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Volvo Ocean Race – Telefónica batten down the hatches By Volvo Ocean Race, , 4:16 AM Thu 24 Nov 2011
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are set for some high adrenaline action over the next two days with the three remaining boats hoping to ride a fast moving South Atlantic cold front all the way to the first leg finish in Cape Town. On board leader Team Telefónica, skippered by Spain’s Iker Martínez, the crew have battened down the hatches ahead of the storm system ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 scrape ahead of the front By Franck Cammas, , 3:27 AM Thu 24 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 has managed to hook onto the front rolling across the South Atlantic at 40°S, but this particular system is shifting quickly towards the Indian Ocean. As such there is little hope that Franck Cammas and his men will be able to stay ahead of it as far as the outskirts of South Africa, in contrast with the two frontrunners. ...[more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia hanging on By Heather Ewing, 12:36 AM Thu 24 Nov 2011
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia is hanging onto the lead despite a long day battling fickle winds as they round East Cape, the north easterly tip of New Zealand’s North Island, towards the Bay of Plenty and the finish line for race five. The chasing pack continues to eat into the Australian team’s lead ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Puma effects fuel transfer at sea + Video and Images By Amory Ross, 6:54 PM Wed 23 Nov 2011
Puma Ocean Racing have completed a mid-sea fuel transfer that will allow them to reach land, the first phase of their logistical battle to stay in the Volvo Ocean Race. 'These are our new best friends,' Puma skipper Ken Read of the 257-metre cargo ship ZIM Monaco. This is the first stage in a complex logistical plan to get Puma back on the start line for Leg 2 on 11 December ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Statement from Hall Spars on Puma dismasting By Eric Hall, 8:44 AM Wed 23 Nov 2011
The news yesterday that Puma's Mar Mostro lost her rig was devastating for all on the Puma team. Hall is working closely with the crew, the rig designer Scott Ferguson, and standing rigging supplier Southern Spars to get to the root cause of the dismasting. Collectively, we will take every measure to prevent its recurrence. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race crews push the limits By Sophie Luther, 7:25 AM Wed 23 Nov 2011
In the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma is continuing at a slow pace towards the remote island of Tristan da Cunha whilst the leading crew aboard Telefonica are nearing the centre of the Saint Helena High. The team is watching the barometer carefully to gauge where they are in relation to the windless centre ...[more]

