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  1. VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

  2. VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Thought that might have been the case but wasn't sure. There was a report that a chain plate had been broken.
  3. VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    MARK AND CHARLIE STATEMENT FROM HONG KONG 24 January 2018 (Hong Kong) - Vestas 11th Hour Racing co-founders, Mark Towill and Charlie Enright, have released a statement about the collision with a non-racing vessel that occurred just outside Hong Kong in the early hours of Saturday, 20th January. "Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and all those affected by this tragic situation," said Mark Towill. The collision occurred near the end of the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, about 30 miles from the finish line. Immediately after securing the vessel and ensuring the safety of the crew, Vestas 11th Hour Racing issued a Mayday distress call on behalf of the other vessel, and then engaged in a search and rescue procedure in coordination with the Hong Kong Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (HKMRCC). That search and rescue procedure eventually concluded in the team recovering one casualty from the water who was airlifted to a hospital and unfortunately did not survive. Nine crew members from the non-racing vessel were rescued. None of the Vestas 11th Hour Racing crew were injured in the collision. The boat, although significantly damaged, motored to Hong Kong under its own power. “Our hearts go out to everyone involved in this terrible incident. It has been difficult for the crew and the entire Vestas 11th Hour Racing team. We are grateful for the overwhelming support we’ve had during this very tough time," said Charlie Enright. Vestas 11th Hour Racing continues to work with the authorities and Volvo Ocean Race in the ongoing investigation. The team will provide further updates in the coming days.
  4. VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Shit. Wrong quote. Thanks. Redundant now though.
  5. VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    The General Assembly investigated the use of automatic identification systems and fishing lights Sing Tao Daily January 21, 2018, 1:40 pm The Vestas 11th Hour Racing sailboat left the pier with a two-meter by three-meter hole and was still parked on a 10-meter high row at Tsing Yi dock for inspection. The mast had been Demolition, there are the remaining participating sailing are being repaired, during the arrival of foreign crew visits. https://hk.news.yahoo.com/帆船相撞-大會調查漁船有否用自動識別系統及亮燈-134000020.html
  6. VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Exploring #HongKong . Dongfeng Race Team took a little time to explore the wonderful city before getting ready for Leg 5 .
  7. VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

  8. VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    @Diva39 good find too. Keep it coming.
  9. VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Alright Mid, how in the hell did you find that one?
  10. VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    What unit is this from?
  11. VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    (On.cc) - Volvo Ocean Race Yesterday (July 20) an incident occurred in which the participating fleet hit the sunken fishing boat. Phil Lawrence, the event's director, made further changes to the situation control center at the incident today , Which mentioned that the organizers were still investigating the cause of the accident and whether the fishing vessels concerned lit up the lights and whether AIS was used. It is also the core of the entire investigation. Organizers and involved parties Vestas 11th Hour Racing, will cooperate with the relevant departments of the investigation. Phil Lawrence said it was hard for the race control center to prevent the accident from happening because the CFTC only knew where the boats were and did not know about the other vessels on the sea. Phil Lawrence also revealed that other participating teams at the time of the incident assisted the rescue. He pointed out that when Dongfeng's sailing was closest to the site of the incident, Dongfeng team members immediately offered assistance and subsequently received a notification from the involved team Vestas 11th Hour Racing Do not need additional assistance, so Dongfeng team left the scene to continue the race. AkzoNobel, another fleet of sailing ships, was also approaching the sea surface. Event Control Center requested AkzoNobel to be on standby to prevent any need for assistance at any time. Eventually, Hong Kong Maritime Rescue and Emergency Response Coordination Center and Vestas 11th Hour Racing resolved the incident , AkzoNobel did not need any assistance, and finally left the scene to continue the race under the direction of the race control center.
  12. VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    Carolijn Brouwer (44) is a permanent force in the French-Chinese DongFeng Raceteam. Especially for de Telegraaf, the triple Olympic sailor will make a biweekly column about her participation in the Volvo Ocean Race. Fresh "Our crew will be the old crew again in the next stage. Pascal and Marie come back and Black replaces Horace. Stu has been replaced by Jeremy in the previous stage, as they alternate. The stage to Auckland is the same as the previous one, but then vice versa. We tried to sail as far east as possible on the way, but Scallywag went via the west and won. Marcel van Triest is our shore navigator and from him we will hear a few things about the route to be followed this week. Perhaps we are now also going through the West. Pascal, our regular navigator is back and brings a fresh pair of eyes. The people who come on board are fully charged again. That's nice. We are looking forward to it again." Obligations Now I enjoy a nice long shower and sleep in a soft bed. I'm feeling good. People who saw me on the first night after arrival could not believe that I had been at sea for 18 days. In Hong Kong we are busy with the 'practice race', then the in-port race and the race around Hong Kong Island, but it does not count. The next stage, up and down to Guangzhou, our home port, I do not even count as a stage. All boats sail on the motor, because the river is too narrow there. We all get one point for it, but it is not a real stage. In Guangzhou we have three busy days with sponsor obligations, because for our sponsor Dongfeng it is an important stopover. The race is basically around the world from west to east. These stages to Hong Kong and China give a bit of a weird pendulum to the route. That belongs to this kind of races. https://www.telegraaf.nl/vrij/1577812/schaduw-over-de-prestaties
  13. VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Carolijn Brouwer (44) is a permanent force in the French-Chinese DongFeng Raceteam. Especially for de Telegraaf, the triple Olympic sailor will make a biweekly column about her participation in the Volvo Ocean Race. At the moment I am on an island near Honkong, nice to get away with the family, rest after the fourth stage. We took second place, but it is a performance with mixed feelings. Actually, this should have been a third place, but this performance is overshadowed by the fact that Vestas failed after their collision. All boats arrived on the same day, everyone was within 15 hours of each other in Hong Kong, then you look up each other in the evening. But the atmosphere is not there. There would be a crew party, which of course was canceled. Mayday - Ann "We were 30 miles from the finish and 3-4 miles behind Vestas. We would never be able to catch them again, then we received their Mayday call. We immediately put the brakes on when we heard what had happened to them. We offered help, but they did not need it. Race control indicated that we had to continue to the finish. It was very busy with all those fishing boats around us. We had two men at the chart table to look around the navigation equipment, a person in the hatch as 'messenger' to pass all messages back and forth. The rest was looking around with flashlights, we had to constantly pull up and lose weight to slalom between the boats." Stop At Vestas they are really in the pit. I am in contact with Stacey, whom I know well from the SCA period. They want to continue, but yes, they will have to shoot the next stage. It remains to be seen what will happen, whether the boat can be repaired quickly and what it will cost. Maybe we will stop altogether or they will use the old SCA in Alicante, nobody knows. Their boat is under 'Police Investigation', the race is now quiet for their team. https://www.telegraaf.nl/vrij/1577812/schaduw-over-de-prestaties
  14. VOR Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland

    Forestdawg posted this in the Leg 4 thread.
  15. VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Isn't that an island chain? No decent mainland port like some of the other stop overs? Just curious.