The Captain’s Sailing Links – Monday 23rd January

With positions 1 and 2 filled in the Vendee Globe Race we are going to be changing the format of the daily short links posts. We want to bring our attention back to sailing links and fun stuff on the water that we can share with you from the world wide web. There are plenty of other sailing things that we would like to share that are not related to the vendee globe, there are lots of build up to come from all the teams entering the Volvo Ocean Race and lots more, so keep an eye out for news on that in future editions.

Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 – Alicante to welcome the world from October 11 2017

Mark the date in your diary – the Volvo Ocean Race party will officially start on October 11, when the Alicante Race Village opens its doors to the public.  The news completes the schedule for the Volvo Ocean Race’s Home Port. As previously announced, the first official action of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will be the Alicante In-Port Race on Saturday, October 14.  The race itself begins eight days later on Sunday, October 22 when the teams will sail Leg 1 from Alicante to Lisbon.

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Mount Gay Round Barbados Race 2017 – Foiling Moth takes line honours and establishes new record

Foiling Moth takes line honours and establishes new record at Mount Gay Round Barbados Race.  Light but thrilling 60nm sprint around Barbados.  Bridgetown, Barbados (21 January, 2017): Andy Budgen sailing his Mach 2 foiling International Moth Nano Project completed the 60nm Mount Gay Round Barbados Race at a record pace of 4 hours, 23 minutes, 18 seconds, to established the Absolute Foiling Monohull record. He also broke his own personal record time from a few years ago when he sailed his VO70 Monster Project into the record books for the Absolute Monohull Record. Chatting as he stepped ashore after a testing day on the water, a delighted Budgen commented: “It wasn’t as bad as I thought, and actually I think the conditions were pretty ideal all round for a foiling Moth, and I am extremely happy to have achieved what I set out to do. I tried to pace myself and not put too much into it early on to conserve energy. It took about an hour and a half to get up to the North Point.

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Sailing La Vagabonde – We’re Going Home…  Ep. 72

After a year of sailing thousands of miles from Grenada in the Caribbean where we spent the hurricane season of 2015​, all the way​​ to Tonga​, we decided it was time to go home and visit the friends and fam! Being this close to Australia has felt so good and homey. We’re only a flight away. Join us in episode 72 as we say an awesome goodbye to Tonga and our good friends Adriana and Kjell. What a place! Filled with such wonderful people… Stay tuned for ​’​A Yacht Called Cynthia​’​ which is truly one you won’t want to miss, coming soon xo..

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At some 225 miles or so still to sail to finish his first Vendee Globe this morning Jérémie Beyou (Maitre CoQ) can start to feel assured that third place should be his even if his progress is painfully slow making around six knots, but the three way tussle for fourth place continues to remain open.  Jean-Pierre Dick, Yann Eliès and Jean Le Cam are engaged in the closest three way battle in the history of the solo round the world race as they pass the Azores archipelago between Graciosa and Florès on the heels of a vigorous depression giving them 30kts southerly winds.

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World’s first green-energy boat prepares for a six-year voyage around the world

Humans have sailed for thousands of years, but never in a vessel like the Energy Observer.  The first self-sufficient boat powered only by clean, emission-free energy — and not just the wind in its sails — will start a six-year trip around the world in the spring.  Energy Observer, a former race boat now equipped with solar panels, wind turbines and hydrogen fuel cells, will use sun, wind and self-generated hydrogen to power batteries that run the boat’s electric motors. The $5.25 million boat is now in a French shipyard before heading to Paris for the first of 101 stops in 50 countries.  Designed in 1983, the 100-foot boat had a successful career in open-sea sailing races. The Energy Observer project was dreamed up in 2015 by skippers Frédéric Dahirel and Victorien Erussard, with scuba diver and filmmaker Jérôme Delafosse also behind the project.

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108 Media, the Toronto-based global distribution company, today announces the release of The Weekend Sailor, a new feature documentary focusing on the crew of the Sayula II and their unexpected victory in a race around the world. With the odds stacked against them, Ramon Carlín, his son Enrique, and a crew of novice Mexican sailors represented their country in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, today the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race. The Weekend Sailor features successful yachtsman and Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon as narrator.

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