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Ñeti and Hubert enjoy discover life in China (+Video)

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Team Telefónica bowman Antonio Cuervas-Mons escaped the action in the Sanya race village to discover life in China away from the Volvo Ocean Race. Accompanied by Groupama shore crew and fluent Mandarin speaker Hubert Lemonnier, Cuervas Mons, known better by his nickname Ñeti, took a tour round a local fishing community not far from Sanya […]

Ñeti and Hubert enjoy discover life in China (+Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3708

February 15th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Boats back in action ahead of the race weekend

IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

One by one the six Volvo Open 70s are returning to the water and getting back in action ahead of the race weekend. The first team to hit the waters of Sanya Bay were CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand who touched down on Sunday morning and were practice sailing by the afternoon. Team Telefónica […]

Boats back in action ahead of the race weekend http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3704

February 14th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Winner of the MCM Award announced on Thursday

Skipper Franck Cammas looking at MCM footage onboard - Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team

Inmarsat and Volvo Ocean Race judges are finding it tougher than ever to decide the winner of the MCM Award as the standard of work from the Media Crew Members continues to rise and rise. The prestigious prize which carries a cash bonus takes into account the all-round work of the MCMs during the course […]

Winner of the MCM Award announced on Thursday http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3699

February 12th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Teams await ultrasound test results (+Video)

Shore Crews work on the Volvo Open 70's in the Sanya race village - PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race

Aerospace technology designed to identify tiny structural defects is being applied to the Volvo Ocean Race fleet ahead of what could be two of the most brutal legs. Every Volvo Open 70, except Groupama 4, is being scrutinised with ultrasound technology by the founding owner of Q.I Composites Stefano Beltrando, who pioneered the application of […]

Teams await ultrasound test results (+Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3695

February 10th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

A couple that plays together stays together, so they say

IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

A couple that plays together stays together, so they say, and that’s certainly true in the case of Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández — the formidable duo at the heart of Team Telefónica. Just one day after spending two-weeks racing at sea together the pair were travelling to meet their families in Madrid, before holidaying […]

A couple that plays together stays together, so they say http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3688

February 8th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

All six teams are working hard on repairs in Sanya (+Video)

IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

Sanya will be back in the water in her home bay within a week after her first real shakedown for almost two months. Skipper Mike Sanderson and his crew are staying in Sanya, China for the entire stopover, using every second at their home port to recoup, repair and improve. It is the first opportunity […]

All six teams are working hard on repairs in Sanya (+Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3684

February 7th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

IWC Speed Record Challenge trophy taken by PUMA

PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race

PUMA Ocean Racing may have missed out on a podium position in Leg 3 but they proved Mar Mostro’s potential as they picked up the IWC Speed Record Challenge trophy for the leg with a 24-hour run of 355.89 nautical miles. Ken Read’s men join the crews of CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand and […]

IWC Speed Record Challenge trophy taken by PUMA http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3677

February 6th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Get the beers on ice, we’re coming (+Video)

Team Sanya, Teng Jiang He during leg 3  - Andrés Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race

Team Sanya asked locals to get the drinks on ice on Sunday as they prepare to cross the finish line at their home port within the next few hours. With the thought of home in mind the crew have hit their stride and are charging at increasing speed towards the finish where thousands of locals […]

Get the beers on ice, we’re coming (+Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3672

February 5th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Groupama second in Sanya

IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

Franck Cammas and his Groupama sailing team moved to within seven points of closest rivals CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand on the overall scoreboard after banking second place in Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Cammas’ men crossed the finish line in Sanya at 05:45:25 UTC just behind leg winners Team Telefónica following […]

Groupama second in Sanya http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3670

February 4th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Team Telefónica wins in Sanya (+Interviews +Video)

IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

Team Telefónica became the first team to win the first three legs of a Volvo Ocean Race in 22 years as they swept to glory in Leg 3 from Abu Dhabi to Sanya. Not since Sir Peter Blake’s Steinlager 2 made a clean sweep of all four legs of the 1989-90 edition of the Whitbread […]

Team Telefónica wins in Sanya (+Interviews +Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3665

