sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race: Less than two days to a vital finish
Volvo Ocean Race: Less than two days to a vital finish

'The evening shift onboard Team Telefonica during leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA.'    Diego Fructuoso /Team Telefónica/Volvo Ocean Race    Click Here to view large photo

Telefónica were preparing to lock horns with arch-rivals Groupama once again as the race to claim a podium position in Leg 6 begins to firm.

At the head of the fleet, with less than a day to sail, the US entry Puma leads by 1hr 44min from Camper, with a further 1hr 30mins back to Groupama, with overall race leader, Telefonica just 10mins behind.

Iker Martínez’s crew could only watch as Groupama stole third place off them yesterday thanks to a cunning move to the inside of a Caribbean archipelago that took the French team into better breeze.

But as the pair, currently occupying the top two spots on the overall leaderboard, came back together for the sprint to the next waypoint at Eleuthera Island at the top of the Bahamas, less than 11 miles separated them.

'I don’t really know about catching Groupama but for sure we’re going to try our best,' Martínez said.

Positions as at 0900GMT on May 8, 2012 - Leg 6 Volvo Ocean Race -  PredictWind.com  
'We need a little help from the wind and some opportunities. We have to be patient now -- we are just waiting for a good shift to be able to be back in the game.

'We’ve been fighting a long time in this leg, we have had difficult conditions and we’re not where we think we should be. But this is racing and we just have to try our best now.'

With three wins from five legs, Telefónica are still the form team offshore with a reputation for pulling results seemingly from nowhere.

In Leg 2 Stage 1 they edged out Camper to win by less than two minutes, while on Leg 4 they beat them by 90 seconds to take the final podium spot.

During Leg 5 they made an incredible 11th hour comeback to finish 12 minutes behind winners Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg despite having to stop for repairs just after Cape Horn.

However Martínez said clever tactics would not be enough to catch their rivals – they also need weather conditions to go their way.

'The conditions are so unstable that for sure we’re going to need a little bit of help from the wind,' he said.

'I hope this time we’re going to be a bit more friendly with the wind than last time. The most important thing now is to keep the boat moving all the time.'

With just 16 points separating the two teams on the overall scoreboard and three legs left, Martínez is aware that points are of a premium.

'We’re going to have a close fight with Groupama because they are the boat in front on this leg and they are just behind on the overall scoreboard,' he added. 'For sure every point counts and we have to work hard.'

If the boats hold their current poistions to the finish, Telefonica will still lead on overall points but by an 11 pt margin over Groupama, with camper still in third, 4pts behind Groupama and with Puma, just two points behind the NZ flagged entry.


by Sail-World and 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=96990

12:23 PM Tue 8 May 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:

08 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Casey Smith to reunite with Puma team
08 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Puma hangs on to small lead
08 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Radical moves in the fight for line honours
08 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama extends lead over Telefónica
07 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama overtakes overall race leader
07 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Puma prepare for final high pressure hurdle
07 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama Sailing Team lose ground
06 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Life is good onboard Puma's Mar Mostro + Video
06 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: A Naviguesser's nightmare as fleet creep to Miami
06 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 in attacking phase
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

















Audi Melges 20 U.S. Nationals - Oleander takes early lead by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,






2014 Detroit Cup - Sam Gilmour leads by Dobbs Davis, Detroit, Michigan








Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Riding the AC45 - VIDEO by Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island










America's Cup: Five Challengers sign-on for 35th Match by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad talks Time and Money (Part II) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


















AWT Quatro Desert Showdown at Punta San Carlos by American Windsurfing Tour,






Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; MC38s Lindeman Island Race VIDEO
2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Ready to rock
IFDS Worlds - Wind delays, but racing continues in Halifax
IFDS World Championships - Day 2 images by Jude Robertson
MS Cup - Three days until the start
America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature
ISAF seeking hosting bids for Nations Cup
Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds - Luvisetto and Alexadr Boite victorious +Video
IFDS World Championships - Action shots by Tim Wilkes
Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia
World Yacht Racing Forum 2014: 'Growing the business of Yacht Racing'
Clipper Race: 2015-16 edition of world's longest ocean race 70% full
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland - Swish smash 5th World Record
Leaderboards take shape at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games 2014
IFDS Worlds - Hot competition on first day of racing
Challenging Conditions - CORK OCR
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 for the US Sailing Team
2014 Melges 20 World Championship - Countdown begins
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 3
America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature
Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3   
Roble and Wilson still number one match racers in the U.S.   
2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1   
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 images by Jude Robertson   
Volvo Ocean Race: Forget the f-word - Team SCA profiled   
52 Super Series - Fleet grows, 2015 dates revealed   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Teams from 9 nations on the podium   
IFDS Worlds - Former president presented with ISAF awards medal   
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Improvements aplenty in Byte CII fleets   
America's Cup: New Zealand loses top coach to Artemis Racing   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Day 9 - Swish on record pace   
2014 CORK Olympic Classes Regatta - Day 3   
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 2   
2014 IFDS World Championship: Opening Ceremony images   
Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships   
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people   
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing   
Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph   


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