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Offshore Racing – Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015   
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The influence of the depression ahead was not as important as initially estimated, and the drag race of the leading trio direction Newport RI goes on. With 577 miles left to the finish line, 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) leads 3 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), while 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) was 7 miles behind the Chinese team. ETA is Thursday.
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Offshore Racing – Monday, May 4, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015   
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The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has reached the latitude of Florida in the meantime, and there are 930 miles or roughly 4 days left for the leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) to the arrival in Newport RI. The gaps between the boats have increased again. The advantage of the Chinese-French syndicat on 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) was 7 miles this morning. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR is on the 3rd position. The all-female team 'SCA' has kept the backlog at 76 miles.
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Offshore Racing – Sunday, May 3, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015   
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The wind decreased yesterday while approaching the Caribbeans, and the boats are again closer together. New on top is now 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA, while 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) are only a few miles back, and also 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) at 13 miles and 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) at 15 miles remain contenders for victory in Newport. The all-female 'SCA' team with Samantha Davies GBR reduced the backlog on 50 miles, and as the only team having tacked East to avoid the unconstant wind ahead, there could be even more to improve.
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Offshore Racing – Saturday, May 2, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015   (Image © Matt Knighton / Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing / Volvo Ocean Race)
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Also after 12 days underway, the leading trio keeps on sailing closely together at sight ! This morning, the leader 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED was 0,3 miles ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) neck and neck.The all-female team 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR is constantly loosing ground and is now 72 miles behind.
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Offshore Racing – Friday, May 1, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015   
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The Volvo Ocean Race fleet had another day of trade wind power reaching toward the Caribbean, holding the true wind direction at about 120 degrees as they kept their boat speed near 20 knots. The distances between the boats have increased, mainly because of different current zones. 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 0,1 miles behind 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) sailing more East benefit from a rear current, while the rest of the fleet advances at less speed because of a counter current. The 3rd-ranked 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) has now a backlog of 13,4 miles, and the all-female 'SCA' team on the 6th position were 60 miles behind this morning.
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Offshore Racing – Thursday, April 30, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015   
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The drag race direction Caribbeans - still on the same tack - continued during the last 24 hours in a freshening trade wind, and the Volvo 65 reach top speeds of almost 30 kn in the perfect breeze.
The six teams are still racing closely together with 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) leading 4 miles ahead of 'Dongfeng' with Chalres Caudrelier FRA and another mile back 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED. The all-female 'SCA' team as 6th are 41 miles behind.
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Offshore Racing – Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015   
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The drag race direction North for the six VOR teams has been going on since the start to leg 6, but the weather situation is about to force the strategists for a major decision whether to split from the competitors or not.
The fleet is still sailing closely together with 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) 0,5 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR). The 6th placed 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR was 30 miles back this morning. 2'670 miles are left to Newport RI, USA.
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Offshore Racing – Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015   
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The six Volvo Ocean Race teams have been sailing on the same tack for three days now. All teams except 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) have crossed the Equator during the past night. The trade winds remain moderate - around 12 kn - and 'the more East, the faster you are' was the motto yesterday ! 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), last for quite some time, is now in the lead, but the first five teams are still sailing at sight. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on 2nd is only 1,6 miles back, the all-female 'SCA' as 5th has a 6 miles backlog on the leader. Now, the innertropical convergence zone is ahead and position changes are very likely.
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Offshore Racing – Monday, April 27, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015   
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The fleet is now on a long port tack in moderate trade winds along the Brazilian coast direction North. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA is in the lead with now 8 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP). Only 0.5 miles farther behind is 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), while the all-female 'SCA' team (Samantha Davies GBR) is 4th 19 miles behind the leader.
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Offshore Racing – Sunday, April 26, 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015   
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After 'Alvimedica' leading as the most westerly team of the fleet, it was 'Dongfeng' on the extreme East taking the lead yesterday, with 'Brunel' massively advancing on the 2nd place 4,2 miles back. Behind 'Mapfre' on 4th follows the all-female 'SCA' team of Sam Davis GBR 6,9 miles back on 4th.
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Sunday, April 26, 2015   
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Xavier Macaire FRA won the long-distance race (shortened due to the dying wind) yesterday, while the Vendée-Globe veteran Yann Eliès FRA is the overall winner of the Solo-Maître-Coq, with combined long and short races during the past days.
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Offshore Racing – Saturday, April 25, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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The whole fleet tacked North yesterday along the Brazilian coast, and the first to move - 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) - has now the overall lead. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on 2nd follows 9 miles behind, and another 2 miles back is 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) on the 3rd place. No major changes will happen in the Southern trade-winds today, and only the passage of the Equator will probably stretch the closely packed fleet.
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Saturday, April 25, 2015   (Image © B.Gergaud)
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The fleet has been stretched over quite a distance on the second day of the 300-miles long-distance race. With 95 miles left to the arrival, Xavier Macaire FRA leads, but the gap on the 2nd Yann Eliès FRA is only 0.3 miles. Both passed the Ile d'Yieux westbound and distanced themselves from the rest of the fleet.
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Offshore Racing – Friday, April 24, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015   
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After a never-ending starboard tack on the South Atlantic for several days, 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) have been tempted to bring a tactical move in to interrupt the drag race with a tack direction North. However, they did come back rapidly, but with the benefit of taking the lead with increased gaps to the rest of the fleet. 'Abu Dhabi' is now 7 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' and 13 miles in front of the all-female 'SCA' team of Samantha Davies GBR on 3rd.
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Friday, April 24, 2015   
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After the short races during the first two days and a lay day, the start to the 300 miles' 'Maitre Coq' race was given yesterday. The 43 solo-skippers will probably be underway in light and unconstant winds keeping them to be alert during over two-days. Yoann Richomme FRA on 'Macif' was on the first position this morning, but the fleet is closely together after roughly 70 miles sailed.
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