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Stormy waters for Team AkzoNobel as they scramble to find a new skipper just days from the start of Leg 1
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Team AkzoNobel has released a statement after the sudden ousting of skipper Simeon Tienpont over the weekend, just days before the first leg of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. The Dutch campaign cited “breach of contract” in their…
MAPFRE and crew sail to a home victory in the first in-port race
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - The local heroes on Xabi Fernández's MAPFRE were popular winners in the first in-port race — and first point-scoring race — of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante on Saturday (14 October). Fernández and his team made…
Olympic medallist Annalise Murphy trades her Laser Radial and Moth for an offshore team effort on board Turn the Tide on Plastic
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - With the clock ticking to the start of the 2017–18 Volvo Ocean Race as the race village opens in Alicante later today (Wednesday 11 October), it’s time to take a closer look at the significant Irish presence in…
Green Marine’s composite manufacturing facility in Hythe
Marine Trade
#TradeNews - BBC News reports that Green Marine, the high performance yacht builder in the UK responsible for entries in the Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup, has gone into liquidation. Forty-six jobs have been lost with the end of…
Mark Turner
Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner has spoken out about last month's decision to leave the race just weeks before it starts in Alicante. Turner also talks in the video below about how the proposed 2019-20 Volvo Ocean Race in…
The VOR fleet at the start of Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi
Volvo Ocean Race
Following discussions with key Volvo Ocean Race stakeholders it has been determined that 'additional planning time' is required to implement the recently announced changes to the race schedule. As a result, the proposed 2019-20 race in new boats will not…
Cliffhanger….the Volvo 65s Turn the Tide on Plastic and Team Vestas in a tacking duel at The Needles lighthouse during the first race of the new fleet, a sprint round the Isle of Wight in the middle of Cowes Week 2017. Annalise Murphy will contest the Volvo Ocean Race on Turn the Tide, and Damian Foxall and James O’Mahoney are with Team Vestas
W M Nixon
In the days when sailing was a seasonal sport, a few main pillar events dominated the international programme. The Sailing Olympics. The America’s Cup. The Fastnet Race. The Dragon Gold Cup. The Sydney-Hobart Race. The Whitbread Round the World Race.…
Marine Biologist Lucy Hunt from County Kerry
Volvo Ocean Race
Kerry will have a dominant presence in this year’s Volvo Round the World Race. Three of the Kingdom’s notable maritime figures are involved and, with Olympian Annalise Murphy also sailing, there will be strong Irish interest, writes Tom MacSweeney. Biologist…
Annalise Murphy training on board Volvo Ocean Race entry Turn the Tide on Plastic
Volvo Ocean Race
Irish Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy is shelving her campaign for a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics for the next 10 months as she will be competing in the Volvo Ocean Race. As Afloat.ie reported a month ago, the…
The new design takes shape at the Boatyard in Lisbon
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Just over three months ago, the Volvo Ocean Race unveiled the new generation of boats for the next decade and beyond, as previously reported on Afloat.ie. In its answer to the big question ‘monohull or multihull?’, the VOR…
On board MAPFRE during Leg Zero’s fourth and final stage from Saint-Malo to Lisbon
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - MAPFRE were declared overall winners of the Volvo Ocean Race’s Leg Zero after continued light winds saw the fourth and final stage shortened. Racing was halted at 5.30am Irish time yesterday morning (Wednesday 16 August) as the fleet…
Annalise Murphy wants to swap her Laser Radial for a crew berth on a Volvo Ocean 65
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Annalise Murphy’s Tokyo 2020 ambitions will be taking a back seat for the time being as she tries out for a place on a Volvo Ocean Race crew, according to The Irish Times. The Olympic silver medallist in…
Clipper Race and Volvo Ocean Race Fleets Take Over Portsmouth Harbour
Clipper Race
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the Volvo Ocean Race, found themselves as neighbours for the first time this week berthed in Gosport, UK at exciting milestones in their event countdowns. The Clipper Race, the only event on…
Brian Carlin takes a selfie while on deck with Team Vestas Wind in the previous Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Irish sailing photographer and filmmaker Brian Carlin is returning to the Volvo Ocean Race — this time as leader for the fleet’s team of onboard reporters announced at the weekend. Carlin made his debut in the VOR as…
Vestas 11th Hour Racing's Volvo Ocean 65 welcomes five-time veteran and former winner Damian Foxall onto its crew
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Experienced offshore sailor and Kerry’s own Damian Foxall will set sail again in the Volvo Ocean Race — this time with the former Team Vestas Wind. The five-race VOR veteran (who won with Groupama in the 2011-12 race)…
27-year-old Blair Tuke joins Xabi Fernández’s Spanish team
Volvo Ocean Race
New Zealand’s Blair Tuke is joining MAPFRE in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18, and could become the first sailor in history to win the ‘Triple Crown’ of an Olympic gold medal, the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.…

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