Within the next 24 hours, God willing, Team SCA will become the first women's crew to round Cape Horn in almost 15 years. Sail-World spoke to 2012 British Olympic representative Annie Lush a few minutes ago. She says they have had snow and plenty of hail in the last 24 hours, and the Chill factor on deck is minus five degrees
Team Alvimedica watch captain, Ryan Houston says the Southern Ocean Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race has had racing as close as you would expect in a Coastal Race. All the top group are within sight of each other, and there have been some close passing maneuvers with the boats sailing at 25-30kts. Includes two on board videos.
by Ben RemockerJuly marks the 20 year anniversary of the ISAF evaluation camp that flung the 49er onto the sailing world. The 49er showed up from down under to take on the likes of the 5o5, the Boss, the laser 5000, and the I14. Instantly the world knew the 49er was a beast to be tamed, and those with ambition have since lined up to try and tame her.
by Nic DouglassNic Douglass - Adventures of a Sailor Girl - did a 'dock walk' with photographer/videographer Jen Edney, before the sailors headed off on leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race following a four day delay. Very interesting atmosphere with no crowds, just the sailors and their focus on the Southern Ocean.
by Dale LorimerWith the start of Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race being postponed due to Cyclone Pam’s predicted course heading straight down the east coast of New Zealand, the In-Port Race was held on schedule in glorious sunshine belying the ominous weather that was forecast to arrive in the following days.
Sail-World.com's NZ Editor Richard Gladwell spoke with Team SCA's Annie Lush (GBR) and Sally Barkow (USA) in the Volvo Ocean Race Village at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. This long, unedited interview traversed a lot of ground from the start of the program to the end of Leg 4. Both wear prescription Kaenons, which they describe as a 'life-changing experience' as well as providing eye-protection.
Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad is passionate about this event, late Friday afternoon he provided this up date on on the situation with the impending arrival of Cyclone Pam, the options, and consequences of a later start. Having got that out of the way, he then covered a lot more on the Volvo Ocean Race
New Zealand Round the World sailor, Stu Bannatyne has been bought into the crew of Team Alvimedica for Leg 5 through the Southern Ocean.He talks about his involvement with the team; Issues in the Southern Ocean; The Volvo 70 compared to the Volvo 65; How hard boats can be pushed in the Southern Ocean; and Comparisons between the earlier boats and round the world races in which he has competed
Oxley discusses the closeness of racing on Leg 4; Whether there is an over-use of AIS as a tactical tool in the race; How reliable is course routing; How he thinks Cyclone Pam will work over the race and the conditions expected; and his thoughts on Navigation training and the best way to lift your competency
Veteran Round the World sailor, Rob Salthouse addressed a large group at the North Sails Auckland Loft, on the new Volvo65 one design used for the Volvo Ocean Race. He outlined the differences between the VO70 and the new VO65 one design, which features a canting keep pin angled at 6 degrees which creates an interesting ride when surfing
The egalitarian approach to the new Volvo Ocean Race has extended to more than just the adoption of a one design by Farr Yacht Design, and construction by a consortium of builders. The between leg servicing is now run a by a Shore Team headed by Australian Nick Bice, a two race veteran of the 40,000nm around the world classic. Bice runs the Volvo Ocean Race’s equivalent of Pit-Lane.
In the new Volvo Ocean Race, no boat has won more than one In Port race, further underlining the evenness of the one design Volvo 65. The margins are contracting too, with the now-six boat fleet finishing inside six hours at the end of Leg 4 - 5200nm of intense racing. At the skippers media conference following Leg 4, two factors were identified – the one design and AIS
Ryan Houston is a watch captain aboard Team Alvimedica. He sailed in two previous editions of the Volvo Ocean Race – in 2008-09 aboard Delta Lloyd and 2011-12 on the incident plagued Volvo 70, Sanya. With the switch to the one design, ruggedly constructed Volvo 65 for this race many of the issues that bedevilled the competitors and organisers in the previous races appear to have been resolved.
The Volvo Ocean Race and its forerunner, the Whitbread Round the World Race, used to be dominated by Kiwi crews. In the current edition, there are just three New Zealanders competing. Two of those are on Team Alvimedica, the US and Turkish flagged entry.
Sail-World’s NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell spoke with David Swete one of three New Zealand crew in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race Swete was reporting in from Team Alvimedica the US and Turkish flagged entry, currently lying in fourth place on leg 4 of the race from Sanya China to Auckand.
Emirates Team New Zealand has pushed the start button on their campaign for the 35th America's Cup, with a budget that has been reduced by an estimated 20% from the San Francisco campaign. The decision to relocate the Venue for the Match to the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda has resulted in reduced attractiveness to sponsors, which in turn has led to cuts in the program
Kaenon's Steve Rosenberg talks with Team SCA crew members Sally Barkow and Annie Lush before the start of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Both are former Olympic match racers, who have switched to ocean racing. Both are wearing the new prescription Kaenon sunglasses in the 40,000nm race around the world.