2011-'12 Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4

Groupama secures the win of Leg 4 in Auckland, NZ. Meanwhile, PUMA takes second place; skipper Ken Read notes, "It was a bloody hard leg." Photos by Paul Todd and VOR media crewmembers Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica, Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team, Hamish Hooper/CAMPER ETNZ, Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. Follow the race in our Finish Line forum. [Read](Read%20more%20in%20our%20Finish%20Line%20forum

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, skippered by Ken Read from the USA, sails past the Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya, at the start of leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)PAUL TODD paul@outsideimages.co.nz
PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, skippered by Ken Read from the USA leads the fleet of Volvo Open 70's, at the start of leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)PAUL TODD paul@outsideimages.co.nz
Erwan Israel getting wet by the sea spray onboard Groupama Sailing Team sailing during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race)Yann Riou
Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain, at the start of leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)PAUL TODD paul@outsideimages.co.nz
PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, skippered by Ken Read from the USA, at the start of leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)PAUL TODD paul@outsideimages.co.nz
Craig Satterthwaite grabs a few minutes rest on the stack of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. Nick Dana
Team Sanya, skippered by Mike Sanderson from New Zealand during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Andr�s Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race)Andrés Soriano
Justin Slattery and Adil Khalid moves the stack onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)Nick Dana
Bowman Casey Smith trims the mainsail and Pitman Ryan Godfrey stands by on the "pumps," in fast sailing conditions. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)Amory Ross
Roberto Bermudez De Castro on the bow of CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, with Team Sanya ahead, during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Hamish Hooper/CAMPER ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race)Hamish Hooper
Team Telefonica crashes through waves during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race)Diego Fructuoso
Justin Slattery from Ireland onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from the UK during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)Nick Dana
Pablo Arrarte adjusting the sail onboard Team Telefonica during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race) Diego Fructuoso
Craig Satterthwaite helming at sunset onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand.Nick Dana
Coffee fiend Kelvin Harrap rinsing what's left in his mug before a likely mid-watch refill, onboard PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)Amory Ross
Fast upwind sailing conditions as seen from the view of driver Kelvin Harrap, onboard PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)Amory Ross
Justin Slattery waits for the old sail to drop, onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)Nick Dana
Antonio Cuervas-Mons on the bowsprit of Team Telefonica during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race)Diego Fructuoso