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Sailing Anarchy only logs about 30,000 readers annually from beautiful Denmark, but we do love our Scandinavian friends – and one of them took issue with our Vestas Wind story yesterday. 

Dear Sir:

I would like to draw your attention to a small error.  You reported yesterday that the Vestas Wind boat is the ”the first-ever Danish-flagged Volvo entry”, but this is not true.  SAS BAIA VIKING, a Kjaerulff  50, competed in the ’85/86′ Whitbread with skipper Jesper Norsk.

While we were technically correct (and mostly due to the handicap vs. box rule situation, we have always felt as though the Volvo Ocean Race was more of a descendent of the Whitbread than the same race),  our new friend Niels is certainly correct to point out the Danish history in this race; one boat, the smallest in that year’s Whitbread, and it crossed the line last.  We hope and expect the Vestas Wind team to do quite a bit better…

The full story is here in “BaadMagasinet”, including links and time stamps from the archived movie of the ’85 race.

 

August 28th, 2014 by admin

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Our pals at Volvo Ocean Race HQ are struggling a bit this time around; usually, by this time in the typical VOR race cycle, there would be tons of speculation and new boat launches and crew musical chairs to focus on.  But the new Volvo One-Design 65 changes all that, and it’s hard to get excited when there isn’t anything to talk about.  The boats are mostly built, the well-funded teams are mostly formed, and the stragglers  - including a young and hopeful US team with some rumored Eastern European backers – are keeping their mouths and their computers completely closed for fear of screwing up their tenuous deals as the start date looms ever closer.

But Rick Deppe and the media folks at the VOR are nothing if not resourceful, and for Christmas, they delivered this gift for your viewing pleasure – a beautifully done, perfectly preserved and remastered documentary of the 73-74 Whitbread Round the World Race.  Enjoy.

January 22nd, 2014 by admin

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