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    Published on 03-21-2017 10:57 AM
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    The 2016-2017 Vendée Globe, a hugely popular event and media success




    The results of the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe show huge increases everywhere: many more people attending the event, unprecedented media coverage and feedback, a record level of international coverage without talking about the very positive race outcome in terms of the rankings. With 29 skippers lining up, 18 were ranked, which is a record number in the history of the Vendée Globe

    With 29 skippers setting sail and 10 nations represented, the 8th Vendée Globe offered a wide range of projects, showing once again the increasing interest of the general public for a race, which brings together sporting performance, technological challenge and human endeavour. This Vendée Globe DNA has over thirty years contributed to the legend of the event.

    In terms of visitor numbers, the last Vendée Globe beat all the records, with 2,250,000 visitors attending (1.5 ...
    Published on 03-21-2017 09:02 AM
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    Vestas 11th Hour Racing launch Volvo Ocean Race campaign with sustainability message





    Vestas are returning to the Volvo Ocean Race for a second consecutive edition, after launching their 2017-18 campaign in partnership with 11th Hour Racing at simultaneous events in Newport, Rhode Island and Aarhus – where it was also announced that the fleet will make a 'fly by' of the Danish city on the final leg ...
    Published on 03-20-2017 09:09 AM
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    Since we last check in on Lisa, she has sailed past Cape Horn,
    and is currently dealing with water ingress as she makes her way around Antarctica in her Open 50' Climate Action Now





    "Last night was by far the coldest of the trip to date... Burr... It was so cold that when I went to bite into a mini mars bar I almost broke my ...
    Published on 03-16-2017 09:26 AM
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    Top female sailors Carolijn Brouwer and Marie Riou join Dongfeng Race Team for Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

    Dongfeng Race Team have selected Carolijn Brouwer and Marie Riou for their Volvo Ocean Race campaign in 2017-18 – a move that confirms the impact of a rule change introduced by the race to encourage mixed male-female crews




    Dongfeng Race Team have selected Carolijn Brouwer and Marie Riou for their Volvo Ocean Race campaign in 2017-18 – a move that ...
    Published on 03-10-2017 08:59 PM
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    Sébastien Destremau takes 18th place to bring the Vendée Globe to a close

    Sébastien Destremau (TechnoFirst–faceOcean) crossed the Vendée Globe finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne in eighteenth place at 00hrs 40min et 18 sec UTC on saturday 11th March 2017 after 124 days, 12 hours, 38 minutes and ...
    Published on 03-10-2017 09:18 AM
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    Sébastien Destremau to cross the line this evening and to enter the harbour tomorrow afternoon

    Sébastien Destremau is less than fifty ...
    Published on 03-09-2017 08:46 AM
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    The fourth team for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 is now confirmed – and will be revealed later this month.

    With over seven months to go before the beginning of ...
    Published on 03-08-2017 05:31 PM
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    8 March 2017

    Team AkzoNobel to race brand new Volvo Ocean 65 in Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

    ALICANTE, Spain, March 8 – Team AkzoNobel will compete in the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in a brand new boat.






    ALICANTE, Spain, March 8 – Team AkzoNobel will compete in the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in a brand new boat.
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    Published on 03-07-2017 10:08 PM
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    Evening all,

    For most of last night the winds maintained 15-20 knots from the East so the sail arrangement of the No 2 reef in the main and the No2 jib with 1 tuck in it worked well until I got a rude awaking mid-morning.* Out of know where I was suddenly in 30 knots of wind ...
    Published on 03-07-2017 12:36 PM
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    Less than600 miles from the finish (in the 0800hrs UTC rankings), Sébastien Destremau is heading straight towards Les Sables d’Olonne in a strong SW’ly flow. His ETA is for Friday afternoon, ...
    Published on 03-06-2017 03:23 PM
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    Having clocked up over 80,000 miles sailing on a One Design Volvo Ocean 65 over the last three and a half years, it's fair to say that Liz Wardley knows this boat inside out. Probably better than anyone else on the planet.

    Not content with completing the 2014-15 edition of the race onboard all-female campaign Team SCA, she now spends her days taking them apart, and then re-building them, as part of The Boatyard's extensive re-fit process...

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    Published on 03-06-2017 12:16 PM
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    Southern Spars, the world’s leading carbon fibre spar manufacturer, will be the official supplier of the full rig package for the One Design Volvo Ocean 65 fleet for a second consecutive race, a move that strengthens the Auckland-based company’s historic ties with sailing’s toughest team challenge.

    Southern Spars have been ...
    Published on 03-03-2017 08:47 AM
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    Seahorse Magazine's article on the life of an onboard reporter:



    Blue Robinson talks to Leon Sefton, head of Volvo Ocean Race TV, about the increasingly complex role of the onboard reporter


    Seahorse Magazine: What are your expectations of the onboard reporters this time?

    Leon Sefton: For the 2017 edition we are looking for multi-media reporters who are also good storytellers. This is a particularly difficult role to fill, given the complexity of skills the ...
    Published on 03-02-2017 03:21 PM
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    Dutch sailor Pieter Heerema takes seventeenth place

    Dutch skipper Pieter Heerema brought his No Way Back across the finish line of the Vendée Globe at 2126hrs UTC this ...
    Published on 02-28-2017 01:51 PM
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    Australian Golden Globe Race entrant Shane Freeman was forced to abandoned his yacht

    Shane Freeman knocked down, dismasted and MUSHKA abandoned.
    Australian Golden Globe Race entrant Shane Freeman was forced to abandoned his ...
    Published on 02-24-2017 08:33 AM
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    New Zealand's Conrad Colman finishes Vendée Globe under jury rig for 16th

    New Zealander Conrad Colman wrote a new chapter in the storied history of the Vendée Globe when he crossed the finish line of the eighth edition of the non stop solo round the world race under a makeshift jury rig. He took 16th place when he crossed the finish line at 1400hrs UTC. The elapsed time is 110 days 1 hour 58 minutes and 41 seconds. He sailed 27,929 miles averaging 10.57 knots.

    After being dismasted late on the evening of Friday 10th February, when he ...
    Published on 02-21-2017 08:44 AM
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    Rich Wilson takes thirteenth place




    American skipper Rich Wilson crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe solo round the world race off Les Sables d'Olonne on the west coast of France this afternoon (Tuesday 21/02) at 1250hrs UTC. From the fleet of 29 boats which started the 27,440 miles singlehanded race from Les Sables d'Olonne on Sunday November 6th, Wilson and Great American IV secure 13th place in an elapsed time of 107 days 48 mins 18 ...
    Published on 02-17-2017 09:39 AM
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    Arnaud Boissières takes tenth place

    After a slow final night at sea in very light airs, Arnaud Boissières crossed the Vendée Globe finish line at 0826hrs UTC this Friday morning to take 10th place in the non-stop solo round the world race. It is the third time in a row that the ...
    Published on 02-17-2017 09:11 AM
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    Spain's Xabi Fernández to skipper MAPFRE in Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

    Spain's Olympic gold medallist Xabi Fernández will return to skipper MAPFRE in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18, the Spanish campaign announced on Friday, 17 February.


    Spain’s Olympic gold medallist Xabi Fernández will return ...
    Published on 02-15-2017 09:58 AM
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    COLMAN'S SLOW BUT SURE, BOISSIÈRES DUE FRIDAY
    WEDNESDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2017, 16H26

    Conrad Colman has been making modest but positive progress since he managed to set sail under his jury rig very early this Wednesday ...