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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. "We have been working hard at developing a new structure for the Forum, with a new team of dedicated people, new partners, a beautiful venue and an exciting programme. Knut Frostad, the outgoing CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, has been an avid supporter of the Yacht Racing Forum since its debut in Monte Carlo in 2008.

Maersk Line named race partner for the Volvo Ocean Race

The world’s largest container shipping company, Maersk Line, is the official shipping partner for the Volvo Ocean Race, the pre-eminent round-the-world yacht race. The race takes place from 4 October 2014 to 27 June 2015. During the nine month race, seven 65-foot (19.8-metre) racing yachts will embark on a nine-leg journey across five oceans. “The Volvo Ocean Race is about seamanship, teamwork, overcoming challenges, being innovative and attuned to the environment. Maersk Line’s claim: “Your Promise. Delivered” is based on the insight that we create simple and reliable solutions so our customers can fulfil promises to their customers. The Volvo Ocean Race has made a promise to deliver a memorable race experience for thousands of fans, sponsors and participants across the world.

GAC Pindar to Add Quality to Volvo Ocean Race

GAC Pindar

With just one month to go to the start of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, GAC Pindar is in the thick of ensuring the provision of a seamless logistics support package for the 12th edition of the race that has been nicknamed the 'Everest of Sailing'. As the official logistics provider for the Volvo Ocean Race, the mammoth task that faces GAC Pindar includes logistics and customs clearance of entire race villages and gear for the crews, in addition to emergency supply of spare parts during the race.

Volvo Ocean Race Legends Gather

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race will celebrate 45 years of history with a Legends Race on the final leg of the 2017-18 edition from Gothenburg to The Hague, says a press statement. Any yacht to have featured in the Whitbread Round the World Race or Volvo Ocean Race, dating back to 1973-74, will be welcome to join the 2018 Legends Race. The race will be run over the same course, and around the same time, as the closing leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, which starts from Gothenburg on 21 June.

Cobham in Volvo Ocean Race Satcom Partnership

Sailor Antenna in Use: Photo courtesy of Cobham

Cobham has strengthened its commitment to the Volvo Ocean Race after signing up to become the Satellite & Radio Communications Equipment Partner and the Broadcast Equipment Partner for Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, which starts in Alicante in October 2014. As part of the new deal, Cobham SATCOM will supply the satellite communications hardware for the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65s, including new generation SAILOR 500 and 250 FleetBroadband systems, as well as a large selection of radio and safety systems for use by the teams and race organisers, including new SAILOR AIS and Navtex solutions.

Abu Dhabi Wins Volvo Ocean Race

Abu Dhabi Ocean racing on the approach to Itajaí. Photo by Volvo Ocean Race

After 19 days of sailing, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has won leg five of the Volvo Ocean yacht Race, between New Zealand and Brazil. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing emerged victorious on Sunday after 6,776 nautical miles (nm) of immensely challenging racing in leg five to take a big advantage at the top of the Volvo Ocean Race standings. Ian Walker’s crew fought off three competitors during a “drag race” of nearly 2,000 nautical miles up the east coast of South America to be the first to arrive at Itajai, Brazil, about 400 kilometres north-east of Sao Paulo.

Team Alvimedica Wins Lorient In-Port Race

Team Alvimedica. Photo credit by Ricardo Pinto, Volvo Ocean Race

Though Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing extended their lead in the Volvo Ocean Race in-port series French town Lorient on the coast of Brittany, it was Team Alvimedica who took the victory, serving up a perfectly constructed race as they selected the best wind. Team Alvimedica sailed into first in Sunday's In-Port race with Italian sailor Alberto Bolzan on the helm and skipper Charlie Enright calling tactics. Team Alvimedica can claim their second In-Port Race victory of the Volvo Ocean Race, moving the young team up the overall In-Port standings to third place.

American Boat Leads in Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5

Team Alvimedica: Volvo Ocean Race

As the six-strong fleet Volvo Ocean Race continued to endure a helter-skelter ride toward Cape Horn in the Southern Ocean, the American boat Team Alvimedica took the lead, reports AP. The Volvo Ocean Race fleet in the wild Southern Ocean was fighting two battles on Sunday – for bragging rights to lead the fleet round Cape Horn, and the race to win Leg 5. The Turkey/USA crew of Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) is currently narrow favourites as they led a group of five boats at 1240 UTC on Sunday.

All Women Crew Team SCA Win Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8

Team SCA crew. Photo: Team SCA

All-women sailing crew Team SCA have recorded their first victory of the Volvo Ocean Race, clinching the eighth leg in the Bay of Biscay off the coasts of France and Spain. The Swedish boat, skippered by Briton Sam Davies, won the eighth and penultimate 647-mile stage, from Lisbon to Lorient, by more than 48 minutes. In an impressive performance the all women team crossed the finish line after 3 days 13 hours 11 minutes and 11 seconds to take their first leg win of the Volvo Ocean Race in Lorient. Team SCA led the fleet for more than half the leg and once in pole position, then dominated.

