31 May 2015

Future of Sailing, Foiling Catamarans, Red Bull, America's Cup, Sailing Videos


Is this the future of sailing? - published on Mar 2, 2015 by Red Bull - In the spirit of progression, Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher have devised a new 6 meter catamaran that is redefining what's possible on the open ocean. It's a vessel that can reach eye-popping speeds of 36 knots while hardly being affected by the ocean conditions. How, you ask? Because it doesn't sail on the surface of the ocean, but uses a hydro-foil to lift the cat above the water and over the chop while still maintaining maximum speeds. So, we'll let you be the judge...is this the future of sailing?


Endeavour programme preview gets young Bermudians on the water - published on May 28, 2015: Bermudian youth sailors received a sneak preview of the America’s Cup Community Sailing Programme - Endeavour.

Flagging America’s Cup Receives Lift as Louis Vuitton Expands Sponsorship - NYTimes.com: "Louis Vuitton, long the commercial partner and namesake of the America’s Cup challenger series, has signed an agreement to expand its role in the next Cup in Bermuda in 2017. The move, a surprise in some sailing circles, is a significant boost for the venerable event, which has lost commercial and sporting momentum in recent months because of challenger withdrawals and hotly disputed rule and design changes...."
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30 May 2015

GC32 Racing, Austria Cup, Sailing Video




GC32 Racing Austria Cup competitiors:
 Sultanate of Oman
 Alinghi
 Spindrift racing
 Team ENGIE
 Armin Strom Sailing Team




more info: http://www.gc32racing.com/


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29 May 2015

Hard Sailing Lessons Learned, Leg 7, Volvo Ocean Race videos


Hard sailing lessons learned | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 27, 2015: Dozens of tactical maneuvers and exhausting tacks kept the sailors on their toes until the end of Leg 7 in Lisbon


The Tejo decides again | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15
Light winds and tight knit racing meant an amazingly close finish in Lisbon, as Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race came to a close.

Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 8 schedule:
In-Port Race Lisbon June 6, 2015
Leg 8 Start Lisbon-Lorient June 7, 2015 647 nm

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15
Overall Standings After 7 Legs:
1 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 16
2 Dongfeng Race Team 21
3 Team Brunel 22
4 MAPFRE 26
5 Team Alvimedica 27
6 Team SCA 41
7 Team Vestas Wind 52

Each team gets the same points as their finishing position--first place gets 1 point. All legs count and lowest score overall wins

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27 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race LIVE, Leg 7 Lisbon Finish Video


Live recording: Leg 7 Lisbon arrivals - Streamed live on May 27, 2015
Catch the live action as the fleet enters Lisbon in a tight race for podium placements!


Pulling the trigger | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - May 26, 2015 - The final stage of leg 7 has begun. All crews are exhausted as they push their limits to gain the last crucial miles in the race to Lisbon.

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15: Leg 7 Finish graphic
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15: Leg 7 Finish
Source and more info:  volvooceanrace.com
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15
Overall Standings After 7 Legs:
1 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 16
2 Dongfeng Race Team 21
3 Team Brunel 22
4 MAPFRE 26
5 Team Alvimedica 27
6 Team SCA 41
7 Team Vestas Wind 52

Each team gets the same points as their finishing position--first place gets 1 point. All legs count and lowest score overall wins




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VOR Leg 7 Finish, Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour, Austria Cup (videos)


Inside Track: Leg 7 # 7 | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published May 26, 2015: "It's a three way drag race to the finish in Lisbon [Team Brunel, MAPFRE, Dongfeng Race Team] - who will come out on top? We'll find out tomorrow."

Volvo Ocean Race Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race 
More info: volvooceanrace.com


BULLITT GC32 RACING TOUR NEW PROMO CLIP/May 2015 - http://www.gc32racing.com/

AUSTRIA CUP - 27-31 MAY
The Austria Cup will take place in the ‘chocolate box’ town of Gmunden, on the northern shore of Lake Traunsee, a lake nestled in the heart of Austria’s Salzkammergut mountains to the east of Salzburg. 2015 will be the third occasion the picturesque resort and spa has played host to the GC32s and was the venue for the class’ first ever regatta when three boats joined the lake’s annual Allianz Traunseewoche (sailing week) in 2013.


Foiling: sailing's greatest revolution - published on May 11, 2015 - Chris Draper, Morgan Larson and Yann Guichard explain why foiling is entering in a new era of yacht racing.

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26 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 7, ETA Lisbon Wednesday, Sailing videos


Inside Track: Leg 7 # 6: Shakeup | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - May 25, 2015: Big shakeups amongst the fleet over the weekend as they race through the Azores High in the final countdown towards Lisbon.


Gains and losses | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - May 25, 2015: The fleet is coming out of the Azores High heading towards a bigger breeze where the rich get richer on the big sprint to Lisbon.

