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Volvo Ocean Race: 1 November 2011

Volvo Ocean Race fleet moored in the Alicante Race Village.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
Welcome to Sail-World.com's Volvo Ocean Race Newsletter for 1 November 2011

This is the first of two Volvo Ocean Race newsletters to be sent ahead of the start of the Volvo Ocean Race which gets underway from Alicante, Spain on 5 November.

The Sail-World VOR newsletter is one of a series of newsletters which will be sent over the coming 12 months, covering the Volvo Ocean Race, the 2011 ISAF World Sailing Championships, and the 2012 Olympic Regatta. We're not quite sure of the total newsletter count that will be sent but expect it to be over 5million across the three publications.

In this edition, sent to 115,000 subscribers, we preview the race, and also cover the first Inport Race, sailed in Alicante on the weekend.

For those who missed the coverage of the Inport Race we have the full Youtube replay link in this edition. It is very good viewing despite all the things that we were told made for boring sailing in that other event.

Media Crew Member Amory Ross filming. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG training in Alicante, prior to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race

Yes, the Inport Race features monohulls, sailing slowly (well they get up to 11kts at one point). No tacks - the legs are just straight line reaching and running courses. Light airs. Commentary by established and well known sailing commentators. Should be terrible television, if what we were told by The Footballers was correct. But it isn't - in fact to our surprise, we were riveted.

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand battle with Telefonica on the final leg. Alicante In Shore Race of the Volvo Ocean Race.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

Sure the race was a bit of a crapshoot, and it is disappointing that 20% of a leg points hang on this, given that prior to the start of Leg 9 in the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race, Puma Racing and Telefonica Blue were separated by just one point.

Should a transoceanic race be determined by points for a lights airs exhibition race? We don't think so.

One of the reasons Sail-World is running this newsletter is because of the high quality coverage that has been available on previous Volvo Ocean Races, and we are very confident that this will step up further in this latest edition. Certainly if what we saw from the Inport Race is any indication, we are all in for a treat.

Team Telefonica - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Maria Muina

Another reason is that the torrent of reports make it quite difficult to follow the VOR, unless you stay across it at least twice a day. We expect that this weekly summary will help you at least fill in the gaps, signal what is coming up, and let you read the best of the coverage for the week that was.

Our regular Sail-World racing newsletters will continue, and will cover all aspects of sailing as usual - with any special breaking Volvo Ocean race news.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Ainhoa Sanchez/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

While the fleet is reduced for this event to just six boats, it is a very high quality fleet indeed - and ahead of the start no-one is game to predict the outcome. The 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race has succeeded where no other has before, which is to pull the very best from all aspects of trans-oceanic sailing into one race.

Rest assured the sailing fans and media are on the edge of their seats to see who will win this arm wrestle. Check out the preview story, including short video clips from each skipper in this edition to bring yourself up to speed with the quality of this field.

Groupama Sailing Team - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Yvan Zedda ©

Before the Main Event starts, The Legends - the great boats from previous Whitbread Round the World Races and Volvo Ocean Races - will will race together renewing some of the old rivalries, and giving fans the chance to see some of the classics racing again. We will be covering this event in the next edition of Sail-World's Volvo Ocean Race newsletter.

Team Sanya.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

The third edition will be published a day or so after the start of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, and will cover the start and opening stanzas of the first leg.

Thereafter we will be publishing weekly, while there is racing underway.

Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride!

