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6/7 of the fleet heads off to Auckland as the Hong Kong start of Leg 5 is on!

February 6th, 2018 by admin

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One boat missing in a race worth half-points in a series that isn’t even counted other than for the tightest tie-breaker, but it’s live and it’s in Hong Kong, so why not?

January 26th, 2018 by admin

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With the Volvo Ocean Race organization’s lips sewn shut by the lawyers and probably some post-deadly incident PTSD contributing to the blackout there’s not much to talk about, though we have multiple reports that Vestas probably can’t be fixed in Hong Kong and needs to be shipped to Auckland where Bicey can trust the repairs.  The police investigation is locked down tight as well, though there are a few new details in this Morning Post piece.  Fortunately for the VOR staff, there’s a whole mess of time to kill and silly motorboating shit to do over the next week, and it’s possible the news cycle will just sort of slide by while the locals forget about yet another maritime crash.  After all, the number of fishing boat kills in this part of the world is pretty crazy – here’s a report frorm three days ago of another fishing boat collision that killed 7 in the area (including a rescuer), and there’s been at least another once this week.

With so little to discuss, we turn to our local guide Shanghai Sailor for intel on the ground:

Things started to get under way in the Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong stopover with today’s practice race.

Obviously no Vestas 11th Hour but also no Mapfre as she is still undergoing maintenance with an obvious push to get her ready for Saturday’s in port race right in front of the race village and the round the island race the following day.

For those not familiar with the two inports they will score half points each to give the overall score for the stopover and for those who feel the in port racing doesn’t matter it should be remembered that if the offshore legs result in an overall tie then the result on the inport racing will be the tie breaker.

It may be considered bad luck by some to win the practice race but that didn’t stop Dongfeng and Brunel duking it out at the front of the deleted fleet. Each time the two boats approached the top mark Dongfeng tacked in front of Brunel with the teams selecting opposite marks  and Dongfeng immediately going into a gybe set.

Nothing between them as the second time around Dongfeng had gained a mere boat length after two legs and pulled almost the same move on the Dutch boat. Last lap they changed it up with Dongfeng tacking for right hand mark with Brunel going left but Dongfeng held on to the finish.

Spare a thought though for one sailor where the pain of watching must have matched that she suffered with injuries earlier in the race. When chatting with Annie Lush while watching the practice race I was able to learn she hopes to be fit enough to shortly re-join her Brunel team-mates, perhaps as early as the leg from here to Auckland.

We wish her well.

Shanghai Sailor

January 26th, 2018 by admin

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2 minutes ago, Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily News reported that a Chinese fisherman died in a collision this morning and the coincidences are way too strong for it to be anything other than the fishing boat involved in today’s collision with Vestas 11th Hour Racing.  NOTE: This is a legitimate news source claiming to have confirmed the death with Eastern Hospital, but we HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO CONFIRM THIS INFORMATION WITH THE HOSPITAL.  Translation from SA’er ‘BLAK’ and Google:

A collision between a yacht and mainland Chinese fishing boat to the East of Waglan Island at 2:32 AM, police and firefighters responded.  10 of the fishing boat crew went into the sea and were rescued, one of them sent to hospital in a helicopter and seriously injured.  Confirmed dead at 6:30 AM at Eastern Hospital. The police are investigating the incident.  

Oh, shit.  This changes everything.

And now there’s another:

At about 2 am, a sailing vessel was engaged in a collision with a fishing vessel off the Mainland on the east of Waililan Island. After the accident, the fishing boat sank and 10 people fell onto the sea and were rescued. However, one of them He was seriously injured and was taken by the Government Flying Service helicopter to Eastern Hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, he was eventually declared dead. Police are investigating the collision between the two vessels.

double shit.

January 19th, 2018 by admin

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The first decent live coverage of the Hong Kong arrivals happened just a few minutes ago when overall leader MAPFRE crossed the line in fourth place; click the vid for some updates about Vestas and strong on-water color from Bicey as Xabi and team dock in.


January 19th, 2018 by admin

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Our Volvo Ocean Race coverage is brought to you by Musto, Official Apparel Provider for the 2017/18 VOR.

The Anarchists have been swarming over Vestas 11th Hour Racing’s debacle just a few miles from Hong Kong since around 8 hours ago, when, in the middle of the night at 20 knots of boatspeed in 20 knots of wind, they collided with and sunk what’s been reported as a commercial fishing boat.  The forums were on fire with analysis of what appeared to be Vestas sailing a search pattern and then drifting downwind on the VOR tracker and now we know why: 29 minutes ago (a full 8 hours after the first inkling something was up), Volvo HQ posted this statement:

The Volvo Ocean Race can confirm Vestas 11th Hour Racing…has been involved in a collision with a non-race vessel before the finish of Leg 4, near Hong Kong.  The team has retired from Leg 4 and is proceeding to Hong Kong unassisted and under its own power.

Race Control at Volvo Ocean Race headquarters was informed of the collision by the team moments after it happened at approximately 17:39 UTC on Friday January 19, 2018 (01:39 local time on Saturday morning).

The Vestas 11th Hour Racing team issued a Mayday distress call on behalf of the other vessel, alerting the Hong Kong Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (HKMRCC) and undertook a search and rescue mission.

HKMRCC has informed Race Control that a commercial vessel in the area was able to rescue nine of the crew and that a tenth crew member was taken by helicopter to hospital.

All of the crew on Vestas 11th Hour Racing are safe. Their boat suffered damage and the team has officially retired from the leg, but the team is able to motor to shore.

There’s no suggestion yet about what exactly happened, and with the severity of the injury of the airlifted fisherman still a mystery, it’s going to be a long, long morning for replacement skipper Mark Towill and his team.  From a competition standpoint, the RET is going to be a brutal blow to a team that just half a day ago had a lock on 2nd place over the line into Hong Kong and overall for the race.   For a sponsor still not entirely over the shattering shipwreck of the 14/15 race, this is definitely going to hurt.

There’s nowhere quite like Ocean Racing Anarchy when tragedy strikes the Volvo, especially when the ‘official word’ is almost nonexistent. Go there and learn the latest.


January 19th, 2018 by admin

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Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 8.17.43 AMWe’ve been following the Hong Kong Ocean Racing facebook page for months now, waiting to see whether it’s vaporware or something more, and an observant anarchist may have discovered the truth during the 18-foot skiff Worlds broadcast in Sydney last week.  According to a live interview after the racing, 3rd place JJ skipper (and longtime Ragamuffin 100 crew boss) David Witt has been contracted to skipper the team out of HK, which is also likely to get a stopover – meaning mainland China is probably out.  While it sounds as though there’s still money to be found and it ain’t a done deal, it’s more information about the next VOR fleet (or the next CEO, or COO, or…) than we’ve seen in a year.

What’s more, Witty is the kind of character desperately needed by a Volvo Ocean Race that’s seen more than its share of  quiet, restrained (on camera, at least) skippers lately.


February 23rd, 2016 by admin


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