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Volvo Ocean Race - Newsletter - Leg 2 Start 14 December 2011

Rob Greenhalgh from GBR at the helm onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE.   Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Welcome to Sail-World.com's Volvo Ocean Race Newsletter for 14 December 2011

Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean race is underway – but to where?

Ostensibly the fleet is heading to Abu Dhabi, however due to the potential action for pirates operating out of Somalia, the six entries will sail to an unannounced destination, where they will be loaded onto a transporter and will cover the rest of the leg on a ship, before being dropped just short of Abu Dhabi, for a final sprint to the finish.

While the solution is not ideal, it is the only practical one as the boats represent an excellent target for pirates who have taken over 1,000 sailors in the past year. Taking people hostage and holding them for ransom is a lucrative business in Somalia and their pirates operate in international waters halfway across to India.

Skipper Chris Nicholson and Navigator Andy McLean watch the trailing fleet like hawks onboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE.   Hamish Hooper/CAMPER/Volvo Ocean Race

Now entering their fourth day of the racing the Volvo competitors are moving up the African coast.

A crucial stage of the race has been reached as the competitors split, much the same way as we saw in the opening stanzas of Leg 1, with some hugging the African coast, and others heading offshore.

In contrast to the first leg, Groupama has gone offshore, followed by Camper, while Abu Dhabi is hugging the African coast. The others are scattered in between. Quite where this finishes up is anyone's guess, and we are running regular updates on www.sail-world.com

Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain during the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race in Cape Town, South Africa.   Marc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race

Leg 1 ended in an anti-climax as Puma was the last into Cape Town, 31 days after starting the leg, had her spare mast dropped in and was ready to go, competing in the Pro-Am Race, the Inport Race and then the leg 2 start itself - seemingly without a problem. She joined Abu Dhabi and Team Sanya, who had also shipped in. Full marks to the shore crews, of all three boats, for their efforts and outcomes achieved under huge time and logistical pressure.

The start was an amazing TV spectacle with the Volvo 70s in full charge, on the beautiful blue ocean, with the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain behind.

Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France during the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race in Cape Town - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

You can see the power and agility of these magnificent boats in the full replay of the Start in this edition of Sail-World.com's Volvo newsletter, along with many other videos and image galleries.

Our next edition will be in a week or so, when we should have an idea of where the leg is headed, and how it has shaken down. Remember to check in with www.sail-world.com to stay in touch with the action.

Puma Ocean Racing supporter during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Cape Town stopover.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

Or if you wish to see the crew blogs that are being displayed in their team's home region got 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

