• 09-JUN-2012

  • SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race

Groupama Add to Points Lead in Oeiras In-Port Rae

New race frontrunners Groupama sailing team stamped their authority on the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 today with a crucial win in the Oeiras In-Port Race, extending their overall lead to eight points with just four more scoring opportunities left.

After knocking Spanish-entry Telefónica off the top spot at the end of Leg 7, the team led by French skipper Franck Cammas dealt another blow to their rivals with a stellar performance on the waters of Lisbon's River Tagus to take their points tally to 189.

American-entry PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG kept their hopes of an overall win alive and moved to the top of the in-port series rankings with a strong second place earning them five points, while CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand could also take heart as they took the third podium place. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing were fourth, followed by Sanya.

Telefónica were yet again left licking their wounds after a penalty turn for a start-line rule infringement on PUMA relegated them to the back of the pack. Their fate was sealed when the rope holding their spinnaker to the top of the mast broke, dumping the huge sail in the water.

As the gun fired at 1300 local time (1200 UTC) it was Groupama who enjoyed the best start, avoiding getting tangled up with their rivals to rocket down towards the first mark in 10-15-knot south-westerly winds.

Despite exchanging leading positions several times with CAMPER as the fleet blasted down the Tagus River past Lisbon's iconic 25th of April Bridge, Groupama rounded the first mark ahead and never looked back, holding onto the front spot for the remainder of the 11.6nm course.


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