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    1st Day Aboard Brunel ~It's not the size of the website, it's how you use it! ~

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    ETNZ Back In The Volvo reports that Emirates Team New Zealand will return to the Volvo Ocean Race

    (February 25, 2014) – According to one of Spain’s top sailing journalists, Nicolas Terry, Emirates Team New Zealand is back in the Volvo Ocean Race, joining forces with Pedro Campos. Just like the previous edition of the round-the-world race, Emirates Team New Zealand will take part in a Kiwi-Spanish joint-venture and according to reliable sources out of a total budget of €16 million, Grant Dalton will chip in with €10 million while Mapfre, the Spanish insurance giant, will provide €6 million.

    Hats off to Grant Dalton for securing yet another big-name sponsor from Spain to fund the Kiwi entry in the premiere round-the-world race. There is a rumor about a big Russian sponsor as well but this is still unconfirmed.

    This is a developing story, so stay tuned…


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    Abu Dhabi Emerges From Shed

    1st images of the Abu Dhabi Volvo 65 as it emerges from the paint shed.

    Next up, Alvimedica!
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    Abu & Brunel ~It's not the size of the website, it's how you use it! ~

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    Brunel Sets The Bar High

    The Volvo Ocean 65 is a brand new boat, a one-design class specially built for the next two editions of the race. We did lots of calculations and ran velocity prediction programmes but who knew how fast that boat was really going to be? We wondered – you wondered. Not any more: Team Brunel has just sailed 540 miles in 24 hours between the UK and the Canary Islands last week.

    540 nautical miles in 24 hours – that’s 56 miles short from the 596.6nm world record established by the Volvo Open 70 Ericsson 4 in 2008. 540 miles in 24 hours – that’s a speed average of 22.5 knots (42 km/h).

    “That’s pretty good,” admitted even Bouwe Bekking, a man renowned for keeping a lid on his emotions.

    all images © Feike Essink/Team Brunel/Volvo Ocean Race

    With the team now based in Lanzarote for a few months, we’ve asked Brunel’s skipper a few questions. The Dutch expert is gearing up for his seventh Volvo Ocean Race participation and he knows a few things about training and performance secrets.

    He doesn’t go into too many details and there is no way he would give you his boat’s top speed at this stage. But he's certainly satisfied with this first offshore trial with every good reason.

    “We’ve had 45 knots of maximum wind on the nose and 35 knots downwind,” Bekking said. “The conditions were very tough but the crew held up well. There was no key damage to the boat. Overall I’m really happy with how it went.”

    One of the new boat’s main performance factors appears to be the six degrees of incline axis of the keel. The vertically inclined keel lifts the bow out of the water to avoid nose-diving – a major issue in the past editions of the race. This means that the boat is faster and safer in running conditions with the wind behind it.

    “It’s a completely different way to sail, and very pleasant when you bear away from the wind,” added Bekking.

    “The Volvo Ocean 65 is slightly less powerful than previous Volvo boats but you can balance it with other parameters like your sail choices. We’ve learned a lot during this first long delivery, and it all looks very promising.”

    Not only did these five days of sailing from Southampton to the Marina Rubicón helped Bekking to figure the potential of his boat out, but his guys got to know each other. The skipper has confirmed four crew members so far, including navigator Andrew Cape, and is triailing young candidates.

    “You can hear it as I speak,” he said, struggling to talk loudly enough over the background laughter and banter in the team base. “There is a very good atmosphere here. We are all bonding and we have a real bunch of good guys onboard.”

    Team Brunel are now going to sail and work on their Velocity Prediction Programmes (VPP) for the next two weeks before taking a break and train again in April.

    Speaking of VPP, we asked our race meteorologist Gonzalo Infante what speeds the Volvo Ocean 65 is expected to reach. Our programme gives 11 knots as the maximum upwind speed and 30 knots as the maximum downwind speed, when sailing on flat water in 30 knots of wind.

    These are theoretical numbers though, so you probably have to wait a few more months for the final answer. Only once the teams push their boats on the racetrack will these identical machines show their true potential. It’s still a game of patience – but it will soon be a game of speed. ~It's not the size of the website, it's how you use it! ~

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    SCA Women Launch Lanzarote Training PLUS Female Photography Contestet

    Blue sky, warm sea and a whole team of women sailors training hard on a high-performance boat - that's the life, fans! Team SCA’s all-female crew have been training in the Canary Islands for more than a year now. They sent us these great sailing shots from their latest sessions. We say they look petty in pink - and tough, too. What do you reckon?

    All images ©Rick Tomlinson/Team SCA/Volvo Ocean Race

    SCA, with an all-female team in the next Volvo Ocean Race, Team SCA, is to create a global competition in conjunction with Getty Images aimed at empowering more women to become professional photographers.

    Working in partnership with the world’s leading photographer agencies the Team SCA Getty Academy will seek to encourage, inspire and support female photographers around the world.

    Announced to coincide with International Women’s Day, the Team SCA Getty Academy will look to engage increasing numbers of female photographers to contribute and interact with Team SCA, SCA and Getty Images, within the backdrop of the Volvo Ocean Race.

    The competition will be launched on April 1, 2014 and will run through to October 1, 2014. A judging panel will then select ten female photographers to experience both SCA and the race with one winner attending each stopover during the race itself in between October 2014 and June 2015.

    The final collection of images will form part of a Getty Gallery showcase event in London during the summer of 2015.

    SCA announced its participation with an all-female team, Team SCA, in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 some eighteen months ago. SCA is supporting an all-female team because, globally, about 80 percent of the retail products SCA make are purchased by women. Furthermore SCA supports women’s empowerment and their freedom to participate fully in society – socially, educationally and professionally.

    Using the backdrop of SCA’s involvement in the Volvo Ocean Race, photographers will be encouraged present a portfolio of images that celebrate inspiring women from all walks of life.

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    No buttercups in this bunch. You go, girls!

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    CNN Coverage of the Volvo Race

    Tag along with CNN's Shirley Robertson on a 3 part series on the Volvo Ocean Race, and outstanding, insightful look at the current cycle, the players and the boats involved.

    Part 1

    CNN's Shirley Robertson meets Dutch master Bouwe Bekking as he prepares for his record equalling 7th tilt at the title.

    Part 2

    CNN's Shirley Robertson looks at how organizers are trying to level the playing field and make the iconic race more affordable.

    Part 3

    CNN's Shirley Robertson joins Dutch skipper Bouwe Bekking as he embarks on a symbolic moment before the Volvo Ocean Race. ~It's not the size of the website, it's how you use it! ~

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    Shirley and crew produce a very fine production, nicely done!

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