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Rolex Sailor of the Year: Spithill, Grael and Kuntze win By ISAF, Palma de Mallorca, Spain , 9:05 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
ISAF and Rolex are delighted to announce that the winners of the 2014 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are: Male: James Spithill (AUS) and Female: Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA) ...

Route du Rhum - Ambiance 'machine à laver' By François Quiviger, , 7:58 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
Cela fait maintenant presque 48 heures qu’Erwan Le Roux et les autres solitaires engagés dans la 10e édition de la Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe ont quitté Saint-Malo, et presque autant de temps qu’ils se font malmener par des conditions météorologiques difficiles qui mettent à rude épreuve à la fois les organismes et les machines. ...

Route du Rhum - Dans des mondes différents By Marie Le Berrigaud - Perochon, , 7:38 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
Entre les leaders bientôt à Madère et les lanternes rouges, toujours en Manche, la flotte s’étire sur 900 milles. Les 75 concurrents de la Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe ne naviguent plus dans le même système météo. Toujours emmenés par le Maxi Banque Populaire VII, les Ultimes vont commencer à glisser sur la bordure sud-est de l’anticyclone des Açores. ...

Route du Rhum - Spindrift 2 lying in second position By Spindrift Racing, , 6:59 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
The sailors are setting an astonishing early pace in the Route du Rhum. With weather conditions described as 'atrocious' up until this morning, the adrenaline is pumping at full speed. The fleet is visibly affected as a result, and a number of boats have already dropped out or are making technical stops. ...

IKA 2014 AGM Meeting Results : RAM foils survive! By Erik Simonson, , 6:22 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
The IKA General Meeting in Palma has ended, and the results of the voting are in. The big issue this year was a contentious debate on whether RAM kites should be allowed in competition as a small contingent found them to be dangerous and an expensive addition to an already expensive quiver to remain competitive. ...

Route du Rhum - Damage toll rises as fleet pushes on By Marie Le Berrigaud - Perochon, , 6:11 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
A helicopter rescue after a boat was struck by lightning is added to the toll of damage on La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe this Tuesday afternoon, but in general the 3,542 mile race to Guadeloupe has settled in to a more usual normality as weather and sea conditions eased slightly. ...

24 horas para a chegada: ADOR mantém a ponta da primeira etapa da VOR By Volvo Ocean Race, , 5:27 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
As próximas 24 horas serão agitadas para as tripulações que disputam a Volvo Ocean Race. O tempo estimado de chegada a Cidade do Cabo indica que o Abu Dhabi, por enquanto líder da primeira etapa, deve cruzar a linha de chegada no porto sul-africano no início da noite desta quarta-feira (5). ...

Volvo Ocean Race - A 800 millas de Ciudad Del Cabo By Francisco Vignale, , 4:54 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
El equipo español ha superado una noche mental y físicamente dura debido a la falta absoluta de viento y el frío del Océano Sur. Afortunadamente Eolo ha vuelto a su camino y la tripulación continúa en la sexta plaza a 837 millas de la línea de llegada de esta primera etapa de la Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015. Se espera que el líder, 'Abu Dhabi', la cruce mañana. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel is sailing their own race By Stefan Coppers, Team Brunel, , 4:36 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
While Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Dongfeng Race Team are battling for the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Brunel is sailing their own race. 'We are still sailing in third place but we pushing hard to grab an opportunity to improve on that,' says Gerd-Jan Poortman. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - It’s not over until the fat lady sings By Yann Riou, , 4:20 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
Yann Riou reports on Dongfeng Race Team's progress in the Volvo Ocean Race. It would appear that after last night’s gybe, the window of opportunity to overtake Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has passed in strategy terms, as they’re straight lining it to the finish. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Day 24 on board Team SCA By Corinna Halloran, , 4:05 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Corinna Halloran reports on day 24 for Team SCA. There are essential elements to living comfortably on board Team SCA: gas for the kettle, a pot for cooking the food, fresh water, and a working toilet (aka head). ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Pas le temps de dormir By Volvo Ocean Race, , 3:45 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
Les 24 prochaines heures pourraient bien être les plus longues dans la vie du Britannique Ian Walker. Le skipper d’Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing et son équipage ont mené la flotte sur une grande partie du parcours de 6 847 milles entre Alicante et Cape Town. ...

Route du Rhum: Olmix touché par la foudre. Pierre Antoine sain et sauf By Marie Le Berrigaud - Perochon, , 2:55 PM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
A 10h30 ce mardi matin, Pierre Antoine a contacté le CROSS qui s’est immédiatement mis en relation avec la direction de course de la Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, pour annoncer que le skipper d’Olmix connaissait une importante avarie. La foudre a en effet touché la coque centrale occasionnant une voie d’eau à bord du trimaran. ...

