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Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet charges the door of the Doldrums Casino
By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, ,
9:44 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race has lifted intensity again on Day 9 with the fleet spread across 100nm of ocean and charging in a line for the turning point of Fernando de Noronha, 220nm off the Brazilian coast.
Volvo Ocean Race: Navigators throw away the routing textbook
By Anderson Reggio, Team Alvimedica, ,
6:47 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
The first eight days of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race have been filled with more excitement and tighter racing than anyone could have anticipated. Up until Saturday morning, Leg One has left the fleet with few tactical options and therefore has kept everyone tightly packed as one unit of seven boats.
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Light winds on day 3
By Chris Yates, ,
8:05 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
As expected the third day of the 2014 La Torche PWA Grand Slam proved to be a quiet affair with very light winds throughout the day. After a chilly and overcast start, the sun eventually broke through to produce another beautiful afternoon in La Torche.
Volvo Ocean Race - The Doldrums, a navigational nightmare + Video
By Jonno Turner, ,
6:14 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. The sun’s out. It’s warm – not too hot, but warm enough for just a tee shirt. Ian Walker is stood at the helm of his Emirati boat, generous Atlantic trade winds whistling past his ears. 'We’re going straight through,' he claims, confidently. 'What Doldrums? - they’re going to say. Azzam isn’t even going to slow down.'
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Maltese yachts top the leader board
By Media Royal Malta Yacht Club, ,
5:14 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
At 1700 CET in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, 113 yachts had rounded Stromboli, the active volcano that marks the most northerly point of the course. Race leader on the water, Esimit Europa 2, was less than 20 miles from Favignana and preparing to turn south with 289 miles to go and is expected to finish the race in the early hours of Wednesday 22 October, which would be well outside the course record
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica heads for the Doldrums
By Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica, ,
2:46 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day Nine onboard Team Alvimedica. It’s hard to explain the complexity of the weather in this part of the world. No computer model or forecaster can accurately predict the winds because the air here is dry and warm, 23c now, and the typical barometric pressure gradients that generate them become very weak.
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA, a crew on a mission
By Corinna Halloran, ,
2:33 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day Nine onboard Team SCA. We’re a boat on a mission: catch the fleet. And they’re getting closer by the mile. The first time I sailed past Cape Verde islands was in 2010 when I was helping deliver a catamaran from Gibraltar to Antigua, W.I.
Groupama Race - Front runners are spreading out
By Groupama Race, ,
2:03 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
With nearly twenty hours of racing under their belts, the front runners are spreading out in the Groupama Race. The two real-time favourites, 'Crusader' and 'Keel Bill Groupama', chose options well to the east of the rest of the fleet. Astern of them, the time has come to re-organise. Meanwhile 'Opt Catch Me', less adventurous perhaps, made the smart choice of the day.
Thailand bids for 2016 IODA ‘Optimist’ World Championships
By Jordan Rumsby, Royal Varuna Yacht Club ,
1:11 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Pattaya's Royal Varuna Yacht Club has submitted a bid to host the 2016 International Optimist Dinghy Association World Championships, offering the world's most talented junior sailing teams a chance to experience the steady wind, sunshine, smiles, great food, and family-friendly attractions of Thailand's top dinghy sailing destination
Bill Green - builder and sailor passes on
By Malcolm McKeag, Scuttlebutt Europe, Lymington, England: ,
11:55 AM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Bill Green, San Francisco-born sailor, Navy jet jockey (not a lot of people know that); US Coastguard; shrimp-boat hand (not a lot of people know that either); One Ton Cup winner and most latterly proprietor of Green Marine slipped quietly away from this life
ISAF World Sailing Rankings – 20 October 2014
By ISAF, ,
11:16 AM Mon 20 Oct 2014 GMT
Tom Burton (AUS) retained World #1 in the Laser after a tremendous fight back at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao where he picked up bronze. The Australia had a tough opening day, finishing down the pack in both races but as the week progressed he worked his way up and sealed bronze on the final day to keep hold of World #1.