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Volvo Ocean Race - Newsletter: Leg 6 opens - 28 April 2012

Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ - Leg 6, Volvo Ocean Race  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's Volvo Ocean Race Newsletter for 28 April 2012

Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race has been underway for just under a week, and looks set to be an arm wrestle all the way to Miami, Florida.

As we write, Puma has a lead of about an hour which she has held from soon after the get-go last Sunday.

Behind her it is a full on battle to get into the Trades, and get a jump which could hold good all the way to the USA.

From the outset the fleet split into three groups, with Puma covering sides both from the centre. Now they have come together just short of Recife, it's all on between Telefonica and Camper.

Before the start of this leg there were still 40% of the race points on the table, for anyone to pick up. Given the fact that only one boat finished Leg 5 without 'suspending racing' - Volvo Ocean Race parlance for getting outside assistance - the points table is such that no team can take anything for granted.

Camper powers up at the start of leg 6, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.   Paul Todd/Outside Images ©

For all the hoo-haa about boat integrity, the bottom line is that you can't have a close race without crews pushing their boats to the limit, and occasionally stepping over the sideline. When that happens boats break - and the gain for which the crews were grasping, is snatched away - and that's when the shore crews swing into play.

This race has been the closest ever. The boats are the fastest ever. The shore crews are playing as vital a role in the result as the sailing crews. You can't win in a broken boat. And now you can't really win in a boat that is sailing at less than 100%. It's like a car rally on the water - where the sprints count for something as well as the endurance legs.

The fleet of Volvo Open 70's blast away from the start line of leg 6, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.   Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

Sure it would be great to have a finish like Auckland where all six boats crossed the line in 24 hours, and five of those came home in the space of a couple of hours or so - and around lunchtime on a Sunday.

Zim Monaco captain Valery Bezlepkin and Ken Read, skipper of Puma's Mar Mostro, in Itajai, Brazil, prior to Leg 6 departure. 22 April 2012.   © Christian Lindquist / BERG Propulsion
But that would be like expecting every car to finish every F1 race. It ain't going to happen. And if it did the fans would know the cars weren't being pushed to the limit.

In this edition of Sail-World.com's Volvo Ocean Race newsletter we cover the In Port Race, the Start, and opening stanzas of Leg 6.

If you can only read one story, catch Ken Read's gem. Read how he met up, quite by co-incidence, with the Captain of the Zim Monaco, whose ship transferred 30 cans of diesel to Puma in the mid-Atlantic, during Leg 1 and kept them in the race. Where would they be now without those 30 cans of boat-juice?

Probably not leading Leg 6. And probably not right back in the Volvo Ocean Race - as they head for Puma's home port, with their nose in front - and intending to keep it that like that all the way to USA.

We hear there will be a new multi media feature launched on the Volvo Ocean Race site early next week. We've had a preliminary look. It is seriously cool, and should blot up even more fan time as they ogle this exciting unpredictable race.

Onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA.   Yann Riou

We'll carry this feature on Sail-World as soon as it is available to fans, and look forward to incorporating it in our race coverage.

Spectators line the shore to watch the DHL In-Port Race Itajai, Brazil, in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.   Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©
Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com for the latest Volvo Ocean Race news, updated on a 24x7 basis by our editorial team around the world. We never sleep.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Editor@Large

