Puma motor-sailed after retiring from leg one.A shame.
With less than 700 miles to go, I hope NewOrleansSailng is right and that they make it under jury rig to the finish. Could it be close between Camper and Groupama or will Groupama have enough of a lead that a slow trip will still win out? I would think Groupama could putter along at at least 5 knots or so and take third but don't recall what Puma did when they sailed under jury rig for awhile.
I don't blame the crews or even the boat designers but the people who wrote the specs. What kind of race is it where only one boat (hopefully I won't jinx Puma) does not sustain major damage during a leg?I doubt very much the boats were underspec.
They were designed and are being raced to a rule. So if you want to lay blame, which is a stupid thing to do, then blame the rule, not the designers, builders or sailors who have thrashed the crap outa them.
Besides stop bitching girls, these guys know what they are doing, they know the risks and rewards