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Volvo Ocean Race: Six great teams - but who will win?
Volvo Ocean Race,
Six teams representing the best in the sport of sailing, will line up for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race on 5 November in Alicante, Spain. While the fleet is the smallest to contest the round the world classic, it is the highest quality, and represents each of the major regions of the planet.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Live and delayed coverage here + full replay
Sail-World,
The Volvo Ocean Race has partnered with Livestream (Livestreamcom) to bring you unprecedented Live coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race. You will be able to watch live video of all start, finishes and in-port racing from this page - there's another link for the full raw live experience - including HD live video of the start/finishes and in-port racing as well as photos, video clips and text updates. A... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - MCMs will be at the heart of the action
Volvo Ocean Race,
The next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is set to get underway on the 5th November but, you won't see a member of Sebastian Vettel's F1 set-up riding shotgun shooting video during the race, nor will you find Lionel Messi's team mates taking photos while he scores, yet MCMs will have just that role at the heart of the action.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Winds lets down first Inport Race
Martin Tasker,
The Volvo Ocean Race is billed as the longest professional sporting event in the world. So it's a touch ironic that such a marathon should start with a sprint, and even more ironic that the sprint should turn into a hideous wallow with these ocean greyhounds looking like a pack of nodding dogs see-sawing in a windless swell.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Groupama protest Camper Team NZ after Inport Race
Sail-World,
Groupama sailing team's protest against CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand was dismissed after deliberation by the international jury after the first Inport Race in Alicante. The protest was related to the forestay set-up on CAMPER, which was the subject of an application made to the independent arbitration panel earlier this month.... [more]
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VSail.info talks to Patrick Shaughnessy of Farr Yacht Design
Vsail.info,
Following Saturday's overwhelming victory of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in the in-port race in Alicante, VSail.info talked to Patrick Shaughnessy, president of Farr Yacht Design, about his office's design in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race: Q:Were Ian Walker and the crew geniuses or simply very lucky? A: 'I am always very hesitant to use the word genius. Obviously the team has put in a lot of effort into... [more]
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Adil Khalid - Volvo Ocean Race's first ever Emirati sailor
Volvo Ocean Race,
Adil Khalid, an Olympic dinghy sailor, was chosen over more than 100 potential candidates for a spot on Ian Walker's crew. He celebrated Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's win in the Iberdrola In-Port Race by waving a huge United Arab Emirates flag high above him.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Iberdorla In-Port second place for Puma
Lisa Ramsperger,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg fought light winds and a shortened course to come in second place in the Iberdrola In-Port Race on the 29 October in Alicante. The Iberdrola is the inaugural race of the 2011-12 VOR. Puma collected five points in the overall standings, finishing behind Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.... [more]
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Camper recovers to finish third in opening round of Volvo Ocean Race
Thomas Pryor,
CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand has had a frustrating day in the first in-port race of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, but still managed a podium finish. The light, shifty conditions made for challenging conditions which resulted in the course being shortened to four legs and saw CAMPER finishing third behind Abu Dhabi and Puma.... [more]
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Images from Alicante: Inport Race - Volvo Ocean Race
Paul Todd and Ian Roman,
Top photographers, Paul Todd and Ian Roman, present this gallery of images from the first Inport Race of the Volvo Ocean Race. The race scores for 25% of the points of a trans-oceanic leg, making competition keen.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama - you needed to be determined and lucky
Franck Cammas,
The first race for the six yachts competing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12: a rather laborious ten-mile course with conditions becoming increasingly light and fluky throughout the hour-long race. Abu Dhabi really stood out and Groupama 4, in fifth, showed that she doesn't have a lot to be envious of in relation to her rivals!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing pick up first race points
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 started off today, 29th October, with the In-Port Race in Alicante, Spain. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing delivered an early blow to their rivals picking up the first points of the regatta with a comprehensive win in the race opener. The crew, led by British skipper and double Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker, romped home to a massive 14-minute win over their closest rivals... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 12th edition confirmed for 2014
