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

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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Our VOR coverage brought to you by Musto, Official Clothing Supplier of the Volvo Ocean Race.

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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Our VOR coverage brought to you by Musto, Official Clothing Supplier of the Volvo Ocean Race.

As Witty and the Scallywags close in to the skipper’s home turf on the way to their 5th place leg finish live on camera, the VOR folks put together this quick hit of sailors describing the Southern Ocean in one (or several) words.   A good little piece capturing genuine thoughts on the dock after a brutal leg.

As good as it is to see such a strong leg performance from MAPFRE skipper Xabi Hernandez and crew, it’s a bit surprising to see boat breakages on both Dongfeng and Akzo playing into the race so strongly this leg.  Caudrelier and his team saw mast issues ruin their chances for a win in 2014/15, and now their keel is the issue.  Or is it?

December 25th, 2017 by admin

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Our VOR coverage brought to you by Musto, Official Clothing Supplier of the Volvo Ocean Race.

MAPFRE scored a huge double-points win in the big Southern Ocean leg of the VOR, thanks in part to Dongfeng blowing out one of their canting-keel attachments and now fighting to hold on to second place, to say nothing of the fact that they don’t have a complete stopover in Melbourne to effect a proper repair.  Watch it live here, and go to the thread for the juiciest action.


December 24th, 2017 by admin

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The Deep(ish) South will give us some of the best footage from this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, so we’ll get it up while the gettin’s good.  And good it is, with this James Blake movie featuring some of the Akzo’s mainsail-less sailing at a sedate pace while albatrosses fly all around the boat and the crew work on fixing it.  2014/15 award winning OBR Matt Knighton offers his commentary on the content in The Boatfeed over here.

For some deep insight into the meaning of “Albatross” yelled in a West Country accent, clicky.

December 15th, 2017 by admin

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With 55 knots already over the deck on leader Dongfeng, the monster Southern low is on the Volvo fleet.  Here’s today’s Live Show with analysis from former VOR navigator Libby Greenhalgh and call-ins from Dongfeng and the much more northerly Plastic, and if you want to chat about the very latest action as the storm barrels through 7 well-prepared ocean racing teams, here’s the place to do it. 

The shot above is from Sam Greenfield aboard Vestas, and below is Sam’s morning blog (and his writing is getting almost as good as hit filmmaking).

It’s 7:15 UTC time and the sched has just come through. Only God – or a kid with Google Earth on their tablet – knows what time it really is for us as the sun sets and rises earlier each day as we chase east at the bottom of the world. Imagine sunrises around 2am and sunsets around 5pm.

The wind is up as the storm builds. We’re leaping off waves at speeds in the mid 20s (knots) but the downwind angle is easier to stomach than anticipated.

Charlie is finishing up his chicken a la king with extra sweet and spicy sauce at the nav desk. Mark is perching right behind me with the same dish, coated in BBQ sauce. Both smell amazing. I strike up a deal with Charlie, telling him I’ll wash his bowl if he gives me a few good lines about the most recent position report. I’m starving anyway and need a bowl for dinner, so it’s a fair trade.

He starts out with “Weeeee’re, back in touch…. and ready to strike.”

Not good enough, I tell him. It’s the 3rd time he’s tried this line in four days and I have to remind him we’re not living in – sadly – Top Gun.

“After a … errrr… slow start and…” He pauses. “Dealing with our own weather…” Another pause. “We’ve jumped back up….”

I stop him there. Last chance. I offer a prompt: “The last sched came in… fill in the rest. Try that?”

“The last sched came in,” says Charlie. “We were the lowest, fastest boat” He changes to a robot voice, a slight reference to Robo-Charlie. My name for him when he delivers garbage, stilted quotes thinking it gets him out of it.

He continues, “We passed Brunel and AkzoNobel. The red boats remain ahead but within striking distance.”

He’s earned that last striking distance. Now comes the fun part. “And how does that make you feel? Sad Charlie? Happy Charlie? Iceman or Goose Charlie?”

“I was not so secretly hoping that we’d be ahead of all of them,” he admits.

I tell him to give me the bowl. BBQ sauce it is.

December 13th, 2017 by admin

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Tired of the NFL?  Looking for something to replace 3 hours of Formula 1?  Or just looking for some sailing to share with your family?  Have we got a Sunday for you!

Goodi Again!

The softspoken ginger Brit smacked up the world’s fastest sailors enroute to his Moth world title earlier this year, so how the hell does he go from that to a title in one of the slowest boats out there?  Watch Paul Goodison take his first Star Sailors League World Title in an exciting day of knockout racing from our friends at the SSL.

The Reviewers

Before watching any of today’s Volvo action, get the full pro review of the Leg 2 on-board content from Matt Knighton and Mr. Clean along with a good discussion of the Scallywag controversy and ‘Dial-A-Pro’ with Sander Van Der Borch on Episode 2 of The Boatfeed.

Drivin’ On 9

What makes a great driver below 40 degrees South?  Watch and learn.

Walk It Off

Not the best Dock Walk in the world, but we do get a little bit of Martine Grael, so we’ll take it.

Send It Off

Short and sweet with gorgeous visuals, as the Cape Doctor sends the fleet off quick and live earlier this morning.  Track ’em here.

December 10th, 2017 by admin

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Greeny and Sally are back and of course, Cape Town always delivers.  Watch the Cape Doctor push the 65s right here.

December 8th, 2017 by admin



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