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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper has narrow lead as fleet does a big split
Volvo Ocean Race,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand hold a slender advantage over their rivals today as the fleet continues to edge their way around the tip of Africa. Camper's margin has been hard earned however, with the entire crew fully focused on squeezing every ounce of speed out of the boat as the light wind conditions continue.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the African Coastal Cruise
Volvo Ocean Race MCM's,
Images from on board the Volvo Ocean Racers as the crawl and haul their way up the southern African coast, in light airs, on leg 2 headed for Abu Dhabi. Not an easy time for navigators and skippers, as key decisions have to be made.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet prepare to battle Agulhas current
Sophie Luther,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, night is falling as the fleet prepares to do battle with the notorious Agulhas current. Thirty knot winds blowing against the direction of the current will whip 6-metre waves to a hurling mass. The battle will be significantly more difficult once it's dark.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Quiet onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 1 of Leg 2. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Victories are hard to come by out here. It's a long race and achievements go unnoticed, forgotten, or just plain lost in the mayhem. But they do happen, and when they do – however big or small – they deserve some recognition.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper snatches Leg 2 lead stalked by Puma
Volvo Ocean Race,
Camper have snatched the lead from Groupama and Puma have slipped into second place as a high intensity and high stakes game of cat and mouse is unfolding on Leg 2 as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet edge towards the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Navigators' dilemma as Groupama leads + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Groupama (Franck Cammas) continues to lead the bunched Volvo Ocean Race fleet from Camper ETNZ, while points leader Telefonica, trails the six boat fleet on Day 2 of the second Leg of the 39,000nm Round the World race. Tonight at 1900 UTC, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet remains tightly bunched, with no clear strategy at this stage. Camper skipper Chris Nicholson gives his view of the situation... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet has to make a decisive decision on route
Volvo Ocean Race,
Frustrated by light winds and adverse currents on the opening night of Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi, the six-boat fleet will soon face the critical choice between a southerly or easterly route around the tip of Africa. After making a high-speed exit from Cape Town, led by Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the fleet ground to a halt on the first night after missing the chance to pick up an... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Good start for Puma Ocean Racing
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: I cannot begin to tell you how refreshing it feels to be out here competing in this race again, and against all six teams no less. I'm having difficulty remembering our four full days in Cape Town – it went by that fast.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 start images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 images of the start of Leg 2 from Cape Town, South Africa by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 – Confident start for Camper
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - It was a confident start for Camper today as they set sail for Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. The short inshore race kicked off under very light conditions in Table Bay at 1500 local time (GMT +2). The six boat fleet drifted over the line, but the breeze soon filled in and the battle for lead was on.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 - Puma Ocean Racing ready to win
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg has bid farewell to Cape Town, South Africa. Puma's Mar Mostro was the third boat around the buoys before heading off on leg two to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the third port of the race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 - Groupama off to good start
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race second leg started at 1300 UTC this Sunday off Cape Town for a sprint of around 4,500 miles across the Indian Ocean. However, before entering this feared ocean, the six VO-70s will have to round the Cape of Good Hope and then that of the Agulhas!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing takes early lead
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing led the fleet out of Cape Town and into an expected upwind battering overnight. The six Volvo Open 70s – three nursing major repairs – were due for an early test with winds predicted to reach 30 knots as they punched south past the Cape of Good Hope and on towards Cape Agulhas, the most southerly tip of Africa.... [more]
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Replay - Volvo Ocean Race start - Cape Town
Sail-World,
See the start of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi with this viewer. You can also see two highlights videos of the race start and the full reply of the Inport Race... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race images + Full replay Video
The Sail-World Team,
The Volvo Ocean Race crews took part in the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race in Cape Town, South Africa with Telefonica, Camper, and Puma rounding out the top three spots. Photographers Marc Bow and Paul Todd share images of the action. Also features a video of the full replay of the Inport Race sailed on Saturday.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper takes second In-port race in Cape Town
Thomas Pryor,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand has secured second place in the Cape Town in-port race as action kicks off again in the Volvo Ocean Race. In champagne sailing conditions on Table Bay of a steady 15 to 20 knot south westerly Telefonica took first place, but a solid performance from Camper saw them fight back from a slow start to finish 43 seconds behind.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: In-Port Race third place for Puma
Lisa Ramsperger,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg was back on the water sailing in the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race in Cape Town, South Africa. Puma lead through the fourth mark before dropping to third place following sail damage. Finishing first was Team Telefonica with Camper coming in second. Puma now sits fourth in overall standings with nine points.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama make progress
