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    Published on 10-17-2017 01:51 PM
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    With the arrival of Julien Mizrachi (UNAPEI), 78 racers have now made it safely into the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Of the 81 competitors at the start, just three solo sailors are no longer officially racing: Matteo Rusticali due to a dismasting, Luca Sabiu who triggered his distress beacon offshore of La Coruña and Frédéric Guérin, who following his dismasting ...
    Published on 10-16-2017 03:09 PM
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    In somewhat shocking news, a surprise entry for the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race has
    arrived overnight in Alicante. Team Wooden Shoe appeared in the ...
    Published on 10-16-2017 11:36 AM
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    Three-time Volvo Ocean Race winner Brad Jackson has been announced as skipper of the Dutch Volvo Ocean Race entry team AkzoNobel for the 2017-18 edition of the 83,000-kilometer around the world race.

    The forty-nine-year-old from Auckland, New Zealand is competing in his seventh Volvo Ocean Race after coaching the Swedish all-women entry Team ...
    Published on 10-14-2017 09:10 AM
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    The local heroes on Xabi Fernández's MAPFRE were a popular winner in the first point scoring race of the Volvo Ocean Race.

    Fernández and his team made a bold call at the start to duck behind the entire fleet in order to sail up what turned out to be the favoured right hand side of the course, coming from behind to earn a narrow lead at the first gate.

    “It was pretty clear from Joan (Vila) and ...
    Published on 10-13-2017 01:50 PM
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    Richard Mason, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race and Simeon Tienpont, Skipper of Team Akzo Nobel
    Have been relieved of their duties, sources are reporting... ...
    Published on 10-13-2017 11:38 AM
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    Many of the teams in the Clipper Race fleet have been setting their own boat speed records during some fast and furious sailing on Day 8 of the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms.

    Leader of Race 2, Greenings, has notched up 312 nautical miles in a 24-hour period. Interim Skipper, ...
    Published on 10-13-2017 10:01 AM
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    The first official racing of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race will take place on Saturday afternoon with the MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante, marking the first point-scoring competition of the event.

    The starting gun will fire at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC) with seven of the ...
    Published on 10-12-2017 10:12 AM
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    Valentin Gautier on the up

    - The Swiss sailor's easterly option secures him the win

    - Sailing blind

    - Filled with confidence for the second leg

    By securing victory in the first leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère, Valentin Gautier (Shaman – Banque du Léman) has swept away the doubts that had bombarded him after a rather chaotic pre-season. Indeed, after winning the Pornichet Select, ...
    Published on 10-11-2017 10:31 AM
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    Fire and ice

    - Less than two minutes separate the top two

    - Ian Lipinski (Griffon.fr) winner at the finish of leg one

    - Arthur Léopold-Léger (Antal XPO) the surprise runner-up

    Ultimately there was very little separating the top two sailors with their radically different temperaments and track records at the end of this first leg. The former had ...
    Published on 10-11-2017 08:27 AM
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    The Spanish MAPFRE team won the Volvo Ocean Race Prologue Leg on Wednesday, holding off a late charge from Team Brunel after Race Management shortened the course, converting the compulsory gate at Cabo de Gata into the finishing line.

    For skipper Xabi Fernández and his team, it’s a continuation of the success MAPFRE ...
    Published on 10-10-2017 10:56 AM
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    Skipper Xabi Fernández's MAPFRE crew is leading the charge into the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday afternoon.

    The Spanish team made a jump on the rest of the fleet by heading further inshore in search of favourable sea breezes following Sunday's start, with Team Brunel benefiting from following a similar track.

    Forty-eight hours later, their tactics have paid huge dividends. At the 1300 UTC position update on Tuesday, MAPFRE enjoyed a seven nautical mile lead on Team Brunel, who were themselves ...
    Published on 10-10-2017 10:43 AM
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    To you, to me... It's hard to know who's got the ball in their court in the extremely variable conditions currently dominating play in the Atlantic. The wind seems to have picked up again to the south-east pretty generally. The group positioned furthest over to the east that has been heavily ...
    Published on 10-09-2017 04:01 PM
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    The images of Volvo Ocean Race boats in near calm conditions during the first 24-hours of the Prologue leg from
    Lisbon to Alicante may give the impression of a relaxing cruise down the coast to the gates of the Mediterranean.


    images courtesy various OBRs CLICKY

    The reality is the contrary. Light, variable ...
    Published on 10-09-2017 08:53 AM
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    Proto Chart Monday AM


    Some 200 miles from the finish, the calms are all-encompassing

    - The first sailors are expected to finish on Tuesday

    - Conditions set the tone in the rankings

    The light airs are making the sailors' nerves jangle. They're all very much aware that it's not far to the Canaries now and that today's ...
    Published on 10-06-2017 10:55 AM
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    The wind is continuing to ease across the race zone

    - Commando operation in La Coruña

    - The west of the race zone pays dividends

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    Series Chart


    In cruising terms, conditions could best be described as relaxing : sunny climes, seas becoming increasingly ...
    Published on 10-06-2017 09:45 AM
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    On Sunday afternoon at 1400 local time in Lisbon (1300 UTC), the seven Volvo Ocean Race skippers will lead their teams off the start line of the Prologue Leg, a non-scoring race to the host city and start port of Alicante, Spain.

    It’s a final chance for teams to lock in crew configurations and get in some speed testing against the competition ahead of the start ...
    Published on 10-03-2017 03:47 PM
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    Having started on on October 1st, the 81 single handed sailors competing in the 2017 Mini Transat are still worKing their way out of the Bay of Biscay

    The wind is gradually veering round to the north, but it’s still struggling to establish itself. In the light airs, some sailors are trying to hoist spinnakers, or even the code 5, which is flatter and easier to set. Failing the wind on the stern, the Mini skippers are going to have to zigzag their way along in a quartering wind to make the north-west tip of Galicia.

    Published on 09-26-2017 07:47 AM
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    Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

    Following discussions with key stakeholders it has been determined that additional planning time is required to implement the recently announced changes to the race schedule. As a result, the proposed 2019-20 race in new boats will not take place as planned. A revised schedule for future ...
    Published on 09-21-2017 02:32 PM
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    Sanya Serenity Coast claimed line honours today into Punta del Este, Uruguay, in the longest ever individual race of the Clipper Race's eleven edition history.

    The team crossed the finish line at 13:46:46 local Uruguayan ...
    Published on 09-13-2017 10:02 AM
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    · The Macif Group and François Gabart are ready for the single-handed round the world record on a multihull

    · The MACIF skipper is currently in the final stages of his preparation

    · He will be on standby as of Sunday 22 October

    Credit: Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Macif

    During a press conference this Wednesday at the Paris headquarters of the Macif Group, François Gabart and his sponsor talked about his next competitive target: to ...