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Offshore Racing – Friday, October 24, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014   
More of the same ! The fleet progressed well with unchanged positions at speeds around 15 kn in the southern trade wind and has already crossed the Equator with 'Abu Dhabi' of Ian Walker GBR leading 10 miles ahead of Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED this morning. All other teams have again lost miles on the leaders. 'Vestas Wind' mit Chris Nicholson NZL as 3rd is now 82 miles back, and the last-ranked 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR has lost 230 miles. Considering the wind pattern to the waypoint Fernando de Noronha off the Brazilian Coast and beyond, the drag race might well go on for a while.
The race viewer and the event website with apologies of the organisers for difficulties with the website to be corrected soon.
Friday, October 24, 2014   
Pushed by a fresh Mistral, all teams still racing have crossed the finish line in the meantime. Winner in calculated time is the J/122 'Artie' of Lee Satariano MLT, followed by the X-44 'xp-Act' of Josef Schultheiss GER and the Neo 400 'Neo Banks Sail Racing' of Paolo Semeraro ITA. 'Shockwave' USA, 3rd in time sailed, is on the 32nd rank in calculated time. Only 48 of the 107 starters arrived back in La Valetta in this intially very light wind race, ending in a Mistral storm.
The ranking list and the reports.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, October 23, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014   
What had been apparent for the last two days concerning the passage thru the Doldrums, has again been confirmed yesterday. The Round-the-World veterans Ian Walker GBR ('Abu Dhabi') and Bouve Bekking ('Team Brunel') sailing side-by-side in the West, as well as Chris Nicholson AUS ('Västas Wind') on the weaker and longer Eastern course 95 miles behind, going South straightforward, are the leading trio and are about to accelerate even more in the 15-18 kn Southern trade winds heading for the waypoint Fernando de Noronha off the Brazilian Coast. The four boats on search of wind in the middle of the course are constantly loosing ground and move this morning 2 to 3 kn slower as the extremists on both sides. Their distances to the leader are at present 132 to 174 miles. Provided, the Southern trade winds and the St-Helena High stay as presently displayed on the map, this might well be a preliminary decision on the top positions.
The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   
As expected, the Doldrums slowed the boats more or less down, depending on the tactical option selected to pass thru this variable wind zone. This morning UTC, 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR regained the first place 9 miles ahead of 'Team Brunel' mit Bouwe Bekking NED. The two round-the-world veterans opted for the most western course and it remains open, whether they will reach the southern trade winds as first. The other 5 boats - except 'Vestas Wind' sticking to a direct South course on the extreme East - are in a 'snakes and ladder' mode constantly loosing ground. So the all-female Team 'SCA' with Samatha Davis GBR who left the promising corridor behind the leaders going East, loosing almost 50 miles and a rank, leaving them on 6th together with 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP 7th, both around 105 miles behind the first this morning 6 hrs UTC.
The race viewer and the event website.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   (Image © Kurt Arrigo)
Yesterday evening at 22.42 h CET, the 100-foot Super-Maxi 'Esimit Europa' with Jochen Schümann GER took the line honours after 3 days and 10 hours. Early this morning, the 70-foot Maxi 'Ran' with Niklas Zennström SWE and 'Shockwave' crossed the finish line. The next persuers - lead by the Ker 50 'Varuna' with Jens Kellinghusen GER - are about to round the Lampedusa island, the final waypoint before the arrival.
The race-viewer, the results and the reports.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   (Image © Steffan Coppers/Brunel)
Moderate stable trade winds move the fleet southwards without significant speed differences. Today, the innertropical convergence zone will probably be reached, influencing the positions of and distances between the boats. As expected yesterday, 'Team Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED has taken the lead, 18 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA descended on the 3rd place with 28 miles backlog. The all-female 'Team SCA' reduced the deficit on the leader to 61 miles, but remains last of the fleet.
The race viewer and the event website.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   (Image © Kurt Arrigo)
Lull conditions prevailed also yesterday at the Middlesea Race, and the bulk of the fleet still trailed North of Sicily at a 1 kn speed. Only the three Maxis on top of the fleet made some progress. 'Esimit Europa II' with Jochen Schümann GER, followed closely by 'Ran', rounded the Pantelleria Island, the second-last waypoint before the finish, this morning. 'Shockwave' has lost some miles, but is still in the race for the line honours. The expected time of arrival of the leading boats is Wednesday morning, provided the announced fresh West wind will fill in.
The race viewer and the reports.
Offshore Racing – Monday, October 20, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Matt Knighton/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race )
The trade winds South of the Cape Verde Islands are relatively light with 10-15 kn, but nevertheless, the fleet advances at speed around 10-12 kn and will soon reach the innertropical convergence zone with its unpredictable thunderstorms and lulls.
The still leading Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA and the closest chasers 'Mapfre with Iker Martinez ESP and 'Team Vestas Wind' with Chris Nicholson AUS passed the islands on the East, while 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking BED, 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR, 'Alvimedica' with Charlie Enright USA and 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR went West. This will most probably pay off today as the the fresher breeze allows a 2 kn faster speed. 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR, having lost much mileage after being tied in a fishing net, has reduced the backlog on the leader to 61 miles. Here the video. The race viewer, the video of the day and the event website.
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Kurt Arrigo)
Light to very light winds dominate this year'd Middlesea Race. The leading 'Esimit Europa II' with Jochen Schümann GER rounded the Stromboli island yesterday afternoon, but did not move on much farther. This morning, the 100-foot Maxi trailed with a speed of 0,8 kn North of Sicily. The two immediate pursuers, the 70-footers 'Ran' and 'Shockwave', reduced their backlogs on the leader on a more southern course. The USA 'Shockwave' is 47th in interim's rankings in calculated time, 'Esimit' is 50th.
The race viewer and the reports.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind)
The fleet advanced rapidly in the freshening trade winds, and the leading Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA took the most out of it. This morning, her advantage over the 2nd ranked 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR, closely followed by 'Vestas Wind' with Chris Nicholson NZL, was already 32 miles. The all-female team 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR on the last place was already 91 miles behind. Why the women lost so much cannot be found out in the complicated event website.
The race-viewer, the onboard report of the leading teams and the event website ... but apparently, there are no updates posted over the weekend.
Offshore Racing – Friday, October 17, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014   (Image © Corinna Halloran/Team SCA/Volvo Ocean Race)
After passing the Canary Islands near the Moroccan Coast, the 7 yacht fleet has now reach the first trade-winds with the leading boats touching the breeze as first stretching the gaps between the boats. The Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA extended her lead on over 10 miles. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR and 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP follow behind. The all-female Team 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR dropped on the last place with a backlog of 26 miles this morning.
The race-viewer, the report of the teams and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, October 16, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday and the fleet is now about to pass the Canary Islands in an Easterly breeze. The leading 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR is only 6 miles ahead of the last-ranked 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP. Still among the leading yachts is the all-female Team 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR on the 3rd place 2,4 miles back.
The race viewer, the report, the daily reports of the teams and the first video of the week.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica/Volvo Ocean Race)
Fresh winds up to 30 kn prevailed for the first time on Monday due to the passing depressions, but now the wind decreased substantially shifting North. The seven teams are sailing South under spinaker within 12 miles ('Vestas Wind' with Chris Nicholson NZL as last). 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR is first ahead of the Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA. The all-female team 'SCA' follows on rank 5 with a 5 miles' backlog.
The race-viewer, the report of the day and the reports from the teams.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014   (Image © Dongfeng)
A few hours after passing the Strait of Gibraltar, a depression over the North Atlantic brought Westerly winds and the fleet still very close together is now reaching down South. New on the first place is 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR, followed 0,5 miles back by 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP. 'Team SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR is on the 3rd place 1,4 miles behind.
The race viewer and the reports of the teams.
Offshore Racing – Monday, October 13, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014   
The seven boats' VOR fleet is about to pass the Strait of Gibraltar. The positions at 4 hrs 52 min UTC had the all-women team 'SCA' of Samantha Davies GBR in the lead, 4 miles ahead of the trio 'Vestas Wind' (Chris Nicholson NZL) , 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) and 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED). 'SCA' was the only team having opted for a track along the European coast. The initial superior speed dropped in the meantime to a low 2 kn compared to rest if the fleet progressing at 5 or 6 kn.
The race viewer and the event website and the 'SCA' watchlog for the latest news of the leading boat.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, October 12, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014   
Light winds prevailed at the start to the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 in Alicante ESP yesterday. After a farewell round off the Harbour, the seven teams, lead by 'Team Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED left the Port of Departure heading for Cape Town RSA. Here the video summary of the start.
This morning, the Danish team 'Team Vestas' with Chris Nicholson NZL took the lead 4 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP on 2nd. The all-woman team 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR followed 7 miles behind on rank 6. The fleet progresses rapidly in a 25 kn rear wind and will probably pass the Strait of Gibratar with its tricky currents this afternoon. The race viewer.
The unusual event website full of interesting information needs getting used to. Where to find what, is the question !