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2011-2012

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Final Results


Leg 2A (Leg 2 stage 1)

1. Team Telefónica / 15 days, 4 hours, 57 minutes, 19 seconds / 24 ponits

2. CAMPER con Emirates Team New Zealand / 15 days, 4 hours, 59 minutes, 16 seconds / 20 points

3. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG / 15 days, 10 hours, 33 minutes, 09 seconds / 16 points

4. Groupama sailing team / 15 days, 13 hours, 04 minutes, 19 seconds / 12 points

5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing / 15 days, 19 hours, 56 minutes, 37 seconds / 8 points

6. Team Sanya / 39 days, 6 hours, 3 minutes and 15 seconds / 4 points *

Team Sanya suspended racing on December 20 due to mast damage. After carrying out repairs in Madagascar they resumed racing on January 7 to complete stage 1 of leg 2.

Leg 2B (Leg 2 stage 2)

1. Groupama sailing team / 6 hours 52 minutes 09 seconds / 6 points

2. Team Telefónica / 6 hours 53 minutes 01 seconds / 5 points

3. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand / 6 hours 57 minutes 50 seconds / 4 points

4. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG / 6 hours 58 minutes 40 seconds / 3 points

5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing  / 7 hours 02 minutes 21 seconds / 2 points

6. Team Sanya / DNS / 1 point *

* As Team Sanya completed Leg 2 Stage 1 in racing conditions they scored the following points:

- 4 points for Leg 2 Stage 1

- 1 points for Leg 2 Stage 2

- 2 points for Ethihad In-Port Race Abu Dhabi

Leg 2 Awards

- DHL Shore Crew Award - PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG

- IWC Speed Record Challenge - Groupama sailing team

- Inmarsat Media Crew Member Award - Yann Riou from Groupama sailing team

- Abu Dhabi Seamanship Award - Richard Mason and Jared Henderson from Team Sanya


There was nothing straightforward about Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, which was split into two in an unprecendented move to counter the threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean.

For Stage 1, the boats made their way to an undisclosed Safe Haven port in the Indian Ocean -- in 'stealth mode' for part of the way to keep its location secret. Once there, they were loaded onto a ship and transported to within 100 nautical miles of Abu Dhabi for a Stage 2 sprint to the race's first ever Middle Eastern stopover.

First place in Stage 1 and second in Stage 2 proved plenty to give Telefónica the overall Leg 2 victory and see them extend their advantage over CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand at the top of the leaderboard to eight points.

It might have all been so different, though, if a first stage that was heart-breaking for some and heart-stopping for fans had ended just slightly differently.

The teams left Cape Town on December 11 still expecting harsh weather conditions on the first night only to make a painfully slow crossing from the Atlantic to the Indian oceans.

"One week out from the start we said no matter what, we wouldn't be going north," said CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson. "As we leave Cape Town and hug the coast it's always drive south, but no one got to drive south straight away. The best made plans have to be changed at times."

They would keep changing all the way to the final destination.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Groupama sailing team and CAMPER swapped the lead over the first few days before a definitive split in tactics saw Telefónica at the northern extreme of the fleet as Groupama drove ever further south in search of stronger breezes.

"Franck Cammas just loves the Southern Ocean so much," was how Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker later put it.

By day six, progress was still frustratingly slow, with a weather system travelling just ahead of the main fleet and travelling at about the same speed -- meaning an exit to faster speeds stayed tantalisingly out of reach.

Desperate times calls for desperate measures, and while Groupama continued south east, not getting any closer to the finishing line but starting to feel a lot better about the decision, Team Sanya took a bold option to head north.

Mike Sanderson's team made it through some lively weather unscathed and began building a lead that stretched up to 213 nautical miles -- not bad for the only team in a second-hand boat -- before reporting damage to a piece of rigging on day nine.

It was a cruel blow for the Chinese team, who had been forced out of Leg 1 inside the first 24 hours after suffering massive damage to their hull.

This time, they were forced to head to Madagascar for repairs and would go on to miss the transport ship to the northern Emirates. “Lowest of lows,” described Watch Captain Richard Mason as he prepared a jury rig for the broken D2.

By the following day, Groupama's gamble had taken them into a lead they held all the way to their entry into the Doldrums on December 22, covering 478.28 nm over one day-long period along the way to take the provisional Leg 2 honours in the IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge.

By then, the fleet was in Stealth Mode but nothing could mask the problems Groupama were about to face, as their lead was swallowed up by a zone of infamous instability - the Doldrums.

With Groupama stuck like glue, Telefónica and CAMPER took the advantage to the east, with PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG behind them, and the top two took up a thrilling tussle that would continue over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (and take in some frankly shocking carol singing).

The stage victory was in doubt right up until the finish line at the secret loading port, with Telefónica crossing first with a winning margin of just one minute 57 seconds after 15 days and over 4,000 nm of sailing. Telefónica scooped 24 points, with CAMPER gaining 20, PUMA 16, Groupama 12 and Abu Dhabi eight.

Martínez described the run in as "final miles of madness" and a game of cat and mouse, with the pair switching the lead repeatedly.

In a move unprecedented in the 38-year history of the event, the fleet was safely loaded onto a ship, arriving at Sharjah on January 2.

There was a scare for Groupama on the eve of stage 2, with the sailing team having to fix a gash in the hull, but they made light of the trouble to win a seven-hour sprint race in much faster conditions than expected, overhauling Telefónica with 10 miles to go for another exciting finish and the full six points.

Telefónica took five points for second, CAMPER came in third for four points, followed by PUMA (three) and Abu Dhabi (two), with a firework reception greeting the home team on their way in.

Download:

- Leg 2 crew list

- Leg 2 start course map

- Sailing Instructions: Leg 2 Addendum

Preview


5,430 nautical miles (6,249 miles, 10,056 kilometres)

Leaving the sparkle of the Cape Town stopover behind them, Leg 2 saw the fleet make the transition from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, passing the Cape of Good Hope and rounding the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas.

The threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean has become so severe that organisers have had to redraw the route for this leg and after sailing for several days through a "stealth zone", the boats are now being transported by ship to a location closer to the finish line for a sprint into Abu Dhabi to complete the leg.

Download:

- Leg 2 crew list

- Leg 2 start course map

- Sailing Instructions: Leg 2 Addendum

Secondary Content

Scoreboard

LEG 2A
TOTAL
1
Groupama sailing team
12
253
2
CAMPER with Emirates Team NZ
20
231
3
PUMA Ocean Racing by BERG
16
226
4
Team Telefónica
24
213
5
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
8
131
6
Team Sanya
4
51

Scoreboard

LEG 2B
TOTAL
1
Groupama sailing team
6
253
2
CAMPER with Emirates Team NZ
4
231
3
PUMA Ocean Racing by BERG
3
226
4
Team Telefónica
5
213
5
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
2
131
6
Team Sanya
1
51

HISTORY