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    Published on 01-02-2018 10:10 AM
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    Tight action as Vestas 11th Hour Racing leads fleet away from Melbourne




    Close racing marked the start of Leg 4, with MAPFRE, Scallywag and Vestas 11th Hour Racing vying for the early advantage...

    Overall Volvo Ocean Race leader MAPFRE was at the head of the fleet off the starting line as the boats raced up Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay immediately after the start for Leg 4 to Hong Kong.








    But it was a very close run affair, and four hours after ...
    Published on 01-01-2018 09:53 AM
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    Leg 4 to Hong Kong: "Technical, tricky, full of opportunity"

    For the first time in history, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is racing to Hong Kong. Leg 4 gets underway on Tuesday afternoon in Melbourne...

    The Volvo Ocean Race fleet.

    Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Melbourne, Australia to Hong Kong, is a 6,000 nautical mile race north, up the east coast of Australia, with the navigational challenge of dodging islands as well as another doldrums crossing, before arriving in Hong Kong ...
    Published on 12-31-2017 10:21 AM
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    2017 has expired and left many memories, some wonderful, some amazing, some sad, some head scratchers and some tragic.

    Here is a sampling of what the year brought for your ponderings.

    Happy New Year to all and may 2018 be grandiose and full of joy!



    We Said farewell to Bobby Griser

    http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?7042





    Armel Le Cléac'h Wins The Vendée Globe 2016-17 In Record Time

    http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?7013




    Debris Warning Issued For SF Bay and Delta

    http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?7080





    12 Boats Out Of Cabo Race

    http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?7168




    Big Blow At Boat Show

    http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?7245/




    Big Sur's Big Blast
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    Published on 12-31-2017 09:03 AM
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    The leaders of the Volvo Ocean Race, MAPFRE, will make no changes to the crew that won Leg 3, as they prepare to race from Melbourne to Hong Kong when Leg 4 starts on Tuesday January 2.

    It’s a much different story elsewhere in the fleet where significant swaps are taking place. Some are scheduled rotations, while others have been forced by injury or for other reasons.

    In total, 19 sailors are rotating on board for Leg 4, with 18 coming off (SHK/Scallywag is racing with one additional crew for this leg). A dozen will be seeing their first action of this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race and several had to complete a survival at sea refresher course on site in Melbourne.

    The two teams sitting on equal points behind MAPFRE, Dongfeng Race Team and Vestas 11th Hour Racing, for example, will each be making notable changes.

    Vestas 11th Hour Racing skipper Charlie ...
    Published on 12-30-2017 12:24 PM
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    The last week has been a very trying for Randall Reeves and his 48' aluminum sloop Molli.
    Randal departed the San Francisco Bay back in late October on his quest to complete the 1st
    Figure 8 Circumnavigation


    In the fall of 2017, a lone sailor will depart San Francisco for a first-ever circumnavigation of both the American and Antarctic continents in one season. The route will pass through all of the world’s oceans, approach both poles, and round Cape Horn twice. No one has done this before—no one has even tried.






    The short story version is that Molli and Randall ended up in a bit of a jam
    after some pounding in the lower South Pacific, and both the auto pilot and weather vane failed, leaving Randall to hand steer for days, and then enter the narrow Beagle Channel in order to seek refuge in Ushuaia in southern Argentina. All while exhausted and with winds pushing ...
    Published on 12-30-2017 09:44 AM
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    SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard encourages boaters to take the proper fireworks precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend on the water for the New Year's holiday weekend.

    The Coast Guard urges boaters not to launch or use ...
    Published on 12-29-2017 10:23 AM
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    Marquette Michigan's Devon Hains snapped this series of Surfer Dan Surfer Dan
    ripping up Lake Superior Presque Isle Park. BRRRRRRR...





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    Published on 12-29-2017 10:00 AM
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    Matt Allen’s new TP52 Ichi Ban has been declared the overall winner of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 – and Allen, the president of Australian Sailing, can hardly believe it.

    “It hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s been 34 years since we won on Challenge II with Lou Abrahams,” said Allen, who was Abrahams’ boat captain. “In 1992 I finished second with Morning Mist (Alf Neate) – but this ...
    Published on 12-28-2017 04:24 PM
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    Following an injury to Dongfeng Race Team navigator Pascal Bidegorry, the Chinese-flagged entry in the Volvo Ocean Race has called up Franck Cammas, one of the stars of French sailing.
    The skipper of the recent French America’s Cup campaign – Groupama Team France - and a former Volvo Ocean Race winner as skipper of Groupama 4 in the 2011-12 edition - Cammas is standing in at the last minute as replacement for Bidegorry who sustained a rib injury on Leg 3.

    Cammas, aged 45 from Lorient in Brittany, will sail ...
    Published on 12-28-2017 04:15 PM
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    **Repairs Update** As soon as the tide was high enough tonight in Melbourne the Team AkzoNobel shore team along with technicians from the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard and experts from Southern Spars unstepped our mast to fully assess the extent of the work needed to have it 100 per cent ready for the start of Leg 4 on January 2 2018.











    Team AkzoNobel has arrived in Melbourne, Australia at the end of the third ...
    Published on 12-28-2017 10:13 AM
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    Though overall honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race may have eluded them this time, there is a mutual respect among the skippers of the gun fleet of 50-footers for the battle in which they engaged. For it is in this group, each yacht perhaps half the size of a supermaxi, that the reward for excellence and seamanship finds its reward.

    After finishing the race, especially one as fast and taxing as this one, these skippers pay respect to their victor with a warmth and sense of humour that ensures most, if not all, of them will be back in this Cruising Yacht Club of Australia ...
    Published on 12-28-2017 09:59 AM
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    LDV Comanche has been awarded Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours after its protest against Wild Oats XI was heard by the international jury late this afternoon.

    International Jury Chairman, John Rountree said: “Wild Oats XI on port had to keep clear of LDV Comanche under Rule 10. Wild Oats XI ...
    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... ...
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