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...”

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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.

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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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