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Tropical weather minefield for Leg 6 to Miami

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Victory in Leg 6 from Itajaí to Miami could hinge on key decisions made in the first few days of racing, according to race meteorologist Gonzalo Infante, Leg 6 presents the fleet with a minefield of tropical weather systems on their 4,800 nautical mile (nm) tropical trek north, as they return to the northern hemisphere […]

Tropical weather minefield for Leg 6 to Miami http://en.nauticwebnews.com/4030

April 19th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Itajaí – Volunteers Clean-up Gorgeous Beaches

Volvo Ocean Race staff and volunteers take up the challenge of keeping our oceans clean, by participating in a beach clean, near the Volvo Ocean Race village in Itajai, Brazil - IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

Some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Brazil were looking just that little bit more gorgeous today after the Volvo Ocean Race combined forces for a major clean-up with volunteers from the host port of Itajaí and one of the country’s foremost environmentalists. Glenn Suba is the guiding light behind Brasil/S, a nationwide […]

Itajaí – Volunteers Clean-up Gorgeous Beaches http://en.nauticwebnews.com/4018

April 16th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

CAMPER near to 500 miles to the Leg 5 finish (+ Video)

The first glimpse of sunshine in nearly a month onboard CAMPER - Hamish Hooper/CAMPER ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race

As CAMPER near to 500 miles to the Leg 5 finish, media crew member Hamish Hooper contemplates perfect sailing conditions, the quick turnaround in Itajai and what constitutes ‘normality’ for his team. After a short duration on deck today the guys onboard were showing a heightened level of concern for me as they thought the […]

CAMPER near to 500 miles to the Leg 5 finish (+ Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/4016

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

Volvo Ocean Race Academy in Itajaí

The team coaches prepare their optimist sailors, before competing in the Volvo Ocean Race Academy  - PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race

“It has ben a hive of activity here today,” said Academy manager Katie Hearsum. “Try Sailing has been really busy with lots of people keen to get out on the water in our Ludic dinghies. “Meanwhile, the Optimist sailors have been putting the new team racing skills they’ve been learning in the classroom to the […]

Volvo Ocean Race Academy in Itajaí http://en.nauticwebnews.com/4014

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

PUMA clinch epic victory on Leg 5 (+Video)

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG leads in the final miles of leg 5 into Itajai, Brazil - IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

PUMA held firm in the face of a relentless attack from Telefónica to clinch an epic Leg 5 victory on Friday, crossing the finish line in Itajaí, Brazil with a slim winning margin after the Spanish team had threatened to complete one of the greatest sporting comebacks. After more then 7,500 nautical miles of racing […]

PUMA clinch epic victory on Leg 5 (+Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3987

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

Crowds pour into Itajaí Race Village

IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

Hoardes of visitors have today been flocking into the Itajaí Race Village following last night’s spectacular official opening. All the entertainment at the race village is totally free to the general public, with the gates opening at 1400 local time (1700 UTC). On Thursday’s menu of free entertainment are shows by performance artists, a set […]

Crowds pour into Itajaí Race Village http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3982

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

Groupama mast breaks pictures

Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, suspend racing from leg 5 - Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race

Groupama were tonight limping towards a haven in Uruguay after being forced to suspend racing from the fifth leg after the mast broke with a second successive victory agonisingly close. Groupama’s dismasting while in the lead earlier today leaves PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA) with only Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) able to challenge […]

Groupama mast breaks pictures http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3967

April 5th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Itajaí welcomes the Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race village, in the final stages of its build in Itajai, Brazil - IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

The Itajaí Race Village was officially declared open on Wednesday with a public ceremony celebrating the past, present and future. Paying tribute to the past, a large poster board was unveiled, dedicated to all the sailors who have taken part in previous editions of the race, listing the names of all 1,973 of them. The […]

Itajaí welcomes the Volvo Ocean Race http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3962

April 5th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

CEO Knut Frostad expresses concern at breakages

Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad issued a statement on Wednesday expressing his concern at the continuing instances of boats suffering serious damage in the 2011-12 edition. Frostad, who competed in the race four times himself, said it was not acceptable to have so many incidents of boats failing in a Volvo Ocean Race. Frostad […]

CEO Knut Frostad expresses concern at breakages http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3959

April 5th, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Groupama suspend racing with broken mast

Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race

Groupama sailing team suspended racing from the fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race after the mast broke just above the first spreader. The crew are all safe, with the boat around 60 nautical miles south of Punta del Este. “We just lost the rig now, all the crew is safe. We are working to […]

Groupama suspend racing with broken mast http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3957

