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Posts Tagged ‘volvo ocean race’

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Matt and Clean are at it again, this time taking on Fish’s memorial, Southern Ocean droning, Nick Dana mostly naked, and much much more in Episode 6 of the Boatfeed!  Subscribe to the show on Youtube or join the conversation on Facebook.

Title shout to something about this ’05 Belly song that just seems apropos.

April 23rd, 2018 by admin

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Longtime racer and New York Times Sailing Correspondent Chris Museler continues to lead the ‘big media’ in providing real journalism about the sport we love for millions of real people, and for the better part of a month he’s been working on a story about safety, death, and the Volvo Ocean Race. 

It finally ran in today’s Times, and we print a short excerpt below.  Photo of Fish from Facebook, credit Jeremy LeCaudey/Volvo Ocean Race.

Libby Greenhalgh was wedged into the navigator’s seat below decks on the Sun Hung Kai-Scallywag when the helmsman shouted repeatedly, “Man overboard”…

The helmsman hit the red man-overboard button at the wheel, which records the boat’s GPS location. But in those frantic moments, the button was not depressed for the compulsory four seconds it takes to record the spot.

Greenhalgh instinctually locked in the boat’s coordinates — 1,400 nautical miles west of Cape Horn in the Southern Ocean — into her navigation software, which shows the boat’s track on a digital chart. That was roughly the position where the crew’s safety officer, John Fisher, 47, was knocked over the side of the boat.

Rapidly calculating in her head how Fisher would drift in the frothy, cold peaks of the waves, Greenhalgh drew a search pattern on her screen. Fisher was miles behind by the time the boat was under control and pounding back upwind into the waves.

Greenhalgh directed the crew, shouting into the intercom. Four and a half hours later, with no sign of Fisher or the inflatable buoy and life ring the crew deployed, she radioed Race Control in Alicante, Spain, that they were suspending their search.

Read on.

April 19th, 2018 by admin

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There’s half the globe ahead though the big Southern Ocean leg seems like the last big challenge for the 2017-18 VOR course.  Live Leg 7 Start with Greeny and Sally thanks to VOR Facebook.

March 17th, 2018 by admin

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

With just hours to go until the all-important Leg 7 start of the Volvo Ocean Race, episode FIVE of The Boatfeed is LIVE, and Matt and Clean are taking a look back at Leg 6 and a look ahead at the infamous “Deep South” leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Get pumped for the next leg with the duo’s top video picks from Leg 6, along with:

Favorites from ScallywagBrunel Sailing, and more…
“Drone-gate” from Turn the Tide on Plastic
Southern Ocean in-depth preview
OBR equipment checklist for Leg 7

See all the VOR Raw Content at this link.

 

 

March 17th, 2018 by admin

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Sailor Chick of the Week

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

We’ve had a massive crush on Minista and Figarista Cecile Laguette since she first snuck onto the scene years ago, and her quiet determination and excellent seamanship in those tough classes finally turned into an international gig when she joined Team AkzoNobel a couple legs ago. She’s a fascinating human, and not just for her racing prowess – Cecile is also a Naval Architect with experience inside the Cup as well as the VOR Boatyard. Former Boatyard boss and current VOR exec Nick Bice caught up with Ceci before the start of the big Southern Ocean leg in this 7 minute video interview.  Enjoy.

March 17th, 2018 by admin

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

In this special ‘halfway point’ episode of The Boatfeed, Clean and Matt Knighton get deep into the latest action at the VOR.  They’re giving the OBR’s their due, and taking a look at their favorite videos and media from the last couple of legs and much more!  In this episode:

*BREAKING NEWS about the most likely boat for the next Volvo Ocean Race

*Dial-an-OBR with drone ace Sam Greenfield

*Vestas 11th Hour Racing incident from Team AkzoNobel point of view, including media protocols for major issues

*Scallywag MOB analysis and discussion

*And our usual picks of the leg!

 

 

February 24th, 2018 by admin

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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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