Volvo Ocean Race Yacht Team AkzoNobel Christened

Photo: AkzoNobel

Sailing fans flocked to a harbor in the Dutch city of The Hague yesterday to welcome team AkzoNobel’s new Volvo Ocean Race yacht, which was officially christened by the city’s Mayor. With the start of the race just four months away, skipper Simeon Tienpont and his crew arrived in the Netherlands from Lisbon to a rapturous welcome, when dignitaries and supporters caught their first glimpse of the newly built boat. “It’s a very special moment to have our new boat christened here in The Hague,” said Tienpont. “In many ways, the race starts right here and now for us.

Kiwi Joins Volvo Ocean Race Crew

Stu Bannatyne (Photo by Team Alvimedica)

Kiwi Volvo Ocean Race veteran Stu Bannatyne has joined Team Alvimedica for leg five of the race from Auckland to Brazil, says a statement from the Team. Bannatyne has done the Volvo Ocean Race six times, winning three of them. The New Zealander will start preparing with the crew tomorrow ahead of the leg start from Auckland on March 15. "Stu brings incredible experience to us for the tough Southern Ocean leg ahead," said Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright. “The leg that we are about to embark on is like nothing we have seen in this race so far.

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.

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. Team Brunel arrived third to Rhode Island…

Design of Volvo Ocean Yacht Race Winner Aided by Hyperworks

Volvo Ocean Race Competitor: Image courtesy of Volvo Ocean Race

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 37,000 nautical miles sailed around the world under the harshest conditions. It has been a busy year for [AB]structures, taking on the structural design of three of the six yachts in the 2011-2012 edition of the race.

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. "The crew was not aware of any navigational hazards in its vicinity.

Spanish Boat Wins Leg of Ocean Race

Mapfre (Pic by Volvo Ocean Race)

Spanish boat Mapfre has claimed victory in the Auckland leg of the of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race from Sanya, China, to Auckland. The Alicante-based yacht Mapfre edged out Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - skippered by Briton Ian Walker - by just four minutes 25 seconds. The round-the-world challenge, in its 41st year, covers 38,790 nautical miles. The fourth, 5,264-nautical-mile leg of nine in the race, from Sanya on the southernmost tip of China to Auckland, New Zealand, has taken more than 20 days since setting out on February 8.

The Emirati Crew Leads Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race

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. The Emirati crew, skippered by Briton Ian Walker, has an eight-point lead in the nine-month offshore sailing marathon and would need to finish last in the leg and accrue two penalty points to lose that advantage. Since the re-start from The Hague pit-stop on Saturday…

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 as the only North American stopover.

Volvo Ocean Race on Cyclone Pam Alert

New Zealand Herald InPort Race (Pic by Volvo Ocean Race)

Cyclone Pam continues to delay the restart of the Volvo Ocean race with organizers grounding the six yachts in the race until weather associated with the deadly system stabilizes. The organizers are being cautious with the sea state in the wake of the cyclone an immediate concerns. Race management and operations team have a round-the-clock watch system of personnel on Auckland's viaduct to monitor the weather and its effect on the boats. “We now don’t expect the impact in Auckland to be as high as first feared,” said Volvo Ocean race meteorologist, Gonzalo Infante.

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 Gothenburg. The team had accumulated enough points in the previous legs to take first in the 12th around-the-world sailing competition, making it the first Asia-based crew to win. Abu Dhabi spent 148 days at sea, traveling 38,739 nautical miles over four oceans and hitting 11 ports on six continents.

B&G Supports Volvo Ocean Race

B&G announced its technical support of the world’s premier global sailing race, the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race. Making its halfway stopover in Boston this month, the quadrennial competition known as the Everest of Sailing began October 2008 in Alicante, Spain and covers over 37,000 nautical miles. Supporting each team’s dedicated electronics specialist, B&G technical experts began specifying performance instrument system solutions over a year before the race began. The support…

Twitter Buoy Informs Ocean Race Sailors

Sailing enthusiasts all over the world are being kept abreast of conditions in Galway Bay ahead of the grand finale of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) thanks to the deployment of a unique eight metre high buoy in the sea off Mutton Island reports Ireland's 'The Connacht Sentinel'. The Galway Buoy is providing up to date information on the progress of the 39,000 mile VOR ahead of the last leg into Galway as well as wind and sea conditions in the vicinity of the finishing line before the conclusion of the nine month race on July 3. Tweets will be provided from the buoy about the progress of the eight boats between the start of the final leg in Lorient on July 1 and the conclusion of the race next to an Irish naval vessel two days later.

Nortek Dopler Velocity Log Aids Volvo Ocean Race Entrant

“The collaboration between Nortek and the entire PUMA team has resulted in an tool that provides unique information to the sailing crew. They can now measure leeway, a first in sailing, and use it to measure ocean currents much more precisely than ever before,” said Atle Lohrmann, CTO of Nortek. “This is the biggest advancement in sailing instrumentation since the invention of the GPS,” said Hopkins, who runs performance testing for PUMA and worked with Nortek on the project. “Nortek adapted their new DVL technology to our sailing performance needs, to measure very high speeds along the boat's track and very low speeds across it. Leeway is the sideways skidding angle a boat makes as it sails forward.

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