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Saturday, 14. October 2017– Tuesday, 26. June 2018

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Monday, June 25, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - The Hague NED - Final results - Victory for 'Dongfeng'

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - The Hague NED - Final results - Victory for 'Dongfeng' In a dramatic final, Charles Caudrelier FRA and his team managed to turn a 50-mile lag into a stage win yesterday and thus also into the overall victory in the last few hours of the race. 'Dongfeng' being initially in a leading position choose a risky strategy close to the Dutch coast and lost a lot at first. However, in the final miles they benefitted from stronger winds and a better angle to the wind, which resulted in a much higher speed. As a consequence, Dongfeng arrived at the finish line more than half an hour ahead of their rivals. 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP finished third and took second place overall, 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) had to settle for third place in the final ranking. The report, the final ranking and the video of the final day.
Sunday, June 24, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 11 - Day 3 - Decision today!

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 11 - Day 3 - Decision today! On their way south in the direction The Hague the three contenders for the victory have chosen different strategies. The leading 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA remained close to the coast and lost a lot. They are now 5th, 30 miles behind the leaders. The new leader is 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED), but just 0,8 miles back is 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) who is now in the pole position for the overall victory, although 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP is just another 0,8 miles behind. 140 miles are still to sail. The fleet is expected to arrive this afternoon in The Hague. The race tracker, the reports and the video of the day.
Saturday, June 23, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 11 - Day 2

Ysterday the winds decreased in the Baltic Sea. This morning the fleet is on their additional lap on the south coast of Norway before heading towards Aarhus. The leading boats are still sailing very close together. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) ist still leading but 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) is now just 0,5 miles back. After a bad start 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) managed to cut the distance to l'Dongfeng' to 7 miles. The tension is on as there are still 450 miles to go till the finish. The race tracker, the reports and the Videos.
Friday, June 22, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 11 - Day 1

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 11 - Day 1 Yesterday afternoon, the start of the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race took place in Gothenburg. With fresh winds, the fleet has already passed the first mark on the Norwegian coast and is now on its way to the next mark close to Aarhus before turning back to the North Sea to head to the finish The Hague. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA has taken the lead. 3.5 miles behind is 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP. 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED is 12 miles behind in fourth place. The race tracker, the Daily Report and the Video of the start
Thursday, June 21, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Gothenborg SWE - Leg 11 - Start today

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Gothenborg SWE - Leg 11 - Start today Today at 14h CET (12h UMT) the 7 teams of the Volvo Ocean Race will attack the final leg of the race to Den Haag NED. The tension is on since 3 teams still are on the hunt of the overall victory: 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) and 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) are on top of the ranking while 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) is just one point back - the ranking and the official preview.
Another intresting fight within the race will go on between team mates Peter Burling NZL and Blair Tuke NZL: They grabbed the 49er gold medal at the Rio Olympics and won the America's Cup together with 'Team New Zealand'. Now sailing on different boats - Burling NZL on 'Brunel', Tuke NZL on 'Mapfre' - they are fighting for the third big title within just two years ! The report.
As always the race can be followed by the race tracker.
Monday, June 18, 2018   (Image © Jesus Renedo)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Gothenburg - Inport Race

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Gothenburg - Inport Race In Gothenburg the 7 teams of the Volvo Ocean Race sailed their last Inport-Race of this year's edition. In moderate winds it was 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA who crossed the finish line first. Behind 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) finished 3rd and secured the overall victory in the Inport-Rankings. The report and the video.
The start of the last leg will take place on thursday.
Friday, June 15, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Göteborg SWE - Leg 10 - Final results

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Göteborg SWE - Leg 10 - Final results Yesterday in Gothenburg, the 10th leg of the VOR ended in spectacular fashion: 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED simply drove past 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) with superior speed, taking the win and moving up to 'Mapfre' in the overall standings '. The video (on Facebook).
The standings in the leaderboard ahead of the final lag from Gothenburg SWE to The Hague NED - starting on 21 June - could not be more exciting: 'Mapfre' and 'Brunel' are tied at the top, 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) follows just a point behind them. The reports and video of the day.
Thursday, June 14, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 10 - Day 4

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 10 - Day 4 Yesterday, the fleet passed the northern tip of the UK and turned into the home straight towards Gothenburg. The 7 teams continue to sail close together – the top 6 boats are only 10 miles apart, and also the 7 th placed 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) is a mere 31 miles behind. There are still 350 miles to go to the finish which will take the fleet around 24 hours to complete. 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) continues to lead. In second place is 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), 1.5 miles behind and a further 1.5 miles back is 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). The Race Tracker, the reports and the Video of the day.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 10 - Day 3

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 10 - Day 3 Yesterday, too, the conditions remained slack at first, only in the evening and during the night, the fleet has picked up speed in southerly winds. Meanwhile, the northern tip of Ireland has been passed and today the 7 teams are currently in the north of England will be heading towards Scandinavia. Heavy weather and wind over 40 knots is predicted. The first 5 teams are still just 6 miles apart. The new leader is 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP), only 2.5 miles ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). The Race Tracker, the reports and the Video of the day.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 10 - Day 2

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 10 - Day 2 Moderate winds prevailed during the first 30 hours of the 10th stage, the fleet rarely reached speeds above 10kn. This morning, the 7 teams are sailing still quite close together along Ireland's west coast to the north. The new leader now is 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) but but is at equal distance to the finishing line as 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP). Only 0.3 miles behind is 'Dongfeng' with (Charles Caurelier FRA). The 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS), who fell far behind after the start, was able to reduce the distance to the leaders to 20 miles yesterday. The Race Tracker, the Report and video of the day.
Monday, June 11, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 10 - Day 1

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 10 - Day 1 No wind and a strong tide were the difficult settings for the start of leg 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Cardiff. The short, 1300 miles leg to Gothenborg leads the fleet first around Ireland, the wind improved since the start, boats are progressing with an average of 17kn. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) took the lead 4 miles ahead of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) follows close behind on 3rd. The race tracker, the report and the video of the start.
Saturday, June 9, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Cardiff GBR - 'Dongfeng' wins Inport Race

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Cardiff GBR - 'Dongfeng' wins Inport Race The start of the 10th leg of the Ocean Race will take place tomorrow in Cardiff. The distance of the penultimate leg is only about 1,300 miles and the fleet is expected to reach Gothenburg SWE in less than 3 days. Yesterday, the 7 teams sailed Cardiff's inport race in moderate winds, 'Dongfeng' won ahead of 'Mapfre' and 'Brunel'. The
report and the Video Summary of the Inport Race.
Friday, June 1, 2018   

Volvo Ocean Race - Volvo retires as main sponsor

 Volvo Ocean Race - Volvo retires as main sponsor The next Edition of the race in 2021 will be held under a new sponsorship. ‘Atlant Ocean Racing Spain’ led by Richard Brisius, Johan Salén and Jan Litborn will take over the Ocean Race from Volvo. Some changes are planned, among other things, several classes will probably compete. In addition to the VOR65, IMOCA Open 60 catamarans as well as other classes will be considered. The report.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018   (Image © Jesus Renedo)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Cardiff GBR - Leg 9 - Final results

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Cardiff GBR - Leg 9 - Final results As 7th and last boat 'Scallywag' and David Witt AUS arrived in Cardiff GBR early this morning, 24 hours after first rankend 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED). In the overall rankings Leg 9 brought just a small but important change: 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) moved up on top leaving former leader 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) just one point behind. The victory in Leg 9 brought 'Brunel' back in the race for overall victory - ther are still 2 legs to sail. The race tracker, the reports and the videos.
Monday, May 28, 2018   (Image © Konrad Frost)

 175nm before the arrival, the outcome of leg 9 is fully open, with difficult unpredictable wind conditions during the last 100nm. Each of the five leading boat can finish up on rank 1.
'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) replaced 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) on top during the past night .... by 0,2nm. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) keeps rank 3 with a 15nm backlog. The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Saturday, May 26, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 9 - Day 6

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 9 - Day 6 With roughly 600nm left for Cardiff GBR - ETA tomorrow evening - the race remains fully open. AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) leads 6nm ahead of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED). 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) follows on 3rd with a 46nm backlog. Today, a lull zone has to be passed and it might well be, that the positions will be quite different by tomorrow morning UTC.
The race tacker, the news and the video of the day.
Friday, May 25, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 9 - Day 5 - New 24 hour record !

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 9 - Day 5 - New 24 hour record ! Strong gradient winds from the south allowed fast reaching yesterday. 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) leading the fleet now, set a new 24-hour-record for the VOR65-class: 579miles. Just a few miles behind 'AkzoNobel' follows the second Dutch team 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED). 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) on 3rd is already 35 miles back. The fast reaching will come to an end today: A windless highpressure system lies ahead of the fleet and 1'200 more miles to sail. The race tracker, the reports and the video of the day.
Thursday, May 24, 2018   (Image © Konrad Frost)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 9 - Day 4

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 9 - Day 4 The variable winds stayed on over the Atlantic Ocean yesterday ! During the past 24h, the wind changed from East to South, bringing the southern group back in the lead. In reaching conditions, the VOR65 chase at velocities of up to 26kn with 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) now 9nm in front of 'Akzo Nobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 15nm of 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA). The first boat of the northern pack, 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA), is 44nm behind the leader.
The weather will remain instable for the coming days. The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 9 - Day 3

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 9 - Day 3 After two fast days with easterly winds, the breeze has shifted East forcing the team to sail upwind, a wet and rough affair. See the video. The southern group with the leading 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) extended their lead somewhat. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA), the best-placed boat in the North, is 44nm back. The variable wind will cause some more position changes today.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 9 - Day 2

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 9 - Day 2 The fleet was split in half yesterday in a thick fog with about 50m visibility. Four teams with the leader 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) gybed North and distanced the other three boats initially. But during the past night. the Southern Group is enjoying better conditions and 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) is only 0,4nm back, to take the lead in the coming hours.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Monday, May 21, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Newport RI, USA - Leg 9 - Day 1

Yesterday, the start to leg 9 of the Ocean Race over 3'300nm from Newport RI across the Atlantic Ocean to Cardiff GBR was given in good sailing conditions with a 15kn westerly wind. Being the last big offshore race, the results will count double. The fleet is advancing at speeds above 20kn pushed by a well-established rear wind. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) was leading this morning UTC with 1,7nm on 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED and 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) sailing closely together.
The Race-Tracker und der daily news.
Sunday, May 20, 2018   (Image © Jesus Renedo)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Newport RI, USA - InPort Race

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Newport RI, USA - InPort Race Rain and moderate winds prevailed yesterday during the Newport InPort Race, as always the prologue to the next leg of the Ocean Race, to be started this evening. 'Brunel' of Bouwe Bekking NED took the lead right from the start and was the clear winner ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) and 'Vestas' of Charlie Enright USA. With this rank 2, 'Mapfre' extended her lead in the InPort Race rankings.
This evening at 18h UTC, the start will be given to leg 9 of the Ocean Race leading over '3300nm across the Atlantic Ocean to Cardiff GBR.
The news and the video summary of the InPort Race.
Friday, May 18, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Newport RI, USA - Inport Race today

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Newport RI, USA -  Inport Race today Today in Newport RI, the Ocean Race will be relaunched with the InPort Race, before the 7 teams will start to leg 9 across the Atlantic Ocean to Cardiff GBR on Sunday. Most probably, the overall victory will be decided between 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) 3 points behind. The 3rd-ranked 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) is already 11 points back.
The InPort Race can be followed live starting at 12.30h UTC.
All other news and reports .
Wednesday, May 9, 2018   (Image © Jesus Renedo)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Newport RI, USA - Final results - 'Mapfre' wins !