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 12th edition will start from Alicante, Spain in 2014. Volvo Car Corporation and Volvo Group today reaffirmed their long-term commitment to the world's premier offshore sailing event. Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad announced the broad timetable just as the fleet prepared for the opening in-port race in the 2011-12 edition, starting in Alicante, Spain.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – A new challenge for skipper Chris Nicholson + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Chris Nicholson takes on a new challenge as skipper of Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand. Arguably the most prolific sailing team in the world, Emirates Team New Zealand, Camper's partner in the Volvo Ocean Race, can boast a trophy haul that includes the America's Cup and many other high profile regatta wins.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Preview of the Inport Race, Alicante - Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
View this preliminary look at the Inport Race, Alicante. Features interviews with Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Martin Tasker... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race partners with Livestream for online racing coverage
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race and Livestream will partner to bring new and innovative coverage of this live racing event to sailing fans worldwide. Volvo Ocean Race is the first content partner on the New Livestream service, a new streaming platform, launched today—building on the strength of the original Livestream—the leading live video destination.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Final countdown commences
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race – It used to be said that by the time the yachts hit the start line of the first leg, the Volvo Ocean Race was already won or lost. Historically, the teams with the biggest budgets and best preparation would have the greatest shot at glory – and more often than not they would be the ones lifting the trophy nine months later.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Rule breach applications rejected
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Two formal submissions by teams competing in the race, claiming that the race organisers had breached protocol by changing one of the strict Volvo Open 70 measurement rules, have been dismissed by an independent arbitration panel.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ Camper try All Black training drills - Video
Sail-World,
Ahead of Sunday's Rugby World Cup Final, the crew of Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ are putting into practice some of the training techniques they have picked up from sessions with the All Black coaches. In this video, Tony Rae takes us through some of the key moves during a training session, aboard Camper.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Teams carry out final preparations
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Dockside tensions are mounting in Alicante as the countdown to the most competitive Volvo Ocean Race in its 38-year history enters its final stage. The Iberdrola In-Port Race, a close-quarters sprint around a short course next Saturday, October 29, will mark the start of the 2011-12 edition of the world's toughest and longest professional yacht race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Fired, hired and couldn't be happier
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Not many people can recall being fired from their job and smiling afterwards. But for Team Sanya's Andres Soriano, being fired from the shore team meant he could be hired just moments later as a member of the sailing team.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Alicante Race Village opens to public
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Thousands of people will flock to Alicante today as the Race Village opens for a three-week fiesta at the start port for the 2011-12 race. Alicante's Puerto de Salida will fling open the doors to the public at 1800 local time (1600 UTC/GMT), welcoming the world to the first of the 10 host ports in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Nico's Blog: A hectic first week in Alicante
Chris Nicholson,
Volvo skipper Chris Nicholson updates on the first week of buildup in Alicante: it has been a hectic first week in Alicante. After arriving at the end of our European tour the boat was hauled out immediately and we went straight into our final date with the rules ‘policeman' in order to get the boat signed-off. Five days later and we are just now getting towards the end of that intense process... [more]
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Princess Letizia to christen Telefónica ahead of qualifying race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia will bring a touch of royalty to the Volvo Ocean Race. The Princess will also present a Spanish flag to Team Telefónica, skippered by Olympic gold medallist Iker Martínez, before joining Prince Felipe, an Olympic sailor himself and the heir to the Spanish throne, to inspect the fleet.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Stellar line up assembles in Alicante + Video
Sail-World,
Volvo Ocean Race starts from Alicante, Spain in just under a month, where the most competitive line up to contest the event is assembling. After many months of preparation and training at their respective bases around the globe, six teams featuring the world's best sailors have converged on the Spanish port in the final countdown to the 39,000 nautical mile round the world race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Tuna fishing on Camper - Salty's big catch + Video
Sail-World,
Join the crew of Volvo Ocean Race entry, Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ as multiple round the world racer and America's Cup sailor, Rob Salthouse catches his first ever tuna on the trip to Alicante. Or does he?... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Initial TV cover to 57 broadcasters in 50 countries
