Volvo Ocean Race - Week Two...Record under threat...Green Dragon at the gate

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 29 Oct 2008

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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

Editorial: Volvo OR news - Week 2

Rick Tomlinson: Green Dragon is first to pass through the scoring gate of Fernando de Noronha, on leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race
  Volvo Ocean Race ©
Welcome to the Sail-World.Com's Volvo Ocean race newsletter for the period ended 28 October 2008

Sail-World is publishing a weekly newsletter for the duration of the Volvo Ocean race summarising the stories and images from the week. This edition is a little late due to the long holiday weekend in New Zealand, where your Editor is based.

As predicted by Sail-World, Green Dragon was the first to the first leg gate off Brazil, at the idyllic islands of Fernando de Noronha.

Using Expedition software developed by Nick White, a former Round the World race navigator, and Jon Bilger using his well known wind analysis application PredictWind, we were able to predict the time of the rounding - and were right within less than 30 minutes.

Soon after rounding the Ian Walker skippered Green Dragon, was overtaken by Ericsson 4 and Puma Racing. The reduced weight carried in the bulb of the Chinese sponsored yacht being the telling factor as the yachts were in 'stability conditions'.

Mikel Pasabant/Equipo Telefonica: Telefonica Black check their foul weather gear, on their way to Cape Town, on leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race  Volvo Ocean Race ©

Green Dragon was able to hold her lead for two days, but on Sunday, both Puma Racing and Ericsson 4 slipped through, however she is still in contact with the lead bunch - 36nm off Ericsson 4 and 24nm from PUMA Racing. Behind this bunch there is a second group of three about 30nm behind PUMA Racing - comprising Ericsson 3 and the two Telefonica's - with just 4nm covering this group.

Now thoughts turn to the weather looming, originally predicted to be 40knots, the prediction guage has settled back at 30kts for the next few days - giving both a fast ride in Cape Town, and raising the prospect breaking the 24hr monohull record, set by ABM Amro Two in the 2005/06 Volvo Ocean Race at around 563nm. That means the average speed for the 24hour period has to be 23.5kts or more.

Rick Tomlinson: Ericsson 4 passes through the scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha, with PUMA Ocean Racing following close behind, on leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race

  Volvo Ocean Race ©

While some are reporting average speeds of 25kts for an hour, sustaining that performance for 24hours is another matter.

Right now the crews have fingers crossed that their yachts will hold together, in this the fastest passage in the race so far.

Remember to stay tuned to for all the latest Volvo Ocean race news and images as this race unfolds.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell

Sail-World's Volvo Ocean Race Editor>

24-hour run record in danger as storm hits Volvo
Volvo media,
'The depression in the South Atlantic has aligned itself perfectly to fire the fleet to Cape Town at record place,' promises Green Dragon's skipper, Ian Walker/GBR. Volvo teams have positioned themselves for a fast run to Cape Town as the storm deepens to the south of them. The leading two boats, Ericsson 4 and PUMA are back in sight of each other, racing just 100 metres apart... [more]

Big storm brewing for Volvo fleet
Volvo Ocean Race media,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, most of the fleet is posting 24-hour runs near 400 miles now, with Ericsson 3 the standout performer at 417 miles. That's allowed Anders Lewander to close back to within 50 miles of the leaders on the 0700 position report. Different models are presenting different maximum wind strengths, but certainly gale force winds (above 34 knots) are on the cards for a sustained peri... [more]

Boat Blogs Day 16 Leg 1 Volvo Ocean Race
Various VOR competitors,
Boat Blogs from Day 16, Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Team Russia has a busy day, Ericsson 3 prepares for heavy weather, Simon Fisher on Telefonica Blue feels nervous and the Delta Lloyd crew is discovering their boat. Read on............. [more]

PUMA edges ahead as the Volvo fleet catch the wind
Volvo media,
The USA boat, Puma has edged ahead as the Volvo fleet waits for the anticipated 40 knot gale that will propel them at record-breaking speeds towards Cape Town and the finish of this 6,500 nautical mile leg. The leading pack of four are still locked together, with no intention of backing off, and every intention of arriving in Cape Town first... [more]

Boat Blogs from Day 16 of Volvo Ocean Race
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Boat Blogs from Day 16 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 1 to Cape Town. telefonica Blue is experiencing nice downwind sailing conditions, Green Dragon skipper Ian Walker is missing his cup of tea, Kenny Read on Puma changes his underwear, Telefonica Black has had a tidy up and Ericsson 4 is also enjoying the sailing conditions. Read on....... [more]

Wild ride to Cape Town for Volvo fleet
Volvo Ocean Race media,
There are under 3,000 nautical miles to Cape Town and the talk among the crews is of hitching a ride and holding on tight.... [more]

