sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race - Camper looking to close the gap
Volvo Ocean Race - Camper looking to close the gap

'Roberto Bermudez De Castro on the helm, onboard CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal.'    Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo

In the Volvo Ocean Race, Rob ‘Salty’ Salthouse is eyeing the chance to close the gap on the leading pack on Leg 7, despite seeing his Camper team slip back down a compressing fleet in conditions less favourable to their boat.

The Camper yacht, currently lying in fifth place, excels in downwind sailing rather than the current hard-reaching conditions that is benefiting rivals Telefónica and Groupama. However, an area of light air directly ahead could stall the frontrunners and allow Camper back into the contest - as long as they choose the fastest route through it.

'We’re slowly coming into this ridge that is just off the coast. We’re compressing in on the front guys and it’s all to play for,' Salty said on Wednesday (May 30). 'We’ve probably still got a couple of hundred miles of reaching to go and boats like Groupama, which have again shown their speed in those conditions, will be hard to hold off. But hopefully we can get enough of a jump to be in the right position and hold that off'

Salty admitted his sixth Atlantic crossing has been full of surprises.

'It’s been very up and down and obviously the weather has played a huge part in that right from the start,' he said. 'This is the sixth Atlantic crossing for me and it has been extremely different from every other one I’ve done. The seas have been extremely flat, and it has been extremely tricky the way the weather systems have moved or haven’t moved in some cases. It’s been bizarre, and you’ve seen that in the position changes on the race course.'

Skipper Chris Nicholson believes negotiating the ridge of light air will be the key to success with less than 500 nautical miles to Lisbon.

'It depends on who picks the right spot and is first to wobble through,' Nicholson said. 'Anyone who makes a mistake ahead won’t have a chance to recover.'

In the 1300 UTC position report Abu Dhabi’s lead over Groupama had been reduced to 13.60 nautical miles, with a little over 35 nm separating second place from sixth.

Volvo Ocean Race website


by Stefano Blin

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=97864

6:11 PM Wed 30 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:

31 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama snatch second place
30 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Small victories for Puma's Mar Mostro
30 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Lightning fast reactions on board Camper + Video
30 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Pack whittles away at the leader
30 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Pure speed onboard Groupama 4
29 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Keeping it together onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
29 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Fast and fun onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
29 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: The van of the fleet closes on the fading falcon
29 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama gain precious miles
28 May 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: A drag race to Lisbon - but will Azzam last?
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





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






























































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   
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1   
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day   
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Tactical evening ahead for the fleet   
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top   


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