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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma - Meeting old 'New Best Friends'
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race – Puma skipper Ken Read shares his thoughts on Leg 6 and the crew's progress. Out in the ocean there are what seem to be a million ships. Not so many on the path we took last leg, but for sure we are in the civilized world now and ships are everywhere. You remember all the ships as we passed through the Malacca Strait. Certainly two ships stand out in my life these days.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma under attack by Camper and Telefonica
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, at 1900 GMT tonight, Leg 6 leader Ken Read and Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg were under attack from Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS), backed up by Telefónica and Iker Martínez/ESP, as they struggled in light air.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama continue to lose ground
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - The situation for Groupama isn't favourable: having fallen off the pace offshore of Cape Frio, Franck Cammas and his men haven't benefited from the same weather conditions as the rest of the fleet. Due to her longitudinal separation of around a hundred miles, the easterly tradewinds currently propelling the French boat along, are also less steady in the South.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Fun onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 5 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: One major component of sailing around the world that never shows up on any score sheet, sched, or progress report is team camaraderie. We spend the better part of a year with the same 10 guys, day in and day out, but unfortunately the tune of this race leaves little time or opp... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma out in front and hanging on
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, after a tense night with plenty of cloud activity and a few gybes this morning to set up the angle for the turning point at Recife on the coast of Brazil, Puma Ocean Racing Powered by Berg has continued to hang on to the lead she claimed at 0400 GMT this morning. Puma enjoys a lead of about an hour over Camper, according to the latest projections.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Tough, tiring Leg 6 for Groupama
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - The wind hasn't been very cooperative for Groupama 4 over the past 48 hours and their deficit in relation to pole position has further increased. However, the zone of light, fluky winds appears to be evaporating to give way to a fairly inconsistent easterly tradewind.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma punch through cold front
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 4 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: It seems we are through both front and ridge and finally free to point north, but it was not without its troubles! We first pushed through the frontal barrier with little resistance... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama prepares to claw back some miles
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race fleet must traverse a zone of storms, before they can hook onto the easterly tradewinds, which marks a 180° wind shift in relation to the current conditions on the water. With clouds, squalls and calm spells, this fifty-mile wide transition zone is likely to establish a hierarchy over the course of tonight, which is likely to last several days... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Of snapping tacklines and abundant dolphins + Videos
Hamish Hooper,
Hamish Hooper blogs from on board Camper off the Brazilian coast, South America: At the moment my first action of the day is to go up on deck, scan the horizon and play spot the other Volvo boats. It was a satisfying way to start the day seeing Abu Dhabi had shrunk over night and was now around 3 or 4 miles astern of us. See two videos from Camper in this story... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Calm onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 3 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: These are easy miles, these. Close reaching in flat water, making 20 knots of boat speed in 16 knots of wind, there is little discomfort other than the rising temperature. In these conditions it takes little effort to keep our Mar Mostro moving well through the water.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma takes up the running as race lead see-saws
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
US flagged, Puma Ocean Racing have taken the lead from Camper, who had survived the heart stopping 'bang' and explosion of a tack line to hold the lead, before losing it to Ken Read's crew. Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg climbed to second place at 0100 UTC, clocking up more miles in the past 24 hours than anyone else in the fleet, some 265 nautical miles to Camper's 247,... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - A fleet divided, keep your enemies close
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) continue to maintain the lead in Leg 6 to Miami from their inshore position, 20 nautical miles off the Brazilian coast, but the fleet is clearly divided on whether sailing inshore or offshore will pay off.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 opts for easterly course
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - After a fast start in a good south-westerly wind offshore of Itajai, which enabled Groupama and her rivals to power along at an average speed of over 18 knots, the wind dropped away sharply level with the longitude of Rio de Janeiro. Indeed, it was offshore of the large Brazilian city that the fleet dispersed, with Camper and Abu Dhabi opting to pick their way towards Cape Frio... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Simple sailing for Puma's Mar Mostro + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 2 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Living at sea can be a lot of fun and the remoteness that it demands can be rewarding, but the days after leaving shore are often filled with frustrating withdrawal from connectivity. Take, for example, hockey.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper out in front as fleet splits
