Are you ready for some awesome oceanfront action? Regardless of your affiliation to power or sailboats, a visit to the Newport Volvo Ocean Race Stopover, opening this coming Tuesday, on May 8th, is a “must” for anyone within day-trip distance to Newport, RI. With the earliest boats predicted to arrive around May 8th, the opening day of the race village is bound to be action-packed. The village is currently under construction and it won’t take long before it resembles the mini yachting city which will again take over Fort Adams for 12 days, until the boats sail off for Leg 8, a Transatlantic crossing on May 20th. While in port, there is lots to see and do at the Race Village.
Scuttlebutt offered up this story about just another amazing French solo sailor. But this time, this young man has not only accomplished his goal of setting a new solo circumnavigation record, but he smashed the former record! Read all about it here!
At 34 years of age, François Gabart obliterated – in his first attempt – the singlehanded round the world record. Gabart reduced the previous record by over six days, setting new standard of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds.
From November 4 to December 17, Gabart and his 30m MACIF trimaran covered 27,859.7 miles at an average speed of 27.2 knots. His top speed was 39.2 knots, and his top speed over a 24 hour period was 31.8 knots. Epic!
Gabart was welcomed triumphantly in Brest (FRA) this morning (Dec. 18) and shares some thoughts on this remarkable achievement.
The Southern Ocean threatened to deliver the Volvo Ocean Race a punishing leg 3 packed with damaging wind and dangerous waves, and she sure delivered. With the fleet about halfway to Melbourne, conditions have calmed a bit from nearly a week of raging seas and winds delivered by a massive low pressure system which delivered an excess of 50 knot winds. Our TotalBoat Ambassadors, Charlie Enright and Nick Dana are aboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing, reported seeing over 60 knots and got the boat going a blistering 38 knots!!! Akzo Nobel reported breakage to their mainsail/ mast track and elsewhere the insane amount of water washing over the boat accidentally deployed PFDs and is wearing down these salty souls. Mostly the fleet has remained in one piece so far, but there is plenty more icy ocean between the fleet and the finish. Continue reading
It was an unusually fast and windy leg 2 for the Volvo Ocean Race teams who sailed from Lisbon to Cape Town just a few weeks ago. But don’t be fooled by the wet and wild photos from the most recent leg, which look pretty gnarly, but in fact set the teams up for a dreamy doldrums crossing (there was actually wind in this typically windless area), and a steady breeze that escorted them throughout the entire leg. What will be different on this slightly shorter, 6500 mile leg? Well, to start, the temps will be COLD, the ocean will be bitter and the weather will deliver much of the same windy punch as in leg 2, but this time with an Antarctic bite that will chill bones and boats and make the salty slog through the notoriously angry Southern Ocean that much more difficult. Continue reading
Today, we lean on news kings from National Public Radio, by sharing their well-compiled story about the latest announcement from the winning New Zealand America’s Cup syndicate.
Emirates Team New Zealand, which took home the America’s Cup after swiping it from Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA in a duel of foiling catamarans off Bermuda this summer, has reinvented the boat that will next compete for the trophy.
After its win in June, Team New Zealand announced three months later that the 166-year-old competition — dominated by monohull boats until a switch to giant multihulls seven years ago — would return to single-hull designs. Continue reading
It’s been a week since our home boys and girls aboard Team Vestas 11th Hour Racing won the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. It was one of the shorter legs, but as the debut of the 2017-18 edition of the race – it was an impressive and important leg win. The decisive win has left us salivating for more! And with Leg 2 starting tomorrow – we need not wait for long! Continue reading
Just one day before the start of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, the skippers have adjourned their press conference and are readying themselves, their crews and their boats for the Mirpuri Foundation In-Port Race.
Tomorrow (Sunday,October 22nd) at 730am Eastern Time, the 7 boat fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s will leave Alicante, Spain and sail back around the bottom of the country and up to Lisbon, Portugal. In this unusual first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, the teams are sailing a shorter first leg back to where they started, before Leg 0 brought them from Lisbon to Alicante. There is a lot of love for the VOR in Lisbon, and they have worked hard to be the first stop on this 11 leg tour.
Our own excitement for this race will peak in May of 2108 when the fleet stops into Newport, RI for the only North American stopover. Our “hometown” team with TotalBoat Ambassadors, skipper Charlie Enright and bowman, Nick Dana, will also be at max level team pride, as they pull into their home waters of Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound. Get your boats and your butts ready to head to the amazing race village that will be built at Fort Adams in early May before the fleet arrives. Continue reading
Mark your calendars for this last week of September 2017 to be an historic one for yacht racing. The two biggest races in the sport of sailing, the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, (VOR) are making some big announcements this week and if you’re not already, I’m sure you’ll soon be on the edge of your seat. Continue reading