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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]


Volvo Ocean Race - Drama for Puma Ocean Racing By Amory Ross, 1:07 AM Wed 16 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Things are heating up around here, literally and figuratively. We’re currently about 50 miles from exiting the Doldrums and we have seen nothing of the sail-flapping drift off from past races. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing takes back lead By Volvo Ocean Race, 9:33 PM Tue 15 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing had two reasons to celebrate this morning after snatching the lead back from arch rivals Telefónica and making good ground through the notoriously fickle Doldrums. Ken Read’s crew on Mar Mostro have been locked in a 2,000 nautical mile match race with Iker Martínez’s Telefónica and it looks set to continue as the pair head through the Doldrums ...[more]


Emirates Team NZ: Stu Bannatyne on Leg 1 and approaching the Doldrums By Sail-World, 10:58 AM Tue 15 Nov 2011
Camper co-skipper Stu Bannatyne updates us on Day 9 of Leg 1 as Camper eases into the champagne sailing conditions of the trade winds and heads for the warmer weather of the Equator. Currently Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ is on the fringe of the Doldrums, but hoping to pick a better route through the windless zone, and catch up some of the margin between them and the two front runners ...[more]


Volvo Ocean race: Read and Martinez slug it out at the front + Video By Sail-World, 7:02 AM Tue 15 Nov 2011
Ken Read’s Puma and Iker Martínez’s Team Telefónica have been engaged in a day-long drag race for the lead, as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet rapidly approach the tactical nightmare of the Doldrums. Remarkably, after nine days and approaching 2,000 nautical miles of racing, there was virtually nothing to choose between the two leading boats. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama prepare to punch through the Doldrums By Franck Cammas, , 3:27 AM Tue 15 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race sailing team Groupama 4 is, at last, sailing in similar weather conditions to those of her rivals. As such, Franck Cammas and his crew can slip along towards the equator at speed. A little further over to the East than the top trio, the French boat is preparing to make a decision on where to try to punch through the Doldrums. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race - Telefónica snatches lead from Puma's Mar Mostro By Volvo Ocean Race, , 2:01 AM Tue 15 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race Team Telefónica have grabbed first place from Puma’s Mar Mostro, this afternoon, just as the fleet prepared to enter the Doldrums and trust to luck. Anything could happen at this crucial stage of leg one as the boats charge towards the infamous area just north of the Equator where weather systems converge. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing join Movember mustache drive By Amory Ross, , 11:07 PM Mon 14 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: All fleet-battering, boat-breaking, upwind-slamming aside, this leg has been a lot of fun for everyone. There’s no sense coming out here and working so hard if you can’t enjoy it, too. As we approach the Doldrums and the warmer, drier weather, the mood is lightening some. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race fleet prepare to face the Doldrums By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:22 PM Mon 14 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - As the four Volvo Open 70s charged south through the north-easterly trade winds at speeds of 16-20 knots it was Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA) who clung on to a narrow lead of 2.7 nautical miles over arch-rivals Team Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) at the 1000 UTC position update. ...[more]


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