sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 - Battle for lead intensifies
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 - Battle for lead intensifies

'Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain - Leg 8 - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.'    Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 fleet are on day two of leg eight from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France. Overnight, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) relinquished their lead to Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) in a game that will only intensify as the fleet makes the approach to the turning mark of São Miguel in the midst of the light air Azores High. At 0700 GMT, Telefónica had inched ahead of the French by 0.2 nautical miles, while Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA) were well positioned in third, just 2.6 nm off the lead and ready to take advantage of any opportunities heading their way.

Current race leaders Groupama are desperate strengthen their grip on overall honours by winning this sprint leg, which is set to conclude in their home port of Lorient on Friday. Meanwhile, Telefónica are determined to pull off another leg win, their first since their hat-trick of victories in the first three legs.

As the fleet rounds the Azores Island of São Miguel, the weather is set to complicate matters, and could well bring the rest of the fleet into play as the breeze fades and the fleet races upwind before turning towards France and the downwind sleigh ride that awaits.

Already the fleet has entered the high pressure system. The exit from the light wind area and the entry into the new low pressure system will be critical. Sailing close to the centre of the depression will produce testing conditions with potentially 40 knots of wind and huge seas. 'No doubt we will all see high speeds, but keeping it all together might be what wins you the leg,' remarked Nick Dana, Media Crew Member with fourth-placed Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR).

Although the depression could easily produce conditions capable of ending a leg in pieces, and managing the speed of the boat is key, the chasing pack are looking forward to the chance to take on the leaders in conditions more suited to the non-Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed boats in the fleet. 'We just have to focus on keeping up enough with the leaders so that we can make it back on the run later on,' said Walker.

For the past day or so, Abu Dhabi have been protecting the margin between themselves and fifth-placed Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS).

'It sucks,' said a disgruntled Camper co-skipper Stu Bannatyne, whose team is fed up with constantly being slower and bleeding miles almost constantly. 'We have just got to hang in for another day and then we have light air and the chance to get back at the fleet,' Bannatyne said.

For Ken Read and his men on board third-placed Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, it is a question of keeping in touch with the leading duo in reaching conditions which Puma has always struggled with. They too are looking forward to the wind easing today and the chance to make up ground on the two boats they need to beat to keep them in contention for the overall lead, the closest it has ever been in the 39-year history of the race.

Already boat speeds have dropped to a more manageable 12-13 knots, the fire hose has been turned off temporarily and the crews have been able to rest, eat and mentally prepare for the final push to France in conditions which could produce some of the most testing in the race.

At 0700 GMT today, with 131 nm to go to the Azores turning point, the first three boats were separated by 2.6 nm. Abu Dhabi were 10.1 nm off the lead, with Camper just 3.4 nm astern. Mike Sanderson and Sanya were taking a more southerly approach and were 31.7 behind.

Leg 8 - 12/06/2012 7:01:18 UTC

 

 

DTL

DTLC

BS

DTF

1

TELE

0.00

0

12.7

1302.3

2

GPMA

0.20

0

12.9

1302.4

3

PUMA

2.60

0

12.8

1304.9

4

ADOR

10.10

1

12.8

1312.4

5

CMPR

13.40

2

13.5

1315.7

6

SNYA

31.70

3

13.8

1334.0


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=98355

8:47 AM Tue 12 Jun 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:

12 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Pressure continues to mount in Leg 8
12 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Tightly grouped fleet in a drag race to the Azores
12 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama 4 make up ground
11 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Camper - playing for a draw until the Azores
11 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro nails Leg 8 start + Video
11 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 8 Day 2 - A tight match race to Lorient
11 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 - Groupama power into third
11 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica closes in on Puma
11 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Sailors bid adieu to Lisbon
11 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Puma leads fleet out of Lisbon + Video
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World











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,
















America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,












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   
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic   
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu   
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance   
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here   
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships   
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer   
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion   
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images   
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive   


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