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Volvo 70 - Volvo Ocean Race 2011/2012 - Alicante ESP

Friday, 28. October 2011– Sunday, 8. July 2012

Website: www.volvooceanrace.com/en/home.html

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Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Almost daily during the past eight months, we have informed on the latest news and results of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011/12, a race that - thanks to the balance of the teams - was probably one of the most interesting round-the-world races so far. The competition ended yesterday with the Galway IRL Inport Race. The overall victory of Franck Cammas FRA on 'Groupama' was already firm before this last race, and 'only' the separate Inport overall rankings were at stake. It was Ken Read with his 'Puma' team who took this Trophy winning the last race closely followed by 'Camper' and Chris Nicholson NZL. The start to the next Volvo Ocean Race will be in October 2014. The organizers hope to have up to ten teams on the starting line, thanks to the new OneDesign-Yachts. The report, the final rankings and the video of the Inport Race.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011/12 comes to an end today with tthe Inport Race of Galway at the Irish West Coast. While the overall rankings are clear already with the victory of 'Groupama' and Franck Cammas FRA, the tension goes on with the special rankings of the Inport Races. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) are on top with the same number of points. 'Groupama' follows one point behind only. The Inport Race can be followed live as from 13 h UTC on the Internet. The preview.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The Volvo 70 fleet reached the final destination Galway at the Irish West Coast during the past night, with the first four boats arriving within only 17 minutes. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) crossed the finish line as first, confirming her second rank overall. Franck Cammas FRA with his 'Groupama' was second and herewith the clear overall winner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011/2012. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) are on the ranks 3 and 4 in the 9th leg and the overall rankings. The report and the video.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The six teams started yesterday in a 15 kn breeze to the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2012 to Galway IRL. The fleet has already crossed half to the distance and will arrive in Ireland tomorrow. 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL and 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP share the lead 0,2 miles ahead of 'Puma' with Ken Read USA on 3rd. The race-viewer
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
As from today, the Volvo Ocean Race 2012 is in its crucial phase. At noon UCT, the start to the Lorient Inport Race will be given. Tomorrow Sunday, the yachts leave France for the last 550 miles' final leg to Galloway IRL, where another Inport Race counting for the overall rankings will take place. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is at present the dominating leader with a 23 points' advantage on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and will hardly cede the first place. The Inport Race can be followed live on the Internet as from noon UCT today.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Maria Muino)
No mercy by the Jury for 'Telefonica', 'Groupama' and 'Abu Dhabi', who requested to take the yachts ashore for major repairs. Here the report. This is a hard hit above all for 'Telefonica' with both rudders severely damaged. In case they installed new rudders, they would be relegated by one rank in all remaining races. It remains open, whether to old rudders can be repaired under these circomstances. The Spanish team was leading in the 8th leg, when the incident damaging both rudders happened. In an interview on the official website, the skipper Iker Martinez ESP explains the situation in the Bay of Biscay storm. The start to the last leg direction Galloway IRL will be given Sunday in a week.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
After the rough 8th leg - especially on the way back from the Azores to Lorient with winds exceeding 40 kn - all teams are now very busy maintaining and repairing their Volvo 70s. According to the rules, the yacht may not be out of the water, but a number of teams, among them 'Telefonica' with a damaged rudder system, have requested the Jury to give them the permission to repair the boats ashore. Next Friday, the Pro-Am Show Race is on the program, Saturday follows the Lorent In-Port-Race before the start to the last leg to Ireland will be given on the coming Sunday. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA finished leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race at her home port Lorient FRA yesterday as winner, one hour ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) as second, and 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) as third. 'Groupama' has now a 23 points' lead in the overall rankings, a solid first position considering that only 42 points max will be awarded in the remaining two In-Port-Races and the final leg to Ireland. After the crucial 8th leg with 'Telefonica' hit by a rudder damage, the French team will most probably be the clear winner of this round-the-world regatta. The report and the video of the arrival.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The full risk race has its first victim ! In the schuss towards Lorient in a 40 kn plus breeze, 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) broke one of the rudders, and lateron after the gybe direction Lorient, the Spanish damaged the second rudder as well. They are sailing now in safety mode at half-speed and are already down on rank 5, practically loosing their chances for the overall victory. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas has taken the lead again and is extending the gap on the persuers heading for her home port Lorient. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) follows 15 miles behind, 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) is 22 miles behind the French. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou - Groupama)
Thursday will be a big day. With the combination of gale force offwind conditions up to 50 knots and waves in excess of six metres, the results could hinge on who pushes hardest and still survives. Also up for grabs is the world 24-hour speed record for a monohull set by Ericsson 4 during the 2008-09 race, where their mark of 596.6 nautical miles has not been bettered since. 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is still in the lead 6,1 miles in front of 'Puma' with Ken Read USA. 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) was temporarily down on rank 4, as they had problems with the jammed main sail not allowing reefing. Rapidly coming from behind, 'Groupama' is again on 3rd not far behind 'Puma'. 650 miles are left to Lorient, and already by tomorrow morning, the winner will be known. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The fleet closes ranks in the decreasing winds approaching the Azores. This morning, the six boats will round the San Miguel island direction North-East towards Lorient FRA. 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is again in the lead 0,8 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), followed 1,7 miles behind the Spanish by 'Puma' (Ken Read USA). 1160 miles are left to the arrival in France. The upcoming rear wind will speed up the Volvo 70s for a fast ride to Lorient. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructuoso)
The 6 boats' fleet is approaching the Azores, turning-point of the 8th leg on the way back to Lorient FRA at the French Atlantic coast, in a decreasing breeze. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA had taken the lead in the reaching speed race during the past days, but 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) is only 0,3 miles behind, and also the other gaps between the yachts are minimal. On their way back, the teams will encounter a frontal system from the west, and the estimated time of arrival is Friday already ... most probably in rough conditions at high speeds. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Good sailing conditions prevailed yesterday at the start of the six teams to the 8th leg of the Volvo Ocean Race leading from Lisbon POR to Lorient FRA rounding the Azores. The first four teams are very close together and still have a chance to become the overall winner of the race with two legs and two in-port races to sail. This morning at 4 a.m., 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP was 1,7 miles ahead of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA). The short 1'900 miles' will be sailed in roughly five days. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Winning the In-port race of Lisbon, 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA consolidated her overall lead ahead of 'Telefonica' now 8 points behind. With the start to leg 8 in view, there are still 4 teams who can aim for an overall VOR victory. Never before, the outcome of a Round-the-World race has been so close. With the start today to the relatively short 8th leg over 1940 miles from Lisbon POR to Lorient FRA around the Azores, the final phase of this regatta is initiated. As usual, the start will be transmitted live on the event-website.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR achieved her first victory arriving just 6 minutes ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) after a close finish. The second-ranked French replaced 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) on top in the overall rankings, but the gaps between the teams remain small and everything can happen in the three remaining legs and the In-Port races. The report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
During the past night, the fleet has reached the last major obstacle approaching the finish line, a lull zone with a very light 2-4 kn breeze. The seven Volvo 70 are now proceeding closely together within a 30 miles' range. The one to reach the trade-winds off the Portuguese Coast first will very likely be the winner of this leg. 230 miles are left to Lisbon where the boats are expected this evening. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR holds the lead only 12 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) sailing jointly together. The overall leader 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) follows on position 5, 23 miles behind. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Andres Soriano)
After a 48 hours' speedy drag race in breeze from astern, the fleet will encounter another lull zone at the Azores' latitude reducing the gaps between the boats again. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR was still on the first position this morning 27 miles ahead of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA). 'Groupama' (36 miles backlog) and 'Telefonica' (46 miles behind) follow on the ranks 3 and 4. Within the coming 48 hours, a repositioning will most probably take place and the one to reach the fresh breeze first will be in an excellent position to remain on top until the arrival in Lisboa. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross)
Since yesterday, the whole fleet has been sailing in a stable south-westerly breeze of 20 kn, and the boat speeds are remarkably high. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR defended the lead and is 29 miles ahead of 'Puma'. The backmarkers 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) - backlog 54 miles - and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) - backlog 66 miles - have reduced the gaps. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross)
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR was the first to reach a fresher breeze yesterday, leaving the rest of the fleet almost 90 miles behind during the past night. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 15 miles back 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) are the closest chasers, whereas the two leading boats overall 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) are the backmarkers with already a backlog exceeding 100 miles. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR found the best way through the very unconstant wind pattern over the North Atlantic and is back on top 19 miles ahead of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) 24 miles back. 'Groupama' and 'Telefonica' have a 50 miles backlog. With a frontal system reaching the fleet from the North, these positions will probably consolidate during the coming 24 hours. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
After having searched for the (too) rapidly passing frontal system from the West, the fleet is now being reshuffled in the middle of an anticyclone. The new leader is 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR, two miles ahead of 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL. Yesterday's leader 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) is as most southern yacht down on the 5th place, 11 miles behind. The race-viewer, der daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Abu Dhabi)
The weather pattern today is rather unclear and as a consequence, major position shifts in the fleet may well happen. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) was the first to bear away from the fleet searching for some more wind in the North, but dropping on the last rank for the moment. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) is still on the first place 22 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA). The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The fleet is sailing eastwards in a moderate breeze around 15 kn. In the meantime, 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP has joined 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA ahead of the fleet. The third-ranked, 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) follows 10 miles behind. The race-viewer and the daily report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
On the way North, the fleet has now - as expected - reached a low pressure area with fresh winds. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA remained at the rim of the depression benefitting the longest from the favorable sailing conditions, and took the lead, 32 miles ahead of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA). 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is 6 miles behind the Americans. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Ten hours after the start, the fleet - again complete with six Volvo 70s - is actually sailing up the Florida Coast direction North closely together. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) is at present 0,3 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA). The Chinese 'Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL, transported to Miami by cargo ship, is last 3,5 miles behind. The 7th leg of the Volvo Ocean Races goes from Miami USA to Lisboa POR across the Atlantic. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR reached the finish in Miami yesterday as 5th and last. Despite of choosing a similar route as the better ranked teams, the Arabian team had no chance with their Volvo 70 to meet the performance of the new Juan Koujoumdjian designs. The report and the videos of the arrival.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL was only 0,6 miles behind the leading American in the approach to the finish line, but Ken Read USA and his 'PUMA'-team successfully defended the first place celebrating their second leg win, arriving in Miami 1 hr 8 min before the Kiwis. The fight for rank 3 went in favor of 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA crossing the finish line 35 min before 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP. This means, that the four top teams are now again closer together in the overall rankings. The coming 7th leg from Miami to Lisboa POR - start May 2 - will be exciting. The daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross-PUMA)
The race for victory will be tight this evening at the finish of leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Miami FL. 'Puma' with Ken Read USA leads still with only 11 miles ahead of 'Camper' NZL, but the light and unconstant wind will offer opportunities to the Kiwis with Chris Nicholson NZL to attack over and over again. Another duel is open for the third place with 'Groupama' (Frank Cammas FRA) only 6 miles in front of the overall leader 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
With 480 miles to go, the slack conditions make the final approach to the finish line full of tension, as the gap between the leading duo with 'Puma' of Ken Read USA and 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is still only 17 miles. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) however has lost some ground and is now 47 miles behind. The fastest for the moment is 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) reducing the gap to 99 miles. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross-PUMA)
Light winds, yesterday around 10 kn, shaped again the day during leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race. 'Puma' with Ken Read USA extended her lead to 28 miles on 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) following closely together. The light-wind conditions will probably further delay the arrival, as there are still 790 miles or roughly four days to sail to Miami FL. Some teams are already now short of food ! The race-viewer, the daily report and the Videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
During the last 24 hours, the leading duo 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) separated by 8 miles progressed along the Carribean islands in step, powered by a light rear wind. But now, 'Camper' is trying an attack going more south where a fresher breeze prevails, and it is not impossible, that this tactic will pay in the coming hours. Loosing ground however was 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) with a 27 miles' backlog, while 'Groupama' on rank 4 reduced the gap to 93 miles. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
The five Volvo 70 have passed the most Eastern point of Brazil yesterday and are now reaching the freshening trade-winds. The boats are now even closer together with 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) leading only 7 miles ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and another 4 miles farther behind 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). The event-website.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructuoso)
The Southern trade-wind zone comes slowly but surely nearer and already yesterday, the leading boats touched some fresher winds. Today, the fleet will pass Cabo Branco, the most Eastern point of Brazil. 'Puma' with Ken Read USA still holds the lead, but the winner of the day was 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP who approached the leaders to 10 miles. 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) at the other end of the fleet has massively lost ground and is already 114 miles behind the leaders. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross-PUMA)
The five VOR-70s continue to sail along the Brazilian coast on a reaching leg with speeds around 15 kn direction North. 'Puma' with Ken Read USA is now 20 miles ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 36 miles in front of 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
The 5 boats' fleet has reached a light wind zone yesterday as expected. The next 48 hours will show which of the teams will reach the southern trade-winds as frist and pull clear of the rest of the fleet. This morning, it was 'Puma' with Ken Read USA holding the 'pole position'. 17, respectively 19 miles behind follow 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR). The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The five VOR-70s continued their reaching course along the Brazilian coast. Winner of the day was 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) sailing in the middle of the pack, who approached the leading 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) to 3 miles. The fleet is sailing within a 35 miles area in the direction of a lull zone with shifty winds this afternoon. By tomorrow, the positions might look quite differently. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
After a quick start, the fleet is now in lighter winds along the Brazilian coast. While 'Camper' and 'Abu Dhabi' believe in a course close to the land, the overall leaders 'Telefonica' and 'Groupama' prefer a course more offshore, and 'Puma' opted for the mid route. This morning, the 'land-duo' sailing closely together had the lead with 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) 2,1 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR). But the zone with light and unconstant winds has just begun, the gaps between the boats are small (the last 'Groupama' is only 29 miles behind), and anything can happen. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The start to leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2012 was given yesterday evening UCT in a 15-20 kn breeze, leading from Itajai BRA over 4'800 miles to Miami USA. Reaching winds will prevail during the coming days and the teams will enjoy a fast ride. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) has taken the lead 5 miles ahead of 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) another two miles behind. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The leading 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) rounded the wrong mark after a course change at the In-Port Race at Itajai and dropped on the last position (see report), enabling 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas) to book the first victory in an In-Port Race. Herewith, the French team reduced the backlog on the overall leading Spanish on 16 points. The report.
Today Sunday at 17 p.m. UCT, the start to the 6th leg crossing the Equator heading for Miami USA will be given. The start can be followed live on the Internet.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The start to the Itajai BRA In-Port-Race will be given today Saturday at 2 p.m. local time (19 p.m. UCT). In addition to the four finishers of leg 5, 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), having arrived last Thursday by cargo ship, will most probably join the fleet after a rush repair act. The report. The winner of the three short races of the Pro-Am-Series, not counting for the overall classifications, was 'Camper'. During these races, sponsors and guest are aboard the VOR-70 racers. The report and the video.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
As last of the teams finishing the complete leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, 'Camper' of New Zealand crossed the finish line in Itajai BRA, 10 days after the winner 'Puma'. Already on Friday, the In-Port Race is on the program and on Saturday, the start to the 6th leg to Miami USA will be given. Today, 'Abu Dhabi' transported by cargo ship to Brazil, is scheduled to arrive. The team of Ian Walker has two days left to repair the boat and make her race-ready. The reporl of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
This morning UCT, 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL will cross the finish line of the 5th Volvo Ocean Race leg at Itajai BRA as 4th yacht. At 5 a.m., 73 miles were left for the New Zealand team. The race-viewer and the report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
Still 326 miles to the finish line at Itajai BRA left for 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL this morning. The Kiwis will probably finsh the race tomorrow as last of the teams having finished the leg 5 of the race. The start to the In-Port-Race of Itajai will be given on next Saturday. The R
race-viewer
and the report of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructuoso)
973 miles are left for 'Campers' to the finish at Itajai BRA. Some lull zones are ahead of the Kiwis in the coming 48 hours and it remains open whether their journey will end on next Monday. The race-viewer.