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The Volvo Ocean Race and IMG Media – host broadcaster and global media distributor for the event – have announced the first group of broadcast partners for the 2011-12 edition of the race with 57 broadcasters covering over 50 countries. Among the current list of broadcasters, roughly 75 percent of them have agreed to take the live production of the In-Port Races and Leg Starts in the upcoming race... [more]
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Piracy threat forces Volvo Ocean racers out of the water
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The escalating security problem caused by piracy in the Indian Ocean has forced Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 organisers to redraw the second and third leg routes in the 39,000 nautical mile round-the-world challenge. The competing boats were due to have sailed through an East African corridor in the Indian Ocean on the second leg from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi and again in the third leg from Abu Dhabi... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet race: Azzam takes Volvo Open 70 honours
Richard Gladwell,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Azzam won the three-way battle of Volvo Open 70s in the Rolex Fastnet Race on Day 3 on Tuesday, finishing four minutes ahead of Groupama 4. Team Sanya were still on the course at 0730 GMT. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker, finished first in a time of one day 18 hours 39 minutes and 0 seconds. That was well inside the monohull record for the race.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Volvo 70 trio rounding the rock
Sophie Luther,
The Rolex Fastnet Race is currently underway with Groupama Sailing Team having rounded the Fastnet Rock a fraction ahead of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing after the two new boats overhauled crafty underdogs and Volvo Ocean Race rivals Team Sanya on day two.... [more]
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More images from Rolex Fastnet Race: Volvo Ocean Racers - Day 2
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
More images sent from onboard the three Volvo Ocean Race entrants by the media crew members onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Groupama Sailing Team and Team Sanya in the Rolex Fastnet Race.... [more]
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Three Volvo Ocean race entries to compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
With three Volvo Ocean race entries competing in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, the Volvo Ocean Race has posted a series of videos relating to the three entries - Groupama, Team Sanya and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. This is the first time that VOR70's have lined up against each other.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Cascais - Abu Dhabi at pace
Volvo Ocean Race,
Images from an aerial shoot with Volvo Ocean Race entry, Abu Dhabi in Cascais, Portugal, as she sets off on her 2,000nm qualifying sail. Abu Dhabi is skippered by Ian Walker (GBR)... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: The making of Camper's mast at Southern Spars
Camper,
Join Camper skipper, Chris Nicholson, as he takes us behind the doors of Southern Spars new factory and shows a mast under construction for the Volvo Ocean racer to be sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand. This is a rare look at just how these spars are made - and gives us a look at the impeccable interior of the state of the art Southern Spars facility. And then there's an onboard video... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Team Telefónica crew additions
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Team Telefónica is adding two new names to its already potent crew list. Britain's Neal McDonald and Spaniard Jordi Calafat are embarking on their fifth and second Volvo Ocean Races respectively, on board Telefónica. Britain's Neal McDonald, will be one of the watch leaders on Telefónica.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 appoints two new race photographers
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race has appointed two photographers with a wealth of sailing experience and know how to cover the 2011-12 race. New Zealander Paul Todd is a former professional sailor with over 20 years in the photographic industry. Paul served as picture manager during the 2005-06 edition of the race and has worked for several Volvo Ocean Race teams.... [more]
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Groupama off for Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 qualifier
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011. Groupama 4 is now christened and the crew are taking her out for the official qualifier for the next VOR. The race rules stipulate that those Volvo Open 70s competing in the upcoming edition of the crewed round the world race with stopovers must cover 2,000 miles without stopping before 03 October 2011... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012: Monster of the Sea has been unleashed
Lisa Ramsperger,
Mar Mostro, the 'Monster of the Sea,' from Puma has been unleashed into the waters of Newport, Rhode Island. 'Mar Mostro is in the water and we're eager to let her loose,' said Ken Read. As I have said before, these races are won or lost before the start. Our entire design and build team has done their job amazingly well, now it's up to the sailors to keep the momentum going.'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 top tips for becoming sailing fit
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 is harsh on the boats, tough on the shore team and physically, unbelievable brutal on the race crew. All teams know that being in the best shape possible will be critical to victory. So does Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's chief physiotherapist Sarah Burney, who gives us her top tips for getting fit for sailing... [more]
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