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The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race has not only been attracting more participants, it has also become more interesting for sailing fans in the United States.

Eight Bells: Hobart "Hobie" Alter

by John Casey, Posted May 22, 2014
Hobie Alter began playing games in the Pacific Ocean in his teens. At 18, he started competing in surfing competitions, and in 1953 opened his first surfboard shop in Dana Point, California. He quickly developed ways to improve balsa core surfboard production, and it didn’t take him long to invent the foam-core surfboard, which revolutionized the sport by giving surfers a lighter, more agile toy to play with.
This year’s Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race was a wild one from the very start—which was postponed 21 hours to allow Tropical Storm Bertha, a low-pressure system packing 50-knot gusts, to pass through before the fleet jumped off.

Telefónica Wins First Leg

by Meghan Dente, Posted December 2, 2011
With the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race behind them, the six participating teams have seen it all on their way from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa–from record-breaking triumphs to heartbreaking damages.
You can expect to see more offshore scows following David Raison’s victory in last year’s Mini-Transat aboard a scow-bowed 21-footer. Among them, hopefully, will be this 90-foot Transpac “maxi scow.”
After finishing first in the Volvo Ocean Race’s Leg 5, PUMA Ocean Racing secured yet another victory in Leg 6, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, FL. While the 30 points may not yet give PUMA the lead, they certainly have helped shorten the gap between PUMA and race leader, Telefonica.
In the first hours of the morning yesterday, Californian and lifelong sailorAlex Merhan arrived in Kauai, not only happy to have finished the Singlehanded TransPac but also because he smashed the previous record time for the race by more than 2 days.
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and Rolex announced their nominees for 2012 World Sailor of the Year with five nominees in both the male and female categories.
The Vendée Globe is off to an eventful start. Nineteen of the 20 skippers were at the start line on Saturday, November 11 in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, for the 24,048 mile solo race around the world.
On Jan. 14, 2013, Johnny Heineken and Jennifer French were named US Sailing’s 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.
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