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Volvo Ocean Race - Sanya pulls out all the stops

'Team Sanya skippered by Mike Sanderson from NZL and the racing crew during leg 3 stage 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China.'    Andres Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race

In the Volvo Ocean Race Mike Sanderson and Team Sanya are pulling out the stops in their push to keep hold on the latest generation boats as the fleet continue on their predominantly straight line track across the Bay of Bengal today.

Sanderson says the Sanya crew have been relentless in their quest for more speed despite Sanya Lan being the only previous generation boat in this edition of the race.

'We have promised to ourselves not to just use the 'old boat' thing as an excuse for the speed deficit and to always keep hunting to extract every single fraction of a knot out of the thing,' Sanderson wrote in his latest report from the boat.

'We know our time will come,' he added. 'If it doesn’t and we can get to the end of the leg and look each other in the eye and know that we couldn’t have got her there any faster then there is nothing more we can do.'

Last night Sanya abandoned their position as most southerly boat, choosing instead to tack almost directly north to re-engage with the fleet – a move which Sanderson confesses he may have called slightly too early.

'Last night there was a little bit of action as we came out from underneath the large area of wind shadow that Sri Lanka casts onto the Indian Ocean,' he explained.

'On the eastern side there is a small convergence zone, like a mini doldrums where for a period the wind flicks from one side of Sri Lanka to the other. This gave a few of us in the fleet the opportunity to step north relatively cheaply miles-wise.

Team Sanya during leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China -  Andres Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race  
'Camper did the best out of it, getting a nice shift to get the furthest north. I probably convinced Aksel (Magdahl, navigator) to come back with the fleet a little too early and now Telefónica who we left to it has made good gains by being further north.'

Sanderson also announced the crew had finally named their latest lucky mascot in honour of their shore boss David Duff.

'We have named our Dragon that has joined us as part of the team for this leg (at least),' he said. 'We decided that for sure he was a Magic Dragon, so Dave Swete (helmsman/trimmer) came up with ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’. In recognition of our COO, David Duff it would have to be ‘Duff the Magic Dragon’.

'Duff has been everywhere today, I even heard rumours of him being on deck trimming the jib. He does have a knack of when getting tired to seem to migrate to Housty’s (bowman Ryan Houston) bunk. Twice now when walking past and Housty has been sound asleep I have seen them all cuddled up.'

Having to work so hard just to stay in touch with the others means the Sanya crew are looking forward more than most to reaching the turning point at the top of the Malacca Strait, where they are banking on a chance to sail around the fleet.

'All our efforts at the moment are to just try and stay close enough to the fleet in the hope that there is a parking lot as we enter the Malacca Strait,' Sanderson confirmed.

'As we joked today, keeping spirits high when we lost another couple of miles: we don’t want to be too close, as we will need some time to go around the outside of them. This is commonly described in sailing as 'Buffalo girls' from the song: ‘Buffalo girls go round the outside, round the outside…’

'Right now we are fully excited about the ‘Buffalo girl’ opportunities that are a real possibility,' Sanderson concluded.

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