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    Published on 06-21-2018 08:17 AM
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    Three teams started the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race on Thursday afternoon in an unprecedented dead-heat on the overall leaderboard.

    And in the winner-take-all sprint from Gothenburg to The Hague, it was Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team taking the early advantage over their rivals for the overall title, Team Brunel and MAPFRE.

    While Dongfeng Race Team found a clean lane to windward for the race start, Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE and Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel were entangled at the leeward end of the line. In fact, MAPFRE was ...
    Published on 06-17-2018 11:48 AM
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    Vestas 11th Hour Racing won the day in Gothenburg but the results on Sunday see MAPFRE win the In-Port Race Series...



    Charlie Enright’s Vestas 11th Hour Racing showed great patience and sailed a clean race for a victory in the Gothenburg In-Port Race on Sunday.

    But it was Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE team who rode a third place finish on Sunday to win the overall In-Port Race Series, sailing 11 points clear of their closest pursuers, Dongfeng Race Team.

    With one In-Port Race left in The Hague, MAPFRE can now not be overtaken on the leaderboard.










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    Published on 06-15-2018 12:33 PM
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    In little under a month François Gabart will be back at the helm of his MACIF trimaran, after a substantial optimization refit which will be complete at the end of July. "I'm impatient to see the result of all this teamwork," he said.

    Since his round the world record six months ago he has spent a lot of time doing sport, but also at the office with his team.






    When ...
    Published on 06-15-2018 09:12 AM
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    1968: Movies like Bullit, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Barbarella and 2001 A Space Oddity Ruled the Box Office.
    Nixon wins the White House, MLK and RFK are assasinated, Vietnam Raged on and a Solo Sailor, Robin Knox Johnston sails his 32' Suhali solo around the ...
    Published on 06-14-2018 01:57 PM
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    Brunel Sailing take the Leg 10 win! What an incredible comeback from the Dutch team to keep their dream of overall Volvo ...
    Published on 06-14-2018 09:22 AM
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    Brunel shoots into the lead as intensity builds towards photo finish

    The pace is relentless as the leaders close in on Gothenburg knowing every point will count for the overall Volvo Ocean Race win...


    Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel shot past most of the fleet over the past 24 hours, eventually eking ahead of MAPFRE on Thursday morning and taking the lead in Leg 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race.

    But with less than 200 miles to go to the finish line in Gothenburg, Sweden, less than 10-miles separate the top six crews. No position is secure and the intenity is relentless. ...
    Published on 06-13-2018 08:52 AM
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    MAPFRE leads fleet north of Scotland



    Big winds are in the forecast as the fleet makes the turn around the north of Scotland and point their bows towards the finish in Gothenburg in Sweden...


    Spanish team MAPFRE shot into the lead of the penultimate Volvo Ocean Race leg as the fleet rocketed round the coast of Scotland on Wednesday.

    The painfully light and fickle winds that dogged the seven teams on Tuesday as they crossed a high pressure ridge had today been replaced by powerful south-westerlies that were blasting them north-east at breakneck speeds. ...
    Published on 06-11-2018 04:09 PM
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    Team AkzoNobel in third place on approach to Fastnet Rock

    Team AkzoNobel is this morning in a scrap for third place on Leg 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race after a night of smooth straight-line reaching across the Irish Sea towards the south west tip of Ireland.

    At 0700 UTC (0900 CEST) this morning the team AkzoNobel crew was locked in a head-to-head drag race with fourth placed Mapfre (ESP) – just a tenth of a nautical mile further back – as the seven-boat fleet powered westward at speeds approaching 20-knots.

    Later this morning the boats will pass one of yacht racing’s most iconic turning markers – the lighthouse on Fastnet Rock – and will start to feel a significant softening in the northerly breeze as the wind ...
    Published on 06-10-2018 12:29 PM
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    The Volvo Ocean Race fleet had a slow start to Leg 10 as a high-pressure system brought bright sunny skies and warm weather but very little breeze to Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.

    With nearly no wind at the scheduled 1500 UTC start time, the Race Committee pushed a short postponement to allow ...
    Published on 05-31-2018 08:42 AM
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    Next edition of the race planned for 2021 under new ownership

    "We are determined that the race will go from strength to strength as a sustainable premier world event..."





    As the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 builds towards an exciting finish in June in The Hague, organisers can confirm the next edition of the race will start in 2021, under new ...
    Published on 05-29-2018 08:05 AM
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    Team Brunel has the momentum after another leg win, but the overall race lead goes to Dongfeng Race Team as the Volvo Ocean Race returns to Europe...





    The top three teams in the Volvo Ocean Race are within three points after Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel won Leg 9 into Cardiff, Wales to vault into contention for the overall race win.