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Newport RI, USA - Final results - 'Mapfre' wins ! The light winds near the finish resulted in a massive compression in the fleet, all the way back to the backmarker 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) who were trailing the leaders by over 130nm just one day ago. But when 'Mapfre' (Xabi Fernandez ESP)RE crossed the finish line on Tuesday morning, she was only 20nm behind.
The Spanish team 'Mapfre' stunned the fleet by stealing the leg 8 win in the last 100 meters with a shocking come-from-behind attack into a foggy almost windless Newport RI, passing the long-time leader 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED). This success has a huge impact on the overall race leaderboard, where 'Mapfre' regained the lead from 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) with a 3 points' advantage. 'Brunel' retains the third podium position.
The news and the video of the arrival.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 16

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 16 At Press Deadline this morning 6h UTC, the boats were in the final approach to the finish line off Newport RI. The final outcome is still open as - with 16nm left - the leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) was only 0,7nm ahead of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 2,8nm in front of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP).
The race tracker, displaying real-time positions until the finish around 9h UTC. See also the news and the video of the day.
Monday, May 7, 2018   (Image © Martin Keruzore)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 15

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 15 With 280nm left this morning UTC, the outcome of leg 8 to Newport RI was still wide open, as the gaps between the boats are minimal and the approach to the finish line bears some challenging meteorological barriers. 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) was 12nm ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) and 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR), 37 respectively 50nm behind are not too far away either. The fleet will arrive during the late evening UTC, prime time EDT.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Sunday, May 6, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 14

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 14 675nm were left this morning UTC for the leading 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) to the port of call Newport RI. Nothing has been decided yet, as the gaps between the teams are still quite small. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on 2nd was only 5nm behind, and the weather conditions are very instable leaving all strategic option open. ETA will be Monday morning.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Saturday, May 5, 2018   (Image © Sam Greenfield)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 13

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 13 The seven teams, driven by a well-estalished trade wind, made good mileage in the past 24 hours and were approaching Florida this morning UTC. With the breeze slackening in the North now, the distances between the boats are about to shrink. 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) is now only 7nm ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). Another 2nm behind follows 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) on rank 3. The ETA in Newport R.I. is Monday morning.
The race tracker, the reports and the video of the day.
Thursday, May 3, 2018   (Image © Ugo Fonolla)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 11

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 11 The speedrace of the VOR65, stretched over a longer distance now, is continuing northbound to the Caribbeans with over 20kn velocity. 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) remains in the lead with a 20nm advantage ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). With a 31nm backlog, 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) stays on rank 3.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
See also the 5-minute video summary of the past race week.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018   (Image © Martin Keruzore)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 9

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 9 Yesterday, the fleet crossed the Equator and at the same time the hardly existing innertropical convergence zone. Having reached the northern trade winds, an eternal upwind beat lies ahead direction Caribbeans. 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking was the fastest across the Doldrums and leads now 6nm ahead of 'Turn the tide on Plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR). Another 6nm back follows 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on rank 3. The port of call Newport RI is 3'000nm away.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Monday, April 30, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 8

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 8 The 7 teams will reach the Equator today and the southern trade winds are coming to an end. The innertropical convergence zone ahead will most probably reshuffle the fleet. This morning UTC, 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA was in the lead ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA), 'Turn the tide on Plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) and 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) closely behind.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Saturday, April 28, 2018   (Image © James Blake)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 6

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 6 The fleet has now reached the southern trade winds on the way north. 'Turn the tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR remains on top and her advantage on 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) was 9nm this morning UTC. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) followed on the 3rd place with a 17nm backlog. The drag race direction north will continue for about two days before the yachts will touch the innertropical convergence zone with unconstant winds from lulls to thunderstorms.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Friday, April 27, 2018   (Image © Brian Carlin)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 5

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 8 - Day 5 The 7 teams heading North are still challenged by variable winds and during the past night UTC, a major positon change happened with 'Turn the tide on Plastic' of Dee Caffari GBR, the most eastern boat of the fleet, has touched fresher winds as first moving on top with a 13nm advantage on 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA), the first persuers.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Monday, April 23, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Leg 8 - Day 1

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Leg 8 - Day 1 Yesterday, the start was given to the 5'700nm leg 8 of the Ocean Race from Itajai BRA to Newport RI, USA. The seven teams are sailing upwind direction East searching for fresher winds.
'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP had taken the lead right after the start and was 0,1nm in front this morning UTC. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA and 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS were the first followers. The whole fleet is separated by one mile only.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the start.
Sunday, April 22, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Mapfre wins In-Port race

'Mapfre' (Xabi Fernandez ESP) won the Itajaí In-Port Race yesterday after battling with team 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) for the lead on the first of three laps of the race course. After taking the lead on the first downwind leg in a moderate 10kn seabreeze, the Spanish team protected well the rest of the way, and extended the advantage in the In-Port Race Series over 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) who finished in third place.
VOR website.
Friday, April 20, 2018   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - 'Scallywag' arrived in Itajai

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - 'Scallywag' arrived in Itajai Yesterday, three days before the start to leg 8 of the VOR over 7'500nm from Itajai to Newport RI, USA, 'Scallywag' arrived at the port of call in Brazil. After the tragic loss at sea of John Fisher GBR, David Witt AUS abandoned leg 8 and did a stopover at the closest harbour in Chile. The transfer to Brazil around Cape Horn was done by a substitute team. In the coming two days, yacht and equipment have to be examined, repaired or replaced to be in shape for the next leg, as the materilal stress during the crossing of the Southern Seas was tremendous.
The news and the video.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - 'Vestas' arrived in Itajai

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - 'Vestas' arrived in Itajai Yesterday, 'Vestas' sailing under jury rig joined the VOR fleet at Itajai BRA. The team was 9 days underway from the Falklands to Brazil. The shore team is now busy to fix and adjust the new mast before the start to leg 8 to Newport RI in 9 days on April 22nd.
The video news.
Remains now 'Scallywag' having rounded Cape Horn two days ago after their stop in Chile after the tragic loss of John Fisher GR at sea. 700nm from Itajai, the team endeavours to be ready for the start to leg 8 next week. The Scallywag facebook page.
Monday, April 9, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Leg 7 - Day 22 - 'Mapfre' in Itajai Ziel

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Leg 7 - Day 22 - 'Mapfre' in Itajai Ziel Yesterday, 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP crossed the finish line of leg 7 in Itajai with a 5 day's backlog on the winner 'Brunel'. After their 17-hour repair stop after Cape Horn, she stalled in the St-Helena anticyclone during days. The overall lead went now to 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) one point ahead of 'Mapfre'. The leg winner 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) moved up on rank 3. 'Vestas' left the Falklands under jury rig yesterday hoping to be able to be in Itajai on time to make the necessary repairs before April 28, the start date for leg 8.
The news.
Sunday, April 8, 2018   (Image © Ugo Fonolla)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Leg 7 - Day 21

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Leg 7 - Day 21 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP was 21nm away from the finish in Itajai this morning UTC. After their repair stop near Cape Horn, the Spanish overall VOR leaders dropped back considerably on the South Atlantic, loosing the first position in the consolidated rankings. Four races are on the program and nothing has been lost yet.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Saturday, April 7, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Leg 7 - Day 20 - 4th 'Turn the tide on Plastic' with Elodie-J. Mettraux SUI

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Leg 7 - Day 20 - 4th 'Turn the tide on Plastic' with Elodie-J. Mettraux SUI Early this morning, Dee Caffari GBR on her 'Turn the tide on plastic' crossed the finish line of leg 7 as 4th. In her team is the Swiss Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI who did Cape Horn racing for the second time ! The last to finish will be 'Mapfre' tomorrow.
The race viewer, the news and the video of the day.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Leg 7 - Day 17 - 'Brunel' first in Itajai BRA

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Leg 7 - Day 17 - 'Brunel' first in Itajai BRA The leading duo reached Itajai BRA, port of call of leg 7, yesterday after 17 days underway. 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED defended the first place and finished just 15 minutes ahead of 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA. The Sino-French team will herewith take the overall lead if 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) remains on rank 5. The Spanish team stalled yesterday in the St-Helena anticyclone and has approximately 3 days left to the finish. Their deficit on 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) on rank 4 is over 120nm.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Leg 7 - Day 17 -with Elodie-J. Mettraux SUI

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Itajai BRA - Leg 7 - Day 17 -with Elodie-J. Mettraux SUI The leading duo reached Itajai BRA, port of call of leg 7, yesterday after 17 days underway. 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED defended the first place and finished 5 hours ahead of 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA. The Sino-French team will herewith take the overall lead if 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) remains on rank 5. The Spanish team stalled yesterday in the St-Helena anticyclone and has approximately 3 days left to the finish. Their deficit on 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR, Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI) on rank 4 is over 120nm.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018   (Image © Martin Keruzore)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 17 - first arrivals this afternoon

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 17 - first arrivals this afternoon The leading duo 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA), separated by 1,5nm, had 130nm to left this morning UTC to the port of call Itajai BRA. An exciting matchrace lies ahead ! The positions behind the leaders are firm, as the distances between the boats are considerable.
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Monday, April 2, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 16, with Elodie-J. Mettraux SUI

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 16, with Elodie-J. Mettraux SUI On the South Atlantic, the duel between 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), reclaiming the first position 13nm ahead, and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) continues. 660 Meilen or roughly 2 days are left to Itajai BRA. 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) has lost some distance on the leading duo and with a 188nm backlog, he is out in the fight for victory. 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR, Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI) and 30nm behind 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) have been caught by the St-Helena anticyclone, trailing at speeds around 3kn this morning UTC.
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Monday, April 2, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 16

