22 October 2017

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, Leg 1, Alicante to Lisbon, LIVE Twitter Feed

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, Leg 1, starts from Alicante, Spain, Oct 22, 2017, 8am ET (US)
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 route (graphic)
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 route | source: VolvoOceanRace.com
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Leg 1 Alicante, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal, start Oct 22, 2017:
source: Wikipedia.org
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19 October 2017

2017 Extreme Sailing Series Act 7, San Diego, Oct 19-22, LIVE Feed

LIVE San Diego, USA: Day Four - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017:

LIVE from San Diego, California, USA: Day Four (final day) Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017
Live on Oct 22, 2017: 5:00 pm ET (US)

LIVE San Diego, USA: Day Three - Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017

Extreme Sailing Series LIVE from San Diego, Oct 21, 2017

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7, San Diego - day two highlights

Extreme Sailing Series video above published Oct 20, 2017: The world-class fleet took part in six spectacular races, treating the crowds to plenty of foiling action and hair-raising nosedives. A solid four bullets, a second and a third from the Danish-flagged entry saw it climb a spot to second.

2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7, San Diego: Day 1 highlights

ExtremeSailingSeries video above published Oct 19, 2017: Watch the best moments from the opening day of racing in San Diego. The Extreme Sailing Series™ made its debut in the iconic Californian city as the eight-strong international fleet went head-to-head.

San Diego, USA | Extreme Sailing Series: ACT 7, San Diego, California 19-22 Oct 2017

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7, San Diego - the season so far (video): The Extreme Sailing Series™ lands at San Diego, Oct 19-22, refresh your memory with this wrap-up of the sporting action so far: Muscat ✓  Qingdao ✓  Madeira ✓  Barcelona ✓  Hamburg ✓  Cardiff ✓

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18 October 2017

Marine Board's Report: S.S. El Faro, Sinking and Loss of All 33 Aboard

"The Master left the bridge around 8:00 PM. Before leaving, he told the 3/M that he would be awake for the better part of the 3/M’s watch. The Master’s voice was not detected on the bridge again until 4:09 AM the next morning [Oct 1, 2017]"--Marine Board’s Report (pdf) on Steam Ship El Faro (O.N. 561732), Sinking And Loss Of The Vessel with 33 Persons Missing And Presumed Deceased, Northeast Of Acklins And Crooked Island, Bahamas, On October 1, 2015.
Executive Summary (Marine Board's Report):
The loss of the U.S. flagged cargo vessel EL FARO, along with its 33 member crew, ranks as one of the worst maritime disasters in U.S. history, and resulted in the highest death toll from a U.S. commercial vessel sinking in almost 40 years. At the time of the sinking, EL FARO was on a U.S. domestic voyage with a full load of containers and roll-on roll-off cargo bound from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico. As EL FARO departed port on September 29, 2015, a tropical weather system that had formed east of the Bahamas Islands was rapidly intensifying in strength. The storm system evolved into Hurricane Joaquin and defied weather forecasts and standard Atlantic Basin hurricane tracking by traveling southwest. As various weather updates were received onboard EL FARO, the Master directed the ship southward of the direct course to San Juan, which was the normal route. 
The Master’s southern deviation ultimately steered EL FARO almost directly towards the strengthening hurricane. As EL FARO began to encounter heavy seas and winds associated with the outer bands of Hurricane Joaquin, the vessel sustained a prolonged starboard list and began intermittently taking water into the interior of the ship. Shortly after 5:30 AM on the morning of October 1, 2015, flooding was identified in one of the vessel's large cargo holds. At the same time, EL FARO engineers were struggling to maintain propulsion as the list and motion of the vessel increased. After making a turn to shift the vessel’s list to port, in order to close an open scuttle, EL FARO lost propulsion and began drifting beam to the hurricane force winds and seas. At approximately 7:00 AM, without propulsion and with uncontrolled flooding, the Master notified his company and signaled distress using EL FARO's satellite distress communication system. Shortly after signaling distress, the Master ordered abandon ship. The vessel, at the time, was near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin, which had strengthened to a Category 3 storm. Rescue assets began search operations, and included a U.S. Air National Guard hurricane tracking aircraft overflight of the vessel’s last known position. After hurricane conditions subsided, the Coast Guard commenced additional search operations, with assistance from commercial assets contracted by the vessel’s owner. The search located EL FARO debris and one deceased crewmember. No survivors were located during these search and rescue operations.
All graphics and excerpts from NTSB-USCG Marine Board Investigation and Report

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17 October 2017

Volvo Ocean Race MAPFRE In-Port Race Highlights & Replay (video)

MAPFRE In-Port Race Highlights | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Oct 15, 2017: MAPFRE enjoyed an unforgettable homecoming in the first In-Port Race of 2017-18 with a win that saw them cross the line 90 seconds in front of their nearest rivals, Dongfeng. Here's a look at the best bits from the first competitive action of the edition.

MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante: Full replay

Volvo Ocean Race MAPFRE In-Port Race October 14, 2017, Alicante, Spain: The In-Port Races are scored separately from the ocean legs but the series is used as a tie-breaker in the final points tally, so teams will take the discipline very seriously. Leg 1 (Alicante to Lisbon) of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (2017-18) starts Oct 22 (full schedule further below).

