Home
04 Dec 2011 If you have trouble reading this email CLICK HERE To respond to this email CLICK HERE



Volvo Ocean Race - Newsletter - Leg 1 Finish 4 December 2011

Puma's Mar Mostro is loaded onto a container ship just off the island of Tristan da Cunha to go to Cape Town, South Africa. (Image: Tristan da Cunha)  Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's Volvo Ocean Race Newsletter for 4 December 2011

As expected the final stages of Leg 1 were something of a soldiers course for Telefonica, Camper and Groupama, as they recorded a one, two, three into Cape Town.

Camper and Groupama paid the price of navigational and strategic decisions in the opening stages of the leg.

Telefonica sailed a flawless leg to deservedly take line honours and maximum leg points.

Camper should consider them selves lucky to be second overall, and within striking distance of the lead.

Groupama realize that they probably don't have the luxury of splitting from the fleet any longer, and will have to mix it with the other five competitors. But that is the Lesson of the Leg for all competitors. This will be a close race, and may be a war of attrition.

Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain heads for the finish on Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa at 18:14:25 UTC.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

Today, the bookend was placed on the First Leg, with the hoisting of Puma's Mar Mostro on board a container ship in open ocean off the remote archipelago of Tristan da Cunha. Puma's is a remarkable story in the annals of Round the World races of all types.

In this edition of Sail-World's Volvo Ocean race newsletter we have several stories from the remote archipelago in the South Atlantic courtesy of the Puma Ocean Racing team.

While the on the water racing is complete for Leg 1, the shore crews of Abi Dhabi, Team Sanya, and Puma Ocean Racing have plenty of work ahead of them to get their respective charges onto the start line in just over six days time for the Inport Race.

In this edition we have stories on the state of play of the teams – with Abu Dhabi's mast construction; Team Sanya's hull rebuild; and Puma's race aboard Team Bremen and fitting her second mast in Cape Town.

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, finishes second on leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa, at 10:48:04 UTC.  Marc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race

The start of the second leg is scheduled for 11 December for an unspecified destination, where the yachts will be loaded aboard a transport ship and taken to the next stopover at Abu Dhabi.

This decision has been forced on race organisers by the prevalence of pirates off the east African coast, and the practical impossibility of individually protecting the yachts from boarding and seizure.

Team Sanya start the process of removing the existing damaged hull area to replace it with a newly constructed bow piece in Cape Town, South Africa.  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

Our next newsletter will be sent a few days after the start of the second leg on 11 December.

For the latest updates stay tuned to www.sail-world.com - and click on the Volvo Ocean Race button in the top header bar, to see all stories for all regions from this exciting race - all updated as the race unfolds.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Editor@Large

To subscribe a friend to Sail-World's FREE newsletter click here

If you wish to come off our mailing list please click the unsubscribe button on this newsletter, or drop a line to deletesailworld@gmail.com or call (+649) 489 9267

Stay up with the latest sailing news, as it happens, on our website www.sail-world.com




Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing steam towards South Africa
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross reports: Puma's easterly progress has resumed. At about 14:30 UTC yesterday afternoon our Puma's Mar Mostro and it's splintered mast were pulled from the waters of Tristan and placed on the deck of the freighter ship the Team Bremen. It is our new home, and we're now steaming towards South Africa and the starting line of leg two at 14 knots.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race: Kiwi build team replaces Team Sanya's bow
Sail-World,
Although only unloaded from a cargo ship just two days ago, amazingly Team Sanya's badly holed Volvo Open 70 is today a complete boat once more. The former Telefonica Blue from the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race, split open her starboard bow on the first night of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race: Puma on board and en route to Cape Town
Volvo Ocean Race,
Puma Ocean Racing successfully loaded their boat onto a container ship at Tristan da Cunha on Friday, breathing new life into their chances of rejoining the race on time. The operation went off safely, team general manager Kimo Worthington reported on Friday evening. 'Loading operations on Tristan have been completed safely and we'll be leaving in the next hour or so,' Worthington said.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race - Mammoth task ahead for Puma Ocean Racing team
Volvo Ocean Race and Ken Read,
It never rains but it pours', the saying goes, and that's certainly the case for Puma Ocean Racing as they continue the mammoth Mar Mostro rescue mission.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya repairs under way
Volvo Ocean Race,
The repair work will continue without pause as the team bid to get the boat back in water by December 7. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing also arrived in Cape Town by container ship on Wednesday after losing her rig on the first night. Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg have sent a ship to Tristan da Cunha to pick up the boat and crew and bring them back. Their best case ETA is December 6.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing back in boat mode
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Don't lose the faith. Don't lose the faith, no matter what. That's been the message around here. We think we know what caused the rig to fall and end our leg, which brings some degree of comfort to the situation, but nobody is dwelling.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race: Casualty Corner - Images and Video
Compiled by Sail-World,
Both Team Sanya and Abu Dhabi have arrived in cape Town ready to being the next phase of their repair cycle ahead of the scheduled race start on 11 December. The two teams were forced to retire from the first leg and shipped their boats from, respectively, Portugal and Spain. They hope to be back ready to sail on December 6, in time for the in-port race in Cape Town on December 10.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama Sailing Team spirits remain high
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama finally made it over the leg one finish line, in Cape Town, in third. The eleven men on Groupama 4 have been warmly welcomed by their nearest and dearest, by the organisers of the Volvo Ocean Race and by a well-informed public in South Africa.... [more]
Share this story


