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Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet charges the door of the Doldrums Casino By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:44 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014
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. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Navigators throw away the routing textbook By Anderson Reggio, Team Alvimedica, , 5:47 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014
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. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - The Doldrums, a navigational nightmare + Video By Jonno Turner, , 5:14 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014
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.' ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - A las puertas de las Calmas Ecuatoriales By Volvo Ocean Race, , 4:51 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Los tripulantes dicen que es difícil explicar la complejidad del tiempo en esta parte del mundo. El aire es seco y caliente. No hay modelo informático o previsión meteorológica que funcione con exactitud. 'Allí no se predice, se observa' dice Gonzalo Infante. Por eso todo podría cambiar en los Doldrums, o Calmas Ecuatoriales. ...[more]

El 'Mapfre' busca su sitio de cara a las Calmas Ecuatoriales By Mapfre, , 2:02 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014
Intentando ganar Sur y Oeste lo más rápido posible, la tripulación española está decidida a buscar el pasillo que podría abrirse en el Oeste en las calmas ecuatoriales, situadas ahora a unas 400 millas (740 km) de su proa. El 'Mapfre' marcha en la cuarta plaza de la flota, con una velocidad de 13 nudos, y a menos de tres millas del podio. El líder está a 15,1 millas (28 km). ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica heads for the Doldrums By Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica, , 1:46 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014
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. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA, a crew on a mission By Corinna Halloran, , 1:33 AM Tue 21 Oct 2014
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. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng loses lead, anyone's race ahead of Doldrums By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:55 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014
The Chinese entry Donfeng Race Team, has lost her lead on Day 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, with boats on the east and western side of the course threatening. Two hours before the most recent sked at 0640hrs UTC, Dongfeng was still being listed by Volvo Ocean Race as the leader. But Team Brunel is now listed as the leader, but on a time taken projection basis, Team Brunel is fifth. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 8 plus Videos By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.nz/com, , 2:43 PM Mon 20 Oct 2014
Several of the On Board Reporters aboard, provide their unique views of Leg 1, Day 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race - in text, images and video. Catch a birthday at sea on board Team Brunel, and unravel the fishing net with Team SCA Hear and see how the crews coped with the front that came through in the nigh ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng consolidates lead on Day 8 By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:51 AM Mon 20 Oct 2014
After cutting between the Cape Verde islands, separating from the rest of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, Chinese entry, Dongfeng gained an initial significant lead, which they are in the process of consolidating. One routing option for the then race leader Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, gave the team the option of cutting inside the island group, they are close to the optimum course for Fernando off Brazil ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Dongfeng Race Team - A risky call By Dongfeng Race Team, , 3:09 AM Mon 20 Oct 2014
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - If only it were that easy. Amazingly we did manage to replace the rudder and regain first position amongst the fleet however just hours afterwards, navigator Pascal Bidégorry was faced with an important strategic decision. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - 'La tension monte d’un cran' By Volvo Ocean Race, , 11:32 PM Sun 19 Oct 2014
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - 'La tension monte d’un cran'. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leader gambles on Island windshadow By Volvo Ocean Race, , 7:11 PM Sun 19 Oct 2014
Volvo Ocean Race - The fleet has finally left the West African Coast. They are now in the trade winds, making the westerly course across the Atlantic Ocean to FernandoThey will find the Cape Verde Islands in the way and that will cause some issues of navigation. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Welcome to Al's Ocean Cafe By Brian Carlin, Team Vestas Wind, , 9:59 AM Sun 19 Oct 2014
On Board Reporter, Brian Carlin - (from Ireland, where else?) gives a quick tour of his below decks domain aboard Team Vestas Wind. As On Board Reporter, he gets to run the cafe aboard the Swedish flagged round the world racer. You don't need to have a sense of humour to sail aboard, but it certainly helps. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng regains lead after incident packed Day 7 By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:37 AM Sun 19 Oct 2014
The Chinese flagged entry, Dongfeng Race Team has regained the lead at the end of Day 7 in the Volvo Ocean Race. Course routing from Predictwind shows that the race leader is just five days away from the turning point of Fernanado, Brazil. Includes latest 'Inside Track' video ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Dramatic video of Dongfeng rudder replacement By Sail-World, , 7:33 AM Sun 19 Oct 2014
Uncut video of Dongfeng Race Team replacing their rudder at night, after collision with an underwater object while leading Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. What makes the change even more remarkable was that it was undertaken at night. ...[more]

东风队遭遇突发事故 暂时失去领先位置 By Volvo Ocean Race, , 3:36 AM Sun 19 Oct 2014
沃尔沃环球帆船赛第一赛段:阿利坎特至开普敦赛段的比赛正在如火如荼地进行中,近两天一直处于领先位置的东风队遭遇意外,在猛烈撞击上不明物体后造成船体舵叶断裂。而阿布扎比队则借东风队检修受损部件之时奋起直追,成功从东风队手中夺过领先的位置。东风队的这次意外发生在欧洲中部时间18日凌晨2点10分(北京时间18日上午10点10分)。东风队法国籍缭手托马斯•鲁克赛尔值班掌舵期间,东风号撞上大海中的不明物体,造成船只严重受损。经过仔细检查,东风号未有进水现象,但船支右舵叶丢失。 ...[more]

Xabi Fernández: 'Vamos hacia el sur lo más rápido que podemos' By Mapfre, , 2:56 AM Sun 19 Oct 2014
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Se cumplen siete días de competición del 'Mapfre' en su camino a Ciudad del Cabo (Sudáfrica). El barco español se encuentra próximo al archipiélago de Cabo Verde, subiendo hasta el cuarto puesto de la flota en las últimas 24 horas de regatta. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica bounces back By Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica, , 2:47 AM Sun 19 Oct 2014
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day Seven onboard Team Alvimedica. There’s nothing like filling the void of a difficult day with some trade wind sailing. Yesterday was a tough one: we came out on the losing end of quite a few gambles and fell far off the lead pack, but the boys have bounced back well and the mood on deck in these near-perfect conditions has returned to one of humor and laughs. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA expecting the expected + Video By Corinna Halloran, , 2:32 AM Sun 19 Oct 2014
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day Seven onboard Team SCA. There's an age old saying: expect the unexpected. It pretty much sums up offshore sailing. However, there is also a degree of dealing with the expected. And there is a slight dance to be had-- to not be too shocked by either spectrum of a situation, and to handle all events with grace and control. ...[more]

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