• 30-APR-2012

  • SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race

Race to Miami Heats up as Teams Cross Equator

"PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG were granted temporary respite from the constant attacks from Team Telefónica and CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand early on Monday as they stretched their lead out to 20 miles as the second week of Leg 6 got underway.

But with more than 2,700 miles still left to sail to the finish in Miami, Leg 6 is still anyone's to win, and the crews of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Groupama sailing team were doing all in their power to catch up.

PUMA have been among the leaders since the early going in Leg 6 when teams split into three groups. Abu Dhabi and CAMPER along the coast, PUMA in the middle and Telefónica and Groupama further off-shore to the East.

PUMA were initially locked in a tight battle with CAMPER and briefly lost ground, but took back the lead and now are in a strong position ahead of the fleet. The hottest contest remains between second placed CAMPER and third place Telefónica, who have switched places several times already over the past days.

Earlier today PUMA hit the reset button on board in a bid to fend off their rivals. Skipper Ken Read has been hell-bent on optimising Mar Mostro's performance, turning Leg 6 into a match race more than an ocean race.

The fleet will have their final Equator crossing of this 2011-12 edition of the race on Monday evening and Tuesday morning."

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