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A 24-hour run of 527.8 nautical miles has earned Ken Read’s PUMA team the IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge award for Leg 4.
Michi Mueller goes to the bow for a jib change with New Zealand's Cape Reinga in the background. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Vol
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PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, who also set the best 24-hour distance in Leg 3, edged out leg winners Franck Cammas’ Groupama sailing team by five nautical miles to record the best Leg 4 day’s run on February 29.

Groupama claimed the Leg 2 top daily distance award when they clocked up 478 nm in the Indian Ocean on the way to then secret safe haven port in the Maldives.

However, Chris Nicholson’s CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand still hold the current race record after powering to 553 nm in a day on the first leg from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa.

CAMPER’s Leg 1 run was short of the world monohull 24-hour speed record of 596.6 nm set by Ericsson 4 during the 2008-09 race.

The team recording the greatest distance over a 24-hour period in each of the nine legs will receive an IWC Trophy.

The overall fastest time, over the entire eight months of the race, will land all 11 members of the winning crew with an IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12”.

Confidence is high that a new 24-hour race record could be set on Leg 5 when the boats take on the strong winds and big waves of the Southern Ocean on their way to Itajaí in Brazil.

Leg 4 best 24-hour distance from each team:

Puma          527.819 nautical miles

Groupama   522.394

Abu Dhabi   513.213

Telefonica   500.322

Camper      471.679

Sanya        482.95

 

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Michi Mueller goes to the bow for a jib change with New Zealand's Cape Reinga in the background. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand.

IWC Schaffhausen Speed Challenge Trophy Leg 4

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet made good use of the trade winds as they sped across the South Pacific on the way to Auckland, New Zealand from China. In the end, it was PUMA Ocean Racing powered by Berg which captured the IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge trophy for Leg 4 of the Volvo…