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Volvo Ocean Race - Newsletter: Leg 6 finish and Leg 7 - 20 May 2012

Skippers Media Conference after the Pro-Am, Miami - Volvo Ocean Race  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's Volvo Ocean Race Newsletter for 20 May 2012

Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race is about to get underway from Miami, Florida.

The finish of Leg 6 proved to be a thriller, however Ken Read and his Puma crew did the business and scored their second successive leg win.

The places on that Leg caused the points table to concertina, to the point where places in the In Port races are now vital.

Although the winner of the first three trans-oceanic legs, Telefonica still has a very handy lead, it looks less invincible that it did previously.

What we are seeing is what would be expected of a race in which the main boats were all very closely matched. And that is what is pulling the fans.

The evening shift onboard Team Telefonica during leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA.   Diego Fructuoso /Team Telefónica/Volvo Ocean Race

However many seem to have difficulty with the fact that the race is virtually not all over by this stage, as it has been so many times before - where one boat has proven clearly superior to the others.

A key to this was in the final stages of Leg 6, when Puma and then the others realised they had to revert to two-boat testing methods if they were to stay ahead, and not be rolled from astern. They worked and it seems that others followed suit to protect a small but vital lead, before extending again.

Camper follows Puma, after rounding Eleuthera Island Light, and heading for the next two waypoints down the final stages of Leg 6, Volvo Ocean Race  Virtual Eye/Volvo Ocean Race

The only thing that is for sure in this race, is that history will be made - when for the first time, the race will be won by a boat that has suspended racing, and received outside assistance. All six boats in the race have taken this step at some stage of the race. What is even more remarkable is that the current form boat in the race, Puma, could actually win the event, after dropping a whole leg.

 This coming leg will allow fans to follow the action via the new 3D graphic tracker from Virtual Eye. This was operational for the last two days of Leg 6, and allows the viewer to fly around the Volvo fleet in a virtual helicopter - so you can be anywhere from high above the fleet to get the overall perspective, or dropped right on the stern of one of the boats to get a perspective of what lies ahead in terms of boats and land masses.

Leaders PumaOcean Racing is followed in by media and spectator boats to the finish line of leg 6 from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

One of the many great features is the ability to see the instrument displays on the boats - so that experienced sailing fans can get a real 'seat of the pants' feel for the action and what is going to happen next.

Of course, nothing can forecast the weather and winners in the same way that the routing function of Predictwind is able. But with these two tools we expect to have an even better feel for the race and how it could unfold, than before.

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Miami - On board Groupama  Leighton O'Connor ©