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 16 On the South Atlantic, the duel between 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), reclaiming the first position 13nm ahead, and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) continues. 660 Meilen or roughly 2 days are left to Itajai BRA. 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) has lost some distance on the leading duo and with a 188nm backlog, he is out in the fight for victory. 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) and 30nm behind 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) have been caught by the St-Helena anticyclone, trailing at speeds around 3kn this morning UTC.
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Sunday, April 1, 2018   (Image © Sam Greenfield)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg7 - Day 16

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg7 - Day 16 The variable wind conditions on the South Atlantic after the passage of the Falklands had a major influence on the gaps between the boats. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) moved up to the leading 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and the two teams are battling for the lead sailing at sight. With a 52nm backlog, 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) remains in the race for winning in Itajai BRA 1'000nm or about 3 days away. 'Turn the tide on plasic' on rank 4 is still trying to repair the damaged spreader without loosing too much speed fortunately. Here the news. 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) however is almost 300nm back after the repair stop and will most likely remain on the 5th and last place. 'Vestas' has reached the Falklands under motor and hopes to be able to replace the broken mast in due time in the middle of nowhere.
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Saturday, March 31, 2018   

VOR65 - OceanRace 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 15 - Vestas dismasting

More incidents after the passage of Cape Horn ! At 15:59 UTC yesterday. 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) sailing on the 2nd position suffered a dismasting approximately 100nm southeast of the Falkland Islands in a 25-30kn northerly wind with three-meter waves.. The entire crew is safe and uninjured. The crew is now motoring to the Falkland Islands where the team, in conjunction with the shore crew and the Volvo Ocean Race, will evaluate the necessary next steps to get the boat and crew to Itajaí BRA as soon as possible.
'Turn the tide on Plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) reported mast issues as well, sailing with a reduced sail plan at the moment. The news.
As we reported yesterday, 'Mapfre' is back in the race as 5th and last after a 13-hour repair stop 190nm behind the leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). 'Brunel' follows 3nm behind on 2nd.
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Saturday, March 31, 2018   

VOR65 - OceanRace 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 15 - with Elodie-J. Mettraux SUI

More incidents after the passage of Cape Horn ! At 15:59 UTC yesterday. 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) sailing on the 2nd position suffered a dismasting approximately 100nm southeast of the Falkland Islands in a 25-30kn northerly wind with three-meter waves. The entire crew is safe and uninjured. The crew is now motoring to the Falkland Islands where the team, in conjunction with the shore crew and the Volvo Ocean Race, will evaluate the necessary next steps to get the boat and crew to Itajaí BRA as soon as possible.
'Turn the tide on Plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR, Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI) reported mast issues as well, sailing with a reduced sail plan at the moment. The news.
As we reported yesterday, 'Mapfre' is back in the race as 5th and last after a 13-hour repair stop 190nm behind the leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). 'Brunel' follows 3nm behind on 2nd.
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Friday, March 30, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 13 - Mapfre resumes racing !

'Mapfre' has re-started Leg 7 of the Ocean Race after stopping near Cape Horn to repair a luff to leech tear in their mainsail and damage to their mast track. The overall race leader in the Ocean Race finds herself in unfamiliar territory on Friday, re-starting Leg 7 behind the rest of the fleet after a 13-hour pit stop to make repairs.
The news.
Friday, March 30, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 13 - Cape Horn !

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 13 - Cape Horn ! The windy conditions persisted during the Cape Horn rounding of the closely packed VOR65 fleet with 'Brunel' of Bouwe Bekking NED taking the point for first passing the Cape. 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) 41nm back and another 3nm behind 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) remain on the ranks 2 and 3. Still in good positions for a top rank at the port of call Itajai BRA are 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) 30nm back.
The news.
The overall leader 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) suspended-racing to deal with a damaged mast track as the fleet passes Cape Horn. She has not resumed racing this morning UTC. The report.
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Thursday, March 29, 2018   (Image © Yann Riou)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 12

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 12 The fast ride direction Cape Horn continued yesterday and by this afternoon (i.e. during the night on tomorrow UTC), the leading 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) will round the final cape as first. The rest of the fleet is more than 90 miles (about 4 hours) back. 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) continue to hold ranks 2 and 3, separated by 3 miles. 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) follows in fifth place, 130 miles behind.
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Thursday, March 29, 2018   (Image © Yann Riou)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 12, with Elodie-J. Mettraux SUI

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 12, with Elodie-J. Mettraux SUI The fast ride direction Cape Horn continued yesterday and by this afternoon (i.e. during the night on tomorrow UTC), the leading 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) will round the final cape as first. The rest of the fleet is more than 90 miles (about 4 hours) back. 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) continue to hold ranks 2 and 3, separated by 3 miles. 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR with Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI) follows in fifth place, 130 miles behind.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 11

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 11 The Southern Ocean continues to show its infamous side with solid 30kn of wind and gusts of well over 40 knots. Team 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED seems to cope best with these conditions. They were able to extend their lead on 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) to 53 miles. 'Dongfeng' and 'Mapfre' in 3rd and 4th follow just a few miles behind.
Concerning the man over board situation on Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag it does not look good at all. Despite extensive search activities by the team, it has now to be presumed that John Fisher GBR have been lost at sea. The Race Tracker, the reports and the Video of the day .
Tuesday, March 27, 2018   (Image © Martin Keruzore)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 10 - Man over board on Scallywag

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 10 - Man over board on Scallywag In more than 35kn of wind, 'Sun Hung Kai Scallywag' who is sailing at the very end of the fleet, reported a man overboard. The lost team member, John Fisher GBR, wore his safety suit when it happened. Unfortunately The Scallywag team were not able to locate him in the rough seas and galeforce winds and had to continue in the race. A commercial vessel, which is 400 miles away, has been redirected to the zone to continue searching - The report
At the top of the fleet, 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) has extended its lead to 35 miles. Second is 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA), who leads the chasing group, is a further 20-miles behind. The Race Tracker, the reports and the Video of the Day
Monday, March 26, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 9

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 9 The expected weather system carried westerly galeforce winds of up to 45kn yesterday which have slacked a bit in the meantime. The next weather front with high wind speeds is expected on Monday evening. 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) managed to extend her lead to 27 miles, 'Vestas', 'Dongfeng' and 'Turn the tide on Plastic' which are only four miles apart, are first pursuers. 'Mapfre', on the other hand, is currently loosing miles against the leaders. Damage to the mast track makes it impossible for the Spaniards to hoist the main sail fully. In the now more moderate conditions, a fully reset main sail would be required. With Reef 2 they are at times up to 3kn slower than the rest of the fleet. The Race Tracker, the reports and the Video of the day.
Saturday, March 24, 2018   (Image © Konrad Frost)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 7

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 7 After 7 days of racing, the first strong wind zone from the west has hit the fleet, which is now sailing in the ‘Howling Fifties’. The teams are racing eastwards, remaining as southern as possible just along the ice border on the 52nd southern latitude. With 8 jibes within 24 hours, 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED has taken the lead, ahead of 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) who is just 2 miles back. The fleet is still quite close together with the exception of 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS), who is almost 150 miles back. There are still three days to go until the competitors will reach Cape Horn. The Race Tracker, the reports and the Video of the day.
Friday, March 23, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 6

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 6 In the past 24 hours the fleet continued to sail at high speeds of over 20kn to the east. This morning, 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) took the lead 15 miles ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA). 'Turn the tide on plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR (and Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI) follows in sixth with 39 miles behind the track. Race tracker, the reports and the video of the day.
Thursday, March 22, 2018   (Image © Yann Riou)

VOR65 - Ocean Rce 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 5

 VOR65 - Ocean Rce 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 5 The fleet has now reached the Howling Fifties on their way south. In about 25kn of wind the VOR65 are able to sail at more than 20kn. Shortly before reaching the ice border, all 7 teams have now turned to the east. From the rear there is a weather system with wind speeds of up to 40kn approaching. The remaining 5 days to the Cape Horn will therefore become very rough. This morning 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED was in the lead. The first pursuers 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) and 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) are still just a few miles behind. The Race Tracker, the reports and the Video of the Day.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 4

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 4 Yesterday the winds turned north and strengthened to more than 20 knots. The fleet is progressing rapidly towards the south and has already reached the 52nd southern latitude. The temperatures have fallen dramatically. A cold week towards Cap Horn lies ahead. During the day, the 7 teams will reach the Westwind belt with its strong winds and subsequently turn to the east. This morning's 'Vestas' skippered by Charlie Enright USA is leading, followed by 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) are the first pursuers. Race Viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 3

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 3 The fresh Eastwind around 30kn forced the fleet, still sailing closely together, to a long upwind leg direction South. The most easterly 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) is the theoretical leader 5,3nm ahead of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED). 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP follows 6,4nm on the 2nd position. 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR), the most westerly boat, had the lead for a short moment, but was down on rank 6 this morning with a 12,3nm backlog.
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Monday, March 19, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 7 - Day 2

The fleet of the Ocean Race passed the east coast of New Zealand In moderate winds yesterday and is heading south now. Today, the 7 teams will reach the Roaring Forties. 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP has taken the lead, 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA follows with a mile behind in 2nd. 'Turn the tide on plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR and Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI are currently 5th, 4.1 Miles behind the leaders. The Race Viewer, the reports and the videos.
Sunday, March 18, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Auckland NZL - Leg 7 - Day 1

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Auckland NZL - Leg 7 - Day 1 The start of the 7th stage of the Ocean Race took place this morning. In strong winds, 'Mapfre' skippered by Javi Fernandez ESP took the early lead after the end of the extra round in Auckland. At the editorial deadline 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) has taken over and is leading ‘Mapfre’ by 0.1 mile. The Race-Tracker, the reports and the Video from the start (1h 53 min) .
Saturday, March 10, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Auckland NZL - InPort Race

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Auckland NZL - InPort Race In light and unstable winds, the 7 teams of the Ocean Race sailed the InPort race of Auckland. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) grabbed the victory in spite of a very poor start. 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) completed the podium. In the overall rankings of the InPort races, 'Mapfre' is still leading, 'Dongfeng' follows 3 point back. The rankings and the video of the InPort Race.
Monday, March 5, 2018   

