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Confident Telefónica ramp up the pressure

Team Telefonica's crew member climbs the mast as they chase PUMA Ocean Racing ©IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race
Team Telefonica's crew member climbs the mast as they chase PUMA Ocean Racing ©IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

Good luck has taken Telefónica to within striking distance of PUMA on the thrilling run-in to the Leg 5 finish line in Itajaí but navigator Andrew Cape knows it will take smart sailing if they are to get past them and claim a fourth leg victory.

Cape said the way the weather scenario had played out over the last few days could not have gone better for the Spanish team after they had closed to within two miles of PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG today.

"I've said it before, but it's pure luck," he said. "Just the timing of everything has worked in our favour. The wind has been coming from behind, always pushing us closer to them."

Having caught the long time leg leaders Cape said breaking through to the lead would be a quite another challenge, however.

"The trick now is to get past them and we need some smart work to do that, and stay there, which will be trickier again. It will be a busy afternoon," Cape said.

Now clearly in sight of each other Cape believes the pressure is firmly on leaders PUMA who have seen a several hundred mile lead reduced to virtually nothing in just a few days.

"We can see the other boat," he said. "We've certainly got them worried. We're creeping up on them all the time."

Cape confirmed that the remarkable comeback was the best of his career to date  and one he had never dared hope could happen despite early weather indications that it was possible.

"I can't believe it'" he said. "As I said, we had a very lucky run but 400 miles behind you never think you're going to get back into it. We kept pushing the boat and here we are."

Cape said the already exhausted Telefónica crew were working non stop to eke every ounce of speed out of their boat in the final hours of the leg.

"Everyone is chipping in, trimming the sails, shifting the gear flat out," he said.

"Everyone has an eye on the other boat and want to do their best.

"No one is panicking, everyone is trying to optimise the boat, so there is a happy mood on board. We can do it." Cape concluded.


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