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Volvo Ocean Race Sails Again after Cyclone Pam delay

The fleet left Auckland for Itajai - Photo by Volvo Ocean Race

 The fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race in New Zealand finally got underway on Wednesday following a three-day delay to avoid the worst of Cyclone Pam.   The nine-month round-the-world yacht race was scheduled to leave Auckland for Itajai, Brazil on Sunday.   The 6776 nautical mile race from Auckland to Itajai in Brazil will take roughly three weeks to complete. It will take the fleet back into the Atlantic for the closing stages of the leg for the first time since November before passing Cape Horn.   Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Britain’s Ian Walker, are currently leading the overall standings ahead of the Dongfeng Race Team thanks to a better performance in the In-Port races.   Auckland had put on a good show while the crews were in town, a pop up village and bar area down by the waterfront was popular as the long summer drags on. And the in-port race, held on Sunday and won by the all-women crew of team SCA from Sweden, was a huge crowd pleaser.   The Volvo Ocean Race is staged over nine legs and is poised to finish in Gothenburg, Sweden on 27 June. The round-the-world challenge, in its 41st year, covers 38,790 nautical miles. It is staged over nine legs, visiting 11 ports and every continent.   


Dongfeng Wins Dogfight in Volvo Ocean Race

Leg 6 Arrivals in Newport. After 17 days at sea it came down to an extremely close finish between Dongfeng Race Team and Abu Dhabi Ocean, here seen by Block Island on the approach to Newport. Photo: Volvo Ocean Race

 Chinese challengers Dongfeng Race Team, which suffered a broken mast in the previous leg, won a closely-contested sixth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race late on Wednesday.   They beat overall race leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing into Newport, Rhode Island, by just three minutes and 25 seconds after an absorbing 24-hour dogfight along the U.S. east coast.   Skipper Charles Caudrelier took Dongfeng across the line in Newport, clear of Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing entry Azzam


Kelvin Hughes, Supplier for World Yacht Race

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Kelvin Hughes has become the official supplier of electronic and paper charts for the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. During the race, ten identical stripped down ocean racing yachts will battle it out over 35,000 miles. Kelvin Hughes will be supplying Admiralty electronic and paper charts and their Chart Correction Team is busy updating the Clipper chart outfits, providing ten folios ahead of the race start from the Humber on 13 September.


Design of Volvo Ocean Yacht Race Winner Aided by Hyperworks

Volvo Ocean Race Competitor: Image courtesy of Volvo Ocean Race

Altair Engineering's HyperWorks CAE platform aided in design by Italy's [AB]structures of Volvo Ocean Race winner Altair's CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) suite was used by Italian designers [AB]structures to structurally design the Groupama Sailing Team yacht Groupama 4, winner of the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race. The yacht, skippered by Franck Cammas, claimed victory in the Volvo Ocean Race on July 9 in Galway, Ireland, after nine months and more than 37


Volvo Ocean Race Crash Raises Questions on Standards

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race

 The report on the Team Vestas Wind crash occurred on November 29 in the second leg between Cape Town and Abu Dhabi has recommended an overhaul of navigational charting in offshore racing to prevent a similar incident in the future.   The findings of the independent report into the crash of Volvo Ocean Race boat on the Indian Ocean reef were based on interviews including with the crew and the Volvo Ocean Race direction.  


Spaniards Sparkle in Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet against a Newport bridge backdrop. Photo by Volvo Ocean Race

 Spanish boat MAPFRE led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Newport, Rhode Island, and into the most challenging of the remaining three legs through the North Atlantic, reports AFP.   Newport was the only North American stopover on this year's race, which ends in June in Goteborg, Sweden.   The stopover has been so successful that race officials have changed their normal protocol and offered the Newport organizers an exclusive two-month window to seal a deal on the next race


Inmarsat 3Q Results

FleetBroadband from Inmarsat will will cover the Volvo Ocean Race.

Inmarsat Holdings Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inmarsat plc (LSE: ISAT), provider of global mobile satellite communications services, reported unaudited consolidated financial results for the 3 months ended 30 September 2008. Q3 2008 Highlights •    Revenue up 16.4% to $162.5m (2007: $139.6m) •    EBITDA up 15.4% to $112.3m (2007: $97.3m) •    Profit after tax up 58.6% to $37.6m (2007: $23.7m)


Deskbound Sailors Crew Clipper Race Yacht

Photo credit De Lage Landen

Office staff of asset management company De Lage Landen make up crew for 'De Lage Landen Clipper' in Round the World Race With 37,000 nautical miles of a unique corporate adventure under their belts, the corporate staff of De Lage Landen, a global provider of asset-based financial products, is about to set off on the final New York to Southampton, England leg of the Clipper Round the World Race.  DLL staff members from U.S. headquarters in Wayne, and from offices in Duluth, Ga


Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 Preview

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B&G, official supplier to The Volvo Ocean Race, has teamed up with journalist and author Mark Chisnell to create a series of weekly blogs providing behind the scenes insights into the race’s tactics and results. Starting with a preview of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 from Alicante to Cape Town, the former America’s Cup Navigator, sailing journalist, marine electronics expert and author will provide B&G with exclusive weekly


