Telefonica win in battle with Camper

 

After 15 days of nip and tuck battle between the two Spanish boats in the Volvo Iker Martinez at the helm of Telefonica added, by less than two minutes, second leg victory over Chris Nicholson’s Camper at the still undisclosed staging post from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi.

The American-flagged Puma was holding a 22-mile advantage over France’s Groupama with, in fifth place a further 50 miles astern Abu Dhabi’s Azzam, skippered by British double Olympic medallist Ian Walker.

From the ‘safe haven’ at which the boats are finishing, they will then be shipped through any remaining danger from Somali pirates.

Eighty per cent. of the leg points are allocated on the finishing order there, with the remaining 20 per cent. up for grabs on the final sprint from Sharjah, where the crews will rejoin their yachts, to Abu Dhabi.  

In Sydney, 88 boats started the 47th annual race to Hobart with favourable winds knowing that within 12 hours they would see a change in fortune to upwind sailing. Forecasters were warning of gusts up to 40 knots plus a pounding from hailstones. Leading the fleet, as it has for most of the last few years, was Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats.

What had hoped to be his principle rival, George David’s chartered 100-foot Rambler, had capsized during the Fastnet Race this summer. While the whole crew was saved in a miraculous story of well-schooled cool headedness and prompt action by the Irish rescue services, the boat was not ready to race.

Leading British entry, one of only six from Europe in a field reduced, according to the organising Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, by difficult economic times, was Alex Thomson in one of his Open 60s, Hugo Boss.

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

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

Career Services

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones