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

 

Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 - A historic two part brawl + Video

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 - A historic two part brawl + Video

'Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain finishes first in to the safe haven port on stage 1 of leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Cape Town, South Africa, to Abu Dhabi, UAE.'    Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

In the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, Team Telefonica had a lot thrown at them between Cape Town and Abu Dhabi but, on the tail end of great escapes, heroic battles, and weather that confounded from first to last, nothing was going to stand in the way of Iker Martinez and his men making it two offshore leg victories out of two.

There was nothing straightforward about Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, which was split into two in an unprecendented move to counter the threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean.

For Stage 1, the boats made their way to an undisclosed Safe Haven port in the Indian Ocean -- in 'stealth mode' for part of the way to keep its location secret. Once there, they were loaded onto a ship and transported to within 100 nautical miles of Abu Dhabi for a Stage 2 sprint to the race's first ever Middle Eastern stopover.

PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race - Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain is prepared to be lifted onto a ship in the safe haven port on stage 1 of leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Cape Town, South Africa, to Abu Dhabi, UAE.

It might have all been so different, though, if a first stage that was heart-breaking for some and heart-stopping for fans had ended just slightly differently.

The teams left Cape Town on December 11 still expecting harsh weather conditions on the first night only to make a painfully slow crossing from the Atlantic to the Indian oceans.

"One week out from the start we said no matter what, we wouldn't be going north," said Camper skipper Chris Nicholson. "As we leave Cape Town and hug the coast it's always drive south, but no one got to drive south straight away. The best made plans have to be changed at times."

They would keep changing all the way to the final destination.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Groupama sailing team and Camper swapped the lead over the first few days before a definitive split in tactics saw Telefónica at the northern extreme of the fleet as Groupama drove ever further south in search of stronger breezes.

"Franck Cammas just loves the Southern Ocean so much," was how Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker later put it.

By day six, progress was still frustratingly slow, with a weather system travelling just ahead of the main fleet and travelling at about the same speed -- meaning an exit to faster speeds stayed tantalisingly out of reach.

PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race - Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain at the finish of leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Desperate times calls for desperate measures, and while Groupama continued south east, not getting any closer to the finishing line but starting to feel a lot better about the decision, Team Sanya took a bold option to head north.

Mike Sanderson's team made it through some lively weather unscathed and began building a lead that stretched up to 213 nautical miles -- not bad for the only team in a second-hand boat -- before reporting damage to a piece of rigging on day nine.

It was a cruel blow for the Chinese team, who had been forced out of Leg 1 inside the first 24 hours after suffering massive damage to their hull.

This time, they were forced to head to Madagascar for repairs and would go on to miss the transport ship to the northern Emirates. “Lowest of lows,” described Watch Captain Richard Mason as he prepared a jury rig for the broken D2.

By the following day, Groupama's gamble had taken them into a lead they held all the way to their entry into the Doldrums on December 22, covering 478.28 nm over one day-long period along the way to take the provisional Leg 2 honours in the IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge.

By then, the fleet was in Stealth Mode but nothing could mask the problems Groupama were about to face, as their lead was swallowed up by a zone of infamous instability - the Doldrums.

With Groupama stuck like glue, Telefónica and Camper took the advantage to the east, with Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg behind them, and the top two took up a thrilling tussle that would continue over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (and take in some frankly shocking carol singing).

Hamish Hooper/CAMPER ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race - Roberto Bermudez de Castro takes a drink while keeping an eye on Telefonica from onboard CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The stage victory was in doubt right up until the finish line at the secret loading port, with Telefónica crossing first with a winning margin of just one minute 57 seconds after 15 days and over 4,000 nm of sailing. Telefónica scooped 24 points, with Camper gaining 20, Puma 16, Groupama 12 and Abu Dhabi eight.

Martínez described the run in as "final miles of madness" and a game of cat and mouse, with the pair switching the lead repeatedly.

In a move unprecedented in the 38-year history of the event, the fleet was safely loaded onto a ship, arriving at Sharjah on January 2.

There was a scare for Groupama on the eve of stage 2, with the sailing team having to fix a gash in the hull, but they made light of the trouble to win a seven-hour sprint race in much faster conditions than expected, overhauling Telefónica with 10 miles to go for another exciting finish and the full six points.

Telefónica took five points for second, Camper came in third for four points, followed by Puma (three) and Abu Dhabi (two), with a firework reception greeting the home team on their way in.

PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race - PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, skippered by Ken Read from the USA during leg 2, stage 2, of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE.

That confirmed the Leg 2 finishing positions, pending Sanya's arrival at the Leg 1 finish line, as:

1. Team Telefónica 29 points

2. Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand 24

3. Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg 19

4. Groupama sailing team 18

5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 10

Fifth was not quite the position Azzam's skipper Ian Walker had imagined but he was still happy to be home.

"It was probably a good thing to sit on the boat for an hour after the finish and wait for arrivals as it let us put the leg behind us and allow us to enjoy a fantastic homecoming and welcome in Abu Dhabi," Walker said. "That kind of made the end of the leg for me."

By the end of the leg, Telefónica led with 66 points, followed by Camper on 58, Groupama on 42, Puma on 28, Abu Dhabi on 19 and Sanya, who can still score points if they finish Stage 1, on a provisional 4.

"The preparation of the Telefónica team is outstanding," said Puma skipper Ken Read. "These guys have set the bar real high and it's up to us to get up there and surpass it. It's not because we're not trying, I can tell you that, but we have a long way to go."

Their next chance will be the Etihad Airways In-Port Race on January 13, with Leg 3 to Sanya starting the next day with another sprint back up to Sharjah.

First place in Stage 1 and second in Stage 2 proved plenty to give Telefónica the overall Leg 2 victory and see them extend their advantage over Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand at the top of the leaderboard to eight points.






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=92632

9:19 PM Fri 6 Jan 2012 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

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland








America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
























Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,


Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England




























2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   
Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature   
RC44 World Championship - Bronenosec Sailing Team on form   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng defends third position   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind emerges into the sunlight   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Team SCA with the   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Azzam and Team Campos   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Twist of fate on day 5   
Mallorca’s Puerto Portals to host the 2015 TP52 World Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board with Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain with on board with Team Dongfeng   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Teams ready for action   
USA Match Racing Grand Slam Series - Kicks off in Chicago   
U.S. Youth Championships - Climactic finish on Lake St. Clair   
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games - Lake Jinniu action on the horizon   


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