VOR65 Ocean Race 2017/18 - Auckland NZL - 'Vestas' repaired and ready for leg 7

 VOR65 Ocean Race 2017/18 - Auckland NZL - 'Vestas' repaired and ready for leg 7 The 7 teams of the Ocean Race are currently enjoying their break in Auckland until the start of the 7th leg. The Inport Race is scheduled for next Sunday. The start of the next leg around Cape Horn to Itajai BRA follows a week later. After the fatal collision with a fishing boat, the damaged 'Vestas', which had to skip the 6th stage, is repaired and ready to race again. The report.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Final results - 'AkzoNobel' wins

After 20 days and 9 hours, 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED (and, among others, 49erFX Olympic champion Martine Grael BRA) crossed the finishing line of the 6th stage in Auckland as the winners. In a very tight decision. The entire fleet reached the finishing line within 2 hours. Remarkable, after 6’500 miles at sea, The first 5 boats were just 30 minutes apart.
Behind the winners 'AkzoNobel', 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS finished 2nd. After their 5th leg win they moved up to third in the overall standings. 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP), who was once more than 200 miles behind the leaders during this leg managed to catch up and finished in third place, 22 minutes behind AkzoNobel. With this result Mapfre could further extend their lead in the overall standings. The Leaderboard Report and video of the day.
The start of the 7th stage from Auckland (rounding Cape Horn) to Itajai BRA will take place on March 17th. Until then, 'Vestas' should be ready for action again.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 21/Final Day

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 21/Final Day This morning all 6 teams are sailing along the east coast of New Zealand. There are still 150 miles remaining to the finish line in Auckland. In the waning winds, the field got even closer. Only five miles are currently separating the leader ('AkzoNobel') from the fifth placed ('Mapfre'). Only 'Brunel' is slightly behind with 43 miles. The final decisions are likely to happen overnight. The Race Tracker , the reports and the Video of the day .
Monday, February 26, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 20

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 20 With 325nm left to the finish line in Auckland this morning UTC, it has become evident, that the leading trio 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED), sailing hidden in stealth mode, 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) and 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) 19nm behind will fight for victory at the port of call. The trailing trio with 'Mapfre', 'Dongfeng' and 'Brunel' was 125nm and more behind.
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Sunday, February 25, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 19

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 19 The fleet is split again in the lull zone North of New Zealand. The trio opting for the western detour lost only little speed building up an advantage on the other three boats. Looser of the day was 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), trying an attack going East under stealth mode, but ended on rank 4 with a 70nm backlog. 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) stays on top only a few miles ahead of 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) in stealth mode this morning. Dee Caffari GBR with her 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' is on the 3rd place. The backmarker trio is now 60nm behind with 660nm to left to Auckland.
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Saturday, February 24, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 18

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 18 The fleet made good progress in the trade winds and is already sailing along the Australian Eastcoast. The race remains open to the end 1'000nm away, as the leading quartet is separated by 12nm only and even the duo at the end of the fleet 50nm back retains options for a top place. North of New Zealand, a flat anticylone is in the way that will slow down the leading boats. This morning UTC, the two teams in the West reclaimed the lead: 'Sacallywag' (David Witt AUS) leads 8nm ahead of 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED).
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Friday, February 23, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 17

The fleet has taken up some speed in the past 24hrs and the VOR65's are heading for Auckland 1'100nm (4 days) away at speeds around 12kn. The leading four boats are sailing closely together within 3,5nm only. 'Mapfre' and 'Dongfeng' at the end reduced the backlog on 50nm.
'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED has reclaimed the first position ahead of Dee Caffari GBR with 'Turn the tide on Plastic' 2nm back. During the day the fleet will finally reach the long-expected southern trade winds.
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Friday, February 23, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - a drone video

It has become common practice that the Oceanracer teams take air videos of themselves by means of drones during their crossings, a welcome occupation especially during the lull periods in the Doldrums. James Blake GBR, media man of 'Turn the tide on Plastic', did a special take flying his drone across the cabin of the boat and out in front! The facebook video.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 15

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 15 The heavy storm depression South of New Zealand killed the southern trade winds and the six teams are in the middle of a record-size doldrum zone, and this for the coming days as well.
New on the first position is 'Turn the tide on Plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) and 7nm behind 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED). The duo in the West 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED and 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) has been decelerated and is now roughly 30nm in arrears. The overall leaders 'Mapfre' and 'Dongfeng' are sailing 90nm behind the leader separated by 0,5nm only.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 14

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 14 The fleet is now on the Solomon Islands latitude in a massive innertropical convergence zone stretched almost to New Zealand. The boat velocities are below 10kn and the positions remain unchanged with 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) leading 2nm ahead of 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS). 18, respectively 21nm behind follow 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 'Turn the Tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR). 95nm is the backlog of 'Dongfeng' and 'Mapfre' at the end of the fleet.
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Monday, February 19, 2018   (Image © Jeremy Lecaudy)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 13

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 13 The weather pattern on the Pacific remains unpredictable and apparently, the innertropical convergence zone with thunderstorms and lulls is much wider as presented on the race tracker yesterday. 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS on a fast track temporarily took the lead for a moment, but stalled this morning UTC and will probably be replaced by 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), the only boat progressing with no decelerations and now only one mile behind the leader. The battle will go on passing the lull patches in the coming days. Everybody can win, even the backmarker 'Mapfre' 55nm behind, as there are still 1'800nm left to Auckland.
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Sunday, February 18, 2018   (Image © Rich Edwards)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2018 - Leg 6 - Day 12

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2018 - Leg 6 - Day 12 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS), 20nm behind, are the big winners of the Equator crossing with a 140nm advantage on the rest of the fleet. By this evening UTC, 'Scallywag' on a more westerly course could even take the lead as this morning, she was twice as fast as 'AkzoNobel'.
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Saturday, February 17, 2018   (Image © Jeremie Lecaudey)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 11

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 11 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 30nm behind 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) on a westerly course have crossed the Doldrums the fastest and are already enjoying the southern trade winds. The other teams are still fighting with the unconstant breeze, and the 3rd-ranked 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) is already 154nm in arrears. Is this a preliminary decision ?
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Friday, February 16, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 10

As expected, the innertropical convergence zone decelerated the fleet, the leading 'AkzoNobel' stalled as first and was bypassed by part of the fleet. Sailing on the extreme East, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR was on first this morning one mile ahead of 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED. 'AkzoNobel' is down on 3rd with a 3,nm backlog. Position changes will be the name of the game in the coming 48hrs. The one who will touch the southern trade winds first will be in pole position for the finishing straight to Auckland.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018   (Image © Rich Edwards)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 9

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 9 The fast reaching ride direction South continued yesterday driven by the trade winds and only slight position changes happened. The situation might change today when the innertropical convergence zone will be reached by the leading boats. 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) 32nm ahead this morning UTC will loose speed and the fleet will be closing up. Remains to be seen whether 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) sailing on an extreme leewards position will benefit from a better wind angle. The crossing of the Doldrums will be crucial for the final outcome of leg 6.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 8

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 8 The fleet, sailing on a tight reach, is enjoying trade wind sailing conditions on a southeasterly course towards the doldrums some 1000 miles away. In about 30hrs, the teams will reach the innertropical convergence zone, the crucial passage for the outcome of leg 6.
'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 11nm behind 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) defended their lead on the rest of the fleet. 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) on rank 3 is 47nm back.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 8

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 8 The fleet reached the trade winds yesterday with a major change on top of the rankings. The duo 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 3nm behind 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS), over 100nm back 4 days ago, has taken the lead thanks to a more direct course. 'Mapfre' on the 3rd place is already 45nm behind. But more changes will be ahead in the unpredictable conditions of the innertropical convergence zone.
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Monday, February 12, 2018   (Image © Ugo Fonolla)

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 7

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 7 After two fast reaching days, the fleet is now more and more in the weather turbulences of the Equatorial zone and the boats have been closing up during the past night. 'Mapfre' is leading 0,15nm ahead of 'Dongfeng' and 3nm in front of 'Brunel'. Even the backmarker duo reduced the backlog on now 40nm.
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Sunday, February 11, 2018   (Image © Yann Riou)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 6

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 6 The deviation direction North has come to an end for the six teams advancing at speeds around 20kn and all boats are now heading East. The leading trio is still sailing at sight with 'Mapfre' 0,5nm ahead of 'Brunel'. 'Dongfeng' is 2,3nm behind. Approaching the doldrums, the conditions become more and more variable.
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Saturday, February 10, 2018   (Image © James Blake)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 4

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 4 In refreshening winds, the fleet continued the course in the "wrong direction" heading Northeast hoping for a better angle to turn South. The leading four 'Brunel', 'Mapfre', 'Dongfeng' and 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' are still within sight of each other (4nm) in brutal upwind conditions. 'AkzoNobel' and 'Scallywag', the first to veer North after passing the southern tip of Taiwan to split the fleet, find themselves over 115nm behind the other boats.
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Friday, February 9, 2018   (Image © Yann Riou)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 3

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 3 After passing Taiwan in the South, the teams veered Northeast, almost 180° from the direct course to Auckland. Apparently, this is a circumvention of a lightwind zone ahead though not visible on the race tracker. The rankings are therefore rather meaningless.
'Brunel' was 1,2nm ahead of 'Dongfeng', and another 0,6nm back followed 'Mapfre'. In two days at the latest, the fleet will be heading South, and only in the Doldrums around the Equator, crucial strategies and tactics for success will emerge.
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Thursday, February 8, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Hong Kong HKG - Leg 6 - Day 02

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Hong Kong HKG - Leg 6 - Day 02 Sailing in a well-established moderate 10kn Eastwind, the 6 six VOR65 are about to be disturbed by the slipstream of the Taiwan island.
'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED is now in the lead 3nm ahead of ‘Dongfeng’ with Charles Caudrelier FRA and another mile back ‘MAPFRE’ with Xabi Fernandez ESP. 'Scallywag' was 0,3nm and 'AkzoNobel' 1,1nm behind the Spanish, progressing at a 10kn average speed.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018   (Image © Pedro Martinez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Hong Kong HKG - Leg 6 - the fleet departed this morning

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Hong Kong HKG - Leg 6 - the fleet departed this morning This morning, the reduced 6-boats' VOR fleet - the damaged 'Vestas' is underway to New Zealand by cargo ship - departed from Hong Kong to the 6th leg over 6'500nm to Auckland. Again, the tricky doldrums, the Equator, have to be crossed with the unpredictable wind situation.
This morning, 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED and 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED were jointly in the lead. Light winds are prevailing and the VOR65s are sailing at about 10kn.
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Monday, February 5, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Hongkong HKG - Leg 6 - 'Vestas' does not compete

