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Volvo Ocean Race: 5 November 2011

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012: Legends Race 2 held in 10 to 20 knots of wind.  Rick Tomlinson ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's Volvo Ocean Race Newsletter for 5 November 2011

This is the second of two Volvo Ocean Race newsletters to be sent ahead of the start of the Volvo Ocean Race which gets underway from Alicante, Spain on 5 November at 2.00pm UTC.

The Sail-World VOR newsletter is one of a series of newsletters which will be sent over the coming 12 months, covering the Volvo Ocean Race, the 2011 ISAF World Sailing Championships, and the 2012 Olympic Regatta. We're not quite sure of the total newsletter count that will be sent but expect it to be now over 6.5million across the three publications.

In this edition, sent to 115,000 subscribers, we cover the Volvo Legends Regatta and Reunion in Alicante, staged ahead of the start of the Volvo Ocean Race. As well we feature some material from the Sail-World Archives.

Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta: Steinlager 2.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

One of these is Ceramco's dismasting on the first leg of the then Whitbread Round the World, which was one of the defining moments in New Zealand's yachting history, as she sailed over 3,000nm under Jury rig to finish the leg and continue in the race. The incident came to characterise the character of the Round the World races.

These stories from the Sail-World archives capture the moment of the dismasting with photos from on board, and audio kindly provided by Peter Montgomery from the time the mast came down to the arrival in Cape Town and the infamous Garden Party.

We also have a couple of stories on why people do these races. One remembers those who started the race, and died. Another from a three times Round the World sailor, and his experiences spanning three decades and looks at the differences from the first races abroad Steinlager 2, to the upcoming fourth race aboard a Volvo 70.

1973-74 Whitbread Round the World Race winning skipper of Sayula II, Ramon Carlin from Mexico and Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad.  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

In compiling this edition, we became very aware that the boats as well as the sailors are the characters of the race. While boats can't talk, we hope the character of both shine through in the interviews and video we feature in this newsletter. These go right back to the first race winner, Ramon Carlin (Mexico), who was back in Alicante at the age of 85 years old to meet his old crew.

The Garden Party, which was held at Cape Town to celebrate the arrival of the dismasted Ceramco  Ceramco NZ

There's also plenty of image galleries both from the sailing, and the reunion events ashore - hopefully you can recognise many of the characters of the races, you've followed in the past.

For your permanent record of the Round the World race history, make sure you get your copy of Sailing Legends, the story of the world's greatest ocean race, written by Bob Fisher and Barry Pickthall. Click here to secure your copy of this limited edition book. There's a preview which can also be viewed online.

Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta: L'Esprit d'Equipe.   Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race

At 2.00pm UTC the 2011/12 edition of the Volvo Ocean race will get underway from Alicante, Spain. In a break with the theme of this Legends newsletter, we have a story which contains the viewer which will allow you to follow the start live, via the interweb.

The forecast is for a rough trip on the initial stages, and it looks like the fleet will have a dust-up before turning left and heading for Cape Town.

Acclaimed writers and journalists Barry Pickthall and Bob Fisher sign copies of the Sailing Legends book  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

The third edition of sail-World's Volvo Ocean Race newsletter will be published a day or so after the start of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, and will cover the start and opening stanzas of the first leg.

Thereafter we will be publishing weekly, while there is racing underway. For the latest updates stay tuned to www.sail-world.com

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Editor@Large

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Volvo Legends: 25 years on, L'Esprit d'Equipe triumphs again
Sail-World,
The Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion came to a thrilling conclusion today with 1985-86 winner L'Esprit d'Equipe edging out Telefónica Black by just 21 seconds to clinch victory in a pursuit race featuring 16 boats from the first 10 editions of the round the world race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: See the start live on Sail-World + Preview Video
Sail-World,
The Volvo Ocean Race starts on 5 November from Alicante Spain. The six teams are now making the final preparations before they set off from Alicante bound for Cape Town, South Africa, the first of nine offshore legs. Leg one starts at 1300 UTC (1400 local time) on November 5 and is expected to take around 21 days to complete.... [more]
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A skipper's greatest fear - not getting everyone home
Volvo Ocean Race,

