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    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 ...
    Published on 08-28-2017 08:37 AM
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    Clipper Race team diverts to Portugal following Skipper injury

    One of the twelve teams competing in the 40,000 nautical mile Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race is diverting to Porto, Portugal, after the team's Skipper suffered a serious ...
    Published on 08-23-2017 05:12 PM
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    Exclusive first look at the next Volvo Ocean Race boat design

    Work is well underway on the racing machines of the future – and here's a sneak peek at the Guillaume Verdier's exciting 60-ft foiling monohull concept
    August 22, 2017
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    Text by Mark Chisnell

    Just over three months ago, on 18 May 2017, Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner stood on a stage ...
    Published on 08-20-2017 04:51 PM
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    The biggest ever edition of the Clipper Race, got underway on the River Mersey, Liverpool, today, in front of thousands of spectators, and was nothing short of spectacular.

    The day started with crew farewell ceremonies with family, friends and supporters looking on from the Albert Dock colonnades as each team had their moment on stage before all 247 crew members boarded their yachts, ready to leave land behind for approximately ...
    Published on 08-10-2017 08:48 AM
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    Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling has joined Team Brunel for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race – and he’s already out sailing with his new teammates in pre-race qualifying.

    The signing of the world’s most in-demand ...
    Published on 08-08-2017 08:20 AM
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    Concise home as Dongfeng Race Team leads VO65s around the Rock

    Unchallenged, Concise 10 blazed into Plymouth this morning, first boat home in the 47th Rolex Fastnet Race. Tony Lawson’s MOD70 trimaran crossed the finish line off Plymouth breakwater at 05:55:00 BST with a race time of 42 hours and 55 minutes. This time didn’t come close to the overall multihull record for the Rolex Fastnet Race but it was still respectable considering they sailed upwind all the way to the Fastnet Rock.
    Published on 08-04-2017 09:35 AM
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    August 4, 2017

    Upwind slog forecast as Volvo Ocean Race fleet tackles Rolex Fastnet Race

    The second stage of Leg Zero qualifying is the Rolex Fastnet Race, starting on Sunday, and it will present a very different challenge to the Volvo Ocean Race fleet

    The second stage of ...
    Published on 07-31-2017 10:54 AM
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    image ©Ugo Fonolla/Volvo Ocean Race

    Leg Zero not only takes care of the official qualifying for the Volvo Ocean Race – it’s also the first chance to see the teams in a competitive shakedown against each other.

    No points will be carried forward to the race itself, but the overall Leg Zero winner still gets a confidence boost – and here, round-the-world Vendée Globe sailor Conrad Colman fills us in on how it ...
    Published on 07-28-2017 09:04 AM
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    The Volvo Ocean Race has unveiled a 10-strong squad of Onboard Reporters to tell the story of the toughest test of a team in professional sport.

    Featuring hardened media pros from six nations around the world, the group of Onboard Reporters for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 includes award-winning adventure photographers, extreme sports filmmakers, the documentary-making son of a Volvo Ocean Race legend and a former soldier–turned–journalist who has completed two tours of the Middle ...
    Published on 07-24-2017 02:04 PM
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    "Australian sailor and adventurer Lisa Blair is set to arrive back in Albany, WA on Tuesday 25 July after successfully circumnavigating the Antarctic.

    Six months after her departure and with a total of 104 days at sea, Sydney based sailor and adventurer Lisa Blair
    Published on 07-16-2017 10:13 AM
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    Just 3 days after Francis Joyon set a new mark CLICKY on the Single Handed Transatlantic
    NY to The Lizard Record, Thomas Coville breaks it again!

    A New Solo North Atlantic Record!
    Thomas Coville has just passed the finish line at the ...
    Published on 07-11-2017 09:13 PM
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    Francis Joyon beats the North Atlantic Solo Record!

    The Navigator Francis Joyon finished his solo transatlantic voyage tonight at 03 hours, 37 minutes and 02 seconds (French time), 01 hours, 37 minutes and 2 seconds faster than ...
    Published on 06-22-2017 02:12 PM
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    Well last night the barometer plummeted to 970 mb at its lowest so I must have been quite close to the centre of the low-pressure system. My efforts of sailing south for all of yesterday ...
    Published on 06-14-2017 08:59 AM
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    The Volvo Ocean Race will switch from a 3-year to a 2-year cycle after the upcoming 2017-18 edition, a change that will provide more continuity and more commercial value for professional sailing teams, sponsors and Host Cities.

    Confirmation of the change will mean at least some race activity in every calendar year, from now on – meaning more action for fans of sailing’s iconic race around the world, more continuous employment for the professional sailors involved, and even greater return on investment for the stakeholders backing the teams.

    The 2017-18 edition starts 22 October from Alicante and will finish at the end of June next year in The Hague, Netherlands. The three races after ...
    Published on 06-13-2017 09:22 PM
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    Brent Ruhne high above the Tom Siebel own J-Boat Svea provides a once in a lifetime caption contest opportunity.

    Published on 06-09-2017 01:58 PM
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    Today, almost exactly 11 months since team AkzoNobel was announced as an entry in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, we went sailing for the very first time on our brand new Volvo Ocean ...
    Published on 05-19-2017 01:28 PM
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    Matt Kent, age 33, turned back just 24 hours into his first attempt to sail across the Atlantic aboard the "stern-faced" tub Undaunted. Ryan Langley takes a close-up look at this tiny little ocean-crossing capsule.

    Just 24 hours into his first attempt to sail solo across the Atlantic in Undaunted, his 42-inch yacht, Matt Kent had to turn back.

    He set off from ...
    Published on 05-19-2017 01:13 PM
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    Consistent Platoon Have Rolex TP52 World Title Within Reach
    (Friday 19th May, Scarlino) – The most consistent TP52 crew so far this season, Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon team have given themselves a fighting chance of lifting the Rolex TP52 World Championship title for the first time after returning a strong pair of scores on the penultimate day of competition.

    After scoring no worse than third from the first three racing days, Platoon's ...
    Published on 05-18-2017 01:49 PM
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    Scuderia Quantum 1-2 at Top of Rolex TP52 World Championship Scarlino Standings
    (Thursday 18th May, Scarlino) – With Quantum Racing comfortably winning the 26 mile coastal race and Platoon taking second place, Harm Müller-Spreer's German-flagged crew still top the standings at the Rolex TP52 World Championship Scarlino 2017 but their lead is cut to two points by today's race winners, holders of the 2016 world title.

    From second position today, Quantum Racing seized their opportunity when the breeze went light and funky in the lee off Cerboli island and in two short tacks were able to wriggle past the momentarily ...
    Published on 05-18-2017 06:54 AM
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    18 May 2017

    Volvo Ocean Race unveils combined Monohull-Multihull future – the ultimate test of a professional sailing team

    The Volvo Ocean Race has solved the question of whether its future should be monohull or multihull – by opting for both

    The Volvo Ocean Race has solved the question of whether its future should be monohull or multihull – by opting for both. The introduction of a foil-assisted 60-foot (18.29 metre) monohull for the ocean legs plus an ultra-fast 32-50 foot (10-15m) flying catamaran for use inshore will elevate the race to the ultimate all-round test in professional sailing.

    The race announced the next generation of One Design boats – to be introduced in 2019 and designed for use over at least six years *– as the centrepiece of its vision for the next decade which significantly raises ...