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - There was fifteen to twenty knots of breeze for this second 'In-Port' race of the Volvo Ocean Race and from the start the Spanish were in the driving seat, tailed by the Americans and the New Zealanders. Franck Cammas and his men came fifth, with the satisfaction that they're making progress in this specific format of very short, intense racing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma ready for action
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race - The crew aboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg were back on the water today in Cape Town, South Africa preparing for the In-Port Race on Saturday and the start of Leg 2. The crew has been on the water the past two days – the first sailing since Mar Mostro suffered a broken mast on November 21 and arrived in Cape Town on December 7.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper protest dismissed
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama lodged a protest against Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, at the end of leg one, alleging that several aspects of Camper's forestay and rigging set-up over leg one were illegal. Camper has welcomed the decision by the Volvo Ocean Race International Jury to dismiss the protest claiming that Camper's forestay set-up breached the Volvo Open 70 rules.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama ready for action
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 restarts in Cape Town tomorrow, 10th December with the In-Port Race followed by the start of leg two to Abu Dhabi on 11th December. The crew of Groupama 4 is ready for action in these two supposedly windy events. After a short break of four days, Franck Cammas and his men got back into training at the start of the week.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet prepares for fierce conditions
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race fleet could face fearsome wind conditions in Cape Town when racing recommences this weekend. Weather forecasters are predicting up to 25 knots of breeze for the V and A Waterfront In-Port Race on December 10 and for the start of leg two to Abu Dhabi the following day.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Media Crew Member Award to Camper's Hamish Hooper
Volvo Ocean Race,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand's Hamish Hooper has been awarded the Inmarsat Media Crew Member Award for Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Among the highlights of Hooper's coverage was the mid-sea surgery to bowman Mike Pammenter, who lost his front tooth and split his lip after being washed into the rigging by a wave.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race's anti-piracy plan made public
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race's anti-piracy plan will see the fleet transported by armed heavy lift ship from an undisclosed Safe Haven Port in the Indian Ocean and resume racing from a set-down point along the Sharjah coastline in the northern Emirates, within a day's sailing of the leg two finish in Abu Dhabi.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Puma reaches Cape Town after 31 day epic journey
Volvo Ocean Racing,
It was not the way Ken Read had imagined stepping off PUMA's Mar Mostro and on to shore at Cape Town but after 31 days away the American could still savour a heartfelt moment with wife Kathy before putting the next phase of the recovery plan into place. Puma Ocean Racing, who set off from Alicante with the rest of the fleet back on November 5, made it into the Cape Town port late on Tuesday nig... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama protest Camper
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The International Jury will hear in full the protest of Groupama sailing team against Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand after deciding it was valid. The International Jury heard from both sides and asked Groupama to submit video evidence by 2000 local time, which they duly did. Satisfied that the protest was lodged correctly, the jury adjourned the hearing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma makes Cape Town after a 31 day first leg
Ken Read,
Puma's Mar Mostro is only a few miles out of Cape Town, aboard the container ship Team Bremen. Skipper Ken Read provides this 'Update from the Helm' as he reflects on what has gone by, and what lies ahead for the US flagged Volvo Ocean Racer:... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Final day of leg 1 for Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress onboard Team Bremen: Hello from the high seas. If you told me this would be Puma's last blog of leg one I'd tell you you were crazy – at this point it seems like we're eternally traveling to South Africa. But sitting here, swaying back and forth in my Upper Deck cabin, I've been trying to reflect all day.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Reliability key to victory, says Camper skipper
Volvo Ocean Race,
The teams forced to retire from Leg 1 will come out fighting in Leg 2, according to Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Chris Nicholson, who sees reliability as a bigger factor than ever in the Volvo Ocean Race. 'Just like Formula One each generation is finding ways to go faster and faster and as you push the envelope more something has to give'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Azzam back in the water
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race team Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's boat Azzam is back in the water, her new rig is in place and skipper Ian Walker expects to be back sailing as early as this afternoon. A team of experts has been working tirelessly on Azzam since the Volvo Open 70 arrived by ship to Cape Town on November 30, and now, with major work pretty much complete, it is all about fine-tuning.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro onboard Team Bremen
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Ken Read, Skipper of Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress onboard Team Bremen: Team Bremen. That is the team we are on. When we started this leg (what feels like about 10 months ago) I always tried to envision success for Team Puma/Berg, but I never thought that by the time we got to Cape Town I would be on Team Bremen.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Stopping over in Cape Town - Video Gallery
Volvo Ocean Race,
As the teams rest, repair and prepare from the travails of the first leg and gear up for the start of the second leg in about a week, preceded by the Pro-Am Race and Inport Race, we check out what is happening ashore with this round up of team and official video... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 reviewed - 60 minute Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
An epic first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 had just about everything, more than even experienced observers might have imagined. Watch events unfold in this 60 minute documentary.... [more]
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