|Groupama finished as Winner VOR Leg 4 in Auckland.|
The Solomon islands, caused a split in the fleet, 3 boats sailed East while the other 3 sails west and in between. The boats converged towards the North Cape Reinga of New Zealand. Groupama has a nice lead and though a hole in the bow did scare the crew, claimed their first victory in a leg, holding Telefonica form a 4th consecutive leg win.
Puma could keep a small advantage over Telefonica and finish as runner-up, pushing Telefonica to the 3rd podium place.
Camper has a good end-sprint but came ultimately 2 mins short on claiming a podium.
Azzam had some worries but could hold Sanya Lan off to claim the 5th place, while Sanya Lan came in last, be it that she recovered some 250 Nm on the leaders in the last couple of days.
OK next event will be the In-Port race in Auckland on Saturday 17 March 2012. The Pro-Am race will be a day before and a day after on 18th March will be the Start of the Leg 5 to Itajaí.