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

 

Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama face big decision

Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama face big decision

'Brad Marsh and Damien Foxall onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12'    Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race    Click Here to view large photo

Volvo Ocean Race leading team Groupama 4 and skipper Franck Cammas/FRA have to make a big decision. They have two choices: move west quickly and take a big loss to do it, or hold their nerve and sail towards the triangle of doom, the no-go windless area that begins south of the Cape Verde Islands 600 nautical miles ahead, and then make the turn west.

Either way, the African Triangle, to give it its correct name, must be avoided at all costs. It is the windless area at the eastern end of the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), better known as the Doldrums, and Groupama 4 is heading straight for it.

The ITCZ is a band of low pressure where the northeast trade winds of the northern hemisphere meet the southeast trade winds of the southern. Here the typical weather consists of squalls and thunderstorms interspersed by flat calms, where boats can be left wallowing for days. To avoid this, the fleet must cross the ITCZ at its western and narrowest point, before being set free into the southeast trades.

As the fleet converges, it will begin to compress as the first boat sails into the wall and the chasing pack is still benefiting from good breeze. The further to the west the fleet makes its Doldrums crossing, the less effect they usually have, allowing the yachts usually slip from one trade wind system to the other reasonably easily. However, this leg has not played out as expected.

At 1000 UTC today, Groupama 4 had a lead of 242 nm, but is 573 nm to the east of the fleet, 92 nautical miles nm off the coast, while the boats in the west lost out again.

Telefónica (Iker Martinez/ESP) lost 15 nm, Puma’s Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA) 14 nm and Camper (Chris Nicholson/AUS) 35 nm. All three have to endure the pain of watching Groupama 4 from a distance, clocking up a massive lead, but, at the same time, facing a decision which could open the door for those who decided west was best early on.

Kelvin Harrap moving saiis to the high-side during another tack in shifty conditions. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Amory Ross-Puma Ocean Racing-Volvo Ocean Race©?nid=90613   Click Here to view large photo

'Are we there yet?' 'Are we tacking south yet?' The waiting game is interminable. The heading still reads 240 degrees and the crews feel as if they have been heading west, with Cape Town 90 degrees to their left, ever since they left Alicante. 'We just can’t seem to get there from here,' writes the crew from Puma’s Mar Mostro who continue their private battle with Telefónica nine nm ahead.

If only it were as simple as turning the bow south, but unfortunately it isn’t. The weather has proved far more complicated than predicted and the drag race west looks set to continue for at least another 24 hours.

Overnight, when the long awaited tack came onboard Chris Nicholson’s Camper, the pleasure was short lived. Camper picked up her skirts and flew for a brief moment or two, before sailing into a hole, so not quite the ‘escalator to redemption,’ as the crew put it. Back to heading west with a lot of miles to claw back and still a minefield of bizarre breeze to negotiate.

However, the anticipation remains and wind speeds should improve to 20 – 25 knots today. The all-important gybe south, when it comes, say the crew of Camper, 'will be like turning off a slow country road and onto an empty motorway – with no police to slow us down.'

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Nick Dana-Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing -Volvo?nid=90613 Ocean Race   Click Here to view large photo

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing retired from leg one this morning after deciding their best option going forward in the race would be to ship the boat to Cape Town from Lisbon. The team said that the decision would give them more time to fine-tune the rig in time for the second in-port race on December 10 in Cape Town.

Positions on 11/11/2011 at 10:02:53 UTC

   

DTL

DTLC

BS

DTF

1

GPMA

0.00

0.0

14.2

5247.7

2

TELE

241.30

15.0

8.5

5489.0

3

PUMA

250.80

14.0

8.6

5498.5

4

CMPR

328.60

35.0

5.7

5576.3

-

ADOR

Retired from Leg 1

-

SNYA

Retired from Leg 1


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=90613

1:09 PM Fri 11 Nov 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

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





































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 - 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   
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   


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