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Volvo Ocean Race: In-Port Race third place for Puma
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg was back on the water sailing in the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race in Cape Town, South Africa. Puma lead through the fourth mark before dropping to third place following sail damage. Finishing first was Team Telefonica with Camper coming in second. Puma now sits fourth in overall standings with nine points.
'We blew our spinnaker up at the first leeward mark,' said skipper Ken Read. 'It was a bit unlucky, but it was good to be racing again. These things happen. We’re really happy to get on the podium, and we’re ready start the leg tomorrow.'
A quick downwind start saw winds blowing 20-25 knots on the first run with Puma and Telefónica sailing in familiar territory – neck-in-neck. A solid jibe before mark No. 1 put Puma in the lead. The crew remained in the first position around the fourth mark, before it was downwind sailing again, and at that point Puma was without the spinnaker and fell to third.
'We had a great first lap and a solid lead, but we knew that second run we were in trouble because we weren’t going to have that big red kite.' Read said. 'The boat was going fast, which has definitely boosted our confidence. The shore crew has done an incredible job to get us ready to race again.'
Leg 2 of the race begins Sunday and will take the six teams from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Start time is 13:00 UTC/15:00 local in Cape Town. The Puma Ocean Racing team will be offshore racing again for the first time since Puma’s Mar Mostro suffered a broken mast on November 21 during the first leg of the race, sailing from Alicante, Spain, to Cape Town.
'Obviously we’re looking forward to the start of the next leg,' said helmsman Jono Swain. 'The weather is not going to be as bad as we originally thought it was going to be a couple of days ago. The first night can be pretty miserable coming out of Cape Town as you’re usually bashing into the southeaster. We’re confident after today, and we saw our speed was good. We’re a sail boat again, and just to be out there sailing again is the main thing.'
The Leg 2 route has been redrawn because of the threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean, with the teams due to make for an undisclosed safe haven port and then be transported by heavy lift ship to a position off the Sharjah coastline in the northern Emirates. From there they will sprint in to Abu Dhabi for the finish.
The start of Leg 2 will be streamed live online and on the live section of the Volvo Ocean Race YouTube channel. Streaming begins five minutes before the 10-minute warning signal. Also visit the Volvo Ocean Race website for complete television broadcast information in local markets.
The Volvo Ocean Race started on November 5 in Alicante, and the fleet is traveling 39,000 nautical miles through 10 ports, finishing in Galway, Ireland, in July 2012.
Quoting Ken Read on wearing the Bafana Bafana jerseys today, the new South African national football team kit:
'Puma is involved in such a variety of sports – from soccer to sailing. It’s pretty cool when we can cross-dress with another sport and good fun. The locals have been incredible to us, so it’s great to give back and show a little support for Bafana Bafana.'
Puma Ocean Racing website
by Lisa Ramsperger
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