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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


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)

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 Preview

©Volvo Ocean Race

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

Meteogram Displaying Point Specific Forecast Information for 6 Days

  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

Imtech Marine Becomes RH Marine Group

Photo: RH Marine Group

The new RH Marine Group, formerly known as Imtech Marine was introduced at the Europort exhibition in Rotterdam today.    Following the recent acquisition by Parcom Capital and Pon Holdings, Imtech Marine will now be known as RH Marine Group, built on the roots of founding companies Radio Holland and van Rietschoten & Houwens.   The two ‘pillars’ for service and newbuild activities within Imtech Marine are also involved in the new naming structure

Hong Kong - Daya Bay Yacht Race

Yachting Photo Wikipedia

  A yacht race from Hong Kong to Daya Bay in the Mainland will take place on 30 October 2015 (Friday). About 60 yachts are expected to participate in the race. The race will start in the vicinity of Steep Island, Sai Kung at 1000 hours on 30 October 2015.

MPA Chief to Keynote SOS 2015

Sustainable  Ocean Summit

  Mr Tan will provide the opening keynote address for the World Ocean Council’s Sustainable Ocean Summit, (SOS), 9-11 November 2015. MPA Chief Executive Mr Andrew Tan stated, “Singapore is honoured to host the first Sustainable Ocean Summit to be held in Asia

Portsmouth Holds Coast Guard Day Festival

2015 Coast Guard Day festival Photo USCG

  The City of Portsmouth held a 2015 Coast Guard Day festival Saturday at the Ntelos Wireless Pavilion Park in Portsmouth. The City of Portsmouth is a designated Coast Guard City and held the festival to honor the men and women of the service and their families.

Hong Kong Safety Alert: Canoe Race on Saturday

Canoe Race Courtesy Hong Kong Government

  A canoe race will take place on 21 November 2015 (Saturday) from Clear Water Bay, Sai Kung to Stanley Main Beach, Hong Kong Island. About 130 outrigger canoes are expected to participate in the race. The race will start off Clear Water Bay at 0900 hours and all participants are expected

US Ocean Economy Sees Large Growth -NOAA

File photo: Tauri Minogue

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

Cosco's Ambitious $1.5Bln Megaship Plan

MV Cosco China. Photo: COSCO

Chinese shipping behemoth Cosco Holdings has confirmed it will order 11 container megaships for $1.5 billion, despite an estimated 30 percent overcapacity in container shipping having sent freight rates to levels that at times don't even cover the fuel cost of moving containers across oceans

All Set for Hong Kong - Macau Yacht Races


  Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 26 September (Saturday) and 28 September 2015 (Monday). About 25 sailing boats are expected to participate in the races. The outbound trip from Hong Kong to Macau will start at 1000 hours on 26 September 2015 in an area

'Blue' Economy Ocean Industries & the Next 50 Years

Chemical tanker leaving  Cape Town.

“Sustainable development” has gone from buzz word to business imperative in the two decades since the initial Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Companies are increasingly evaluated on how well they address sustainability as a critical measure of their commitment to the triple

Atlantis Chief Joins Ocean Energy

Tim Cornelius. Pic by Atlantis Resources Limited

 Tim Cornelius, CEO of global tidal developer Atlantis Resources has taken a seat on the Board of Directors of Ocean Energy Europe – the industry group for ocean renewable energy – by becoming a Lead Sponsor of the organisation.   

House Bill Introduced to Block Arctic Drilling

Jared Huffman (Official photo)

Rep. Huffman introduces Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act; bill would prohibit oil and gas leasing in the Arctic Ocean   U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman (Dem.-Calif.) introduced a bill Monday called the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2015

Volvo Ocean Race Partners with Yacht Racing Forum

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race

 The Volvo Ocean Race has agreed a three-year partnership with the Yacht Racing Forum.   "We are delighted to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race as a long-term partner,” said Bernard Schopfer, the event’s CEO.  

New Suite Simplifies Vessel Documentation

Photo: Ocean Time Marine

Ocean Time Marine informs it has added to its suite of safety management tools with a new vessel content management system, the Ocean Time Marine Dashboard and a suite of paperless safety document packs. These tools aim to provide simplified administration for vessel management delivering

Østensjø Rederi Orders Wind Farm Vessel

Image: Rolls-Royce

Østensjø Rederi AS has placed an order for the construction of a new offshore wind farm support vessel for maintenance operations at the Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm in the U.K., following the award of a service operation vessel (SOV) contract awarded from charterer Dong Energy.

USN Cites Modern Threats to (again) Start Teaching Celestial Navigation

Quartermaster 2nd Class Stephanie Hudson from Plymouth, Mass., peers through a marine sextant, a navigational instrument used to determine celestial navigation aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Reagan is underway in the Pacific Ocean conducting Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA). U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 3rd Class Kevin S. OBrien (U.S. Navy)

Picture this: A naval vessel is navigating the high seas thousands of nautical miles from land. Suddenly all navigation systems become inoperable. What happens next? What does this mean?   The Navy looks to its past to chart its future

The Sustainable Ocean Summit set for Singapore

(© Silke Stuckenbrock/Silke Photo 2008/Marine Photobank.)

 “Sustainable development” has gone from buzz word to business imperative in the two decades since the initial Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Companies are increasingly evaluated on how well they address sustainability as a critical measure of their commitment to the

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