Another exciting week of sailing on the international scene! Team Telefonica is expected in Cape Town sometime tomorrow afternoon with Camper close on their tail to complete Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. We find Groupama some five hundred miles behind with important decisions to make given the challenging weather conditions that lie between them and the South African port. Further back, PUMA mar mostro is limping under power towards the remote island of Tristan de Cunha in the Southern Atlantic where they expect to meet a freighter that will take the Volvo Open 70 yacht to Cape Town the easier way. Skipper Ken Read was pleased to have fuel delivered at sea earlier this week; despite the nerve wracking experience of pulling his fragile carbon yacht along side a massive container freighter, he left with a smile on his face. Check out the video!
James Spithill, on Oracle Racing, enjoyed fabulous racing conditions for the America's Cup World Series finals in San Diego last Sunday; they posted two consecutive wins against Emirates Team New Zealand to secure the two out of three championship final. Thousands of racing fans on the many piers lining the San Diego waterfront certainly got their money's worth in a week filled with action packed races, multiple lead changes, close encounters and high speed pursuits. The on-line video action is still available for those who missed the live event.
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, the French duo Yannick Bestaven and Eric Drouglazet, on Aquarelle.com, were the first Class 40 to cross the finish line in Costa Rica yesterday morning. The Multi 50 class was won by Actual earlier in the week week. Back in South Africa, leg 2 of the Global Ocean Race has been postponed; originally scheduled for Sunday, the Race Committee has opted to keep the yachts safely in port given the 40-45 knots headwinds expected for the start. Hopefully, the remaining three VOR yachts heading for Cape Town will have joined them in the safety of the harbour before then.
The Canadian Sailing Team has been busy with their training program in Western Australia; only one week remains for last minute fine tuning ahead of Perth 2011; Canada's RS:X Champion Nikola Girke shares some insight on her experience so far. More on our Canadian team next week.
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