sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race: Another InPort clanger costs Telefonica dearly
Volvo Ocean Race: Another InPort clanger costs Telefonica dearly

'Team Telefonica rounds a mark, during the PORTMIAMI In-Port Race, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.'    Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo

Overall race leaders Team Telefónica are lamenting their second successive in-port race loss at the hands of a simple error that racing veteran Neal McDonald described as heartbreaking.

The error has cost the overall points leader dearly on the overall points table. Their once comfortable lead has now been cut to just seven points ahead of Groupama, and they are only 14pts ahead of fourth place, but form boat, Puma Ocean Racing.

In fact a repeat of Leg 6, where Puma won a Telefonica finished fourth, could drop the current overall race leader back to fourth on the points table.

Telefónica hit a mark mid-race, losing two positions after performing a penalty turn before eventually dropping to last place. It follows the team’s last place finish in Itajaí, where they went from the front to the back when they sailed the wrong course.

The in-port failures have left the team’s overall lead hanging precariously by just seven points, as they struggle to fend off attacks from Groupama sailing team, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand and Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg.

McDonald said it was a devastating loss that weighed heavily on the team’s shoulders.

'It didn’t go according to plan, well the first bit did, but then it went downhill,’’ McDonald said.

'It’s so easy to lose places with all these good guys behind you. You only have to make one slip up and one boat goes by, then another boat goes by and then you’re in last place. It’s tough. Heartbreaking.'

The 48-year-old watch captain said the team were feeling the heat as Puma closed in from behind, and then it all went horribly wrong.

'We were in a rush to get around ahead of Puma,’’ he said. 'They would have had right of way, so we tacked, then the wind died, the current washed us into the mark, we just tipped it by the littlest bit, but when you do that you have to do your turns and when you do your turns you lose positions. But that’s yacht racing.'

Skipper Iker Martínez said he did not believe that the team’s loss of form was a result of the pressure of being the overall race leader. He reckons it’s the result of a lack of training.

'The only pressure we had was the pressure that we put on ourselves,’’ he said. 'Everyone wants to do well and they know how to do their jobs well, but I think we’re seeing what we trained for.

'We trained lots for the offshores and not much for the in-ports, not as much as we needed. We have to try to improve this a little bit so we don’t keep losing points in the inshores, and also just keep doing what we’ve been doing in the offshores up until now.

However, Martínez said he and his team would now put the loss behind them and focus on tomorrow when the Leg 7 race from Miami to Lisbon, Portugal gets underway.

'I’m not feeling good at all today, but tomorrow starts something new, and we’re feeling happy that tomorrow is the leg start and we can go sailing again,' he said.


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=97422

3:41 AM Sun 20 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:

20 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race Miami In-Port Race images by Leighton O'Connor
20 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama crew on form in Miami's In-Port race
20 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Tight racing during Port Miami InPort Race
20 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - 11th hour comeback as Miami heat rises
20 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama takes second in Miami In-Port race
20 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi wins InPort Miami as points table tightens
19 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Skippers look forward to InPort Race and Leg 7
19 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama prepares for Miami In-Port race
14 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Camper shore crew swing into action
13 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Injury leads to Camper crew change
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





































America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team ready for action
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team first official qualifier
Springtime boat buyers need to take care of a few key things
ISAF Match Race Rankings for 16 April 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres – World’s best to race on French Riviera
Rolex China Sea Race – Fleet off to a clean start
America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature
World Youth Sailing Week – Second edition officially presented + Video
Rolex China Sea Race - Sailing classic returns
Les Voiles de St Barth – Fired up for battle
CNN Mainsail Down Under for the 75th JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiffs
Volvo Ocean Race: North Sails on outfitting the Volvo 65
Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete   
Earth Day boater tips   
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's   
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell   
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata   
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA   
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   


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.
X6XL WAS US