Just as the things started looking up for the China based team, Sanya reported a rudder failure and luckily was able to make an at sea repair with the spare rudder. Here is Skipper Mike Sanderson’s take……. Here is some more on that, as well as some high speed surfing action……Read More OH Sanya
The fleet had a short lay over in the worlds sailing capital and are off to leg 5. Only 6000 NM to go. Team Abu Dhabi had a major bulkhead failure and had to return to port after leading the pack just some 40 NM outside of Auckland. The rest of pack has been experiencing some harsh […]Read More The Hardest Part is Yet to Come……
It almost seems as if Cape Reinga, New Zealand gets farther and farther away as the teams approach the final stretch. With the final 400 NM a-head, the wind has shifted forward, making the teams work up wind until the very end. Most of the teams are tired and beat up from the many sail changes […]Read More VOR- The Home Stretch
The Volvo Ocean Racing Fleet, is almost there. After the the guys successfully navigated the Solomon Islands they only have one more thing on their minds, Auckland. Looks like the portion of the fleet that split to the east prevailed, with better ‘breeze’ and better wind angle than the fleet to leeward. Take 3 minutes and catch up!Read More Solomon Islands A-Stern…..
As the teams approach the equator in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, conditions continue to improve as the trade winds arrive. Here is just a ‘tid-bit’ on Team Puma and how there wild decision to stray from the pack ended up. Stay up to date on race info at http://www.volvooceanrace.orgRead More V.O.R. – “It’s All Good….”
After the fleet having to work upwind in some short and steep ‘chop’ (due to the strong current streams opposing the wind direction) for the first portion of this leg, the fleet did have a glimmer of some fast downwind action. Many of the crews have been sick for most of this leg due to […]Read More Volvo Ocean Race
Ken Read’s Puma Team carries a somber tone as their leverage move to split from the fleet, backfires! Mar Mastro finds itself just ahead of last place Team Sanya and aside from the fleet making a huge mistake, will be lucky to reel-in Team Abu Dhabi, which lie just ahead. Team Groupama is nipping at the leader’s heals only 7 NM […]Read More Telefonica Keeps The Lead As They Approach The Last 400NM
Although it is a close race for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, Team Puma leads the charge on a port tack drag race. Things are sure to change as the fleet, currently spaced approximately 25 square nautical miles apart, approaches the Malacca Strait. Get caught up on some VOR as Team Sanya try their best to give a good […]Read More Puma’s Mar Mastro Leads the Pack!
I really didn’t intend to blog so much about the Volvo Ocean Race but there is just so much interesting news! Apparently the French Team, Groupama retain a 80 NM lead but maybe not for long. As the fleet heads into the Indian Ocean and perhaps the trickiest and most unpredictable portion of the race, The […]Read More Pirates Amidst!
Spend three and half minutes and check out what the VOR is up to. Looks like the race is taking its toll……Read More The Worlds Toughest Sailboat Race!
Check out this short little video of the Team Puma during Volvo Ocean Race refueling in the middle of the ocean. Yes that’s right, refueling! Well, with a quarter of a mast and a race to get back into, they need to get ashore for a spar replacement as soon as possible. Thank God for […]Read More Sometimes Ocean Racing isn’t Racing at All