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: Skippers look forward to InPort Race and Leg 7
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
The points table in the Volvo Ocean Race is now so tight between third and fourth places, that the leaderboard could change after the Miami In Port Race. On the day of what's set to be one of the most hotly contested in-port races of the series so far, the six skippers talked about their expectations, what it takes to win and how they could be just one bad start away from a podium slide.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama prepares for Miami In-Port race
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 In-Port race in Miami will set the tone for the finale however, it would seem that the light airs expected on Saturday (1700 UTC) in Florida, may upset the forecasts. Indeed, with two days to go till the start of the transatlantic leg to Lisbon, there's some jostling in store between the top four teams. Franck Cammas and his men will be endeavouring to stay... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper shore crew swing into action
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - While the Camper sailing crew have been enjoying a well-earned rest in Miami and making the most of the sights of South Beach, there has been no such break for the Camper shore crew who have swung into action to knock off a substantial job list.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Injury leads to Camper crew change
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand have announced a crew change ahead of Leg 7. South African bowman Mike Pammenter will step down for the leg due to a prolapsed disc in his back sustained during the sixth leg from Itajai to Miami. Reserve crew member Nick Burridge will move into the role for the transatlantic leg from Miami to Lisbon starting on May 20th.... [more]
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Steinlager 2 returns home - relive the great moments - Video and Audio
Richard Gladwell,
In the 1989/90 Whitbread Race, the Peter Blake skippered ketch, Steinlager 2 won all six legs, taking both trophies for each leg. On May 5,2012 she returned to New Zealand after a six month voyage from Europe. In this video of the arrival we have overlaid a couple of the great commentaries from her career.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Ken Read reflects on the race + Video
Ken Read,
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama contain Spanish attack
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - Franck Cammas and his men managed to contain the Spanish attack all the way to the finish line in Miami, which they crossed this Thursday at 0030 UTC. This low-key result for Groupama 4 is still a job well done though, as the French boat has managed to hold onto second place in the overall standing and is now just eleven points shy of Telefonica.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma finish first in front of hometown crowd
Lisa Ramsperger,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg crew charged to the front of the fleet when they departed Itajai, Brazil, and held on to the lead through the finish of Leg 6. PUuma'ss Mar Mostro crossed the line in Miami, Fla., USA at 14:14:00 local/18:14:00 UTC on Wednesday, May 9, to win a second consecutive leg in front of a hometown crowd.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama cross Miami finish line in third
Vincent Borde,
In Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Franck Cammas and his men sailed across the finish line in Miami, Fl USA, in third place following an intense race against the Spanish on Telefonica. By securing 20 points from their third place in Florida, the French crew has managed to retain second place in the overall standing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma claims second consecutive leg win + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
In Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, American skipper Ken Read led his Puma team to a second consecutive leg win on Wednesday, arriving on home soil in Miami triumphant following an epic 17-day match race with closest rivals Camper to confirm they are back in contention for overall victory.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma wins Leg 6, Camper second - all on for third
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Puma's American skipper Ken Read enjoyed a glorious homecoming and a second consecutive leg win on Wednesday after an intense 18-day match race with close rivals Camper that has thrown the overall race wide open. Read's crew crossed the Miami finish line at 1414 local time, 1814 UTC, with a lead of around five nautical miles over Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand. Plus video of the Leg finish... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama focus on retaining lead over Telefónica
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - Having passed to the North of the island of Eleuthera at 1000 UTC this Wednesday, Groupama 4 is now directly in the wake of the Americans and New Zealanders on her way to Florida. In a stable southerly breeze of around fifteen knots, there are barely any options to be had now.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - The long and painful chess match + Video
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 6 day 16. Skipper Ken Read reports from onboard Puma's Mar Mostro: Battles on the ocean are hard. Especially in super light air like what we have had out here the last few days. The chess match is long and painful and very often has stops and starts that stretch out the agony.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama battle to defend final podium position
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 has managed to further reduce her deficit in relation to the two leaders, however Franck Cammas and his men are also having to keep an eye on the Spanish, who remain in ambush. The finish in Florida isn't scheduled before Wednesday evening.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Casey Smith to reunite with Puma team
Tracey Johnstone,
For Volvo Ocean Race Puma bowman and Mooloolaba YC sailor, Casey Smith, sitting on the sidelines in Newport is a tough call. Relegated to the sick list on arrival in Brazil after suffering a reoccurrence of an earlier back injury which saw him confined to his bunk with debilitating pain for the early part of the 6,705 mile southern ocean leg, Smith has been receiving intensive treatment in America... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma hangs on to small lead
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 16 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing, reports on the crew's progress: There was very little about yesterday that was easy, except maybe the sunburn. As forecasted, the winds quickly perished after sunrise making life more difficult than not, and we spent almost all day drifting around a small chain of Bahamian islands under the spell of high pressure.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma prepare for final high pressure hurdle
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 15 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: There's very little we have in common with the average working member of society. We have no desk, we have no morning commute, there are no sick days, and there are certainly no weekends.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Life is good onboard Puma's Mar Mostro + Video
Amory Ross,
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Volvo Ocean Race: A Naviguesser's nightmare as fleet creep to Miami
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
When the the results of the sixth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race are analysed there will no doubt be experts by the container full as to where the boats should have headed and when. But right now it is a mess, as wind systems collapse and projected routes change dramatically - with the assumption that a boat can just 'port' itself to wherever she needs to be to take the vital leg points. However P... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Out of control onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 13 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: It's a good thing we're floating in a lawless land because closer to shore someone might charge our sails with assault and battery for the inflicted violence it continues to exact on our rig.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Tough tactical decisions for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefonica skipper, Iker Martinez, commented that 'The tactical decisions are tough and often we have to adapt them as we go.' Today, at 1900 GMT Telefonica had risen up the leg leaderboard to seize second place from Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - High speeds to be replaced by slow conditions
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, as the fleet racing in Leg 6 enter the final 1,300 nautical miles to the finish in Miami, the breeze is softening. The high boat speeds, which allowed Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA), Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) and Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) to achieve in excess of 500-mile days, will evaporate and be replaced... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper leads but navigational nightmare ahead
Richard Gladwell and Volvo Ocean Race,
The lead three boats in the Volvo Ocean Race are sailing at speeds well in excess of 20kts, as they enjoy the Tradewinds, having exited the Doldrums. Using the routing function of www.predictwind.com!Predictwind.com, Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ has a small lead of 50 minutes over Puma Ocean Racing, with overall race leader Telefonica just 10 minutes behind the US flagged entry.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma aims to stay in the lead + Video
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 day eight. Ken Read reports from Puma's Mar Mostro: Wall to wall. That's our goal here. We want to be leading this race from start to finish. So far so good, but we have a long, long way to go. Leading out of Itajaí was very cool. That first night we hung on in some breezy, tight reaching conditions.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama prepares to tackle the Doldrums
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race fleet are racing along the north coast of Brazil, still being pushed along by some north-east to easterly tradewinds of around fifteen knots. However, it will be necessary to tackle the Doldrums this Monday evening and though the stalling isn't likely to be very significant, it may enable Groupama 4 to reduce her deficit considerably.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper in marathon match race + Video
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the Equator at 0910h UTC for the fourth and final time. Camper is currently just over 2000-miles into the sixth leg of this marathon ocean race around the world and is in a tough battle with both Puma and Telefónica at the front of the fleet.... [more]
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