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    Published on 12-27-2017 01:54 PM
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    Lush was examined at the hospital on the 25th of December after arriving in Melbourne. The research had shown that she has broken two bones in her foot and one in her back. An operation is not necessary, rest is sufficient. Due to here injury she will ...
    Published on 12-27-2017 01:43 PM
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    All was quiet this morning at Hobart’s famous Constitution Dock, seven big boats home, five inside last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race record, last year’s overall winner, Wizard (then sailing as Giacomo) and Wild Oats X, the little sister of Wild Oats XI the latest two arrivals in the early hours of this morning.

    Wizard, recently purchased by American ...
    Published on 12-27-2017 07:14 AM
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    Mark Richards has steered the Oatley family’s Wild Oats XI to her ninth Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours victory after a protracted battle with Jim Cooney’s LDV Comanche on Tasmania’s River Derwent this evening, reclaiming the race record Anthony Bell’s Perpetual LOYAL took from her last year.

    Wild Oats XI smashed last year’s record of one day 13hrs 31mins 20secs by after crossing the Castray Esplanade finish line at 21:48:50 this evening, in the new time of one day 8hrs 48mins 50secs, taking 4hrs 42mins 30secs off Perpetual LOYAL’s time.




    This is a record ninth line honours for Wild Oats and a third record – nobody in the history of the race has achieved this honour before.

    But will she hold on to line honours? ...
    Published on 12-26-2017 03:12 PM
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    As expected, Jim Cooney’s LDV Comanche is leading the line honours race on the first morning of the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart, making the most of a strong north-easterly wind in Bass Strait and well ahead of the race record set by Perpetual LOYAL (now racing as InfoTrack) last year.

    (Fastest Race: 1 day 13h 31m 20s (Perpetual LOYAL, NSW) 2016)

    At 4am, just ...
    Published on 12-26-2017 09:37 AM
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    Leg 3: daily report – Tuesday December 26
    25 December 2017
    Upwind sailing for final miles to Melbourne




    The team AkzoNobel sailors are on final approach to Melbourne, Australia where their shore ...
    Published on 12-26-2017 08:46 AM
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    Black Jack makes most of cards she was dealt





    Black Jack, the light weather flyer of the four 100 foot super maxis racing for line honours in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart took full advantage of the light, easterly conditions on Sydney Harbour this afternoon to lead her contemporaries out of the Heads.

    Beneath a moody, overcast sky, skipper Mark Bradford steered the lean, black hulled Queensland yacht through a textbook start while his big three rivals, LDV Comanche, Wild Oats XI and InfoTrack at times ...
    Published on 12-24-2017 11:09 AM
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    MAPFRE has won Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, arriving overnight Christmas Eve into Melbourne...


    The Spanish Volvo Ocean Race team MAPFRE has won Leg 3 from Cape Town, South Africa to Melbourne, Australia, a 6,500 nautical mile dive into the fierce challenges posed by the Southern Ocean.

    For the second consecutive leg, MAPFRE needed to come from behind to earn the victory. And for the ...
    Published on 12-23-2017 10:14 AM
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    ...and Happy New Year, Krazy Kwanza, Joyous Hanukkah, a Righteous Festivus etc...etc... ...
    Published on 12-23-2017 09:27 AM
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    MAPFRE looking to arrive in Melbourne ahead of Christmas

    MAPFRE is racing Dongfeng and St. Nick in an effort to arrive in Melbourne ahead of Christmas...


    Dongfeng Race Team battle keel issue on final miles
    Dongfeng Race Team will try to fend off Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Team Brunel on the final miles of Leg 3 with damage to their keel system...
    December 23, 2017
    16:06 UTC
    Written by Peter Rusch







    Sitting in second place with just a day to run ...
    Published on 12-22-2017 08:16 AM
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    Stealthy Dongfeng trying to catch a break

    With under 1,000 miles to go and having made a final turn for the finish in Melbourne, the leaders are pulling out all the stops to win Leg 3...



    Dongfeng Race Team opted to try one last trick in an eleventh-hour bid to overhaul Leg 3 leaders MAPFRE on Friday as they went into stealth mode.

