LEADERS ON LAST STRETCH TOWARDS CAPE HORN

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With the leaders powering towards Cape Horn, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) are still around eight days from safe haven in Puerto Montt in Chile

Earlier today, Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) led PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA) past the eastern ice waypoint and both teams are powering towards Cape Horn. At 1000 UTC, PUMA was hot on the heels of Groupama, 30.2 nautical miles (nm) astern, racing in 30-35 knots of wind. Meanwhile, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) is taking it extra cautiously as the team is anxious about the damage sustained to their bow. They hold third place, 301.2 nm behind the Franck Cammas and his men.

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Fowey RNLI invites you to a free lifejacket clinic

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Fowey RNLI crew volunteer Marcus Lewis wearing his RNLI lifejacket and standing with the station’s Trent class all-weather lifeboat. Credit RNLI/Fowey

Event: Free RNLI lifejacket clinic

 

Venue: Fowey Gallants Sailing Club, Amity Court, Fowey

 

Date/time: 9.30am to 2pm – Saturday 31 March 2012

 

As seafarers prepare for the main sailing and boating season an RNLI crew volunteer from the Fowey lifeboat station is organising a free lifejacket clinic aimed at checking this vital piece of lifesaving equipment. It’s the third time that Marcus Lewis has arranged the event, which is being held this Saturday, 31 March, at the Fowey Gallants Sailing Club and is open to anyone who wants to have their lifejacket checked free of charge.

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SQUALLY CONDITIONS RETURN FOR FRENCH LEADERS

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Groupama clear ice limit, free to dive south

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At 1900 UTC Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) and PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA), the only two teams to have avoided serious damage to their boats so far on Leg 5, are 38.7 nautical miles (nm) apart. Groupama is 223 nm from the eastern ice limit set at 47 degrees south/150 degrees west and once past the waypoint they will be free to dive south again without the worry of colliding with icebergs as they set a course for Cape Horn.

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STRESS LEVELS DROP AS WEATHER BRIEFLY MODERATES

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The stress levels on board the three leading boats in Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race dropped briefly during daylight as the weather finally gave the teams a break and moderated to less than 20 knots. However, as night fell, icy cold driving rain and 30 knots of wind returned to test the leading trio again.

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CAMPER HEADING TO CHILE TO REPAIR BOW DAMAGE

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Bow shot of CAMPER from archive. Bulkhead failure means the boat has to limp 2,500 miles to the nearest safe have in Southern Chile for inspection and repairs. High risk in hostile conditions and far from rescue.

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand will divert to Puerto Montt on the west coast of Chile to repair bow damage suffered in the ferocious conditions currently being experienced in the Southern Ocean.

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