Volvo Ocean Race Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race 
More info: volvooceanrace.com

Meanwhile another destination: Lisbon | Team Vestas Wind - Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 -
Team Vestas Wind’s incredible journey to rejoin the Volvo Ocean Race was nearing its final lap on Friday. The rebuilt boat emerged out of the Persico boatyard ready for the trip from Italy to Lisbon.

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25 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race Fleet 800 Miles From Lisbon Leg 7 Finish (videos)


Bem-vindo to Lisbon! | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Volvo Ocean Race Village opens Monday, May 25, in Lisbon, Portugal. Come join the fun in one of the most stunning European capitals!

graphic of Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 7 - Newport to Lisbon - Positions at: 24 May 18:43 UTC
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 7 - Newport to Lisbon - Positions at: 24 May 18:43 UTC
(source: volvooceanrace.com)



The Azores High | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - The new guy onboard Team Brunel, Adam Minoprio, explains how the fleet is spread out.


Trying to catch up | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 24, 2015 - Sam and Libby on Team SCA discuss taking the long route around the Azores High. Will their risk pay off?

Volvo Ocean Race Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race
More info: volvooceanrace.com

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24 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race, Battle In Exremely Irregular Wind, Sailing Videos


Battle in extremely irregular wind | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 23, 2015

“We have a key decision to make - how to cross this windless anticyclone,” writes Charles Caudrelier on Dongfeng Race Team. “The choice has to be made over the coming 24 hours. But by being in front, we’re showing the way. …. In this kind of situation, no-one knows the absolute facts (about the wind), and the best indicator is the other boats.”

graphic - Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 7 - Newport to Lisbon -positions at: 23 May 18:43 UTC
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 7 - Newport to Lisbon -positions at: 23 May 18:43 UTC shown above
source: volvooceanrace.com

 Volvo Ocean Race - Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean RaceMore info: volvooceanrace.com


Bad for the heart | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Published on May 22, 2015
“That’s MAPFRE... they may be friends, but not right now,” grumbles Spaniard Pablo Arrarte on Team Brunel about his compatriots.

Inside Track: Mike Sanderson & Katie Pettibone | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Published on May 22, 2015 - We are joined today by previous race winning skipper Mike Sanderson and 2X race veteran, current Olympic competitor and California State lobbyist, Katie Pettibone

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23 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race, Lisbon ETA May 27, Vestas Wind Videos


Are you ready Lisbon? | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 21, 2015: With an estimated time of arrival currently at May 27, join us for the live broadcast of the fleet's arrival into Lisbon, finishing the seventh leg of the race from Newport, US.

graphic - Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7 - Newport to Lisbon -  Positions at: 22 May 15:43 UTC
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7 - Newport to Lisbon -  Positions at: 22 May 15:43 UTC
(source: volvooceanrace.com)



Volvo Ocean Race - Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race
Source of graphic above and more info: volvooceanrace.com

Vestas Wind update | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015"... In a huge logistic operation managed by GAC Pindar, the boat was skilfully hoisted off the rock and coral reef on to a Maersk Line ship, and transported via Malaysia to Perisco’s yard in Bergamo, Italy, for a rebuild. The team had long planned their target to be on the start line of Leg 8 departure on June 7 from Lisbon to Lorient, France..."

Team Vestas Wind - All Hands on Deck - Episode 9 (Part 1) Published on May 21, 2015:
The team are getting ready to leave Persico Marine. The painting is complete, the stickers are on, and we've even got a new face in the boatyard this week.


On 1st January 2015 at the Volvo Ocean Race "Life at the Extreme" Awards Night in Abu Dhabi, Team Vestas Wind OBR Brian Carlin spoke of his experience on board the Vestas Wind on 29th November 2014. His story was met with a standing ovation and was soon after followed by the announcement of Team Vestas Wind's return to the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.


Chinese at 36 | Volvo Ocean Race Redux

I guess when you are travelling at 36 knots it is hard to tell if you are having a "Chinese"! Great package (1 of 2) from Ericsson 4 during the 2008-09 Race as they lose steerage in a storm...

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22 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7, Light Air Slows Fleet, Sailing videos


Back in the same patch | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 21, 2015
After a crazy day yesterday the fleet is now back in the same patch of water, skirting along the ice limits...


Inside Track: Leg 7 #4: Atlantic chaos | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 21, 2015
As the fleet settles out under the ice limits, teams reflect back on the chaotic conditions of yesterday, Abu Dhabi hits an underwater stopper, and Sam Davies updates us aboard Team SCA.

Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 7 - Newport to Lisbon - Positions at: 21 May 18:43 UTC graphic
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 7 - Newport to Lisbon - Positions at: 21 May 18:43 UTC above
Volvo Ocean Race - Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race
Source of graphic above and more info: volvooceanrace.com


A Skippers duel | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 20, 2015
It’s Leg 7 of a nine-month marathon. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is the overall leader, currently six points ahead of Dongfeng Race Team. But Charles Caudrelier won’t give up and let Ian Walker win that easily - his men are still in the hunt for the first place.

From heroes to zeroes | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015"... caught for a day in a transition zone near the ice exclusion zone and in sub ten winds, the fleet has slowed down – but it’s cold, and it’s stressful. Seriously stressful. There are 0.6 nautical mile between Jens’ boat, currently first, and MAPFRE, second. Less than 3nm between the first five boats. And 8nm of total spread for the fleet...."

Can Sailing In The 2016 Olympics Kill You?"... The International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Sailing Federation (ISAF), Rio Organizing Committee and at least one of the 140 Member National Authorities are remaining silent on water quality tests...The secrecy in all of this is appalling...  Is Olympic Sailing in Guanabara Bay in 2016 going to provide that same attraction, waiting to see if someone might die?" (read more at the link above)

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21 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7, North Atlantic Crossing, Sailing Videos


Inside Track: Leg 7 # 3 | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 20, 2015
Today we call both the second and first place teams to hear about the current crazy racing in the Gulf Stream, and think back on this leg of the race 9 years ago.

graphic of Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 7 - Newport to Lisbon - Positions at: 20 May 18:42 UTC
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 7 - Newport to Lisbon - Positions at: 20 May 18:42 UTC (source: volvooceanrace.com)
Volvo Ocean Race - Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race
more info: volvooceanrace.com


Freerunning on a Sailboat | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 18, 2015
Parkour athletes Jason Paul & Pavel "Pasha" Petkuns take freeruning skills from the streets to the Volvo Ocean Race!


"The Beat" - Episode 1: Volvo Ocean Race Newport - published on May 20, 2015
US Sailing launches the series premiere of "The Beat" at the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover in Rhode Island.


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20 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race Fleet Now In Gulf Stream, Sailing Videos


Foggy freezer | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 19, 2015: Sluggish, freezing, and exhausting. Welcome onboard Team Brunel, where the sailors are coping with the North Atlantic conditions while they’re heading for better conditions.

Volvo Ocean Race Fleet in Gulf Stream, Sailing Videos:

Inside Track: Leg 7 #2 Close crosses | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 19, 2015:
A very close cross in pitch black for Team Alvimedica, warmer conditions for the fleet now in the Gulf Stream, and an update from Iker Martinez onboard Mapfre.


Team SCA 360* experience | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 19, 2015: This ground-breaking technique, puts you into the center of the sailing experience! You can look around in 360*, using the arrows or click & drag with your mouse / drag the screen on mobile. NOTE: The 360 experience is so far only enabled for Chrome browsers & Android mobile devices

Volvo Ocean Race - Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race
more info: volvooceanrace.com

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19 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race, Crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Lisbon (videos)


Inside Track: Leg 7 #1 | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 18, 2015
As the fleet takes off on leg 7, we take a look back on the incredible start in Newport and the difficulties the sailors are facing in the Atlantic Ocean.

graphic of Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 7, Newport to Lisbon - Fleet position (red circle) May 18, 2015
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 7, Newport to Lisbon - Fleet position (red circle) May 18, 2015 (source: volvooceanrace.com)
graphic of VOR wind and weather
VOR wind graphic (source: volvooceanrace.com)
A tale of two systems | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015: "“It’s kind of uncertain.” Gonzalo Infante smiles ... the Spanish meteorologist is looking at the coming 2,700 nautical miles. “It’s a two-weather system leg – a low pressure, and the Azores High. And they’re both unstable...”

Volvo Ocean Race - Live Twitter feed: JohnTheCrowd: VOR - Volvo Ocean Race
more info: volvooceanrace.com


Remembering Hans | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 18, 2015
The Volvo Ocean Race marks a sad anniversary today. Nine years ago, Dutchman Hans Horrevoets, 32, of ABN AMRO TWO, was washed overboard at night on the New York to Portsmouth leg of the 2005-06 race and became the fifth sailor to die at sea in the history of the event.

Other sailing news briefs:

First Sanctioned Key West-to-Cuba Sailing Race in 50 Years Begins | NBC 6 South Florida: "Five teams of American Hobie Cat sailboat racers departed Key West's South Beach Saturday morning on a Key West-to-Havana race, believed to be the first U.S. government-sanctioned sailing race between the two cities in more than 50 years. The Havana Challenge features 16-foot Hobie Cat catamarans, most skippered by Florida Keys-based sailors, navigating more than 90 miles across the Florida Straits to Cuba...."