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Hongkong HKG - Leg 6 - 'Vestas' does not compete 'Vestas', damaged in a massive night-collision with a fisherman's boat in the approach to Hong Kong will not be ready to start to leg 6 direcion Auckland. The team of Charlie Enright USA and Mark Towill USA has already loaded its VOR65 on a cargo ship to Auckland as the repair could not be made in Hong Kong. Apparently, a new bow will be flown in from Italy and there should be enough time left to refit the boat before the start to leg 7 on March 18.
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Sunday, February 4, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Guangzhou CHN - Inport Race

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Guangzhou CHN - Inport Race Challenging conditions with light winds and the current of the river mouth prevailed yesterday during the Guangzhou InPort Race. The first victim was the local hero 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA returning from premature start, who got tangled with the anchor rode of the starting buoy and had to follow the fleet far behind.
'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP departed perfectly and won the race controlling the opponents from start to finish. 'Team Brunel' with the America's Cup winner Peter Burling NZL steering followed on second, closely followed by 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED.
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In a week, the start to leg 7 from Hong Kong HKG to Auckland NZL will be given.
Friday, February 2, 2018   (Image © Pedro Martinez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Guangzhou CHN - Leg 5

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Guangzhou CHN - Leg 5 Yesterday, six of the seven Volvo Ocean Race teams sailed 70nm up the Pearl River to Guangzhou CHN, a mini-leg not counting for the overall rankings, where tomorrow Saturday an InPort Race is on the program. "Vestas 11th Hour Racing" had informed earlier, that she will not be participating in inshore racing in Hong Kong and Guangzhou CHN, as well as leg 5 from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. The team is currently coordinating necessary repairs to the boat caused by the collision with a non-racing vessel on Saturday 20 January. The fleet departs Guangzhou back to Hong Kong on Monday, February 5.
The news.
Thursday, February 1, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Hong Kong HKG - Leg 5 - Start today

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Hong Kong HKG - Leg 5 - Start today Today, the start to the short 5th leg of the Ocean Race - only 100nm from Hong Kong direction West to Guangzhou CHN - will be given. Over the weekend, an InPort Race is on the program, followed by the relocation to Hong Kong, where the start to leg 6 heading for Auckland NZL will be given on February 7th.
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Monday, January 29, 2018   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Hong Kong HKG - InPort Race

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Hong Kong HKG - InPort Race One week before the start to leg 5, a very short race from Hong Kong HKG to Guangzhu CHN, two races were held. First in the race around Hong Kong was 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP ahead of 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA, The news. In the short InPort Race, 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED finished first ahead of 'Dongfeng', who replaced 'Mapfre' on top of the InPort rankings.
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Sunday, January 21, 2018   

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Hong Kong HKG - death of fisherman after collision

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Hong Kong HKG - death of fisherman after collision The Chinese double victory in leg 4 of the Ocean Race was overshadowed with the death of a fisherman after the collision between 'Vestas' and a fishing boat (we reported yesterday). One of the 10 fishermen was so badly injured that he died in the rescue helicopter on the way to the hospital. An investigation by the authorities is under way.
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Saturday, January 20, 2018   

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 18 - win für 'Scallywag' - out for 'Vestas', Justine Mettraux SUI 'Dongfeng' 2nd

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 18 - win für 'Scallywag' - out for 'Vestas', Justine Mettraux SUI 'Dongfeng' 2nd Yesterday evening UTC, Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (David Witt AUS) crossed the finish line at her home port Hong Kong as expected as winner of leg 4 of the Ocean Race. 3 hours later, 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA, Franck Cammas FRA, Justine Mettraux SUI) followed, making for a Chinese double victory. Bad luck for the second place 'Vestas' (Peter Towhill USA), who had to retire 30 miles from the finish after a collision with a fishing boat. The news. The remaining 6 teams arrived within 10 hours.
The positions of leg 4 and the news.
In the overall rankings, 'Dongfeng' has reduced the backlog on the leading 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) to 3 points.
Saturday, January 20, 2018   

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 18 - Win for 'Scallywag' - out for 'Vestas'

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 18 - Win for 'Scallywag' - out for 'Vestas' Yesterday evening UTC, Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (David Witt AUS) crossed the finish line at her home port Hong Kong as expected as winner of leg 4 of the Ocean Race. 3 hours later, 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA, Franck Cammas FRA) followed, making for a Chinese double victory. Bad luck for the second place 'Vestas' (Peter Towhill USA), who had to retire 30 miles from the finish after a collision with a fishing boat. The news. The remaining 6 teams arrived within 10 hours.
The positions of leg 4 and the news.
In the overall rankings, 'Dongfeng' has reduced the backlog on the leading 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) to 3 points.
Friday, January 19, 2018   

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 18 - Arrival today

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 18 - Arrival today Today in the late afternoon. 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS will take the line honours of leg 4 in Hong Kong. Her most persistent pursuer 'Vestas' (John Towill USA) is currently in stealth mode, but in the prevailing conditions, the advantage of roughly 50nm will not deminish substantially. The fight will be for rank 2 between 'Vestas' and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA, Franck Cammas FRA) 65nm behind. The positions in the second part of the fleet are unknown momentariyl as 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) and 'Team Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) are currently invisible in stealth mode. The estimated time of arrival of the winner will be between 18h and 20h CET.
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Friday, January 19, 2018   

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 18 - Arrival today, Mettraux sisters

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 18 - Arrival today, Mettraux sisters Today in the late afternoon. 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS will take the line honours of leg 4 in Hong Kong. Her most persistent pursuer 'Vestas' (John Towill USA) is currently in stealth mode, but in the prevailing conditions, the advantage of roughly 50nm will not deminish substantially. The fight will be for rank 2 between 'Vestas' and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA, Franck Cammas FRA and Justine Mettraux SUI) 65nm behind. The positions in the second part of the fleet are unknown momentariyl as 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR, Elodie Jane Mettraux SUI) and 'Team Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) are currently invisible in stealth mode. The estimated time of arrival of the winner will be between 18h and 20h CET.
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Thursday, January 18, 2018   

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 17

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 17 With 600nm left to the finish line of leg 4 in Hong Kong, the situation is heating up. Slackening and shifty winds as well as the busy commercial traffic will make the final approach tactically difficult. After 'Dongfeng', the leading 'Scallywag' as well as 'Vestas' switched to stealth mode yesterday and we shall not know before 13h UTC today, whether the positions of the leading boats have changed. However, Scallywag', leading with almost 100nm, but having lost speed, will most probably keep the first place and remain on a safe track to the line honours. In the fight for the overall lead 'Dongfeng' would have to win leg 4 to catch up with the 6-point deficit on 'Mapfre'. Expected time of arrival in Hong Kong is tomorrow afternoon.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018   (Image © Konrad Frost)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 16

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 16 During the past 24h, the fleet was again making good progress in well-established trade winds, and the leading 'Scallywag', 87nm ahead of the immediate challengers, was only 1'000nm from the port of call this morning UTC. Provided that no incidents occur, the team of David Witt AUS will take the line honours at their home base in two days from now. It may well be that rank 2 will also go the a Chinese team, as 'Dongfeng' was only a few miles behind the second-ranked 'Vestas' on the 3rd place, and went into 'Stealth Mode' yesterday. We shall know during the day, whether the attack of Charles Caudrelier FRA (with Franck Cammas FRA) has been successful. The overall leader 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) reduced her backlog somewhat, but remained on the 5th position. The team of Dee Caffari GBR keeps the 6th place.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 16, the Mettraux sisters

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 16, the Mettraux sisters During the past 24h, the fleet was again making good progress in well-established trade winds, and the leading 'Scallywag', 87nm ahead of the immediate challengers, was only 1'000nm from the port of call this morning UTC. Provided that no incidents occur, the team of David Witt AUS will take the line honours at their home base in two days from now. It may well be that rank 2 will also go the a Chinese team, as 'Dongfeng' was only a few miles behind the second-ranked 'Vestas' on the 3rd place, and went into 'Stealth Mode' yesterday. We shall know during the day, whether the attack of Charles Caudrelier FRA (with Franck Cammas FRA and Justine Mettraux SUI) has been successful. The overall leader 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) reduced her backlog somewhat, but remained on the 5th position. The team of Dee Caffari GBR (with Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI) keeps the 6th place.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 15

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 15 Yesterday, the fast ride continued towards the finish, with the 7 teams covering more than 500nm in 24 hours. The leading 'Scallywag' with David Witt was able to extend her lead to 74nm by this morning UTC. The second-ranked 'Vestas' (Mark Towill USA) had a 22nm lead on the 3rd 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA). 1,500nm are still missing and the fleet is expected to arrive in Hong Kong on Friday.
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Monday, January 15, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 14

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 14 Is the die cast ? With 2'000nm to the port of call Hong Kong, the fleet racing at high speeds, has been stretched over quite some distance. 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS sailing on a southern course is still taking advantage of better conditions and extended her lead on 67nm. The midfleet with 'Vestas', 'AkzoNobel' and 'Dongfeng' is sailing closely together, while the backmarker trio with the overall leader 'Mapfre' lost some more miles yesterday and is now over 150nm behind.
Big luck for David Gough AUS crew on 'Scallywag', who was washed afloat by a wave without life-vest and life-belt. Thanks to the daylight and moderate conditions, he was rescued within 7min. Here the report with a video.
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Sunday, January 14, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 13

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 13 The 15-20kn trade winds are propelling the fleet at good speeds above 20kn direction Hong Kong. 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS), the only boat sailing on a southern course, has taken the lead thanks to somewhat better conditions and was 15nm ahead of 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA) this morning UTC. The backmarker trio with 'Mapfre' has lost some more miles yesterday, but eventually this morning, better conditions filled in allowing to race 6kn faster than the rest of the fleet.
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Saturday, January 13, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 12

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 12 After crossing the Equator, the fleet reached the northern trade winds yesterday and has accelerated for the first time since long on speeds above 20kn. Now, it is a fast race direction West to the port of call Hong Kong. The trio having opted for an eastern route touched the fresh wind zone first and distanced the rest of the fleet somewhat except 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS on an extreme western course that was only 0,6nm behind the leading 'Vestas' (Mark Towill USA) on rank 2 this morning UTC, neck and neck with 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA). With a 1,6nm backlog, 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) is also part of the leading pack. The remaining teams, among them the overall leader 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) are already 80 and more miles back.
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Friday, January 12, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 11

