28 Feb '12, 12pm

Sailing: Groupama ahead Volvo Ocean Race rivals - Channel News Asia

Sailing: Groupama ahead Volvo Ocean Race rivals - Channel News Asia

SANYA, China: French team Groupama were in a commanding position on Tuesday having reached the coveted trade winds in the Pacific Ocean ahead of their Volvo Ocean Race rivals. Groupama, skippered by Franck Cammas, now stand poised to take a huge lead going into the final stages of Leg 4 from Sanya in China to Auckland, New Zealand, with every prospect of ending Telefonica's three-leg winning streak. Current routing from race HQ in Spain suggests they could cover up to 550 nautical miles in the next 24 hours, and even greater distances during the next four days of trade winds sailing. Groupama hold a lead of 50 nautical miles over Camper/Team New Zealand, with overall leaders Telefonica in third, while Puma are fourth but looking in a strong position to threaten from the north. "You couldn't ask for a better position than the position they hold at the moment, and on top of ...

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