Record-setting turnout for Volvo Ocean Race: "...“I've been following the race online and it was just a dream come true to be able to watch it here in Newport,” said Oliver Neal, who drove from Toronto. “People live sailing, they love it,” said a man who traveled all the way from Spain. “Newport is special.”..."

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17 May 2015

LIVE: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7 start video, Newport, Rhode Island


Newport Leg 7 start highlights | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 17, 2015: The Newport sun came out and the shoreline was pack to send off the fleet, across the Atlantic to Lisbon.


REPLAY: Live Video -Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 7 start, Newport, Rhode Island
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Leg 7 Newport-Lisbon - 2,800 nautical miles

Volvo Ocean Race standings overall after Leg 6 graphic
Volvo Ocean Race standings overall after Leg 6 (source: volvooceanrace.com)

Leg 7 START - May 17, 2015
14.00 EDT / 18.00 UTC
2 pm ET (USA)

Wounded warriors | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - published on May 17, 2015
’22 Too Many’ helps American war veterans adapt & re-integrate into society, in Newport, these veterans had a great time at the Race Village

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16 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race LIVE, Leg 7 Start Sunday at Newport


LIVE Video Replay: Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race, Saturday, May 16 - Newport


Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15: Leg 7 Start SUNDAY - Newport-Lisbon - 2,800 nautical miles
Watch live - May 17, 2015, 14.00 EDT / 18.00 UTC.

Mark Chisnell – Leg 7 Weather Preview – A Classic Stage | B&G ~ Official supplier of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014"... The Gulf Stream, low pressure systems and Grand Banks fog are the classic elements that usually open a trans-Atlantic from New England. But the forecast for 18:00 on 17th May, just after the start on Sunday actually has a fair bit of high pressure in the North Atlantic – as we can see in Pic 1, courtesy of the wonderful MagicSeaweed.com. A western high is centred on Nova Scotia, ridging north towards the Arctic and south down the eastern seaboard of the USA towards the Caribbean....." (read more at link above)

Gerd-Jan Poortman replaced on Team Brunel due to arm infection:
"I‘m happy that I was able to sail all stages, including rounding Cape Horn, so I've actually already been around the world. Of course I'm disappointed, but I find it especially hard to let the team down. In Lisbon, I will step back onboard."-- Gerd-Jan Poortman --Meanwhile, skipper Bouwe Bekking is happy that Timo has already gained a lot of experience with the Dutch team ... For Timo Hagoort, who has been patiently waiting for his chance ever since joining the crew, the call-up is a dream come true. "I got a call this afternoon," he says. "When he told me that I can sail to Lisbon onboard Team Brunel I let out a little cry of joy and immediately afterwards I asked who had to be replaced. "I know Gerd-Jan very well and I learned a lot from him. Since I became the first reserve, the team has grown a lot, so I don't know exactly which role I will get, but my strengths are that I can trim and work on the foredeck."..." (source: Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015)


Ocean Debris | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Published on May 16, 2015
Ocean debris is a growing issue - and here, Volvo Ocean Race sailors describe their experiences and emotions on what is becoming an ever more serious problem.

Leg 6 best navigator | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015: "All Volvo Ocean Race navigators have given their feedback to B&G for the Leg 6 Navigators Prize. And the winner is the same guy than Leg 5, aka Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Simon Fisher, whose team took second in Newport. Check out his comments ...."

A vision for the future | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015: "... The race will look into what can be done to improve the boats on a number of fronts including energy generation and consumption, and communications. Ainhoa Sanchez /Volvo Ocean Race These improvements would be announced at the METS boat suppliers' trade show in Amsterdam from November 17-19 of this year. The fleet would then be refitted between November 2016 and May 2017..."

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2016 Olympic Games Sailing out of Rio? Volvo Ocean Race video

Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 7 - Newport to Lisbon (source: volvooceanrace.com)

Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 7 - Newport to Lisbon: 2,800 nautical miles
In-Port Race Newport May 16, 2015, 2 pm ET (US)
Leg 7 Start - Newport-Lisbon - May 17, 2015, 14.00 EDT / 18.00 UTC.


The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is ready to head back to Europe for Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race - The translatlantic challenge begins this Sunday May 17, 14.00 EDT / 18.00 UTC. Watch live on volvooceanrace.com/live

Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race Newport | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Saturday May 16th
The battle for the In-Port Series trophy continues in Newport - Watch the Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race @14.00 ET (US) on volvooceanrace.com/live

2016 Olympic Games Sailing out of Rio?
2nd Message to Sailing Leadership Worldwide | Live Your Dream: Sail Lake Michigan: By Glenn McCarthy - "Just to make sure that the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) cannot hide and pretend that they are not aware of these articles, I sent a 2nd email to the leadership of the country members of ISAF... Dear Fellow Sailors: As the 500 Day mark just passed for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games, we still know that Sailing is unprepared to provide a fair competition.  Pressing to give Guanabara Bay "another chance" in August 2015 is just wasting everyone's time.  A "chance" is gambling and there is no more time for gambling.   Move Sailing out of Rio and to a new venue like Buzios, Brazil, it is not too late for you to speak up...."

Miami International Boat Show plans challenged by Environmental groups: South Florida Business Journal--... On May 8, nine environmental organizations submitted a joint letter saying the permit needs to be amended. Groups in the letter include the Tropical Audubon Society, Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach, Friends of Biscayne Bay, Friends of Virginia Key, the Florida Keys Chapter of Izaak Walton League of America, the Cypress Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, Sierra Club Miami, Urban Environment League of Greater Miami and Urban Paradise Guild. The letter lists many concerns but mainly argues that Virginia Key and the basin should not be used for a major development like the boat show. They also say the temporary docks will natively impact endangered wildlife such as manatees. They have requested a public hearing before the application can be approved or denied...

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15 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race, Team Vestas Wind video update



Inside Track: Team Vestas Wind update | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - May 14, 2015: The Team Vestas Wind rebuild is nearing completion at Persico Marine, so Genny checks in with the team for an update on status of boat and crew.


Team Vestas Wind - All Hands on Deck - Episode 7: published on May 7, 2015
We're getting closer and closer to rejoining the race, but it's not all smooth sailing at Persico Marine. The team is back together and the boat is still on track, but there's still work to do as we prepare for Lisbon and Leg 8. It's preparation stations!

more info: http://www.teamvestaswind.vestas.com/

A Look Back:

Team Vestas Wind hit a reef in November, 2014

Interview with Chris Nicholson - Team Vestas Wind Grounding - published on Nov 30, 2014: "I’ve been blown away by the way the guys dealt with the situation” - Chris Nicholson, Skipper, Team Vestas Wind

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14 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race, Unique Perspective, Sailing Videos and News


The GoPro camera bringing a unique perspective to the Volvo Ocean Race: A unique perspective | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15



A look back at Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race--Dongfeng Race Team needs to fix its water shortage problem, Team Vestas Wind is fighting the odds to get its boat back in the race in Lisbon, and Team Alvimedica rolls the dice to try and get ahead of the fleet in a bold move….

Sailing NEWS briefs:
Search for missing Malaysia plane yields uncharted shipwreck - The Washington Post: "... Michael McCarthy, a senior maritime archaeologist at the West Australian Maritime Museum, said the wreck was of a cargo ship built in the mid-to-late 19th century, and could be one of hundreds lost during voyages across the Indian Ocean. “We’ve got quite a lot of stories about ships that sank in the Indian Ocean mid-voyage and you would be struggling to tell which is which unless you had a complete catalogue of all the ones lost,” he said."

Sailing the seven seas: Naples businessman has won on the waves and board rooms
Naples Daily News
"I've been sailing since I was 8 years old," said Fauth, former vice president and senior credit officer for Citicorp, where for 14 years he was primarily ...


Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Volvo Ocean Race: Already planning for the next edition
We are sort of deep into it, which is important that people know this in the sport of sailing, where continuity and sustainability is not very common, ...


Scuttlebutt Sailing News

2015 Pan Am Games Trials: Heat is On
(May 13, 2015) – July 10th marks the Opening ceremonies of the 2015 Pan American Games, with the sailing competition kicking off a mere few days ...


Belfast Telegraph

Ahoy there: Tall Ships now sailing in to view
What was initially planned as a farewell to the era of these grand sailing ships proved so popular that race organisers founded the Sail Training ...


Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Melges 32 rockstars in Porto Venere
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
A long list of sailing stars will be racing, starting from Jonathan Mckee 2-time Olympian (gold medal in Los Angeles racing in the FD Class and bronze ...


Nottingham Post

Still Time To Push The Boat Out With Free Sailing In Nottinghamshire!
Nottingham Post
There is still time to try sailing for FREE or low cost in Nottinghamshire as four moresailing and windsurfing clubs in the county open their doors for ...


Scuttlebutt Sailing News

The Scourge of the Center Console
At the age that my friend's children are, my father and his friends had us sailing on their small cruiser-racers. Every school holiday, we'd be out for at ...


Burton Mail

Burton Sailing Club open day due to take place on Saturday, May 16
Burton Sailing Club is due to hold an open day this Saturday, May 16, with people invited along to experience all things sailing. It is due to take place ...

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13 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race, A Look Back at Leg 6, Sailing Videos


The close finish in Newport | Volvo Ocean Race 2014 - 15
An aerial POV of Dongfeng Race Team's tense light air battle with Azzam on their final approach to Newport, shot on OBR Sam Greenfield's DJI Phantom 2+.


