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PUMA OCEAN RACING POWERED BY BERG ACROSS THE LINE IN SECOND AT LISBON IN-PORT RACE

The PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG crew returned to the podium today with a second-place finish in the Oeiras In-Port Race in Lisbon, Portugal.

LISBON, PORTUGAL (JUNE 9, 2012) – The PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG crew returned to the podium today with a second-place finish in the Oeiras In-Port Race in Lisbon, Portugal. On the Tagus River, PUMA stormed down the course to come from behind and collect five points, finishing 22 seconds back from winner and overall leader Groupama Sailing Team.

“This was a big one for us today – a great comeback, and it’s always good to end a race on such a high note,” said skipper Ken Read. “This is a team full of unbelievable boat handlers, and we battled back from a tough spot. There can be a lot of weirdness out on the water, and when you’re racing in tight quarters, it can be easy to make mistakes. We hung in there. Plus, that was a lot of fun today – I bet for the crowd it was an unbelievable race to watch.”

Sailing downwind on the Tagus River, gybing down the course and under the 25th of April Bridge on the first leg, PUMA rounded the first mark in the fourth position, 31 seconds behind leading Groupama. After a last-minute decision to go around the opposite gate at mark 2, PUMA began to narrow the gap on the leaders. On the third leg, PUMA ran along the city side of the course and moved ahead of CAMPER into second after a solid downwind leg. The course was shortened and PUMA’s Mar Mostro and crew held on to finish second.

With the additional five points, PUMA moves only five points behind second-place Team Telefónica in the overall standings. The win for Groupama extended their lead to eight points ahead of Telefónica and 13 in front of PUMA.

“There’s still a lot of racing left,” said Read. “We’ll just keep doing what we think is the right thing as we go into this next leg and hopefully good things will happen.”

On Sunday, Leg 8 from Lisbon to Lorient, France, begins. Only two legs and two In-Port Races remain in this year’s race. Leg start is at 13:00 local/12:00 UTC and will be streamed live online at www.volvooceanrace.com and on the live section of the Volvo Ocean Race YouTube channel: youtube.com/volvooceanracevideos. Streaming begins five minutes before the 10-minute warning signal. Also visit www.volvooceanrace.com for complete television broadcast information in local markets.

The Volvo Ocean Race started on November 5 in Alicante, and the fleet is traveling 39,000 nautical miles through 10 ports, finishing in Galway, Ireland, in July 2012.

The PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG team is under the leadership of Read (Newport, Rhode Island, United States). Collectively, the crew has won the Around the World Race six times. The core includes: Tom Addis, Navigator (Sydney, Australia); Ryan Godfrey, Pitman (Adelaide, Australia); Kelvin Harrap, Helmsman & Inshore Tactician (Napier, New Zealand); Brad Jackson, Design Coordinator & Watch Captain (Auckland, New Zealand); Rome Kirby, Trimmer & Driver (Newport, Rhode Island, USA); Michael “Michi” Müller, Bowman (Kiel, Germany); Tony Mutter, Aerodynamics Coordinator & Watch Captain (Auckland, New Zealand); Jonathan “Jono” Swain, Helmsman & Trimmer (Durban, South Africa); Amory Ross, Media Crew Member (Newport, Rhode Island, USA); Kimo Worthington, General Manager (Portsmouth, Rhode Island, United States); and Tim Hacket, Shore Team Manager (Sydney, Australia).  

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For editoral use only: The fleet split as they approach the 25 de Abril Bridge, in the Oeiras In-Port Race in Lisbon, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race. Additional images available at images.volvooceanrace.com.

RESULTS

Oeiras In-Port Race; Lisbon, Portugal

POS    TEAM    PTS    TIME    
1    Groupama Sailing Team    6    61:22
2    PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG    5    61:44
3    CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand    4    62:30
4    Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing    3    63:08
5    Team Sanya    2    64:50
6    Team Telefónica    1    65:39

Overall Standings:

POS    TEAM    OVERALL
1    Groupama Sailing Team    189
2    Team Telefónica    181
3    PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG    176
4    CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand    166
5    Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing    107
6    Team Sanya    34

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG scoring:

POS    RACE/LEG    PTS    TOTAL
2    Alicante In-Port Race    5    5    
--     Leg 1*    --    5
3    Cape Town In-Port Race    4    9
3    Leg 2, Stage 1    16    25    
4    Leg 2, Stage 2 (3rd in Leg 2 overall)    3    28        
4    Abu Dhabi In-Port Race    3    31
2    Leg 3, Stage 1    5    36
4    Leg 3, Stage 2    12    48
2    Sanya In-Port Race    5    53
2    Leg 4    25    78
2    Auckland In-Port Race    5    83
1    Leg 5    30    113
3    Itajaí In-Port Race    4    117
1    Leg 6    30    147
3    Miami In-Port Race    4    151
3    Leg 7     20    171
2    Lisbon In-Port Race    5    176

* Retired from leg