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With the VOR homing in on New Zealand, we finally get around to posting a couple of vids from the ‘Puma Shorefeed’. The il Mostro PR team does a great job giving the guys who keep it all together at least a little of the limelight. Check out the stepping of the mast back in  … Read more

Hang on, that ain’t right!

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Image: Volvo Ocean Race The image above, lifted from Saturdays Volvo Ocean Race update caught our attention. It was reported that Telefonica had some sort of bowsprit/bobstay/Furling gear failure on the previous leg from Abu Dhabi to Sanya but the actual issue was never quite clear. What this image seems to suggest is, that either they  … Read more

Telefónica to change rigging, miss practice race

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Team Telefónica have withdrawn from Thursday’s practice race after deciding to swap out their rigging before the start of Leg 4 as a precaution. IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race (Source: Volvo Ocean Race) Skipper Iker Martínez said the team were being cautious because of the forecast and the fact that two boats  … Read more

ICE Baby

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Not quite rigging but still rather exciting. Doyle Sails is about to go to market with a brand new sail design / construction. Pictured here is Team Sanya trialing the new Stratis ICE headsail in China. We are looking forward to the official release and the product literature that comes with it.

So, you want to build a VOR70?

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Ok, so it’s not strictly rigging related but it’s a great clip and we are suckers for the current VOR boats. On top of that, Kimo Worthington surely has a career as a talk show host in store once he is done with the yachting industry! Check out the latest from Pumacast:

Come again?!

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Telefonica broke something to do with their MH Code 0 today. “We broke the masthead a bit,” reported helmsman Pablo Arrarte. “A piece of the tack broke. It flew away and broke the tensor (tensioning connector) down to the bowsprit.’ Come again, Pablo!? We can only assume something was lost in translation here! Maybe one  … Read more

Sliders

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We discussed the VOR70 Telefonica’s ‘stack transfer system’ in a previous post and now, thanks to a comment by ‘Unknown’, we’ve got the link to the video. The screenshot above clearly shows the crew preparing to move the stack of sails by way of bridging the cockpit with bars that slot into the top of the  … Read more

The devil’s in the details

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While the coverage of the In-port race and the start of leg 3 in the Volvo Ocean Race was spectacular in itself, there are still subtle technical and technological differences to discover. This is particularly true for the live coverage of the Leg starts. The boats are in offshore configuration, running the very same gear  … Read more

Back in

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(Credit: Andrés Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race) (Credit: Andrés Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race) (Credit: Andrés Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race) (Source: Team Sanya) “The day we thought would never come has arrived,” said Nick Bice, Team Sanya shore team manager. Today after nearly 3 weeks, the rig is going back in. Some of the sailing team arrived  … Read more

Team Sanya Lan – Future Fibres statement

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(Source: Future Fibres) First thing yesterday morning Team Sanya´s VO70, Sanya Lan, reported to the Volvo Ocean Race headquarters that they had suffered damage to an intermediate diagonal shroud and were heading to southern Madagascar in order to assess the damage and make a repair plan. All the team is safe and well and no  … Read more