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Volvo Ocean Race - Newsletter - Leg 5 from Auckland 28 March 2012

Team Sanya's Jared Henderson up the rig, in the Auckland Pro-Am Race, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.  Volvo Ocean Race ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's Volvo Ocean Race Newsletter for 28 March 2012

Ten days ago the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, all six of them, left Auckland in the teeth of a strong NE breeze and big seas, which set the scene for the high attrition rate which has been the feature of Leg 5.

As we write, just two boats of the fleet have not either signalled their intention, or have actually suspended racing, on the Southern Ocean leg - supposed to be the highlight of the race.

Instead we have a trail of broken boats, as crews have found that these boats can be red-lined almost too easily, and underscoring the comments made in Auckland by several experienced Round the World racers, that the 2011-12 event, had to that date, been one of the easiest they had experienced.

Well no more. The fleet have had their backsides kicked by King Neptune. The two boats who have not suspended racing, past or future, are carrying some significant crew injuries, and there may well be replacements for Leg 6, when they reach Itajai in Brazil.

Groupama and Team Sanya cross tacks in from of a packed waterfront - Inport-Auckland-VOR - Volvo Ocean Race: In Port Race, Auckland March 17, 2012  Richard Gladwell

Oddly enough, the mishaps that have struck the fleet will probably have the effect of compressing the points table. Maybe even more so after Telefonica has appeared in front of the International Jury in Brazil, to answer a report from the Measurer, that she carried two storm jibs on Leg 4, when only one was allowed.

Latest report from Abu Adhabi: 'Not only have we finally joined the war in the Southern Ocean, but we just hit 40 knots while surfing down a wave,' wrote Media Crew Member Nick Dana. The boat is averaging 23-24 knots with one reef in the mainsail and the J4 headsail set. Overnight, the crew were on deck ‘hooting and hollering' at whoever was at the helm, geeing them on for a good shot at the next wave. 'The boat is handling fantastically – this is the first time we have really had her in this kind of situation and everyone is very pleased,' Dana concluded.

Puma, Volvo Ocean Race - Pro-Am March   Richard Gladwell

The forecast predicts the team will stay with the depression for at least 24 hours, which will provide 25-30 knots of breeze with a following sea. 'We're pointed right at the barn door and we should tick off the miles nicely now,' Dana says.

The deep south biffo of the past 10 days, is in stark contrast to the festivities of Auckland. The City of Sails welcomed back a long lost friend, after an absence of ten years. And and put into good use all the practice celebration sessions of the 2011 Rugby World Cup - which also had its social epicentre in downtown Auckland and the Viaduct harbour.

Team Telefonica in rough conditions, at the start of Leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

Crowd estimates were in the multiple tens of thousands with an estimated 40,000 cramming vantage points for the finish; maybe 100,000 for the start; and a counted 300,000 passed through the Viaduct Harbour - in just over a week.

Those are numbers to make any sailing event organiser drool - particularly from a city of just 1.5million. Don't forget to add in the numbers who watched the InPort Race and Leg 5 Start live on free-to-air TV, and you have an event with significant local and international impact.

Skipper Chris Nicholson helming in huge seas, onboard Camper during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race   Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©

In this edition of Sail-World's Volvo Ocean Race newsletter we feature the best of the Auckland stopover, and the opening week or so of Leg 5.

Richard Mason explains how the damage occurred the the broken rudder stockon Team Sanya arriving in Tauranga  Gareth Cooke/Volvo Ocean Race

One thing is for sure, the action hasn't stopped. Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com as the drama and action continues to unfold.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Editor@Large

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Volvo Ocean Race,
At 1000 UTC today, Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) maintained a 51-nautical mile (nm) ead over Puma's Mar Mostro (Ken Read) after the French team pulled off a demanding night time gybe at latitude 58 degrees south, their first manoeuvre in over a week. Puma Ocean Racing who reached 59 degrees south -- just shy of the ‘screaming sixties' -- followed suit... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica pitstop plan revealed + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Groupama sailing team extended their advantage at the head of the fleet, moving 46 nautical miles clear of Puma at 1900 UTC on Tuesday as race leaders Team Telefónica, 335 nm off the lead in third, revealed a plan to make a pit stop for repairs.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya arrives in Tauranga
Garth Cooke, Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Sanya, has arrived in the New Zealand port of Tauranga, after breaking a rudder shaft while leading Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, forcing her retirement from Leg 5. She will miss Leg 6, but will rejoin the race for Leg 7. She ships out of New Zealand on Wednesday. Gareth Cooke was on hand to catch the team's arrival in Tauranga.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Telefonica repair stop in Ushuaia confirmed
Richard Gladwell,
Overall race leaders Team Telefónica have confirmed they will make a stop at the Argentine port of Ushuaia to repair bow damage and give themselves the best chance of holding on to a podium position in Leg 5... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro racing for the Horn
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 9 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Now it's cold...officially cold. Like, 'you're-not-a-complainer-if-you-say-it' cold. Do you remember during the last leg when I mentioned finding refuge from the Equatorial inferno by grabbing the propane tanks?... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama helmsman Harmer could miss next leg
Volvo Ocean Race,
Groupama helmsman Phil Harmer will seek medical advice once the team arrive in Itajaí after he suffered a double shoulder injury that could keep him out of the next leg.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Southern Ocean returns in force + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race at 1900 UTC, Groupama and Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA), the only two teams to have avoided serious damage to their boats so far on Leg 5, were 38.7 nautical miles (nm) apart. Groupama is 223 nm from the eastern ice limit set at 47 degrees south/150 degrees west and once past the waypoint they will be free to dive south again without the worry of collidin... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson explains Camper's situation - Video
Sail-World,
Camper skipper Chris Nicholson explains the damage and situation facing Camper as they head towards the Chilean port of Puerto Montt to effect repairs. Camper damaged a safety bulkhead, on the first night of the race, then the port longitudinal frame let go for part of its length, followed by the starboard longitudinal. Two part video by Chris Nicholson... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Great day onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 8 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Today was a great day among good ones, and for no reason in particular. Sometimes a bunch of little things add up and you find yourself riding a high of the likes you haven't felt in far too long.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Emirates Team NZ mount major repair effort in Chile
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have started a major logistics and shore support effort to get their Volvo Ocean race entry, Camper turned around once she reaches the Chilean port of Puerto Montt. She is expected to arrive in Puerto Montt, which is about 800nm north of Cape Horn, between 1-3 April, depending on wind direction.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Safety a priority for Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 7 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: I don't know how it happened, but on a boat laden with fancy doodads, gizmos, and thingamabobs, somebody forgot to put on a thermometer. Consequently, the only way to tangibly see the temperature is through the rigidity of our chocolate.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica's double Southern Ocean side-swipe +Video
Sail-World,
View this amazing footage of Volvo Ocean Race competitor Team Telefónica being slammed by two monster waves as they blast through the Southern Ocean in over 40 knots of wind on Leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajaí in Brazil . The footage, shot from one of the four fixed cameras on the boat, shows the entire on deck crew -- including the helmsman -- twice knocked off their feet by the impa... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Racing: Camper to suspend racing and stop in Chile + Video
Sail-World,
Camper will divert to Puerto Montt on the west coast of Chile to repair bow damage suffered in the ferocious conditions currently being experienced in the Southern Ocean. Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Chris Nicholson confirmed the need to go in for repairs, while pledging to resume racing and reach the finish of Leg 5 Itajaí in Brazil.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper's Southern Ocean sailing lesson Video
The Sail-World Team,
The Volvo Ocean Race crews are currently on the Southern Ocean sailing in Leg 5. The crews are taking head on a challenge that is testing their endurance in extreme conditions. Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand video of their sailing lesson so far in the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 - Groupama not taking any chances
Vincent Borde,
In Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, the four leaders sailed past the first virtual ice limit mark in a south-westerly wind which is built to over 30 knots, gusting to 45 knots. As such, the sailors are hunkering down somewhat, though they're still maintaining speeds close to 20 knots. Franck Cammas and his men have decided not to take any chances on this 800-mile section of the racetrack...... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya returns to NZ for repairs
