Volvo Ocean Race

PUMA take Volvo Race lead

2012-04-01 16:07
Puma team (File)

Itajai - American team PUMA overhauled Groupama to snatch the lead in the fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday, as Spanish rivals Telefonica returned to action following a pit stop for repairs.

PUMA stole the lead from Groupama as the pair duelled through the South Atlantic towards the Leg 5 finish line in Itajai, Brazil.

The leading two are the only teams in the fleet not to have suffered serious damage during the 6 700 nautical mile leg through the Southern Ocean from Auckland, New Zealand.

The only other team in a position to threaten the frontrunners are Telefnica, who resumed their chase after stopping briefly in Martial Creek, a tiny cove in the Cabo de Hornos National Park, to carry out repairs.

"An elusive first place is well within our reach, and the current fleet circumstances make things even more interesting," said PUMA crewman Amory Ross.

"Almost simultaneously with daylight's first position report, the focus clearly became Groupama and the remaining miles to Itajai.

"Not to discount the last 13 days of this leg, but things have almost started anew out here."

On the overall leaderboard, 15 points separate Groupama in second from leaders Telefonica, with Puma 39 points behind in fourth.

"Every single position counts from here on in, so it's very important for us to beat PUMA in," said Groupama helmsman Damian Foxall.

With Chinese entry Team Sanya forced to retire from the leg, and Camper/Team New Zealand and Abu Dhabi hampered by breakages, Telefonica were confident of a podium position.

"The leaders are still very far away, but so too are the boats at the back," skipper Iker Martinez said.

"Third place looks realistic. Second place looks pretty unrealistic today but anything can happen. We have to keep racing hard and cut down the miles."

Overall standings after four of nine offshore legs:

1. Telefonica (Spain) 122 points; 2. Groupama 107; 3. Camper/ETNZ (Spain/New Zealand) 104; 4. PUMA (United States) 83; 5. Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) 55; 6. Sanya (China) 25

Read more on:    volvo ocean race  |  yachting

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Caster Semenya has been nominated for the 2018 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award. Which of the nominees deserves the award most?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.