sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race crew - Puma's Mar Mostro tough it out
Volvo Ocean Race crew - Puma's Mar Mostro tough it out

'Ryan Godfrey (L) keeps one hand on the traveler in blustery conditions. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12'    Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo

Volvo Ocean Race, Day 19 of the second stage of Leg 4. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress:

I don’t know how I managed to fall asleep last night with all of the crashing – each wave sent me farther down the bunk, bare feet invading Tom’s nav station – but at some point I guess I did. I woke this morning to my alarm, staggered forward to start on breakfast (we’ve moved from cold cereal to hot oatmeal), and the galley retainer strap was already in place. Code Red, Defcon 4… 26 knots, right on the bow, terrible sea state, and a huge swell. Man! Can we please get an easy day somewhere along this leg? No way, no how.

Kelvin Harrap drives PUMA’S Mar Mostro towards Auckland in rough weather. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Amory Ross-Puma Ocean Racing-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

Fortunately, we can tough it out and we’ll be within shouting distance of New Zealand and it’s northernmost Cape Reinga sometime overnight; Auckland is less than two days away. Unfortunately, we’ve got lots of upwind work remaining, including a good deal of starboard tack headed northeast, where each mile we sail brings us no closer. In fact, it’s almost a perfect right angle to the rhumb line. So, even though our distance to the finish is tantalizingly low, we’ve got a deceptively long way to go.

An optimist would suggest that’s a good thing, though. We’ve pulled Puma’s Mar Mostro back into the hunt with a positive night of sailing – our first in a long time – and we’ve crossed the bow of Telefónica to reclaim a second place we very much want to keep. There’s no time for back-patting though, as it’s going to be a complicated last few days. Camper and Telefónica are too close to cover both, and it hardly needs to be said they’ve got incentives of their own. Camper’s undoubtedly feeling the hometown pressure, and Telefónica hasn’t finished a leg anywhere but first.

Nonetheless, Groupama and first place are still in reach, and that’s always been the objective – to win this leg. We’ll have to find the balance between being aggressive towards the French, but not overly so that we risk exposing ourselves to Telefónica and Camper. Either way, once around the Cape we can expect a challenging downwind run along the beautiful New Zealand coastline, one that we’ll hopefully want to remember for a very long time.

Puma Ocean Racing website


by Amory Ross

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=94720

7:00 PM Fri 9 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:

10 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama head for Leg 4 finish
09 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 leader heads for New Zealand coast
09 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race team Sanya gun for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
09 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Strong winds and heavy seas punctuate tactical war
09 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Iron rations in the carbon fibre prison
09 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Podium battle
09 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing suffer raincloud induced agony
09 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 prepare for long day ahead
08 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: The battle tightens as North Cape beckons
08 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: The Race Village is opened in Auckland
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





















Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,










Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club? by Dan Ibsen & the Sail-World team, Copenhagen


Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta by Bruce Fleming, Santa Barbara
















J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe! by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight












2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins by Dobbs Davis, Detroit






Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi on top - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 2
2014 IFDS World Championships - Breezy frustrations
2014 Detroit Cup - Down to the final four
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Every finisher's a winner   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
J/24 US National Championship - Will Welles leaps into lead   
J/111 World Championships - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 – Day 2   
Light wind and a freak storm at Youth Olympic Sailing Competition   
31st Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Declared 'best ever'   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Aussies on fire   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Saturday’s racing images by Tim Wilkes   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Day 5 images by Jude Robertson   
2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champ - Day 3 images by Joy Dunigan   
Holt’s 25-year dream comes true with 505 Worlds Victor   
Emirates Team NZ: Collision puts an end to bid for a better day at ESS   
Extreme Sailing Series: Ben Ainslie Racing - mixed results on Day 2   
America's Cup: New brand and image partnership announced with SME   
Extreme Sailing: Tough and testing day on Cardiff Bay - Day 2 + Video   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
2014 J/111 World Championship - Bigger breeze arrives on day 2!   
2014 Detroit Cup - Quarter-finalists determined   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Best Amatuer final ever!   


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