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    Published on 10-23-2017 09:07 AM
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    An eventful opening 24 hours in the Volvo Ocean Race has seen skipper Charlie Enright’s Vestas 11th Hour Racing grab the lead as the fleet converge on the Strait of Gibraltar.

    The Vestas boat, along with team AkzoNobel, were the first to make a break for the Spanish coast as night ...
    Published on 10-22-2017 08:38 AM
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    Intensity and action at the highest level as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet takes the Leg 1 start

    Dongfeng Race Team powered its way into an early lead on Sunday, pushing penalties on its two closest competitors, in hard-fought racing as the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 got underway


    Conditions couldn’t have been better for the start in Alicante, Spain on Sunday ...
    Published on 10-21-2017 11:04 AM
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    Sailor Simeon Tienpont has won the arbitration case against AkzoNobel. The Dutchman would originally scheduled as skipper in the Volvo Ocean Race on a boat of the multinational ...
    Published on 10-20-2017 11:20 AM
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    The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18: Seven skippers. One goal. "We all want to win"





    The ultimate test in team sport, the Volvo Ocean Race, starts on Sunday, when seven of the best sailing teams in the world cross the starting line off Alicante, Spain.

    The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will test the crews on a 45,000 nautical mile race course, through some of the most challenging waters in the world, including more miles in the extremes of the Southern Ocean.

    On Friday, the seven skippers faced the international media at the opening ...
    Published on 10-20-2017 09:02 AM
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    THE MACIF TRIMARAN IS ON STANDBY*
    FROM SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER

    The start of the standby period for the single-handed round the world record is only a few days away, as it gets underway on Sunday 22 October. François Gabart is already studying the weather situation closely with the routing team run by Jean-Yves Bernot. ...
    Published on 10-19-2017 09:31 AM
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    The Greenings team claimed victory late last night in a thrilling finale to the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms, which saw the top two teams finish approximately two miles apart after 14 days racing through the South Atlantic in the second stage of the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, from Punta del Este, Uruguay.
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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.

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

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    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 ...