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 11 The closely packed fleet crossed the Equator direction North during the past night, but the trade winds have not yet turned up. However, the weather maps are predicting fresh Eastwinds by this afternoon UTC to provide for a fast ride to the West direction Hong Kong. Some teams veered East to touch the wind as early as possible. It will be known soon whether this strategy will pay off.
New on the first position this morning UTC was 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP, followed by 'Turn the tide on plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR as 2nd with a 12nm backlog. The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Friday, January 12, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 11. Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 11. Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI The closely packed fleet crossed the Equator direction North during the past night, but the trade winds have not yet turned up. However, the weather maps are predicting fresh Eastwinds by this afternoon UTC to provide for a fast ride to the West direction Hong Kong. Some teams veered East to touch the wind as early as possible. It will be known soon whether this strategy will pay off.
New on the first position this morning UTC was 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP, followed by 'Turn the tide on plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR and Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI as 2nd with a 12nm backlog. The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Thursday, January 11, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 10

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 10 After almost 4 days in the 'furnace' of the Pacific Ocean with temperatures above 40°C and almost no wind, the closely packed fleet has touched the first light trade winds this morning UTC, accelerating for the first time since long on speeds above 10kn. 'Vestas' in the lead was 0,5nm in front of 'AkzoNobel'. 'Dongfeng' on 3rd was 3nm behind.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 9

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 9 The fleet is trailing in the almost windless Doldrums in very hot temperatures above 40°C with still about 24hrs over the Equator to the Northern trade winds, that will relaunch the race. Six teams are sailing closely together within 10nm with 'Turn the tide on Plastic' as leader. Even the backmarker 'Scallywag' is not far away 21nm behind.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 8

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 8 On day two in the Doldrums, the fleet was reshuffled several times in the past 24 hours. This morning UTC, 'Turn the tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR was in the lead as the most westerly boat of the fleet on a more direct course to the port of call. However, she will most probably touch the important northern trade winds after the bulk of the fleet. 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP), the leaders of the past days, dropped on the ranks 5 and 6 for the moment, but their backlog is only a few miles.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 8. Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 8. Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI On day two in the Doldrums, the fleet was reshuffled several times in the past 24 hours. This morning UTC, 'Turn the tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR (and Elodie Jane Mettraux SUI) was in the lead as the most westerly boat of the fleet on a more direct course to the port of call. However, she will most probably touch the important northern trade winds after the bulk of the fleet. 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP), the leaders of the past days, dropped on the ranks 5 and 6 for the moment, but their backlog is only a few miles.
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Monday, January 8, 2018   (Image © Rich Edwards)

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 7

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 7 The innertropical convergence zone - the Doldrums - decelerated the fleet even more yesterday. Passing the Salomon Islands, the only waypoint of the 4th has been reached. In very light winds of max. 5kn and the leading boats sailing at sight, the first four are positioned within 2nm, and the rest of the fleet is about to reduce the backlog more and more. The backmarker 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) was only 41nm behind this morning UTC. 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA) was still on rank 1 but the advantage on 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) was down on 0,5nm. 'Vestas' (Mark Towill USA) on 3rd followed 2nm back. In the coming 48hrs, the light winds will persist and posiition changes have to be expected.
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Sunday, January 7, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 6

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 6 Approaching the innertropical convergence zone, the fleet has come together in the slackening winds. 'Dongfeng' with Franck Cammas FRA is still leading but only 0,5nm ahead of 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED), and 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) on rank 3 is not far behind with a 2,5nm backlog. And so is 'Vestas' (Mark Towill USA) at 4nm from 'Dongfeng'. Position changes have to be expected for the coming days.
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Saturday, January 6, 2018   (Image © Amory Ross)

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 5

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 5 With the breeze down on roughly 12kn, the fleet is heading North with 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA) leading ahead of 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) separated by 5nm only and the rest of the fleet is not far behind. The lull zones ahead in the next two days will stretch the fleet over longer distances.
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Friday, January 5, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 4

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 4 The winds along the Australian Eastcoast have substantially slackened and the fleet is closer together again. 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA with Franck Cammas FRA as tactician replacen the injured Pascal Bidégorry FRA) was still in the lead this morning UTC with a 2nm advantage on 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED. 'Mapfre' of Xavi Fernandex ESP underway with a good VMG is up on rank 3, only 10nm behind the leader.
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Thursday, January 4, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 3

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 3 Rear winds are pushing the fleet North along the Australian Eastcoast at good speeds. 'Dongfeng' (with Charles Caudrelier FRA) in the lead, followed by 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR), are on a more Easterly route taking advantage of a current and distanced the rest of the fleet somewhat. At the Northeastern point of Australia, a tactically difficult light-wind zone will probably spread the fleet considerably. Interesting to follow up on our website anyhow !
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Thursday, January 4, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 3, the Mettraux sisters SUI

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 3, the Mettraux sisters SUI Rear winds are pushing the fleet North along the Australian Eastcoast at good speeds. 'Dongfeng' (with Charles Caudrelier FRA and Justine Mettraux SUI) in the lead, followed by 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR, Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI), are on a more Easterly route taking advantage of a current and distanced the rest of the fleet somewhat. At the Northeastern point of Australia, a tactically difficult light-wind zone will probably spread the fleet considerably. Interesting to follow up on our website anyhow !
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 2

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 2 On day two of the VOR 4th leg, the seven teams have already crossed the Bass Strait and are now sailing North along the Australian East Coast. In speeds above 20kn, 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED has taken the lead ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) 4,7nm behind. 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) on 3rd is 6nm back, but the gaps between all boats are still small.
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Melbourne AUS - Leg 4 - Day 1

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Melbourne AUS - Leg 4 - Day 1 Yesterday, the start to leg 4 of the Ocean Race from Melbourne to Hongkong 6'000nm away was given. Intitially in moderate winds, the fleet is sailing this morning UTC closely together in a 20kn breeze across Port Philipp (the bay of Melbourne). During the afternoon, the open sea will be reached and the boats will veer East direction Bass Strait. With the crossing of the Equator and the variable winds on the Chinese Sea, a tactically difficult leg lies ahead.
'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA is presently leading 0,2nm ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) and 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED.
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Thursday, December 28, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Melbourne AUS - Leg 3 - Final results

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Melbourne AUS - Leg 3 - Final results Yesterday, 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED arrived as 7th and last in Melbourne AUS, port of call of the Ocean Race leg 3. The Dutch team lost much mileage while executing repairs at the damaged mast after a failed gybe manoeuvre. The start to leg 4 will be given on January 2nd direction China, not much time left for the shore teams to control and refit the yachts after the stressy crossing of the Southern Oceans.
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Melbourne AUS - Leg 3- Day 15

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Melbourne AUS - Leg 3- Day 15 Two more teams have reached Melbourne AUS in the meantime. With a 33hrs backlog on the winning 'Mapfre' arrived 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS as 5th and 'Turn the tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR followed 2hrs later on the 6th place. 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED, delayed after the repair of the detatched main sail track, is still underway.
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Melbourne AUS - Leg 3- Day 15 with Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Melbourne AUS - Leg 3- Day 15 with Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI Two more teams have reached Melbourne AUS in the meantime. With a 33hrs backlog on the winning 'Mapfre' arrived 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS as 5th and 'Turn the tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR (and Elodie-Jane Metrraux SUI) followed 2hrs later on the 6th place. 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED, delayed after the repair of the detatched main sail track, is still underway.
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Monday, December 25, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Melbourne AUS - Leg 3 - Day 15 - 'Mapfre' winner of leg 3

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Melbourne AUS - Leg 3 - Day 15 - 'Mapfre' winner of leg 3 As expected, 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP finished first in leg 3 of the Ocean Race after 14 days and 4 hours for the 6'500nm from from Cape Town RSA to Melbourne AUS. With a 4 hours backlog, 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) handicapped with canting keel problems nevertheless saved rank 2 and moved up on the 2nd place overall as well. A mere hour later, 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) arrived in Melbourne as 3rd. 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED followed on the 4th position. The 3 teams left will finish the race in the night on tomorrow. 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS was only 13nm ahead of 'Turn the tide on plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR this morning.
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Sunday, December 24, 2017   (Image © Konrad Frost)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Melbourne AUS - Leg 3 - Day 13 - finish today

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Melbourne AUS - Leg 3 - Day 13 - finish today 125nm were left for 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP this morning, and the Spanish team will arrive this afternoon in Melbourne AUS. 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA who duelled with 'Mapfre' over a very long distance reported technical problems with the canting keel and is now over 100nm behind. The fight for rank 2 has been launched therefore as 'Dongfeng', 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) and 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) are separated by 27nm only.
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Saturday, December 23, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 12

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 12 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP will reach Melbourne AUS as winner of leg 3 during the night on tomorrow Sunday UTC. The attack of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) yesterday in Stealth Mode was not successful and the gap to the leading Spanish team grew on 88nm, hardly to compensate in the final 550nm. The 3rd-ranked 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA went into Stealth Mode yesterday and it will be revealed today, whether the 2nd place 'Dongfeng' will be in danger.
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Friday, December 22, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 12

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 12 With 1'100nm left to Melbourne AUS where the leading duo is expected on the December 24th, 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) remain in a close infight. 'Dongfeng' went into stealth mode and will be invisible for 24hrs. Did they outmanoeuver 'Mapre' ? We shall see during the day. 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA 125nm behind is out of the fight for first in Melbourne.
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Thursday, December 21, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 11

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 11 As from this morning UTC, the fleet will be passing the line of longitude of Cape Leeuwin at the Southwest point of Australia, the second of the three Capes to be rounded on a round-the-world trip. From there on, roughly 1'500nm are left to the port of call Melbourne that will probably be reached on Xmas morning. In the neck and neck race on top of the fleet, 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP extended her lead on 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) slightly on 12nm. Victory of leg 3 will go to either one, as 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA on 3rd is now already 116nm behind.
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 10

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 10 The seven teams progressed well on the South-Indian Ocean yesterday with average speeds above 20kn. During the night on today, 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP has reclaimed the lead but 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA is only 1,5nm back sailing at sight. 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA on rank 3 lost some distance and is now 95nm behind. With a 322nm backlog, 'Turn the tide on plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR is on the 6th position.
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 10, with Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI

The seven teams progressed well on the South-Indian Ocean yesterday with average speeds above 20kn. During the night on today, 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP has reclaimed the lead but 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA is only 1,5nm back sailing at sight. 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA on rank 3 lost some distance and is now 95nm behind. With a 322nm backlog, 'Turn the tide on plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR and a.o. Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI as only Swiss underway is on the 6th position.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017   (Image © Konrad Frost)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 9

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 9 The windy conditions on the South-Indian Ocean still provide for high speeds and the leading duo seems to be somewhat faster as the rest of the fleet. The frontrunners 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) 'Mapfre' (Xabi Fernandez) have been racing practically neck and neck and there was even a port-starboard situation in the middle of nowhere on the 48th parallel South forcing 'Mapfre' to ease their masthead sail and arc up to avoid hitting 'Dongfeng' having taken the lead again with 6nm this morning UTC. On rank 3 with a 70nm backlog follows 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA). 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) reduced her deficit on 20nm.
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Monday, December 18, 2017   (Image © Konrad Frost)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 8

