(Source: Carbo-Link) Groupamas rigging supplier, the Swiss Carbo-Link, is disappointed about Groupamas mast failure when leading the longest leg of the Volvo Ocean Race VOR only 500 nm before the finishing line. Despite professional support in Itajai, the reasons for the failure are not clear. On the 4th of April 2012 Groupama 4 lost the … Read more
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
(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
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.
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
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 … Read more
Granted, not much to do with rigging but when footage this good comes along, it has to be posted.
Fuelling our fascination with the current VOR70’s, http://www.juanpanews.com/ snapped some greatly detailed shots of the fleet in Auckland. Racing starts again on Saturday so be sure to tune in. © Argentina Marine Media © Argentina Marine Media © Argentina Marine Media © Argentina Marine Media © Argentina Marine Media © Argentina Marine Media © Argentina … Read more
IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race (Source: Volvo Ocean Race) Telefónica have delayed replacing their standing rigging for the second time until after they arrive in Brazil at the end of Leg 5. Team Telefónica Iker Martínez’s team had planned on swapping the rigging over in Auckland, in a similar move to the last-minute changes they made … Read more