sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race - Puma and Telefónica cross the Equator

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma and Telefónica cross the Equator

'Team Telefonica during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12'    Diego Fructuoso /Team Telefónica/Volvo Ocean Race    Click Here to view large photo

Volvo Ocean Race leaders, Puma and Telefónica, ticked off a major milestone today as they crossed the Equator within an hour of each other – as third-placed Camper warned they could still win leg one of the round the world yacht race.

Groupama sailing team, France’s first entry in the race in 18 years, slipped 24 hours behind the leaders after being snared by the Doldrums, a band of fluky weather lying a few hundred miles north of the Equator where the world’s weather systems converge.

Ken Read’s Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg passed into the Southern Hemisphere at 1055 UTC after a quick run through the Doldrums. Hot on their heels as ever were Iker Martínez’s Telefónica, chasing their rivals across the Equator just 50 minutes later.

Tradition dictates that when boats cross the Equator first-timers must go before King Neptune and his court to be punished for former sins. On board Puma it was 22-year-old helmsman Rome Kirby and media crewman Amory Ross, 27, in the crosshairs.
'Let’s just say they were both terrified,' explained skipper Read, who took on the role of official videographer for the ceremony.

'Kenny was brutal with the camera,' Ross joked. 'I have a new perspective of life in front of a camera after those five minutes. Ken’s got the whole thing on tape. He made me swear I would have someone from the crew present when editing the video and photos.'

Roberto Bermudez de Castro driving CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

At the 1300 UTC position report Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand trailed the fleet leaders by 157 nautical miles. But with more than half of the leg still to sail, and with boat speed averaging a healthy 12 knots, skipper Chris Nicholson said their race was far from over.

Asked whether his team could still win leg one, Nicholson replied: 'Absolutely. We’ve got 4,000 miles to go. We’ve got the hammer down as hard as we can go. Number one for us is to show a little bit of patience, chip away and wear these guys down over the next 15 days or so. We’ve got to not do anything too risky, just work away at our game plan. There are a lot of miles to go and we’re desperate to get back in the fight with these guys.'

Damien Foxall from Ireland, onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Yann Riou-Groupama Sailing Team?nid=90797_©_-Volvo Ocean Race   Click Here to view large photo

The mood was not so upbeat on Groupama, led by French offshore yachtsman Franck Cammas. The team paid dearly for a tactical error early in the leg, opting to hug the African coast instead of punching west into the Atlantic. To make matters worse, the crew were then swallowed up by the Doldrums, causing their speed to drop massively and their grip on the fleet loosen further. At the 1300 UTC report they were more than 350 nm – or 24 hours’ sailing – behind Puma.

'The weather files indicate a vast windless area ahead of us,' their media crew member Yann Riou said this morning. 'Weather models are not very reliable in the region and you cannot really rely on them, but still it’s not very encouraging.

'Squalls, tacking, jibing, wind, no wind. For the people who like manoeuvres it’s great, but for the ones who expected to use this opportunity to gain on our competitors it’s not so good.'

Puma and Telefónica were expected to round the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, the leg one waypoint, in the early hours of Thursday. From there the fleet will have to tackle the St Helena High, a huge, continually morphing area of high pressure sitting in between them and the leg one finish line in Cape Town.

Positions on 16/11/2011 at 13:12:01 UTC

   

DTL

DTLC

BS

DTF

1

PUMA

0.00

0.0

13

3556.7

2

TELE

15.60

4.0

12.6

3572.2

3

CMPR

157.00

3.0

12.3

3713.6

4

GPMA

355.50

9.0

11.9

3912.2

-

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=90797

4:49 PM Wed 16 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





























America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle








ISAF Match Race Rankings for 16 April 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres – World’s best to race on French Riviera
Rolex China Sea Race – Fleet off to a clean start
America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature
World Youth Sailing Week – Second edition officially presented + Video
Rolex China Sea Race - Sailing classic returns
Les Voiles de St Barth – Fired up for battle
CNN Mainsail Down Under for the 75th JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiffs
Volvo Ocean Race: North Sails on outfitting the Volvo 65
Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete
Earth Day boater tips
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata   
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete   
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event   
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website   
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!   
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale   
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design   
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager   
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature   
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall   
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in   
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences   
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco   
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2   
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3   


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.
X6XL VIR US