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 8 The seven teams sailing on the South-Indian Ocean face the hardest conditions encountered so far with big swells and winds above 40kn providing for dashing surf-rides. The proximity to the defined Antarctic iceberg exclusion zone forces the teams to gybe almost hourly .... much work in icy temperatures ! In the night on today UTC, 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP has taken the lead, 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA follows only 5nm back. The rest of the fleet has slightly reduced the backlog on the leading duo. 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA on 3rd is now only 29nm behind, and the backmarker 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED), coming back after a repair slowdown, even shortened the deficict by over 100nm during the past 24hrs. Roughly 3'000nm are left to Melbourne AUS.
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Sunday, December 17, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 7

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 7 With the Iceberg Exclusion Zone moved North by VOR Race Management, the fleet is about to pass the Kerguelen Islands northwardly. The positions remained unchanged with 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA leading 6nm ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP). 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) 60nm behind is on rank 3. Far back in the fleet 300nm behind the leader, 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED resumed racing after the successful refix of the detatched track onto the mast.
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Saturday, December 16, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 6

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 6 The 7 boats' fleet is about to approach the Kerguelen Islands in the South Indian Ocean this morning UTC. Drift-ice warnings prompted the Race Director to move the Exclusion Zone border up on roughly the 45th parallel. Fresh winds over 30kn have driven the teams at high speeds, more and more stretched over a longer distance. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA extended her lead on 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) slightly on 11nm. 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA on 3rd is already 65nm behind.
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Friday, December 15, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 5

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 5 On day 5 of leg 3, the fleet was challenged by the typical Roaring-Forty conditions with a 35-50kn wind and a 10 meter swell providing for top speeds but at the same time loading heavily on the boat and equipment. 'AkzoNobel' of Simeon Tienpont NED was forced to lower the main sail after a failed gybe as among other smaller damages, the track came off the mast. The video. A repair seems to be possible, but a major setback in the rankings is inevitable. Still clearly in the lead are the two boats on the extreme South close to the iceberg exclusion zone i.e. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and 5nm behind 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP). 'Vestas' sailing on 3rd is 100nm behind.
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Saturday, December 9, 2017   (Image © Pedro Martinez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Cape Town RSA - InPort Race

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Cape Town RSA - InPort Race The Race goes on with the start to leg 3 tomorrow in Cape Town RSA. As usual, the tune-up was the InPort Race, held in a fresh 20kn wind off Cape Town. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA took the lead in the second upwind and distanced the other 6 boats fiercly fighting for the remaining positions. Coming from behind, 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) finished on rank 2 and defended the interim's lead in the InPort rankings.
The news with the results and the video summary of the InPort Race.
Tomorrow noon, the start to leg 3 from Cape Town East across the Southern Oceans to Melbourne AUS will be given. Here the video presentation of leg 3.
Sunday, November 26, 2017   (Image © Pedro Martinez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race - Leg 2 - Kapstadt RSA - Day 21

 VOR65 - Ocean Race - Leg 2 - Kapstadt RSA - Day 21 With a 30hrs backlog, the backmarker trio with 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED), 'Scallywag' (David Witt) and 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) arrived in Cape Town, port of call of the VOR leg 2, within 30min. The start to leg 3 across the Southern Ocean to Melbourne will be given in two weeks' time.
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Saturday, November 25, 2017   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race - Leg 2 - Kapstadt RSA - Day 20

 VOR65 - Ocean Race - Leg 2 - Kapstadt RSA - Day 20 Yesterday afternoon just before 14h UTC, 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP arrived in Cape Town, port of call of leg 2, after 18 days and 23 hours as first. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) followed 3 hours later as 2nd. 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) finished 4h30min later as 3rd. 'Mapfre' has taken the overall lead one point ahead of 'Vestas'. Just after midnight, 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED crossed the finish line in Cape Town. The remaining three teams that missed the fast train after a failed attack going deeper South have to sail the remaining 270nm across a light-wind zone and will arrive in the night on Sunday only.
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Friday, November 24, 2017   

VOR-65 - Ocean Race - Leg 2 - Final Day

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race - Leg 2 - Final Day Late this afternoon, the Spanish 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP will take the line honours in Cape Town, as the 39nm advantage on the Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA will be sufficient to remain on top in the last 200nm left to the arrival. Only the last miles under the Table Mountain are tactically somewhat complicated. Behind 'Mapfre' follows 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA. The trio behind has lost contact with the rest of the fleet and will arrive with a considerable deficit in Cape Town.
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Thursday, November 23, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 18

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 18 600nm - approx. 2 days - were left to Cape Town this morning for the leading 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP). The moderate Westwinds will probably carry the fleet to the port of call. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA, backlog 25nm, and 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA, 30nm back, can still hope to finish as winner of leg 2. 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED however is probably too far behind with a 64nm deficit.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 18

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 18 The passage of the light-wind zone did not change the positions on top. 'Mapfre' of Xavi Fernandez ESP remained first 20nm ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). Racing for victory in Cape Town with 1'000nm left are also 'Vestas' (27nm behind) and 'Brunel' (38nm). The remaining three teams are 130nm and more back without real chances for a top rank in leg 2.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 17

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 17 There is still a strategic barrier in the way to Cape Town roughly 1'500nm away for the seven teams. The lulls of a far stretched southeasterly arm of the the St-Helena anticyclone have to be crossed with the wind changing from Northwest to Southwest.
The positions of the boats did not change during the past 24h. 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandes ESP is still leading 24nm ahead of 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA). 'Team Brunel' changed into stealth mode yesterday and only this morning, the Dutch's intentions will be revealed.
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Monday, November 20, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 16

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 16 The announced depression reached the seven boats' fleet yesterday and the teams rush at speeds above 20kn with winds from abeam direction Cape Town still 2'000nm away. The strategy of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) seems to be paying, as sailing on the most southern course, the backlog of 50nm yesterday was transformed in a 35nm lead by this morning UTC thanks to fresher winds and a better wind angle. 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED, 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA and 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA are only 15nm apart on the positions 2 to 4. With an 88nm backlog, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) on the last place is not too far away to finish on a top rank in Cape Town.
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Monday, November 20, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 15

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 15 The first three Open 60 reached Bahia BRA yesterday, as we reported. The next to arrive will be Boris Herrmann GER/Thomas Ruyant FRA. For Herrmann, representing Germany together with Isabelle Joschke and Jörg Riechers in the so far French dominated offshore/oceanic racing scene, this is the first important competition on an IMOCA Open 60.
In the Class 40, the leading trio with Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP on first are only 8nm apart. In the southern trade winds, the boat speed exceeds 12kn now.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 13

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 13 The fleet has circumvented the flat St-Helena anticyclone and is now heading East direction Cape Town. 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED on the most eastern course did not loose to much in the somewhat lighter winds and remains on top 28nm ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). With a 50nm backlog follow 'Scallywag'(David Witt AUS), 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) and 'Turn the tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR all sailing neck and neck. 2'500nm are left to the port of call.
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Friday, November 17, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 12

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 12 The seven boat's fleet is split ! 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED and 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR opted for the easterly direct route to Cape Town and are now on the positions 1 and 3. But this is a risky way, as the St-Helena high with increasingly lighter winds is not far away. The rest of the fleet preferred to take the westerly deviation with 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA leading and the backlog on the leader of 39nm will most probably be compensated today.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 11

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 11 The seven VOR teams are now about half-way of the leg 2 distance to Cape Town off the Brazilian coast. The moderate southern trade winds push the boats at high speeds from 15 to 20kn.
The positions this morning have been shaken up as the different courses sailed by the still closely together fleet have a major influence. The formerly leading duo 'Dongfeng' and 'Mapfre' remained in the West, while the backmarkers 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) opted for an easterly course, more direct to Cape Town, and are now in the lead. All depends on the extension of the calmy St-Helena high pressure system, that has been growing in the last hours making the direct way to the port of call less attractive.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 10

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 10 The closely packed fleet is sailing down South at speeds around 17kn along the Brazilian coast. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) is still leading 1,6nm ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP). Even the backmarker 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) with a 57nm backlog has still an option to finish first in Cape Town. The coming 24h are important for the strategy to follow. With the St-Helena anticyclone compressed by a depression vortex in the South, their is an option to head straight for Cape Town, as did François Gabart successfuilly in his record ride two days ago. It might well be, that one or the other teams goes into stealth mode to leave the opponents in doubt about the decision made.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 9

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 9 The fleet has accelerated in the southern trade winds, still lead by 'Dongfeng' with Charle Caudrelier FRA, 5,5nm ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP), and reached the Brazilian coast during the past night. The normally disturbing St-Helena anticyclone is less extended as usual and most probably, the teams will decide to veer East direction Cape Town soon.
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Monday, November 13, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 8

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 8 The seven teams finished the Doldrum passage yesterday without the usual speed differences and contrary to the expectactions, the teams reached the southern trade winds almost at the same moment. The distances between the boats remained small and quite stable. 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) was only 1,5nm behind the leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) this morning. The backmarker 'Scallywag' mit David Witt AUS had a backlog of 58nm. The next obstacle is the St-Helena anticyclone in the middle of the South Atlantic.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 7

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 7 After a race week, the seven teams are approaching the Equator. The innertropical convergence zone slowed the fleet substantially down and the boats are now even closer together. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) was still first this morning 3,4nm ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) and 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA), 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) were only about 10nm behind. Even the backmarker 'Turn the tide on plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR cut the backlog in half on 47nm. Today, the teams will reach the southern trade winds and the fleet will again be stretch over a longer distance.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 6

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 6 With now all boats on practically the same heading, the drag race down South went on yesterday. The leading 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA was the first to touch lighter winds and the six following boats reduced all the backlog on the leader. 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP on 2nd is 5nm back, another half-mile behind is 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA on 3rd. In two days, the fleet will enter the innertropical convergence zone with its unpredictable wind pattern with lulls and thunderstorms that will most probably have a major influence on the positions.
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Friday, November 10, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 5

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 5 Even after 5 race days, the leading teams are practically sailing at sight. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on the first position is only 6,5nm ahead of the 4th-placed 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED). 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) and 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) are on the ranks 2 and 3. As first team, 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) decided yesterday evening to go in 'Stealth Mode', i.e. to remain invisible for opponents and the public during 24 hours. What will the surprise of the backmarker be in the approach to the Doldrums ?
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Thursday, November 9, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 4

