Roller Coaster Leg

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PUMA arrives in China.  Finishes Leg 3 in fourth place.

After a roller coaster leg, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG finished fourth overall in the two-stage Leg 3 from Abu Dhabi, UAE, to Sanya, China, crossing the line at 08:29 UTC/16:29 local on Saturday, February 4, 2012, in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. The crew added 12 points to their overall total after completing the stage in 13 days, 29 minutes and 12 seconds. PUMA collected 17 points total for Leg 3 and remains in fourth place in the overall standings with 48 points.

"We did what we thought was right, that's all you can ever do. We're in the game to take calculated risks where they happen," said skipper Ken Read. "Our boat handling is great, our crew work is great, the effort is fantastic, but we have to get better at picking our edge. We'll regroup, and go into this next leg just like we always do, trying to win. Nothing is going to change moving forward.”

PUMA started the second stage of Leg 3 on Sunday, January 22, at 08:00 UTC in the safe haven port of Male in the Maldives. Through the Malacca Strait, around Singapore and up the coast of Vietnam, the crew sailed more than 3,000 nautical miles to the fourth port of Sanya. Team Telefónica won Leg 3 overall, with the Groupama Sailing Team crossing the line in second and CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand in third.

"When we took our eastern option, we went into it thinking it may be first or fifth. When we realized it wasn't going well, we joined the fleet and got one place back, so that's some consolation,” said navigator Tom Addis. "They key thing was realizing when something wasn't going right and doing something about it.”

On the start of the leg, PUMA’s Mar Mostro demonstrated its speed up the Sharjah coastline out of Abu Dhabi, UAE, on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, finishing in second place in the first stage of Leg 3 with a time of 16:31:01. As was the case with Leg 2, the Leg 3 route was redrawn and split into two stages due to the threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean. Stage 1 was the one-day sprint up to Sharjah, and the second stage was the journey to Sanya. Stage 2 of the leg counted for 80 percent of the available leg points.


Photo: Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race