Volvo Ocean Race - Puma keeps competition at bay
Volvo Ocean Race crews have now entered in to the second phase of leg one with Puma’s Mar Mostro continuing to keep Iker Martinez and Telefonica at bay. Martinez is just off Mar Mostro’s port hip some 8.9 nautical miles behind as the pair rattle south at a speed of 15.8 knots. The duo are currently 167 nautical miles off Recife on the Brazilian coast.
A beautiful sunset under fast sailing conditions. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
Meanwhile, Camper (Chris Nicholson/AUS) became the third boat to round Fernando de Noronha at 1430 UTC this afternoon. Groupama 4 has gained 15 nm in the last three hours, but still languishes 394 nm behind Puma’s Mar Mostro. The French team is likely to reach Fernando de Noronha tomorrow around midday.
Throughout the day, speeds have remained between 14 and 15.7 knots for all four boats in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. Navigator of Puma’s Mar Mostro, Tom Addis, says the speeds are high due to the hot angles they are sailing. He plans to take the conventional approach for this leg and dive south, sailing away from the finish in Cape Town. In so doing, Puma will skirt the Saint Helena High to the south and head into the strong westerly winds that they hope will sweep them to the finish in pole position.
However, Mar Mostro and Telefónica are very similar boats, with similar strengths and weaknesses. The Puma team is acutely aware that Telefónica is nipping at their heels and one bad sail change or a breakage could let the Spanish through and into the lead. It’s still all to play for.
|Leg 1||Report: 17/11/2011 19:02:42 UTC|
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