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16 November 2008, 10:01 pm
Questions, Questions For Volvo Fleet? Leg Win or Scoring Gate Points?
Onboard PUMA Ocean Racing at the start of leg two
Onboard PUMA Ocean Racing at the start of leg two

Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09

After a dramatic, and then frustrating, start to leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday in Cape Town, the fleet of eight boats has now spent one night at sea and the crews are settling back into the rhythm of eating, sleeping and yacht racing.
PUMA (Ken READ/USA) and Ericsson 4 (Torben GRAEL/BRA) have picked up where they left off on leg one and the battle for supremacy has resumed. But, it is a perplexing time for the skippers and navigators: whether to go further south and into the stronger breeze for maximum scoring gate points, or stay further north, in lighter conditions but closer to the finish.

Mark CHISNELL debates the pros and cons of this decision in his 1000 Zulu Report here.

With the fleet spread out across a north/south divide of just under 40 nautical miles, the leaderboard is distorted as it is based on distance to finish, which will favour boats which are further to the north, although tactically, the position in the south, with its stronger winds will more than compensate for the extra distance to be sailed.

In the north is Delta Lloyd with her new skipper, Spaniard Roberto BERMUDEZ, showing the shortest distance to finish, while furthest to the south is Andreas HANAKAMP (AUT) with Team Russia's Kosatka.

PUMA and Ericsson 4 are just 4nm apart. PUMA is to windward and north of Ericsson 4, but sailing considerably slower than Ericsson 4 who has sunk slightly further south. The rest of the fleet is in a tight bunch.

Ericsson 3 (Anders LEWANDER/SWE) has recovered from yesterday's mishap when the jib got caught on the radar dome, ripping the sail and detaching the dome from the mast. Overnight the sail has been satisfactorily repaired, but the crew is still trying to come up with a solution to repair the dome. "Not a very nice feeling when you are heading for the Southern Ocean and later up to India, passing the equator, where squalls are very common and the radar can guide you through them," explained Gustav MORIN (SWE), Ericsson 3's media crew member.

Ian WALKER (GBR) is pleased with the position of Green Dragon, just to windward of PUMA. "Ian MOORE [(IRL), the team's navigator] has put us in a good spot," he said this morning. "Conditions are very comfortable with a building westerly breeze," he added.

PUMA has recorded the highest 24-hour run during the period, of 268nm, but Ericsson 4 has averaged the highest boat speed during the last hour of 21.5 knots.

The first point scoring opportunity on this leg will be when the fleet crosses from west to east - the line of longitude 58 degrees E, anywhere south of the latitude 20 degrees S.

Leg Two Day Two: 13:00 UTC Volvo Ocean Race Positions
(boat name/country/skipper/nationality/distance to finish)

Delta Lloyd IRL (Roberto BERMUDEZ/ESP) DTF 4274
PUMA Racing Team USA (Ken READ/USA) +3
Telefónica Blue ESP (Bouwe BEKKING/NED) +5
Ericsson 4 SWE (Torben GRAEL/BRA) +6
Ericsson 3 SWE (Anders LEWANDER/SWE) +6
Green Dragon IRL/CHN (Ian WALKER/GBR) +6
Telefónica Black ESP (Fernando Echávarri/ESP) +9
Team Russia RUS (Andreas Hanakamp/AUT) +38

Volvo Ocean Race Leaderboard
(After Leg One)

1. Ericsson 4 (Torben GRAEL), 14 points
2. Puma Il Mostro (Ken READ), 13 points
3. Green Dragon (Ian WALKER), 11 points
4. Telefónica Blue (Bouwe BEKKING), 10 points
5. Telefónica Black (Fernando ECHAVARRI), 7 points
6. Ericsson 3 (Anders LEWANDER), 5 points
7. Delta Lloyd (Ger O'ROURKE), 4 points
8. Team Russia (Andreas HANAKAMP), 4 points

Go here for all the news on the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09

Volvo Ocean Race - www.volvooceanrace.org

Lizzie Ward
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