Images of the Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama arrives in Cape Town
Paul Todd and Ian Roman,
Top international photographers, Paul Todd and Ian Roman were on hand to capture the action when Groupama (Franck Cammas) crossed the line in third place at the finish of the first leg of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race - New mast in transit for Puma's Mar Mostro
Kimo Worthington,
Getting Puma Mar Mostro's new mast to Cape Town for the start of the next leg of the Volvo Ocean Race has not been without its problems as Kimo Worthington explains. 'As of Tuesday morning, a ship was booked. The next day, the ship got cancelled. We had to start a new list all over again. '... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama 4 takes third and vital points in Cape Town
Sophie Luther,
The first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 come to an end on Tuesday for Franck Cammas/FRA and the crew of Groupama 4 when they sailed across the finish line in Cape Town at 17.28.31 UTC (19:28 local time) after a total of 24 days, four hours, 28 minutes, and 31 seconds of racing.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race - Brutal onboard Groupama 4
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The struggle to Cape Town continues for the beleaguered Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA). Overnight the team made little or no progress, covering just 140 nautical miles in 24 hours and averaging 5.9 knots, but at 1000 UTC today, as the team hooked into a new low-pressure system, it was a question of slowing the boat down as she raced towards the finish at over 18 knots.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean race: From the Spanish Castle to the Golf Course - Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race looks back to a time of hope and ambition for all six teams as they left Alicante, Spain bound for Cape Town, South Africa. The first hour long video on all the action from the first leg will be run on 3rd December.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race: Images of Camper's finish in Cape Town
Compiled by Sail-World,
Images from the finish of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, Cape Town, South Africa,for Camper sailed by a crew from Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race: Team Puma Ocean Racing try for par on Tristan +Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM onboard Puma Ocean Racing reports on the crew's progress: Today's sport outing was offensive. The Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg team was invited to play at the Tristan Golf Course, a beautiful nine-hole establishment built into the side of a volcano. And while the scenery certainly lived up to it's reputation, we were insulted by some of the on-site manners.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race: Camper has a tough finish to Leg 2 + Audio and Video
Thomas Pryor,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand has secured second place on Leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, the team arrived into Cape Town on Sunday lunchtime, crossing the finish line at 10:48:04 UTC (27.11.11). Camper now hold 29 points on the scoreboard as they remain in second place overall two points from the lead. A solid performance in the Cape Town In Port race could mean the potenti... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 set to finish third
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 was less than 450 miles from the leg one finish in Cape Town, mid-afternoon this Sunday. Franck Cammas and his men were sailing in a moderate north-westerly breeze, but have yet to traverse the Saint Helena High one last time. Their arrival in Cape Town is scheduled for Tuesday.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race - Clock is ticking for Puma Ocean Racing
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Ken Read, Skipper onboard Puma Ocean Racing reports on the crew's progress: We have now been on Tristan da Cunha now for 24 hours. And, it is exactly what we thought it would be. A cloud seems to surround the island always. We still haven't seen the peak of the mountain, but the cliffs that make up the borders of the rock are breathtaking.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race: Camper takes second place on Leg 1
Volvo Ocean Race,
CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand have taken a well deserved second place in the grueling opening leg of the Volvo Ocean race from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town South Africa, completing the 6,500 nautical mile passage at 10:48:04 UTC today.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean race: Camper - The final 24 hours + Video
Lucy Harwood,
Camper have under 300 miles remaining on Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. While second place looks more certain by the hour, the Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand crew will be pleased to hear the news that they posted the biggest distance of the leg so far in the 24 hours from 1755 UTC on Wednesday as they blasted east through the South Atlantic riding a cold front.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica victorious in Cape Town + Finish Video
Sophie Luther,
The first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race has now come to a victorious end for the crew of Telefonica when they crossed the finish line in Cape Town at 1814 UTC (2014 Local Time) on Saturday after a 6500 nautical mile journey that took them 21 days, five hours, 14 minutes and 25 seconds (21:05:14:25) to complete.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama contend with high pressure
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race leg one victory is now guaranteed to Telefonica who are less than fifty miles from the finish in Cape Town. Indeed the Spanish boat, driven by Iker Martinez, is set to cross the line at around 1800 UTC this Saturday with a lead of over 200 miles in relation to Camper and 800 miles in relation to Groupama 4. ... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing reach Tristan da Cunha + Videos
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing reports on the crew's progress: Today we get off the boat. It may seem like a minor step towards our return to Cape Town, but it has taken an incredible effort for us just to get this far. Tristan da Cunha will offer some much needed rest, refuge, and recovery, and we're all looking forward to being distracted for a few days... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race: Fast and furious as Camper shows her true colours
Thomas Pryor,
Camper, crewed by Emirates Team NZ have been chewing up the miles on its way to Cape Town with the boat reaching speeds of between 25 - 30 knots and reducing the distance to the Leg One finish to 670 miles. Yesterday the boat travelled a staggering 551 miles in 24 hours, against a record of 597nm. Features video and also an audio interview with co-skipper Stu Bannatyne.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama pick through Saint Helena High
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4, which has been sailing in the high pressure of the South Atlantic since Thursday evening, still has 1,000 miles to go to the finish of leg one in Cape Town. The two leaders have increased their lead with every hour and are likely to continue in that vein this weekend as Franck Cammas and his men have to pick through the Saint Helena High.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race - A tough day for Puma Ocean Racing
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing reports on the crew's progress after their boat was dismasted in the South Atlantic: Yesterday was a tough one in a lot of ways. It was a day I think we all knew was coming, but that didn't make it any easier. The post-breakage shock left a lot of us in a bit of a buzz, a hazy world of extreme optimism and positivity.... [more]
Share this story


Volvo Ocean Race: Fishing net gets between Camper and speed record
Thomas Pryor,
Camper - Emirates Team NZ report from the South Atlantic with only 1,000nm left to sail to the finish. At the current rate of progress that is just two days sailing! Here's the latest report, video and audio off the boat: At the 1340 UTC report CAMPER showed 550.05 nm of distance sailed in the last 24 hr period, averaging 22.95 kts boatspeed... [more]
Share this story

2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race
01/01/10
2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race...
For more details and news for this event, go to:
http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Eid=1359
 


Click HERE to give us your feed-back.




If you don't wish to receive any more Sail-World.com Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2011 news, just a single click here and you won't.