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Sanya are heading towards New Zealand after suffering damage to their starboard rudder earlier today. The team expect to take between four and five days to reach New Zealand and they continue to assess their options in terms of how to get back in the race as quickly as possible.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica to appear before Int Jury in Brazil
Sail-World,
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Auckland - To the Horn we go!
Richard Gladwell,
Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race got underway from Auckland on Sunday afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water and followed the fleet from the start to when the fleet exited the Waitemata and headed for Cape Horn. Team Sanya led around both legs inside the Waitemata before rounding the top mark for the final time and headed off to a final rounding mark off Auckland's East Coast Bays... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Auckland - The First Beat
Richard Gladwell,
Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race got underway from Auckland on Sunday afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water and followed the six strong fleet from the start to when the fleet exited the Waitemata and headed from Cape Horn. Here is how he saw the day, after the Start there was the Beat down the Waitemata, past the Wharves on the south side, and past the Naval Base and Devonport... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Keeping it together onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing have a long way to go as Amory Ross, MCM, reports: I can't believe I actually told people on the dock I was excited for this. Naivety, in a nutshell. What I should have said, and the way I feel now, is I'm excited to get this over with! Like a bunch of little kids in the backseat, the question everyone has been asking is how much more?... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Abu Dhabi hoping for a 24 hour stopover + video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are hopeful of resuming racing in Leg 5 within the next 24 hours after arriving back in Abu Dhabi to repair damage to their yacht Azzam. Ian Walker and his crew made the decision to return to the City of Sails five-and-a-half hours into the 6,700 nautical mile leg to Itajaí in Brazil when a bulkhead in the bow of their yacht Azzam, securing a crucial heavy weather heads... [more]
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Images of the Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet hits the tough stuff
Paul Todd,
Volvo Ocean Race photographer, Paul Todd, flew over the the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as they hit heavy weather at the start of Leg 5, exiting the Hauraki Gulf - and captured the return of Abu Dhabi to Auckland... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Scott Taylor's view of the Leg 5 Start
Scott Taylor,
New Zealand photographer Scott Taylor has returned home after 17 years in UK. An exceptional photographer, with an interest in sailing, he has spent the last couple of days at the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Auckland and filed this collection of images of the start of Leg 5.... [more]
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Camper values are sailing values, Dalia Saliamonas
Jeni Bone,
Self-described 'official brain washer' for the Spanish and now global brand Camper, Dalia Saliamonas – marketing director and head of special projects – has been with Camper 26 years, starting as international sales manager, 'seeding' the brand around the world, and moving in to special projects.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya leads Leg 5 after Waitemata maelstrom
Richard Gladwell,
Team Sanya, skippered by local hero and former Volvo Ocean race winner, Mike Sanderson, had another magic moment in Auckland as she led the six strong fleet in the opening stanzas of the 6700nm fifth leg to Brazil. Tthe former Rolex Sailor of the Year, would have been positively fizzing, after getting his approach just right at the start, and was able to avoid tacking into the flood tide as soon a... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper win golden points from hometown InPort Race
Richard Gladwell,
Camper skipper, Chris Nicholson, described their end to end win in the Auckland Inport Race, as a dream result for the team. Nicholson led his crew of 11 sailors to an end to end win in the sprint event, which counted for five points.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images of the 'Ams' in the Auckland Pro-Am
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water for the Pro-Am race of the Volvo Ocean Race, Auckland Stopover. The Pro-Am race was the second event four days of racing planned for Auckland. Here are images of the guest sailors aboard the five Volvo racers who competed in the two race, and delayed event. Regardless of the sailing, we're all sure that they had the time of their lives,... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Images: Skippers Media Conference - Auckland
Sail-World,
Photographers Richard Gladwell and Howard Wright were at the final Skippers' Media Conference at the Viaduct Media Centre late Friday afternoon, and provided these images.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Onboard with Iker Martinez and Telefonica + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was offered the very privileged position of racing with double Olympic medalist Iker Martinez, and the crew Telefonica, overall race leaders in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Here's a gallery of images from the day, together with an on-board video - so you can feel and hear what it is like to sail with a double Olympic medalist and double world champion.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Crowds turn out for Open Boat at Camper
Paul Gilbert,
In spite of what must be an horrendous schedule, the Emirates Team New Zealand / Camper crew opened their base and boat to Aucklanders on Wednesday evening. Queues were forming well in advance of the base and boat being opened. Photographer, Paul Gilbert was on hand and provided this gallery... [more]
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