• 27-APR-2012

  • SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race

Five Star Sailing Marks First 1,000 Miles to Miami

On day six since the start, PUMA have extended their lead overnight as the teams ticked off the first 1,000 nautical miles of Leg 6 in "luxurious" conditions in the South Atlantic where a fraction of a mile is being counted as a big loss or gain.

The distance between the front and the back of the pack has extended as the fleet tacked to point at Recife on Brazil's northeast corner, with Groupama sailing team dropping to more than 90 nautical miles behind the leaders.

At 0700 UTC PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG held a 19.2 nautical mile lead over CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, followed by Team Telefónica in third and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in fourth, trailing by 45.6 nm.

In the early days out of Itajai, Brazil, CAMPER and Abu Dhabi took a more westerly course, staying closer to shore, while Telefonica and Groupama choose to sail further east in hopes of breaking through to windier conditions earlier.

On Friday, PUMA Media Crew Member Amory Ross said conditions were ideal and crew morale was at an all time high as the team grew content with their middle-road gamble that paid big.

CAMPER MCM Hamish Hooper said his team were focussed on their hot pursuit of the Leg 6 leaders, which was made easier by the "luxurious conditions on deck".

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