Volvo Ocean Race - like it’s meant to be

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 21 Mar 2012

Volvo Ocean Race - like it's meant to be

Now the VOR fleet is in the southern ocean, it's just like old times and we can see by the clicks on the stories that this is what sailors want to read and hear about.

However short of towing China and India down into the Indian Ocean I can't quote see how the race organisers can make a compromise between serious ocean racing courses and the worlds new commercial markets.

Lots of other interesting news.. the 2016 Skiff and Multihull evaluation trails are continuing in Santander Spain.

RS900 - Women's Skiff Contender - one of the boats being trialled at the 2016 ISAF evaluations  RS Sailing

Up in Hong Kong, Geoff Hill's Strewth TP52 is being replaced by the Dubois 90 Genuine Risk.

2010 Newport Bermuda Race  Daniel Forster

Will be interesting to see if they can really get her going in the Rolex China Sea race and during the next few months before bringing her down for the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, but at last it seems Frank Pong will have some serious racing competition, having owned the big boat end of town across Asia for the last decade.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Auckland - To the Horn we go!
Richard Gladwell,
Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race got underway from Auckland on Sunday afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water and followed the fleet from the start to when the fleet exited the Waitemata and headed for Cape Horn. Team Sanya led around both legs inside the Waitemata before rounding the top mark for the final time and headed off to a final rounding mark off Auckland's East Coast Bays... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Auckland - The run down the Waitemata
Richard Gladwell,
Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race got underway from Auckland on Sunday afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water and followed the six strong fleet from the start to when the fleet exited the Waitemata and headed from Cape Horn. Team Sanya rounded the top mark first and headed back down the Harbour pushed by a strong easterly breeze and favourable tide.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Auckland - The First Beat
Richard Gladwell,
Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race got underway from Auckland on Sunday afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water and followed the six strong fleet from the start to when the fleet exited the Waitemata and headed from Cape Horn. Here is how he saw the day, after the Start there was the Beat down the Waitemata, past the Wharves on the south side, and past the Naval Base and Devonport... [more]
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Three Peaks Race - Hot competition looming
Terry Travers,
H & R Block Three Peaks Race surge in entries has ensured that picking a favourite is a risky business amongst the fleet of a dozen well-performed teams. Defending champion, Melbourne sailor Charles Meredith, is returning with his 46' catamaran 'Peccadillo' but will face stiff competition at the head the pack.... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone Race 2012 - Bigger boat for Australian champion
Ian Grant,
Dual Audi Australian Ocean yacht racing champion Rod Jones is under no illusions about his prospects of recording a top result in the 308 n/ml QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone race over the Easter Weekend. 'Hugh Welbourn has designed a sweet hull; she is great fun to sail in pressure, however being a 2000 design we are a bit heavier than the new TP 52's'.... [more]
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Five Inflatable-Life-Jacket myths dispelled
BoatUS Foundation,
Inflatable Life Jackets - which automatically or manually inflate with the tug of a pull cord - have been around over 25 years, but there are still quite a few misperceptions about these life saving devices and how they work. The BoatUS Foundation set out to debunk some of the myths:... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations - Skiffs and multihulls Day 4 + Video
Day four in Santander began with light winds which led to sailing being briefly postponed. Despite waiting for breeze, it was a productive morning for the female skiff sailors as they joined Evaluation Panel members Adrienne Cahalan (AUS) and Sylvia Vogl (AUT) in an informal session where they all gave feedback on the skiffs they'd sailed so far.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race expects Genuine Risk
Koko Mueller,
The Rolex China Sea Race this year expects Genuine Risk, a Dubois 90 maxi owned by Geoff Hill, to compete in the race which gets underway on 4 April. She arrived by container last week and went straight to a yard to be commissioned and is being put into the water today.... [more]
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Finn Junior and Senior European Championship - A no go on day 2
Robert Deaves,
It was never going to be the easiest of days to hold racing, and unsurprisingly the wind played tricks with the 69 boat Finn fleet at the European Championships in Scarlino, Italy for nearly four hours before the race officer called it a day with only the two races from Monday on the scoreboard.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 in solid position
