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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama prepare to punch through the Doldrums By Franck Cammas, , 3:27 AM Tue 15 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race sailing team Groupama 4 is, at last, sailing in similar weather conditions to those of her rivals. As such, Franck Cammas and his crew can slip along towards the equator at speed. A little further over to the East than the top trio, the French boat is preparing to make a decision on where to try to punch through the Doldrums. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Telefónica snatches lead from Puma's Mar Mostro By Volvo Ocean Race, , 2:01 AM Tue 15 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race Team Telefónica have grabbed first place from Puma’s Mar Mostro, this afternoon, just as the fleet prepared to enter the Doldrums and trust to luck. Anything could happen at this crucial stage of leg one as the boats charge towards the infamous area just north of the Equator where weather systems converge. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing join Movember mustache drive By Amory Ross, , 11:07 PM Mon 14 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: All fleet-battering, boat-breaking, upwind-slamming aside, this leg has been a lot of fun for everyone. There’s no sense coming out here and working so hard if you can’t enjoy it, too. As we approach the Doldrums and the warmer, drier weather, the mood is lightening some. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race fleet prepare to face the Doldrums By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:22 PM Mon 14 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - As the four Volvo Open 70s charged south through the north-easterly trade winds at speeds of 16-20 knots it was Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA) who clung on to a narrow lead of 2.7 nautical miles over arch-rivals Team Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) at the 1000 UTC position update. ...[more]

Chris Nicholson reflects on a tough first week for Camper By etnzblog.com, 9:37 PM Mon 14 Nov 2011
Camper skipper, Chris Nicholson reflects on the first week of the Volvo Ocean Race and the highs and lows faced by the Emirates Team NZ crewed entry: Well we always knew that this was going to be a tough race and the first week has left this in no doubt. Conditions have been extreme and taken their toll, but at the same time some poor decisions on our behalf have made things even tougher than they ...[more]

Volvo Ocean race: Puma in control as fleet approached Doldrums By Volvo Ocean Race, 8:01 PM Mon 14 Nov 2011
After continuing their charge south in good winds and at high speeds, Ken Read’s crew on PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG have taken the lead in the 6,500 nautical mile first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 to Cape Town, South Africa. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race day 9 from the helm of Puma Ocean Racing + Video By Ken Read, 10:35 AM Mon 14 Nov 2011
The crew aboard Puma Ocean Racing are now into day nine of their Volvo Ocean Race journey and today, skipper Ken Read shares with us how his brother is doing in the VOR Virtual Race. So...from time to time we get emails to the boat, and I received one from my wife, Kathy, telling me that my brother, Brad, is playing the virtual Volvo Ocean Race Game on the web and doing pretty well. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Camper's Doldrums opportunity + Latest positions By Volvo Ocean Race Media, 5:55 AM Mon 14 Nov 2011
CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand are eying an upcoming opportunity to finally close the gap on their three rivals as the fleet approaches the windless Doldrums zone. Roughly five degrees of Latitude either side of the Equator, the heating effect of the sun, combined with the convergence of the northern and southern hemisphere trade winds. Includes latest position graphics ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama loses more ground By Franck Cammas, 3:20 AM Mon 14 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - After five days leading the fleet Groupama Sailing Team has lost all of its advantage, in a little over a day, and is in fourth position. The trio favouring the West are continuing their descent due South, towards the Doldrums, whilst Franck Cammas and his men are approaching the Cape Verde archipelago. The accounts aren't stacking up well but the crew's spirits remain high ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing leads the charge to Cape Town By Amory Ross, , 12:10 AM Mon 14 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Yesterday might just have been my most unproductive day ever. After a really busy morning of work down below, I finally grabbed my camera, threw on the foulies, and sprinted up the companionway for the first time. It was maybe 12:30. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma’s Mar Mostro snatches the lead By Volvo Ocean Race, , 10:24 PM Sun 13 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race fleet left Alicante eight days ago, bound for Cape Town, on the first leg of the race. Eight days that the black cat, Puma’s Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA) has been crouching, waiting to pounce and at 2200 UTC last night she bounded past Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) and snatched the lead. ...[more]