Volvo Ocean Race, A Look Back at Leg 6
: Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race is well underway. Dongfeng Race Team needs to fix its water shortage problem, Team Vestas Wind is fighting the odds to get its boat back in the race in Lisbon, and Team Alvimedica rolls the dice to try and get ahead of the fleet in a bold move…


Inspiring the next generation | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Three-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran, Ken Read, gives us his thoughts on the Volvo Ocean Race Academy and how it's springboarding the next generation of sailors.

Say hello to Sidney | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015: "It's been a busy couple of weeks for leading French offshore sailor Sidney Gavignet. Last week, onboard Musandam-Oman Sail, of which he is skipper, he broke Steve Fossett's 20-year-old Round Ireland course record. And today, he has been called up by Dongfeng Race Team for Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Newport to Lisbon. The 46 year old will take the place of fellow Frenchman, Eric Peron, who is taking a breather... " (read more at the link above)

Volvo Ocean Race--next up:

In-Port Race Newport May 16, 2015 
Leg 7 Start Newport-Lisbon May 17, 2015   2,800 nm

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12 May 2015

Gunboat G4, Antigua Sailing Week 2015 (video)


Gunboat G4 - Antigua Sailing Week 2015 - Chasing the G4 on the last day of racing with my drone, somewhat sketchy when trying to keep up at 25kts in big seas.

Sailing NEWS briefs:

Yahoo Travel

Surprise! The Dark Side of Sailing Around the World for a Living
Yahoo Travel
... two of the 15 females sailing around the world for the Volvo Ocean Race....
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Brunel calls up Adam Minoprio - Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Newport history, beauty propel sailors in global ocean race - KLAS-TV
Newport people, history propel sailors in the global Volvo Ocean Race: contest CEO - China Post


Washington Times

Sailing on Land Aboard Neruda's Ship-Like Homes in Chile
ABC News
Brazilian tourist Cristiane Stekel stood next to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's bed and looked out the window at rough ocean waves. The bed is ...


Express.co.uk

Life's a beach: Couple use new pension freedoms to spend lives sailing the world
Express.co.uk
Ian and Ann Clarke dreamed of a life on the ocean waves ever since meeting more than 20 years ago when he was working as a sailing instructor in ...
Cambridgeshire couple to use pension rule change and sail around the world after selling everything - Cambridge News


Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Eight Bells: Marcel Leeman
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The Royal Belgian Sailing Club sadly announced that Marcel Leeman passed away on May 3rd, at the age of 90. As a former Member of the ...


Bay Net

Yard Sailing Treasures - Wood Carving
Yard Sailing Treasures - Wood Carving. ...


Birmingham Mail

Olton Mere Sailing Club has Olympic target
Birmingham Mail
A local sailing club is hoping to produce an Olympian sailor by taking part in the Royal Yachting Association Push the Boat out campaign. Olton Mere ...


Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Race For Water Odyssey in Chile
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
After 20 days of sailing from New York with a short stopover in the British Virgin Islands, to take part in a seminar organized by Virgin Unite, the R4WO ...


Phuketwan

Phuket Marine Industry Seeks Plain Sailing in Government Hub Project
Phuketwan
Although mass market tourism is Phuket's latest trend, top-of-the-range tourists still find the Andaman region irresistibly appealing, and the sailing off ...

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11 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 Review, Scoreboard, Newport Finish, Sailing Videos


Leg 6 review | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg 6: If you thought this 5,010nm voyage from Itajaí, Brazil to Newport, Rhode Island was going to be a piece of cake compared to the epic and extreme Leg 5, you were wrong. Leg 6 saw some supreme sailing conditions, lots of seaweed, and strategy at its best. Here's a look at its best moments. Published May 10, 2015


Live recording: Newport arrivals - published on May 9, 2015: The 17 day journey from Itajaí, Brazil, to Newport, USA, finished with a nail-biting fight between Dongfeng Race Team and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. This is the live recording of the Leg 6 arrivals.

Celebrating Newport | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015: "... The amazing thing about Newport is that, even though the Volvo Ocean Race has never docked here before, the residents already feel a strong connection to it - and its history. “I love the race," continues Alexander. "I’m from Newport, so growing up here I’ve seen the likes of Ken Read and other local sailors take part, and I’ve been following it. “We always hoped that this global race would come to Newport one day, and I follow it all the day - checking the tracker all the time, and the game!"...."

