Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama have crossed the leg three finish line in Sanya (China) in second place after Franck Cammas and his men battled neck and neck with the Spanish on Telefonica for the past two weeks of racing between Abu Dhabi and Sanya in China.
Groupama 4, side by side with Telefonica - Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
On taking second place, ahead of the crewed round the world specialists that the New Zealanders and Americans are, the performance by Franck Cammas and his international crew testifies to the constant progress they have been making in handling their 22-metre long monohull.
Groupama 4 crossed the finish line in China at 05:45:25 UTC after 12 days 21 hours 45 mins and 25 seconds at sea, taking them through the Straits of Malacca and along the Vietnamese coast.
The French crew thus earns 24 points in this third leg, really putting the New Zealanders on Camper under pressure in the provisional overall standing and reinforcing its lead over the Americans on Puma, despite only being a third of the way into this crewed round the world with stopovers. Six legs and six months of competition remain for the French to contest the current domination by the Spanish crew, skippered by double Olympic gold medallist Iker Martinez.
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