Puma clinch narrow victory over Telefonica


It went down to the wire. Kenny Read’s American-flagged Puma had been in hand-to-hand combat with French rival Franck Cammas until Groupama’s mast fell down on the home straight of the fifth leg of the Volvo round the world race from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil.

But coming up from astern was the overall race leader, Telefonica of Spain, which had stopped for repairs tucked inside Cape Horn.

When skipper Iker Martinez pulled back onto the race track he had not only a 400-mile deficit to make up but a further 17 hours to make up and that a man down. His 10-man race crew had been reduced to nine as Antonio Cuervas-Mons had been taken off during the repair break suffering from a back injury.

At the end Read held off Martinez by less than a mile, but that still leaves him in third overall and 40 points behind the Spanish Olympic gold medallist. But it gave the race its third leg winner. Read had finished the first leg on the deck of a ship, taken to Cape Town from Tristan de Cunha on the first leg. The whole race has been a litany of breakdowns.

In Punta del Este, frantic work by the shore crew had been completed on the dismasted Goupama to fix a makeshift rig from the bits rescued when it crashed down 60 miles off the Uruguayan coast.

Sails were also modified and the yacht has been able to restart on the 600 remaining miles to Itajai, which would give them 20 points and consolidate their second overall position.

Both the Chinese team Sanya and Abu Dhabi’s Azzam have pulled out as the sixth boat Camper tries to complete repairs in Puerto Montt, Chile and restart racing down the coast to Cape Horn and then up the other side to Itajai.

The next leg to Miami starts on 24 April.

Early gold and hard-won silver opened the medal haul for Britain’s Olympic sailors at the Princess Sofia regatta in Palma de Mallorca.

Ben Ainslie overcame a start line, boat-damaging collision, injury to a recently operated on back, and a dash ashore to change to a replacement Finn singlehander, to take third in the second race of the day.

That was enough to give him a lead of 36 points over his nearest rival and secure back-to-back golds in the topline event just four months ahead of going for a fourth consecutive Olympic gold in Weymouth.

In the 2.4mR, Helena Lucas, already selected to represent Skandia Team GBR at the Paralympics, won silver.  

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas