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.
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.
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
Richard Gladwell Editor@Large
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