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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Photo by Nick Dana/ Team Abu Dhabi

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

55 South – 11th Hour Racing: A Team is Born

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Charlie Enright and Mark Towill announced yesterday the formation of their new racing team, 55 South. Enright and Towill will train and race under 55 South as they work toward their ultimate goal of returning to the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18. In addition, Enright and Towill announced their title sponsor for 2016, sustainability organization, 11th Hour Racing based in Newport, Rhode Island. The newly formed team will compete in 2016 as 55 South – 11th Hour Racing and aim to set the example for a more responsible relationship with energy and water resources in the sport of sailing.

Bristol, Rhode Island native, Enright and Kaneohe, Hawaii, native Towill were founders of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race entry, Team Alvimedica. In 2015, the team was the first to round Cape Horn and as the southern most point in any around the world race, it is considered to be a pinnacle of achievement. Recognizing the amount of work it took to get the team to Cape Horn, Enright and Towill committed to returning in the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race and thus formed 55 South.

During their last campaign, both Enright and Towill became acutely aware of the significant amount of marine debris they saw around the globe. Together with 2016 title sponsor 11th Hour Racing, 55 South will use their racing as a platform to promote environmental sustainability amongst sailors, clubs and events, and across the marine industry.

Co-Founder/Skipper, Charlie Enright,After the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, both Mark I were proud of many of our accomplishments, but recognized there are improvements to be made and unfinished business to be settled. It’s going to be a tough road back to the start-line filled with training, racing and fundraising. We named the team 55 South to provide us with a daily reminder of Cape Horn, how epic it is and what it takes to get there.  Getting there requires the support of our partners and sponsors and I am excited to have 11th Hour Racing as our title sponsor for 2016. As first hand witnesses of our planet’s marine debris epidemic we feel like we can bring value to an already amazing organization by spreading awareness and helping to source solutions. It was great to start a working relationship with 11th Hour during the Ocean Summit at the [Volvo Ocean Race] Newport Stopover and Mark and I are excited to continue the relationship into the future. ”

Co-Founder/Principle, Mark Towill, “Both Charlie and I are excited to be back on the water racing with our own team again. I’m also extremely happy to be working with 11th Hour Racing to help raise the awareness for ocean health. We are looking forward to promoting sustainability solutions at the events we race in and to the wider sailing community. And of course, I’m always looking towards our ultimate goal of returning to 55 South.”

11th Hour Racing Co-Founder Rob MacMillan stated, “The goal of 11th Hour Racing’s sponsorship of 55 South is to show that a top level racing team can be successful while incorporating ocean stewardship and environmental responsibility. When we met Mark and Charlie, we saw a young, eager duo that expressed genuine concern for ocean health. We recognize that the Volvo Ocean Race is the premier crewed race around the world and we’re happy to be supporting 55 South as they work towards returning to the start line.”

The 2016 race campaign for 55 South-11th Hour Racing is currently scheduled to include the M32 Bermuda Series along with speaking engagements promoting ocean health and environmental sustainability. The first race will be January 8-10. For a current schedule and update on 55 South-11thHour Racing’s schedule and events, please visit: 55South.us