sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 6 Start in Itajai - Puma leads - Full Replay
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 6 Start in Itajai - Puma leads - Full Replay

'The fleet of Volvo Open 70’s blast away from the start line of leg 6, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.'    Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo


Puma have wasted no time in stamping their intentions to win the Leg 6 race to their home country, leading the fleet out of Itajaí and into the first few crucial days of the 4,800 nautical mile course to Miami.


After a six-leg inshore course off Itajaí’s coast in winds of 15-20 knots from the south, Puma Ocean Racing powered by BERG were followed around the final mark by Team Telefónica, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Groupama sailing team.

The five teams are in hot-pursuit of the maximum 30 points, which could prove vital as overall leaders Telefónica hold just a 16-point lead over second-placed Groupama with four legs to go.

The fleet will face more moderate conditions than those encountered in previous leg starts, with 14 knots from the southeast creating perfect reaching conditions for the opening hours.



The conditions are likely to favour Groupama, who have proven time and time again that they are the team to beat on a reaching racetrack.

'We can enjoy this leg a lot, it has a lot of good conditions, a lot of reaching conditions,' Groupama skipper Franck Cammas said. 'It’s good for the crew, it’s good for the boat, and I think we can manage this Volvo Open 70 very well in these conditions.'

But, with Camper on the hunt for their first offshore leg victory, no one can rest easy. Co-skipper Stu Bannatyne said his team mates were ready to rumble.

'It’s going to be a very tough leg, all the boats will be very tough to beat,' the six-time Volvo veteran said.

'It looks like a three-stage race with the beginning and end separated by trade winds in the middle.

'We’re looking at an average of 14 days, about half the time we spent at sea on the last leg. We’re looking forward to it.'

The weather is expected to intensify as the crews near the South Brazil Bight, where a violent low-pressure system with wind in excess of 30 knots awaits.

There are plenty of other weather obstacles littering the course from Itajaí including tropical weather systems, strong currents and the dreaded Doldrums.

A tricky transition from the low-pressure system into the south-southeast trade winds will also be crucial.

The teams will have to weigh up whether they choose to chase the trade winds further offshore, or take advantage of a strong coastal current and sea breezes inshore in the race to the Caribbean.

The final 1,300 nm stage from the Caribbean to the Miami finish line could prove to be a drag race, but violent lows that develop in the Gulf of Mexico and north of Florida near Cape Hatteras could give rise to an overtaking lane.

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=96338

7:34 PM Sun 22 Apr 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:

23 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama hopes high as Leg 6 begins
23 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Battle for overall victory intensifies
22 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Jury finds two Race Committee errors in Camper case
22 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race In-Port race - Good results for Groupama
22 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Puma claws their way up to third place
22 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Camper takes second in drama filled inshore race
22 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama take inshore victory after Telefónica error
21 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama prepares for the in-port race
20 Apr 2012  Volvo Ocean race: Camper to seek redress on Telefonica decision
20 Apr 2012  Mike Sanderson on the present and future of the Volvo Ocean Race
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

















2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii


















































PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September
DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video
Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland establishes solid lead
International Moth Worlds: Outteridge charges into the lead + Video
Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 3
Sailing through STEM Night at California YC
Six Metre European Championship - High temps and little wind on day 3
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes   
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Unsatisfactory conditions on day 4   
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1   
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac   
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video   
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up   
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany   
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2   
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23   
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland remains out front   
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing   
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature   
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston   
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio   
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3   
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster   


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