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Old Nov 19, 2014, 11:23 PM
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Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15----anybody watching ?

Hi Guys
so the 2nd. leg started today, they left Cape Town,S.Africa for Abu Dhabi.
I am still waiting for video, I missed the live feed this morning- I guess it was
really blowing ( 35 kts ?) there today.
You can go to www.volvooceanrace.com for info,vids,etc.

It is kinda interesting this time around, as they are doing a one design class, but
around the world. so, one design firm ( Farr) and 2 outfits built the hulls,one
place in France built the decks, one company built all the spars- then all was
assembled in England by Green Marine. North Sails did the rags, and all have the
same exact inventory for these 65 foot canting keel,twin rudder boats.

Another change is, they have like 8 containers,and staff,for ALL seven entry's,
instead of each team having to hire their own crews for repair/maintenance .

So 7 boats, one team is all women, they have 11 crew members, the other 6
all guy crews carry 8-and they all have a "media" person with as well.
The tracking thing on the website gives you hull speed,wind speed, wind
direction,distance run,distance between boats,distance to finish, and a simple
graphic so you can see who is where.

It's estimated they will be in Abu Dhabi by mid December.
The first leg out the Med. and down the Atlantic took like 23 days to do.
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Old Nov 20, 2014, 04:25 PM
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Have not followed as closely as I would like to, but the volvo race is pretty awesome. Amazing how fast such small crews can push the boats. Hope the crews have a safe crossing to Abu Dahbi.
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Old Nov 20, 2014, 06:03 PM
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I watched the South African in-port race last weekend and frankly, it made me angry.

After a downwind start, half the fleet went the wrong way. A very obviously wrong way. It should have been apparent after 60 seconds that it was the wrong way and yet there they were, half the fleet, sticking to the wrong side of the course. I know these guys are professional and top sailors, and I respect what they do in the open ocean, but this is sailing tactics 101 and I was pretty disappointed.

The result of this is that by the first mark the fleet was stretched out and there was very little change in the running order for the rest of the race.

Haven't watched the Leg 2 start yet, but I will once it's put on the VOR youtube channel.
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Old Nov 20, 2014, 10:24 PM
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I am watching on satellite. also racing the Volvo Ocean Race the game was doing
well till I hit an island. but the second leg is just underway.

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Old Nov 27, 2014, 09:35 AM
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Firstly I know nothing about sailing rules and frankly care even less but I do enjoy sailing my model off the beach alone as not many other sailors out here .Like everyone else I admire these Volvo ocean race crews.
Re the comment on the rules these are top class sailors so I presume they know the rules that apply, if not why was the race allowed to go on if rules broken ....just curious
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Old Nov 29, 2014, 04:56 PM
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Team Vesta Wind to abandon

For some reason they hit a reef at night at 18 knots. Everybody ok will abandon as soon as daylight. http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/new...d-updates.html

Light blue their course:
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Old Nov 30, 2014, 02:44 AM
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Ouch! I and I was complaining because I got my 3x1 stuck on a fishing boat mooring line yesterday and had to swim out to free it!
Yes I know..... always have rescue plan to recover the boat that does not involve swimming but as in all plans it didn't happen.
ah well only once in a year and upwards of 100 hours sailing so not too bad

Sympathies with Vestas crew they must be gutted!
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Old Dec 15, 2014, 08:01 PM
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leg 2 finished

the second leg to Abu Dhabi has finished with these results.....
1st-------Brunel.........................................23d ays,16 hrs,25min
2nd-------Dongfeng..................................23days,1 6hrs,41min
3rd-------Abu Dhabi..................................23days,19hr s,8min
4th-------Mapfre.......................................24day s,11hrs,18min
5th-------Alvimedica...............................24days,21 hrs,29min
6th-------SCA............................................... 25days,6hrs,23min
7th-------VestaWinds------------------DNF--grounded on reef

After 6,125 miles the first and second place boats finished within 16 minutes
of each other, then two and a quarter hours later the 3rd place boat.
seems like the one design aspect of this event is working.

After a break the fleet will sail 4,670 miles from Abu Dhabi to Sanya,China,
they leave on Jan. 3rd, should arrive by the end of that month.
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