sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama 4 trundle along
Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama 4 trundle along

'Groupama Sailing Team during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12'    Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race    Click Here to view large photo

Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama hold an 83.7 mile lead on the fifteenth day of racing in the second stage of leg four from Sanya to Auckland at the 1600 UTC report.

The course towards Auckland is calling for some slight detours so the pace is slow as Groupama 4 continues on her way to the West of New Caledonia. There are two reasons for this change of heading: a south-easterly breeze which isn't terribly steady and the need to cover the three ‘western' boats. At a subdued pace since the end of the weekend, Franck Cammas and his men should find renewed drive from this Monday evening.

As media man Yann Riou on Groupama 4 reported this Monday morning: 'the days are tending to become a little monotonous'. And we can well understand this sentiment since Franck Cammas and his men have been on the same point of sail for over a week! Seven days heeled over on port tack, in a breeze varying between 8 and 25 knots, where the only manœuvres involve shifting the stack of sails longitudinally and switching from the J1 to the J2 genoa, then back to the J1 or the Code 0… In short, in the stifling heat of the equator, without the possibility of really opening the hatches to get some air circulating down below, the atmosphere aboard the French boat (along with the others) is both sticky and heavy. It'll be another three to four days before the tropical heat fades as a result of a more temperate austral autumn offshore of New Zealand.

Let's not forget that the six VO-70s are still between 10° and 15° South, which is between the equator and the Tropic of Capricorn, whilst the equinox of the austral autumn (20 March) isn't for another fifteen days. This means that the sun is virtually directly above them at noon, local time, and the humidity rate is bordering on 90%! As a result, the evaporation levels are intense in the Coral Sea and the succession of cloud masses to the North of New Caledonia are leading to rain squalls and, most importantly, lighter ESE'ly tradewinds. Groupama 4 was the first to be affected by this at the beginning of last night (local time) and her speed dropped to less than seven knots for nearly six hours… And yet, her easterly position in relation to the rest of the fleet is again bearing fruit. Early this Monday afternoon, they were benefiting from around twelve knots of easterly wind, whilst nearly all the rest of the fleet were sailing in a SSE'ly air flow!

This unforeseen cloud attack has forced the Spanish and the New Zealanders into a tack to reposition themselves along the course of the leader of this fourth leg. Indeed, even the Americans have been affected by this mass of rain. As such the current scenario is very favourable for Franck Cammas and his men, who can slip along towards the Belep Islands (Pott and Art Islands) some 150 miles ahead, so as to carve out a big curve to the West of Nouméa. Groupama 4 is probably going to pass between 100 and 200 miles offshore, so as not to be too affected by the high landforms of New Caledonia.

Having rounded the island of Outre-Mer, Groupama 4 is probably not going to switch back onto the direct course. Not looking very pronounced, a depression is forming along the trajectory leading to New Zealand, which is expected to result in light, fluky winds all around the zone… As such it will very likely be necessary to drop down due South, even though the last 300 miles are probably set to round off with boisterous south-easterly headwinds. Behind the French boat, their pursuers don't really have any other choice than to same the same track. From tonight (UTC time), it is expected that the whole fleet will fall into line behind the French locomotive. Puma will be in the position of tender, less than a hundred miles behind, then Telefonica and Abu Dhabi will be in contact around 150 miles further back, followed by Camper nearly 200 miles astray. Meantime Sanya will probably have to catch the next train...

Given that there are over 1,300 miles to go before the leaders reach Auckland, will this 8 to 15% differential be enough to ensure the French boat wins an Oscar? It's not certain as the calms which will settle into place to the North of New Zealand may also shift westwards and ensnare the leader. In these French waters, 'The Artist' will favour the island of Art, but Franck Cammas hasn't yet written the whole scenario for this action-packed fourth leg. The script hasn't yet gone in for the kill in this latest hunt, though the pack are set to regroup. As such, will the focus revolve around each team's ability to strike out for a stage win (at the risk of losing their way) or rather the need to ensure their podium seat so as to limit the damage in terms of points in the overall ranking?

Standings at 1600 UTC
1 : Groupama 4 some 1,334.5 miles from the finish
2 : Puma 83.7 miles astern of the leader
3 : Telefonica 133.2 miles astern of the leader
4 : Camper 169 miles astern of the leader
5 : Abu Dhabi 173.2 miles astern of the leader
6 : Sanya 254.1 miles astern of the leader

Groupama Sailing Team during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Yann Riou-Groupama Sailing Team_©_-Volvo Ocean Race   Click Here to view large photo

Groupama Sailing Team during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Yann Riou-Groupama Sailing Team_©_-Volvo Ocean Race   Click Here to view large photo

Groupama Sailing Team website


by Franck Cammas

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=94572

6:56 PM Mon 5 Mar 2012GMT


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:

06 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Will the French lose out?
06 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro take high and slow road
06 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Saturday party, Sunday finish predicted for Leg 4
05 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland amps up as Race Village opening nears
05 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Puma skipper on the unsure outcome
05 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing ready to fight
05 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 consolidates lead
04 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - A story of east versus west?
04 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 extend
03 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Looking to make the most of squalls and thunderstorm
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World











420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,




















Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay


















America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,






Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe On the Final two days of the Reebok CrossFit Games
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe holds fourth at mid-point of Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   
International Moth Worlds - Victory for Nathan Outteridge + Video   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo   
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead   
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship - Poland tops the leaderboard   
America's Cup - Four teams confirm full support regardless of venue   
Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC   
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014   
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race   
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video   
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory   
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4   


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