Drones Are Winning the Volvo Ocean Race

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With the Volvo Ocean Race fleet firmly planted in the middle of the Southern Ocean, again, screaming towards Cape Horn, we have been treated to some spectacular video footage from aboard the boats. Most notably, the brave On Board Reporters (OBRs) are getting braver crazier with their drones, risking their equipment as they send back stunning aerial footage taken in excess of 40 knots of wind. The rockets boats are barrelling down massive waves as they gybe along the ice gate, an imaginary boundary preventing the teams from sailing too far south and into danger of colliding with icebergs.  This is not to say that the walls of water that come crashing into the cameras are not satisfying enough to us armchair sailors, it’s more that the opportunity is now there to get great aerial footage in the middle of nowhere as the boats are charging down waves at 37 knots. And that is something new and very appreciated.  Continue reading

Screaming Along in the Southern Ocean

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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

Making it to Melbourne

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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

Get Back on Board the Volvo Ocean Race for Leg 2

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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

Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race LIVE NOW!

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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.

It’s starting NOW (approx. 10am EST) and you can watch LIVE on the Volvo Ocean Race website.   Continue reading

Around the World – Tomorrow!

The ultimate team sailing race around the world, the Volvo Ocean Race, starts tomorrow morning.

Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 10.57.29 AM 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

A Big Week for [Foiling] Yacht Design

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19/11/2014, Cape Town (ZAF), Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Team Alvimedica, Start Leg 2

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

Countdown to the Volvo Ocean Race

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In just 27 days, sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race will set off on their around the globe journey. October 22nd marks their departure from Lisbon, Portugal when 7 teams from around the world will compete in this crazy 9 month race. And we can’t wait. Our TotalBoat Ambassadors, Charlie Enright and Nick Dana are on our favorite boat, Team Vestas 11th Hour Racing, and our bets are on them and their top notch team to pull out some impressive sailing and an eventual win at the end.  Continue reading

How to Build A Boat to Sail Around the World

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Ok, maybe this video won’t show you the steps necessary or give you tips on how to actually build your own Volvo Ocean 65 sailboat. But it’s pretty cool to see a months long project condensed into minutes. Especially when you know it’s bound for a circumnavigation race – the Volvo Ocean Race starts in October – not too far off. So these boats better get built, and fast!  Continue reading

Newport’s Big Volvo Ocean Race News

Press Conference and Pep Rally TODAY, Tuesday, Mar. 21

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Volvo Ocean Race Press Conference TODAY

Maybe you’re not local – in which case – watch this space and our Facebook and Instagram pages for the big reveal of Sail Newport and the Volvo Ocean Race’s big news. We will share the announcement as we get word at the press conference. Our best guess is that a local team will be announced as the 4th boat to enter the race, and our hopes are set on seeing our own local hero, Charlie Enright, skipper of Alvimedica in the last VOR, involved with a Rhody based team. Stand by – or head over to Bel Mer on Goat Island for the big news break. Newport has already been announced as a stopover in the next race due largely to the major enthusiasm the area showed for the race and the participants. Adding a local team to the mix would be a major boon for Rhode Island and for the sailing industry.   Continue reading