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They have made it to Cape town. A clear victory for the Spanish that have been winning miles all the way to Camper and to the French that should have quite a low moral (even if a 3th place is not bad at all).

Now, Party time for the Telefonica boys, a Spanish one, OLÉ!!!

Puma has a big logistic problem. They are near the Brazilian Coast and have to bring the boat to Cape town. That will take 5 or 6 days and they will have very little time to mount and test that new mast.

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The SPANISH again!!!!

They have won the Port Race: 2 -0 for them!

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Abu Dhabi won the second in Port race. That's the second one for them

Don't miss the movies, they are great:

First in Port race for the Spanish of Telefonica but the Australian/American team of Puma had some bad luck after leading a substantial part of the race.




And second race won by Abu Dhabi, a cleanvictory, letting everybody behind How!!!





And they are out for the second leg, with Abu Dhabi leading

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What is wrong with you Guys?

Incredible exciting race with the French from Groupama coming from last to first, big strategical and difficult choices ahead and you all remain silent?

What do you want more?

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2 days and no posts? Guys that's odd

Great race. Groupama went from first to last and the Spanish lead.
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Great race. Groupama went from first to last and the Spanish lead.
It's a gamble now - south in search of more wind, or stay north and closer to the target?

We'll see whose choice pays off.
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Like I said over at SA - this Leg is seriously wanky. Because they're all being picked up by a ship - with obviously a limited time window, they're going to stick together somewhat until the rendezvous. And this means, it's not really a race right now.

It'll be better after Abu Dhabi.

In the mean time...wanky.


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Like I said over at SA - this Leg is seriously wanky. Because they're all being picked up by a ship - with obviously a limited time window, they're going to stick together somewhat until the rendezvous. And this means, it's not really a race right now.
What are they doing with the restart for the spring into Abu Dhabi? Giving some points for distance-to-goal now, and starting again all together for the sprint?

Don't see why it affects things now, except that it doesn't make sense to position yourself for good winds at the cost of being south and therefore technically in last place, if you're never going to have a chance to finish things.

But if the pickup is only after they enter the east-west bar of the "safe zone" at the bottom of Madagascar, then it's fine - whoever gets there first is in first by all measures.
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The scoring system has been modified, so that 80 per cent of the points of Leg 2 are based on the race between Cape Town and Safe Haven 1 and 20 percent for the short sprint into Abu Dhabi. For Leg 3, the operation will be reversed, with a short sprint from Abu Dhabi at the start of the leg. The boats will go back on a ship and be transported again to a Safe Haven Port. From there, they will sail on as normal to the Leg 3 finish in Sanya, China.
Since we have no idea where the ship/safe haven is, we have no idea if being south or north is a good or bad idea.

I just think the logistical limitations of the ship pick-up is putting a serious damper on actual racing in terms of routing and timing. No freedom for real breakaway sailing.


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I just think the logistical limitations of the ship pick-up is putting a serious damper on actual racing in terms of routing and timing. No freedom for real breakaway sailing.
Well, yeah, this leg and leg 3 don't have the length and sea room freedom they oughtta have, so it's a different character. But the short legs do make for tight, intense racing. Once you make a wrong call on a big leg and get a hundred miles or more behind the leader, it becomes a foregone conclusion.

I'm sure they'd rather just dodge the whole thing, but if a wealthy Arabian principality offers a bunch of dough to have your international yacht race stop by for a visit, in a majorly down economy ...
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