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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 - Puma heading for the Southern Ocean By Lisa.Ramsperger, 3:55 PM Sun 18 Mar 2012
The Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg team departed Auckland, New Zealand, on Sunday, March 18, for the start of Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. Leg 5 takes the fleet through the formidable Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn with the trip to last around 17-18 days. Gale-force winds are expected during the first two days, blowing 30-40 knots with big seas. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 - Game on! By Volvo Ocean Race, 3:01 PM Sun 18 Mar 2012
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Leg 5 to Itajaí is underway with Team Sanya leading the fleet out of Auckland. With 6,700 nautical miles of ocean racing ahead of them, no team will be placing any significance on the leaving positions, especially with such a trial by the elements in prospect. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - In-Port race and stopover images by Greg Mulvaney By Greg Mulvaney images, 11:43 AM Sun 18 Mar 2012
Photographer Greg Mulvaney sends this gallery from The Volvo Ocean Race Auckland In-Port race and stopover. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Crew change on Team Sanya By Volvo Ocean Race, 12:27 PM Sat 17 Mar 2012
Denmark's Martin Kirketerp will sail on Team Sanya for the Auckland In-Port Race and the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 to Itajaí. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race images by Andrea Francolini By Andrea Francolini images, , 12:17 PM Sat 17 Mar 2012
Photographer Andrea Francolini is dockside in Auckland (NZ) at the Volvo Ocean Race village and sends these images from this morning's preparations. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Camper ready for Leg 5 + Video By Volvo Ocean Race, 6:20 PM Fri 16 Mar 2012
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand is race ready for the gruelling Southern Ocean leg ahead. 'The race is still wide open, more than half the points for this race are still up for grabs, this is going to be a very hard leg, you don’t have to be the leader at Cape Horn' skipper Chris Nicholson. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race Auckland dockside images by Andrea Francolini By Andrea Francolini images, 5:50 PM Thu 15 Mar 2012
Photographer Andrea Francolini is currently in Auckland, New Zealand for the start of leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Dockside today his trusty camera captured the action ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race crews to face their toughest leg yet By Volvo Ocean Race, 1:52 PM Thu 15 Mar 2012
On their way to Itajaí the Volvo Ocean Race crews will face ocean swells the size of buildings, storm force winds, freezing temperatures as well as taking on Chile’s infamous Cape Horn. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Crowds turn out for Open Boat at Camper By Paul Gilbert, Auckland , 6:29 AM Thu 15 Mar 2012
In spite of what must be an horrendous schedule, the Emirates Team New Zealand / Camper crew opened their base and boat to Aucklanders on Wednesday evening. Queues were forming well in advance of the base and boat being opened. Photographer, Paul Gilbert was on hand and provided this gallery ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race teams race against time to finish repairs By Volvo Ocean Race, 9:04 PM Mon 12 Mar 2012
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 winners Groupama are on track to finish repairs to their damaged bow by Tuesday evening despite the Auckland rain that hampered the six shore teams’ progress. 'Basically we’re still on schedule to finish at the end of the day tomorrow,' said Groupama shore team manager Ben Wright. ...[more]

Images of the Waitemata: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 finish - Camper By Richard Gladwell, 10:16 PM Sun 11 Mar 2012
Camper came close to taking a last second victory on the fourth leg, after charging up the Rangitoto Channel and then continuing at full pace once inside the Waitemata Harbour and heading for the finish off the Viaduct Harbour. The margins were more of what is expected on a Wednesday night race than one that has taken almost 20 days and 5,000 nautical miles. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's fight for second pays off By Lisa Ramsperger, 7:58 PM Sun 11 Mar 2012
Puma crossed the line at 11:55.43 local/22:55.43 UTC in Auckland, New Zealand, completing the Volvo Ocean Race leg from Sanya, China, in 20 days, 3 hours, 57 minutes and 50. 'We had to fight for this second-place finish, and we’re very pleased,' said skipper Ken Read. 'It was a combination of boat speed, the ability of the boat to handle the conditions, and of course the guys on board.' ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma wins the battle By Volvo Ocean Race, 1:25 PM Sun 11 Mar 2012
Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg won an epic battle for second place on Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Team Telefónica followed them in just under 50 minutes later for third after holding off Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand in a gybe-for-gybe all the way to the finish line. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Refusing to blink in the face of pressure By Volvo Ocean Race, 8:07 AM Sun 11 Mar 2012
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Ken Read's Puma Ocean Racing have just a few hours to go to the finish line and are refusing to blink in the Leg 4 face off for second place against Iker Martinez's Team Telefonica and Chris Nicholson's Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 leader heads for New Zealand coast By Volvo Ocean Race, 11:21 PM Fri 9 Mar 2012
Volvo Ocean Race leaders of the fourth leg of racing, Groupama Sailing Team, gave the fleet a masterclass in strong wind big wave sailing overnight as they slogged towards the New Zealand coast in truly hideous weather conditions. Despite constant slamming from mountainous waves up to eight metres and screaming headwinds over 30 knots the French team averaged speeds around 13 knots ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race team Sanya gun for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing By Volvo Ocean Race, 10:59 PM Fri 9 Mar 2012
Volvo Ocean Race team Sanya, currently at the back of the fleet, had the crosshairs fixed firmly on fifth-placed Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing on Friday after halving the distance to their rivals in 24 hours. Mike Sanderson's crew were within 17 miles of Ian Walker's team on Azzam at 0100 UTC and looking for any opportunity to pounce as they entered the last 400 miles of leg four. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Podium battle By Volvo Ocean Race, , 8:02 AM Fri 9 Mar 2012
Volvo Ocean Race leader Groupama 4's 84.7-nautical mile lead could be unassailable. After 19 days at sea the pack is chasing hard, but concentrating on beating each other rather than mounting an assault on Groupama, who have just over 400 nm to go in Leg 4. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Hang on for the bumpy ride By Volvo Ocean Race, 7:28 AM Wed 7 Mar 2012
Volvo Ocean Race's remaining 1,000 nautical mile stretch of Leg 4 is proving to be a see-saw ride with small gains and miserable losses spreading right across the five boats chasing clear leaders Groupama. Although the runway to the Auckland finish is becoming shorter by the minute and while there seems to be no stopping the French at present, Groupama 4’s skipper Franck Cammas is cautious. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Will the French lose out? By Volvo Ocean Race, 6:54 AM Tue 6 Mar 2012
Volvo Ocean Race - Can leg leader Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) cling onto the lead or will the French lose their precious gains made over the last 15 days? The fleet is converging and the French team’s lead has been up and down like a yoyo for much of today, dropping to a frightening 53 nautical miles at 1000 UTC, before steadily climbing to a healthy 83.7 nm over Puma Ocean Racing ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing ready to fight By Amory Ross, 4:03 AM Mon 5 Mar 2012
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: These waters lay claim to some of history’s worst fought battles, contested over many months during World War II. Guadalcanal, less than 100 miles to our west, was a major pawn in the struggle for Pacific supremacy. ...[more]

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