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Groupama's ETA changed again for an arrival this afternoon with strong headwinds.After 24 days at sea, the crew is looking forward to arrive in Cape Town, rest and maybe, go surfing like Nick Dana, media crew member on Abu Dhabi!

For teams ashore, the work has began but team managers are quite optimistic and happy with the conditions of their boats (for Telefonica and Capmper only!)


Horacio Carabelli, shore crew manager for Leg 1 winners Team Telefónica, is confident there is nothing major for his team to fix, with only a small hole in the bow suffered when they hit a support rib when they were docking.

"It's really not a major thing," said Carabelli. "There's just some cosmetic work to do.

"The boat came home in immaculate condition -- we could have started Leg 2 tomorrow -- but we do have the normal schedule of maintenance work to do and you can be sure we'll be checking the rigging section after all we've seen in this leg. The inside of the boat suffered a bit of course and we have a very tight sked for what is a full-on job at the stopover. If you take a week out of a stopover it makes a difference. Apart from that, the crew always come up with improvements, little things they want to change, but really there's nothing major."


His counterpart at CAMPER Neil Cox agreed that short time before the next in-port race on December 10 left them with little margin for error.

"In reality, with the stopover being so short there's a lot more pressure," Cox said. "The schedule is much more brutal. Compared to other races, this boat is in good shape. But you don't get to Cape Town for free either and we'll know more after we get stuck in. Fortunately, we haven't discovered anything so far."


Groupama sailing team are expected to complete Leg 1 on Tuesday, a result that will take them up to third on the leaderboard.

The three teams forced to retire from Leg 1 have more concerns.

Team Sanya and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing both expect their boats to arrive in Cape Town on Wednesday after their problematic starts to Leg 1.


Sanya shore manager Nick Bice and a team of boat builders have been working furiously in Cape Town to create a new oversized section of the bow to replace the area damaged in the first 24 hours of Leg 1.


Abu Dhabi have a team meeting scheduled for Tuesday but before then Media Crew Member Nick Dana took advantage of his free time with some surfing.


PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG are enjoying a few days' rest on Tristan da Cunha as they wait for a ship that left Cape Town on Monday morning. Their best hope is to get back to South Africa on December 6, leaving little margin for error as they get their new mast stepped.


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