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    Published on 03-23-2018 03:45 PM
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    A tasty gallery of select images from the Paul & Shark Dragon Cup Leg 1 being held at
    Yacht Club San Remo in Italy!

    More Info HERE!

    Published on 03-23-2018 10:40 AM
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    Morning report, Friday March 23, 2018

    It’s been a tough 18 hours at the office for the crew on board team AkzoNobel as they have seen their lead eroded and the team are now in 5th position at the 0700 UTC sched. The crew had some close encounters with three of the other teams around 1845 UTC yesterday, each passing within less of a mile of each other. As our onboard reporter, James Blake said, “While on the one hand it is good to see other inhabitants of this vast ocean, it is also a gentle reminder ...
    Published on 03-22-2018 01:18 PM
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    Editor's Note: Molli in now tucked in, safe and sound in Hobart, It's been a trying adventure thus far and skipper
    Randall Reeves gives an update on landfall in trying conditions:

    March 21, 2018

    Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Hobart

    All day we ride due east on brisk northwesterlies, which Mo takes beam-on with double reefs. Hour ...
    Published on 03-22-2018 11:51 AM
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    The Volvo Ocean Race fleet continues its relentless charge east, towards Cape Horn on Thursday, enjoying the best the Southern Ocean has to offer.

    The teams have been skirting the southern race course boundary and racing in strong but manageable winds in the 20-25 knot range which have allowed the crews to rack up 500 mile days.

    But that’s all about to change.

    Sailing south of a high-pressure system, the fleet has enjoyed bright sunshine and relatively warm temperatures from the northerly wind direction.

    The forecast however is for a cold front to back the wind into the west-southwest, dropping the temperature significantly. The wind is forecast to increase to 35-40 knots, or even higher, for several days, and the accompanying sea state will make manoeuvres challenging. ...
    Published on 03-21-2018 02:15 PM
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    On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at approximately 1:30PM, the Oregon State Police responded to the report of a small plane that had crashed into the Columbia River near Clatskanie. Initial information indicated the plane was ...
    Published on 03-21-2018 02:06 PM
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    The Britannica HAV reported to be carrying a cargo of 1,955 tonnes of steel. A small oil sheen has been observed in the water surrounding the wreck, according to the Maritime Prefect.

    The captain of the fishing vessel sustained a minor head injury, ...
    Published on 03-21-2018 10:01 AM
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    Four days into Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race, the teams have reached the Furious Fifties and made their turn to the east, pointing towards the famed Cape Horn...

    Vestas 11th Hour Racing posted the first 500-mile run of Leg 7 on Wednesday as the fleet charges towards the ice exclusion zone.

    Four days into the 7,600-mile leg from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajaí, Brazil, there has been little let-up for the seven teams as they continue to push ever deeper into the Southern Ocean.

    A north-easterly wind of 20 and 30 knots has guaranteed rapid sailing conditions and similar boat speeds from the Volvo 65s.

    Vestas 11th Hour Racing clocked off 500.2 nautical miles in the 24 hours leading up to the 0700 position report, with their six rivals all within 15 miles of the target.

    Until now the race has been to get due south as fast as possible to skirt round the bottom of a big anticyclone, ...
    Published on 03-20-2018 11:58 AM
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    It’s taken a good 24 hours for the crews to get their sea legs back but as you can see from these wet weather pictures, they’re now having copious amounts of fun…

    You just have to look at Chen Jinhao – aka Horace - to see that he wants to win. The young bowman from Schen Zhen in China, who many are tipping as a future skipper of an all-Chinese crew in the Volvo Ocean Race, is sporting a crew cut with a big “V” picked out ...
    Published on 03-19-2018 03:12 PM
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    Vesta's 11th Hour has pulled into the lead for the moment, but it is a long way to go....

    On Dongfeng, like the others, there has been little sleep as the red and white boat pounded upwind along the Coromandel coast – dodging in and out of the rocks – with plenty of tacking in strong winds on the nose.

    But now that opening phase of the race is behind them and Charles Caudrelier and his team have been able to ease sheets as they broad reach in the Bay of Plenty, heading south to where the real action in this leg will take place.

    The images from the boats show more spectacular shots of the Coromandel coast plus pods of dolphins skipping through the surf and abundant birdlife on this beautiful stretch of water near Gisborne.

    The ...
    Published on 03-18-2018 03:59 PM
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    One year ago when the J Class fleet was at it hammer and tongs, racing their first regatta of a historic season, the newly launched Svea was in Europe still completing first sea trials.
    Today they secured their first regatta victory together when they won the J Class at the popular Caribbean seasonal raiser, the St Barths Bucket.

    Showing benefits from a winter of work rebalancing and optimising, as well as ever-improving crew work and cohesion, Svea won four of the event's five races and were only denied ...
    Published on 03-18-2018 03:37 PM
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    Who is in and who is out on leg 7

    Published on 03-18-2018 10:48 AM
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    The Volvo Ocean Race fleet left Auckland for Itajaí, Brazil on Sunday following a spectacular start to Leg 7 from the City of Sails...

    It was a spectacular start to Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday afternoon, as the fleet left Auckland in perfect conditions.

    The sun was out, the wind was near 20 knots, and as they have for 10 stopovers, the Auckland fans took to the water by the thousands to farewell the fleet. It wasn’t a surprise – over the course of the Auckland stopover, ...
    Published on 03-17-2018 03:04 PM
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    Ed Wright won his second Finn European title in Cádiz on Saturday after a spectacular medal race in high winds and huge waves that nearly resulted in the race being cancelled. Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands, had led all week, but several capsizes and a last place left him with the silver, while Max Salminen, from Sweden did enough to take the bronze, after placing second in the race.

    The Final Race for the rest of the fleet was canceled with sustained gusts well over 30 knots and huge seas. This meant that Nils Theuninck, from Switzerland, ...
    Published on 03-17-2018 02:32 PM
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    Velsheda Finishing Error Grants Svea Their Fourth Win

    Velsheda appeared to have done all they needed to win around today's 25.43 nautical miles 'wiggly' J Class coastal race at the 2018 St Barths Bucket, but an error in their misreading of amendment to the instructions for the finish line robbed themselves of what would have been their first win of this 2018 St Barths Bucket Regatta. Their mistake handed the Race 4 victory to Svea, which looks set to win their first J Class Regatta together.

    As the wind faded and shifted during the later stages of the multi leg course off the north west of the island, Velsheda were slicker in their gear ...