Sick of Sailing – Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing WINS!!!! I can’t think of a more deserving team. Although I am an Alvimedica fan at heart, I had my heart set on Azzam to win this from the get-go. Mainly because I am such a fan of Ian Walker.

AZZAM!!!

Today June 22, 2015. The fleet arrives in Gothenburg, Sweden for the FINISH of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. Pictured here…Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, winners of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.

Now that the race is over, I don’t know what to do with all of my off-time. However, these guys will know exactly what to do, and that’s go home and get some much deserved R n R. The last few legs since Lisbon have made me exhausted just watching. All of the crews, besides Vestas, looked like they welcomed the finish and were ready to be done with all of this sailing business. Who can blame them?

I can only imagine that these short legs at the end are even harder due to no real sleep rhythm. They are just long enough, but not short enough to allow the crews to NOT sleep ever!! All of this at the end of travelling around the entire world, pushing a high powered sailing vessel to it’s absolute limits…… BRUTAL!

The girls WIN their first leg

The last few legs brought forth some of the race’s greatest moments. The girls, Team SCA, got a leg win from Lisbon to Lorient, much deserved and way to go! Team Alvimedica also got their first leg win TODAY, finally…..awesome job.

Team Alvimedica WIN leg 9, Gotneburg, SE

The real testament here is to the boat builders. These boats held up incredibly well after a brutal beating that can only be delivered by attempting to sail a boat around the world as fast as possible. From what I understand, unlike past races, these boats are NOT throw-aways. Hence Team Vestas’ decision to stay in the race despite missing most of the fleet’s journey around the globe. In hindsight this may have actually worked to the sponsor’s advantage, giving Vestas Wind the spotlight by naming all of the in-port races after the company, and also by being the center of controversy for re-entering a race that cannot be won after such certain doom. All of these boats, along with many new entries, are expected to be re-used in the next race, 2017-2018. Again, kudos to Green Marine for building the world’s most dependable one design ’round the world racer.

‘Very Impressed!

This has certainly been the closest, most exciting, and also the least destructive, Volvo Ocean Race I can remember. Congrats to ALL of the sailors who made it ’round the world unscathed……pretty incredible if you ask me.

Here Here!

Overall Standings

Leg 1
Spain
South Africa
Leg 2
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Leg 3
United Arab Emirates
China
Leg 4
China
New Zealand
Leg 5
New Zealand
Brazil
Leg 6
Brazil
United States
Leg 7
United States
Portugal
Leg 8
Portugal
France
Leg 9
France
Sweden
Total
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
1
3
2
2
1
2
5
3
5
24
Team Brunel
3
1
5
5
4
3
1
5
2
27
Dongfeng Race Team
2
2
1
3
DNF
1
4
7
4
33
MAPFRE
7
4
4
1
2
4
2
4
3
34
Team Alvimedica
5
5
3
4
3
5
3
6
1
34
Team SCA
6
6
6
6
5
6
6
1
7
51
Team Vestas Wind
4
DNF1
DNS
DNS
DNS
DNS
DNS
2
6
60

In-Port Series

Ali
Spain
CT
South Africa
AD
United Arab Emirates
San
China
Auc
New Zealand
Ita
Brazil
NP
United States
Lis
Portugal
Lor
France
Got
Sweden
Total
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
2
1
3
2
6
2
3
2
4
25
Team Brunel
4
2
2
4
2
1
5
5
6
31
Team Alvimedica
1
6
5
3
5
6
2
3
1
32
Team SCA
6
3
1
5
1
4
4
4
5
33
MAPFRE
3
7
6
6
3
5
1
1
2
34
Dongfeng Race Team
5
4
4
1
4
3
6
6
3
36
Team Vestas Wind
7
5
DNS
DNS
DNS
DNS
DNS
7
7
66

WAIT……..is there still an in-port race to win!!??

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Deck Tie Downs

What is a deck tie down? A deck tie down keeps the deck from being pulled up on keel stepped masts, where the mast does not sit on the deck. When the halyards are led aft via turning blocks attached to either the mast collar or the deck surrounding it, the deck will try and pull up as the line becomes loaded. The deck can also be pushed up by the compression of the hull, typically, caused by rigging tension.

Deck Tie Down

Deck tie downs come in various configurations. They can be found as a long pin that goes through the mast and mast collar at the deck partners. This is usually the method used by Island Packet (although this is not a preferred method because there is no way to tension the “Tie-down” and is merely dependent on how perfect the hole is drilled AND hopefully the hull hasn’t moved). Another widely used variation is a solid stainless steel or bronze rod, also called a panting rod, which goes from the deck where it is capped off with an adjusting nut, down to the step. Metal eyes (pictured above) or tangs can also be fastened to the underside of the deck or deck ring. This type of Tie-down can then be attached to the mast below decks, via another tang at the mast and then tensioned with a turnbuckle. There are also a few other configurations. 

A properly installed mast boot, from SSI, by The Rigging Co.

In general, when the mast is not sitting on the deck to keep it tied down, it is a good idea to come up with some sort of deck tie down system. This not only ensures stiffness, which is very important in a sailboat (yes, even for cruising designs) but more importantly, could also keep your boat’s deck from being badly damaged. If you are in doubt as to whether or not your boat is equipped with a deck tie down system or should be, contact your local rigger to have a look.

Related Articles: Mast Steps and Deck Collars

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Keeping Up With The Cup

Check out this footage of Team Artemis in Bermuda.  They are the first AC challenger to launch – They had great weather and perfect breeze for trials.

artemis racing turbo 45 america's cup

Artemis Racing is the first to launch in Bermuda

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