Next up in the Volvo Ocean Race:
In-Port Race Newport - May 16, 2015
Leg Start Newport-Lisbon, Portugal - May 17, 2015 2,800 nm

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 finish:
1 Dongfeng Race Team - Elapsed time: 17d 09h 03m 00s
2 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Elapsed time: 17d 09h 06m 25s
3 Team Brunel - Elapsed time: 17d 09h 56m 40s
4 MAPFRE - Elapsed time: 17d 10h 34m 25s
5 Team Alvimedica - Elapsed time: 17d 14h 24m 01s
6 Team SCA - Elapsed time: 17d 20h 59m 08s

VOR scoreboard--Results overall:
Position/ Team/ Total Points*
1 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 11
2 Dongfeng Race Team 17
3 Team Brunel 21
4 Team Alvimedica 24
5 MAPFRE 24
6 Team SCA 35
7 Team Vestas Wind 44 (currently not competing)
*Each team gets the same points as their finishing position, e.g., first place gets 1 point. All legs count and lowest score overall wins. In-Port Race results are only used in the event of a tie in the overall Race.

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10 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Newport Finish, Leg 6 Review (videos)

Leg 6: quickfire review | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 -"
Published on May 9, 2015 - The skippers go under the spotlight to give us a quick review of leg 6.

The best yet | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 -
The best yet | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - May 8, 2015: Team SCA arrived in Newport on Thursday, May 7 in sixth position after a long yet constructive Leg 6. “The best leg yet,” declared skipper Sam Davies on the dock.

Addis and Tienpont join Team Vestas Wind | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015: "Team Vestas Wind have recruited two talented and experienced offshore sailors into their crew for the planned return to the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 from Leg 8. The team will be joined from the Lisbon stopover onwards by Tom Addis and Simeon Tienpont. Addis will navigate the Vestas Wind boat throughout the final legs of the race. Tienpont will replace Tom Johnson as bowman as the latter has decided to accept a position within the Oracle Team USA. Australian Tom Addis, 45, is a two-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran – having competed with both PUMA and Teléfonica Blue as navigator in previous editions – and has participated in multiple transatlantic crossings and Sydney to Hobart races... Experienced Dutch sailor, Simeon Tienpont. 33, formed part of the America's Cup winning team Oracle Team USA on two occasions and has one Volvo Ocean Race under his belt as an under 30 with ABN AMRO TWO in the 2005-2006 edition of the Race..."

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09 May 2015

The Havana Sailing Challenge, May 15-21, 90 Miles to Victory

"Flag of Key West, Florida" by Jmckean - Own work
Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
The Havana Challenge is scheduled to begin May 16 and will involve five to seven 16-foot Hobie Cat catamarans that will travel the 90 miles across the Florida Straits.

Havana Challenge -- The event is the brainchild of Key West-based Capt. George Bellenger and is 
organized by him, his wife Capt. Carla Bellenger and Capt. Joe Weatherby. The three captains started making the trek via Hobie catamarans in the late 1990s as part of their personal adventure sailing trips. The last trip made by any of the crew was in 2001, after which the annual event was put on hold. The event is being sponsored by the nonprofit Key West Community Sailing Center. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to youth sailing scholarships at the sailing center, organizers said. The Bellengers, who run kayak, sail and ecotours in Key West, decided to resurrect the trip last year, and along with Weatherby, have been working with the U.S. State Department, Coast Guard, Department of Commerce and other federal agencies to obtain the proper licenses and permits.  The commerce permit was the last major hurdle they had to clear.


Marina Hemingway Cuba: "Marina Hemingway, run by the governmental Cubanacán, is Cuba's largest marina with an official capacity of up to 400 vessels..."

The Havana Challenge | 90 Miles to Victory: ... Imagine a dozen, 2-man, 16-foot Hobie catamarans sailing across 90 miles of treacherous seas to the land of the forbidden, Cuba. There the adventurous but experienced sailors from the eclectic island of Key West challenge the Cuban Olympic Sailing team, explore the Caribbean island from a local’s perspective, exchange cultural peculiarities, and return home on the final leg of the Havana Challenge...

Pre-Castro yacht race put St. Pete in yachtsmen’s sights | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune: "... Gerald Hamill was 14 years old when he first made the 284-mile trip from his home in St. Petersburg to Havana, Cuba. If his high school – or parents – had any real notion of what the teen would find in the Cuban capital with a crew of adult sailors, there’s not much chance Hamill would have gotten permission to join one of the most famous yacht races in Florida’s history. “They had a party for the fleet at the Bacardi rum factory. If you want to see a bunch of hungry dogs in a meat market, think of a bunch of sailors in a rum factory. They had every kind of cocktail you could drink, all these hors d’oeuvres,” said Hamill, now 77, “I’ll never forget it. It was totally surreal.” That’s one of Hamill’s tamer recollections from the 1953 St. Petersburg-Havana Yacht Race. The race that ran from 1930 to 1959 recalls a lost era in the Cuban capital, a time when Ernest Hemingway could be found arm wrestling men twice his size in a waterfront bar and dictators would show off new resorts to groups of American yachtsmen. “I saw Hemingway a number of times sitting at the bar, normally half-smashed with an entourage of people. He was friendly guy,” Hamill said. St. Petersburg yacht designer Charley Morgan also encountered the great expatriate writer, whose name still graces Havana’s marina...."

