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    Published on 01-19-2018 12:35 PM
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    Official Statement from Volvo Ocean Race on Vestas 11th Hour Racing

    Vestas 11th Hour Racing has informed Race Control of a collision with another vessel approximately 30 miles from the finish line of Leg 4 in Hong Kong.
    Published on 01-19-2018 10:44 AM
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    Coming back from a 100nm deficit early in leg 4, Team Scallywag Wins Leg 4, Finishing in Hong Kong!

    Published on 01-19-2018 10:14 AM
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    First day of sailing with good weather conditions, the crew’s mood is very high.

    After a tack towards Vietnam to take advantage of the wind’s acceleration near the coast, Maserati Multi70 is back ...
    Published on 01-18-2018 11:09 AM
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    Volvo Ocean Race fans around the world were on the edges of their seats on Thursday as Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag’s emergence from “Stealth Mode” corresponded with two of their closest rivals ‘disappearing’ from the tracker.

    Scallywag had a jump of just 40 miles on second-placed Vestas 11th Hour Racing when they went into Stealth Mode just before 1700 UTC on Wednesday, cloaking their position from their rivals and from fans ...
    Published on 01-18-2018 10:33 AM
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    The trimaran Maserati Multi70 left Hong Kong crossing the starting line positioned between the Tai Long Pai and Nga Ying Pal lights, at the exit of the Tathoong canal, at 10: 43′ 23” UTC (18:43 in China, 11:43 in Italy). ...
    Published on 01-17-2018 10:26 AM
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    SHK/Scallywag fighting to the finish

    As the Volvo Ocean Race stopover village opens in Hong Kong, the home team, SHK/Scallywag, continues its charge towards the finishing line...

    Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag skipper Dave Witt says the next 24 hours are the most vital of Leg 4 as they close in on an historic victory in their home town of Hong Kong.

    Witt’s crew were sitting almost 100 nautical miles in front of their closest rivals Vestas 11th Hour Racing on Wednesday with just 840 miles to the finish line.

    Despite ...
    Published on 01-16-2018 10:14 AM
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    Day 61
    Noon Position: 55 58S 62 52W (roughly 200 miles E of Ushuaia)
    Course Speed: NE 8+
    Wind: WNW 20 – 25
    Bar: 992
    Sea: W4
    Sky: Overcast
    Temp: 53, cabin; 43 water

    Mo and Randall have made their escape from Ushuaia, Argentina, and are now thoroughly at sea. In the late morning, the last sight of land, sharp ink spots on a horizon layered in gray, the sinking of Isla de Los Estados.

    After entering the South Atlantic via Canal Beagle in the afternoon of yesterday, I ran all night due east on a west wind so as to create some space between the lee Estados and Mo. For a time I thought we’d continue on that course and round the Burdwood Bank from the south. But I’ve thought better of it. The weather these next few days looks to be fair and good for making northing. Best not to dawdle down here.

    Since the plan is to ...
    Published on 01-15-2018 03:01 PM
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    Published on 01-15-2018 02:33 PM
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    No chance to start the record Hong Kong-London in the next 48 hours for Giovanni Soldini and the Maserati Multi70 crew (Guido Broggi, Oliver ...
    Published on 01-15-2018 12:09 PM
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    Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag increased their lead in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Monday as the sprint for the Hong Kong finish line moved inside 1,700 nautical miles.

    Dave Witt’s team shot to the front of the fleet on Saturday after ‘cutting the corner’ north of the Solomon Islands and have since then consolidated their lead over their six rivals.

    Driven on by the opportunity to lead the fleet across the finish line in the first ever Volvo Ocean Race stopover in ...
    Published on 01-15-2018 10:37 AM
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    At about 1600h Spindrift 2 dismasted between Point St Matthieu and Camaret as they were making their way to the start of the Jules Verne Trophy.
    Everyone onboard is safe and the shore team is currently planning the recovery of the boat.
    More information available in due course.

    At about 1600h ...
    Published on 01-14-2018 01:13 PM
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    Following a dramatic man overboard recovery on Sunday, Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag retain their lead in the race to Hong Kong...

    Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag retain the lead in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, despite a dramatic man overboard scenario on Sunday.

    Crew member Alex Gough was washed overboard by a wave during a sail change, near midday local time on Sunday afternoon, in winds of 15-20 ...
    Published on 01-12-2018 02:48 PM
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    The Volvo Ocean Race fleet was gearing up to jump on the highway to Hong Kong on Friday after returning to the Northern Hemisphere for the first time since mid-November.

    All seven teams have now crossed the Equator, and at 1300 UTC were positioned right on the cusp of the trade winds that will fire them towards the finish line.

    Once they hook onto the prevailing easterly breeze they can expect steady winds of up to 20 knots – a stark ...
    Published on 01-10-2018 05:06 PM
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    Maserati Multi70 is moored in Hong Kong’s harbour waiting to sail off for the Tea Route record from Hong Kong to London.

    Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi70’s Team finished all the last touches before the navigation, they set up the new kitchen, got the pantry ready and they conducted ...
    Published on 01-10-2018 10:31 AM
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    The Volvo Fleet has finally broken through the doldrums and into some freshening breeze
    on their sojourn north to Hong Kong!


    When the Volvo Ocean Race fleet first encountered the notorious Doldrums as they raced through the Atlantic between Lisbon and Cape Town on Leg 2, they breezed through with minimal disruption.

    On the eighth day of Leg 4, it seemed the Doldrums were making up for missed opportunities ...
    Published on 01-09-2018 10:41 AM
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    As Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race neared its halfway point on Tuesday, any memories of the freezing cold Southern Ocean had long been banished.

    With every mile that the fleet climbs further north through the South Pacific, so the temperature of both the air and water rise too.

    Gone are the days of wearing countless layers of weather-proof clothing in a desperate ...
    Published on 01-08-2018 02:27 PM
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    Yann Guichard has made the decision to return to Brest following analysis of this evening's weather files. The weather window, which ...
    Published on 01-08-2018 09:33 AM
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    We are now Code Green! All the Spindrift racing team is now in Brest making final preparations for the departure of Spindrift 2 and her team for the Jules Verne Trophy record. The team will dock out from the Marina du Chateau at 1800h this evening (local) and make their way to the start line advance of their round the world challenge! ...
    Published on 01-08-2018 09:22 AM
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    Competition intensifies as the doldrums take hold

    The new week started with a reshuffle of the Leg 4 leaderboard as the seven-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet eased into the Doldrums for the second time so far this race.

    After six days at sea, racing is so tight between the top five teams that the smallest of gains or losses can propel them up the rankings or send them plummeting down the positions.

    This was certainly the case on Monday as Vestas 11th Hour Racing became the new Leg 4 leaders while Dongfeng Race Team, the table-toppers for the first five days ...
    Published on 01-07-2018 03:59 PM
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    The Maxi Trimaran Spindrift 2 is currently awaiting a window of opportunity in Brest, Journalist Philippe Eliès conducted this interview for the le Telegramme

    After a first unsuccessful attempt two years ago, Yann Guichard and the crew of "Spindrift 2", the world's largest racing trimaran (40 meters), once again tackle the Jules Verne Trophy record with a crew slightly overhauled and a platform boosted. Time to beat: 40 days, 23 h 30 '30' '. The decision to leave will be taken Monday morning in Brest for a possible passage line in the evening or at night off Ouessant.

    Is this weather window good?

    Let's say that it is a window ...