Thursday, March 15, 2012

Volvo Ocean Race PUMA claim second 24-hour distance award

13528It sounds like a blast.  A 24-hour run of 527.8 nautical miles has earned Rhode Islander Ken Read’s PUMA team the IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge award for Leg 4 of the Volvo round the world race.  And it helped them to a 2d place finish on the 5,200 mile, 19 day Sanya, China to Auckland, NZ Leg 4.  But in a Bangor Daily News syndicated piece Read spoke candidly about the price his team paid for their northerly run to high winds and a good sailing angle.  
Pounding for days in close reaching conditions is like living inside a drum as you try to rest in your pipe berth.  And then you get to go topsides to a firehose plane.  Read - 50 years old - has been through hell.  Dismasted in the South Atlantic, loaded aboard a freighter at Tristan DaCunha - the most remote inhabited island on earth  - Read's Puma team is 4th out of six .  How competitive is this race? Approaching Auckland the top three boats were in sight of each other.  A week's rest and then they head for Cape Horn.   I'll keep you posted. - GWCVolvo Ocean Race Puma skipper Read of the U.S. is seen on a yacht at the port in Alicante
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