Volvo Ocean Race - Newsletter - Leg 2 Start 14 December 2011
Rob Greenhalgh from GBR at the helm onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE. Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Welcome to Sail-World.com's Volvo Ocean Race Newsletter for 14 December 2011
Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean race is underway – but to where?
Ostensibly the fleet is heading to Abu Dhabi, however due to the potential action for pirates operating out of Somalia, the six entries will sail to an unannounced destination, where they will be loaded onto a transporter and will cover the rest of the leg on a ship, before being dropped just short of Abu Dhabi, for a final sprint to the finish.
While the solution is not ideal, it is the only practical one as the boats represent an excellent target for pirates who have taken over 1,000 sailors in the past year. Taking people hostage and holding them for ransom is a lucrative business in Somalia and their pirates operate in international waters halfway across to India.
Skipper Chris Nicholson and Navigator Andy McLean watch the trailing fleet like hawks onboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE. Hamish Hooper/CAMPER/Volvo Ocean Race
Now entering their fourth day of the racing the Volvo competitors are moving up the African coast.
A crucial stage of the race has been reached as the competitors split, much the same way as we saw in the opening stanzas of Leg 1, with some hugging the African coast, and others heading offshore.
In contrast to the first leg, Groupama has gone offshore, followed by Camper, while Abu Dhabi is hugging the African coast. The others are scattered in between. Quite where this finishes up is anyone's guess, and we are running regular updates on www.sail-world.com
Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain during the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race in Cape Town, South Africa. Marc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race
Leg 1 ended in an anti-climax as Puma was the last into Cape Town, 31 days after starting the leg, had her spare mast dropped in and was ready to go, competing in the Pro-Am Race, the Inport Race and then the leg 2 start itself - seemingly without a problem. She joined Abu Dhabi and Team Sanya, who had also shipped in. Full marks to the shore crews, of all three boats, for their efforts and outcomes achieved under huge time and logistical pressure.
The start was an amazing TV spectacle with the Volvo 70s in full charge, on the beautiful blue ocean, with the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain behind.
Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France during the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race in Cape Town - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
You can see the power and agility of these magnificent boats in the full replay of the Start in this edition of Sail-World.com's Volvo newsletter, along with many other videos and image galleries.
Our next edition will be in a week or so, when we should have an idea of where the leg is headed, and how it has shaken down. Remember to check in with www.sail-world.com to stay in touch with the action.
Puma Ocean Racing supporter during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Cape Town stopover. Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
Or if you wish to see the crew blogs that are being displayed in their team's home region got to www.sail-world.com - and click on the Volvo Ocean Race button in the top header bar, to see all stories for all regions from this exciting race - all updated as the race unfolds.
Richard Gladwell Editor@Large
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