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Groupama embark on full dress rehearsal

Photo: Yvan Zedda | Groupama 4, skippered by Franck Cammas test sailing off Lorient.

In the first of a three-part series on the teams taking part in the Rolex Fastnet Race, we look at how Groupama Sailing Team and skipper Franck Cammas view this key test less than 12 weeks before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante on October 29. Groupama are treating the event as […]

Groupama embark on full dress rehearsal http://en.nauticwebnews.com/2027

August 9th, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

USP Content to take race to the airwaves

Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race | Ericsson 4 skipper Torben Grael is interviewed by the media, as they arrive in Cochin, India, to win the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09.

In the first edition of the race back in 1973-74, contact with the fleet consisted of a weekly telephone call. Now, the boats are monitored 24 hours a day and to make sure the sailors are heard around the world USP Content has been appointed official audio broadcast provider to the Volvo Ocean Race. USP […]

USP Content to take race to the airwaves http://en.nauticwebnews.com/2015

August 8th, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Sponsoring,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

VOR: Abu Dhabi enjoy close encounters with whales

Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing | Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during their 2000 mile qualifier from Cascais to the UK

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper Ian Walker reported close encounters of the Cetacean kind after the team arrived in England at the end of their 2,000 mile qualifier. Walker and his crew now have their attention fixed firmly on the Fastnet Race starting on Sunday, when they will compete against two of their Volvo Ocean […]

VOR: Abu Dhabi enjoy close encounters with whales http://en.nauticwebnews.com/2013

August 8th, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Sanya ready to go after rainbow refit

UK, Hamble. 5th August 2011. Team Sanya shore crew bring their Volvo Open 70 out of the boat shed at Hamble Yacht Services. - Tim Stonton / Volvo Ocean Race

Team Sanya unveiled a rainbow refit and a Norwegian navigator among an experienced crew list on Saturday, just six weeks after announcing their participation in the Volvo Ocean Race and with the clock ticking down to their competitive debut in the Fastnet next week. Team Sanya will be racing in a refurbished version of the […]

Sanya ready to go after rainbow refit http://en.nauticwebnews.com/1974

August 6th, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

The new youth sailing initiative from Volvo Ocean Race (+Videos)

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Volvo Ocean Race proudly supports its new youth sailing initiative, the Volvo Ocean Race Academy. Over 14,000 children will have the opportunity to “Try Sailing” during the 2011-12 Race. They will be shown some basic sailing skills and learn about the Volvo Ocean Race. An educational programme will enable host port schools to become involved […]

The new youth sailing initiative from Volvo Ocean Race (+Videos) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/1971

August 6th, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

VOR: Frankie’s blog – Sanya prepare to get ‘gleam machine’ wet

Painters spray the hull of Team Sanya at their base in Hamble, UK. Using high quality marine paint, each colour is sprayed on to masked areas, which will finally reveal the vibrant design. - Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” Henry David Thoreau It has been an intensely busy week for Team Sanya and with lots done and more to do it is full steam ahead for all involved. This Friday Sanya Lan* will see daylight for the first time in about […]

VOR: Frankie’s blog – Sanya prepare to get ‘gleam machine’ wet http://en.nauticwebnews.com/1964

August 5th, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Lanzarote lures Volvo Open 70s

Team Telefonica training in Lanzarote at fire mountain "The Crow".

Most people know Lanzarote as a holiday destination but five teams have chosen the island as a training base in the last two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race alone, so there must be more to the island than the sunshine and volcanos of the tourist guides. In September 2007, a Volvo Open 70 in […]

Lanzarote lures Volvo Open 70s http://en.nauticwebnews.com/1951

August 4th, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Puma: Why does this sport have to be so hard? (Video)

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Ken Read’s PUMA Ocean Racing team lived the extremes of speed during their overall IRC victory in the Transatlantic Race. At various stages early in the race a 24-hour record looked on the cards but by the end they were struggling to move at all. “I’m happy but I’m speechless,” Read said after a lack […]

Puma: Why does this sport have to be so hard? (Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/1942

August 3rd, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Transatlantic Race,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Wet, wild and in 3D stereoscopic film

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For the first time ever, the Volvo Ocean Race will feature a 3D stereoscopic film as part of its Race Village Experience in each of the 10 port stopovers. Here, Robert Penner gives us a behind-the-scenes view of a filming process that can be wet and wild. “Can you get ahead of it and cross […]

Wet, wild and in 3D stereoscopic film http://en.nauticwebnews.com/1932

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

VOR: Mystery Skipper Quiz

Who is this Volvo Ocean Race skipper?

Would you like to win a Volvo Ocean Race PUMA backpack? Tell us the name of the skipper in this picture and if you’re right you’ll go into a draw for a Volvo Ocean Race PUMA backpack. To submit your answer, send an email to competition@volvooceanrace.com, with the name of the sailor and the name of the […]

VOR: Mystery Skipper Quiz http://en.nauticwebnews.com/1930

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

VOR: Proud Walker heading home to England

Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi undertaking heavy weather training off Cascais, Portugal.

