The Volvo Ocean Race 2012





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.

Six teams started the race in October 2011. Of the teams only Team Sanya is racing a second hand boat, Telefónica Blue, which took third place in the 2008-09 race.






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


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


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


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 % respectively.

In addition to the ocean and in-port races there will be no-score pro-am races in every port where sponsors and guests are given an experience as close to that of true professional sailing.



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.

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand led the fleet out of Alicante and through the Gibraltar straits.

On 5 November 2011, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing lost its mast within hours of the race's beginning during heavy winds and high seas near Alicante. On 6 November 2011 Team Sanya was forced to head to port after damaging its hull. Team Sanya withdrew from the first leg on 7 November after an assessment of the damage.

The fleet were led round the turning mark near the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha by Puma Ocean Racing, powered by BERG Propulsion on 17 November. Several days later at 1500 hours on 21 November their mast failed, splitting into three bits. They retired from the first leg on 22 November and headed to Tristan da Cunha.

Telefónica won the first leg, followed by Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand. Groupama placed third, several days after the leaders, as they missed the lowpressure system Telefónica and Camper used to cross the southern Atlantic at high speed.


Cape Town In-Port Race - To be held 10 December 2011.







Volvo Ocean Race 2012 2nd leg






Cape Town to Abu Dhabi


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 Dhabi.

Due to the threat of piracy around Somalia, the fleet headed from Cape Town to a secret port, later revealed to be Malé, and were then transported by ship to Abu Dhabi, closer to the finish line for a sprint into Abu Dhabi. The first part of the leg gave 80 % of the points (24, 20, 16, 12, 8 and 4 points) and the second part 20 % (6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points) for the same total of 30 to 5 points as the other ocean legs. Team Telefónica were the first boat into the secret port while Groupama Sailing Team won the sprint leg. Telefónica won overall points on the leg.

Team Sanya resumed racing on the 6 January with a six man crew and finally finished the first part of leg 2 on 19 January, also scoring points for the sprint part of leg 2 and the in port race that they had missed.

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.

Sanya In-Port Race


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 Sanya.







Volvo Ocean Race 2012 3rd leg







Sanya to Auckland


The 5,220 NM leg is to start 19 February 2012.

Auckland In-Port 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.

Team Sanya suffered rudder and hull damage on 22 March and were forced to return to New Zealand. They will rejoin the race in Miami. Both Team New Zealand and Abu Dhabi stopped in Puerto Montt, Chile. Team New Zealand repaired the boat and continued on while Abu Dhabi was shipped from there to Itajai, Brazil.

After 17 days at sea, with 677 nautical miles to go to the finish line, Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) dismasted 60 nautical miles (nm) south of Punta del Este. Groupama motored to Punta del Este and following the creation of a jury rig rejoined the race and was placed third.

Itajaí In-Port RaceTo be held 21 April 2012.

Itajaí to Miami - The 4,800 NM leg is to start 22 April 2012.

[edit] Miami In-Port RaceTo be held 19 May 2012.

[edit] Miami to LisbonThe 3,590 NM leg is to start 20 May 2012.

[edit] Lisbon In-Port RaceTo be held 9 June 2012.

[edit] Lisbon to LorientThe 1,940 NM leg is to 10 June 2012. From Libson the fleet will head to a turning point at São Miguel Island before heading to Lorient.

[edit] Lorient In-Port RaceTo be held 30 June 2012.

[edit] Lorient to GalwayThe 485 NM leg is to start 1 July 2012. This leg is the shortest in the race.

[edit] Galway In-Port RaceTo be held 7 July 2012.








Volvo Ocean Race 2012 5th leg












Volvo Ocean Race 2012 6th leg
















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