The 2011–12 Volvo Ocean Race is the 11th edition of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, and an ongoing yacht race which started with an in-port race in Alicante, Spain on 29 October 2011 with six Volvo Open 70 yachts at the start line. The 39,270 NM route goes to Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland and on to Itajaí. The next stop after Brazil is Miami and then across the Atlantic to Lisbon, followed by Lorient and the race is scheduled to finish with an in-port race in Galway, Ireland on 7 July 2012. The race consist of nine ocean races and ten in-port races.
Volvo Ocean Race 2012 route map
Team TelefónicaTeam Telefónica announced their participation in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 on 12 April 2011. The company will sponsor Pedro Campos’ team for the third consecutive time. The team could not use the former Telefónica boats as training boats, because the deadline for using second generation boats as training boats ended in March 2011. Their new boat was built at the King Marine shipyard in Valencia, Spain and is skippered by Iker Martinez.
Groupama is a French team skippered by Franck Cammas. The team acquired Ericsson 4, the second generation Volvo Open 70 that won the 2008-09 event, for training purposes. Their new boat Groupama 4 was built at the Multiplast shipyard in Vannes, France.
Team Abu Dhabi acquired Puma Avanti (formerly ABN Amro Two, a first generation Volvo Open 70) as a training boat led by Ian Walker. Their new boat Azzam was built at the Persico shipyard in Bergamo, Italy.
Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg Propulsion
Puma Ocean Racing, powered by BERG Propulsion is skippered again by Ken Read. Their training boat, Il Mostro is Puma's boat from the 2008-2009 race, which placed second in that event. Their new boat Mar Mostro was built by New England Boatworks in Newport, Rhode Island.
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand is skippered by Chris Nicholson with a new Volvo Open 70 boat that was built by Cookson Boatbuilders in Auckland, New Zealand.
Team Sanya is skippered by Mike Sanderson (skipper of ABN Amro One, 2005-06 event winner). This team announced their entry on 17 June 2011 and are racing in the refitted second generation boat Sanya Lan (formerly Telefonica Blue).
The race uses a scoring system where the overall winner will be the team with the most points at the end of the race. All races will count with no discards allowed. The boats are awarded points in every race, six to one in in-port races and 30–5 points (30, 25, 20, 15, 10 and 5) for ocean races (legs). The race have a total of nine ocean legs and ten in-port races. Due to piracy the legs to and from Abu Dhabi will be given two scores with the same total as the other legs. The scores will be divided 80+20 % and 20+80 %
The race began in Alicante on 29 October 2011. It is scheduled to end in Galway on 7 July 2012
Volvo Ocean Race 2012 1st leg documentary 2011/12
Alicante - In-Port Race
On 29 October 2011 Abu Dhabi won the first In-Port race with Puma second and Camper
third. The winds was very light on the race day.
Alicante to Cape
Town - The 6,500 NM leg started 5 November 2011 at 1300 UTC.
Cape Town In-Port
Race - To be held 10 December 2011.
Volvo Ocean Race 2012 2nd leg
The 5,430 NM leg started on 11 December 2011. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing led the fleet out of Cape Town. Team Sanya were forced to suspend racing following a rigging failure and missed the cargo ship from the secret port to Abu
Abu Dhabi In-Port RaceTo be held 13 January 2012.
Abu Dhabi to SanyaThe 4,600 NM leg is to start 14 January 2012. Due to the threat of piracy around Somalia, the fleet was transported once again by ship to Male from where the third leg of the race
began. From the new port they will then head through the Bay of Bengal and then pass the Malacca Strait. The first part give 20 % of the points (6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points) and the second part 80 % (24, 20, 16, 12, 8 and 4 points) for the same total of 30 to 5 points as the other ocean legs.
On the 18 February 2012 Team Telefónica took their second in-port victory in perfect sailing conditions with flat waters and winds gusting up to 20 knots. Team Puma came in second, followed by Abu Dhabi, Camper, Groupama and
Volvo Ocean Race 2012 3rd leg
Sanya to Auckland
The 5,220 NM leg is to start 19 February 2012.
Race - To be held 17 March 2012.
Volvo Ocean Race 2012 4th leg
Auckland to Itajaí
The 6,705 NM leg is to start 18 March 2012. This leg, the longest in the race, will include safety waypoints designed to keep the boats north of the main areas of iceberg risk.
Itajaí In-Port RaceTo be held 21 April 2012.
Volvo Ocean Race 2012 5th leg
Volvo Ocean Race 2012 6th leg
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