Volvo Ocean race: Puma sets more sail as rescue plans announced By Amory Ross, 6:48 AM Wed 23 Nov 2011
The dismasted Volvo 70, Puma Racing has increased her sail area over night and is making a good effort to get to Tristan da Cunha and Cape Town as soon as possible, ahead of the the race restart on 11 December. Kenny Read/skipper of Puma's Mar Mostro updates on the current plans to extract Puma from the South Atlantic ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race day 18 for Puma Ocean Racing By Ken Read, 6:26 AM Wed 23 Nov 2011
It is now day 18 of Leg 1 in the Volvo Ocean Race for Puma Ocean Racing. Skipper Ken Read shares his time time spent on the road to drawing a conclusion and the realization that you never know what the coming day might bring. We were racing. Racing is great. Then, in one brief moment..... we started surviving. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama 4 pull out all the stops By Franck Cammas, , 4:38 AM Wed 23 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race – The unexpected dismasting suffered by Puma early afternoon on Monday hasn't affected the way in which the fleet is tackling the end of this first leg: Groupama 4 is focusing on making good speed towards a front in the Roaring Forties zone so as not to get left behind and hopefully make up some of the deficit in relation to her two predecessors. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Telefónica pull away towards finish line By Volvo Ocean Race, , 3:17 AM Wed 23 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg were weighing up their options today after dismasting in the South Atlantic, while Team Telefónica pulled away towards the finish line of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Pre-race favourites Puma were headed in the direction of the remote volcanic island of Tristan da Cunha under jury rig fashioned from the remaining stump of the mast ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Life onboard Puma takes a new direction By Amory Ross, 2:35 AM Wed 23 Nov 2011
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: It’s taken a night’s sleep and a shockingly awkward awakening this morning to realize what happened has, in fact, happened. Our race took a pretty obvious turn for the worse yesterday, and it’s certainly not something that anyone saw coming. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race issues stern reminders By Volvo Ocean Race, 10:12 PM Tue 22 Nov 2011
Puma’s Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA) became the second boat to dismast on leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race. Camper (Chris Nicholson/AUS) also had a stern reality check of what exactly they are doing and how on the edge it is. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Self reliance a necessary option for Puma Racing By Richard Gladwell, 9:56 PM Tue 22 Nov 2011
The stricken Puma Racing, which dismasted around 2100nm from Cape Town, will emulate to some extent the same moves and route that the New Zealand crew did aboard Ceramco in the 1981-82 Whitbread Race. In a later report a complex plan has been put in place to send a ship the 1800nm from South Africa and extract Puma from the ocean and return with her to Cape Town. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Racing: Video from on board a dismasted Puma Racing By Amory Ross, 9:20 PM Tue 22 Nov 2011
Disaster struck Puma's Mar Mostro when they broke their mast on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race about 2,000nm from Cape Town, South Africa. On this video skipper Ken Read recounts what happened, and gives a first take on how they hope get out of it. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Puma Ocean Racing retire from leg 1 By Lisa Ramsperger, 11:20 AM Tue 22 Nov 2011
Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg team has officially retired from Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 after suffering a broken mast. We’ve just withdrawn from the leg,' said skipper Ken Read. 'We have [the mast] jury rigged – we have about 15 feet of mast left. We have our trysail and storm jib awkwardly set.' ...[more]

Volvo Ocean race: Camper crew member suffers injury + Video By Thomas Pryor, 10:38 AM Tue 22 Nov 2011
Camper's bowman Mike Pammenter has sustained injuries after being thrown into the boat’s shrouds while moving forward to do a sail change. Mike suffered a broken tooth, gash to the face and various bumps and bruises in the fall. He was stabilised immediately by onboard medic Tony Rae (Trae). Includes video of the operation on board Camper ...[more]

Puma Ocean Racing dismasted and disappointed in Volvo Ocean Race By Ian Grant, 9:27 AM Tue 22 Nov 2011
Puma was dismasted on Monday which in turn led to Casey Smith being forced to experience a longer than usual amount of time studying the cold and inhospitable nature of the South Atlantic Ocean. Naturally the dramatic incident was not the result the experienced professional Sunshine Coast Ocean racing sailor was expecting. However a report from skipper Ken Read has confirmed all the crew are safe ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Camper belts out the miles in the South Atlantic By Hamish Hooper, 8:45 AM Tue 22 Nov 2011
While a second boat has lost her mast in the Volvo Ocean Race, the crew of Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ continue to push on and chip away at the lead enjoyed by the Spanish entry Telefonica, as they head for the first stopover in South Africa. Here Stu Bannatyne and Chris Nicholson talk about what lies ahead. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica continues her course By Sophie Luther, 7:05 AM Tue 22 Nov 2011
At 1900 UTC this evening, the Volvo Ocean Race crew aboard Telefonica were continuing their reach south at 18.5 knots amid the easterly trade winds whilst Puma’s Mar Mostro trailed behind at a limping pace of 2.3 knots under a jury rig of storm trysail and staysail. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Puma breaks mast in South Atlantic By Sail-World, 5:22 AM Tue 22 Nov 2011
Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reported that they had suffered a broken mast on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, which began 17 days ago from Alicante, Spain. The crew are unhurt. The rig onboard Pumas Mar Mostro failed at around 1500 UTC in the southern Atlantic Ocean, about 2,150 nautical miles from Cape Town, South Africa. ...[more]

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