Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing reach Tristan da Cunha + Videos

Ryan Godfrey’s surfer invention takes to the stern wave during some downtime while motoring to Tristan da Cunha for a rendezvous with the PUMA shore team and a freighter to Cape Town. Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 22 of Leg 1. Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress:

Today we get off the boat. It may seem like a minor step towards our return to Cape Town, but it has taken an incredible effort for us just to get this far. Tristan da Cunha will offer some much needed rest, refuge, and recovery, and we’re all looking forward to being distracted for a few days before the freighter arrives from Cape Town. There is no shortage of work to do, but we got a good start over the last few days and everyone’s in agreement that it would be healthy to take some time away from this thing while we can afford it.

Land Ho! Tristan da Cunha on the horizon just before nightfall. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG is dismasted in the South Atlantic Ocean during Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)

We were in touch with the Tristan residents for much of yesterday and they are really excited for our arrival. We already have some lobster dinners lined up, a round of golf on the world’s most remote course (hazard = cow), fishing trips, volcano hikes…our schedule is full. If we could physically step off the boat onto land, which we can’t (anchor and a water ferry), we’d be stepping onto a regal red carpet.


It is safe to say we’d all rather be headed towards Cape Town – everyone wants to get started on repairs and stepping the new rig – but this is the hand we’ve been dealt and for the time being we’re trying to do our very best to make the most of it. Our week here is going to be an experience nobody will ever forget, and we’re all planning on taking advantage of it as such.

But, can we make the start? Yes.

Will we make the start? Don’t know, not yet.

You can be very sure though that we won’t stop trying.



Casey Smith and Michi Müller working to dismantle the mast while motoring towards Tristan da Cunha. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG is dismasted in the South Atlantic Ocean during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)

Ken Read calls home to wish his family a happy Thanksgiving. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)

Tony Mutter driving towards Tristan de Cunha with deck full of drying shoes. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)

Casey Smith and Tom Addis begin disconnecting fittings around the mast boot. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)

The front of the boat is full of sails, rigging, and mast parts and pieces, all waiting inspection upon arrival to Tristan de Cunha. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)

The men of "Mar Mostro" sporting mustaches for "MoVember," in support of Prostate Cancer research. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG is dismasted in the South Atlantic Ocean during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)

Tom Addis driving "Mar Mostro" towards Tristan de Cunha island with all of the foul weather gear on deck to dry. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG is dismasted in the South Atlantic Ocean during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)


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