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, just as forecast, the fast reaching conditions have been replaced by lighter south easterly airs and after a steady 24 hours, the five-boat fleet racing in Leg 6 to Miami has split. At 1900 GMT tonight, leading the pack in the northwest are Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, who are doing their best to shake off their newfound opponent, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper and Abu Dhabi tussle for Leg 6 lead
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Camper and Abu Dhabi snatched the first and second spots on the Leg 6 leaderboard on Monday as they revelled in the close quarters action of the opening days of the race from Itajaí to Miami. Puma had clung to their lead for the first 18 hours of the 4,800-mile leg but by 1300 UTC on Monday Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand occupied the top spot due to their position to the north west of th... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 - Rough first day for Groupama Sailing Team
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama are on the first day of racing in Leg 6, from Itajad, Brazil to Miami. As night fell yesterday, the sailors were caught off guard. Throughout the night, the five Volvo Open 70s still racing have been in close contact, making over 20 knots of boat speed. However, from this evening, the fleet are entering a transition zone... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 - Puma Ocean Racing crew excited to head home
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 1 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: I could rave about the Itajaí experience, our incredible Brazilian send-off and their passionate and constant support. I could tell the story of leaving the hotel yesterday morning on my bike to see the container ship Zim Monaco sailing into port... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 - Camper sets sail for the USA
Camper,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper set sail today from Itajai for the 4, 800 mile journey north to Miami, Florida, a leg which looks set to be a battle of strategy for the five boat fleet. 'It's not as simple as it might look from the outside,' commented skipper Chris Nicholson from the dock in Itajai.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 - Puma leads
Lisa Ramsperger,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma's Mar Mostro powered to the front of the fleet to lead the departure from Itajai, Brazil, for the start of Leg 6. The Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg crew completed the in-port loop in 42 minutes, 32 seconds, heading out for the offshore portion of the leg about a half mile ahead of Team Telefónica. Next stop: Miami, Florida, USA.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 6 Start in Itajai - Puma leads - Full Replay
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race: Puma have wasted no time in stamping their intentions to win the Leg 6 race to their home country, leading the fleet out of Itajaí and into the first few crucial days of the 4,800 nautical mile course to Miami. See the start of Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race in full replay, from Itajai, Brazil... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama hopes high as Leg 6 begins
Vincent Borde,
Volvo Ocean Race - There is a fairly technical 4,800-mile course on the cards, where the fleet will have to get around Brazil, negotiate the Doldrums and traverse the Caribbean. Boosted by their victory in Saturday's In-Port race, Groupama 4's crew have high hopes and aim to further reduce the points separating them from the Spanish leader in the overall standing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Jury finds two Race Committee errors in Camper case
Sail-World,
The International Jury has found that there were two omissions by the Race Committee for the Volvo Ocean Race, but that Emirates Team NZ was not entitled to redress, as she could not have carried a sail that she did not own at the start of Leg 4. The Jury decision comes following a hearing and decision issued on 21 April in Itajai, Brazil, over the use of a square top storm jib by overall race... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race In-Port race - Good results for Groupama
Franck Cammas,
The weather was stormy and unstable as the Volvo Ocean Race fired up again with the In-Port race off the port of Itajai (Brazil).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma claws their way up to third place
Lisa Ramsperger,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg crew clawed their way up to finish in third place in the DHL In-Port Race in Itajaí, Brazil, on Saturday, April 21. Puma crossed the line one minute and five seconds behind the winning Groupama Sailing Team, with Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand in third. Puma added four points to their overall total.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper takes second in drama filled inshore race
Thomas Pryor,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand has taken second place in a drama filled Itajai In-Port race. Light and shifty conditions, course changes, and a major tactical error all played a role in today's up and down race. After a delayed start due to a lack of wind racing got underway in a 15 knot south easterly and heavy rain.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama take inshore victory after Telefónica error
Volvo Ocean Race,
Groupama sailing team claimed their first inshore victory on Saturday to close to within striking distance of overall race leaders Team Telefónica, who sailed the wrong course while leading the DHL Itajaí In-Port Race. Includes Highlights and Full Replay Video... [more]
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How the Internet can do what other media cannot - a must read!!
Brendan Maxwell Marine Business-World.com,
Different people like to absorb information different ways, the printed word, still images, audio and video. Newspapers and magazines are suffering every day because the Internet can deliver greater diversity with greater speed, but this world of hurt has only just begun.... [more]
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Steinlager 2 about to end her overseas sojourn
Sail-World,
One of the world's most iconic trans-oceanic racers, Steinlager 2, is permanently returning to New Zealand after more than two decades abroad. Steinlager 2 is best known as the yacht skippered by the late Sir Peter Blake, which won the 1989 Whitbread Round the World race. She won every leg over the line and on handicap, an unprecedented record which still stands.... [more]
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