February 4th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Night of Drama for the Volvo Ocean Race Teams

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Franck Cammas’ Groupama sailing team hit a floating object before their mainsheet snapped in a night of drama for all the teams as they summon every last ounce of energy for the final battle to the finish line. More than 24 hours of constant tacking up the Vietnamese coast dodging fishing boats and floating debris […]

Night of Drama for the Volvo Ocean Race Teams http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3663

February 3rd, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

25 knot winds and steep waves (+Video)

Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race

Race meteorologist Gonzalo Infante says the next 12 hours could be key to determining the eventual Leg 3 winner and will give a clear indication whether or not the bold easterly move by PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG will pay off. Tonight the fleet are facing 25 knot winds and steep waves, testing both […]

25 knot winds and steep waves (+Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3661

February 2nd, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

The Singapore Strait (+Video)

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This afternoon Team Telefónica led the fleet out of the Singapore Strait and into the South China Sea where the fleet face more than 1000 nautical miles of tough upwind sailing to the Leg 3 finish in Sanya, China. At around 1605 UTC today the leg and overall race leaders passed the Horshburg Lighthouse marking […]

The Singapore Strait (+Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3659

January 31st, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Malacca Strait nightmare is almost over for 2 sailing teams

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The Malacca Strait nightmare is almost over with just 70 nautical miles standing between the leading pair Team Telefónica and Groupama sailing team and the open ocean. The Spanish and French teams have been near inseparable overnight as the leading pack of three was whittled down to two when PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG […]

Malacca Strait nightmare is almost over for 2 sailing teams http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3657

January 30th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Dangerous Debris (+Video)

Skipper Ken Read keeps his eyes on the competition. - Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race

A constant stream of debris including a piece of trash the size of a small car has shocked the Volvo Ocean Race sailors as they weave around the potentially boat breaking obstacles in the Malacca Strait. Sailors have reported seeing everything from a canoe, to shoes, rope, cigarette lighters, chunks of metal and whole trees […]

Dangerous Debris (+Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3655

January 30th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Unexpected passenger on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Azzam turned bat-mobile after picking up an unexpected passenger close to the shore of Malaysia. Deciding the Volvo Open 70 looked like a comfortable place to spend a few hours of downtime, a bat chose to rest its weary wings on Azzam’s big black mainsail. “He joined us this morning, I […]

Unexpected passenger on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3650

January 29th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Team Telefónica leader through the Malacca Strait (+Video)

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Overall race leaders Team Telefónica were this morning back in charge of the second stage of Leg 3 as the teams lined up for a “make or break” day’s racing through the Malacca Strait. Telefónica had a tiny buffer of 0.6 nautical miles over second-placed Groupama sailing team at the 0700 UTC position report with […]

Team Telefónica leader through the Malacca Strait (+Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3648

January 29th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Race on knife edge as leaders take on Malacca Strait (+Video)

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It couldn’t be tighter at the front of the fleet as they charged into the Malacca Strait with just five miles separating the top four boats. After more than 1,000 nautical miles of ocean racing on the second stage of Leg 3 to Sanya, Team Telefónica clung to the lead at 1300 UTC but their […]

Race on knife edge as leaders take on Malacca Strait (+Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3644

January 28th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Tomorrow from Malacca Strait between Thailand, Malaysia and Sumatra

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Around midday January 27 the boats will enter the middle phase of the second stage of Leg 3 when they round the island of Pulau We and turn south east to take on the notorious Malacca Strait between Thailand, Malaysia and Sumatra. After over a thousand nautical miles (nm) of open ocean sailing from the […]

Tomorrow from Malacca Strait between Thailand, Malaysia and Sumatra http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3642

January 26th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

CAMPER take lead on big day for Nicholson

Will Oxley studying the performance data onboard CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand - Hamish Hooper/CAMPER ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race

CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson has taken his team to the lead of the Leg 3 Stage 2 charge to China with perfect timing to celebrate his country’s national day of pride, Australia Day. The Aussie skipper edged PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG out of pole position around 2140 UTC on Wednesday night and fought […]

CAMPER take lead on big day for Nicholson http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3638

January 26th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

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