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 4 The four leading boats are in a tight group on their way South, constantly changing positions. Yesterday, it was 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA grasping the lead with a clever gybe. This morning, it is 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA reclaiming the first position with a 15nm advantage on 'Vestas' on 2nd. 'Akzo Nobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED follows on rank 3 with an 18nm deficit.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 3

The fast ride of the seven teams direction South continued also on the third day of leg 2. Minor wind shifts and tactical decisions where to veer South or West influence the positions repeatedly.
This morning, 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA was leading 8nm ahead of 'Turn the tide on plastic' with
Dee Caffari GBR. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) followed on rank 3 with a 10nm backlog on 'Vestas'. With six boats within short distances, the positions will change again during the day. Only 'Skallywag' with David Witt AUS almost 100nm behind has lost the contact with the bulk of the fleet for the moment. In about three days, the VOR65s will reach the innertropical convergence zone and major position changes are to expected.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017   (Image © Ugo Fonolla)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Lissabon POR - Leg 2 - Day 2

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Lissabon POR - Leg 2 - Day 2 The fleet continues the fast ride South in moderate trade winds aroud 20kn, a spectacular but also very wet affair ..... see the video. Already now, some strategical moves on how to detour the doldrums seem apparent, that influence the actual positions.
New in the lead is 'Scallywag' of David Witt AUS, last to veer West, but the fleet is still rather compact. 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP follows 11nm behind, 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA is another 5nm back.
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Monday, November 6, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Lissabon POR - Leg 2 - Day 1

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Lissabon POR - Leg 2 - Day 1 The start to the 7'000nm leg 2 of the Ocean Race down South the Atlantic to Cape Town was given in Lisbon yesterday in fresh winds of up to 25kn. Here the video summary of the start. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA took the initial lead of the fleet chasing South in well established winds at high speeds above 20kn. 'Mapfre' fo Xavi Fernandez ESP were the fastest during the night (UTC) building up an advantage of already 20nm on 'Dongfeng'. On rank 3 with a backlog of 36nm follows 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED.
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Sunday, November 5, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Lisbon POR - Leg 2 - Start at 14h UTC

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Lisbon POR - Leg 2 - Start at 14h UTC After the spectacular InPort Race of Friday, the start to leg 2 of the Ocean Race will be given today in Lisbon at 14h UTC, leading over 7'000 nm South over the Equator to Cape Town. Contrary to previous editions, the island Fernando de Noronha, about 170 nm off the coast of Brazil has not to be rounded, allowing now various strategic options to the teams. Will the direct way along the African coast be faster as the longer course along the Brazilian coast ? Anyhow, this leg will have a major impact on the overall classifications, lead by 'Vestas' of Charlie Enright USA.
The official preview.
The event website has promised a livestream coverage of the start. Hoping that the signal will be available this time - did not during the InPort race unfortunately - it will be on as usual on this website.
Friday, November 3, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Lissabon POR - InPort Race

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Lissabon POR - InPort Race Today, the Ocean Race continues with the Lisbon InPort race and considering the announced 10-15 kn wind and the narrow race area, racing will definitely be close and entertaining for the spectators. 'Mapfre' of Xabi Fernández , the winner of the first race in Alicante, is again the favorite in today's competition.
The preview with the team crew lists. On Sunday, the start to the second leg of the VOR will be given, to be followed livestream on this website beginning at 13.50h UTC.
Sunday, October 29, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Lissabon POR - Leg 1 - Day 7 - Victory for Vestas

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Lissabon POR - Leg 1 - Day 7 - Victory for Vestas Light winds and a counter current off Lisbon made the last miles of the first Volvo Ocean Race leg nerve-jangling. The considerable advantage of 'Vestas' of Charlie Enright USA when entering the Tejo mouth melted down to 10 miles at the end. 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP on rank 2 crossed the finish line 2h 30min later, only 15min ahead of 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA as 3rd who came up strongly in the final phase of the race.
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Saturday, October 28, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - Leg 1 - Day 5

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - Leg 1 - Day 5 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA had only 83 nm left to Lisbon this morning and with an advantage of 32 nm on 'Mapfre' of Javi Fernandez ESP, she is on a solid track to win leg 1 of the VOR. The persuer duo - 'Dongfeng' has passed 'AkzoNobel' in the meantime - is over 50 nm back. As planned the seven boats will arrive today Saturday in Lisbon welcomed by a huge crowd.
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Friday, October 27, 2017   (Image © Jeremy Lecodey)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - Leg 1 - Day 5

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - Leg 1 - Day 5 Yesterday, the seven teams rounded Porto Santo Island (Madeira) as well as the virtual waypoint 200 nm North in a somewhat fresher Southeasterly. 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) reduced the distance on the leading 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) on 10 nm, but this morning, their backlog increased again on over 30 nm. During the coming 20 hours, a speed race in reaching winds will drive the fleet rapidly direction Lisbon where a light wind zone in the approach to the port of call will slow down the boats again.
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Thursday, October 26, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - Leg 1 - Day 5

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - Leg 1 - Day 5 The fleet is progressing well in a moderate 15 kn wind direction Porto Santo, a small island off Madeira POR, the most western waypoint on the way to Lisbon. In order to hold the plan for a Saturday arrival, the Race Office has decided to increase the course by 200 miles adding a virtual waypoint North of Porto Santo, before veering East to Lisbon. 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA is still leading 14 nm ahead of 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP and 1 nm back 'AkzoNobel' with Simon Tienpont NED. Another 12 nm behind followed the rest of the fleet.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017   (Image © Martin Keruzore)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - Leg 1 - Day 4

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - Leg 1 - Day 4 On their way West direction Madeira the seven boats have reached an almost windless zone compressing the fleet. But this morning, the most southern yacht, the leading 'Vestas' of Charlie Enright USA, has touched fresher winds as first and is actually twice as fast as the rest of the fleet. The advantage of 18 miles on 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) will definitely grow during the day. On the 3rd place 5 miles behind 'Mapfre' sails 'AkzoNobel' of Simon Tienpont NED 50 miles in front of the other VOR65s.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017   (Image © Ainoha Sanchez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - Leg 1 - Day 2

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - Leg 1 - Day 2 'Vestas' of Charlie Enright USA passed the Gibraltar Strait yesterday with a remarkable 23 nm advantage. Heading for Madeira, the distance to the 2nd-ranked 'Mapfre' was down to 13 nm this morning at press deadline. With this detour, the arrival date in Lissabon should be on the coming weekend to have the best possible spectator attention.
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Monday, October 23, 2017   (Image © Ainoha Sanchez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - Leg 1 - Day 1

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - Leg 1 - Day 1 The start to the Volvo Ocean Race was given yesterday in sun and an up to 20 kn wind and two rounds around the buoys off Alicante with intensive manoeuvres and near-collisions were spectacular for the big crowd watching. Here the video clip with highlights).
The seven teams sailed South on the open Mediterranean Sea closely together direction Gibraltar in a well established breeze. Early this morning, 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA was in the lead 2 nm ahead of 'AkzoNobel' with Simon Tienpont NED, but the fleet was still sailing within 8 nm.
The race tracker and the news.
Sunday, October 22, 2017   

Volvo 65 - Volvo Ocean race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP -Start today

 Volvo 65 - Volvo Ocean race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP -Start today Today is the day for the seven teams as - after the Prologue a week ago and the different tune-ups - the start to the Volvo Ocean Race will be given in Alicante ESP this afternoon at 14h CET, probably in moderate winds around 12 to 15 kn. Leg one leads over 1'500 nm thru the Gibraltar Strait around the Madeira POR island to Lisbon POR. We shall cover the start on this website livestream starting at 13.30h CET with Andy Green GBR as commentator.
After winning most of the preparatory regattas, 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP (and a.o. the 49er Olympic Champions and America's Cup winner Blair Tuke NZL) is the most cited favorite.
Turbulent is the situation for the 'AkzoNobel team. Simon Tienpont NED, fired without notice, will return as skipper by court decision, but at least four four team members declined to sign new contracts: Brad Jackson (the substitute skipper for Tienpont) as well as Jules Salter, veteran VOR racer and AkzoNobel watch captain Joca Signorini (BRA) and Mr Kirby loyal mates to Brad Jackson. Tierpont plans to start this afternoon with only seven crew, using some shore team members who qualify under the Volvo safety and miles@sea rules, and who were previously listed as reserves. In the team is as female member the 49erFX Olympic Champion Martine Grael BRA.
The breaking news in Sailing Illustrated and the report from yesterday's media conference with the seven skippers.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 17/18 - New Skipper for AkzoNobel announced

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 17/18 - New Skipper for AkzoNobel announced Three-time Volvo Ocean Race winner Brad Jackson has been announced as skipper of the Dutch VOR entry team 'AkzoNobel' for the 2017-18 edition of the 83,000-kilometer around the world race, replacing the fired Simeon Tienpont NED. The forty-nine-year-old from Auckland, New Zealand is competing in his seventh Volvo Ocean Race after coaching the Swedish all-women entry Team SCA in the 2014-15 edition. In his earliest round-the-world days, he was a crew member on Pierre Fehlmann's 'Merit Cup', 2nd-ranked in the Whitbread Race 1997/8.
The news
Sunday, October 15, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - In-Port Race Alicante

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - In-Port Race Alicante Moderate winds of up to 8 kn prevailed yesterday at the first In-Port Race of the 2018 Ocean Race in Alicante. Going right on the first upwind was the way to go and 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP booked a start-to-finish victory clearly ahead of 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA and 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA.
The news with results.
Saturday, October 14, 2017   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race - Alicante ESP - first In-Port Race today

 VOR65 - Ocean Race - Alicante ESP - first In-Port Race today The VOR65 Ocean Race begins today in Alicante with the first In-Port Races, to follow on livestream on this website beginning at 13h UTC. In a week's time, the start will be given to the first leg to Lisbon POR.
An eclat happened with team 'AkzoNobel' where the skipper Simon Tienpont NED was fired withoute notice. A new skipper shall be nominate before the start in a week. The news and the event website.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017   (Image © Jen Edney)

VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race - Prolog - Lissabon-Alicante ESP - Day 3

 VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race - Prolog - Lissabon-Alicante ESP - Day 3 Light winds still prevailed on the western Mediterranean Sea yesterday and the 7 Volvo Ocean Race teams advanced tediously only. A front from the West is supposed to fill in today to speed up the race and an arrival late today is still possible. 'Mapre' of Javi Fernandez ESP is still in the lead 7 nm ahead of 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED.
The race tracker, the news of yesterday afternoon and the event website.


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