The In-Port Race is underway in Cape Town. All six teams are on the line, and more points are up for grabs. Follow @RacingWindsLive for updates from Cape Town.
UPDATE: Preliminary results are displayed below.
1. Team Telefonica (52:55)
2. CAMPER with ETNZ (+0:43)
3. PUMA powered by BERG (+0:52)
From the Volvo Ocean Race:
The action kicks off in Cape Town at 1310 local time (1130 GMT) with the departure ceremony as all six teams head out onto the course in Table Bay.
Live TV commentary will be up and running at http://www.volvooceanrace.com/live or at new.livestream.com at 1445 local time (1245 GMT), 15 minutes before the start of racing at 1500 local (1300 GMT).
In a press conference yesterday, Ken Read said despite only having had their new rig on their boat for three days, PUMA Ocean Racing will put the pedal to the metal if given the chance in today’s race.
Their Volvo Open 70 Mar Mostro arrived in Cape Town on Tuesday after an epic 31-day leg which saw them dismast on day 16 then sail jury rigged to Tristan da Cunha before loading the yacht onto a container ship bound for South Africa.
After using their only replacement mast, Read said his team should calm themselves for tomorrow’s in-port racing but admitted their competitive streak would be difficult to subdue.
“We only have one mast left – we do something stupid and potentially we’re out of this race completely, or for some time,” Read told the press conference.
“So, we have to temper ourselves a little bit, but then of course there’s the competitive side of you and you get a sniff and you’re going to forget the rest of it pretty quickly.”
Read told volvooceanrace.com: “It’s easy to say now but if we do something stupid and lose our rig our race is over. I’d love to say we’re smart enough to ease off but I’m not sure we are.
“We need to get some positive vibes here with our program, and our boat, and feel comfortable with our boat again and everything will be fine.”
Read also revealed the cause of the break to the mast, which snapped into three pieces on day 16.
“We think it was a small stainless steel piece that holds the D1, the lower diagonal shroud, was actually made from the wrong material,” he added.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing showed glimpses of what’s in store in tomorrow’s in-port race winning two of the three races in today’s Pro-Am event.
Never shy of some friendly banter with his rivals, skipper Ian Walker picked the press conference to bring up his at-sea exchanges with Read after Abu Dhabi’s dismasting.
“When we broke our mast Kenny was really sympathetic,” Walker said.
“He sent me a nice email saying ‘sorry you broke your mast. I’ve seen people do all sorts of things to get out of three days of upwind sailing but you breaking the mast was something special. Don’t think this gets you out of playing golf in Cape Town’.
“All I can say is I booked a tee-off for three days ago…”
Read replied: “The amazing thing about this story is at least I wrote him a note! I heard nothing. Zero. We had 19 days!”
Also in good spirits after two successful days on the water rounded off by a win in the final Pro-Am race was Team Sanya’s Mike Sanderson.
Asked what the most dangerous part of the next leg up the east coast of Africa to Abu Dhabi would be, Sanderson told the press conference: “The biggest risk for me with Africa is that my family want to move here permanently and we won’t leave at all!”
All six teams will line up for the first time in more than a month tomorrow in the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race, starting at 1500 local time (1300 UTC).
For a full bank of quotes from the press conference, click HERE.