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    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.


    It was a foggy first night at sea with Liz Wardley on Turn the Tide on Plastic tweeting on Monday morning: ...
    Published on 05-20-2018 01:17 PM
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    Team Brunel leads fleet out of Newport after spectacular Sunday start

    The fog burned off and the sun came out just in time for the start of Leg 9, which sees the fleet return to Europe...

    Team Brunel accomplished its first goal on Sunday afternoon, taking the early lead on Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Newport, Rhode Island to Cardiff, Wales.

    The Dutch team, led by eight-time ...
    Published on 05-13-2018 09:57 AM
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    American modified Volvo 70 Warrior sailed by Stephen Murray Jr. has taken Line Honours in the 2018 Antigua Bermuda Race, crossing the finish line at 7:57:48 local time local time on Saturday 12 May 2018. Warrior has set a new race ...
    Published on 05-11-2018 10:35 AM
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    The turbo-charged Volvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray Jr., has set a blistering pace in the 2018 Antigua to Bermuda Race. Warrior has covered 770 miles in 45 hours of high speed racing in the ...
    Published on 05-10-2018 10:14 AM
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    After the first night at sea for the international fleet in the Antigua Bermuda Race the pace is relentless. The leading teams Warrior and Varuna are now over 300 miles offshore, ...
    Published on 05-08-2018 07:19 AM
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    The Spanish team MAPFRE made an incredible comeback over the final 24 hours to steal a leg win on Leg 8...

    Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

    The Spanish team MAPFRE stunned the Volvo Ocean Race fleet on Tuesday morning by stealing a win in Leg 8, with a shocking come-from-behind victory into Newport, Rhode Island.

    Published on 05-07-2018 09:02 AM
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    Team Brunel were on the brink of Leg 8 victory on Monday as they led the seven-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet towards Newport, USA, with a 14-mile advantage.

    The Dutch crew, skippered by esteemed round the world yachtsman Bouwe Bekking, were speeding up after making it through a light wind patch lying 200 miles from the finish line ahead of their rivals. ...
    Published on 05-04-2018 07:50 AM
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    The lead is down to just seven miles as the fleet compresses heading into the weekend...

    Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel continues to lead the Volvo Ocean Race fleet towards the Leg 8 finish in Newport, USA, as the teams enter the final 1,500 miles.

    Bekking’s Dutch-flagged crew jumped into the top spot on May 1 after exiting the Doldrums and have so far defended their position despite spirited ...
    Published on 05-02-2018 12:29 PM
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    Actual-Grand Large Emotion forced to retire

    Late this Wednesday, Yves Le Blévec called Race Management for the Nice UltiMed to inform them of rig damage (broken hydraulic ram) aboard Actual-Grand Large Emotion. During a change of tack, the mast shifted to leeward and the crew realised that the ram controlling the system was no longer ...
    Published on 05-02-2018 08:24 AM
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    The Volvo Ocean Race teams were enjoying full-speed trade wind sailing on Wednesday as they knocked off the miles to the Leg 8 finish in Newport, Rhode Island.

    Stage leaders Team Brunel continue to set the pace as they blast along at more than 22 knots, matching the wind for speed, and holding a narrow 15-mile jump on second-placed Dongfeng Race Team.

    The top trio, which also includes Turn the Tide on Plastic, were less than 30 miles apart as the battle for Leg 8 supremacy continued on the tenth day at sea. Just over 2,300 miles remain between the leaders and the finish line.

    Despite fast sailing, however, the crews were facing a common enemy intent on slowing them down: huge drifts of Atlantic seaweed.

    The Sargassum weed is named after ...
    Published on 04-30-2018 09:48 AM
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    MAPFRE report electrical problems; affecting the movement of the keel, and the boat’s navigation systems
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    A new MacGyver-style chapter for MAPFRE. On Sunday, the eighth day of sailing on this new leg from Itajaí to Newport, the Spanish boat informed of an electrical problem, ...
    Published on 04-30-2018 08:10 AM
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    Vestas 11th Hour Racing led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet across the Equator for the fourth and final time on Monday as the seven teams tried to power through the clutches of a relatively mild Doldrums.

    Just over a week into Leg 8 from Itajaí, Brazil, to Newport, USA, Charlie Enright’s American crew crossed into the northern hemisphere at 10:39:40 UTC followed closely by Team Brunel and Turn the Tide on Plastic.

    MAPFRE, Dongfeng Race Team and team AkzoNobel joined their rivals in the north shortly afterwards leaving ...
    Published on 04-27-2018 09:12 AM
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    Caffari’s crew set themselves up as the most easterly boat as the seven-strong fleet climb up the coast of Brazil bound for the finish in Newport, USA, some 4,000 miles away.

    Caffari and Turn the Tide on Plastic navigator Nico Lunven gambled that being furthest east would yield results with better breeze giving them a boost on their rivals.

    And as Leg 8 approached its sixth day their tactics seemed to have paid off as they edged out a lead of more than 11 miles on ...
    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: ...