Ocean Racing

A Sad Day for France

by MacDuff Perkins, Posted January 26, 2011
On the evening of January 25th, sailors involved in the Barcelona World Race were chasing the leader Virbac-Paprec 3 south toward the Cape of Good Hope. Virbac-Paprec 3 had opened up its lead on the #2 boat Fonica, skippered by Michel Desjoyeaux and Francois Gabart, from 5 miles to over 40 miles, although a big high pressure system was working into their path,
The threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean has forced organizers of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race to reroute racing for the second and third legs. Acting on the advice of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and other marine safety experts, organizers are opting to have the boats race from Cape Town to a “safe haven port,” and then ship the boats to Abu Dhabi to resume racing. This
  As Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean race winds down, the competition is heating up between Groupama and PUMA as they battle for the top spot. After placing first and second respectively in Leg 4, from Sanya, China, to Auckland, the teams are once again neck and neck.  
Forget about the speed, what about the noise? It was the pre-start of a 150-mile race from Newport, Rhode Island, to New York City, and I was one of four sailors manning the dual coffee grinders aboard the Multi One Design (MOD) 70 Race for Water.
It was a tough year for the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV) and Mini Transat races, thanks to a series of storms that churned their way through the Atlantic at the same time as their scheduled starts in late October.

New Cat, New Colors

by David Schmidt, Posted April 23, 2008
If you thought that the Puma Avanti — formerly ABN Amro Two — sported an unusual paint job, baby, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Really, how many boats can you think of that boast an asymmetrical paint job? Likely zero, but that’s exactly what Puma rolled out of Goetz Custom Boats’ yard in Bristol, Rhode Island on Monday evening. The boat, which has been

Cutting Their Teeth

by Sail Staff, Posted July 27, 2008
By Lyn HinesLa Rochelle, FranceLa Solitaire du Figaro, three stages long and 50 boats strong—sailed single handed in purpose-built boats—finally got a start over the weekend after a dreary, windless and rainy postponement. Conditions were opposite to the windy, sunny prologue last week, won by the “Green Giant”, Gildas Morvan, who is a favorite to win again despite
Ken Read is self-described as the “luckiest man alive” as far as his current job, skipper of Puma Ocean Racing’s il mostro in this year Volvo Ocean Race. Currently, Read and il mostro are sitting in third place by a comfortable point margin (11 points), but more importantly they are locked in a death battle with Telefonica Blue for second place, with only a

VOR changes announced

by David Schmidt, Posted August 18, 2009
In the current economic climate, it’s no surprise that that potential sponsors are balking at the prospect of ponying up the $50-60 million needed to fund a first-rate Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) campaign. The VOR itself has been working to reduce costs, as they recognize that sponsors only get their full value if there are plenty of boats competing.So far, changes include a

Open 60s Set for Dash to Spain

by Sail Staff, Posted March 29, 2010
The two nearly identical Open 60 monohulls set to establish an inaugural New York-Barcelona (NY-BCN) Transoceanic Sailing Record have arrived in New York in preparation for their passage across the Atlantic sometime in mid-April.This past week, hundreds of New Yorkers gathered at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden to take part in the opening of a Transoceanic Sailing Exhibit that
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