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 is in a solid position as she approaches the zone of high pressure. 'The boat's been going well since we managed to effect repairs last night. We're now going to be able to use all the sails. Conditions have been harsh with headwinds and very messy seas,' indicated Franck Cammas during the videoconference this Tuesday lunchtime.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Keeping it together onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing have a long way to go as Amory Ross, MCM, reports: I can't believe I actually told people on the dock I was excited for this. Naivety, in a nutshell. What I should have said, and the way I feel now, is I'm excited to get this over with! Like a bunch of little kids in the backseat, the question everyone has been asking is how much more?... [more]
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ISAF Olympic Womens Skiff Trials move into their fourth day
The trials being conducted at Santander, Spain for the Olympic Womens Skiff and Mixed Multihull are now in their fourth day, having got underway on 17 March. The first two days were marred by not enough wind, or too much.... [more]
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Mandurah Weekend a Cracker
Offshore WA,
Hot and sunny conditions with light and fluky winds favoured the fast yachts in the offshore fleet's annual Mandurah Weekend. Forty of the state's leading ocean racers were challenged by the conditions.... [more]
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First entry received in the Osaka Cup
Jennifer Cook,
Spirit of Downunder is the first official entry in the 2013 Osaka Cup. The Melbourne host will be the Sandringham Yacht Club, whilst Osaka Hokko Yacht Club will be attending to all the official formalities in Japan. The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria will be administering the on-water activities of Australia's longest category one yacht race.... [more]
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2012 Australian University Fleet Racing Championship is back in Sydney
Ajay Rau,
The 2012 University Fleet Racing National Championship is back in Sydney. Racing will take place off the waters of Pittwater from 13th-15th April. The regatta is open all university attendees and alumni and open to all classes of boats including dinghies, skiffs and sailboards.... [more]
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Anatomy of a rescue - from the helicopter
Mark Cannell,,
New Zealand helicopter crewman Mark Cannell has put fingers to keyboard to tell the story, from the helicopter crews' viewpoint, of a rescue on 3rd March. He wrote it to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service, and it provides a graphic insight into the lives of those that cruising sailors depend on in the hopefully unlikely event of needing to be rescued:... [more]
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Marine Auctions try Sunday for crowds on the Gold Coast
Jeni Bone,
Marine Auctions will be trialling Sundays at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast for the next few months, hoping to attract those with sport, family and other commitments.... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations - Skiffs and Mixed Multihull + Video
The Equipment Evaluations for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition will take place in Santander, Spain from 17-25 March. Day three in Santander was a good one with the sailors having their first full day of sailing, allowing the panel to check out the equipment in various conditions.... [more]
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Garda Optimist Meeting - A new Guiness World Record?
Elena Giolai,
Entry 1000 for the XXX Garda Optimist Meeting is Aline Schmittmann, born in 1998, Junior category, sailing number Ger 12690 from Seehaupt Yacht Club. This year, the event is setting out to break a new Guinness World Record. A special commission will be arriving in Riva del Garda to officially certify the record as the regatta with the largest number of single- class boats taking part in the world.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet face the Roaring Forties
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race six boat fleet sheets are cracked. Telefonica is in the lead and the fleet is blast reaching at speeds of 17-18 knots towards 40 degrees south.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: 'The hardest opening night I have ever done' + Video
Hamish Hooper,
Hamish Hooper blogs from on board Camper, after their first night at sea on Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race: 'As predicted that was, a particularly torrid night. At times it was blowing 43 knots and the guys on deck were trying to tame the beast under such chaotic conditions. In the bunk about an inch below the carbon fibre deck I could hear the guys yelling as loud as they could... [more]
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Newly refitted Marine Rescue NSW vessel conducts rescue off Sydney
Ken McManus,
A Marine Rescue NSW vessel travelling homeward after a $420,000 refit at Taree had to divert from its delivery voyage yesterday afternoon (March 18) to answer an emergency call from a yacht in trouble off Sydney's Northern beaches. Jervis Bay 40 (the Colin Woods), a 12.5m Steber offshore rescue vessel, was journeying south when it was called on to assist the boat... [more]
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NCYC and LMYC Combined Ocean Series - Plenty of breeze
Richard Howard,
NCYC and LMYC Combined Ocean Series dished out some solid ocean sailing over the weekend off Newcastle. With yachts meeting off Redhead on the Saturday morning and racing on a 25 nautical mile windward leeward course off Newcastle's beaches some fast downwind runs and bouncy beats were the order of the day.... [more]
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