Welcome to Sail-World.com's Volvo Ocean Race Newsletter for 20 April 2012
Almost one month after it started Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race has finished in Itajai, Brazil.
Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ arrived just after noon on Tuesday (GMT). Abu Dhabi, on her second ship trip of the race arrived two days later on the 19th April.
At the other extreme, Puma Ocean Racing, the only boat of the six entries not suspend racing on Leg 5, finished on 6 April, with Telefonica finishing minutes behind, having caught up the 17hrs conceded during a stopover at Cape Horn.
In the early afternoon of 11 April a jury rigged Groupama sailed across the finish line,. She dropped her rig while match racing Puma up the Argentinian coast.
In between the debate has raged as to whether the boats are up to the task, whether the designers and structural engineers have stuffed up, or if it is just operator error.
And to put another twist in the story of Leg 5, the oldest boat in the race, Team Sanya blew up a rudder days after the start, putting an end to what could have been a fairy tale of the whole race - had she been able to hold her lead all the way to Itajai.
For all the on the water drama, the real heros of the leg have been the shore crews, as they have done their level best under extreme logistical and time pressure to get their charges either repaired or on ships to enable racing to be resumed.
In this edition of Sail-World's Volvo Ocean Race newsletter we look at the major incidents of the leg, as well as bringing you some significant feature stories from Puma's Kenny Read and Team Sanya's Mike Sanderson.
Ken Read takes us through the trip of his race so far. As he quipped several times during the interview in Auckland, he told his crew before the start that he wanted to put some of the adventure into their - but maybe not quite like this!
Mike Sanderson spoke to Sail-World after arriving back in Auckland, and amongst other things reveals that their hull had begun to split - only discovered after the hauled the boat. the winner of the 2005/06 edition of the race went on to talk about the future of the Volvo Ocean Rce, cost reduction and an number of other issues at the forefront of race fans' thinking.
This weekend the curtain falls on the Brazillian stopover with the ProAm Race,The InPort Race and finally the start of Leg 6 and the race fleet is Miami bound.
Team Telefonica in Martial Creek, Cabo de Hornos National Park, ready to rejoin leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race Diego Fructuoso /Team Telefónica/Volvo Ocean Race
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