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TELEFÓNICA SURGE TO VICTORY IN CAPE TOWN V&A WATERFONT IN-PORT RACE

December 10, 2011 - 1600 UTC    - Team Telefónica surged to victory in Saturday’s Cape Town V&A Waterfront In-Port Race to strengthen their overall lead after PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG had briefly hinted at a fairytale comeback to the Volvo Ocean Race.

Telefónica, first into Cape Town at the end of Leg 1, led from the start in warm sunshine and breezes averaging 14 knots in Table Bay, only for PUMA’s Mar Mostro to sneak past them at the first mark.

The V&A Waterfront In-Port Race in Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit must read: Marc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race)

Ken Read’s team, who only arrived in Cape Town midweek after becoming the third team forced to retire from Leg 1, then looked to be in a strong position but a sail handling mistake allowed Telefónica and CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand to streak past them on the way to mark 5, after which there was no way back.