    The decision by skipper Charles Caudrelier and navigator Pascal Bidégorry ...
    Published on 12-21-2017 10:35 AM
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    The Bureau of Meteorology has given the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet an early Christmas present - speaking at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia this morning, Bureau of Meteorology’s Manager, Weather Services NSW, Jane Golding, delivered a forecast that points to a fast, mostly broad reaching and running race.

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    Published on 12-21-2017 08:53 AM
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    Pushing to the limit on the race to Melbourne

    It's been a physical battle and a mental challenge as the crews fight off exhaustion on a final push to the south...






    MAPFRE extended their lead over rivals Dongfeng Race Team on Thursday as Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race entered its closing stages.

    While the finish line isn't quite in sight, the most physical element of the battle is in the rear-view mirror for the leaders.

    Determined to notch up another victory after ...
    Published on 12-19-2017 04:30 PM
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    Seventh-place team AkzoNobel continues to chase the fleet through the depths of the Southern Ocean towards the Leg 3 finish in Melbourne. There have been few opportunities to make gains on the main pack recently and in fact over the last 12 hours the leading pair – Dongfeng Race Team (CHN) and Mapfre (ESP) – who are furthest south have begun to pull away in stronger winds that the ...
    Published on 12-19-2017 09:18 AM
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    Slightly off course, Dario Noseda, exhausted and without proper navigation equipment endi his solo
    transatlantic voyage with an impact near Esperance Harbor on the Northeast Coast of Santa Lucia,
    just south of intended target of Martinique.
    ...
    Published on 12-19-2017 08:44 AM
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    The Oatley family’s champion Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, is at the centre of a frenetic repair schedule after it was struck by lightning at the weekend.

    It is uncertain at this stage if the yacht will be in full racing trim for the start ...
    Published on 12-19-2017 08:42 AM
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    5O5 World Rankings released
    This is the first 5O5 World Wide ranking system the class has produced. For some background, it is based on the results of any National Championship that gets ...
    Published on 12-19-2017 08:31 AM
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    Trading blows in the Southern Ocean



    The leaders have put in some big miles over the past 24 hours, while the trailing boats fend off the passage of a front...

    A little over 2,000 miles now stand between the Volvo Ocean Race pace setters and the Leg 3 finish line in Melbourne – and with just eight miles splitting the first two teams on Tuesday it couldn't be tighter at the top.

    At 1300 UTC Dongfeng Race Team still maintained the lead they have enjoyed for the majority of the leg so far, but their ever-present adversaries ...
    Published on 12-18-2017 09:39 AM
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    Star in Oceano
    2 hrs ·
    50 miles
    Arrival date from 20.00 local (01.00 Italy). We'll adjourn to the next coordinated release! Stay tuned!!!


    RETRACE the voyage HERE!!


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    Star in Oceano
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    Published on 12-18-2017 08:17 AM
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    François Gabart:

    "We can still raise the level of the game

    and go much faster"


    46 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds is the new single-handed round the world record, held by François Gabart as of Sunday 17 December, 02:45 (UTC+1). The skipper of the MACIF trimaran was welcomed triumphantly in Brest this morning and despite his advanced state of fatigue, he spent a long time talking about his remarkable exploit.











    What is your frame of mind as you finish this round the world?



    François Gabart: "I'm quite simply exhausted and that doesn't date back to last night. It's been really hard for weeks. I'm sore all over. It hurts when I raise my arms, but I'm holding out because of the adrenaline and the euphoria."



    Droves of admirers turned out to see you in Brest to show you their support. Was this a boost?



    FG: "I have been literally swept of my feet by the emotion, by their presence, which helped me keep going to the end. To see all these people, all their energy, makes you feel ...
    Published on 12-17-2017 10:27 AM
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    Relentless work by leaders in Volvo Ocean Race




    It's been a physically relentless day of manoeuvres as the teams skirt the southern boundary of the race course. The pace is expected to continue over the next 36 hours...

    Leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne, day 07, DCIM\102_VIRB\VIRB0058. on board Dongfeng. Jack Bouttell driving under the cloud. Photo by Martin Keruzore/Volvo Ocean Race. 16 December, 2017.



    Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE are gybing back and forth as they zig-zag in an east-southeasterly direction, ...
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