With only one yacht having finished leg 5 without major incidents, the Volvo Ocean Race has partly been very critisised. On the event website, the skippers defend the format. Read the comments.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL continued yesterday her lonely journey up the Atlantic to Itajai BRA 1'700 miles away in more moderate conditions. Meanwhile, 'Groupama' has received the new mast and the team is busy to install and trim the new gear. Under pressure however is the 'Abu Dhabi' syndicate, whose Volvo-70 will arrive by cargo ship at Itajai BRA on April 18 only. On April 20, the In-Port-Race will take place and the shore team has only 48 hours left to replace 4 square-meter hull on either side of the bow. The race-viewer and the daily report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is the only yacht still underway in this 5th leg, full of incidents. Having rounded the Cape Horn, the New Zealand Volvo 70 is again in a stress test with winds of up to 60 kn, but no damage has been reported so far. The expected time of arrival in Itajai BRA is the next Monday. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The arrival of the French team was delayed yesterday because of the very light wind along the Brazilian coast. But in the afternoon, 'Groupama' with skipper Franck Cammas FRA sailing under jury rig crossed finally the finish line. The report. The New Zealand 'Camper' will be underway roughly one week after her repair stop in Chile. She rounded the Cape Horn around midnight UCT in moderate conditions and has another 2'000 miles to go. The race-viewer and the report. 'Abu Dhabi' is hoping to reach Itajai by cargo ship on time to participate at the Inport Race in Brazil on April 20. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA will arrive at Itajai BRA during this morning. At 3 a.m., she was 40 miles away and in spite of sailing under jury rig, she sailed at a 6 kn speed. Finishing 3rd in leg 5, 'Groupama' defends the 2nd rank in the overall rankings. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
While the first-arrived 'Puma' and 'Telefonica' teams enjoy the life ashore, 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is on a good way to secure the third place approaching ItaJai BRA still 221 miles away under jury rig. A long way however remains for 'Camper' who resumed racing after the repair stop at Puerto Montt on the Chilean west coast. 2'500 miles, rounding of the Cape Horn included, wait for the New Zealand team. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
'Puma' (Ken Read) crossed the finish line at Itajai BRA just 12 (!) minutes before 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), her first leg victory in the 2011/12 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, a logical winner, as 'Puma' was the only boat without a major incident. Admittedly the weather conditions over the South Atlantic were favorable for 'Telefonica', but her comeback since her short repair stop in Patagonia was more than impressive, having sailed from the Cape to Brazil one and a half day faster as 'Puma'. The third-ranked 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) has assembled a jury rig from the remainders of the mast in Punta del Este' and is underway again for the last 650 miles. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL), the only other yacht still floating is still in Chile for the repair of the Volvo 70 and has not even rounded the Cape Horn. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructuoso)
The incredible pursuit race of 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP continued yesterday, and the Spanish are only 15 miles behind the leading 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) this morning. With an average speed of 24 kn, they are currently 4 kn faster than the Americans ! 150 miles are left to the arrival on the Brazilian holiday island Itajai, and by this afternoon, the race winner will be known. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos, a.o. with a report from 'Groupama', about to establish a jury rig to finish the race in spite of the broken mast.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The matchrace on top is over, as 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) lost the mast yesterday, leaving 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) alone in the 550 miles left to the finish line. Franck Cammas FRA intends to reach Itajai BRA with a jury rig to secure rank 3, whereas 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) strongly coming from behind is now only 40 miles behind 'Puma'. Considering the decreasing breeze as from today, his gap can be closed. As far as the two Volvo-70s having stopped at Puerto Montt CHI are concerned, 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) will transport their yacht to Itajai BRA by cargo ship. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) however will resume the race. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross-PUMA)
Yesterday, 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) sailed mostly at sight, with ongoing leader changes. This morning, it is again 'Groupama' with 3 miles in the lead. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) continued yesterday the comeback, reducing the gap on the leaders to 58 miles, and still they sail 2 kn faster than the duo on top ! 720 miles are left to the finish line. Meanwhile, 'Camper' has reached Puerto Montt at the Chilean coast. The New Zealand team expects a repair stopover of about three days. 'Abu Dhabi' is expected today at Puerto Montt. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructuoso)
The 'matchrace' goes on between 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), sailing in a very light breeze on top of the fleet. The gap in favor of 'Puma' was only 1.1 mile this morning. On the other hand, the good news come from 'Telefonica' on rank 3, who advances extremely well in the good sailing conditions, reducing the gap on the leaders to 137 miles. Three days ago, the Spanish were over 400 miles behind ! On Sunday, the leading duo will cross the finish line 930 miles ahead at Itajai BRA. The race-viewer, the report ot the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
'Puma' (Ken Read USA) having taken the lead now, and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) have been sailing along the Argentinian coast closely together (6 miles' gap) since yesterday, so close after 4'000 racing ! 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) is also enjoying the good wind conditions reducing the gap on the leaders by over 100 miles yesterday to only 273 miles. 1'100 miles remain to the finish line. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructoso)
The repair stop of 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) in the shelter of a bay 10 miles after the Cape Horn was short. With the help of the shore team, the strucural damage was fixed quickly. A little bit longer takes the recovery of the bowman Antonio Cuervos ESP, who left the team in Patagonia with a back injury occurred after a heavy fall when a big wave hit the boat in the South Pacific. He will rejoin the team for the 6th leg. The Spanish team on rank 3 is now 410 miles behind the leaders, but this 3rd place will be sufficient to protect rank one overall. In the duel for rank one, 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) has reduced the gap on the leader 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) to 10 miles. An exciting battle for victory will follow in the 1'450 miles to Itajai BRA. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
During this night, 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and three hours later 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) rounded the Cape Horn in a 20 kn breeze, sailing now upwind on the South Atlantic in a light wind. The fastest boat underway yesterday was the third-ranked 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), who reduced the gap on the leader by more than 100 miles in the past 24 hours. The Spanish plan to make a short repair stop at Ushuaia ARG, just after rounding Cape Horn. They hope to be back racing within 12 hours. The race-viewer, the report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross-PUMA)
Today, 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA and, 23 miles behind, also 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) will reach the Cape Horn. Decreasing winds did allow the Americans to come closer to the leader. In spite of all caution, 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR reached yesterday a top speed of 41 kn (!), but a few moments later, the team had to announce technical problems, as the hull started to delaminate. This morning, the race-viewer notes a complete standstill. 'Abu Dhabi' seems to return to New Zealand. The report. After two weeks with waves above 7 meters, the teams are now more than happy to reach the Atlantic. The report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) extended her lead on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) slightly on 48 miles in the final approach to the Cape Horn in a steady breeze of 30-40 kn blowing over the South Pacific. With 700 miles to go, the leading duo will round the Cape Horn rocks probably on Friday evening. Thomas Coville FRA ('Groupama') will round the 'Horn' for the 9th time. The daily report is therefore dedicated to Coville. See also the race-viewer and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
After passing the second ice-gate, the Volvo 70 are again heading southwards through the icy zones of the South Pacific direction Cape Horn. In addition to the ongoing 40 kn plus breeze, the very cold temperatures put a big pressure on the crews. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA has extended her lead on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA), the only chaser left, to 48 miles. 'Sanya' reached New Zealand yesterday to be loaded on a cargo ship destination Miami to be prepared to resume the Volvo Ocean Race. 'Camper' is on the way to the Chilean coast and also 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) announced yesterday, that they intend to do a repair stop at Ushuaia ARG at the Cape Horn. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructoso)
After 'Abu Dhabi' just after the start, as well as 'Sanya' and 'Camper' during the past days, it is the overall leader 'Telefonica', who was hit by a structural breakage at the bow, caused by the hard wave impacts. The speed has been reduced and repairs are going on. The backlog on the leader has obviously grown to 270 miles. 'Groupama' stays on position one 31 miles in front of 'Puma' in winds moderating to 20 kn. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos. The damaged 'Sanya' will be loaded on a cargo heading for Miami from where racing will be resumed. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
Admittedly, the stormy wind has decreased slightly for the leading teams, but a very agitated sea with cross waves all over and the icy temperatures make sailing extremely hard. See the video by 'Telefonica', who was twice flat on the water hit by monster waves. The New Zealand 'Camper' is forced to seek a harbour at the Chilean coast to repair the damaged fixation at the bow.
'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), defended the lead extending the advance on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) on 48 miles by this morning. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) is already 178 miles behind. Four more of these challenging days are ahead of the teams until Cape Horn. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
As expected, the four teams ahead in the fleet reached the center of the storm depression with an average windspeed around 40 kn and gusts of up to 60 miles. Sailing in survival mode, the boats' speeds have been reduced to 18-20 kn. According to Iker Martinez ESP, it would be easier to let the boats run at speeds of over 30 kn, but none of the VOR-70 would support this stress during more that 10 minutes, according to him.
Leader at present is 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) 50 miles ahead of 'Puma' (Ken Read NZL) and 75 miles before 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). Team New Zealand 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) however had to do a repair stop, and is now already over 200 miles hehind. The race-viewer, the report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The first VOR-40s have passed the ice-gate on the 47th parallel yesterday, fighting with the heavy 40 kn plus wind of the Southern Seas. All boats are sailing in safety mode, but there will be more to come - the thick red arrows on the race-viewer predict a hard test for the next 48 hours. The new leader now is 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) 16 miles ahead off 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is on rank 3 with a 29 miles backlog. The report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross-PUMA)
The Roaring Forties finally started to roar ... and the fleet is now fighting for survival in a 40 kn plus breeze. Bad luck for the leader 'Sanya' suffering a major average, who has been forced to head back to New Zealand. The starboard rudder broke and a big hole in the hull was the consequence after an unintentional gybe. It took some time for the crew to get the yacht under control again, and to pump out tons of water. It remains open, whether the boat will be able to resume the race after the repair in New Zealand where they are expected in the next 4 - 5 days. The remaining five VOR-70s are now sailing under survival-mode. Icy winds of 40 - 50 kn from the South have been forecast for the coming five days, ... a major test for the teams and their equipment. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is 4 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), while 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) follow closely behind. The race-viewer, the report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Andres Soriano)
The fleet has reached the first extensions of the low pressure system passing in the west and is now sailing under spinaker at a speed average around 20 kn. The highspeed race in the Roaring Forties direction Cape Horn is launched. The new leader is 'Team Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL. The Chinese team (now with the 49er Olympic Champion Martin Kirketerp DEN) is the only one with a old-generation Volvo 70. While the had difficulties to go at the speed of the new yachts in the upwind-dominated legs so far, the have high hopes now to benefit from the older design in the big surfs of the Southern Seas. With a 10 miles backlog, 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) is now on rank 2, 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) 15 miles behind is 3rd. On the loosing side was the actual leader 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), who is 55 miles back on rank 5. But the bad news continue as the Spanish have a measurement protest on the table, as they had more than the sails aboard during leg 4. The Race-Viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
And here it is, ... the lull zone in the center of a high pressure system ... slowing down the fleet that has come to a reunion with 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) just 0,2 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and three more boats within 11 miles, advancing at speeds around 4 to 5 kn. This is the moment for 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) having started late after a repair stop to reduce the backlog, as she is still sailing in good wind conditions with a 12 kn average. The race-viewer, the report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The long enjoyable reaching leg in a 20 kn breeze has come to an end for the first five teams. Entering the center of an anticyclone with very light winds, the fleet will consolidate again. For the moment, it is 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP on top 11 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), and 15 miles before 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) on rank 3. The repair stop left 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) far behind, but they will undoubtedly reduce the 306 miles' backlog in the hours ahead. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The rough upwind conditions caused the first incident just after the start in Auckland. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR was forced to suspend racing at 0630 UTC, just five-and-a-half hours into the leg, after their Volvo Open 70 crashed off a steep wave and ripped a bulkhead in their bow, which secures a crucial heavy weather headsail, clean out.The repair has already been effected and the team has resumed the race. However, the center of a storm depression is actually over the Gulf of Hauraki with winds of up to 60 kn, and the boats are forced to weather this breeze with the protection of the coast. For the leading yachts, the wind has now decreased to 25 kn, and under reaching conditions, they proceed at speeds of over 20 kn. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) leads 9 miles ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 16 miles in front of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA). The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
This morning at 2 am CET the six teams of the Volvo Ocean Race started their 5th leg, with 6'700 miles the longest of the whole race. Within the next hours a first depression will test the teams, winds between 30 and 50 knots are predicted. At 7 am CET this morning it was 'Team Sanya' (Mike Sanderson NZL) leading the pack just 0,1 miles ahead of 'Abu Dgabi' (Ian Walker GBR). Heading out of the Golf of Hauraki the fleet sails close together, 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) at the end of the fleet is not even one mile behind the leaders. The race viewer, the report and the video of the start.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
A big audience celebrated 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL winning the In-Port Race on his home waters in Auckland in a 20 kn breeze, the first success of the New Zealand team whose performance was rather disappointing so far. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) finished 2nd and 3rd. In the overall rankings, the Kiwis on rank 3 are now only three points behind 'Groupama'. The report.
Tomorrow Sunday, the start to the 6'700 miles' fifth leg around Cape Horn to Brazil will be given.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Marc Bow)
Four of the six teams participated in Auckland yesterday at the Practice Race. Ian Walker GBR and his 'Abu Dhabi' were once again the winners in one of the short races. 'Sanya', installing a new rig, and 'Puma', preferring to test sails, did not compete. The report.
