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The Volvo Ocean Race will switch from a 3-year to a 2-year cycle after the upcoming 2017-18 edition
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The Volvo Ocean Race will switch from a 3-year to a 2-year cycle after the upcoming 2017-18 edition, a change that will provide more continuity and more commercial value for professional sailing teams, sponsors and Host Cities. It's the latest…
Rob McConnell’s A35 Fool’s Gold from Dunmore East is a former overall champion of the Scottish Series, and expected to do well in this year’s edition currently under way in Tarbert, Loch Fyne
W M Nixon
Despite some interruptions from either too much or too little wind, the regular club sailing programme for 2017 is now fully under way, and this weekend is additionally so well filled with major regional and national events that you could…
Green Dragon coming into Galway Docks on Sunday morning Photo Pierce Purcell Jnr
Volvo Ocean Race
The Sino-Irish Volvo Racer Green Dragon has been having a somewhat checkered career since leaving Ireland, and though she took Transatlantic line honours in the ARC in December as the beginning of a Portuguese involvement in future Volvo Races, more…
Three hulls, but not what you might have imagined,” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner, revealing the choice of the next generation One Design boats, and referencing the difficult decision of whether to opt for a monohull or multihull design for the ocean legs, a subject that has been passionately debated by Volvo Ocean Race fans
Volvo Ocean Race
Billed as the 'most radical shake-up of the world’s leading round the world race since 1973', the Volvo Ocean Race today unveiled a series of radical initiatives that will create the toughest all-round test in professional sailing and strengthen the…
The campaign will be backed by Seng Huang Lee and Sun Hung Kai & Co., the Hong Kong-based owner of supermaxi yacht Scallywag
Volvo Ocean Race
The fifth entry to the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will sail under the name Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag and will represent Hong Kong, it was announced today. The campaign will be backed by Seng Huang Lee and…
The Volvo Ocean Race’s control centre is based in Alicante
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - The Volvo Ocean Race has an incredible opportunity for three ambitious sailors to helm the nerve centre of the round-the-world yachting challenge. Based in Alicante, the role of Race Expert/Watch Officer is the “perfect opportunity” either for very…
Team AkzoNobel’s new-build Volvo Ocean 65 is prepped for refitting at The Boatyard in Lisbon
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Team AkzoNobel’s brand new Volvo Ocean 65 has made the 2,000km journey from Persico Marine in Italy to The Boatyard in Lisbon. Staff at the state-of-the-art facility, which began work on the rest of the fleet last October,…
France’s Guillaume Verdier (left) with VOR's Mark Turner is to lead new design project for  the 14th edition, with Persico Marine selected as lead boatbuilder
Volvo Ocean Race
While final preparations and team announcements continue for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, the event’s leadership team are working in parallel to map out the race’s future. The edition after this one, the 14th, will be contested in brand new…
Zhik is onboard with VOR's Team AkzoNobel
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Innovative specialist sailing apparel manufacturer Zhik has been selected by team AkzoNobel as its official technical clothing partner for the upcoming edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The crew will race across four oceans and encounter some of the most…
VO65 MAPFRE dismasted yesterday – no crew injuries reported
Volvo Ocean Race
Yesterday afternoon while the Volvo Ocean Race entry Mapfre team was sailing about seven nautical miles SW of the island of Ons (Pontevedra) near their home base in around 25–knots of wind and four meter high waves the VO65 MAPFRE's…
Carolijn Brouwer joins Dongfeng Race Team with fellow Olympic sailor Marie Riou
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Dongfeng Race Team has announced two women for its crew as preparations ramp up for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. Dutch Olympic sailor Carolijn Brouwer, who competed in the previous VOR with the all-female Team SCA, will be…
Green Dragon is dismasted at the Heineken St Maarten Regatta
Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Open 70, Green Dragon, the former Irish Volvo Ocean Race entry has been dismasted in the Caribbean. The yacht made the journey across the Atlantic as part of a Portuguese Mirapuri initiative and was to be sailed in the Heineken…
Charles Caudrelier skippers Dongfeng’s upgraded Volvo Ocean 65 off Lisbon
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Dongfeng Race Team is back on the water and training is well underway for the returning Chinese campaign in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race less than eight months away. To mark the occasion, some incredible drone footage of…
Portugal's campaign for its first entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2020 has arrived in Barbados on Green Dragon, Ireland's 2009 VOR entry
Volvo Ocean Race
Paulo Mirpuri got a step closer to realising Portugal's first entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2020 thanks to Ireland's Green Dragon VOR 70 now a training boat for Mirpuri's campaign. As Afloat.ie reported in January, the Portuguese crew made a successful ocean…
In the last edition in 2014-15, MAPFRE won the leg into Auckland, New Zealand and grabbed three more podium finishes
Volvo Ocean Race
MAPFRE will be back on the start line for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18, the Spanish team announced on Tuesday. MAPFRE, backed by the Madrid-based global insurance company, are the third confirmed entry for sailing’s toughest team event, which…
Melbourne is a stop over in the next Volvo Ocean Race, the first time in a decade that Australia is part of the VOR route
Volvo Ocean Race
The Volvo Ocean Race will give sports fans an extra Christmas present in 2017 after adding Melbourne to the route for the forthcoming edition starting in October. The change to the 2017-18 route, announced on Friday morning in Melbourne, means…

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