Here are your 10 short links to start the week off. With the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 fast approaching and the Volvo’s taking part this year it will be great to see how they perform. So check out some of the stories below hopefully that will be a good precursor for the weeks to come.
Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 – Preview
Among the 400 boat fleet setting off from the Solent on 6 August in the Rolex Fastnet Race will be three of offshore racing’s most prestigious classes. Grabbing the headlines will be the one design VO65s as the Rolex Fastnet Race
MARK TURNER was named CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race in June ’16. Following his career as a sailor, Turner founded OC Sport, a global sports marketing company specializing in professional sailing, amateur cycling and marathon running. In May, the VOR announced a €50M ($58.4M) investment in new boats with “foiling” and “flying” technology for future editions of the race.
Fastnet Race in 2017-18 qualifying schedule | Volvo Ocean Race
The Volvo Ocean Race has unveiled a 10-strong squad of Onboard Reporters to tell the story of the toughest test of a team in professional sport.
Featuring hardened media pros from six nations around the world, the group of Onboard Reporters for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 includes award-winning adventure photographers, extreme sports filmmakers, the documentary-making son of a Volvo Ocean Race legend and a former soldier–turned–journalist who has completed two tours of the Middle East.
#VOR – Experienced offshore sailor and Kerry’s own Damian Foxall will set sail again in the Volvo Ocean Race — this time with the former Team Vestas Wind.
The five-race VOR veteran (who won with Groupama in the 2011-12 race) and Afloat.ie’s International Sailor of the Month for June last year has been named among the 10-strong crew for Vestas 11th Hour Racing that will depart from Alicante less than 100 days from now.
We speak to Musto ambassador Ian Walker about his Volvo Ocean Race win, why food and clothing are so important offshore, his views on the America’s Cup, his new desk job, sailing for fun, and 20 years of the John Merricks Sailing Trust.
Britain’s Dee Caffari will lead ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ – a mixed, youth focused team with a strong sustainability message in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. Her campaign, already backed by the Mirpuri Foundation and Ocean Family Foundation, is dedicated to the issue of ocean health. The sixth confirmed team out of a possible eight for the upcoming edition will amplify United Nations Environment’s ‘Clean Seas: Turn the Tide on Plastic’ campaign throughout the eight months of the race, which covers 45,000 nautical miles of racing around the world, taking in 12 Host Cities on six continents.
Every child has a dream and for some young Chinese sailors that dream is to be able to sail and race on the world’s oceans and perhaps one day sail around the globe. For a group of Chinese youngsters that dream came one step closer when they had the chance to visit the headquarters of Dongfeng Race Team on Saturday and meet some of their sailing heroes – young men like Wolf, Black and Horace. The visit to the Dongfeng Race Team base at Lorient in France – part of Dongfeng Race Team’s long-standing commitment to helping to develop the sport of offshore sailing in China – proved a wonderful opportunity for the youngsters to expand their knowledge and to see firsthand what is involved in racing around the world.
“We’re really struggling at the moment to make the boat go as fast as it’s meant to.” That was the team AkzoNobel navigator Jules Salter soon after leaving Falmouth, England. Four days later I find him lying asleep at the nav station, reams of data streaming across one of his two laptops. Just above him sit the ‘magic numbers’. Our speed over ground has been faster than our true wind speed for about 20 minutes now. Already we’re seeing the edge of what the boat is capable of.
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