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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.
The race viewer, the news and the video of the start.
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.
The news.
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.
The news, the video summary and the event website.
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.
The route and the news.
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.
The news.
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.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
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.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
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.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
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.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
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.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
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.
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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.
The race viewer and the news.
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.
The race tracker with the rankings and the news.
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.
The news with results and the video summary of leg 1.
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.
The race tracker constantly updated and the latest news.
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.
The race tracker and the daily news.
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.
The race tracker and the daily news.
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.
The race tracker and the news.
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.
The race tracker , the onboard videos of the teams and the official reports. Next report at 9h CET.
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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