Telefónica surge to another victory

Team Telefónica continued their winning streak on Saturday, claiming victory in the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race at Cape Town to extend their overall lead.
Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain and CAMPER
with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson from
Australia during the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race in Cape Town.

(Photo Credit Must Read: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)

Team Telefónica were followed by CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Groupama sailing team and Team Sanya.
Iker Martínez’s Telefónica remain top of the overall leaderboard provisionally with 37 points. The only change on the leaderboard is PUMA, who have joined Abu Dhabi in joint-fourth position both with nine points.
Martínez said the victory was the perfect way answer the team's critics after finishing last in the first in-port race in Alicante in October.
"We are very happy. It was important for us to do well here in Cape Town after struggling in Alicante,'' he said.

Team Sanya, skippered by Mike Sanderson from
New Zealand during the V&A Waterfront In-Port
Race in Cape Town.
(Photo Credit Must Read: PAUL TODD)
Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck
Cammas from France during the V&A Waterfront
In-Port Race in Cape Town,
(Photo Credit must read: IAN ROMAN)
Team Telefónica led the fleet off the start line with a smoking quick sail set that saw them gain an early jump, but their former Leg 1 shadow PUMA again hugged her hip and gained the lead at the first mark.
At the second mark PUMA extended her lead on the fleet, but just 29 seconds and 90 metres separated her and Telefónica in the close quarter combat that was watched by thousands of spectators lining Table Bay.
PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, skippered by Ken Read from the
USA during the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race in Cape Town, South Africa.
(Photo Credit Must Read: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)
Telefónica made a race winning move after rounding the fourth mark, hoisting a large sail area to gain the lead, while CAMPER edged into second place as PUMA made a more conservative sail choice.
As the westerly wind continued to gust in excess of 25 knots Telefónica extended her lead over CAMPER from 29 seconds at the fifth mark to 32 seconds at the sixth mark. PUMA trailed the leader by 49 seconds.
Telefónica maintained their lead with a flawless race, with plenty of cheers when they crossed the line in front of more than 200 spectator boats.
PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, Abu Dhabi and Team Sanya were all looking to score well today in a bid to avenge the points opportunity they relinquished after being knocked out of Leg 1 with damage.
The V&A Waterfront In-Port Race in Cape Town
(Credit must read: Marc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race)
Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez
from Spain during the V&A Waterfront In-Port
Race in Cape Town
 Photo Credit Must Read: PAUL TODD
The carnage of Leg 1 weighed heavily on the minds of all six skippers, as they attempted to curb their competitive instincts in preference of getting around the inshore course in one piece.
In-port races take place in all 10 Host Ports around the world, testing the crews’ skills at close-quarters maneuvers and tactics. 
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from
the UK during the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race in Cape
Town, South Africa.
(Credit must read: Marc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race)
Around 20 per cent of all points are up for grabs in the in-port racing, which could prove vital when overall positions are decided. The races also provide a show for the millions of people who will watch the race worldwide.
The more than 5,000 mile Leg 2 race to Abu Dhabi will start on Sunday at 1500 local time, 1300 UTC/GMT. 
Early forecasts are tipping a south to southwest wind from nine to 14 knots for the start of racing.
Telefónica surge to another victory Telefónica surge to another victory Reviewed by Panos Douros on Sunday, December 11, 2011 Rating: 5

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