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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 begins descent to Cape Town By Franck Cammas, , 4:00 AM Sat 19 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - At 0925 GMT this morning Groupama 4 rounded the Fernando de Noronha archipelago and has started her long descent to the leg one finish line in Cape Town, which is still 3,300 miles away. In order to do this, Franck Cammas and his men will have to get around the Saint Helena High. Behind the leader, there are still some options up for grabs. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race Team Telefónica leads the pack By Volvo Ocean Race, , 2:44 AM Sat 19 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - In the second phase of leg one Team Telefónica has edged ahead of Puma's Mar Mostro as the leaders raced to reach a cold front that could catapult them to the finish in Cape Town. An on-the-water game of strategy was playing out as the teams lined up to navigate the St Helena High, a huge weather system blocking the path to the finish line in South Africa. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Routines onboard Puma's Mar Mostro By Amory Ross, , 11:29 PM Fri 18 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Straight-line sailing can be monotonous, even on a Volvo 70. After 'rounding' Fernando de Noronha there’s been little to do but critique sail trim, eat, sleep, laugh, and do whatever you can to stay cool or smell better (impossible, I say). ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Telefónica keeps pressure on Puma’s Mar Mostro By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:19 PM Fri 18 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race fleet leaders, Puma’s Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA) and Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP), are neck and neck in the 6,500 nautical mile leg from Alicante to Cape Town, but ahead lies a tricky weather pattern which could give the chasing pack an opportunity. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Camper crosses the Line + Video By Sail-World, 7:34 PM Fri 18 Nov 2011
Camper, sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand, has made it across the Equator in the Volvo Ocean Race. Time for the infamous rituals.... Rotting food, flying fish and cross-dressing sailors have been the order of the day for Camper as they crossed the Equator overnight and observed the centuries old tradition of ‘crossing the line’. Hamish Hooper and Adam Minoprio cop it.... ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma keeps competition at bay By Sophie Luther, 8:10 AM Fri 18 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race crews have now entered in to the second phase of leg one with Puma’s Mar Mostro continuing to keep Iker Martinez and Telefonica at bay. Martinez is just off Mar Mostro’s port hip some 8.9 nautical miles behind as the pair rattle south at a speed of 15.8 knots. The duo are currently 167 nautical miles off Recife on the Brazilian coast. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama 4 escape the Doldrums By Franck Cammas, , 5:42 AM Fri 18 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race sailing team Groupama 4 have had a terrible time with the Doldrums. She finally escaped its clutches this lunchtime (Thursday 17 November) after 40 hours of erratic, fluky, variable winds. In contrast, the two leaders Puma and Telefonica only suffered a much milder three-hour version of this phenomenon and Camper just nine hours! ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race crews prepare to face the St Helena High By Volvo Ocean Race, , 2:55 AM Fri 18 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race first leg, from Alicante to Cape Town, has passed the halfway mark. The playing field could be about to open up as the teams, led by Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg and tireless rivals Team Telefónica, take on the complex weather systems of the South Atlantic. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - King Neptune arrives on Puma's Mar Mostro By Amory Ross, , 11:35 PM Thu 17 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Hello and goodbye! That’s been the theme for the past 24 hours and it’s a good reminder that this leg is far from over. We crossed the equator late yesterday morning, and we’ve just rounded the little rock of Fernando de Noronha at about 4:30 AM UTC. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race leaders enjoy champagne sailing By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:15 PM Thu 17 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race leader Puma’s Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA) rounded the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha at 0405 UTC this morning, 55 minutes ahead of Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP). Camper (Chris Nicholson/AUS) is expected to reach Fernando de Noronha this afternoon and Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) tomorrow around midday. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Puma leads around Fernando by an hour By Richard Gladwell, 5:57 PM Thu 17 Nov 2011
Puma Ocean Racing led the second placed yacht Team Telefónica, by an hour, as they passed the first mark off the western end of Fernando around 0400hrs UTC on 17 November. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Life becomes standard aboard Puma's Mar Mostro By Ken Read, 8:57 AM Thu 17 Nov 2011
Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 has reached its twelfth day and aboard Puma’s Mar Mostro, life has finally become pretty standard. Skipper Ken Read shares with us what the crew has been up to: Long drawn-out reaches through oceans, sweaty people below combined with the intensifying stench of smelly sneakers, and of course the standard equator crossing ritual. All in a day’s work. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Puma leads as fleet focuses on Fernando By , 7:46 AM Thu 17 Nov 2011
Unlike previous Volvo Ocean Races, the rounding of the island of Fernando de Noronha this time does not score any race points. However, it is still a mark of the course and the order of rounding will be a significant psychological boost for the front runners, PUMA’s Mar Mostro with American Ken Read in charge, and his immediate and constant opponent, Telefónica ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama battle through erratic conditions By Franck Cammas, , 4:04 AM Thu 17 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - Whilst Puma and Telefónica made it through the Doldrums without much difficulty, they haven’t been as kind to Camper and Groupama 4. The two pursuers are still battling through the erratic winds, Groupama having more miles to cover before she can make good her escape. Meantime, the two leaders are hot-footing it towards the course mark in a fair south-easterly tradewind. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma and Telefónica cross the Equator By Volvo Ocean Race, , 2:49 AM Thu 17 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race leaders, Puma and Telefónica, ticked off a major milestone today as they crossed the Equator within an hour of each other – as third-placed Camper warned they could still win leg one of the round the world yacht race. Groupama sailing team, France’s first entry in the race in 18 years, slipped 24 hours behind the leaders after being snared by the Doldrums ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro exits the Doldrums By Amory Ross, 11:24 PM Wed 16 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: I got complacent. I promised Rome I’d be diligent with the leftovers and I totally dropped the ball. While going forward to do some bailing we uncovered the mother load, so to speak: a bucket half-full of freeze dried rubbish. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Chasing pair in serious Doldrums conditions By Volvo Ocean Race, 9:55 PM Wed 16 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - While the leading pair, Puma’s Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA) and Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) were set free and sailing towards Fernando de Noronha off the Brazilian coast, both Camper (Chris Nicholson/AUS), who made a late call to track west, and Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA), who stuck steadfastly to the coastal option, have been left wallowing in serious Doldrums conditions. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Knut Frostad explains the Doldrums By Knut Frostad, Volvo Ocean Race, , 5:50 AM Wed 16 Nov 2011
With the first boats preparing to cross the dreaded Doldrums from around midnight on Monday, we take a look at this notorious area of the ocean, with the help of someone who has negotiated them more times than he cares to remember, Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama play the waiting game By Franck Cammas, , 4:27 AM Wed 16 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - A virtually inexistent Doldrums has proven to be a rather insignificant event at 30° West for fleet leaders Puma and Telefonica. Groupama 4 is benefiting from the slight stalling of her rivals to slip along to the south-west at pace, in the hope that the situation to the North of the equator isn't going to change between now and her entry into the Doldrums tonight. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race fleet leaders locked in battle By Volvo Ocean Race, , 2:59 AM Wed 16 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - The Doldrums are proving to be no match for the fleet leaders on Tuesday with Puma’s Mar Mostro and Telefónica, still locked together in a tight battle, looking set to breeze through the notorious ‘windless’ zone in under 24 hours. ...[more]

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