In Volvo Ocean Race, Momentum is Key

Keeping up the good spirits, high energy and good luck rolling to the next leg is a big part of the Volvo Ocean Race. Luckily, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG knows a thing or two about momentum!

From Sanya to Auckland, the Mar Mostro team made some bold moves that have paid off in the #2 spot behind Groupama. As is typical of the race there’s no time to stop and contemplate on the next move. Instead, the teams are quickly and expertly getting things ready for Leg 5 – Auckland to Itajai – while at the same time making adjustments to better their sailing.

Momentum and efficiency – yeah, BERG Propulsion is familiar with that too. One of the core reasons we’ve teamed up with PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG for the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race!

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (MARCH 11, 2012) – The PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG crew pushed through days of upwind sailing and a tight battle at the end to finish second in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. PUMA crossed the line at 11:55.43 local/22:55.43 UTC in Auckland, New Zealand, completing the leg from Sanya, China, in 20 days, 3 hours, 57 minutes and 50 seconds to collect 25 points.

“We had to fight for this second-place finish, and we’re very pleased,” said skipper Ken Read. “It was a combination of boat speed, the ability of the boat to handle the conditions, and of course the guys on board. It was a long, miserable leg, but the last 72 hours were the best we’ve sailed the boat. This finish is definitely something for us to build upon.”

The Groupama Sailing Team won Leg 4 with Team Telefónica edging out CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand for third. Telefónica holds the overall lead in the race with 121 points, while the PUMA crew remains fourth with 78 points.

The journey from Sanya to Auckland took the team 5,220 nautical miles, and the leg was split into two stages due to a tropical cyclone in the South China Sea. Despite a strong start in the first stage, PUMA was the final boat to complete the stage, forcing a 39 min, 17 sec delayed restart. Gradually making up ground over the first few days of the second phase, the crew continued upwind sailing, heading further north to get on a more eastern route down to Auckland. They joined half the fleet in rounding the eastern end of the Solomon Islands, then held off challengers in Telefónica and CAMPER down the New Zealand coastline to cross the line in second.

“This leg went on and on and on,” said watch captain Brad Jackson, who was at the helm across the line into his hometown of Auckland. “We’ve been in some bad places and some good places, and back and forth. It’s been really tough physically and mentally, and it was a tough tactical leg, but we stuck to our guns and we got there in the end. Groupama sailed a great leg, so they really deserve the win. And, for us to get second was a very good result.”

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Awaiting a Close Finish to Auckland in the Volvo Ocean Race

Expectations are high as the boats participating in the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race make their way to Auckland. The 11 sailors onboard PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG boat Mar Mostro are anxiously and eagerly awaiting reaching New Zealand, and as the Volvo Ocean Race stats show it will be a tight race to the finish!

What a great way to kick off the stopover in Auckland and “welcome sailing home!”

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Uncertainty Reigns in the Volvo Ocean Race

For the skippers leading the teams in the Volvo Ocean Race, there is nothing that is more certain during this current Leg than the prevailing sense of uncertainty. Decisions weigh heavily on all the teams heading towards port to Auckland.

Big splits (which direction wil pay off?), dodging squalls, the dreaded doldrums, figuring out which position is best – all the teams, including the PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG team onboard Mar Mostro have a lot on their minds. Add to that an exploded jib tack line – can’t say it’s a boring race!

Meanwhile the forecasts keep changing but the mood onboard is good – keep on going 100%, no matter what. Adn sometimes, uncertainty is part of the rush.

Volvo Ocean Race – life at the extreme!

(Photo credits: Amory Ross, MCM PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG)

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Latest Update from Mar Mostro in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race

Since yesterday, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG has covered 523 miles in the span of 24 hours. Not bad for a sailboat! Going fast is something the team thrives on.

The team is well on its way to Auckland now going straight downwind. While the team can’t find a place on the boat to stay dry you won’t find anyone complaining. The race is getting closer as the hours pass. By the time the Mar Mostro reaches the Solomon Islands, the team will have a better feel for where they stand.

(Photo credit: Amory Ross/MCM/PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG)

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