So leading up to the start of the main event in October we see the boats lining up against each other in the Round the Island Race 2017 and The Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 which started yesterday with an 11am gun. Check out some of the links below for coverage of The Round the Island Race and The Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 start.
Coming in the next couple of weeks there are two more events just for the Volvos to partake.
• August 10: Plymouth, England to St Malo in France (125 nm)
• August 13: St Malo to Lisbon, Portugal (770 nm) Keep coming back for more reports.
MAPFRE took first blood in the ramp up to the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race as skipper Xabi Fernández and his Spanish team showed faultless form to smash the established record time for a monohull around the Isle of Wight. MAPFRE clocked 3 hours 13 minutes 11 seconds in strong conditions off England’s south coast to hold off Team Brunel and notch up victory in the 50nm Around the Island Race.
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet went head to head for the first time on Wednesday 2 August in the Leg Zero Around the Island Race – a 50nm spring around the Isle of Wight. WIth 40+ knot gusts and huge waves, it was more like the Southern Ocean than the Solent – and the resulting footage is epic!
See more on the official youtube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd-kj8ShMRRDKrONtkjVRgg
Leg Zero not only takes care of the official qualifying for the Volvo Ocean Race – it’s also the first chance to see the teams in a competitive shakedown against each other.
No points will be carried forward to the race itself, but the overall Leg Zero winner still gets a confidence boost – and here, round-the-world Vendée Globe sailor Conrad Colman fills us in on how it might play out.
Two world speed sailing records fell today in the Sevenstar Triple Crown series at Lendy Cowes Week, subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council.
The Spanish Volvo Ocean 65 Mapfre completed the 50 mile course around the Isle of Wight in three hours, 13 minutes and 11 seconds, setting a new outright Around Isle of Wight world record by a monohull yacht.
Track the fastnet Race 2017 live as it happens and see the current conditions on the sea. By the time you read this it may be over for some of the front runners they are very quick….
See the tracker here – http://cf.yb.tl/fastnet2017
Interviews with Volvo Ocean Race skippers as preparation is underway for the Rolex Fastnet Race in Cowes. Part of Leg Zero, which acts as a qualifier for the race starting on October 22nd, this will be the first offshore race for the fleet.
00.00 Dee Caffari, Turn the Tide on Plastic 01.47 Simeon Tienpont, AkzoNobel 02.39 David Witt, Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag 03.44 Charlie Enright, Vestas 11th Hour 04.09 Xabi Fernández, Mapfre 04.44 Charles Caudrelier, Dongfeng 06.13 ENDS
Gosport UK – Along with their six rivals in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng Race Team will line up for the Rolex Fastnet Race on Sunday which promises to be a thrilling battle between crews preparing for the round-the-world marathon.
The 47th biennial Fastnet forms the second part of the VOR Leg Zero series and follows a Round the Island (Isle of Wight) sprint on Wednesday. At 603 nautical miles, the Fastnet will be the first chance for the teams to test themselves against each other over several days at sea.
With the next Olympic Games in Japan still three years away, Ireland’s Annalise Murphy is being trialled as a crew-member in the forthcoming Volvo Ocean Race around the world that starts from Alicante in October.
The 27-year-old Rio 2016 Silver medallist has been sailing with British veteran yachtswoman Dee Caffari’s ‘Turn the Tide On Plastic’ team that is expected to be announced later this month following completion of crew trials.
Volvo Ocean Race: With 2.5 knots of outgoing tide against 18-21 knots of south westerly wind, the Chinese team, skippered by Charles Caudrelier, secured their lead by expertly covering the rest of the tightly bunched fleet.
The two red boats, MAPFRE and Dongfeng Racing won the start but the Spanish team were held up by bad wind coming off Nikata, the biggest boat in the race at 115 feet. In fact, all the Volvo Ocean Race sailors were challenged by having to sail around the record 390-boat fleet in this 605-nautical mile offshore classic.
— TurntheTideonPlastic (@TurnTidePlastic) August 6, 2017