A couple of PR pieces from a couple of VOR dark

started its 2000 nm qualifier today from Portland (UK) in
gale force south westerly winds gusting up to 40 knots – perfect to
test the boat and crew in preparation for the Volvo Ocean Race.

Last night navigator Wouter Verbraak and skipper Andreas
Hanakamp decided the conditions were ideal to attempt to beat the Round
Britain and Ireland non stop record in a monohull. Starting the course
off Ventnor, south of the Isle of Wight at 11.13 this morning, the Team
were disappointed to hear that the officials at the World Speed Council
were not going to recognize the attempt as they did not inspect Kosatka
or observed it as it set off. Inspection and testing by VOR chief measurer
on Monday apparently did not count. It’s pretty wild conditions on Kosatka
during the qualifier around Britain and Ireland! Never mind – the guys
are fired up to go for the ‘unofficial’ record anyway. They are aiming
to beat the current time of 7 days, 4 hours, 46 minutes and 22 seconds
set by Solune, a 60ft French monohull in May 2004. Photo © Sergey
Bogdanov/Team Russia 2008