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Taking on a challenge like the Volvo Ocean Race means being ready for just about anything, so while the threat of piracy has led to course changes for Legs 2 and 3 the teams are relaxed about how their own preparations will be affected.

"It is necessary to react to these sort of things and as a team we do not have a problem doing so.”

Like the rest of the skippers, Team Telefónica's Iker Martínez is eager to find out more about the redrawn race route -- see here for the full story -- but the Spaniard is confident about his team's ability to take anything in their stride.

“Logistically, for a team as big as ours and the rest of the teams, this is a complicated move, especially at this late stage," Martínez said. "Everything needs to be organised and we are waiting for more information on where we need to go exactly. But it is necessary to react to these sort of things and as a team we do not have a problem doing so.”

Groupama skipper Franck Cammas said he was unlikely to alter the French team’s original approach for either leg.

“Although this change means we will miss out a weather area on each leg, I am not sure that we will change anything in the way we prepare," he said. "At this point it is too late for us to change anything to do with the sails, but to be honest, even if we had known about this a long time ago I don’t think we would have changed the configuration of the boat or the sail strategy at all.”

Team Sanya skipper Mike Sanderson also did not believe that the Chinese team would be making any special preparations in reaction to the new safer course configuration.

“I really don't think it can affect our preparation strategy too much. To do well in the Volvo Ocean Race we need to be prepared for all round conditions at all times”

Similarly, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Chris Nicholson, appeared sanguine about the newly introduced course changes.

“We had always assumed that there would be a significant exclusion zone for piracy, so there is very little impact for our team in relation to the proposed changes."

However, Ken Read, skipper of PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG Propulsion, had clearly not ruled out tailoring his strategy in the light of the new sprint legs.

“We don't really know details yet and I think this is still a work in progress for the organisers. As with any race or regatta, you read the rules and try to adapt better than the competition. It's really that simple. The route has been changed and we simply have to deal with it."

As the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 looms ever larger, at each of the team training bases, the pace of preparation ratchets up every day. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Team Sanya, Groupama Sailing Team, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG Propulsion, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand and Team Telefónica, are all now working feverishly to ensure they are at optimum readiness when racing begins on October 29 in Alicante, Spain.

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Skipper Chris Nicholson at the helm. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, 2000 mile qualification

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Skipper Franck Cammas and the Groupama Sailing Team set sail for their 2000 mile qualifier for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.

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UK, Cowes. 11th August 2011. Skipper Mike Sanderson from New Zealand helming. Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 entry Team Sanya training ahead of the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Ken Rean, Skipper, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG Propulsion.

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Iker Martinez, Skipper for Team Telefonica