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08 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 Newport Finish Videos


Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Leg 6 Newport Finish Video - May 7, 2015: After an intense fight between the Franco-Chinese and the Emirati boats, the emotional relief was great. Charles Caudrelier couldn't be happier with his comeback and is still battling for first place.

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 finish:
1 Dongfeng Race Team - Elapsed time: 17d 09h 03m 00s
2 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Elapsed time: 17d 09h 06m 25s
3 Team Brunel - Elapsed time: 17d 09h 56m 40s
4 MAPFRE - Elapsed time: 17d 10h 34m 25s
5 Team Alvimedica - Elapsed time: 17d 14h 24m 01s
6 Team SCA - Elapsed time: 17d 20h 59m 08s

VOR scoreboard--Results overall:
Position/ Team/ Total Points*
1 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 11
2 Dongfeng Race Team 17
3 Team Brunel 21
4 Team Alvimedica 24
5 MAPFRE 24
6 Team SCA 35
7 Team Vestas Wind 44 (currently not competing)
*Each team gets the same points as their finishing position, e.g., first place gets 1 point. All legs count and lowest score overall wins. In-Port Race results are only used in the event of a tie in the overall Race. (source: volvooceanrace.com)


Inside Track: Leg 6 # 13 | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15  - with less than 100 miles to Newport and the two leading sailboats neck and neck, listen to Dongfeng navigator Pascal on tactics, and from hometown Rhode Islanders Charlie and Amory on Alvimedica.


(video above starts @5:46)
May 7, 2015: Watch Team SCA live as they arrive into Newport, US, completing Leg 6 from Itajaí, Brazil.

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07 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 Finish Tonight, Newport, Rhode Island (videos)


Burgers await | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - May 6, 2015: What's America all about? Eric Peron (thinks he) knows the answer to that one! Watch him as he explains his idea of "The United States".


Star spangled race village | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - A sunny day in Rhode Island to open the Race Village! The crowds turned up to kick off the Newport stopover in style.

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015: After 16 days of sailing north from Itajaí, Brazil, the VOR fleet will arrive at the Leg 6 finish--Newport, Rhode Island USA--ETA late on May 6th or early on May 7th. Arrival will covered LIVE at volvooceanrace.com and VOR videos posted here on JohnTheCrowd.com when available,

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Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 FinishNewport, RI (USA)

Volvo Ocean Race- Village Open May 5, 2015
Exploration Zone Opening: May 9, 2015



CBS Local

First Sanctioned Key West-To-Cuba Sailing Race In 50 Years Set For May 16
The Key West contingent also is to stage a youth sailing seminar Monday, May 18, at Marina Hemingway. Highlights are to include amateur sailing ...


Channel News Asia

Race Village for Volvo Sailing Event Opens in Newport
ABC News
The race village for the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport has opened, kicking off a 12-day celebration of the offshore sailing event. Gov.
Race village for Volvo sailing event opening in Newport - The Providence Journal
Volvo Ocean Race: The Final Miles - Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Volvo Ocean Race: Newport Calendar of Events - The Providence Journal


Irish Times

Yacht breaks 20-year-old Round Ireland sailing record
Irish Times
A new round-Ireland record by sail has been set on Wednesday by an Omani trimaran skippered by French sailor Sidney Gavignet. Musandam-Oman ...
Yacht breaks 20-year Round Ireland sailing record - Irish Times
Sailing: Musandam-Oman Sail sets a new world record - Times of Oman
Musandam-Oman Sail sets a new world record - Times of Oman

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06 May 2015

Volvo Ocean Race, Newport Finish ETA May 7th, Sailing Videos


Inside Track: Leg 6 #12 | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - May 5, 2015: The Newport finish is in sight for the fleet, or at least their minds, especially for the Americans. Matt Knighton shares a special memento and Team Alvimedica get sent some, while the fleet compresses in another bungee effect on Leg 6.

VOR fleet now in the Gulf Stream, less than 2 days from Newport, Rhode Island (USA), the finish line for Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6.

Go with the flow | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015: "The Gulf Stream is a powerful and warm current going from the tip of Florida and along the eastern coastlines of the USA and Newfoundland before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. In the Gulf Stream, the colour of the water changes – it’s bright blue, while coastal waters are less salty and have a green or grey shade. The temperature gets higher..."

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Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 6 FinishNewport, RI (USA) - ETA May 7th

Volvo Ocean Race- Village Open May 5, 2015
Exploration Zone Opening: May 9, 2015




May the 4th be with you | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - May the 4th, a day to remember for every Star Wars fan, and it seems there are a few of them onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.
 
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