Sunday at 1 p.m. UCT, the start to the 5th leg - the longest one with 6'700 from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil around Cape Horn, will be given, a stress test for yachts and teams on the long downwind runs in the Southern Oceans, where new speed records are expected. The preview.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The shore teams overhauled the six Volvo-70 in 24 hours' shifts during the past days. With the peak of the Volvo Ocean Race - the leg from Auckland NZL to Itajai, Brazil around Cape Horn start next Sunday - in view, the teams did their utmost to have the boats ready for this stress test. Even 'Groupama' was able to repair the leak in the bow, and all six yachts are now again in the water. Today, the Practice Race is on the program, and on Saturday, the In-Port Race of Auckland will take place before the fleets departs to the 5th leg direction Brazil. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race - winner 'Groupama' FRA ended last Saturday with all six teams crossing the finish line within 14 hours. the race is now on for the shore teams in Auckland overhauling and repairing the Volvo-70s until next Saturday when the In-Port Race is on the program, before next Sunday, the start to leg 5 direction Itajai, Brazil around Cape Horn will be given. Much work ahead especially for 'Groupama', who had a 1'000 liter water ingres just before the finish line. The leak at the bow was localised quickly, cut off and this part of the hull is being replace right now with the progress hampered by the drizzling rain. Franck Cammas is convinced to be ready on time for the forthcoming start. The report and the overall rankings nach after four legs.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
As expected, 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA and his team finished yesterday leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race as first with an over 12 hours' advantage on the following pack. The arrival sequence of the following trio was close with 'Puma' of Ken Read USA defending the 2nd place 48 minutes ahead of the overall leader 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), who crossed the finish line only 1 min 32 sec before 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) - and this after racing over 5'250 miles ! 'Telefonica' remains on top of the overall rankings. With this leg 4 win, 'Groupama' advances on the 2nd position with an 18 points' backlog. The 3rd-ranked 'Puma' also reduced the gap on the Spanish leader somewhat. The Auckland stopover is short. Already on the next Sunday, the start will be given to the most difficult 5th race around Cape Horn to Brazil. The report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
Only 80 miles to the finish in Auckland were left this morning for the leading 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA. Yesterday afternoon already, the French passed the North-East point of New Zealand, while the three chasers, separated by 6 miles only, reached the New Zealand coast this morning only. For the moment, it is still 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) on rank 2 ahead of 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) 5, respectively 6 miles behind. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is in the final approach to the Auckland finish with a 135 lead and only 300 more miles to go, and their win is practically safe. But the race is open behind the clear leader with US Ken Read's 'Puma' again on rank 2, but only 5 miles ahead of 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP and another 2 miles off 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL. At the end of the fleet, 'Team Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL has massively catched up and is now only 17 miles behind 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR). The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
Having crossed a light-wind zone in the past 24 hours loosing a couple of miles on the second-ranked - the actual advantage is down on 92 miles this morning UCT - , the leading 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is now again favored by a fresh breeze. The no prevailing steady up to 30 kn breeze will most probably be sufficient to keep the top position in the 562 miles ahead to Auckland NZL. The overall leader 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is now again on rank 2 with 'Puma' only 20 miles behind chasing the Spanish. A matchrace to Auckland may be expected. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
'Groupama' continues to hold a healthy lead of 130 miles with 828 miles to go to the leg 4 finish in Auckland. That sounds pretty comfortable yet Franck Cammas has been burned before in this race, notably on leg 2, and he remains in cautious mood especially in the transition to light airs and the upwind for 400 miles until the north of New Zealand. 'Puma' with a 122 miles' backlog recovered from a difficult six hours to hit the highest average speed of the fleet at the 0100 UTC position report and they now have a 25 nm lead over Team Telefónica in third. 'Camper' with Emirates Team New Zealand are in fourth, followed by 'Abu Dhabi'and 'Team Sanya'. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
Thanks to a fresher wind and a better reaching angle, 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA extended her lead again yesterday. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) is already 102 miles behind and the 3rd 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is 159 miles back. The chasers hope now for the light winds in the approach to New Zealand, where the situation could possibly change, offering new tactical options. 1'150 miles are left to the finish line. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
No position changes yesterday with the fleet progressing South in steady trade-winds. Today, they will pass the South Sea islands Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Franck Cammas FRA with his 'Groupama' is still leading 75 miles ahead of 'Puma' with Ken Read USA. The overall leader 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is 125 miles behind on rank 3. 1'450 miles are left to Auckland with probably a weather change in the approach to New Zealand. The estimated time of arrival is next Saturday. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The gaps between the yachts in the wide-spread fleet increased yesterday in a slackening breeze. It will be key now to reach the fresh southern tradewinds first. For the moment, the boats in the East with 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) are clearly in front. The third-ranked 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), who passed the Solomon Islands westwards is 150 miles behind. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The fleet crossed the Equator yesterday in good reaching conditions around 20 kn, and continues direction South along the South Sea Islands, where another calm zone awaits the six boats. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA has already been slowed down, but her advantage on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) is still 78 miles. The fastest for the moment is the third-ranked 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), which - as the most western boat - benefits from the best wind conditions and has reduced the gap to the leader to 90 miles. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
Today, the fleet going South will cross the Equator. Actually, the VOR-40s are in the doldrums, a zone where the tradewinds are lighter and the squalls are more developed. In contrast to the Atlantic, where the innertropical convergence zone is situated between 3-8° North, the Pacific Doldrums are more centered around 3-7° South. At present, the most Eastern teams benefit from the freshest breeze. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA has extended the lead on the second-ranked 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) to 86 miles. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) as third is already over 100 miles behind. The race-viewer, the report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The easterly trade winds have been freshening up further and the six teams are now progressing at high speeds above 20 kn straightly in the direction of Auckland. The most eastern boat 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is progressing the fastest and has now an advance of 84 miles on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA), who sailed 525 nautical miles at an average speed of 21.8 knots in a 24 period. With a 94 miles' backlog on the leader, 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is now on rank 3. Several teams reported equipment damage and Chris Nicholson's 'Camper', now down on the 5th place, suffered the biggest breakdown last night when they tore their vital J2 headsail. The race-viewer and the report of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The long-desired trade winds have finally been reached, and the VOR-70 are speeding at 30 kn plus in the gusts direction South. It is not impossible, that the 24-hours record of 'Camper' (556 miles) will be broken in the next two days. Leader in the drag race is 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA 81 miles in front of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) another few miles behind. On Friday, the teams will reach the Equator, and in the doldrums, some position changes will be very likely. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The conditions remain moderate with a 12-18 kn breeze in the middle of the Pacific and the teams are slowly heading South direction Auckland. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is first 34 miles ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and already 64 miles in front of 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). 'Puma' (Ken Read USA), having opted for the most northern route, is loosing ground again, and on rank 5, they are actually the slowest in the fleet. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amery Ross-PUMA)
The fleet keeps on heading East, and the most northern teams benefit more and more from the freshening-up breeze. 'Puma' is now already on the 3rd position with a backlog reduced to 40 miles. The new leader is 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA 19 miles ahead of 'Camper'. The race-viewer and the report of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The weather pattern over South-East Asia remains very difficult to read and the strategies vary therefore quite substantially. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) has opted for a Northern route, that seems to pay off for the moment, for - as fastest boat of the fleet - they reduced the gap by over 100 miles yesterday, but still remaining on the last place. The final result however is unknown, as the detour on the way to Auckland is considerable. On a contrary strategy is 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP on the most Southern route, who advanced on rank 2 in the mean time, only 14 miles behind the leading 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL). But there remain another 1000 miles on an easterly course until the trade winds, before going South direction Auckland. The poker game goes on ! The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amery Ross)
The fleet is still trapped in a windless zone in the North, including the four leading yachts who now again tacked North hoping to catch a the trade winds and a depression zone slowling approaching from Japan. The distance to the finish has hardly changes during the past 24 hours, but the gaps between the boats have nevertheless increased. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is ow 39 miles in front of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA). 'Puma' (Ken Read USA), sailing most northerly of the fleet is already 252 miles behind, but is at present sailing in much higher speeds - 17 kn actually - than the rest of fleet. The race-viewer, the daily report and the onboard-videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
The search for the trade winds went on yesterday in moderate winds with the whole fleet heading East. But in the afternoon, four teams decided to go South, while 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) continued north-eastwards with the consequence to loose miles. There strategy is to bypass a low-wind depression in the South and to reach the trade winds in a better angle going southwards lateron. In a few days it will become evident whose strategy pays off. At present, 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is first 6 miles in front of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 7 miles on 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA). The race-viewer, the videos and the reports.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The fleet passed the Strait of Luzon only a few miles off the coast of Southern Taiwan yesterday. In a moderate breeze around 12 kn, the six teams trail eastwards searching for some more wind. The lead changed several times during the past hours, and this morning UCT, it was again 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA holding the first place 7 miles ahead of 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL. Even 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP was on top for a while, but now the Spanish are again last with a 31 miles' backlog. The race-viewer and the report of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
All six teams have the long windward leg passing the agitated Chinese Sea successfully completed. Today, the fleet will cross the Strait of Luzon between Taiwan in the North and the Philippines in the South heading South for Auckland NZL. 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL leads 13 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 'Sanya' (Mike Sanderson NZL). The overall leaders 'Telefonica' and 'Puma' are the backmarkers of the fleet, 28, resp. 35 miles behind. The race-viewer and the report of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Andres Soriano)
The expected rough conditions in the South Chinese Sea are here, shortly after the start ! A 25 kn head wind and short and steep 4 meter waves are heavily shaking the teams and this scenario will continue for another 450 miles until the Strait of Luzon near the Philippines. The new leader is now 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL, 3,5 miles ahead of 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA and 10 miles behind 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) as 3rd, while the 2nd overall 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) has not yet been able to substantially reduce the backlog from the start, sailing 31 miles behind. The event-website and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The start to the 4th leg from Sanya CHN to Auckland NZL was given yesterday at 21 hrs UCT after an out-of-program 43 miles' short race along the coast of the Sanya island, to let the monsoon storm on the Chinese Sea pass by. The ranking of the short race determined the starting sequence afterwards, and the winner 'Telefonica' departed 2 min 32 sec ahead of 'Groupama'. One by one they left the Chinese destination with 'Puma' as the last 39 min behind. The Americans were in the lead during the whole short race, but got stuck in a lull patch just before the finish line, and the whole fleet sailed around this critical point. This morning, after 9 hours racing, 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is in the lead 0,5 miles in front of 'Telefonica'. The rough conditions on the open sea are still ahead, probably to be reached this evening with massif waves and a breeze of still 30 kn. The report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Iker Martinez ESP and his team, overall leader having won all three offshore legs so far, took his second victory in an Inport Race yesterday. 'Telefonica' defeated 'Puma' at the end of a close race. The Spanish changed the mast of the VOR-70 only two days before the start, but apparently, they had no difficulties to tune the rig correctly in a very short time. The report and the video of the Inport Race.
The heavy storms announced by the weather forecasters incited the Race Management to modify the program. Instead of the start to leg 4 to Auckland, a one-day race along the coastline of Sanya will be organised. Only on Monday, provided the 40-kn-monsoon has decreased by then, the start to the 5'500 miles' leg will be given. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
Today, the Volvo Ocean Race 2012 continues with the Sanya Inport Race with the six teams starting at 6 a.m. UCT in ideal conditions with a 20 kn breeze from the shore and flat water. The race of about one hour can be followed live on the Internet.
For the start to leg 4 tomorrow, leading over 5'200 miles to Auckland NZL, the weather report has aggravated. A breeze exceeding 40 kn and 10 meter waves have been forecast. The start will also be given at 6 a.m. UCT transmitted over the Internet. The preview.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
Tomorrow Saturday, the six teams of the Volvo Ocean Race start to the Inport Race of Sanya CHN. A moderate breeze from the shore has been forecast. On Sunday, the yachts will depart for leg 4 from the Chinese holiday island to Auckland NZL. As soon as the VOR 70s leave the shelter of Sanya, they come down to business again meeting a 30-45 kn wind and 6-8 meter waves requesting the fullest attention of the crews. The tune-up race of yesterday was abandoned due to lack of wind. The preview.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
Despite of arriving last at their home port Sanya CHN, 'Team Sanya' was much applauded by the numerous Chinese spectators yesterday. The report. Clear leader in the overall rankings is 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) finishing all three legs on place 1 with a 15 points' lead on 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and another 9 points on 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA). 'Puma' with Ken Read USA on 4th has at least the 24 hours record of 355 miles sailed during the just ending leg. The report, and the videos of leg 3.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Andres Soriano)
Today around noon, 'Team Sanya' will reach its home port as last of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. Skippering the only VOR 70 already in use in the previous edition of the Race, Mike Sanderson NZL and his team had no chance on the long upwind courses during leg 3 against the yachts of the latest generation 3. Ranks. Ranks 3 to 5 went to 'Camper', 'Puma' and 'Abu Dhabi'. 'Telefonica' winning all legs so far ist the clear leader extending her position overall. The Sanya Inport Race will be started on February 18, followed by the start to the 4th leg to Auckland NZL on February 19. The event-website.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
This morning at 3 h UCT, 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP crossed the finish line of leg 3, sailed in two parts from Abu Dhabi to Male, and from Male to Sanya, as first, having now won all three legs of the Volvo Ocean Race so far. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA as second is expected around 6 a.m. The race for rank 3 between 'Camper' and 'Puma', separated by 14 miles only 100 miles before the arrival, is still open. The report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The leader 'Telefonica' had 320 miles left to the Chinese holiday island Sanya this morning after another 24 hours' upwind sailing in a 25 kn breeze with a steep 3 m wave. In the final approach to the finish, the wind will somewhat diminish, and the gaps between the boats will shrink again. Nothing is decided yet for 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) 23 miles in front of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA). 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL), 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian WalkerGBR) follow within 50 miles from the Spanish. The estimatied time of arrival is tomorrow Saturday by noon. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
Meanwhile, the northerly breeze on the South Chinese Sea has increased to 25 kn, somewhat less than previously announced. The leading 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 10 miles behind also 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), still sailing on an upwind leg, have reached the Vietnam coast. 'Puma' (Ken Rad USA), 100 miles behind, has been the only ones to go for an attack, trying a premature easterly course. Less current and a 30°-windshift to the East could pay off and bring the Americans closer to the leaders. There remain 500 miles, or roughly two days, to go the the port of destination. The race-viewer, the Berichte and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
Yesterday on their way North, the fleet passed the Indonesian Natuna Islands - 272 individual isles - in a light breeze. The leading duo 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), sailing within a 4 miles distance, have now left their opponents clearly behind. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) is already 58 miles back. The Northern Monsoon winds are now freshening up more and more, and the rough part of leg three is awaiting the teams soon. The leading duo is 790 miles from the Sanya Island CHN or approximately 2 days and a half. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
Yesterday, the fleet passed Singapore and is now in the South Chinese Sea. Roughly five days on an upwind course in a freshening monsoon breeze are ahead of the teams before the port of call on the holiday island Sanya is reached, and especially in the final approach, in a 30 kn wind and rough waves, will be extremely challenging.
'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is the leader this morning already heading North. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) on rank 2 is 4.1 miles, 'Telefonica' as third 5 miles behind 'Groupama'. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
The Malacca Strait is as difficult as expected: Light and unconstant winds, an extreme ship traffic (sometimes with as many as 50 signals on the radar screen), part of them unlighted fisherman's boats as well as loads of thrash (see report) demand the highest attention of the sailors. 'Puma' hit a tree and took a chunk out of their dagger board.
'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 1,5 miles behind 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) have now a slight advantage on the third-ranked 'Puma' 17,5 miles back. Today, the first five teams will pass Singapore and divert North on the Chinese Sea. 'Team Sanya' (Mike Sanderson NZL), 150 miles behind 'Telefonica', will spend a day more sailing in the Malacca Strait. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
Ongoing position changes happened in the unconstant conditions of the Strait of Malacca in the last 24 hours. In the night on Sunday, 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP has taken the first position six miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), while the New Zealand 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) failed with her attack along the coast and dropped on rank 4. The race-viewer, the videos and the daily report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
Leader changes in a row with the closely sailing top four when entering the Strait of Malacca, the busiest waterway in the world, due to a very unconstant wind. This morning, 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is again on top, 7 miles ahead of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 16,7 miles of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL). 21 miles behind the Spanish is Franck Cammas FRA and his 'Groupama' joining in in the fight for the leader position. 500 miles, actually at a 12 kn average speed, have to be passed thru this Strait. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructoso)
From last to first .... 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP will be again the leader 2 miles ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) when entering the Strait of Malakka this afternoon. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) on position 3 is only 5 miles behind. Light and fickle winds will prevail during the coming two days. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The fleet is now heading North still in a moderate breeze and will reach the entrance to the 500 miles' Strait of Malakka. The leader now is 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL, closely followed by 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) 1.8 miles behind as well as 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) 4 miles back. The next challenge is the passing of the Strait of Malakka with its dense ship traffic and a light and unconstant breeze. The final count-down for the win of leg 3 will begin later in the South Chinese Sea. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
The fleet still sails eastbound on a long port tack in moderate conditions. 'Puma' with Ken Read USA keeps the lead 1,7 miles ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson GBR). Winner of yesterday was 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP, who remained within the 17 miles' backlog to the leaders, and at the same time moved up two places to rank 4. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The 6 teams sailing East on a long upwind beat passed South of Sri Lanka during last night. There are not too many tactical options in this drag race. 'Puma' with Ken Read USA remained on top, but in the last 12 hours, 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) reduced the gap to 1,3 miles. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA follows on 3rd with a 2,8 miles' backlog. The overall leader 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is not yet up to speed being last 15 miles behind. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Part two of leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race left the Maledives yesterday in a moderate 10 kn breeze, heading for the Chinese holiday island Sanya 3000 miles away. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) has taken the lead 1,2 miles in front of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 1,8 miles before 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL). The six teams are about to reach the Malakka Strait with its dense ship traffic adding another challenge.The report and the race-viewer.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The start to part 2 of leg 3 will be given today at 8 a.m. UCT, and as it appears, the Maledives were the secret safe port of call. Surprises will not be excluded during this leg, as especially the last part passing the South Chinese Sea will probably be the most bumpy part of the whole race.The start can as always be followed live on the Internet. A preview.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
As last of the six teams 'Sanya' finished the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race which lead the fleet to a secret and save harbour in the Indian Ocean. Next sunday the entire fleet will start here for the second part of leg 3 which leads the VOR over 4'000 miles to China. The report and a video presentation.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
While the five finishers of leg 2 are underway by cargo vessel to the start location of leg 3 part 2 - here the latest report - , the Chinese Team 'Sanya' is still crossing the Indian Ocean after her repair stop in Madagascar. Mike Sanderson NZL and his team have now at least left the doldrums behind and sail in good condition with a 20 kn plus speed direction the secret arrival place. From there, they will join the fleet again and start to the second part of leg three on January 23. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
