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2017-18 Volvo Ocean Route — Longest & Toughest Yet

The route for the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race has been announced and it is the longest and toughest of the competition’s 43 year history. The race around the world will begin in Alicante, Spain in November of next year and end eight … Continue reading

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12,000 Visitors to STV Oliver Hazard Perry in Newport

From May 9th through 13th, Oliver Hazard Perry, the largest civilian Sailing School Vessel in the US, was host to 12,000 visitors during the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Newport, RI.  The contrast between the new tall ship and the … Continue reading

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Team Vestas Wind on Cargados Carajos Shoals — Chartplotter Assisted Grounding

How did a crew of highly skilled professionals, sailing the $6 million Team Vestas Wind in the current Volvo Ocean Race, succeed in hitting the Cargados Carajos shoals, in the Indian Ocean off Mauritius at 16 knots on the night … Continue reading

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Team Vestas Wind Returning to the Volvo Ocean Race

While they have no chance of winning, Team Vestas Wind will be returning to the Volvo Ocean Race. The team, sailing a Volvo Ocean 65, suffered a major grounding on the Cargados Carajos archipelago 430 km to the northeast of Mauritius in … Continue reading

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Recovery of the Volvo Ocean Racer Vestas Wind

In the end of November, the Team Vestas Wind, racing in the Volvo Ocean Race, ran aground on a reef in the remote Cargados Carajos archipelago about 430 km to the northeast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.  There were no injuries and the crew … Continue reading

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Team Vesta Wind Runs Aground on Mauritius Reef in Volvo Ocean Race

On Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, the Team Vesta Wind boat ran aground Saturday on a reef in the Cargados Carajos archipelago about 430 km to the northeast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. There are no reported injuries and the nine … Continue reading

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“No Ordinary Women” — Reality TV and the Hyping of the Volvo Ocean Race

A few days ago, a trailer was posted on the internet for a four part documentary television series called, “No Ordinary Women.”   The voice over for the trailer begins, “‘No Ordinary Women’ is the story about eleven women ready … Continue reading

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Magnus Olsson, Ocean Racing Legend, 1949 – 2013

Sad news, reported by The Daily Sail: Much loved Swede Magnus Olsson, 64, one of the greatest sportsmen in the world of sailing and one of the coaches and mentors for the Volvo Ocean Race’s Team SCA, has passed away … Continue reading

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Racing of the Dhows in Abu Dhabi & the Volvo Ocean Racers

The Volvo Ocean Race is off on the third leg from the Maldives to Sanya, China.  The Volvo fleet was again transported from Abu Dhabi by ship to avoid potential attacks by pirates.  During the fleet stop over in Abu Dhabi, a number of the Volvo sailors were … Continue reading

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To Avoid Pirates, Volvo Ocean Fleet Traveling by Ship from Undisclosed Port

On the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, half the fleet traveled to Cape Town on the deck of cargo ships following rigging or hull failures. Now in the second leg of the race, the entire fleet was loaded … Continue reading

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More Volvo Ocean Race Boat Failures – Team Sanya Sails for Madagascar

The Volvo Ocean Race is a big money around the world race, with corporate or state sponsored teams, racing with professional crews on Open 70 sailboats. With that much money, expertise and hardware, what could go wrong? Quite a lot … Continue reading

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Laura Dekker & the Volvo Ocean Racers

I was struck by the juxtaposition.  Laura Dekker, the Dutch 16 year old who is sailing around the world alone, arrived in Cape Town at roughly the same times as the mega-racers of the Volvo Ocean Race.  Well, she arrived … Continue reading

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Volvo Open 70s – Too Fast & Too Furious?

The Volvo Ocean 70 is the latest and greatest ocean racer.  With their carbon fiber hulls, towering rigs and canting keels, they sail faster than the wind and as a class are the fastest monohulls ever built. Based on the … Continue reading

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Puma Yacht Mar Mostro Dismasted, Half of Volvo Fleet Out of Race

Havoc continues in the Volvo Ocean Race, an around-the-world race which bills itself as ” the world’s toughest sailing event.”  Three of the six boats to attempt the first leg of the race have withdrawn.  Two of the six boat fleet withdrew from … Continue reading

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Volvo Ocean Race Off to Rough Start – Two of Six Boats Damaged in First 24 Hours

The six boats competing in the Volvo Ocean Race departed from Alicante, Spain yesterday and were immediately battered by rough seas and high winds while still in the Mediterranean.  The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing‘s Azzam lost her mast only six hours and 85 nautical … Continue reading

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