    The Leg 9 results also mean a new team is at the top of the race leaderboard as Dongfeng Race Team, with a third ...
    Published on 05-28-2018 08:04 AM
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    Setting up for an epic finish in Cardiff

    The racing is intense for the final miles of Leg 9 into Cardiff with at least four boats still in contention for a leg win...




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    Less than a mile separated Volvo Ocean Race Leg 9 frontrunners Team Brunel and team Akzonobel on Monday as the teams prepared to enter the final 100 miles.

    After almost eight days of intense racing across the Atlantic from Newport, USA, to Cardiff, ...
    Published on 05-27-2018 09:01 AM
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    Team AkzoNobel and Team Brunel were racing practically neck and neck on Sunday as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet geared up for a nail-biting Leg 9 finale.

    With less than 300 miles remaining to the finish line in Cardiff, Wales, the two Dutch boats were just two miles apart at the front of the seven-strong fleet and matching each other for speed.

    Having broken free of the clutches of a high-pressure ridge west of Ireland that halted their fast progress across the Atlantic, the fleet faces one last hurdle – a cyclone off Land’s End, the most westerly point of England.




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    Published on 05-25-2018 09:00 AM
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    Team AkzoNobel sets record-breaking pace to lead Leg 9



    Team AkzoNobel continues to build on its record-breaking pace on Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, but a slowdown is forecast...


    Team AkzoNobel set a new record for the greatest distance sailed in 24 hours in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race on Friday, eclipsing the previous mark and smashing past the 600-mile barrier as they rocketed through the North Atlantic.





    Dutch skipper Simeon Tienpont’s crew bested the existing record for a yacht competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, the 596.6 ...
    Published on 05-24-2018 09:39 AM
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    Record breaking conditions for Volvo Ocean Race fleet

    Team Brunel has posted a new 24 hour distance record, but the fast conditions aren't over and other teams are pushing hard to set a new standard...

    Team Brunel, at the head of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet on Day 5 of Leg 9, has provisionally set a new 24-hour distance record in the Volvo Ocean 65 class.

    The team blew past the previous record of 550.8 nautical miles set in the last race by Abu Dhabi Racing just after 14:00 UTC on Thursday afternoon.

    Since then the team has kept adding to the mark. ...
    Published on 05-23-2018 12:55 PM
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    Tense times for Volvo Ocean Race fleet as advantage ebbs and flows

    The fleet is beginning to converge after a big split early in Leg 9. But who will come out with the advantage is not yet clear...









    The Volvo Ocean Race fleet was beginning to converge again on Wednesday as the Leg 9 sprint across the Atlantic continued at pace.

    A split of almost 300 miles had opened up early in the 3,300-mile leg from Newport, USA, to Cardiff, Wales, as the seven-strong fleet broke into two groups. ...
    Published on 05-23-2018 11:49 AM
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    (Wednesday 23rd May, Sibenik) – From the high tension and great expectations that prevailed amongst the crews of the 12 TP52s, who contested an exciting first day of the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES, it is three-time champions, Quantum Racing who emerge with the tiniest possible lead at the Sibenik 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week in Croatia.

    With nine shiny, brand new boats competing on a race arena that is completely new to the 52 SUPER SERIES, the de-facto leading grand prix monohull circuit in the world, it was the Quantum Racing crew, marshalled by afterguard ...
    Published on 05-23-2018 10:18 AM
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    Szymon Kuczynski secured a new world record for the smallest yacht to circumnavigate the globe singlehanded and unaided, when he returned to Mayflower Marina in Plymouth, today (Thursday 17th ...
    Published on 05-22-2018 10:05 AM
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    AkzoNobel Report:


    Tuesday May 22: 0700 UTC update

    At the 0700 UTC sched this morning, team AkzoNobel is in third place, 7.6 nautical miles (15km) behind Team Brunel and just half a mile (1km) behind Vestas 11th Hour Racing with Scallywag another 13 nautical miles behind (24km). The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has split in two with Turn the Tide on Plastic, Dongfeng and Mapfre ploughing a more northerly route separated by almost 200 nautical miles.

    The southern route continues to look strong with downwind conditions and speeds of up to 20 ...
    Published on 05-21-2018 07:44 AM
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    Dongfeng Race Team has had a successful first night at sea on Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, building a 20-mile lead over arch-rivals and overall race leader MAPFRE.

    A split has already developed, with Dongfeng gybing to the north just before 1300 UTC on Monday while MAPFRE continues with the bulk of the fleet charging out to the southeast.



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    It was a foggy first night at sea with Liz Wardley on Turn the Tide on Plastic tweeting on Monday morning: ...