After the sprint race of Saturday again with 'Abu Dhabi' and Ian Walker GBR as winners, the five Volvo 70s are now on a cargo vessel heading for the starting place on the Indian Ocean, where the second part of leg 3 will be started on January 25th. During the stop-over in Abu Dhabi, the teams had for the first time the chance to fine-tune their boats. Ian Walker GBR and Ken Read USA, skipper of 'Puma' seem to have felt some results in the sprint race already. The report and the video-summary of part one, leg 3.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Winner of part one of the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, a 100 miles' sprint race from Abu Dab Sharjah, sailed in perfect conditions, was again - as at the Inport Race of Friday - Ian Walker GBR and his team on 'Abu Dabi' who overtook the Spanish 'Telefonica' two miles before the finish line. No change in the overall rankings, where 'Telefonica' remains on top ahead of 'Camper' and 'Groupama'. The five yachts are about to be loaded on a cargo ship to be transported to the secret starting place on the Indian Ocean, from where the race will head for the Chinese holiday island Sanya CHN. The report and the video of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Ian Walker GBR and his 'Abu Dabi Team' were the winners of the Inport Race to the excitement of the local public. Second and third in the light wind race were 'Groupama' and 'Camper', while the overall leader 'Telefonica' finished last. The overall rankings remain unchanged. The report and the video of the Inport Race. The start of leg 3 direction Sanya CHN will be given today at 10 a.m. UCT. Part one will be a 100 miles' race to the mouth of the Gulf of Arabia. Online live transmission will be on the Internet.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The five finishers of leg 2 start this morning at 10 a.m. UCT to the Inport Race in Abi Dhabi in light winds, a race that will last about 60 minutes and can be followed on the Internet live. The start to the short first part of leg 3 will be given on Saturday, leading to the mouth of the Gulf of Arabia, form where the yachts will be transported by cargo vessel to the secret starting place on the Indian Ocean for part two of leg three to Sanya CHN gestartet wird. The preview.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Marc Bow)
The five finishers of leg two are in Abu Dhabi preparing the forthcoming Inport Race of next Saturday and the start to the third leg of Sunday. 'Team Sanya' resumed racing after the repair of the rig and is on the way to the 'unknown' finish line in the Indian Ocean and subsequently to the start of the second half of leg two, to bring Mike Sanderson NZL and his team to the start of leg three, leading to the home port Sanya CHN. The event-website
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The 98-mile sprint race through the Arabian Gulf which ended the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 11/12 was won by Franck Cammas FRA and his team who overtook 'Telefonica' and Iker Martinez ESP on the last few miles. The Spanish secured their win in leg 2 and extended their lead in the overall rankings. The report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
This morning at 7 h CET the five teams of the Volvo Ocean Race started their second part og leg 2 at the entrance of the Arabian Gulf. The sprint race is just 98 miles long, most of them in a fsat and straight reaching leg in a fresh 25-knots-seabreeze. The race can be followed live, for the first time the race-viewer will be updated every 60 seconds. The official preview.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race on the Indian Ocean, split in two due to safety reasons avoiding the Somalia pirates, resumes tomorrow at the mouth of the Gulf of Arabia with a sprint race over 98 miles. The start will be given at 6 a.m. UCT and can be followed over the race viewer (with 60 seconds' updates). The yachts, transported on a cargo ship, will arrive today only at the still unknown starting location. The preview.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
With the first part of leg two completed, the five Volvo 70 remaining in the race have already been loaded on a cargo ship yesterday, and will leave for the Arabian Gulf today, where the start to the second half of leg two will be given. The report. The overall lead after this second victory remains of course with 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) 7 points ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) on the ranks 2 and 3. The event-website.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
Somewhere on the Indian Ocean - remaining unknown for safety reasons - the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race came to an end. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) was again the winner in a tight finish, finally overtaking the leading 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) in an upwind battle along the coast during the night. There was even a right-of-way conflict during this duel, but the teams refrained from lodging protests. The Spanish arrived two minutes ahead of 'Camper'. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) finished on the ranks 3 and 4. The five yachts will now be transported by cargo ship to the Arabian Gulf, where a one-day sprint race to Abu Dhabi will complete this leg. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
Still sailing invisibly in 'stealth mode' destination unknown northwards, the fleet is now close together and 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is only 0,1 miles ahead of 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). The daily report and the race-viewer.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
It was no surprise that the rather unknown Indian Ocean doldrums reshuffled the positions of the boats. 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL negotiated the unconstant conditions the best, and she has reached the northern trade-winds 16,7 miles ahead of 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP. 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) follows 79 miles behind on rank 3. The race-viewer, the videos and the report of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
Again a leader change yesterday, as 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA was stuck in the innertropical convergence zone of the Indian Ocean. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) opted for a more westerly route and overtook the Frenchman. The race-viewer and the report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA was the first yesterday to reach the innertropical convergence zone of the Indian Ocean, being massively slowed down to a speed of only 4 kn. The advantage on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) was only 46 miles this morning, but the chasing group is now also feeling the lighter breeze. The race- viewer (hidden during the stealth zone passage), the report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The fleet is heading straight North in a south-easterly breeze arond 20 kn, but the port of destination is still unknown. Today, the yachts will reach the 'stealth-zone' off the East-African Coast, and for safety reasons, the race-viewer will remain dark. The attack by 'Groupama' seems to have paid, as her advance on the following duo is now 83 milles ('Puma') and 97 miles ('Telefonica'). Only the innertropical convergence zone ahead might reduce the gaps again. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
South-easterly trade winds around 20 kn allowed the five teams to head North at a good speed. Roughly 1'000 miles are left to the Equator and the doldrums with its difficult wind conditions. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA and his team opted as first to go East yesterday, and seem to have taken a good decision, as the advantage on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) sailing together is already 76 miles. 'Team Sanya' arrived at Madagascar in the meantime and tries to repair the damaged rig as quickly as possible. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
A well-established trade wind pushed the fleet together again, and only 'Team Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL payed dearly for his courageous and risky ride thru the cyclone (see yesterday's news) now forcing him to leave the fleet in the direction of Madagascar with a damaged rig. At present, 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) has taken the lead three miles ahead of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA). The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
'Team Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL has left the rest of the fleet behind with a courageous attack to the North, and this with success as his advantage over the second-ranked 'Puma' was over 200 miles this morning. But 'Team Sanya' is heading directly for the eye of a storm with wind speeds of up to 50 kn ...... The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The weather pattern on the Indian Ocean is difficult to read, and the optimum course is hardly to predict. The six teams are spread over a large area on their way to the North. 'Team Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL is leading for the moment, but the gaps between the yachts are small. There is no stable wind system around at present. The race-viewer, the report of the day wnd the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The six-boat-fleet is still heading East in unconstant winds. The new leader at present is 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR, but the distances between the boats are a few miles only. 'Groupama' way down South is the exception, sailing twice as fast as the other teams, but her backlog is over 90 miles. The race-Viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The fleet of the six teams has been pushed together again at the edge of an anticyclone South of Madagascar. 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP has taken the lead 25 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 34 miles in front of 'Team Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The six boat fleet has now left the African coast direction East in good sailing conditions at a speed of over 20 kn, some earlier - as the leading 'Groupama', some only half a day later as the backmarker 'Telefonica'. At this moment, the option taken by Iker Fernandez ESP and his team seems to pay, as the Spanish are now first 32 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR. But the decision on the further development will strongly be influenced by the anticyclone over the Indian Ocean, slowing down the leaders. For most of the skippers, this area of the seas and its meteorogical pecularities are unknown, contrary to the Atlantic, making navigation difficult. The race-viewer,the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
The six teams advanced only slowly yesterday around the Cape of Good Hope, as not only the very light wind, but also the Agulhas Current coming from the North with 2-3 kn made it harder, and forced the teams, to beat up close to the coast. During the night, the breeze increased and the boats sail now at speeds around 20 kn. Wind, closeness of the coast and counter current make the sea very agitated - 'boat breaking conditions' - as they call it in the official report. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR has now a advantage of 18 miles on 'Puma', and 6 miles farther back is 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Andres Soriano)
Almost no wind yesterday in Cape Town at the start of the Volvo Ocean Race leg 2 in the direction of Abu Dhabi, or rather the safety stop at a secret destination (Maledives ?). With speeds around 1-3 kn, the six teams hardly make headway, and 12 hours after the start, they have not yet passed the Cape of Good Hope. At present, 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA leads one mile ahead of 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), winner of leg one, is at the end of the fleet already 17 miles behind. The race-viewer, the report about the start and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Winning the Cape Town Inport Race, 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP made up the defeat at the Alicante Inport Race with a last rank. In a freshening breeze of up to 25 kn, 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) held the lead during the whole race, but at the end, she dropped even behind 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) on the third place. The report and the videos.
Today at 15 hrs (local time) the start to leg 2 will be given. The course will go North up the Indian Ocean, but the interims destination, held in secret for safety reasons, is not yet known. Final destination will be Abu Dhabi. The weather situation with a high pressure cell building up is not easy to analyse for the navigators. The preview. The start of the race can be followed live on the Internet.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
All six teams of the Volvo Ocean Race will start to the Inport Race off Cape Town this afternoon at 15 p.m. (local time). With 15 kn, the breeze is not as strong as feared, ideal conditions for last test before leaving South Africa for leg two of the VOR. Already yesterday, a Show-Race not belonging to the tour ranking took place with 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 'Team Sanya' (Mike Sanderson NZL) winning a race each one. The Inport Race can be followed live on the Internet. The official preview.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Tomorrow, the Cape Town Inport Race will take place, most probably in windy conditions around 25-30 kn. This breeze will also prevail on Sunday, start day of the 2nd leg of the VOR, and the skippers are not without concern, comparing these conditions with the ones at the start of leg one. The report.
All teams are ready, but the 'Puma'-skipper Ken Read USA fears, that his team will not be up to the level of the participants having had almost three weeks to optimize their boats while racing. The report. For safety reasons, the Race Director does not yet indicate the interims port of destination of leg 2. Our best guess yesterday was La Réunion or Madagaskar, but there are rumours that the Maledives could be the choice. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
In two days on Saturday, the Cape Town Inport Race will take place, and a day later, the start will be given to the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race to Abu Dhabi. Yesterday, the last of the damaged yachts, the Chinese 'Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL as skipper hit the water again, after the complete replacement of the yacht's bow. The other teams were out on the water for test and tune-up beats. Because of the pirate's menace along the East African coast, the course will be interrupted at a not yet published harbour. The rumours go for La Réunion or Madagaskar. From there the boats will be transportet by Cargo to Djibouti, and the second leg will terminate after a short sprint to Abu Dhabi. The report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
As last team, 'Puma' is expected in Cape Town today on the cargo vessel 'Bremen' coming from the Tristan da Cunha island to South Africa. The team has done its utmost on the ship to make all kind of preparations to repair the boat within a short time arriving in Cape Town. Time hurries as already next Saturday, the start to the first Inport Race will be given, and there is a new mast to step in, and tune-up activities will be necessary. The report and the event-website.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amery Ross-PUMA)
With a difficult manoeuvre in a protected cove on the small, remote Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha, the Volvo-70 'Puma' was heft on a cargo vessel yesterday in a considerable swell. Objective is to reach Cape Town on December 6. The skipper Ken Read is convinced that the US team will be at the start of the next Inport Race on December 11. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
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After 'Groupama', arriving as third and last at the finish of leg one of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, the two VOR 70 'Abu Dhabi' and 'Sanya' forced to retire due to damages, reached Cape Town yesterday on a cargo vessel. While 'Abu Dhabi' has to step up a new mast only, 'Team Sanya' will be more under pressure as the whole bow has to be replaced after the major water inrush. 'Puma' is still waiting on the South Atlantic island Tristan da Cunha to be picked up by a cargo vessel for the transport to Cape Town. Arrival on December 6 will be tight. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
'Groupama' arrived yesterday three days after the winning 'Telefonica' in Cape Town. Cammas is satisfied to have finished without damages, despite of the considerble backlog, due to the extreme - and initially successful - attack along the African coast. The report and the videos.
Today, the dismasted 'Puma' will be loaded on a cargo ship at the volcanic island Tristan de Cunho in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The arrival in Cape Town is scheduled for December 6. The start to the first points-awarding inport race is planned on December 11. The Onshore Manager Kimo Worthington reports what Team 'Puma' had to do during the past days. He was hardly sleeping. The long to-do list.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Two days are gone since the winning 'Telefonica' arrived in Cape Town, while 'Groupama' of Franck Cammas FRA is again hit with bad luck regarding the weather. Her rivals benefited from a fresh breeze in the last few hundred miles to the finish, whereas the French team has to cope with slack conditions. This morning at 4 a.m., there were 198 miles to go, but considering the reduced speed (6 kn), it will take more time than originally hoped, and the actual ETA is now Wednesday morning. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
After a crossing of the Atlantic Ocen in rather moderate conditions during the past three weeks, there was a shakening wake-up call yesterday morning off the South African coast for the second-ranked New Zealand with a 40 kn plus breeze filling in. Reducing the sail surface to an absolute minimum, skipper Chris Nicholson NZL and his team arrived in Cape Town just before noon yesterday. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is expected on Tuesday as last of the three boats still competing in leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race. The report and the video of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Yesterday evening at sunset, the Spanish 'Telefonica' with the double Olympic Champion Iker Martinez ESP crossed the finish line of leg one in Cape Town after 21 days and 5 hours. This morning, the New Zealand 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL arrived in Cape Town as well, while 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA still 600 miles away is not expected before Monday. The three damaged and retired VOR-70s of the 'Puma', 'Abu Dhabi' and 'Sanya' teams are still in the race, ... the race against time to get their racers ready before the start to the 2nd leg on December 9. Especially for 'Puma' still floating on the South Atlantic with a broken mast, this will be a very, very difficult operation. The race-viewer, the videos and the report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
And the weather played - as expected - in favour of 'Telefonica' during the past 24 hours. The Spanish with skipper Iker Martinez ESP went up and away in the upcoming depression and are on a fast track to Capetown where they will arrive in the coming night. The advantage on 'Camper' (Chris Nicolson NZL) was almost 200 miles this morning. 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) came almost to a complete stop in the St. Helena anticyclone and is now 719 miles behind. The race-tracker, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
The announced frontal system arrived and accelerated the three Volvo 70s still in the race partly to over 30 kn. 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL realized the best performance so far with 565 miles in 24 hours, and the Kiwis reduced the gap to the leaders temporarily to 80 miles. This morning, 'Telefonica' was the last to touch the fresh winds and she immediately extended her lead again. With 700 miles to go, the distances between the boats are now 125 miles on 'Camper' and 435 miles on 'Groupma'. 'Telefonica' is expected in Cape Town by Saturday evening. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos, a.o. showing the fuel transfer from a cargo vessel to 'Puma'.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructoso)
The Schuss has begun with the three Volvo-70 chasing east in the direction of Capetown pushed by a 30 to 40 kn breeze. Best placed on the highway is the leading 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), sailing at top speeds of over 30 kn. In these conditions, the gaps between the boats tend to get larger favoring 'Telefonica', the best placed in the frontal system. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) was 114 miles back this morning. 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) follows 337 miles behind. The race-viewer, the report and the videos.
The damaged 'Puma' has been refueled with 600 l from a passing cargo vessel and advances now faster in the direction of the Tristan de Cunha Islands from where a cargo vessel will bring her to South Africa. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructuoso)
The three VOR-70s still in the race chase down south with an average speed exceeding 20 kn, but - alerted by the dismasting of 'Puma' in quite normal wind and wave conditions - the teams refrain from pushing their yacht to the limits. The fastest at present is 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA, who reduced the deficit to 299 miles, and also 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL gained some miles and is now 103 miles behind the leader 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). 1'750 miles remain to Capetown.
In the mean-time, 'Puma' advances with 3 kn under jury rigg, and it is more than critical in this moment, whether a solution to be on time at the start of the second leg in Capetown can be found. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amery Ross-PUMA)
A day of incidents on the South Atlantic ! 'Puma' dismasted yesterday afternoon in a 20-25 kn breeze reaching course for an unknown reason with nobody hurt. The Americans, head-to-head with 'Telefonica' leading the race during quite some time, try now to reach the nearby Tristan da Cunha-Island under jury rigg. It will be quite a challenge to get ready to resume the race on time in Capetown. The illustrated report.
Troubles on 'Camper' NZL as well, where the bowman Mike Pammenter NZL was catapulted against a shroud by big wave. Broken teeth and cuts in the face were the consequence, but he is expected back on deck today again. The report.
And there are now only three out of six VOR 70s still racing, and some tension has been lost. The lonely leader 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) had lost some speed touching the St. Helena anticyclone and 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) reduced the gap to 92 miles. 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) caught up as well and is now 272 miles behind 'Telefonica'. The race-viewer, the videos and the reports.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Telefonica)
The 15-20 kn trade winds in the South Atlantic push the Volvo 70 actually at speeds exceeding 20 kn. With the weather forecast announcing a depression from the west, this fast ride could well continue until Capetown. When and where this frontal system will arrive is not yet clear. Yesterday, the gaps between the yachts were slightly reduced. 'Telefonica' had a 14 miles' lead on 'Puma' this morning. 'Camper' NZL was 127 miles behind, and 'Groupama' reduced the backlog to 403 miles. The leading 'Telefonica has 2'200 miles left to the finish in Capetown, where the first arrivals are expected on the coming weekend. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Groupama)
The fleet was stretched even more yesterday in a moderate breeze and speeds around 15 kn. The advantage of 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) is now 48 miles. Today Sunday will be similar and only at the beginning of next week, a depression coming from the west is expected, allowing fast downwind runs at speeds exceeding 20 kn. Over 2'500 miles are left to the finish. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Camper)
Two week have gone after the start to leg one and there is still a tied couple - 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP and 'Puma' with Ken Read USA - leading the race. Being a little more easterly, it is 'Telefonica' stated as leader with a 47 miles' advance on 'Puma' this morning. The wind condition in the South Atlantic - see race-viewer - stay unconstant and light, and ongoing position changes are very likely. The followers 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 'Groupama (Franck Cammas FRA) are 171, respectively 402 miles behind. The report of the dax and the videos of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amery Ross)
Throughout the day, speeds have remained between 14 and 15.7 knots for all four boats in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, and this with a not too fresh breeze around 15 kn, thanks to the hot angles sailed in an easterly wind. No change in the positions and this morning at 4 a.m. UCT, 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP continues to chase the leading 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) 5 miles ahead. Today, 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) almost 400 miles behind 'Puma' is likely to reach Fernando de Noronha around midday. Approaching Capetown, still over 3000 miles away, the boats will try to avoid the difficulties of the Saint Helena High going south and head into the strong westerly winds that they hope will sweep them to the finish. The race-tracker, the report of the day and the videos of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Puma-Amery Ross)
The leading duo 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) will round the mandatory way point Fernando-de-Noronha-Islands off the Brazilian coast during this morning. Separated by 13 miles, these two yachts have been extending their lead in the freshening southern trade winds, and 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is now already 150 miles behind. 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) follows 400 miles behind the leaders. The next barrier ahead will be the St-Helena anticyclone - this year farther south - with its notorious lull patches. 'Puma' still has over 3300 miles to go to Capetown. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Camper)
The leading duo 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) were not much delayed when passing the innertropical convergence zone, and have now already reached the Southern trade-winds. Separated by just 12 miles at present, they are heading for the Fernando de Noronha-Inseln off the Brazilian coast, a control point to be rounded. 'Camper' NZL is 107 miles behind still in the doldrums, and 'Groupama' FRA with a 314 miles' deficit has not been able to reduce the gap. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the onboard-videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amery Ross-PUMA)
The leading duo 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) nd 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) have now reached the innertropical convergence zone, the doldrums, in a neck-and-neck race. Four leader changes happened yesterday and this morning, the lead of 'Puma' was a mere 5 miles on the Spanish. The prevailing light wind obviously reduced the boatspeed, and the followers 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) 157 respektively 336 miles behind are about to reduce the backlog slowly. Still more than half of the leg one distance to go. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the onboard-videos of yesterday.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amery Ross)
The leading trio with 'Puma' (Ken Read USA), 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and - with a 146 miles' backlog - 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) has been progressing direction South Atlantic at speeds exceeding 20 kn for over 48 hours now. The next obstacle to overcome are the Equator with its innertropical convergence zone, the doldrums, that will bring the fleet closer together again. At present, 'Puma' is 8,6 miles ahead of 'Telefonica'. 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) however is already 300 miles behind and about to leave the African coast. Over 4000 miles are still to go to Capetown and some more barriers are ahead. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
The suspense goes on, as the missing trade-wind zone leaves the consequences of the contrasting strategies open. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA progresses gently along the African coast, but the trio trailing on the 'normal' track down the Atlantic has now catched a breeze filling in from a passing disturbance in the West and moves on at a 20 kn speed. Consequently the backlog has diminished to 180 miles this morning.
