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Posts Tagged ‘volvo ocean race’

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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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Our 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race coverage is presented by Musto, Official Apparel Provider of the VOR. 

No one’s quite sure whether it was the inclusion of Grant Wharrington’s local knowledge, Libby Greenhalgh’s excellent navigation, or straight up luck that gave Hong Kong Scallywag the all-important victory into the team’s home port (and with a secret press conference today where questions weren’t even allowed from reporters, no one’s going to find out soon).  We have learned, however, that if not for a well-timed message from Race Control, Witty and friends may have spent a few days sitting 0n a reef – or far, far worse.  Here’s the Jury’s decision regarding the unquestionable ‘outside assistance’ that kept Scally safe enough to pull a rabbit out of their hat at the leg finish.  To watch the replay of the incident, head to the Leg 4 tracker and backtrack to 0900 UTC on 6 January.

Question from Race Director Phil Lawrence Regarding Rule 41:

On Leg 4 Race Control noticed that SHK Scallywag was on collision course with a reef and sent the boat the e-mail below:

Hi Libby/Dave:

Just so I can relax a bit here in Race Control, tell me you are happy with you course in relation to Nerues Reef on Landsdown Bank. The Australian Charts have the Reef extending to 160 35E which is further east than the C-Map charts show.

-Rick Tomlinson, Race Control

Race Control did not give SHK Scallywag any further navigation advice.  SHK Scallywag lost 50 miles whilst the crew worked out a way around the reef.

Does this constitute outside assistance under RRS 41 as the crew were in danger? Please would you consider and advise.”

Answer:

The Jury advises that Race Control’s action did not result in a breach of rule 41 by SHK Scallywag. SHK Scallywag did receive help from an outside source, in this case the Race Control.

However, the help given is permitted under rule 41(d). The information was not requested by SHK Scallywag so it was unsolicited information. The source, in this case a member of the Race Control, was a disinterested source for the purposes of rule 41 because he had no personal or other interest in the position of SHK Scallywag relative to other boats in the race. Nor would he gain or lose in any way as a result of the position of SHK Scallywag in the race.

The source was an employee of Volvo Ocean Race who, as a member of Race Control, has a responsibility for the safety of all competitors. Asking the question he did was therefore a proper action for him to take.

-International Jury, Hong Kong

25 January 2018

January 30th, 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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VOR BREAKING

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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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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Matt and Clean are back with Episode 3 of “The Boatfeed!”, featuring the dynamic duo’s analysis of the exciting Leg 3 of the VOR via a close look at the best raw video coming off the boats.

This ep includes a great interview with longtime SA favorite Jen Edney, straight off the winning Leg 3 boat.  The wward-winning adventure photographer talks about getting smashed in the face and almost fracturing her skull, the brutality of the Southern Ocean, and why, even with scars and bandages all over, she can’t wait to get back out there.

In yet another new feature, we ‘Dial-A-Fan’ and speak with lifetime VOR/Whitbread Superfan and Sailing Anarchist John Callender to find out why, how, and for who he spends hours and hours every week categorizing and tagging VOR videos for the JBC systems database of Raw Video. Find his awesomely useful database here.

Matt and Clean continue to post and analyze photos and videos from every leg of the Volvo Ocean Race – stay in touch with them and the content:
On Facebook: @TheBoatfeed
On Twitter: @BoatfeedTV
On Instagram: @BoatFeed

 

January 7th, 2018 by admin

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We’ve reported on Vlad Murnikov’s cursed ex-Whitbreader Fazisi many times over the years, and her sketchy past never ceases to amaze.  Hell, she had an entire New York Times feature written about her in 1990 that’s worth reading, and her skipper in the 89/90 race, Skip Novak, penned a fairly brilliant book on the 89/90 race aboard.

But the Russian canoe can never seem to get out of trouble, and while we thought her grounding in Brooklyn two years ago might be the end, somehow Fazisi made it back to the Florida Keys…just in time for Hurricane Irma to end it all.

At least that’s what longtime Anarchist Tom Weaver told the International Brotherhood of Nautical Anarchists (or whatever that acronym means) when he found this pic of Fazisi on a junk barge, headed to the same destination as the 2500+ other boats picked up during the past couple of months of storm salvage: the landfill.  Is this finally the end of the storied yacht or will someone find a way to save her?  Should they?

 

January 3rd, 2018 by admin

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We were all set to show you some live streaming action from the Melbourne start of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, but then we turned it on and heard the phony-sounding newsvoice coming from the former Bermuda AC commentator and we had to shut it off.  VOR’s selection of tired media staff rather than their usual innovative choices is perhaps emblematic of a Melbourne stopover widely reviewed as a ‘non-event’ and something of an embarrassment by local attendees.

Head to the thread for links to the live coverage and the latest info from the world’s toughest round-the-worlder, and enjoy this video breakdown above of the next leg from Turning The Tide Leg 4 guest/rockstar navigator Brian Thompson, who joins an illustrious list of crew replacements including VOR winner Franck Cammas (DFRT), former Mini standout and Sailor Chick of the Week Cecile Laguette (BRU), American 1-2 punch Sally Barkow and Rome Kirby (BRU) and Aussie icon Grant Wharrington (SCAL) for the long, historic, MELB to Hong Kong course.

Title shout because, ya know, headbanging.

 

 

January 1st, 2018 by admin

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