Volvo yachts in anti-piracy measures

Wednesday 28 December 2011 16.59
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Team Telefonica is prepared to be lifted onto the ship (www.volvooceanrace.com)
Team Telefonica is prepared to be lifted onto the ship (www.volvooceanrace.com)
When the yachts arrive in Sharjah, the teams will then take part in a one-day sprint
When the yachts arrive in Sharjah, the teams will then take part in a one-day sprint
The boats were loaded onto the ship in a process that saw all of the team's shore crews working together as one unit
The boats were loaded onto the ship in a process that saw all of the team's shore crews working together as one unit
The fleet of Volvo Open 70's are lifted onto a ship in the safe haven port
The fleet of Volvo Open 70's are lifted onto a ship in the safe haven port
The fleet of Volvo Open 70's are lifted onto a ship
The fleet of Volvo Open 70's are lifted onto a ship

Five racing yachts involved in the Volvo Ocean Race are being transferred across the Indian Ocean to a set-down point off the Sharjah coastline in the northern Emirates as part of anti-piracy measures.

It is the first time ever that 15-tonne yachts have been lifted onto a commercial ship in open waters with their tall masts affixed to the boats.

When the yachts arrive in Sharjah, the teams will then take part in a one-day sprint to the finish line in Abu Dhabi for the completion of Leg 2.

Spain's Telefonica won a game of cat and mouse with chief rivals Camper on Monday, grabbing victory in the first stage of Leg 2 in the Volvo Ocean Race by a margin of less than two minutes.

In a finish described by winning skipper Iker Martinez as "madness", Telefonica stole in front of Camper with eight nautical miles to go in a stage that ended at an undisclosed, anti-piracy, safe-haven port in the Indian Ocean.

The margin of victory was remarkable for a race that lasted over 15 days and 4,000 nautical miles.

The boats were loaded onto the ship in a process that saw all of the team’s shore crews working together as one unit, as each team were only able to have two shore crew members on-site.

It was announced in August that the route for Legs 2 and 3 would be re-drawn because of the increased threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean.

Piracy is a well-organised and highly lucrative business and it has expanded into a vast area off the coast of Somalia.