Fastnet Results and the final part of Leg Zero is under way – 10 Short Links #VOR2017-18

So lets kick off this weeks ten short links with results from last weeks Fastnet Race. The race saw some interesting conditions leading up to Lands end and around to the Rock, with a nice push home to Plymouth. In all conditions for the race were a perfect way to introduce the boats and crews to racing these awesome vessels. With Dongfeng taking line honours the rest of the boats followed very closely.  Actually only 56 seconds between First and Second place.   All boats arriving within an hour.  So lets see how they lined up.

2017 Rolex Fastnet Race – Volvo 65

Fastnet Finish

Start: Sun 6 Aug 17 12:40:00

1 – CHN1969 – Dongfeng Race Team- Charles Caudrelier – 9 Aug – 04:18:10 – Pts 90
2 – ESP0 – Mapfre – Xabi Fernández – 9 Aug – 04:19:06 – Pts 84
3 – NED0 – Team Brunel – Bouwe Bekking 9 Aug – 04:25:47 – Pts 80
4 – NED00 – Team Akzonobel – Simeon Tienpont 9 Aug – 04:32:40 – Pts 76
5 – USA0 – Vestas 11th Hour Racing – Charlie Enright 9 Aug – 04:49:11 – Pts 73
6 – HKG0 – Sun Hung Kai Scallywag – David Witt 9 Aug – 04:53:53 – Pts 70
7 – CAY0 – Turn The Tide On Plastic – Dee Caffari 9 Aug – 04:57:32 – Pts 68

This morning saw the boats leave St Malo for the final stage of Leg Zero, taking them from St Malo down to Lisbon.  A nice little offshore leg taking them across the Bay of Biscay. So lets take a look at some of the news from the Fastnet Race 2017 and the current stage of Leg Zero. Enjoy.

Leg Zero, Rolex Fastnet Race: Passing the fastnet. On board Dongfeng. Photo by Jeremie Lecaudey. 08August, 2017

Dongfeng gets first Volvo win in the Fastnet Race – but by just 56 seconds

Charles Cauderlier and the crew of Dongfeng Racing get their first win of the new edition in the Rolex Fastnet Race – the race’s so-called Leg 0 – but beat MAPRRE by mere seconds. As dawn broke this morning, a skirmish for first blood in the 2017/8 Volvo Ocean Race was still underway in the Rolex Fastnet Race. Spanish team MAPFRE and Dongfeng Racing had been swapping positions overnight, but in the closing miles towards Plymouth it was Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng which drew ahead, beating their Spanish rivals by a mere 56 seconds.


Team NZ boss Grant Dalton revels in Peter Burling v Blair Tuke round the world duel

Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton believes young sailing stars Peter Burling and Blair Tuke will benefit enormously from their round the world adventure and has voiced hope his syndicate can contest the 2019 edition of the famous race.

Tuke has signed with Spanish team Mapfre to do the whole Volvo Ocean Race which starts in October and America’s Cup winning helmsman Burling will do parts of the race with Dutch outfit Team Brunel, who also have Emirates Team New Zealand cyclor Carlo Huisman on board.


Nagel’s team stay strong in Fastnet Race

Emily Nagel’s Team AkzoNobel put in another good showing in the Rolex Fastnet Race, the second stage of the four-part Leg Zero qualification series.

The Dutch entry, which features Bermudian Nagel, finished fourth competing among the seven-boat fleet of identical Volvo Ocean 65 one design yachts after completing the 605-nautical mile course from Cowes on the Isle of Wight and around Ireland’s Fastnet Rock on Wednesday morning in two days, 15 hours, 52 mins and 40 seconds.

Team AkzoNobel, led by skipper and two-times America’s Cup winner Simeon Tienpont, led its class for much of the race before being passed by China’s Dongfeng Race Team just before dawn on Tuesday.


Volvo Ocean Race – Sailing superstar Peter Burling joins Team Brunel

Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling is joining Team Brunel for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. 
The signing of the world’s most in-demand sailor is a major coup for Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking – and sets up what should be a compelling rivalry with Burling’s long-term sailing partner Blair Tuke, who is competing with Spanish team MAPFRE.  Together, Burling and Tuke carried the flag for New Zealand at the 2016 Olympics and came home from Rio with a gold medal in the 49er.  The pair followed up that success by playing influential roles in Emirates Team New Zealand’s victory in the America’s Cup earlier this year.

DongFeng wins Fastnet Thriller by 56 seconds

You think you’re tired? Check out these guys on Dongfeng after their Fastnet win.

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MAPFRE earns head start to Lisbon

St Malo, France (August 13, 2017) – MAPFRE maintained their near-faultless performance in Volvo Ocean Race qualifying – and gave themselves the best possible chance of completing overall victory in the four race Leg Zero series – as they led the fleet over the finish line on a short opening stage of the final race out of Saint-Malo.Extended periods of extremely light weather meant that the 770 nm Saint-Malo to Lisbon leg had to be split into two parts. “This is not something we would do for the real race, but is a practical solution in view of a very light forecast for this leg,” said Race Director Phil Lawrence. “We only have limited days until the race proper begins, and time is precious for the teams.”

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MAPFRE continue Leg Zero dominance

MAPFRE maintained their near-faultless performance in Volvo Ocean Race qualifying – and gave themselves the best possible chance of completing overall victory in the Leg Zero series – as they led the fleet over the finish line on a short opening stage of the final race out of Saint-Malo.  Extended periods of extremely light weather meant that the Saint-Malo to Lisbon leg had to be split into two parts.

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Leg Zero, St Malo to Lisbon start. Photo by Brian Carlin/Volvo Ocean Race. 13 August, 2017

And they’re off!

The fleet restarted the fourth and final stage of Leg Zero at 0615 UTC on Monday – with the boats spread just over five minutes apart from front to back.  Leaders MAPFRE were the first to recommence racing at 06:15:00, followed by Vestas 11th Hour Racing at 06:15:45, Dongfeng Race Team at 06:18:50, Turn the Tide on Plastic at 06:19:07, team AkzoNobel at 06:19:41, and both Team Brunel and SHK Scallywag at 06:20:07.

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Team AkzoNobel leaves northern France on final Leg Zero qualifying stage to Portugal

Sunday, August 13, 2017: Team AkzoNobel set off from the French port of St. Malo at 11.00 UTC (13.00 CEST) today bound for Lisbon, Portugal on the fourth and final stage of the around the world race’s Leg Zero qualifier series.

A forecast of extremely light winds for the passage forced the race organisers to split the stage into two sections to avoid issues for the seven-boat fleet when negotiating the fierce tidal streams off the island of Ushant at the south western end of the English Channel.

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Volvo Ocean Race aims to turn the tide on plastic

The Volvo Ocean Race has joined forces with UN Environment in a bid to help reduce marine waste. The ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ initiative draws attention to the growing menace of plastic waste in the world’s oceans.  One of the 65 boats will represent UN Environment’s ‘Clean Seas’ global campaign, which calls on governments, industry and citizens to end the excessive, wasteful use of single-use plastic and eliminate microplastics in cosmetics, during the 2017/18 edition of the professional sporting event.


Until next week ArmChair Sailors Fair winds!

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