sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race - Fleet ready to battle for In-Port Race Trophy
Volvo Ocean Race - Fleet ready to battle for In-Port Race Trophy

'The fleet downwind in the Bretagne In-Port Race, in Lorient, France, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.'    Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo

In the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, the fight for the In-Port Race Trophy goes down to the wire with Saturday's Discover Ireland In-Port Race set to decide what has been an enthralling series. After nine inshore races in the host ports along the route, four teams are still in with a shot of glory when the fleet takes to the water one last time on Saturday, with Galway Bay providing the arena for the final showdown.

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand currently top the table with 39 points, tied with Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg.

Just one point behind sit Groupama, who secured overall victory in the round-the-world race with a second-place finish in Leg 9 from Lorient to Galway, Ireland.

Four points off the pace are Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, who along with Groupama have won the most in-port races with three apiece.

Although relatively low-scoring, accounting for around 20 percent of the points, the in-port series has played a crucial role in deciding the overall winner of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The in-port races are held around short courses close to the shore to provide a spectacle for fans, lasting around 60 minutes. While fascinating to watch, they are a huge physical test for the teams, pushed to the limit by a constant stream of tricky manoeuvres that would normally be carried out by a crew of up to 18 sailors in similar sailing events.

The Volvo Ocean Race teams must pull off the demanding moves with just 10 sailors, while the onboard Media Crew Member documents the action.

To make things even more challenging, race management decided to remove the rule from the 2008-09 race allowing teams to bring in extra muscle to help with the strenuous task of grinding. Such is the intensity of the short-course racing that a good start is critical, while one slip-up can prove disastrous.

Consistency has been the key to inshore success as demonstrated by Chris Nicholson's Camper crew, who have scored one win, three seconds and three thirds in nine races. 'We called it all along just how significant these points would be and they are,' Nicholson said. 'But it’s also more than the points – it's a reflection of the boat, team and shore crew.'

Ken Read's Puma crew are also up there thanks to a raft of solid results. Despite never having won an in-port race, they are tied on points with Camper thanks to eight podium finishes in nine races. 'It’s very clear when you’re racing at this calibre that going out and winning races is almost impossible,' said Read. 'You need a break, you need to be smart.'

'Early on we decided that consistency would be the best policy for this and for a while we kind of departed from this and we paid for it when we had a couple of red flags and penalties.

'If we end up winning this in-port series, consistency will prove that key.'

Telefonica showed fantastic potential winning two of the first four races, but a string of disappointing results in the second half of the series sees them enter the final race in fourth overall and out of contention for the in-port race trophy.

'[The in-port series] was very important in points, but very difficult because we didn’t have very many people on board so we really needed the two grinders we had before,' said Telefónica skipper Iker Martínez.

'We always thought we had to be better at the offshore, and I think at the end it happened like that, but then it’s true that we had a painful experience.

'The inshores were difficult and they were very difficult for us, but they are great for the spectators and the sponsors.'

The Discover Ireland In-Port Race, the final scoring opportunity of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, will start at 1200 UTC (1300 local time) on Saturday.

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=99355

6:45 PM Thu 5 Jul 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:

05 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Running repairs on Azzam's keel made in Galway
03 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: More Images of Galway - Leg 9 finish
03 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Images of Galway - Leg 9 finish
03 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama 4 outright champions
03 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Camper happy with final leg victory
03 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race finish in Galway - Images by Leighton O'Connor
03 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Puma cross Leg 9 finish
03 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 secures overall victory
03 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Camper wins Leg 9, Groupama overall winner
03 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 speeds toward Galway
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





Soling North American Championship concludes on Lake Erie by Canadian International Soling Association,






































Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam day 5 by American Windsurfing Tour,


















470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,






ISAF Worlds - 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 Rio 2016 spots taken
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Women's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Scott all set to lift Finn world title
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Men's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Aussies and Austrians claim 470 gold
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: 470 awards images by Sail-World.com
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - 470 medal race images by Jesus Renedo
Annapolis-to-Newport Race - 'What to Expect' Seminar to take place
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - No racing on penultimate day
Belcher takes record fifth 470 World Championship
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 8 video highlights
2014 Great Lakes Team Racing Championship about to set off
2014 Etchells North American Championship - Day 1
2014 U.S. Multihull Championship - Day 1
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Repechage top four determined in final flight
J/24 World Championship - 35th anniversary preview
470 Men and Women Worlds - Santander medal race line-up confirmed
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sail-World.com
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing stumbles in coastal race
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans ready for 470 medal races
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Action ramps up with end zone in sight   
Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length   
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander - Double French RS:X gold   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sailing Energy   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Finn leaders emerge from shifty Santander breeze   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded   
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4   
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard   
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result   
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO   
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 7 images by Sailing Energy   


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