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Puma claims in-port race in Galway

Updated: Saturday, 07 Jul 2012 18:04 | Comments

PUMA Ocean Racing celebrates winning the Discover Ireland In-Port Race
PUMA Ocean Racing celebrates winning the Discover Ireland In-Port Race

Ken Read completed his final campaign in the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday by winning the last scoring event of the 2011-12 edition and securing the in-port race series trophy.

American Read, the oldest sailor in the fleet at 51, guided Puma to a comfortable victory margin of one minute 19 seconds in the Galway in-port race to pip the runners-up Camper by one point in the overall 10-race series.

Franck Cammas's French challengers Groupama had claimed the overall Volvo Ocean Race Trophy on Tuesday after finishing second in leg nine from Lorient, France to Galway.

Read, of Newport, Rhode Island, announced during the course of the marathon 39,270-nautical mile race, which started in Alicante, Spain in October, that this would be his final tilt at offshore sailing's premier professional event.

Being crowned as kings of the in-port series was some consolation for finishing third in the overall event.

"It tastes very sweet," said Read. "To race against the best sailors in the world and come out on top is all we can ask for."

The next Volvo Ocean Race will be held in 2014-15.

In-port race series final standings:

1 Puma (US) 45 points

2 Camper (Spain/New Zealand) 44

3 Groupama (France) 41

4 Abu Dhabi 37

5 Telefonica (Spain) 27

6 Team Sanya (China) 16

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