MAPFRE In-port Race Alicante Results:
2 Dongfeng Race Team 6
3 Vestas 11th Hour Racing 5
4 Team Brunel 4
5 Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag 3
6 team AkzoNobel 2
7 Turn the Tide on Plastic 1
teamAkzoNobel - Brad Jackson to lead team AkzoNobel in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18"Jackson will take on the skipper role as well as his watch captain commitments shared with three-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran and 2008-09 edition winner Joca Signorini (BRA). Jackson’s appointment follows the recent departure of Simeon Tienpont (NED) from the team."
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Volvo Ocean Race Prologue Leg – Positions and finishing times (UTC),  October 11, 2017
1. Mapfre; finished 09:49 UTC
2. Team Brunel; finished 10:06 UTC
3. team AkzoNobel; finished 12:44 UTC
4. Turn the Tide on Plastic; finished 12:53
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing; finished 12:59
6. Dongfeng Race Team; finished 13:09
7. Team Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag; 13:17

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 schedule (source: Wikipedia.org):

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12 October 2017

2017 GC32 Racing Tour, Marseille, France, Oct 12-15, LIVE Feed

GC32 Racing Tour: Zoulou wins the battle, but Realteam wins the war

GC32 Racing Tour video above published Oct 15, 2017: The winners of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour silverware were decided today at Marseille One Design.

Smooth flying on Marseille One Design

GC32 Racing Tour video above published Oct 14, 2017: Erik Marik’s Zoulou scored a perfect scoreline on day three of Marseille One Design. The French team has pulled out a significant lead of 11 points going into the final day of racing tomorrow.

Friday 13th at the Marseille One Design - GC32 Racing Tour UPDATE Oct 13, 2017: An overcast sky prevented the wind from filling on day two of GC32 Racing Tour competition off France's second city. Friday 13th strikes on day two of Marseille One Design | GC32 Racing Tour"... conditions failed to repeat themselves on Friday, the 13th – day two of GC32 Racing Tour competition at Marseille One Design. Under an overcast sky, the wind remained elusive and the one design foiling catamarans remained tied to the dock at the Marina Olympique du Roucas Blanc, recently announced as the sailing venue for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games ... Day three of racing is scheduled to begin at 1300 tomorrow with the final day on Sunday, when the winner of both Marseille One Design and the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour overall and owner-driver prizes will be awarded, along with the winner of the ANONIMO Speed Challenge."

Early lead for Zoulou at Marseille One Design

GC32 Racing Tour video above published Oct 12, 2017: The 2017 GC32 Racing Tour's grand finale set sail today on the Rade Sud of France's second city.

Blast off! GC32 Racing Tour's best flying action

GC32 Racing Tour video published Sep 5, 2017: High speed foiling and most dramatic moments from the ultra-speed GC32 catamarans from this year's GC32 Racing Tour events in Riva del Garda, Villasimius and Copa del Rey MAPFRE.

Events - GC32 Racing Tour 2017's season sailing venues | GC32 Racing Tour"12–15 October |  Marseille, France The 2017 GC32 Racing Tour concludes – as it has done for the past three seasons – with Marseille One Design, held on the Rade Sud off France’s second city. Marseille is renowned for being a ‘big wind’ venue and offers an attractive backdrop of the Frioul Islands and the city, topped by the impressive Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde church. Organised by Sirius Events, the event will be particular special in 2017 as it will coincide with Marseille being European Capital of Sport in 2017."

Website: gc32racingtour.com

Results: gc32racingtour.com/results
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11 October 2017

North Sails Introduces J0 Gennaker for Volvo Ocean Race (video)

North Sails Introduces J0 Gennaker for Volvo Ocean Race

North Sails has unveiled a game-changing addition to the sail wardrobes of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet – the J0 gennaker. Video published Sep 14, 2017.

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 schedule:
source: Wikipedia.org

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10 October 2017

America's Cup in New Zealand (video), A Return To Monohulls in 2021

The Americas Cup Trophy on a Road Trip in New Zealand

EmiratesTeamNZ video above published Oct 5, 2017: A bit of precision packing at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) and the Hilux's are on the road for the Toyota New Zealand #believe regional tour of #NewZealand with some precious cargo.

Visiting Edgecumbe

The people turned out to see the Auld Mug!

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The Hardest Yards

EmiratesTeamNZ video above published Jul 23, 2017: A Look Back To Emirates Team NZ Victory in Bermuda--long before being in the spotlight of the America's Cup in Bermuda, the most important testing and development that would set the foundation for Emirates Team New Zealand victory was done in long hours on the water of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. Here is a look back...

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02 October 2017

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez Regatta, Oct 2-7, 2017, LIVE Feed


Les Voiles de Saint Tropez Officiel video above published Oct 8, 2017.

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2017 Playlist | YouTube.com all official 2017 videos


Les Voiles de Saint Tropez Officiel video above published Oct 7, 2017.

VDST 2017 Day 6 Bagarre à tous les étages

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez Officiel video above published Oct 6, 2017


Les Voiles de Saint Tropez Officiel video published Oct 5, 2017.

Les Voiles De St Tropez 2017 | PerformanceYachtRacing.com"St Tropez is located on the French Riviera near to Cannes and Marseille and is famous for its millionaires as well as being where Brigitte Bardot was discovered. It’s a beautiful part of the world and the regatta is somewhat of an eye opener with the multitude of prestigious super yachts both power and sail around as well as the awesome classics here for the regatta." 

Schedule for Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, Sep 30 - Oct 8, 2017:
Training dates: Saturday 29th September to 1st October 2017
Regatta starts Monday 2nd October · Lay Day: Thursday 5th October · Regatta finishes: Saturday 7th October · Prize giving party Sunday 8th October.

LES VOILES DE SAINT-TROPEZ – Site Officiel: Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, Sep 30 - Oct 8, 2017 - The Voiles de Saint-Tropez promises a unique gathering, under the invitation of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, of the most beautiful classic and modern yachts in the world, closing the regatta season. Set in the extraordinary light which characterises the end of September and early October, this year will once again have its share of surprises, discoveries and reacquaintances ... (read more here).

Also: societe-nautique-saint-tropez.fr/snst/evenements/les-voiles-de-saint-tropez

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