What keeps sailors coming back to a race that offers no prize money for winning, nothing but hardship when it comes to life on board and an ever-present risk of physical harm? 'It's long, it's cold, it's hot, it's no wind, it's too much wind, you're always wet, the food is horrible, there's not enough of it -- it just wears you out'
... [more]
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Legends Regatta: Images of a Reunion of Crews and People - 2
Ian Roman,
The Volvo Legends Regatta was also the occasion for the Reunion of people involved in the Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Races, along with many of the great yachts that have made the event. In this second image gallery we present some images from the Reunion Dinner and other functions whether they were competitors, media or organisers... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends image gallery
Rick Tomlinson,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends - Photographer Rick Tomlinson shares with us images of race 1, race 2, and the race village in Alicante.... [more]
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Legends Regatta: Images of a Reunion of Crews and People - 1
Ian Roman,
The Volvo Legends Regatta was also the occasion for the Reunion of people involved in the Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Races, along with many of the great yachts that have made the event. In this image gallery we present some images from the Reunion Dinner whether they were competitors, media or organisers... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: From Steinlager 2 to Camper
Peter Montgomery,
Tony Rae is interviewed by top international yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery and looks at the differences between his first race on the Peter Blake skippered Steinlager 2, which won all six legs of the 1989/90 Whitbread Race, and the current day Volvo 70's of which he has clocked up 10,000 sea miles aboard Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ.... [more]
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Legends Regatta: Original Whitbread race winner returns to the Volvo
Volvo Ocean Race,
Even after 38 years, the lure of the Legends reunion was too much to resist for the inaugural race winner, 85-year old Ramón Carlin, who made the trip from Mexico to be a part of this unique gathering. 'It is wonderful to be in Alicante and to see how far this race has come since we first set out on our round the world adventure all those years ago. To have the chance to see the new and old boa... [more]
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Images of the RTW Legends: Spanning the Years
Ian Roman,
Images from Alicante, by top international photographer, Ian Roman, of some of the fleet sailing and dockside at the Volvo Ocean Race Legends regatta showing how the race and boats have changed over the period of the Whitbread Round the World race and latterly Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Blake's Clean Sweep - Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
The story of Steinlager 2 and her skipper, Peter Blake's six leg win in the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race, is one of the legends of the classic round the world race. This video captures some of the key points of the now legendary struggle between Steinlager 2 and her New Zealand rival Fisher and Paykel, skippered by Grant Dalton.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Sailing Legends launches in Alicante
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Sailing Legends, the story of the world's greatest ocean race, written by Bob Fisher and Barry Pickthall launched today in Alicante and is available for purchase for €50 / £40. The Volvo Ocean Race – and its predecessor, the Whitbread Round the World Race spans 40 years, 10 races and more than 300,000 miles across the most inhospitable seas.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta - Lack of wind forces abandonment
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta has had the first race abandoned after a near complete absence of wind that had the fleet adrift for two and a half hours. Conditions were already very light when the sixteen boat fleet, which includes boats from the first ten round the world races, assembled at the start area off Postiguet Beach at 1300 local time.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Inaugural Legends winner returns
Volvo Ocean Race,
The lure of the Volvo Ocean Race Legends reunion was too much to resist after thirty-eight years for the 85-year old inaugural winner Ramon Carlin who journeyed from Mexico to be a part of the unique gathering. 'It is wonderful to be in Alicante and to see how far this race has come since we first set out on our round the world adventure all those years ago...'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Dalton reunites with aviators after 21 years
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race competitor and sailing great Grant Dalton has finally been reunited with a long-lost key piece of his equipment – his beloved aviator sunglasses. The reunion comes after a 21 year separation and amid his emotional return on board his old boat Fisher and Paykel.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Bekking is back!
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race has witnessed the return of a legend in Alicante with the arrival of Holland's Bouwe Bekking who is a veteran of five round the world races and most recently as the skipper of the third placed Telefonica in the previous race. Bekking said he was already enjoying his time at the Legends, despite having only just arrived.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta - Tracy Edwards MBE named Ambassador
Lizzie Ward,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion - Tracy Edwards, the first woman to lead an all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race 1989-90, has been named an Ambassador. Edwards and her crew of Maiden won two of the six legs in their class including the spectacular route through the notorious Southern Ocean from Punta del Este to Fremantle... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta 2011 latest entry Traité de Rome
