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First Volvo Ocean 65 Hits the Water

The Volvo Ocean Race offered a glimpse of the future on Monday when the first of the radical new Volvo Ocean 65 yachts being built for the next two editions left the Green Marine boatyard in the UK and hit … Continue reading

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Volvo Ocean Race to Stop in Newport

Newport, Rhode Island will host the Volvo Ocean Race for the first time after winning a place on the route for the 12th edition of sailing’s premier round-the-world challenge in 2014-15. The Race will reach Newport, one of the world’s … Continue reading

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Groupama Victorious After Epic Journey

Groupama crossed the finish line in the pitch black Galway night to settle the closest contest in the 39-year history and crown themselves Volvo Ocean Race champions 2011-12. While CAMPER were celebrating victory in the ninth and final leg, Groupama … Continue reading

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Groupama Surge to Second as Telefónica Hit the Front

After a slow start when the fleet left Lisbon on Saturday, Franck Cammas’ team gradually hauled their way back overnight and at 6:00 am UTC were just half a mile behind PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG. They closed that … Continue reading

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Four-Way Fight in Closest Ever Volvo Ocean Race

Never in the 39-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race have four boats had such a realistic chance of winning with just around 10 days of offshore sailing left to go. Telefónica’s six-month stronghold came to an end with Groupama … Continue reading

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Camper Narrowly Avoids Collision with Whale in Mid-Atlantic (Video)

Volvo Ocean Race contender CAMPER got really lucky on this one and the alternative could have been very ugly. The split-second reflexes of CAMPER helmsman Roberto ‘Chuny’ Bermúdez narrowly saved the team from a high-speed collision with a whale in … Continue reading

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VOR Boats Collide with 1st Named Tropical Storm of 2012

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet found themselves in survival mode battling their way out of the eye of a violent tropical storm Monday night, suddenly caught in lightning and gale force headwinds. They thought they were lining up for a … Continue reading

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PUMA Wins Leg 6 of VOR in Nail Biting Finish

We’re just amazed as how such a long race can be such a close competition. With less than a mile of separation between the two leaders at one point in the final day of racing, these boats had us on … Continue reading

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PUMA Trying to Hold onto Leg 6 Lead

Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race is proving to be an exciting race, but can PUMA hang onto their lead? Telefónica are poised to pounce on any mistakes by Leg 6 leaders PUMA and CAMPER as the top three … Continue reading

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CAMPER Crosses VOR’s Leg 5 Finish Line for 4th Place

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the Leg 5 finish line in Brazil at 12:35:44 UTC on Tuesday 31 days after leaving Auckland, one of their two home ports. The final result was a case of triumph over adversity … Continue reading

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Groupama Finishes in 3rd Place Under Jury Rig

If you want to learn a little something about determination, just take a look at Groupama’s finish of Leg 5 in the Volvo Ocean Race. Groupama sailing team kept their hopes of overall victory alive on Tuesday, overcoming the loss … Continue reading

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And Then There Were 2: Puma and Telefonica Last Boats Standing in Leg 5

The longest and most difficult leg of the Volvo Ocean Race has proven to be just that. The boats are dropping out of Leg 5 left and right. By the time this hits your inbox, things will likely have changed … Continue reading

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Telefonica Struck by Monster Wave

This had to hurt! There’s a reason that these guys are considered the best in the world. Team Telefónica felt the full force of the Southern Ocean on Sunday when they were slammed by two monster waves in over 40 … Continue reading

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Team Sanya Out of VOR Legs 5 and 6 After Rudder Damage

More problems plague teams on Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Team Sanya will make their return to competitive action in the Volvo Ocean Race in Miami, with the team reluctantly announcing on Monday that all options that would … Continue reading

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Injuries and Boat Damage Afflict Most of VOR Fleet

Not far into Leg 5 PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG reported that new crewman trimmer Thomas Johanson had dislocated his shoulder in the violent conditions and bowman Casey Smith was bunk bound with a back injury. Meanwhile, on board … Continue reading

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PUMA Wins Speed Record Challenge on Leg 4 of VOR

It’s not enough to get them out of fourth place, but at least PUMA saw a bright light on Leg 4. A 24-hour run of 527.8 nautical miles has earned Ken Read’s PUMA team the IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge … Continue reading

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Team Abu Dhabi Gets Beaten and Battered by Waves

The power of the ocean knows no bounds. This is why these guys are considered some of the toughest sailors in the world. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Media Crew Member (MCM) Nick Dana sent this breathless report after an action … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes with PUMA on Discovery.com

Discovery.com is running a series on its blog that follows PUMA Ocean Racing and the grueling work involved with participating in the Volvo Ocean Race. While many sailors may know the hard work that it entails to sail around the … Continue reading

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Leg 3 of VOR Physically Grueling Even for the Youngest Crew

If the Leg 3 trip from Abu Dhabi to Sanya was this tough on a 22-year-old, we can’t even imagine how the guys a few years (or decades) older are feeling. Cruel and unusual punishment is how the youngest Volvo … Continue reading

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VOR Boats Find Malacca Strait Littered with Debris

The beauty of the Malacca Strait is marred by the amount of debris that sailors encounter, sometimes all too closely. A constant stream of debris, including a piece of trash the size of a small car has shocked the Volvo … Continue reading

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