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

Leaders under pressure as Telefónica advance

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The pressure on front pair Groupama and PUMA to defend their lead was mounting early on Wednesday after Team Telefónica closed in to less than 60 nautical miles. Iker Martinez’s crew started their fourth day of comeback more than a knot quicker than their rivals as they rode at the head of a weather front […]

Leaders under pressure as Telefónica advance http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3955

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

AbuDhabi Ocean Racing and CAMPER stop for repairs

Craig Satterthwaite hangs over the side to tighten up some bolts in the damaged area, whilst being filmed by a GoPro camera on a pole. - Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

Chilean port of Puerto Montt is target for AbuDhabi Ocean Racing and CAMPER to assess damage to their yachts. CAMPER arrive in Puerto Montt, start repairs CAMPER’s race to rejoin Leg 5 has started after they arrived in the Chilean port of Puerto Montt and launched into repairs. Chris Nicholson’s team were met by a […]

AbuDhabi Ocean Racing and CAMPER stop for repairs http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3951

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

Itajai was in Samba party mood late on Tuesday

Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad - IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

Brazil’s impressive southern port of Itajai was in Samba party mood late on Tuesday after realising its dream of hosting the Volvo Ocean Race for the first time and becoming for three weeks “the capital of sailing”. Mayor Jandir Bellini described the Race as “more than just a sporting challenge” on so many fronts and […]

Itajai was in Samba party mood late on Tuesday http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3948

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

Nowhere to Hide – Leg 5 finale (+Video)

Groupama approaches, bearing 287-degrees, as seen through a pair of binoculars. - Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race

A thrilling climax to Leg 5 could be on the cards after the top three boats entered the final 1,000 miles on Tuesday split by less than 100 miles — while on the other side of South America, CAMPER suspended racing. The South Atlantic match race between Groupama sailing team and PUMA Ocean Racing powered […]

Nowhere to Hide – Leg 5 finale (+Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3945

April 3rd, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Regattas with Picture,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Just five miles separated the leading PUMA and Groupama

Groupama Sailing Team, less than a mile to leeward after 14 days of racing through the Southern Ocean, with 1300 miles to the finish in Brazil. - Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race

After going head to head for more than 6,000 nautical miles there’s still nothing between PUMA and Groupama today and PUMA skipper Ken Read reckons Leg 5 won’t be decided until the final 250 miles. Just five miles separated the leading pair at 1000 UTC as they locked horns in intense battle up the Argentine […]

Just five miles separated the leading PUMA and Groupama http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3942

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

Telefónica comeback at speeds of almost double the rest of the fleet

Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race

Telefónica have pulled back more than 180 miles on the Leg 5 frontrunners in just 36 hours at speeds of almost double the rest of the fleet. While PUMA and Groupama battled it out around 230 miles ahead in 10 to 15-knot winds, Telefónica were making the most of 20 knots of breeze to claw […]

Telefónica comeback at speeds of almost double the rest of the fleet http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3940

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

Telefónica resume Leg 5, minus Ñeti

Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race

Team Telefónica have resumed Leg 5 after a successful pit stop at a remote Chilean island where they repaired structural damage. The team restarted at 2133 UTC without bowman Antonio “Ñeti” Cuervas-Mons, who will seek treatment for a back injury to ensure he is ready for the Leg 6 race to Miami. Skipper Iker Martínez […]

Telefónica resume Leg 5, minus Ñeti http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3938

April 1st, 2012 | Posted in News,Regattas,Volvo Ocean Race | Read More »

Telefónica suspended racing and begin repairs

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Team Telefónica rounded Cape Horn at 0405 GMT on Saturday as they headed for their planned pit stop. Iker Martínez’s men were the third team to pass the milestone, after Groupama sailing team and PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG celebrated going by the tip of South America on Friday. Telefónica were less than 200 […]

Telefónica suspended racing and begin repairs http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3933

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

Abu Dhabi make a hull damage assessment

Anthony 'Nocka' Nossiter steering at the end of the day. - Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have slowed down to give themselves an opportunity to make a damage assessment after the team’s racing yacht Azzam suffered some delamination to the hull. All crew are safe and well. The team, currently chasing fourth place on Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajai, will make a decision on what action […]

Abu Dhabi make a hull damage assessment http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3931

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

Race back on as giant seas ease – for now (+Video)

Bowman Brad Marsh is on standby, onboard Groupama Sailing Team - Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race

Leg leaders Groupama sailing team were within 500 miles of the infamous Cape Horn on Wednesday as the fleet hurtled east towards Leg 5’s major milestone. With boat speeds averaging around 20 knots, the southernmost tip of South America should be just over 24 hours away for the French frontrunners, with second-placed PUMA Ocean Racing […]

Race back on as giant seas ease – for now (+Video) http://en.nauticwebnews.com/3929

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

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