sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing fight for second
Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing fight for second

'Day 20 onboard PUMA’s Mar Mostro brings more pleasant weather, and soon sight of land. 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 20 of the second stage of Leg 4. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress:

'LAAAAAAAAAAAAAND HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!' Tony Mutter, never to be outdone by an Australian in his home waters.

This has all the makings of a lasting memory, or potentially – a 'last'-ing one. While Groupama’s lead looks insurmountable (and rightfully so, they have sailed a flawless leg), we’re staring down the barrel of a tight three-way race for second place, or a podium-less fourth, with one day to go.

People talk about the Volvo Ocean Race, the Whitbread, and New Zealand synonymously; there is a rich ocean racing history here that far exceeds just about anywhere. Most of us recognize names like Steinlager and Sir Peter Blake, and we’ve heard stories about kiwi enthusiasm for an event they truly embrace, but few of us have ever had the chance to experience it firsthand. We are fortunate enough to get such an opportunity tomorrow, one way or another, but we have a chance to make it something even more special.

Kiwi Tony Mutter gazes upon Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand’s North Island. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 4 -  Amory Ross-Puma Ocean Racing-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

After sailing over five and a half thousand miles from Sanya, China, the 11 of us onboard Puma’s Mar Mostro – including locals Tony, Brad, and Kelvin – are leading Telefónica and Camper for second place by just 20 miles with less than 24 hours to sail. Cape Reinga and the northern tip of New Zealand are now within sight, and after a long night of side-by-side drag racing, Telefónica lurks only five miles to leeward, unwilling to budge, and Camper a further seven to leeward of them.

Our strategy from here to Auckland is a complicated one to predict: the remaining miles are full of navigational choices and an uncertain forecast dominated not by oceans but by coastal effects like tides and thermal winds. If we can round Cape Reinga in second and start our southeasterly march before the others, our 'covering' scenarios improve. But on the other hand, leading the pack into predicted lighter winds comes with a degree of risk.

Regardless of where we finish I’m sure we’re in for an exciting morning, but it needn’t be said we’ll be doing anything and everything we can to be the second boat home! We’re ready to get to Auckland, and I’m sure Auckland is ready to have us.

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=94737

10:12 AM Sat 10 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: Auckland finish - Rolling Updates
10 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Nearing the end of an epic leg
10 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race crew - Puma's Mar Mostro tough it out
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
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World













HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
















Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),




2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia














Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata by Richard Gladwell,Sail-world.com/nz,


Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20   
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature   
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat   
Emirates Team NZ: Royals duke it out on the Waitemata   
2014 Charleston Race Week - Thousands of sailors descend on Charleston   
The Congressional Cup 2014 - Williams hangs on with a classy crowd   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Notice of Race now available   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Sunshine and smiles on day 2   


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.
XL NEW US