Route du Rhum – Day 2: Sidney hits 34 knots with Musandam-Oman Sail By Oman Sail, , 11:48 AM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
Sidney Gavignet, French skipper of Musandam-Oman Sail, the Sultanate of Oman’s 70ft flagship campaign supported by the Ministry of Tourism is currently lying off the centre of Portugal doing 25-30 knots of boat speed in 25 knots of wind from the North West. ...

ISAF Annual Conference 2014 - 4 November summary By ISAF, , 10:11 AM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
It has been another busy day at the 2014 ISAF Annual Conference in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Today's agenda saw the meetings of the Equipment Control and Special Regulations Sub-committees, World Youth Sailing Trust, Constitution Committee, IFDS AGM and the Race Officials Committee. ...

2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race on J/122 Artie - How we won! By Christian Ripard, Gzira , 9:10 AM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race - This was my fifth RMSR on the J 122 ‘Artie ’ and eighth together as co skipper with Lee. It also is my fourth Overall Win with a J Boat 1996 J 105 BIGFOOT – 2001 J125 Strait Dealer – 2011 J122 Artie and 2014 J122 Artie again. ...

Route du Rhum 2014 - Une nuit plus tranquille By Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, , 9:08 AM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
Route du Rhum 2014 - Une nuit plus tranquille. ...

2014 - 15 Volvo Ocean Race - The Mettraux sisters By Agathe Armand, , 4:27 AM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
2014 - 15 Volvo Ocean Race - Sitting inside Team SCA’s base in Cape Town, the rain pouring outside, shore crew busily running around preparing for the girls’ arrival this week, she smiles as she sees her sister Justine caught on camera. ...

2014 - 15 Volvo Ocean Race - Damage on Dongfeng By Jonno Turner, , 4:01 AM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
2014 - 15 Volvo Ocean Race - The padeye is a small but strong, stainless steel hardware fitting that holds huge loads from the Masthead Gennaker sail – and as gallons of salt water rushed into the cockpit, the team had to move quickly to get it under control. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Onboard - latest video, images and reports - Day 22 By Richard Gladwell, , 3:22 AM Tue 4 Nov 2014 GMT
The On Board Reporters write, shoot and video about their experiences and view from Leg 1, Day 22 of the Volvo Ocean race as the boats get their second dose of the Roaring Forties. Fast times and and a damaged broken boat. first see this video discussion between former Puma skipper in the last two Volvo Ocean Races, Ken Read, and one of his former competitors, Ian Walker, of Abu Dhabi OR ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Contando los días para la llegada By Francisco Vignale, Mapfre OBR, , 10:41 PM Mon 3 Nov 2014 GMT
'Olas sobre cubierta, spray constante, manos curtidas por el agua, ropa húmeda, caras cansadas y frío' es lo que se vive a bordo del barco español 'MAPFRE' en el vigésimo tercer día de competición de la primera etapa de la Volvo Ocean Race. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Carlin's rundown on Team Vestas Wind By Brian Carlin, Team Vestas Wind, , 10:29 PM Mon 3 Nov 2014 GMT
I think today I’ll keep this short because it’s very, very difficult to write at 32 knts. So here’s the run down for Team Vestas Wind in the Volvo Ocean Race in order of what fans we have out there: Firstly you hardcore sailing buffs: This is the Volvo Ocean Race and I see now why they take a good break between races. Conditions like today’s both break you and make you. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel ducking Southern Ocean waves By Stefan Coppers, Team Brunel, , 10:23 PM Mon 3 Nov 2014 GMT
It’s quarter to eight somewhere in the Southern Ocean, slightly more than 1,000 nautical miles from Cape Town in the Volvo Ocean Race. In a quarter of an hour, Gerd-Jan 'Johnny' Poortman will start his shift on deck, which is completely awash. Icy water is streaming through the cockpit. The men who are still on shift and will shortly disappear below are wearing fireman’s helmets on deck. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: One more night on Leg 1 - close finish predicted *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 10:17 PM Mon 3 Nov 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race has just a day and one night left before the finish on Cape Town. On the basis of projected times from Predictwind, four boats are calculated to finish in the space of an hour, however they are subject to differing wind conditions and the outcome will be in doubt right to the finish. ...

Volvo Ocean Race - Southern Ocean fever for Team SCA By Corinna Halloran, , 10:05 PM Mon 3 Nov 2014 GMT
Team SCA is enjoying the fast and relentless conditions of the Southern Ocean in the Volvo Ocean Race. Much like the anticipation for the arrival of the first big snowfall, for weeks we have been 'patiently' waiting to arrive to the Southern Ocean—to sail in the fast, heavy conditions with the Albatross. ...

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