'Abu Dhabi' with skipper Ian Walker GBR who restarted from Alicante on Wednesday has now definitively abandoned this leg to seriously install the new mast stepped up in a hurry during the very short repair stop just after the initial start. She is on the way to Lisboa from where the VOR-70 will be transported to Capetown by cargo vessel. The race-viewer, the report and the videos of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © PUMA Amery Ross)
Some fresher winds near the African coast after passing the Canaries on day six of the race and Franck Cammas FRA and his 'Groupama'-Team seem still to be the lucky stratetic gamblers on the leg one of the long Volvo Ocen Race with a 200 miles' lead. But he has not yet touched the important trade winds, while a low pressure cell might reach the Western trio 'Telefonica', 'Puma' and 'Camper' and finally bring them up to speed to reduce the gap.
As reported yesterday, 'Abu Dhabi' rejoined the race on Wednesday after the repair stop in Alicante and will pass the Gibraltar Strait today. Their backlog is 950 miles for the moment, a reducable gap if Ian Walker plays the best strategic cards. The race-viewer, the report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Tim Stonton)
Where are the trade winds ? While 'Groupama' decided to move on gently in a light reaching breeze along the Moroccan coast, passing the Canaries today, 'Puma', 'Camper' and 'Telefonica' opted for an extreme Westerly course hoping for a low pressure system to arrive. The strategy of Franck Cammas FRA seems to pay for the moment as his advantage is already 40 miles.
Yesterday evening, 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR restarted the race after some repairs and the mounting of a new mast.
The race-viewer and the reports. Interesting also the videos showing the damaged 'Team Sanya', and presenting an interview with Iker Martinez and Javi Fernandez ESP, the ISAF World Sailors of the Year 2011, elected two days ago.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Amery Ross)
The conditions were light yesterday after the turbulent beginning of the Volvo Ocean Race. The four of the six teams racing actually are searching for wind. This morning at 2.00 hrs UCT, it was again 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA who reclaimed the lead for 'Telefonica' with a course very close to the Morrocan coast. The other three teams choose to go the 'normal' route in the West and have a 10 miles backog on the French for the moment. The report.
'Abu Dhabi' is about to finish the remasting and will most probably restart in Alicante ESP today - under motor up to the GPS position of dismasting - and then chasing the fleet under sail again. The report.
See also as usual the race-viewer and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
After the fulminant start of the Volvo Ocean Race, the four teams still in the race have now reached a zone with light but very unconstant wind along the African coast. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA and 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL try their luck going down South near the coast whereas 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) opt for a Western route hoping to find an incoming depression. At the positioning this morning, 'Groupama' was leading but the fleet, progressing at 4 to 7 kn, is separated by 12 miles only. The report.
For 'Team Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL leg one is over. The Chinese team has officially abanonded the first part of the race and tries now to repair the boat and bring it to Capetown to the start of leg 2 in time. The report.
Ian Walker GBR and his 'Abu Dhabi'-Team however will hopefully be ready to restart next Thursday with a new mast. See more details. The videos of the day and the race-viewer.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The rough conditions with a fresh Westerly breeze forcing the 6 teams to sail upwind passing the Gibraltar Straitrup caused another incident. After 'Abu Dhabi' loosing the mast, 'Team Sanya' with the experienced Mike Sanderson NZL as skipper was hit by a severe structural damage of the hull with a major water inrush. This only old-generation Volvo 70 is now in a harbour at the South-Spanish coast, and it is not yet clear, whether the crack can be repaired to allow rejoining the race. The four VOR70s still in the race have passed the Gibraltar Strait in the meantime. 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL leads 3 miles ahead of 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP and 19 miles in front of 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA. Meanwhile the wind has calmed down. The race-viewer, the report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
A fresh Westerly breeze on the Mediterranean forced the fleet to a rough upwind sailing during the first 24 unpleasant hours of the races. 'Abu Dhabi' even lost the mast and had to return back to Alicante using the engin. Ian Walker GBR and his team intend to restart as soon as possible. A spare mast is already on the way to Alicante. The report. The remaining five yachts tack closely together up the coast of Southern Spain direction Gibraltar. 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP was leading this morning at 3 a.m. UCT two miles ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 2,5 miles in front of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA). The report, the race-viewer and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The six teams competing in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race will start to leg one off Alicante today at 1 p.m. UTC. After a round in front of the harbour, the passage of the Mediterranean direction Gibraltar is on the program, before they will be heading South 6500 miles down the Atlantic Ocean to Cape Town. A number of attractions - fireworks, concerts and more - have been or will be going on at the Race Village before the boats start to the race. SAR Crown Prince Felipe, Olympian 1992 himself, will be on board 'Telefonica' during the start. The report. The start can be followed live on the Internet.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Tomorrow at 1 p.m. UTC, the start to the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011/2012 will be given in Alicante ESP. Over 6'500 miles is the first ride down South across the Atlantic Ocean to Cape Town RSA. With the exception of Mike Sanders NZL who sails with the 'old' Volvo 70 'Sanya', the other five teams have made investments in new designs starting with high expectations and ambitions. The start can be followed live as from 12.45 UTC on the Internet. The event-website.
Part of the entertainment program at the Race Villige of Alicante was a historical regatta with former Whitbread yachts from the 70ies and 80ies. However, there was little to no winds but the 'old stars' had nevertheless fun. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011/12 began yesterday with the first Inport Race sailed in the Alicante Harbour zone in a 15 kn breeze decreasing during the race. A flawless performance brought Ian Walker GBR and his 'Abu Dhabi'-Team on top of the rankings with a 14 minutes' lead over 'Puma' with Ken Read USA and 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL. Next Saturday, the start to the first leg direction South Africa will be given. The report of the day and the videos of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Today at 1 p.m. GMT, the Volvo Ocean Race 2011/12 will be started with the first Inport Race at Alicante. In yesterday's Practice Race, sailed in a 8-10 kn breeze, it was Team NewZealand's 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL who demonstrated its fitness right from the beginning. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR and 'Puma' with Ken Read followed on the ranks 2 and 3. The report on the Practice Race. The Inport Race can be followed live on the event website today as from 1 p.m. GMT.
While the starts and good infight tactics are crucial in Inport Races, it will be the overall strategy and the boat speed that are deciding in the Offshore legs. No participant may be regarded as prime favorite at this moment, and the race will no doubt be very close. The preview.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
It's go tomorrow ! The six teams participating in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race begin their adventure tomorrow with the Inport Races in Alicante ESP over the coming weekend. The start to the first leg will be on November 5, and the teams will be underway for 8 months, doing 10 stopovers around the globe and sailing almost 40'000 miles. With the exception of the Chinese 'Team Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL as skipper, all teams dispose of a new generation Volvo 70. The outcome of the race is open as never before. According to the rules, the teams have published their Crew-lists yesterday. A preview on the Inport-Races.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez)
'Abu Dhabi' has completed the requested qualification miles with a quick ride to Benidorm and back yesterday. The team of the English double Olympic medalist Ian Walker was forced to use the engin in a total lull during the original qualification race round the Baleares, and the race directors penalised the team with another 111 miles course. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The Volvo Ocean Race Village in Alicante opened yesterday for the public. Until the leg one start to Capetown on November 6th, the Teams and its sponsors have the possibility to present themselves to the large crowd strolling thru the exhibition. As from October 29th, short Inport-Races to entertain the spectators and tune-up of the teams are on the program, complemented by other events such as concerts and shows. A firework was celebrated yesterday evening at the Opening Ceremony. Read the report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Teams and the organisers are getting ready for the first Inport-Race of the Volvo Ocean Race planned for October 29. Ian Walker GBR and his 'Abu Dhabi'-Team will have to add another 111 miles qualification round, as they had to abandon the qualification regatta last weekend and returned to Alicante under engin. The report. Celebrities arrived yesterday at the Race Village, to be officially opened on the coming Saturday. The Spanish football (soccer) National Team, reigning World Champions, were on visit and admired the Volvo 70 from the inside. Fernando Torres e.g. was impressed about the narrowness inside the cabin, and apparently he would not have minded to spend a few hours on board. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
After just two days, the 6 teams arrived back at Alicante yesterday morning finishing the warm-up race around the Baleares. The main purpose of this session was to test the safety systems of the yachts. But it was evident, that the six teams also made some first performance comparisons. 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP arrived first, but everybody agreed, that the speed potential of the different boats is very similar. The Race to be started on October 29th will therefore be tense as never before. The report and the videos.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The six teams lost their initial speed in the lighter winds approaching the Baleares. Going deeper South, 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), 'Puma' (Ken Read USA and 'Team Sanya' (Cameron Dunn NZL) seem to have touched a fresher breeze first. After rounding the Baleares, the race goes back to Alicante. To be noted, the this race is for trainings and safety test purposes only. The start to the VOR follows on October 29th. The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Yesterday, the six Volvo Ocean Race participants started to the 600 miles' Qualification Race round Mallorca and back to Alicante. The objective of the race is the test of the boats and especially the safety set-up and procedures, among other also a man-over-board manoeuvre. The teams have in addition the possibility of first comparisons with the competitors. The Kiwi 'Camper' initiated the event with an impressive dinghy-like start and took the lead. The report.
 
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Almost daily during the past eight months, we have informed on the latest news and results of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011/12, a race that - thanks to the balance of the teams - was probably one of the most interesting round-the-world races so far. The competition ended yesterday with the Galway IRL Inport Race. The overall victory of Franck Cammas FRA on 'Groupama' was already firm before this last race, and 'only' the separate Inport overall rankings were at stake. It was Ken Read with his 'Puma' team who took this Trophy winning the last race closely followed by 'Camper' and Chris Nicholson NZL. The start to the next Volvo Ocean Race will be in October 2014. The organizers hope to have up to ten teams on the starting line, thanks to the new OneDesign-Yachts. The report, the final rankings and the video of the Inport Race.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011/12 comes to an end today with tthe Inport Race of Galway at the Irish West Coast. While the overall rankings are clear already with the victory of 'Groupama' and Franck Cammas FRA, the tension goes on with the special rankings of the Inport Races. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) are on top with the same number of points. 'Groupama' follows one point behind only. The Inport Race can be followed live as from 13 h UTC on the Internet. The preview.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The Volvo 70 fleet reached the final destination Galway at the Irish West Coast during the past night, with the first four boats arriving within only 17 minutes. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) crossed the finish line as first, confirming her second rank overall. Franck Cammas FRA with his 'Groupama' was second and herewith the clear overall winner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011/2012. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) are on the ranks 3 and 4 in the 9th leg and the overall rankings. The report and the video.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The six teams started yesterday in a 15 kn breeze to the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2012 to Galway IRL. The fleet has already crossed half to the distance and will arrive in Ireland tomorrow. 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL and 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP share the lead 0,2 miles ahead of 'Puma' with Ken Read USA on 3rd. The race-viewer
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
As from today, the Volvo Ocean Race 2012 is in its crucial phase. At noon UCT, the start to the Lorient Inport Race will be given. Tomorrow Sunday, the yachts leave France for the last 550 miles' final leg to Galloway IRL, where another Inport Race counting for the overall rankings will take place. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is at present the dominating leader with a 23 points' advantage on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and will hardly cede the first place. The Inport Race can be followed live on the Internet as from noon UCT today.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Maria Muino)
No mercy by the Jury for 'Telefonica', 'Groupama' and 'Abu Dhabi', who requested to take the yachts ashore for major repairs. Here the report. This is a hard hit above all for 'Telefonica' with both rudders severely damaged. In case they installed new rudders, they would be relegated by one rank in all remaining races. It remains open, whether to old rudders can be repaired under these circomstances. The Spanish team was leading in the 8th leg, when the incident damaging both rudders happened. In an interview on the official website, the skipper Iker Martinez ESP explains the situation in the Bay of Biscay storm. The start to the last leg direction Galloway IRL will be given Sunday in a week.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
After the rough 8th leg - especially on the way back from the Azores to Lorient with winds exceeding 40 kn - all teams are now very busy maintaining and repairing their Volvo 70s. According to the rules, the yacht may not be out of the water, but a number of teams, among them 'Telefonica' with a damaged rudder system, have requested the Jury to give them the permission to repair the boats ashore. Next Friday, the Pro-Am Show Race is on the program, Saturday follows the Lorent In-Port-Race before the start to the last leg to Ireland will be given on the coming Sunday. The report.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA finished leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race at her home port Lorient FRA yesterday as winner, one hour ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) as second, and 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) as third. 'Groupama' has now a 23 points' lead in the overall rankings, a solid first position considering that only 42 points max will be awarded in the remaining two In-Port-Races and the final leg to Ireland. After the crucial 8th leg with 'Telefonica' hit by a rudder damage, the French team will most probably be the clear winner of this round-the-world regatta. The report and the video of the arrival.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The full risk race has its first victim ! In the schuss towards Lorient in a 40 kn plus breeze, 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) broke one of the rudders, and lateron after the gybe direction Lorient, the Spanish damaged the second rudder as well. They are sailing now in safety mode at half-speed and are already down on rank 5, practically loosing their chances for the overall victory. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas has taken the lead again and is extending the gap on the persuers heading for her home port Lorient. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) follows 15 miles behind, 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) is 22 miles behind the French. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou - Groupama)
Thursday will be a big day. With the combination of gale force offwind conditions up to 50 knots and waves in excess of six metres, the results could hinge on who pushes hardest and still survives. Also up for grabs is the world 24-hour speed record for a monohull set by Ericsson 4 during the 2008-09 race, where their mark of 596.6 nautical miles has not been bettered since. 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is still in the lead 6,1 miles in front of 'Puma' with Ken Read USA. 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) was temporarily down on rank 4, as they had problems with the jammed main sail not allowing reefing. Rapidly coming from behind, 'Groupama' is again on 3rd not far behind 'Puma'. 650 miles are left to Lorient, and already by tomorrow morning, the winner will be known. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The fleet closes ranks in the decreasing winds approaching the Azores. This morning, the six boats will round the San Miguel island direction North-East towards Lorient FRA. 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is again in the lead 0,8 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), followed 1,7 miles behind the Spanish by 'Puma' (Ken Read USA). 1160 miles are left to the arrival in France. The upcoming rear wind will speed up the Volvo 70s for a fast ride to Lorient. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructuoso)
The 6 boats' fleet is approaching the Azores, turning-point of the 8th leg on the way back to Lorient FRA at the French Atlantic coast, in a decreasing breeze. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA had taken the lead in the reaching speed race during the past days, but 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) is only 0,3 miles behind, and also the other gaps between the yachts are minimal. On their way back, the teams will encounter a frontal system from the west, and the estimated time of arrival is Friday already ... most probably in rough conditions at high speeds. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Good sailing conditions prevailed yesterday at the start of the six teams to the 8th leg of the Volvo Ocean Race leading from Lisbon POR to Lorient FRA rounding the Azores. The first four teams are very close together and still have a chance to become the overall winner of the race with two legs and two in-port races to sail. This morning at 4 a.m., 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP was 1,7 miles ahead of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA). The short 1'900 miles' will be sailed in roughly five days. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Winning the In-port race of Lisbon, 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA consolidated her overall lead ahead of 'Telefonica' now 8 points behind. With the start to leg 8 in view, there are still 4 teams who can aim for an overall VOR victory. Never before, the outcome of a Round-the-World race has been so close. With the start today to the relatively short 8th leg over 1940 miles from Lisbon POR to Lorient FRA around the Azores, the final phase of this regatta is initiated. As usual, the start will be transmitted live on the event-website.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR achieved her first victory arriving just 6 minutes ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) after a close finish. The second-ranked French replaced 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) on top in the overall rankings, but the gaps between the teams remain small and everything can happen in the three remaining legs and the In-Port races. The report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
During the past night, the fleet has reached the last major obstacle approaching the finish line, a lull zone with a very light 2-4 kn breeze. The seven Volvo 70 are now proceeding closely together within a 30 miles' range. The one to reach the trade-winds off the Portuguese Coast first will very likely be the winner of this leg. 230 miles are left to Lisbon where the boats are expected this evening. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR holds the lead only 12 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) sailing jointly together. The overall leader 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) follows on position 5, 23 miles behind. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Andres Soriano)
After a 48 hours' speedy drag race in breeze from astern, the fleet will encounter another lull zone at the Azores' latitude reducing the gaps between the boats again. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR was still on the first position this morning 27 miles ahead of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA). 'Groupama' (36 miles backlog) and 'Telefonica' (46 miles behind) follow on the ranks 3 and 4. Within the coming 48 hours, a repositioning will most probably take place and the one to reach the fresh breeze first will be in an excellent position to remain on top until the arrival in Lisboa. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross)
Since yesterday, the whole fleet has been sailing in a stable south-westerly breeze of 20 kn, and the boat speeds are remarkably high. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR defended the lead and is 29 miles ahead of 'Puma'. The backmarkers 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) - backlog 54 miles - and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) - backlog 66 miles - have reduced the gaps. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross)
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR was the first to reach a fresher breeze yesterday, leaving the rest of the fleet almost 90 miles behind during the past night. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 15 miles back 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) are the closest chasers, whereas the two leading boats overall 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) are the backmarkers with already a backlog exceeding 100 miles. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR found the best way through the very unconstant wind pattern over the North Atlantic and is back on top 19 miles ahead of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) 24 miles back. 'Groupama' and 'Telefonica' have a 50 miles backlog. With a frontal system reaching the fleet from the North, these positions will probably consolidate during the coming 24 hours. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
After having searched for the (too) rapidly passing frontal system from the West, the fleet is now being reshuffled in the middle of an anticyclone. The new leader is 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR, two miles ahead of 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL. Yesterday's leader 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) is as most southern yacht down on the 5th place, 11 miles behind. The race-viewer, der daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Abu Dhabi)
The weather pattern today is rather unclear and as a consequence, major position shifts in the fleet may well happen. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) was the first to bear away from the fleet searching for some more wind in the North, but dropping on the last rank for the moment. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) is still on the first place 22 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA). The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The fleet is sailing eastwards in a moderate breeze around 15 kn. In the meantime, 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP has joined 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA ahead of the fleet. The third-ranked, 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) follows 10 miles behind. The race-viewer and the daily report.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
On the way North, the fleet has now - as expected - reached a low pressure area with fresh winds. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA remained at the rim of the depression benefitting the longest from the favorable sailing conditions, and took the lead, 32 miles ahead of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA). 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is 6 miles behind the Americans. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Ten hours after the start, the fleet - again complete with six Volvo 70s - is actually sailing up the Florida Coast direction North closely together. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) is at present 0,3 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA). The Chinese 'Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL, transported to Miami by cargo ship, is last 3,5 miles behind. The 7th leg of the Volvo Ocean Races goes from Miami USA to Lisboa POR across the Atlantic. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR reached the finish in Miami yesterday as 5th and last. Despite of choosing a similar route as the better ranked teams, the Arabian team had no chance with their Volvo 70 to meet the performance of the new Juan Koujoumdjian designs. The report and the videos of the arrival.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL was only 0,6 miles behind the leading American in the approach to the finish line, but Ken Read USA and his 'PUMA'-team successfully defended the first place celebrating their second leg win, arriving in Miami 1 hr 8 min before the Kiwis. The fight for rank 3 went in favor of 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA crossing the finish line 35 min before 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP. This means, that the four top teams are now again closer together in the overall rankings. The coming 7th leg from Miami to Lisboa POR - start May 2 - will be exciting. The daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross-PUMA)
The race for victory will be tight this evening at the finish of leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Miami FL. 'Puma' with Ken Read USA leads still with only 11 miles ahead of 'Camper' NZL, but the light and unconstant wind will offer opportunities to the Kiwis with Chris Nicholson NZL to attack over and over again. Another duel is open for the third place with 'Groupama' (Frank Cammas FRA) only 6 miles in front of the overall leader 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
With 480 miles to go, the slack conditions make the final approach to the finish line full of tension, as the gap between the leading duo with 'Puma' of Ken Read USA and 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is still only 17 miles. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) however has lost some ground and is now 47 miles behind. The fastest for the moment is 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) reducing the gap to 99 miles. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross-PUMA)
Light winds, yesterday around 10 kn, shaped again the day during leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race. 'Puma' with Ken Read USA extended her lead to 28 miles on 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) following closely together. The light-wind conditions will probably further delay the arrival, as there are still 790 miles or roughly four days to sail to Miami FL. Some teams are already now short of food ! The race-viewer, the daily report and the Videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
During the last 24 hours, the leading duo 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) separated by 8 miles progressed along the Carribean islands in step, powered by a light rear wind. But now, 'Camper' is trying an attack going more south where a fresher breeze prevails, and it is not impossible, that this tactic will pay in the coming hours. Loosing ground however was 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) with a 27 miles' backlog, while 'Groupama' on rank 4 reduced the gap to 93 miles. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
The five Volvo 70 have passed the most Eastern point of Brazil yesterday and are now reaching the freshening trade-winds. The boats are now even closer together with 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) leading only 7 miles ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and another 4 miles farther behind 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). The event-website.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructuoso)
The Southern trade-wind zone comes slowly but surely nearer and already yesterday, the leading boats touched some fresher winds. Today, the fleet will pass Cabo Branco, the most Eastern point of Brazil. 'Puma' with Ken Read USA still holds the lead, but the winner of the day was 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP who approached the leaders to 10 miles. 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) at the other end of the fleet has massively lost ground and is already 114 miles behind the leaders. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross-PUMA)
The five VOR-70s continue to sail along the Brazilian coast on a reaching leg with speeds around 15 kn direction North. 'Puma' with Ken Read USA is now 20 miles ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 36 miles in front of 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
The 5 boats' fleet has reached a light wind zone yesterday as expected. The next 48 hours will show which of the teams will reach the southern trade-winds as frist and pull clear of the rest of the fleet. This morning, it was 'Puma' with Ken Read USA holding the 'pole position'. 17, respectively 19 miles behind follow 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR). The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The five VOR-70s continued their reaching course along the Brazilian coast. Winner of the day was 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) sailing in the middle of the pack, who approached the leading 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) to 3 miles. The fleet is sailing within a 35 miles area in the direction of a lull zone with shifty winds this afternoon. By tomorrow, the positions might look quite differently. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
After a quick start, the fleet is now in lighter winds along the Brazilian coast. While 'Camper' and 'Abu Dhabi' believe in a course close to the land, the overall leaders 'Telefonica' and 'Groupama' prefer a course more offshore, and 'Puma' opted for the mid route. This morning, the 'land-duo' sailing closely together had the lead with 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) 2,1 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR). But the zone with light and unconstant winds has just begun, the gaps between the boats are small (the last 'Groupama' is only 29 miles behind), and anything can happen. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The start to leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2012 was given yesterday evening UCT in a 15-20 kn breeze, leading from Itajai BRA over 4'800 miles to Miami USA. Reaching winds will prevail during the coming days and the teams will enjoy a fast ride. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) has taken the lead 5 miles ahead of 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) another two miles behind. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The leading 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) rounded the wrong mark after a course change at the In-Port Race at Itajai and dropped on the last position (see report), enabling 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas) to book the first victory in an In-Port Race. Herewith, the French team reduced the backlog on the overall leading Spanish on 16 points. The report.
Today Sunday at 17 p.m. UCT, the start to the 6th leg crossing the Equator heading for Miami USA will be given. The start can be followed live on the Internet.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The start to the Itajai BRA In-Port-Race will be given today Saturday at 2 p.m. local time (19 p.m. UCT). In addition to the four finishers of leg 5, 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), having arrived last Thursday by cargo ship, will most probably join the fleet after a rush repair act. The report. The winner of the three short races of the Pro-Am-Series, not counting for the overall classifications, was 'Camper'. During these races, sponsors and guest are aboard the VOR-70 racers. The report and the video.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
As last of the teams finishing the complete leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, 'Camper' of New Zealand crossed the finish line in Itajai BRA, 10 days after the winner 'Puma'. Already on Friday, the In-Port Race is on the program and on Saturday, the start to the 6th leg to Miami USA will be given. Today, 'Abu Dhabi' transported by cargo ship to Brazil, is scheduled to arrive. The team of Ian Walker has two days left to repair the boat and make her race-ready. The reporl of the day.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
This morning UCT, 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL will cross the finish line of the 5th Volvo Ocean Race leg at Itajai BRA as 4th yacht. At 5 a.m., 73 miles were left for the New Zealand team. The race-viewer and the report.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
Still 326 miles to the finish line at Itajai BRA left for 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL this morning. The Kiwis will probably finsh the race tomorrow as last of the teams having finished the leg 5 of the race. The start to the In-Port-Race of Itajai will be given on next Saturday. The R
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructuoso)
973 miles are left for 'Campers' to the finish at Itajai BRA. Some lull zones are ahead of the Kiwis in the coming 48 hours and it remains open whether their journey will end on next Monday. The race-viewer.
With only one yacht having finished leg 5 without major incidents, the Volvo Ocean Race has partly been very critisised. On the event website, the skippers defend the format. Read the comments.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL continued yesterday her lonely journey up the Atlantic to Itajai BRA 1'700 miles away in more moderate conditions. Meanwhile, 'Groupama' has received the new mast and the team is busy to install and trim the new gear. Under pressure however is the 'Abu Dhabi' syndicate, whose Volvo-70 will arrive by cargo ship at Itajai BRA on April 18 only. On April 20, the In-Port-Race will take place and the shore team has only 48 hours left to replace 4 square-meter hull on either side of the bow. The race-viewer and the daily report.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is the only yacht still underway in this 5th leg, full of incidents. Having rounded the Cape Horn, the New Zealand Volvo 70 is again in a stress test with winds of up to 60 kn, but no damage has been reported so far. The expected time of arrival in Itajai BRA is the next Monday. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The arrival of the French team was delayed yesterday because of the very light wind along the Brazilian coast. But in the afternoon, 'Groupama' with skipper Franck Cammas FRA sailing under jury rig crossed finally the finish line. The report. The New Zealand 'Camper' will be underway roughly one week after her repair stop in Chile. She rounded the Cape Horn around midnight UCT in moderate conditions and has another 2'000 miles to go. The race-viewer and the report. 'Abu Dhabi' is hoping to reach Itajai by cargo ship on time to participate at the Inport Race in Brazil on April 20. The report.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA will arrive at Itajai BRA during this morning. At 3 a.m., she was 40 miles away and in spite of sailing under jury rig, she sailed at a 6 kn speed. Finishing 3rd in leg 5, 'Groupama' defends the 2nd rank in the overall rankings. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
While the first-arrived 'Puma' and 'Telefonica' teams enjoy the life ashore, 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is on a good way to secure the third place approaching ItaJai BRA still 221 miles away under jury rig. A long way however remains for 'Camper' who resumed racing after the repair stop at Puerto Montt on the Chilean west coast. 2'500 miles, rounding of the Cape Horn included, wait for the New Zealand team. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
'Puma' (Ken Read) crossed the finish line at Itajai BRA just 12 (!) minutes before 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), her first leg victory in the 2011/12 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, a logical winner, as 'Puma' was the only boat without a major incident. Admittedly the weather conditions over the South Atlantic were favorable for 'Telefonica', but her comeback since her short repair stop in Patagonia was more than impressive, having sailed from the Cape to Brazil one and a half day faster as 'Puma'. The third-ranked 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) has assembled a jury rig from the remainders of the mast in Punta del Este' and is underway again for the last 650 miles. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL), the only other yacht still floating is still in Chile for the repair of the Volvo 70 and has not even rounded the Cape Horn. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructuoso)
The incredible pursuit race of 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP continued yesterday, and the Spanish are only 15 miles behind the leading 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) this morning. With an average speed of 24 kn, they are currently 4 kn faster than the Americans ! 150 miles are left to the arrival on the Brazilian holiday island Itajai, and by this afternoon, the race winner will be known. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos, a.o. with a report from 'Groupama', about to establish a jury rig to finish the race in spite of the broken mast.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The matchrace on top is over, as 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) lost the mast yesterday, leaving 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) alone in the 550 miles left to the finish line. Franck Cammas FRA intends to reach Itajai BRA with a jury rig to secure rank 3, whereas 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) strongly coming from behind is now only 40 miles behind 'Puma'. Considering the decreasing breeze as from today, his gap can be closed. As far as the two Volvo-70s having stopped at Puerto Montt CHI are concerned, 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) will transport their yacht to Itajai BRA by cargo ship. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) however will resume the race. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross-PUMA)
Yesterday, 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) sailed mostly at sight, with ongoing leader changes. This morning, it is again 'Groupama' with 3 miles in the lead. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) continued yesterday the comeback, reducing the gap on the leaders to 58 miles, and still they sail 2 kn faster than the duo on top ! 720 miles are left to the finish line. Meanwhile, 'Camper' has reached Puerto Montt at the Chilean coast. The New Zealand team expects a repair stopover of about three days. 'Abu Dhabi' is expected today at Puerto Montt. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructuoso)
The 'matchrace' goes on between 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), sailing in a very light breeze on top of the fleet. The gap in favor of 'Puma' was only 1.1 mile this morning. On the other hand, the good news come from 'Telefonica' on rank 3, who advances extremely well in the good sailing conditions, reducing the gap on the leaders to 137 miles. Three days ago, the Spanish were over 400 miles behind ! On Sunday, the leading duo will cross the finish line 930 miles ahead at Itajai BRA. The race-viewer, the report ot the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
'Puma' (Ken Read USA) having taken the lead now, and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) have been sailing along the Argentinian coast closely together (6 miles' gap) since yesterday, so close after 4'000 racing ! 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) is also enjoying the good wind conditions reducing the gap on the leaders by over 100 miles yesterday to only 273 miles. 1'100 miles remain to the finish line. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructoso)
The repair stop of 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) in the shelter of a bay 10 miles after the Cape Horn was short. With the help of the shore team, the strucural damage was fixed quickly. A little bit longer takes the recovery of the bowman Antonio Cuervos ESP, who left the team in Patagonia with a back injury occurred after a heavy fall when a big wave hit the boat in the South Pacific. He will rejoin the team for the 6th leg. The Spanish team on rank 3 is now 410 miles behind the leaders, but this 3rd place will be sufficient to protect rank one overall. In the duel for rank one, 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) has reduced the gap on the leader 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) to 10 miles. An exciting battle for victory will follow in the 1'450 miles to Itajai BRA. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
During this night, 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and three hours later 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) rounded the Cape Horn in a 20 kn breeze, sailing now upwind on the South Atlantic in a light wind. The fastest boat underway yesterday was the third-ranked 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), who reduced the gap on the leader by more than 100 miles in the past 24 hours. The Spanish plan to make a short repair stop at Ushuaia ARG, just after rounding Cape Horn. They hope to be back racing within 12 hours. The race-viewer, the report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross-PUMA)
Today, 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA and, 23 miles behind, also 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) will reach the Cape Horn. Decreasing winds did allow the Americans to come closer to the leader. In spite of all caution, 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR reached yesterday a top speed of 41 kn (!), but a few moments later, the team had to announce technical problems, as the hull started to delaminate. This morning, the race-viewer notes a complete standstill. 'Abu Dhabi' seems to return to New Zealand. The report. After two weeks with waves above 7 meters, the teams are now more than happy to reach the Atlantic. The report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) extended her lead on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) slightly on 48 miles in the final approach to the Cape Horn in a steady breeze of 30-40 kn blowing over the South Pacific. With 700 miles to go, the leading duo will round the Cape Horn rocks probably on Friday evening. Thomas Coville FRA ('Groupama') will round the 'Horn' for the 9th time. The daily report is therefore dedicated to Coville. See also the race-viewer and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
After passing the second ice-gate, the Volvo 70 are again heading southwards through the icy zones of the South Pacific direction Cape Horn. In addition to the ongoing 40 kn plus breeze, the very cold temperatures put a big pressure on the crews. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA has extended her lead on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA), the only chaser left, to 48 miles. 'Sanya' reached New Zealand yesterday to be loaded on a cargo ship destination Miami to be prepared to resume the Volvo Ocean Race. 'Camper' is on the way to the Chilean coast and also 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) announced yesterday, that they intend to do a repair stop at Ushuaia ARG at the Cape Horn. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructoso)
After 'Abu Dhabi' just after the start, as well as 'Sanya' and 'Camper' during the past days, it is the overall leader 'Telefonica', who was hit by a structural breakage at the bow, caused by the hard wave impacts. The speed has been reduced and repairs are going on. The backlog on the leader has obviously grown to 270 miles. 'Groupama' stays on position one 31 miles in front of 'Puma' in winds moderating to 20 kn. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos. The damaged 'Sanya' will be loaded on a cargo heading for Miami from where racing will be resumed. The report.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
Admittedly, the stormy wind has decreased slightly for the leading teams, but a very agitated sea with cross waves all over and the icy temperatures make sailing extremely hard. See the video by 'Telefonica', who was twice flat on the water hit by monster waves. The New Zealand 'Camper' is forced to seek a harbour at the Chilean coast to repair the damaged fixation at the bow.
'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), defended the lead extending the advance on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) on 48 miles by this morning. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) is already 178 miles behind. Four more of these challenging days are ahead of the teams until Cape Horn. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
As expected, the four teams ahead in the fleet reached the center of the storm depression with an average windspeed around 40 kn and gusts of up to 60 miles. Sailing in survival mode, the boats' speeds have been reduced to 18-20 kn. According to Iker Martinez ESP, it would be easier to let the boats run at speeds of over 30 kn, but none of the VOR-70 would support this stress during more that 10 minutes, according to him.
Leader at present is 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) 50 miles ahead of 'Puma' (Ken Read NZL) and 75 miles before 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). Team New Zealand 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) however had to do a repair stop, and is now already over 200 miles hehind. The race-viewer, the report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The first VOR-40s have passed the ice-gate on the 47th parallel yesterday, fighting with the heavy 40 kn plus wind of the Southern Seas. All boats are sailing in safety mode, but there will be more to come - the thick red arrows on the race-viewer predict a hard test for the next 48 hours. The new leader now is 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) 16 miles ahead off 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is on rank 3 with a 29 miles backlog. The report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross-PUMA)
The Roaring Forties finally started to roar ... and the fleet is now fighting for survival in a 40 kn plus breeze. Bad luck for the leader 'Sanya' suffering a major average, who has been forced to head back to New Zealand. The starboard rudder broke and a big hole in the hull was the consequence after an unintentional gybe. It took some time for the crew to get the yacht under control again, and to pump out tons of water. It remains open, whether the boat will be able to resume the race after the repair in New Zealand where they are expected in the next 4 - 5 days. The remaining five VOR-70s are now sailing under survival-mode. Icy winds of 40 - 50 kn from the South have been forecast for the coming five days, ... a major test for the teams and their equipment. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is 4 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), while 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) follow closely behind. The race-viewer, the report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Andres Soriano)
The fleet has reached the first extensions of the low pressure system passing in the west and is now sailing under spinaker at a speed average around 20 kn. The highspeed race in the Roaring Forties direction Cape Horn is launched. The new leader is 'Team Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL. The Chinese team (now with the 49er Olympic Champion Martin Kirketerp DEN) is the only one with a old-generation Volvo 70. While the had difficulties to go at the speed of the new yachts in the upwind-dominated legs so far, the have high hopes now to benefit from the older design in the big surfs of the Southern Seas. With a 10 miles backlog, 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) is now on rank 2, 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) 15 miles behind is 3rd. On the loosing side was the actual leader 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), who is 55 miles back on rank 5. But the bad news continue as the Spanish have a measurement protest on the table, as they had more than the sails aboard during leg 4. The Race-Viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
And here it is, ... the lull zone in the center of a high pressure system ... slowing down the fleet that has come to a reunion with 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) just 0,2 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and three more boats within 11 miles, advancing at speeds around 4 to 5 kn. This is the moment for 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) having started late after a repair stop to reduce the backlog, as she is still sailing in good wind conditions with a 12 kn average. The race-viewer, the report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The long enjoyable reaching leg in a 20 kn breeze has come to an end for the first five teams. Entering the center of an anticyclone with very light winds, the fleet will consolidate again. For the moment, it is 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP on top 11 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), and 15 miles before 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) on rank 3. The repair stop left 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) far behind, but they will undoubtedly reduce the 306 miles' backlog in the hours ahead. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The rough upwind conditions caused the first incident just after the start in Auckland. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR was forced to suspend racing at 0630 UTC, just five-and-a-half hours into the leg, after their Volvo Open 70 crashed off a steep wave and ripped a bulkhead in their bow, which secures a crucial heavy weather headsail, clean out.The repair has already been effected and the team has resumed the race. However, the center of a storm depression is actually over the Gulf of Hauraki with winds of up to 60 kn, and the boats are forced to weather this breeze with the protection of the coast. For the leading yachts, the wind has now decreased to 25 kn, and under reaching conditions, they proceed at speeds of over 20 kn. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) leads 9 miles ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 16 miles in front of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA). The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
This morning at 2 am CET the six teams of the Volvo Ocean Race started their 5th leg, with 6'700 miles the longest of the whole race. Within the next hours a first depression will test the teams, winds between 30 and 50 knots are predicted. At 7 am CET this morning it was 'Team Sanya' (Mike Sanderson NZL) leading the pack just 0,1 miles ahead of 'Abu Dgabi' (Ian Walker GBR). Heading out of the Golf of Hauraki the fleet sails close together, 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) at the end of the fleet is not even one mile behind the leaders. The race viewer, the report and the video of the start.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
A big audience celebrated 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL winning the In-Port Race on his home waters in Auckland in a 20 kn breeze, the first success of the New Zealand team whose performance was rather disappointing so far. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) finished 2nd and 3rd. In the overall rankings, the Kiwis on rank 3 are now only three points behind 'Groupama'. The report.
Tomorrow Sunday, the start to the 6'700 miles' fifth leg around Cape Horn to Brazil will be given.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Marc Bow)
Four of the six teams participated in Auckland yesterday at the Practice Race. Ian Walker GBR and his 'Abu Dhabi' were once again the winners in one of the short races. 'Sanya', installing a new rig, and 'Puma', preferring to test sails, did not compete. The report.
Sunday at 1 p.m. UCT, the start to the 5th leg - the longest one with 6'700 from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil around Cape Horn, will be given, a stress test for yachts and teams on the long downwind runs in the Southern Oceans, where new speed records are expected. The preview.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The shore teams overhauled the six Volvo-70 in 24 hours' shifts during the past days. With the peak of the Volvo Ocean Race - the leg from Auckland NZL to Itajai, Brazil around Cape Horn start next Sunday - in view, the teams did their utmost to have the boats ready for this stress test. Even 'Groupama' was able to repair the leak in the bow, and all six yachts are now again in the water. Today, the Practice Race is on the program, and on Saturday, the In-Port Race of Auckland will take place before the fleets departs to the 5th leg direction Brazil. The report.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race - winner 'Groupama' FRA ended last Saturday with all six teams crossing the finish line within 14 hours. the race is now on for the shore teams in Auckland overhauling and repairing the Volvo-70s until next Saturday when the In-Port Race is on the program, before next Sunday, the start to leg 5 direction Itajai, Brazil around Cape Horn will be given. Much work ahead especially for 'Groupama', who had a 1'000 liter water ingres just before the finish line. The leak at the bow was localised quickly, cut off and this part of the hull is being replace right now with the progress hampered by the drizzling rain. Franck Cammas is convinced to be ready on time for the forthcoming start. The report and the overall rankings nach after four legs.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
As expected, 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA and his team finished yesterday leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race as first with an over 12 hours' advantage on the following pack. The arrival sequence of the following trio was close with 'Puma' of Ken Read USA defending the 2nd place 48 minutes ahead of the overall leader 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), who crossed the finish line only 1 min 32 sec before 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) - and this after racing over 5'250 miles ! 'Telefonica' remains on top of the overall rankings. With this leg 4 win, 'Groupama' advances on the 2nd position with an 18 points' backlog. The 3rd-ranked 'Puma' also reduced the gap on the Spanish leader somewhat. The Auckland stopover is short. Already on the next Sunday, the start will be given to the most difficult 5th race around Cape Horn to Brazil. The report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
Only 80 miles to the finish in Auckland were left this morning for the leading 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA. Yesterday afternoon already, the French passed the North-East point of New Zealand, while the three chasers, separated by 6 miles only, reached the New Zealand coast this morning only. For the moment, it is still 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) on rank 2 ahead of 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) 5, respectively 6 miles behind. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is in the final approach to the Auckland finish with a 135 lead and only 300 more miles to go, and their win is practically safe. But the race is open behind the clear leader with US Ken Read's 'Puma' again on rank 2, but only 5 miles ahead of 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP and another 2 miles off 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL. At the end of the fleet, 'Team Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL has massively catched up and is now only 17 miles behind 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR). The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
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Having crossed a light-wind zone in the past 24 hours loosing a couple of miles on the second-ranked - the actual advantage is down on 92 miles this morning UCT - , the leading 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is now again favored by a fresh breeze. The no prevailing steady up to 30 kn breeze will most probably be sufficient to keep the top position in the 562 miles ahead to Auckland NZL. The overall leader 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is now again on rank 2 with 'Puma' only 20 miles behind chasing the Spanish. A matchrace to Auckland may be expected. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
'Groupama' continues to hold a healthy lead of 130 miles with 828 miles to go to the leg 4 finish in Auckland. That sounds pretty comfortable yet Franck Cammas has been burned before in this race, notably on leg 2, and he remains in cautious mood especially in the transition to light airs and the upwind for 400 miles until the north of New Zealand. 'Puma' with a 122 miles' backlog recovered from a difficult six hours to hit the highest average speed of the fleet at the 0100 UTC position report and they now have a 25 nm lead over Team Telefónica in third. 'Camper' with Emirates Team New Zealand are in fourth, followed by 'Abu Dhabi'and 'Team Sanya'. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
Thanks to a fresher wind and a better reaching angle, 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA extended her lead again yesterday. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) is already 102 miles behind and the 3rd 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is 159 miles back. The chasers hope now for the light winds in the approach to New Zealand, where the situation could possibly change, offering new tactical options. 1'150 miles are left to the finish line. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
No position changes yesterday with the fleet progressing South in steady trade-winds. Today, they will pass the South Sea islands Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Franck Cammas FRA with his 'Groupama' is still leading 75 miles ahead of 'Puma' with Ken Read USA. The overall leader 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is 125 miles behind on rank 3. 1'450 miles are left to Auckland with probably a weather change in the approach to New Zealand. The estimated time of arrival is next Saturday. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The gaps between the yachts in the wide-spread fleet increased yesterday in a slackening breeze. It will be key now to reach the fresh southern tradewinds first. For the moment, the boats in the East with 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) are clearly in front. The third-ranked 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), who passed the Solomon Islands westwards is 150 miles behind. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
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The fleet crossed the Equator yesterday in good reaching conditions around 20 kn, and continues direction South along the South Sea Islands, where another calm zone awaits the six boats. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA has already been slowed down, but her advantage on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) is still 78 miles. The fastest for the moment is the third-ranked 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), which - as the most western boat - benefits from the best wind conditions and has reduced the gap to the leader to 90 miles. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
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Today, the fleet going South will cross the Equator. Actually, the VOR-40s are in the doldrums, a zone where the tradewinds are lighter and the squalls are more developed. In contrast to the Atlantic, where the innertropical convergence zone is situated between 3-8° North, the Pacific Doldrums are more centered around 3-7° South. At present, the most Eastern teams benefit from the freshest breeze. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA has extended the lead on the second-ranked 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) to 86 miles. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) as third is already over 100 miles behind. The race-viewer, the report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The easterly trade winds have been freshening up further and the six teams are now progressing at high speeds above 20 kn straightly in the direction of Auckland. The most eastern boat 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is progressing the fastest and has now an advance of 84 miles on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA), who sailed 525 nautical miles at an average speed of 21.8 knots in a 24 period. With a 94 miles' backlog on the leader, 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is now on rank 3. Several teams reported equipment damage and Chris Nicholson's 'Camper', now down on the 5th place, suffered the biggest breakdown last night when they tore their vital J2 headsail. The race-viewer and the report of the day.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The long-desired trade winds have finally been reached, and the VOR-70 are speeding at 30 kn plus in the gusts direction South. It is not impossible, that the 24-hours record of 'Camper' (556 miles) will be broken in the next two days. Leader in the drag race is 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA 81 miles in front of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) another few miles behind. On Friday, the teams will reach the Equator, and in the doldrums, some position changes will be very likely. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The conditions remain moderate with a 12-18 kn breeze in the middle of the Pacific and the teams are slowly heading South direction Auckland. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is first 34 miles ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and already 64 miles in front of 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). 'Puma' (Ken Read USA), having opted for the most northern route, is loosing ground again, and on rank 5, they are actually the slowest in the fleet. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Amery Ross-PUMA)
The fleet keeps on heading East, and the most northern teams benefit more and more from the freshening-up breeze. 'Puma' is now already on the 3rd position with a backlog reduced to 40 miles. The new leader is 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA 19 miles ahead of 'Camper'. The race-viewer and the report of the day.
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The weather pattern over South-East Asia remains very difficult to read and the strategies vary therefore quite substantially. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) has opted for a Northern route, that seems to pay off for the moment, for - as fastest boat of the fleet - they reduced the gap by over 100 miles yesterday, but still remaining on the last place. The final result however is unknown, as the detour on the way to Auckland is considerable. On a contrary strategy is 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP on the most Southern route, who advanced on rank 2 in the mean time, only 14 miles behind the leading 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL). But there remain another 1000 miles on an easterly course until the trade winds, before going South direction Auckland. The poker game goes on ! The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Amery Ross)
The fleet is still trapped in a windless zone in the North, including the four leading yachts who now again tacked North hoping to catch a the trade winds and a depression zone slowling approaching from Japan. The distance to the finish has hardly changes during the past 24 hours, but the gaps between the boats have nevertheless increased. 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is ow 39 miles in front of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA). 'Puma' (Ken Read USA), sailing most northerly of the fleet is already 252 miles behind, but is at present sailing in much higher speeds - 17 kn actually - than the rest of fleet. The race-viewer, the daily report and the onboard-videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
The search for the trade winds went on yesterday in moderate winds with the whole fleet heading East. But in the afternoon, four teams decided to go South, while 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) continued north-eastwards with the consequence to loose miles. There strategy is to bypass a low-wind depression in the South and to reach the trade winds in a better angle going southwards lateron. In a few days it will become evident whose strategy pays off. At present, 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is first 6 miles in front of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 7 miles on 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA). The race-viewer, the videos and the reports.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The fleet passed the Strait of Luzon only a few miles off the coast of Southern Taiwan yesterday. In a moderate breeze around 12 kn, the six teams trail eastwards searching for some more wind. The lead changed several times during the past hours, and this morning UCT, it was again 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA holding the first place 7 miles ahead of 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL. Even 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP was on top for a while, but now the Spanish are again last with a 31 miles' backlog. The race-viewer and the report of the day.
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All six teams have the long windward leg passing the agitated Chinese Sea successfully completed. Today, the fleet will cross the Strait of Luzon between Taiwan in the North and the Philippines in the South heading South for Auckland NZL. 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL leads 13 miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 'Sanya' (Mike Sanderson NZL). The overall leaders 'Telefonica' and 'Puma' are the backmarkers of the fleet, 28, resp. 35 miles behind. The race-viewer and the report of the day.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Andres Soriano)
The expected rough conditions in the South Chinese Sea are here, shortly after the start ! A 25 kn head wind and short and steep 4 meter waves are heavily shaking the teams and this scenario will continue for another 450 miles until the Strait of Luzon near the Philippines. The new leader is now 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL, 3,5 miles ahead of 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA and 10 miles behind 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) as 3rd, while the 2nd overall 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) has not yet been able to substantially reduce the backlog from the start, sailing 31 miles behind. The event-website and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The start to the 4th leg from Sanya CHN to Auckland NZL was given yesterday at 21 hrs UCT after an out-of-program 43 miles' short race along the coast of the Sanya island, to let the monsoon storm on the Chinese Sea pass by. The ranking of the short race determined the starting sequence afterwards, and the winner 'Telefonica' departed 2 min 32 sec ahead of 'Groupama'. One by one they left the Chinese destination with 'Puma' as the last 39 min behind. The Americans were in the lead during the whole short race, but got stuck in a lull patch just before the finish line, and the whole fleet sailed around this critical point. This morning, after 9 hours racing, 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is in the lead 0,5 miles in front of 'Telefonica'. The rough conditions on the open sea are still ahead, probably to be reached this evening with massif waves and a breeze of still 30 kn. The report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Iker Martinez ESP and his team, overall leader having won all three offshore legs so far, took his second victory in an Inport Race yesterday. 'Telefonica' defeated 'Puma' at the end of a close race. The Spanish changed the mast of the VOR-70 only two days before the start, but apparently, they had no difficulties to tune the rig correctly in a very short time. The report and the video of the Inport Race.
The heavy storms announced by the weather forecasters incited the Race Management to modify the program. Instead of the start to leg 4 to Auckland, a one-day race along the coastline of Sanya will be organised. Only on Monday, provided the 40-kn-monsoon has decreased by then, the start to the 5'500 miles' leg will be given. The report.
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Today, the Volvo Ocean Race 2012 continues with the Sanya Inport Race with the six teams starting at 6 a.m. UCT in ideal conditions with a 20 kn breeze from the shore and flat water. The race of about one hour can be followed live on the Internet.
For the start to leg 4 tomorrow, leading over 5'200 miles to Auckland NZL, the weather report has aggravated. A breeze exceeding 40 kn and 10 meter waves have been forecast. The start will also be given at 6 a.m. UCT transmitted over the Internet. The preview.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Tomorrow Saturday, the six teams of the Volvo Ocean Race start to the Inport Race of Sanya CHN. A moderate breeze from the shore has been forecast. On Sunday, the yachts will depart for leg 4 from the Chinese holiday island to Auckland NZL. As soon as the VOR 70s leave the shelter of Sanya, they come down to business again meeting a 30-45 kn wind and 6-8 meter waves requesting the fullest attention of the crews. The tune-up race of yesterday was abandoned due to lack of wind. The preview.
