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Puma Ocean Racing back in the saddle

The Puma Ocean Racing team bid farewell to Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday and is on its way on Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. Puma’s Mar Mostro was the third boat around the buoys before heading off to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the third port of the race.

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The team is fourth in the overall standings after finishing third in Saturday’s In-Port Race. Puma is now offshore racing again for the first time since Mar Mostro suffered a broken mast on Nov. 21 during the first leg of the race, sailing from Alicante, Spain, to Cape Town.

“We’re looking at 14-16 days on this first stage of Leg 2,” said navigator Tom Addis, evaluating the conditions ahead. “It will be pretty typical for the first 12 hours – upwind out of here, and it doesn’t look like we have to go too far south. A lot of races you’re going directly south out of Cape Town, but we’ll likely be able to stay pretty close to land and save some distance due to a little low that’s just south of the country. We’ll be into some downwind sailing much sooner than normal. But, it won’t last that long – only a day or so. We’ll find some breeze at times. We have to sort of battle our way to the trade wind reach.”