It could be a case of ‘Lie back and think of England’ for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper Ian Walker over the coming days after his team set off from Cascais to complete their 2,000 mile Volvo Ocean Race qualifier. Walker, twice an Olympic silver medallist for Britain, is eager to reach England and show […]

VOR: Proud Walker heading home to England http://en.nauticwebnews.com/1919

July 30th, 2011 | Posted in News,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

VOR: Telefónica enjoy a testing 2,000 mile qualifier

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Team Telefónica could finish their 2,000 mile qualifier on Saturday after setting off from Lanzarote on Monday morning. In a live link-up from the boat, Iker Martínez described the scenes on board after passing the halfway mark within three days. “We are doing a lot of tests. We really want to know how the boat […]

VOR: Telefónica enjoy a testing 2,000 mile qualifier http://en.nauticwebnews.com/1913

July 29th, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Reality bites: Life on board a Volvo Open 70 (VIDEO)

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With not many days to go before the start of the first offshore leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Alicante to Cape Town, we take a behind-the-scenes look at what life is like for the sailors aboard a Volvo Open 70. Richard Mason, a member of the winning Ericsson team from 2008-09, takes us […]

Reality bites: Life on board a Volvo Open 70 (VIDEO) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/1906

July 29th, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

VOR – Marcel van Triest Forecast: cloudy with a chance of peanut butter

Dutch navigator and weather specialist Marcel van Triest. - Photo Tim Stonton/Volvo Ocean Race

As a former Volvo Ocean Race navigator, Marcel van Triest knows that getting the weather wrong means blowing your chances of victory. The Dutchman will supply a smarter, more streamlined system for the teams during the 2011-12 edition, when weather data analysis could provide the best hope of a competitive edge. The 2011-12 Volvo Ocean […]

VOR – Marcel van Triest Forecast: cloudy with a chance of peanut butter http://en.nauticwebnews.com/1904

July 28th, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Video – Weekly Show Episode 38 ()

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Team Russia joins the fleet for the final Leg to their home of St Petersburg, Russia (but not as a points scorer). It will be a triumphant sail for Ericsson 4 and a nervous one for PUMA and Telefonica Blue. The Volvo Ocean Race presents under the title “Weekly Show Episode” an impressive video from […]

Volvo Ocean Race Video – Weekly Show Episode 38 () http://en.nauticwebnews.com/2312

July 28th, 2011 | Posted in Regattas,Show Episodes,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Video – Weekly Show Episode 37 ()

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Time for the podium places to be determined. Can Telefonica recover from their setback? The Volvo Ocean Race presents under the title “Weekly Show Episode” an impressive video from the race series 2008-09. The Video has a runtime of more than 26 minutes. (total 25:54 minutes on volvooceanracevideos)Video streamed directly from the Volvo Ocean Race […]

Volvo Ocean Race Video – Weekly Show Episode 37 () http://en.nauticwebnews.com/2311

July 28th, 2011 | Posted in Regattas,Show Episodes,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Video – Weekly Show Episode 36 ()

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500 miles to Marstrand, can Ericsson 4 secure overall victory or can Telefonica Blue or PUMA come from behind to take it down to the wire? Drama after the pit-stop restart as Telefonica suffers a disaster in the shallows around Marstrand. The Volvo Ocean Race presents under the title “Weekly Show Episode” an impressive video […]

Volvo Ocean Race Video – Weekly Show Episode 36 () http://en.nauticwebnews.com/2310

July 27th, 2011 | Posted in Regattas,Show Episodes,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race: Juan K – three methods for three Yachtdesigns (+Video)

Volvo Ocean Race | Skipper Ken Read and designer Juan Kouyoumdjian at the PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG Propulsion kick-off press conference and unveiling of the new Juan K designed paddleboard, Newport, Road Island, USA, 28 June 2011.

Argentina’s Juan Kouyoumdjian designed three Volvo Open 70s for 2011-12. Three boats, three teams, three nationalities — and three different approaches, as he explains. Juan K, as he is known to just about everyone in the sailing world, designed the winners of the last two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. This time around, Groupama […]

Volvo Ocean Race: Juan K – three methods for three Yachtdesigns (+Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/1897

July 26th, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Video – Weekly Show Episode 35 (Galway)

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The Volvo Ocean Race has fallen in love with Galway, Ireland and vice versa. However, friendships will be put to one side within the fleet as battle is renewed en route to Marstrand, Sweden. The Volvo Ocean Race presents under the title “Weekly Show Episode” an impressive video from the race series 2008-09. The Video […]

Volvo Ocean Race Video – Weekly Show Episode 35 (Galway) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/2309

July 26th, 2011 | Posted in Regattas,Show Episodes,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

VOR: Team Telefónica set out on key Atlantic qualifier

Maria Muina/Team Telefonica

Iker Martínez and his crew just left the team’s base in Lanzarote to sail the 2,000 mile qualifier required by Volvo Ocean Race rules. Leaving Marina Rubicón in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Telefónica’s goal is to complete the compulsory 2,000 miles in the Atlantic. According to weather forecast, the wind should blow from 15 […]

VOR: Team Telefónica set out on key Atlantic qualifier http://en.nauticwebnews.com/1887

July 25th, 2011 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

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