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    Published on 04-25-2018 05:35 PM
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    Chris Museler wrote this piece for the New York Times




    Libby Greenhalgh was wedged into the navigator’s seat below decks on the Sun Hung Kai-Scallywag when the helmsman shouted repeatedly, “Man overboard.”

    It was before dawn on March 26, and 35-to-45-knot westerly winds had been violently thrashing the competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race for weeks, since they left Auckland, New Zealand, and headed for Itajaí, Brazil, in the seventh leg of the round-the-world event.

    The helmsman hit ...
    Published on 04-25-2018 10:12 AM
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    After substantial time spent in Hobart getting Molli repaired, Randall Reeves had a grand new plan:

    The New Plan

    Mo and I will depart for San Francisco non-stop in mid-April and should sail under the Golden Gate Bridge as early as middle June.

    I then plan to begin the Figure 8 route all over again in September of this year.

    When I arrive home, I will have completed a solo circumnavigation of some 25,000 miles via the Southern Ocean and in two stops—not so remarkable except that it may be the longest shakedown cruise in history.


    Yet, nothing worth doing is ever easy and once again, gremlin rear their ugly heads:





    Day 125 (Day 1 of this leg)

    Noon Position: 44.00S 150.46E

    Course/Speed: ...
    Published on 04-24-2018 09:10 AM
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    Dongfeng Race Team snuck into the lead on Tuesday as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet continued to skirt Leg 8's first major obstacle – the St Helena High.

    The famed anticyclone is renowned for dominating the South Atlantic and making tricky sailing for Volvo Ocean Race teams heading north or south.

    Constantly expanding and contracting, the St Helena High – also known as the South Atlantic High Pressure Cell – is currently centred ...
    Published on 04-23-2018 08:46 AM
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    Game on as Volvo Ocean Race fleet switches back to race mode

    The Volvo Ocean Race fleet was punching due east on Monday as the sailors settle back into life at sea less than 24 hours into Leg 8.




    Following a big send-off from Itajai, Brazil, on Sunday, the seven-strong fleet – back up to full complement with the welcome return of Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag – faced a tricky opening night of unpredictable weather.

    There was little chance ...
    Published on 04-19-2018 02:05 PM
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    Team SHK/Scallywag pulled up to the dock at the bustling Itajaí Race Village at mid-afternoon on Thursday, completing its delivery trip from the west coast of Chile.

    The boat had previously made landfall in Chile after retiring from Leg 7 following the loss of crew member John Fisher, with a delivery crew taking on the task of getting the boat to Itajaí.

    Now the team is in a race against time to be ready for the Leg 8 to Newport, Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon.











    Neil Cox, the Head of the Boatyard, ...
    Published on 04-18-2018 10:47 AM
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    Towed since Sunday, the Maxi Banque Populaire joined late yesterday the port of Casablanca after traveling the 130 miles that separated it from the coast.
    The technical ...
    Published on 04-18-2018 09:15 AM
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    Prepare yourselves, Scallywags, because the Scallywag Delivery Team are roughly 200nm away from Itajai!

    Currently located at ...
    Published on 04-16-2018 08:19 AM
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    Vestas 11th Hour Racing arrives into Itajaí
    The blue boat docked into Brazil on Monday after being delivered from the Falkland Islands under jury rig
    April 16, 2018
    14:23 UTC
    Text by Jonno Turner

    Vestas 11th Hour ...
    Published on 04-11-2018 08:55 AM
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    Late last week an announcement was made that the members of IMOCA had voted to approve a merger with
    the Volvo Ocean Race at their general meeting:

    IMOCA GENERAL MEETING Three major decisions approved

    This week was a busy and useful week for the IMOCA class. After the safety course organised in La Trinité-sur-Mer in Brittany on Wednesday 4th April, those involved in the class got together again on the following day in Lorient for the 2018 Annual General Meeting.
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    Published on 04-08-2018 10:23 AM
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    After almost eight days in the Falkland Islands, the blue boat is heading north.
    The rig may be a little shorter - but the team's determination is as strong as ever.
    We anticipate the delivery to take 10-12
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    Published on 04-07-2018 09:11 AM
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    The blue boat is now on it’s way to Brazil! Thanks to the incredible people of the Falkland Islands for their help and support on our unexpected adventure. Our race crew is now safely in Itajaí, and the delivery crew has begun the journey north onboard our VO65 yacht outfitted ...
    Published on 04-06-2018 12:53 PM
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    Roughly translated from Bateaux.Com Article





    The Way of the Pole: Sébastien Roubinet to attack the Arctic
    After two first attempts, Sébastien Roubinet will try to cross the Arctic - 1750 miles between Alaska and Spitsbergen. For this new adventure called La Voie du Pole, he will be accompanied by two teammates - Éric André and Vincent Colliard - and a brand new ...
    Published on 04-06-2018 11:25 AM
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    n March 30th Vestas 11th Hour Racing was dismasted and forced to retire from Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race, a 7,100 mile leg from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil. The team made landfall in the Falkland Islands, and is currently executing a plan to return to the race in ...
    Published on 04-06-2018 09:18 AM
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    This week, Francis Joyon’s maxi-trimaran, IDEC SPORT completed an extremely beneficial hibernation in Vannes on the hard standing area at the Multiplast yard. Today, she was put back in ...
    Published on 04-05-2018 01:12 PM
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    The Spindrift Racing of Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard Renews Its 2018 Sports programme, for the next season: Wmrt in m32, bol d ' or in d35 and a new attempt on the Jules Verne trophy. The Spindrift ...
    Published on 04-05-2018 09:51 AM
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    Our crew is still in the Falkland Islands working hard to get to Itajaí.
    Boat captain, Nick Dana, has been collaborating with locals to get the boat ready to motor up the South American coast. ...
    Published on 04-04-2018 08:18 AM
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    Scallywags never give up!

    When you’re feeling the pain
    And you’re sick of the game
    But you’re young and you’re brave and you’re bright
    You pick yourself up and dust yourself down
    Cos ...
    Published on 04-03-2018 09:31 AM
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    It was easily the most difficult stage of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, and the sailors will almost certainly rank it as one of the hardest in the history of the race.




    But Bouwe Bekking used his veteran nous to fight through all the challenges and lead Team Brunel to an incredibly narrow win over Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team. After racing nearly 7,600 nautical miles over the ground, the margin at the finish was less than 15 minutes.
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    Published on 04-02-2018 11:59 AM
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    After weighing their options, the Vests' team decided to load up and motor from Port Stanley to Itajai, and departed
    yesterday. They now have turned back after other issues sprang up....
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    Published on 03-31-2018 10:55 AM
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    Meanwhile, Vestas 11th Hour Racing has now arrived in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, after dismasting on Friday.


    No one was hurt when the rig came down and the team was able to clear away the damage and proceed under its own power to the Falklands.
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