Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Groupama has Finished VOR Leg1 in Cape Town.

GROUPAMA has Finished VOR Leg 1 as 3rd in Cape Town, South Africa. 

GROUPAMA finishing in Cape Town.     IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race
Elapsed time is 24 days, 4 hours, 28 minutes and 31  seconds. She earns 20 Points on this Leg; see the TAB VOR scoreboard for the complete summary of results. 

Groupama had a good start of Leg1, choose the route along the African Coast to the Canary islands, which looked promissing when passing  Gibraltar. However winds calmed and just North of the Cape Verde islands, Groupama change strategy to go West but saw all other sailing VOR boats passing her. After that , Groupama could never really catch up and some unfavorable wind systems in the Southern Atlantic threw her even further back. However, Groupama did finish in Cape Town, where 3 other boats failed to finish. 

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