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Re: Interesting Sailboats

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Now it is time for Puma to win some miles over Groupama on the night. After that Groupama is going to win again over Puma. The problem is that I think probably Telefonica is also going to win over Puma. Interesting
Right again on both things. Puma won over Groupama but Telefónica won also over Puma and is on top of it.

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 | Race Data Center

Telefonica should be able to gain some more miles over Puma and Puma will also won some few over Groupama and then things should stabilize and it will be time for another tactical move...and we never know who is not going to follow the pack, I mean Groupama.

Things have been interesting last night:

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet found themselves in survival mode battling their way out of the eye of a violent tropical storm overnight, suddenly caught in lightning and gale force headwinds.

They thought they were lining up for a quick, relatively easy first stage of Leg 7 – but Tropical Storm Alberto had other ideas, quickly changing direction and turning the downwind sailing of Day 1 into a survival situation sailing straight into 35 knots of gale-force winds.

Only leg leaders Groupama escaped, benefitting from an early gybe east, but for the five chasers it was a different matter altogether as Tropical Storm Alberto swallowed them up, raining down lightning bolts all round the fleet.

In his latest blog from Azzam, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper Ian Walker describes the chaos.

“What a day,” Walker said. “The whole fleet with the exception of Groupama were caught out when the tropical depression Alberta changed course and moved south east over the top of us. We were trying to ride the windshift and extra wind just to the south of it but a violent windshift headed us straight into the eye of the storm.

“There then followed a chaotic 12-hour period as we ended up on the wrong side of it beating upwind in 35 knots. All of a sudden instead of a fast ride east to the south of the storm we were right in it and in survival mode with three reefs and a heavy weather jib.

"We came off some terrible waves but most worrying of all was the lightning. The lightning was crashing all around right down to the water and it didn’t seem possible our carbon mast could avoid a direct strike."
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