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Offshore Racing

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 !
Offshore Racing – Saturday, October 11, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014   
After preparations over several months, the much awaited departure day has come. Today at 14 hrs CET, the start to the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 (VOR) will be given in Alicante ESP. Light winds will prevail in the early hours of the race and depending on the selected 'wind-seeking' course option - along the coast or more offshore - the fleet will most probably be stretched over quite some miles very soon. Comes in addition, that the preparation and experience status of the different teams might be different. Having the benefit of previous participations in the VOR, 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR, 'Team Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED and 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP are the most cited favorites.
The start today will be transmitted live on the Internet.
This time again, everybody can participate in the race, and up to now, over 40'000 have registered for the virtual Volvo Ocean Race.
Offshore Racing – Friday, October 10, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014   
The tension rises in the last 24 hours of the count-down before the big adventure. After the start in Alicante, strategies will play an important role to pass best the 'gate' to the Atlantic, the Gibraltar strait. Only after this passage, the race will normalise. Leg one is the second-longest of the circumnavigation with 6'487 miles, and after the challenging Mediterranean, the trade winds, the doldrums, the Southern trade winds and finally the Roaring Forties, a varied mixture of dainty tasks awaits the seven teams.
The official preview.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, October 9, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014   
The start to the first leg of the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race will be given on the coming Saturday at 13 hrs CET, transmitted live on the Internet. Over 100 TV channels will inform regularily on the Race. The first leg will lead over 6'500 miles from Alicante ESP to Cape Town RSA. The 7 team will be underway for approx. 25 days. The event website contains a preview on leg one and the 'menus' of the teams.
Offshore Racing – Monday, October 6, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014   
The Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 began on Saturday in Alicante ESP with the first Inport Race. The result - the Turkish-American 'Alvimedica' with Charlie Enright USA won a few seconds ahead of 'Abu Dhabi Sailing Team' with Ian Walker GBR - does not count for the overall rankings and will only be used as an equal points' tiebreaker.
The all-women's team 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR finished 5th.
The official website contains a video with HRH Prince Carl-Philipp of Sweden, guest during the Inport Race, who even climbed on top of the mast on the Chinese 'Dongfeng' !
The event website.