sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama battle to defend final podium position
Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama battle to defend final podium position

'Groupama Sailing Team during leg 6 - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12'    Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 are on the sixteenth day of racing in leg six, from Itajad, Brazil to Miami. With a vast zone of light airs over the Bahamas, progress towards Miami has considerably reduced and the whole fleet are suffering the effects of this latest spell of calms, which is likely to last until sunset.

Groupama 4 has managed to further reduce her deficit in relation to the two leaders, however Franck Cammas and his men are also having to keep an eye on the Spanish, who remain in ambush. The finish in Florida isn't scheduled before Wednesday evening...

There have certainly been some holes in this round! At least nine since the start in Brazil it would seem... And there are likely to be some more to deal with before Miami. And for now, nobody's scored an eagle, even though the Americans are well set up to take a birdie. It has to be said that the playing field has involved a fair amount of rough conditions, to the extent that Groupama 4 has been trapped in several bunkers since Itajai. However, thanks to a fine swing in the Bahamas archipelago, Franck Cammas and his men could still finish off on a par, whilst the Spanish have fallen into the drop zone above the Turks and Caicos. Now on the fairway with Puma and Camper within putting distance, the French boat is still well placed for a chip before the Gulf Stream.

With a wind fading to less than four knots, it's becoming hard to envisage a very constructive strategy and the main aim of the crews is to make headway above all else, even if their heading strays several dozen degrees from the direct route. Making headway is primarily about standing up to the onslaught of your rivals on a sea which is as smooth as a golf green, so that you are well positioned for when the breeze kicks back. If all goes to plan, the wind is set to put in an appearance again tonight. In the meantime, the helmsman is keeping an eye on the wind and speed indicators, the trimmers are fine-tuning the sheets and the navigator is observing the slightest ripple on the water with his binoculars. On this Tuesday afternoon, the Americans are still leading the way in a very light breeze along Cat Island, the penultimate landmass before they enter Providence Channel...

Holding onto their second place, the New Zealanders are trying to undertake them to the South with a 14-mile deficit. It's a position that could prove delicate as Groupama 4 is just twenty miles shy of Camper and is managing to slip along a knot faster. Most importantly, Franck Cammas and his crew still have an opportunity to sneak below Cat Island where the pressure is a little steadier... A final sliced swing before exiting the wind hole perhaps?

However, it will certainly be necessary to await nightfall and its beaming moon before the wind finally deigns to blow more steadily, with around ten knots of south-easterly breeze on the cards. And this fresh breeze is set to kick in via the West, so it will be good to be as close as possible to the coral islands in order to be the first to power up again. However, the dilemma is as clear as the waters in a lagoon: on the one hand, a strategic option could enable a winning comeback on the New Zealanders; on the other, its tactically preferable to secure third place by covering the Spanish, who are just sixteen miles astern!

Indeed, once they're around the lighthouse to the North of Eleuthera (120 miles ahead of Groupama 4), the final looks even quirkier than in recent days: a southerly wind of around a dozen knots won't allow for any options as the navigators have to take in the coral reefs of the Biminis before they commit to the final home straight to Miami. At that point, there is still the oceanic current of the Gulf Stream to contend with, but as there will be just fifty miles or so of racetrack left, we shouldn't expect any major upsets, unless the crews are really close to each other. A moderate breeze will sweep across the fleet at this stage and if things pan out as they should, there aren't likely to be any last minute surprises. As such, it's the passage to the North of the Bahamas, which will very likely determine the final hierarchy of this extensive sixth leg. It's up to Franck Cammas and his 'caddies' to position their tee for the last pitch to the final flag!

Standings on 8 May at 1500 UTC
1 - Puma 261.3 from the finish
2 - Camper 14.6 miles from the leader
3 - Groupama 46.2 miles from the leader
4 - Telefonica 63.7 miles from the leader
5 - Abu Dhabi 122.8 miles from the leader

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=96995

4:20 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: Less than two days to a vital finish
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
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














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
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named
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: Final two days of the 2014 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 fourth at mid-point of 2014 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   


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