Offshore, the six-strong fleet of Volvo Open 70s have been making fine progress in Leg Seven of the fully-crewed, around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). The leg, which takes the fleet from Miami, Florida to Lisbon, Portugal, started with quick sailing conditions that registered fast speeds as each team negotiated Tropical Storm Alberto before transitioning to lighter airs and an opportunity for the sailors to eat and sleep before the new low comes barreling through. At the time of this writing, Telefonica was leading the hunt, followed by Groupama 4 and Puma Ocean Racing's Mar Mostro.
'We are quietly slipping along,' reported Groupama 4 skipper Franck Cammas. 'However, the weather is very complicated up ahead. It is hard to know which option we're going to take as there are a lot of pitfalls in front.' Get the full VOR multi-media blast inside, and stay tuned for updates from the fleet as they scorch across 'The Pond'.
Meanwhile, in America's Cup circles, the official entry deadline has been extended by two months in an effort to give teams more time to secure sponsorship and hopefully to entice more teams than the current line-up of three Challengers and one Defender. According to reports, an impetus behind this move is the fact that Loick Peyron and his brother Bruno—both legendary French sailors—are trying to put together a last-minute team.
'Energy Team, along with some of the other teams, requested to move the entry deadline by two months to August 1st,' reported Bruno in an interview. 'Fortunately, the other challengers and the Defender agreed and voted through a Protocol change, so we now have a little bit more time to secure everything we need for our challenge.' Get the full story, inside.
And finally, be sure to check out the reports from the Rolex Volcano Race, the storm-fraught Global Ocean Race, and the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race. Enjoy!
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