Lizzie Ward,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion 2011 latest entry is two-time Whitbread yacht, Traité de Rome. Originally built in 1975 as an Admiral's Cup yacht for German industrialist Willie Illbruck the 51' Traité de Rome is one of the smaller yachts taking part in the Legends event.... [more]
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The Ceramco Files: 'We've somewhat slowed down'
Peter Montgomery,
Ceramco New Zealand skipper Peter Blake makes the first call back to Peter Montgomery, telling New Zealand what happened just after 1230pm about 100 miles north of Ascension Island on September 21.... [more]
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The Ceramco Files: No use calling home for Mum
Peter Montgomery, Alan Sefton and Sail-World,
I dashed up on deck. What a mess. The whole top half of the mast was over the side but still attached by internal halyards and wiring systems, plus the mainsail and jib and the headstay. Another section, probably 2Oft long, was bent over and dangling down to the gunwhale. We were left with a l6ft stump still in place.... [more]
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The Ceramco Files: The Crew's Views
Peter Montgomery, Alan Sefton and Sail-World,
I think the euphoria has got to the Doc. The log last night read: ‘Dr Trevor Agnew just saw a racehorse run across a paddock. I think all those pills are getting to him.' The writing was Simon's. Someone else added: ‘I'm surprised you think.' The humour is back.... [more]
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The Ceramco Files: 'Cape Town at Last'
Peter Montgomery, Alan Sefton and Sail-World,
Eleven days after the mast broke. Peter Blake reports: 'This is more like it. For most of the night we were doing between 9 and 12 knots, rocketing along under the red and white ‘Sooty Sail', storm jib (as staysail), four-reefed main and trisail (as mizzen staysail).'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends latest ambassador is Skip Novak
Volvo Ocean Race Legends,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion latest Ambassador is the American skipper of Drum, raced by British rock star, Simon Le Bon (Whitbread 1985-86). Novak has completed The Whitbread (forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race) race four times, finishing second as navigator with King's Legend at the age of 25 in 1977-78.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta entry from French yachting dynasty
Volvo Ocean Race Legends,
The extraordinary story of the French Viant family, whose name is engraved with salty letters in the history of the first three Whitbread races, has taken a new turn as the ‘clan' charters Gauloises III (1981-82) to enter the Legends regatta in November this year.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Blake's Steinlager 2 enters the Volvo OR Legends
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
One of the most important and famous boats of all time, the Farr-designed maxi-ketch Steinlager 2, which, with legendary Kiwi skipper Sir Peter Blake in charge, won all six legs of the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race (the forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race) will be in Alicante later this year to race in the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends has new Ambassador
Volvo Ocean Race,
Six-time race veteran, Magnus Olsson has accepted an invitation to become an Ambassador to the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion, to be held in Alicante 1-5 November this year... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta - Jourdan ready to race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta - Refitted and ready to go, the immaculate Charles Jourdan is heading to Alicante this November to race against others in the Volvo Ocean Race Legends, the first official regatta and reunion.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends - Former Olympian enters Norwegian boat
Volvo Ocean Race Legends,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends - Flying the Norwegian flag, the Norway Round the World project, headed by former Olympic sailor Peder Lunde, jr, will sail the veteran Swan 57, Berge Viking, to Alicante in November this year.... [more]
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Sir Chay Blyth Supports Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta
Volvo Ocean Race Legends,
Sir Chay Blyth, CBE, BEM, takes his place as Ambassador to the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta next to Lady Pippa Blake who has already confirmed her support for this, the first ever official reunion and regatta. Sir Chay is the second Ambassador to be appointed to event, which takes place on 1-5 November in Alicante later this year.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta will see Rothmans back in action
Lizzie Ward,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta - Rothmans, skippered by Britain's Lawrie Smith in The Whitbread Round the World Race1989-90 (the forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race), will sail from Sweden to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race Legends regatta and reunion.... [more]
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1973 Whitbread racer to join Volvo Legends - Copernicus confirms entry
Volvo Ocean Race,
Polish yacht Copernicus, the smallest yacht to complete the very first Whitbread Round the World Race (the forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race) in 1973-74 will join Great Britain II/Whitbread Heritage on the start line of the Volvo Ocean Race Legends, the first official reunion and regatta to be held in Alicante next year and celebrating the first 10 races held over 37 years.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Great Britain II enters Legends Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The 77' maxi, Great Britain II, the only yacht ever to take part in five consecutive Whitbread Round the World Races (the forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race), is to race once again. She will be on the start line with a host of other legendary boats, competing at next year's Volvo Ocean Race Legends reunion and regatta in Alicante, Spain.... [more]
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