En Route

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Steve Edmonds/Volvo Ocean Race Steve Edmonds/Volvo Ocean Race  Ronald Koelink (Source: VOR) Groupama shore manager Ben Wright said his next priority was to start work on their replacement mast which is expected to arrive at the team base today after being flown from the Netherlands by official race logistics partner DHL. “It was unloaded  … Read more

Not Rigging but…

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…very cool work by photographer ChristopheLaunay and of course the Hydroptère DCNS team. Can’t wait to see the reworked boat in action. Photo: Christophe Launay  Photo: Christophe Launay Photo: Christophe Launay Photo: Christophe Launay Enjoy these photos from our visit to the legendary Hydroptère DCNS trimaran at her home in La Ciotat to have a look  … Read more

Trashed

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Not a great opening day for Artemis Racing at the AC45 WS in Naples, Italy; “It was all going well, and it will be interesting to watch the video, because we bore off, both hulls went down, it felt relatively safe, then up on her nose and she went over. Luckily no one’s injured, but the  … Read more

More Compare

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François Chevalier & Jacques Taglang continue to produce interesting comparisons between existing wing designs and platforms and the future AC72 set up: ©François Chevalier For quite some time now, the size of the AC72 is subject of recurrent criticisms: huge size, maneuverability delicate if not dangerous, tremendous costs, and so on. Though we would prefer to  … Read more

Get excited

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A nicely produced video of Jeremie Beyou’s team stepping the mast on the IMOCA60 ‘Maitre Coq’. We suspect that this is only the first of many IMOCA related posts to feature here in the build up to the Vendee Globe later this year. It’s time to get excited!

Spinlock under new ownership

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(Source: Boating Business) Spinlock has been bought by three of its current executives. Chris Hill, Peter Kirby and Caroline Senior will take over as chief executive, production director and operations director respectively. The three new owners of the company have been working at Spinlock for some time. Mr Hill has worked for Spinlock for 27 years  … Read more

The Untold Story of Groupama’s Stop-over

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(UPDATE: Added pictures below, courtesy of Maria Ines Strasser) We received this ‘comment’ with regards to Groupama’s dismasting and subsequent jury rigging in Punta del Este – a once regular port of call for the Volvo Ocean race predecessor, the Whitbread.  Cleary there is a strong desire from the local community to welcome the modern  … Read more

Groupama Jury Rig

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Watch Groupama’s video of their awesome effort of constructing a jury rig with the remaining mast.. It’s considerably more detailed, from a mast and rigging perspective (and much less watched!), than the official VOR coverage.

Groupama Dismasting Picture Update

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Photo:Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, suspend racing from leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai,  Brazil, after the mast broke just above the first spreader around 60 nautical  miles south of Punta del Este. Photo: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo  … Read more