The Week that Was: Leg 1, Week 2
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The week began in the Doldrums and now it ends with all eight teams preparing for the final line-up into Cape Town. The leading boats have just under 3 000 miles to go and the entire fleet is preparing for the first real hammering; a low pressure system is spinning up over Brazil and the leaders will likely tap into it by Tuesday. And this ‘freight train' should deliver them to Cape Town – fast.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Saturday Ten Zulu Report
Mark Chisnell,
The sled runners have been polished, the whips are cracking, the huskies are barking themselves hoarse - the race south is on. And it looks worryingly like a re-run of Scott verses Amundsen for the British contingent on the Green Dragon, as the Scandinavian inspired Ericsson 4 starts to haul the mail... [more]

Day 14 Boat Blogs from Leg 1 Volvo Ocean Race
Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors,
Day 14 Boat Blogs from Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Telefonica Blue is feeling unlucky, Green Dragon feeling the morning after syndrome, without a hangover, Ericsson 3 is focusing on the the rest of the race and Rick Deppe (Puma) is busy compiling a 'playlist'. Read on ........ [more]

Telefonica Blue forced into fuel rationing
Bouwe Bekking - skipper Telefonica Blue,
Bouwe Bekking reports on Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race - from Alicante to Fernando de Noronha. It's been almost two weeks since the Volvo Ocean Race fleet left Alicante to start the first leg of 37,000 nautical miles around the globe. From Alicante, Spain, to the waypoint at Fernando de Noronha, an island off the Brazilian coast, means 3,000 miles for the hulls of most of the competing boats, incl... [more]

Images and Boat Blogs Day 13 Volvo Ocean Race
Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors,
Images and Boat Blogs from Day 13 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 1 to Capetown. Team Russia glad to be free of the Doldrims, telefonica Blue happy to be through the scoring gate, Telefonica Black receives a visit from King Neptune... read on for more life onboard.... [more]

Green Dragon maintains a delicate lead
Peter Rusch,
Volvo Ocean Race. The scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha beckons as Green Dragon maintains its delicate lead in the South Atlantic trade winds. The leader is due to pass later this morning.... [more]

Volvo fleet escaping the Doldrums - slowly
VOR media/Various Volvo OR competitors,
Over the past 24 hours PUMA (Ken Read/USA) and Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael/BRA) have gained on the leader Green Dragon (Ian Walker/GBR). The two yachts are currently positioned 65 nautical miles to the east of Telefónica Black (Fernando Echávarri/ESP) and slowly overtook the black boat over the hours of darkness as they tracked south. They now sit in second and third respectively.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Green Dragon in commanding lead
Richard Gladwell,
Ian Walker and the crew of Green Dragon will move into a commanding lead in the Volvo Ocean race in the next 24 hours, as the race leaders emerge from the Doldrums. By holding the most westerly course of the eight competitors, Walker and navigator Ian Moore have been able to hold onto slightly stronger breezes. Now they are dropping across the front of the fleet to get onto the more direct course.... [more]

The Ten Zulu Report, Leg 1, Day 10 - The Doldrums
Mark Chisnell,
Day 10 Volvo Ocean Race - Is it a restart? Is it a reshuffle? Or is it just history repeating? Green Dragon went west, all the way west, three days ago. And now they've flown off with PUMA's lead.... [more]

Green Dragon leads, Puma follows - Volvo OR
Lucy Harwood/Various VOR Competitors,
Volvo Ocean Race - As soon as the reports came out showing the gains the Dragon had made in the west the fleet followed suit with PUMA and Ericsson 3 gybing to their position. 30 minutes later Ericsson 4 followed them. By Sunday afternoon Ian Walker and his crew were on port gybe on a straight line to the gate at Fernando de Noronha.... [more]

Images from the Volvo OR: Life onboard - 1
Volvo Ocean Race,
Images from Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet head towards the Doldrums to reach the first gate on Leg 1 off the coast of Brazil... [more]

In Review - Week One of the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
When Leg One of the Volvo Ocean Race started in Alicante on October 11, only the most optimistic race fans would have predicted such a tight battle one week into the event.... [more]

Volvo Ten Zulu report - Sunday, Day 9
Mark Chisnell,
We've had 24 hours in which the miles have been unwinding off PUMA's lead faster than an odometer in the hands of Arthur Daley. But will this be the squeeze box effect – the fleet compresses and then extends again – or will we see real changes in the leaderboard?... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - lead will tighten in 24 hours
Richard Gladwell,
As the Volvo race fleet thread their way through the Doldrums, the path ahead has narrowed considerably from the last report. The previous option for two competitors to take a dog leg to the east has now gone and all competitors are focussed on a narrow weather gate that will get them through the doldrums The 24 hour prediction sees the lead being contested by three competitors.... [more]

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