Onboard Camper: Come fly with me By Hamish Hooper, Atlantic Ocean , 8:18 PM Sun 13 Nov 2011
Onboard CAMPER, I am being reminded each day that it is one less day until we cross the equator. Gee I can’t wait for that! It will be like a stag party but worse- nothing to drink…While on the topic of the equator and the ITCZ and the doldrums here is a very informative take on our position from someone who knows better than anyone: Our trusty Navigator Will Oxley: ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Fourth leader in a week as Groupama hits the wall By Sail-World, 5:13 PM Sun 13 Nov 2011
For the first time since leaving the Mediterranean Ken Read’s crew on PUMA Ocean Racing lead the fleet on the 6,500 nautical mile first leg to Cape Town South Africa. The US flagged entry is the fourth leader on the first leg, which has been running form just over a week ...[more]

America's Cup World Series gets underway in the rain By Richard Gladwell, 10:32 AM Sun 13 Nov 2011
The first day of racing the the Port Challenge round of the America's Cup World series has got underway in San Diego, California. Despite an optimist forecast, the races were sailed in light winds and occasional rain. Gilles Martin-Raget provided this image gallery. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama's lead rapidly declines By Franck Cammas, , 4:36 AM Sun 13 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 may have taken the lead so far in leg one but the chasing pack are catching up the miles. The very fast descent by the trio out West is set to slow up late this Saturday afternoon, as the powerful north-easterly winds give way to a lighter breeze below the Tropic of Cancer. As such the whole fleet will be sailing in similar weather conditions from tonight. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race teams chew up Groupama’s lead By Volvo Ocean Race, 3:07 AM Sun 13 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race teams who chose to go west at the beginning of leg one are seeing their decision finally pay off. The tables are now turning as the pack hunting leaders Groupama Sailing Team close in on their prey. After five days of watching helplessly as Groupama Sailing Team extended their lead, Team Telefónica, Puma Ocean Racing and Camper have, at last, started to claw back miles. ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma’s Mar Mostro makes good on the miles By Amory Ross, , 2:33 AM Sun 13 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing reports on the crew's progress: We are outta here!! And it is about time. Ever since I stepped on this bloody boat we’ve been going upwind and we are finally sailing low and fast. The timing was impeccable, too, as I’ve been hearing rumors that the other guys think I’m cursed and were planning an early sacrifice to King Neptune ...[more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Chasing pack close in on Groupama By Volvo Ocean Race, 10:55 PM Sat 12 Nov 2011
Volvo Ocean Race fleet, after six days of upwind sailing in leg one to Cape Town, yesterday at last hooked into the weather system they have been waiting for. Downwind sails have been set and the three teams who chose the westerly option, Puma’s Mar Mostro (Kenny Read/USA), Telefónica (Iker Martinez/ESP) and Camper (Chris Nicholson/AUS) are sailing wide angles at high speeds. ...[more]

Volvo Legends: Great Britain II - Her builder's story By Derek Kelsall, 8:42 PM Sat 12 Nov 2011
The ketch rigged Great Britain II was the first boat to finish in the first Whitbread Round the World Race which started in September 1973. Derek Kelsall was the builder of the 78ft maxi designed by Alan Gurney and skippered by Chay Blyth writes to give his perspective of how the foam sandwich ketch was constructed. She went on to compete in five round the world races: ...[more]

Camper: From the boat - On our way at last! By Hanish Hooper, 6:43 PM Sat 12 Nov 2011
Hamish Hooper blogs from on board Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ: My first thought of the day as I woke was that the overseas voting for the NZ elections had opened. This is great news, elections are so exciting! I love the drama of election night! The trouble is, I’m not really sure how getting voting papers to the Kiwis on board Camper in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean will work? ...[more]

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