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    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
    30 / 04 / 2018 |

    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: ...
    Published on 04-24-2018 09:10 AM
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    Dongfeng Race Team snuck into the lead on Tuesday as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet continued to skirt Leg 8's first major obstacle – the St Helena High.

    The famed anticyclone is renowned for dominating the South Atlantic and making tricky sailing for Volvo Ocean Race teams heading north or south.

    Constantly expanding and contracting, the St Helena High – also known as the South Atlantic High Pressure Cell – is currently centred ...
    Published on 04-23-2018 08:46 AM
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    Game on as Volvo Ocean Race fleet switches back to race mode

    The Volvo Ocean Race fleet was punching due east on Monday as the sailors settle back into life at sea less than 24 hours into Leg 8.

    Following a big send-off from Itajai, Brazil, on Sunday, the seven-strong fleet – back up to full complement with the welcome return of Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag – faced a tricky opening night of unpredictable weather.

    There was little chance ...
    Published on 04-19-2018 02:05 PM
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    Team SHK/Scallywag pulled up to the dock at the bustling Itajaí Race Village at mid-afternoon on Thursday, completing its delivery trip from the west coast of Chile.

    The boat had previously made landfall in Chile after retiring from Leg 7 following the loss of crew member John Fisher, with a delivery crew taking on the task of getting the boat to Itajaí.

    Now the team is in a race against time to be ready for the Leg 8 to Newport, Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon.

    Neil Cox, the Head of the Boatyard, ...
    Published on 04-18-2018 10:47 AM
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    Towed since Sunday, the Maxi Banque Populaire joined late yesterday the port of Casablanca after traveling the 130 miles that separated it from the coast.
    The technical ...
    Published on 04-18-2018 09:15 AM
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    Prepare yourselves, Scallywags, because the Scallywag Delivery Team are roughly 200nm away from Itajai!

    Currently located at ...
    Published on 04-16-2018 08:19 AM
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    Vestas 11th Hour Racing arrives into Itajaí
    The blue boat docked into Brazil on Monday after being delivered from the Falkland Islands under jury rig
    April 16, 2018
    14:23 UTC
    Text by Jonno Turner

    Vestas 11th Hour ...
    Published on 04-11-2018 08:55 AM
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    Late last week an announcement was made that the members of IMOCA had voted to approve a merger with
    the Volvo Ocean Race at their general meeting:

    IMOCA GENERAL MEETING Three major decisions approved

    This week was a busy and useful week for the IMOCA class. After the safety course organised in La Trinité-sur-Mer in Brittany on Wednesday 4th April, those involved in the class got together again on the following day in Lorient for the 2018 Annual General Meeting.