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PUMA EMAIL: 'THIS RACE IS FAR FROM FINISHED'

December 02, 2008 @ 21:06:16   Foto Photos by Dave Kneale

PUMA Ocean Racing arrive in Cochin, India

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40 miles from the finishing line... What a leg! Hard one and bad one for us... but all is not negative at all. The crew has been doing a great job and every sailor knows that in our sport, you do not always control all the aspects. Saying that, once again, the strongest have won and I use the opportunity to congratulate them. They put together a great job to win this leg and create a significant lead on the scoreboard. Ericsson 3 and her Scandinavian crew are also very impressive and are giving a great response to their ‘older brothers’.

Anyway, as Bouwe said after finishing second, this race is far from finished and a lot will still happen, as we know in this Volvo Ocean Race.

As I write, we still don't know if we will finish fourth, fifth or sixth. We are still fighting against ‘Black Betty’ (ex ABN ONE, actual Delta Lloyd). I am pleased to see this boat being part of the fleet and giving a hard time to the new generation boats. It is a good signal for ‘short budget campaigns’ in the future. The difference in speed between the 3rd generation Volvo 70 will be insignificant and very small with the second generation.

This hard leg is a good test for our team, the way to handle the ‘hard moments’ either gives more strength or destabilises a team. It is an important period for us.

We are four boats on an even line to the finish, fighting for 4th place...or 7th, after more than 2 weeks sailing. I guess it is a great leg!


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