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On deck with the hard-working crew of Turn The Tide on Plastic — among them Annalise Murphy — at the Leg 1 start in Alicante
#VOR - Yesterday’s snug racing out of the gate in Alicante made for the most exciting Volvo Ocean Race start in recent memory. But the near-misses weren’t only between the fleet as the jockeyed for position out of port, as…
Ireland’s Damian Foxall leads as the fleet runs into the Atlantic
The Charlie Enright-skippered Vestas 11th Hour Racing, with Ireland’s Damian Foxall in a senior crew role, continues to lead the Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet runs into the Atlantic towards the turn at Porto Santo off Madeira in the…
Ireland’s Damian Foxall Leads in Volvo Ocean Race
After their first night at sea, the seven boats in the Volvo Ocean Race are approaching the Straits of Gibraltar with Vestas 11th Hour Racing narrowly in the lead writes W M Nixon. As a senior member of her crew…
Dongfeng Race Team in the foreground as the fleet sprints out of Alicante on Sunday afternoon
#VOR - It’s been a dramatic first 22-plus hours at sea for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, both on and off the water. Hotly tipped contenders MAPFRE, who were the first to score points in last week’s in-port race, and…
It’s The Final Countdown As The 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race Starts Today
#VOR - It’s less than 90 minutes till the start of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race with a week-long sprint (of sorts) from Alicante to Lisbon for Leg 1. It’s going to be 1,450nm of flat-out action around the Iberian…
VOR veteran Brad Jackson will split some of his watch captain duties as he’s promoted to skipper
#VOR - Three-time Volvo Ocean Race winner Brad Jackson has been announced as skipper of Team AkzoNobel after the surprise dismissal of Simeon Tienpont at the weekend. Jackson, who coached the Swedish all-women entry Team SCA in the 2014-15 edition,…
Stormy waters for Team AkzoNobel as they scramble to find a new skipper just days from the start of Leg 1
#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
#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
#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…
Mark Turner
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
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…
Marine Biologist Lucy Hunt from County Kerry
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
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
#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
#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
#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…

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