Theyr Debuts Weather, Ocean Forecasting App

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  Theyr Ltd, a premium weather-forecasting provider, specializing in the maritime and wind energy sectors, announced today the launch of its Digital Precision Weather and Ocean Forecasting app for the professional mariner, GRIBview mobile. The revolutionary App delivers a level of weather and ocean forecasting accuracy previously unseen in the mobile market. GRIBview mobile provides free and unlimited GRIB downloads for GFS (Global Forecasting System) data at 1-degree resolution


DryShips Reaches Agreement with Ocean Rig

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DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., of off-shore contract drilling oil services, announced the following: It has reached an agreement with Ocean Rig UDW Inc


Clipper Round the World Race Begins

As anticipation builds for the start of the tenth edition race, the long awaited opening of the Race Village at St Katharine Docks, London. Photo: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

 The 12 Clipper Race yachts left the Gosport Marina and will perform a parade of sails alongside the Spinnaker Tower before heading off to London.   As the boats left the marina, other crews waved goodbye and wished them luck for their quick journey to the capitol where they will have


The Lowdown on Ocean Acidification

The two globes illustrate the changes in ocean acidification that are expected as the ocean continually absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Green areas are sufficiently saturated with aragonite to support shell formation; areas colored yellowish-brown are under-saturated, and shell dissolution occurs. The climate model shows the change in ocean aragonite saturation from 1885 to what is expected in 2094. (Image: NOAA)

Scientists say that the world’s oceans are acidifying.  This term is correct, but somewhat misleading.  Until recently, the oceans have had (so far as can be determined) a pH level of about 8.4 for millennia.  A pH of 7.0 is neutral


US Ocean Economy Sees Large Growth -NOAA

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In 2012, U.S. ocean and Great Lakes economy grew much faster than overall GDP   The U.S. ocean economy outpaced the domestic economy between 2011 and 2012, with an increase of $22 billion in gross domestic product, from $321 billion to $343 billion


The Emirati Crew Leads Volvo Ocean Race

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 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing had the Volvo Ocean Race trophy within their grasp as the seven boats entered the final lap on Saturday heading for Gothenburg after a one-day ‘pit-stop’ in The Hague, reports the Khaleej Times.  


Crowley Vessels Receive AMVER Awards

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced that 65 of its vessels were recently recognized for participation in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) program, a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to


World Record Attempt: Suhay Tries to Break Distance by Dinghy Mark

Photo courtesy of McMurdo

In 2014, Robert Suhay tackled the “longest single-handed distance sailed in a dinghy by a male – 283.5 nautical miles (326.24 miles)” into the face of Hurricane Arthur for a Guinness World Record. Next week, Suhay will attempt to break his own record in a 14-foot Laser dinghy


'Corporate Ocean Responsibility'

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Recently in its New York City office Maritime Reporter sat with Paul Holthus, CEO of the World Ocean Council, for a discussion of the trend toward corporate ocean responsibility and his organization’s contribution to that end. Can you tell us a bit about your meeting at the United


Bergen Shetland Race Yachts at Lerwick

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  The yacht Serenity, skippered by Fridtjov Bergmann, proudly flies the Bergen Shetland Blue Ribbon as first to finish this year’s race across the North Sea from Norway. He later received Lerwick Port Authority's trophy for first yacht over the line, at 20:56 hours on Thursday


Abu Dhabi Wins Volvo Ocean Race's In-port Series

June 27, 2015. The final day of the 2014-15 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during the prize giving following the Inmarsat In-Port Race in Gothenburg. Photo: Volvo Ocean Race

 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing won the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), despite pulling into the port of Gothenburg, Sweden, in fifth place on Monday.     The Emirates team, skippered by Walker, triumphed in the nine-month triennial race after finishing fifth in the ninth leg from Lorient to


China Says Indian Ocean Not Backyard of India

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 The perception that Indian Ocean is India's "backyard" may result in clashes, Chinese military officials and experts have cautioned.    The Indian Ocean cannot be a backyard of India which navies of other countries could not visit


Oceans Can’t Take Any more: Researchers Fear Fundamental Change

To date, the oceans have essentially been the planet’s refrigerator and carbon dioxide storage locker.

  Our oceans need an immediate and substantial reduction of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. If that doesn’t happen, we could see far-reaching and largely irreversible impacts on marine ecosystems, which would especially be felt in developing countries


New Binding Law of The Sea Agreement Advanced

  WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (Singapore, 9-11 November 2015) Will Enable Industry to Organize its Input to this Major New Ocean Treaty Development The U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) last week adopted a formal resolution to develop a legally-binding treaty for the conservation of marine


Webb Institute Picks Crowley Scholarship Recipients

Tom Crowley with Nicholas Ratinaud (left) and Andrew Ko (right). (Photo: Crowley)

Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering, announced the 2015-2016 recipients of Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarships. Nicholas Ratinaud, of West Bloomfield, Mich


USCG Medevac Man from Sailboat on Lake Huron

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Johnson

  U.S. Coast Guard crews conducted a MEDEVAC of a 74-year-old man from a 35-foot sailboat involved in the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race early Sunday morning on northern Lake Huron. The man's name is not being released by the Coast Guard and there is no video or imagery available for






 
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