Abu Dhabi retires from Leg 1

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Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race (Source: Volvo Ocean Racing) Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing retired from Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Friday having returned to racing early on Thursday following their dismasting on the first night. The decision leaves four of the fleet of six still racing the first stage, the 6,500-nautical mile leg  … Read more

Going up

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A unique view by Brad Marsh going up Volvo Ocean Race leader Groupama’s Lorima Spar.

On the road again

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Abu Dhabi head out from Alicante (Source: Volvo Ocean Race) Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing were preparing to begin their massive game of catch-up as the restored Azzam departed Alicante tonight, sailing cautiously to the location of her dismasting. TIM STONTON/Volvo Ocean Race The Volvo Ocean Race fleet could remain in reach for the Emirati team,  … Read more

Heartbreak

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Emotional Walker promises swift return to racing Paul Todd – Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper Ian Walker vowed this morning that his crew would be back racing as quickly as possible after their yacht Azzam was dismasted in violent seas – and said the Volvo Ocean Race is by no means lost.  … Read more

Its a go.

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The first points are on the board. The great photographers are also unleashed. The Volvo Ocean Race is a go! Lots of mast and rigging info to follow. Ian Roman – Volvo Ocean Race Paul Todd – Volvo Ocean Race Paul Todd – Volvo Ocean Race Paul Todd – Volvo Ocean Race

Thrown out

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Chris Cameron/CAMPER2011-12  (Source: Volvo Ocean Race) Two formal submissions by teams competing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, claiming that the race organisers had breached protocol by changing one of the strict Volvo Open 70 measurement rules, have been dismissed by an independent arbitration panel. Two applications were made to the arbitration panel claiming  … Read more

Stroppy

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(Source: The Daily Sail) James Boyd Photography Camper’s forestay strop in question Have the VOR’s rules intrepreters exceeded their remit? Prior to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race there is traditionally some controversy over a design aspect of one of the competing yachts. Last time it was over the word ‘solid’ in relation to  … Read more

Arrived.

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It’s been impossible not to notice that something is afoot at the sharp end of the grand prix mast production and a brief look at the Volvo Ocean Race fleet confirms it – a new player has arrived. Future Fibres first announced their intention, “to build the best high performance rigs in the world and lead  … Read more

Geometry

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 PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race  The Volvo Ocean Race is less than 3 weeks away and oh boy will it be a good one. Although the VOR70 box rule is in its 3rd generation, there are big differences between the boats. Take the daggerboard position on Camper, the ‘spoiler’ on the transom of Telefonica  … Read more

FF First

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For the first time we get to glimps inside of the Future Fibres mast facility in moving pictures. A nice little clip of the the construction of the VOR70 ‘Azzam’ mast and rigging package. Check it.