two Cities
Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall
49er and 49erFX Europeans: Pitfalls aplenty on day 1 + Video
ISAF Youth Worlds - Laser Radial sailors look to join list of legends
Coville soon to chase solo circumnavigation record in giant trimaran
Fierce competition at the Meanline Fins Slalom Challenge
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel opt for experienced winner
Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature
Crew rescued by navy patrol from J/111 racer after Mayday in storm
Team Alvimedica practice in Newport, RI - Photos
18 foot skiff European Championship (Open Europeans) - Final results
Nacra 17 European Championships - No action on day 1
ISAF Youth Worlds - 29er and SL16 sailors prepare for battle + Video
Volvo Ocean Race: Eight new crew members named by teams
Volvo Ocean Race: New additions to Spanish team announced
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket Island is ready to host
PWA Awaza World Cup - Cyril Moussilmani and Delphine Cousin on top
Foiling Week - Moth Class Italian Open Championship Day 2
America's Cup: Luna Rossa foiling in AC45s at their Italian base
Star World Championship - Germans claim dramatic win in Malcesine
PWA Awaza World Cup - Down to the wire in Turkmenistan   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre - Off to France!   
Nacra 17 Europeans - La Grande Motte back in Olympic classes arena   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Hansen hat trick in Marstrand + Video   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Race keeps an eye on Arthur   
World Match Racing Tour: See the Finals replay at the Stena Match Cup   
Newport International Boat Show unveils exciting 'At The Helm' Program   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - First blood to Hansen over Canfield + Video   
Star World Championship - Americans claim race win in Malcesine   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Weather halts action on day 4   
Clipper Race - Henri Lloyd wins OneDLL Cup into Den Helder   
Clipper Race - Close match racing in closing stages of the OneDLL Cup   
Volvo Ocean Race: Spanish play catch-up with under 100 days to go   
World Match Racing Tour: Catch the live action at the Stena Match Cup   
Finn Junior Worlds - Battle for the Jorge Bruder Silver Cup   
Mobiles drive traffic - 72% increase in Sail-World.com page view *Feature   
British Open Dragon Championship finale at Royal Lymington preview   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket is ready to host   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Valerie Ghibaudo hits back on day 3   
Star World Championship - Hard fought win on day 4 + Video   


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