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Despite of arriving last at their home port Sanya CHN, 'Team Sanya' was much applauded by the numerous Chinese spectators yesterday. The report. Clear leader in the overall rankings is 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) finishing all three legs on place 1 with a 15 points' lead on 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and another 9 points on 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA). 'Puma' with Ken Read USA on 4th has at least the 24 hours record of 355 miles sailed during the just ending leg. The report, and the videos of leg 3.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Andres Soriano)
Today around noon, 'Team Sanya' will reach its home port as last of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. Skippering the only VOR 70 already in use in the previous edition of the Race, Mike Sanderson NZL and his team had no chance on the long upwind courses during leg 3 against the yachts of the latest generation 3. Ranks. Ranks 3 to 5 went to 'Camper', 'Puma' and 'Abu Dhabi'. 'Telefonica' winning all legs so far ist the clear leader extending her position overall. The Sanya Inport Race will be started on February 18, followed by the start to the 4th leg to Auckland NZL on February 19. The event-website.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
This morning at 3 h UCT, 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP crossed the finish line of leg 3, sailed in two parts from Abu Dhabi to Male, and from Male to Sanya, as first, having now won all three legs of the Volvo Ocean Race so far. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA as second is expected around 6 a.m. The race for rank 3 between 'Camper' and 'Puma', separated by 14 miles only 100 miles before the arrival, is still open. The report and the videos.
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The leader 'Telefonica' had 320 miles left to the Chinese holiday island Sanya this morning after another 24 hours' upwind sailing in a 25 kn breeze with a steep 3 m wave. In the final approach to the finish, the wind will somewhat diminish, and the gaps between the boats will shrink again. Nothing is decided yet for 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) 23 miles in front of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA). 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL), 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian WalkerGBR) follow within 50 miles from the Spanish. The estimatied time of arrival is tomorrow Saturday by noon. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Nick Dana)
Meanwhile, the northerly breeze on the South Chinese Sea has increased to 25 kn, somewhat less than previously announced. The leading 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 10 miles behind also 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), still sailing on an upwind leg, have reached the Vietnam coast. 'Puma' (Ken Rad USA), 100 miles behind, has been the only ones to go for an attack, trying a premature easterly course. Less current and a 30°-windshift to the East could pay off and bring the Americans closer to the leaders. There remain 500 miles, or roughly two days, to go the the port of destination. The race-viewer, the Berichte and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Yesterday on their way North, the fleet passed the Indonesian Natuna Islands - 272 individual isles - in a light breeze. The leading duo 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), sailing within a 4 miles distance, have now left their opponents clearly behind. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) is already 58 miles back. The Northern Monsoon winds are now freshening up more and more, and the rough part of leg three is awaiting the teams soon. The leading duo is 790 miles from the Sanya Island CHN or approximately 2 days and a half. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
Yesterday, the fleet passed Singapore and is now in the South Chinese Sea. Roughly five days on an upwind course in a freshening monsoon breeze are ahead of the teams before the port of call on the holiday island Sanya is reached, and especially in the final approach, in a 30 kn wind and rough waves, will be extremely challenging.
'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA is the leader this morning already heading North. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) on rank 2 is 4.1 miles, 'Telefonica' as third 5 miles behind 'Groupama'. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
The Malacca Strait is as difficult as expected: Light and unconstant winds, an extreme ship traffic (sometimes with as many as 50 signals on the radar screen), part of them unlighted fisherman's boats as well as loads of thrash (see report) demand the highest attention of the sailors. 'Puma' hit a tree and took a chunk out of their dagger board.
'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 1,5 miles behind 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) have now a slight advantage on the third-ranked 'Puma' 17,5 miles back. Today, the first five teams will pass Singapore and divert North on the Chinese Sea. 'Team Sanya' (Mike Sanderson NZL), 150 miles behind 'Telefonica', will spend a day more sailing in the Malacca Strait. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
Ongoing position changes happened in the unconstant conditions of the Strait of Malacca in the last 24 hours. In the night on Sunday, 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP has taken the first position six miles ahead of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA), while the New Zealand 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) failed with her attack along the coast and dropped on rank 4. The race-viewer, the videos and the daily report.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Leader changes in a row with the closely sailing top four when entering the Strait of Malacca, the busiest waterway in the world, due to a very unconstant wind. This morning, 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is again on top, 7 miles ahead of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 16,7 miles of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL). 21 miles behind the Spanish is Franck Cammas FRA and his 'Groupama' joining in in the fight for the leader position. 500 miles, actually at a 12 kn average speed, have to be passed thru this Strait. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Diego Fructoso)
From last to first .... 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP will be again the leader 2 miles ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) when entering the Strait of Malakka this afternoon. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) on position 3 is only 5 miles behind. Light and fickle winds will prevail during the coming two days. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
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The fleet is now heading North still in a moderate breeze and will reach the entrance to the 500 miles' Strait of Malakka. The leader now is 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL, closely followed by 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) 1.8 miles behind as well as 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) 4 miles back. The next challenge is the passing of the Strait of Malakka with its dense ship traffic and a light and unconstant breeze. The final count-down for the win of leg 3 will begin later in the South Chinese Sea. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
The fleet still sails eastbound on a long port tack in moderate conditions. 'Puma' with Ken Read USA keeps the lead 1,7 miles ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson GBR). Winner of yesterday was 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP, who remained within the 17 miles' backlog to the leaders, and at the same time moved up two places to rank 4. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
The 6 teams sailing East on a long upwind beat passed South of Sri Lanka during last night. There are not too many tactical options in this drag race. 'Puma' with Ken Read USA remained on top, but in the last 12 hours, 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) reduced the gap to 1,3 miles. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA follows on 3rd with a 2,8 miles' backlog. The overall leader 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP is not yet up to speed being last 15 miles behind. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Part two of leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race left the Maledives yesterday in a moderate 10 kn breeze, heading for the Chinese holiday island Sanya 3000 miles away. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) has taken the lead 1,2 miles in front of 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 1,8 miles before 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL). The six teams are about to reach the Malakka Strait with its dense ship traffic adding another challenge.The report and the race-viewer.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The start to part 2 of leg 3 will be given today at 8 a.m. UCT, and as it appears, the Maledives were the secret safe port of call. Surprises will not be excluded during this leg, as especially the last part passing the South Chinese Sea will probably be the most bumpy part of the whole race.The start can as always be followed live on the Internet. A preview.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
As last of the six teams 'Sanya' finished the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race which lead the fleet to a secret and save harbour in the Indian Ocean. Next sunday the entire fleet will start here for the second part of leg 3 which leads the VOR over 4'000 miles to China. The report and a video presentation.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
While the five finishers of leg 2 are underway by cargo vessel to the start location of leg 3 part 2 - here the latest report - , the Chinese Team 'Sanya' is still crossing the Indian Ocean after her repair stop in Madagascar. Mike Sanderson NZL and his team have now at least left the doldrums behind and sail in good condition with a 20 kn plus speed direction the secret arrival place. From there, they will join the fleet again and start to the second part of leg three on January 23. The report.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
After the sprint race of Saturday again with 'Abu Dhabi' and Ian Walker GBR as winners, the five Volvo 70s are now on a cargo vessel heading for the starting place on the Indian Ocean, where the second part of leg 3 will be started on January 25th. During the stop-over in Abu Dhabi, the teams had for the first time the chance to fine-tune their boats. Ian Walker GBR and Ken Read USA, skipper of 'Puma' seem to have felt some results in the sprint race already. The report and the video-summary of part one, leg 3.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Winner of part one of the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, a 100 miles' sprint race from Abu Dab Sharjah, sailed in perfect conditions, was again - as at the Inport Race of Friday - Ian Walker GBR and his team on 'Abu Dabi' who overtook the Spanish 'Telefonica' two miles before the finish line. No change in the overall rankings, where 'Telefonica' remains on top ahead of 'Camper' and 'Groupama'. The five yachts are about to be loaded on a cargo ship to be transported to the secret starting place on the Indian Ocean, from where the race will head for the Chinese holiday island Sanya CHN. The report and the video of the day.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Ian Walker GBR and his 'Abu Dabi Team' were the winners of the Inport Race to the excitement of the local public. Second and third in the light wind race were 'Groupama' and 'Camper', while the overall leader 'Telefonica' finished last. The overall rankings remain unchanged. The report and the video of the Inport Race. The start of leg 3 direction Sanya CHN will be given today at 10 a.m. UCT. Part one will be a 100 miles' race to the mouth of the Gulf of Arabia. Online live transmission will be on the Internet.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The five finishers of leg 2 start this morning at 10 a.m. UCT to the Inport Race in Abi Dhabi in light winds, a race that will last about 60 minutes and can be followed on the Internet live. The start to the short first part of leg 3 will be given on Saturday, leading to the mouth of the Gulf of Arabia, form where the yachts will be transported by cargo vessel to the secret starting place on the Indian Ocean for part two of leg three to Sanya CHN gestartet wird. The preview.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Marc Bow)
The five finishers of leg two are in Abu Dhabi preparing the forthcoming Inport Race of next Saturday and the start to the third leg of Sunday. 'Team Sanya' resumed racing after the repair of the rig and is on the way to the 'unknown' finish line in the Indian Ocean and subsequently to the start of the second half of leg two, to bring Mike Sanderson NZL and his team to the start of leg three, leading to the home port Sanya CHN. The event-website
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The 98-mile sprint race through the Arabian Gulf which ended the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 11/12 was won by Franck Cammas FRA and his team who overtook 'Telefonica' and Iker Martinez ESP on the last few miles. The Spanish secured their win in leg 2 and extended their lead in the overall rankings. The report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
This morning at 7 h CET the five teams of the Volvo Ocean Race started their second part og leg 2 at the entrance of the Arabian Gulf. The sprint race is just 98 miles long, most of them in a fsat and straight reaching leg in a fresh 25-knots-seabreeze. The race can be followed live, for the first time the race-viewer will be updated every 60 seconds. The official preview.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race on the Indian Ocean, split in two due to safety reasons avoiding the Somalia pirates, resumes tomorrow at the mouth of the Gulf of Arabia with a sprint race over 98 miles. The start will be given at 6 a.m. UCT and can be followed over the race viewer (with 60 seconds' updates). The yachts, transported on a cargo ship, will arrive today only at the still unknown starting location. The preview.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
With the first part of leg two completed, the five Volvo 70 remaining in the race have already been loaded on a cargo ship yesterday, and will leave for the Arabian Gulf today, where the start to the second half of leg two will be given. The report. The overall lead after this second victory remains of course with 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) 7 points ahead of 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) on the ranks 2 and 3. The event-website.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Somewhere on the Indian Ocean - remaining unknown for safety reasons - the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race came to an end. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) was again the winner in a tight finish, finally overtaking the leading 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) in an upwind battle along the coast during the night. There was even a right-of-way conflict during this duel, but the teams refrained from lodging protests. The Spanish arrived two minutes ahead of 'Camper'. 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) finished on the ranks 3 and 4. The five yachts will now be transported by cargo ship to the Arabian Gulf, where a one-day sprint race to Abu Dhabi will complete this leg. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Still sailing invisibly in 'stealth mode' destination unknown northwards, the fleet is now close together and 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) is only 0,1 miles ahead of 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP). The daily report and the race-viewer.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
It was no surprise that the rather unknown Indian Ocean doldrums reshuffled the positions of the boats. 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL negotiated the unconstant conditions the best, and she has reached the northern trade-winds 16,7 miles ahead of 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP. 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA) follows 79 miles behind on rank 3. The race-viewer, the videos and the report of the day.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Again a leader change yesterday, as 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA was stuck in the innertropical convergence zone of the Indian Ocean. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) opted for a more westerly route and overtook the Frenchman. The race-viewer and the report.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA was the first yesterday to reach the innertropical convergence zone of the Indian Ocean, being massively slowed down to a speed of only 4 kn. The advantage on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) was only 46 miles this morning, but the chasing group is now also feeling the lighter breeze. The race- viewer (hidden during the stealth zone passage), the report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The fleet is heading straight North in a south-easterly breeze arond 20 kn, but the port of destination is still unknown. Today, the yachts will reach the 'stealth-zone' off the East-African Coast, and for safety reasons, the race-viewer will remain dark. The attack by 'Groupama' seems to have paid, as her advance on the following duo is now 83 milles ('Puma') and 97 miles ('Telefonica'). Only the innertropical convergence zone ahead might reduce the gaps again. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
South-easterly trade winds around 20 kn allowed the five teams to head North at a good speed. Roughly 1'000 miles are left to the Equator and the doldrums with its difficult wind conditions. 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA and his team opted as first to go East yesterday, and seem to have taken a good decision, as the advantage on 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) and 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) sailing together is already 76 miles. 'Team Sanya' arrived at Madagascar in the meantime and tries to repair the damaged rig as quickly as possible. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou)
A well-established trade wind pushed the fleet together again, and only 'Team Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL payed dearly for his courageous and risky ride thru the cyclone (see yesterday's news) now forcing him to leave the fleet in the direction of Madagascar with a damaged rig. At present, 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP) has taken the lead three miles ahead of 'Puma' (Ken Read USA). The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
'Team Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL has left the rest of the fleet behind with a courageous attack to the North, and this with success as his advantage over the second-ranked 'Puma' was over 200 miles this morning. But 'Team Sanya' is heading directly for the eye of a storm with wind speeds of up to 50 kn ...... The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The weather pattern on the Indian Ocean is difficult to read, and the optimum course is hardly to predict. The six teams are spread over a large area on their way to the North. 'Team Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL is leading for the moment, but the gaps between the yachts are small. There is no stable wind system around at present. The race-viewer, the report of the day wnd the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The six-boat-fleet is still heading East in unconstant winds. The new leader at present is 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR, but the distances between the boats are a few miles only. 'Groupama' way down South is the exception, sailing twice as fast as the other teams, but her backlog is over 90 miles. The race-Viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The fleet of the six teams has been pushed together again at the edge of an anticyclone South of Madagascar. 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP has taken the lead 25 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 34 miles in front of 'Team Sanya' with Mike Sanderson NZL. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The six boat fleet has now left the African coast direction East in good sailing conditions at a speed of over 20 kn, some earlier - as the leading 'Groupama', some only half a day later as the backmarker 'Telefonica'. At this moment, the option taken by Iker Fernandez ESP and his team seems to pay, as the Spanish are now first 32 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR. But the decision on the further development will strongly be influenced by the anticyclone over the Indian Ocean, slowing down the leaders. For most of the skippers, this area of the seas and its meteorogical pecularities are unknown, contrary to the Atlantic, making navigation difficult. The race-viewer,the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Hamish Hooper)
The six teams advanced only slowly yesterday around the Cape of Good Hope, as not only the very light wind, but also the Agulhas Current coming from the North with 2-3 kn made it harder, and forced the teams, to beat up close to the coast. During the night, the breeze increased and the boats sail now at speeds around 20 kn. Wind, closeness of the coast and counter current make the sea very agitated - 'boat breaking conditions' - as they call it in the official report. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR has now a advantage of 18 miles on 'Puma', and 6 miles farther back is 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Andres Soriano)
Almost no wind yesterday in Cape Town at the start of the Volvo Ocean Race leg 2 in the direction of Abu Dhabi, or rather the safety stop at a secret destination (Maledives ?). With speeds around 1-3 kn, the six teams hardly make headway, and 12 hours after the start, they have not yet passed the Cape of Good Hope. At present, 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA leads one mile ahead of 'Camper' with Chris Nicholson NZL. 'Telefonica' (Iker Martinez ESP), winner of leg one, is at the end of the fleet already 17 miles behind. The race-viewer, the report about the start and the videos.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Winning the Cape Town Inport Race, 'Telefonica' with Iker Martinez ESP made up the defeat at the Alicante Inport Race with a last rank. In a freshening breeze of up to 25 kn, 'Puma' (Ken Read USA) held the lead during the whole race, but at the end, she dropped even behind 'Camper' (Chris Nicholson NZL) on the third place. The report and the videos.
Today at 15 hrs (local time) the start to leg 2 will be given. The course will go North up the Indian Ocean, but the interims destination, held in secret for safety reasons, is not yet known. Final destination will be Abu Dhabi. The weather situation with a high pressure cell building up is not easy to analyse for the navigators. The preview. The start of the race can be followed live on the Internet.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
All six teams of the Volvo Ocean Race will start to the Inport Race off Cape Town this afternoon at 15 p.m. (local time). With 15 kn, the breeze is not as strong as feared, ideal conditions for last test before leaving South Africa for leg two of the VOR. Already yesterday, a Show-Race not belonging to the tour ranking took place with 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 'Team Sanya' (Mike Sanderson NZL) winning a race each one. The Inport Race can be followed live on the Internet. The official preview.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Tomorrow, the Cape Town Inport Race will take place, most probably in windy conditions around 25-30 kn. This breeze will also prevail on Sunday, start day of the 2nd leg of the VOR, and the skippers are not without concern, comparing these conditions with the ones at the start of leg one. The report.
All teams are ready, but the 'Puma'-skipper Ken Read USA fears, that his team will not be up to the level of the participants having had almost three weeks to optimize their boats while racing. The report. For safety reasons, the Race Director does not yet indicate the interims port of destination of leg 2. Our best guess yesterday was La Réunion or Madagaskar, but there are rumours that the Maledives could be the choice. The report.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)