sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race - Five cradles for Christmas

Volvo Ocean Race - Five cradles for Christmas

'Secret location 'A ' some where in the Indian Ocean - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12'    Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

In the Volvo Ocean Race, recent events have been slated as enough to warm the cockles of the heart of old Ebenezer Scrooge himself and though they may be the fiercest of rivals on the water, off it the teams showed the true festive spirit of team spirit and harmonious understanding on Christmas Eve.

Working from 0900 to around 1300, the shore crews toiled under the sun to prepare five cradles ready to transport the remaining boats in Leg 2 from the race’s safe haven port in a few days’ time. In turn, all five teams worked on each boat’s cradle before moving on to the next.

Secret location 'A ' some where in the Indian Ocean - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©?nid=92208  
The cradles will be used to hold the 15-tonne Volvo Open 70 boats while they are shipped from the secret safe location in the Indian Ocean to a setdown point on the Northern Emirates coast. From there, they will race the final miles into Abu Dhabi early in the New Year.

'The teams all know they’re in this together,' said Race Director Jack Lloyd who oversaw some of the labours on Saturday.

'Not one of them can survive by themselves on this stage of the race but they’re working together really well to prepare things for the boats’ arrival.'

As the race’s five remaining boats in Leg 2 toil for the smallest advantage in the Indian Ocean, the only competition in the safe haven port between their shore teams is against time and the logistical headache of safely hoisting the craft on to the ship. 'Nobody has ever loaded a Volvo Open 70 with their rigging and mast in on to a ship before,' Lloyd continued.

'There’s potential for massive problems. A big wave or strong breeze could rock the boats as they are put on to the ship. They could be damaged in a heartbeat.'

'It’s quite some challenge.' Lloyd and his team also inspected the exact location of the finishing point for the first part of the Cape Town to Abu Dhabi leg which is being kept secret to lessen the risk of a piracy attack. They then checked out a huge barge which will be used to hold the cradles and boats before they are moved on to the ship.

Secret location 'A ' some where in the Indian Ocean - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©?nid=92208  

Both won Lloyd’s thumbs up as well as a representative of DHL, the Volvo Ocean Race’s transportation partners. Now Lloyd is praying for a Christmas gift of strong enough winds to keep the boats racing strongly into the stop-off point but not so powerful as to make loading too hazardous.

Volvo Ocean Race website




by Volvo Ocean Race

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=92208

9:04 PM Sat 24 Dec 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race

Related News Stories:

21 Aug 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Official Video of latest edtion
21 Aug 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: All-Women crew announced for the 2014-15 edition
31 Jul 2012  B&G helps Volvo Ocean Race winner to victory
18 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: And when the race is over.... + Video
18 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Calling up the Reinforcements
16 Jul 2012  The most successful Volvo Ocean Race yet
16 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Sanderson wants to go again
16 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Reluctant hero Marsh takes seamanship honour
16 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean race: How the closest ever race was won
10 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Perfection never enough for Franck Cammas
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World





Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,












Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,














Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT