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 17 Feb 2015

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015.

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Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015.


Some history…

The Volvo Ocean Race (Whitbread Round the World Race) is a yacht race around the world. It runs every three years and makes an exceptional test of sailing prowess and human endeavour.

It started over 37 years ago by initiating sponsor British Whitbread brewing company. The current sponsor - Swedish automobile manufacturer Volvo.

The Netherlands holds the record of three wins, with Dutch skipper Conny van Rietschoten the only to win the race twice.

Each of the entries has a sailing team of 9 professional crew who race day and night for more than 20 days at a time on some of the legs. They each have different jobs on board the boat, and on top of these sailing roles, there are two sailors that have had medical training, as well as a sail maker, an engineer and a dedicated media crew member.

There are eight sailors plus one non-sailing multimedia reporter onboard the standard teams.

All-women teams can race with 11 sailors plus one non-sailing multimedia reporter.

Each team must race with two crew members born after 1st October 1984, the “Under 30s.”

And all boats have to qualify by sailing 2,000nm non-stop (3,700km).

In 2014-15 participate 7 teams (one team not started) with sailors from Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK and USA (16 nationalities in a total).

There are some strictly rules:
• no fresh food is taken on board, so the crew lives off freeze-dried fare;
• they will experience temperature variations from -5 to +40 degrees Celsius and will only take one change of clothes.

The 2014–2015 race is the longest in its history: 39,379 nautical miles. See the image below for the full details.

NEW rule: the boats are identical!!
For the first time ever, the Volvo Ocean Race is being contested in a strict one design class. It was made to eliminate the technical advantages and reveal who is the best sailor. The race will decide who can push themselves the hardest, for the longest and who makes the best decisions.

So: the boats are identical; the skippers and crews are not!

Innovations which makes a boat go faster and being capable of withstanding the toughest conditions on the planet.
1-Keel
The maximum draft has been increased from 4.5m to 4.7m. This allows an increase in the righting moment while decreasing the keel weight, giving the boat a noticeable performance improvement.

2-Pin
The new boat has an inclined keel pin axis that will be positive for performance: creating a large vertical force on the keel fin, creating lift and reducing the displacement and the amount of drag.

3-Structure
There are eight bulkheads inside the Volvo Ocean 65 – compared to a typical number of four on a Volvo Open 70. The increase means a stronger and more solid structure.

4-Reverse bow
The reverse bow is mainly a cosmetic feature, in the most photographed area of the boat, but it will also help keep water off the bow.

5 - Water ballasts
In the Volvo Open 70 there was only one water ballast in the stern. The Volvo Ocean 65 has two aft water ballasts and one forward water ballast.

6 - Onboard media packaging
Five fixed camera positions and two uplink points, which will combine to give coverage from all angles. The camera and mic point in the companionway hatch will get right in the faces of the sailors. Cameras can be remote controlled and directed, while new microphone locations and systems will enhance voice recording.

The teams:

Team SCA – all women, the first all-female crew to enter the race in more than a decade.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Team - the Emirati syndicate has the experience, talent and drive to succeed this time around. A strong contender.

Team Brunel – now on the top position. It leads by skipper Bouwe Bekking, whose sailing career includes participation in six previous Volvo Ocean Races.

The crew members are: Bouwe Bekking, Andrew Cape, Gerd-Jan Poortman, Pablo Arrarte, Jens Dolmer, Louis Balcaen, Rokas Milevicius, Laurent Pages & Stefan Coppers (Onboard Reporter - OBR). Timo Hagoort is reserve crew member.

Dongfeng team - ambitious Chinese team, skippered by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier. The crew that is half Chinese, half international. Dongfeng means “the eastern wind” .

Team Alvimedica: young American team with a Turkish sponsor.

MAPFRE team – Spanis crew with a goal: to claim the nation's first victory.

Leg 4: Sanya - Auckland

Leg 4 is 5,264 nautical miles in length. This leg will take about 3 weeks to cover and ends in New Zealand, a country that’s mad about sailing.


The route of Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015

The route of Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015




Volvo Ocean Race : the boats are identical

Volvo Ocean Race : the boats are identical




Volvo Ocean Race : the boats design

Volvo Ocean Race : the boats design




Volvo Ocean Race : the boats design

Volvo Ocean Race : the boats design




Boats design for Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015

Boats design for Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015




Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015.





Innovations which makes a boat go faster

Innovations which makes a boat go faster




Leg 4 - Sanya to Auckland.  Positions at: 16 February 21:40 UTC. Team Brunel – now on the top position.

Leg 4 - Sanya to Auckland. Positions at: 16 February 21:40 UTC. Team Brunel – now on the top position.




Leg 4 - Sanya to Auckland.  Positions at: 16 February 21:40 UTC. Team Brunel – now on the top position.

Leg 4 - Sanya to Auckland. Positions at: 16 February 21:40 UTC. Team Brunel – now on the top position.




Positions at: 16 February 21:40 UTC

Positions at: 16 February 21:40 UTC




Dongfeng teams boat.

Dongfeng teams boat.




Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015.





Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015.





Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015.





Team Brunel – now on the top position.  It leads by skipper Bouwe Bekking.

Team Brunel – now on the top position. It leads by skipper Bouwe Bekking.




Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015.





Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015.





Dongfeng team - ambitious Chinese team

Dongfeng team - ambitious Chinese team




Team Alvimedica:  young American team

Team Alvimedica: young American team




Team SCA

Team SCA




Team SCA – all women, the first all-female crew to enter the race in more than a decade.

Team SCA – all women, the first all-female crew to enter the race in more than a decade.




Team Brunel

Team Brunel




Sam Davies - Team SCA Skipper

Sam Davies - Team SCA Skipper




Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015.





Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015.





They will experience temperature variations from -5 to +40 degrees Celsius and will only take one change of clothes

They will experience temperature variations from -5 to +40 degrees Celsius and will only take one change of clothes




Volvo Ocean Race : Team Brunel

Volvo Ocean Race : Team Brunel




Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race




  
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