• 01-JUN-2012

  • SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race

Abu Dhabi Wins Leg 7 As Groupama Takes Overall Lead

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing shrugged off seven months of frustration to seal their first offshore victory in a nerve-jarring transatlantic leg from Miami to Lisbon, while Groupama's second place finish – only five minutes behind after more than 3,500 nautical miles of racing – was enough to take them top of the overall leaderboard in place of long-term leaders Telefonica.

Groupama spent the entire day snapping at the heels of the Emirati team and were within a mile of their rivals as they headed up the River Tagus towards the finish line.

Abu Dhabi defended resolutely, however, matching their rivals manoeuvre for manoeuvre to ensure that their first podium finish on an offshore leg would also be their first win and spark wild celebrations lit up by a booming firework display.

For Groupama, the consolation prize came soon enough, as Telefonica's 4th place finish -- behind PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG in third -- meant the French team move to the top of the overall standings with two off-shore legs and three In-Port Races still left in this 11th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

"Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing shrugged off seven months of frustration to seal their first offshore victory in a nerve-jarring transatlantic leg from Miami to Lisbon, while Groupama's second place finish – only five minutes behind after more than 3,500 nautical miles of racing – was enough to take them top of the overall leaderboard in place of long-term leaders Telefonica.

Groupama spent the entire day snapping at the heels of the Emirati team and were within a mile of their rivals as they headed up the River Tagus towards the finish line.

Abu Dhabi defended resolutely, however, matching their rivals manoeuvre for manoeuvre to ensure that their first podium finish on an offshore leg would also be their first win and spark wild celebrations lit up by a booming firework display.

For Groupama, the consolation prize came soon enough, as Telefonica's 4th place finish -- behind PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG in third -- meant the French team move to the top of the overall standings with two off-shore legs and three In-Port Races still left in this 11th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Abu Dhabi, who finished at 21:23:54 UTC, received 30 points for victory, with Groupama netting 25 after their finish at 21:29:21. PUMA took 20 points, Telefonica 15 and CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand with 10 – after the two had a scintillating neck-and-neck battle to the finish line.

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