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  1. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Leg Starts March 18 The big deal This is the defining leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. The winner here will get kudos beyond even the double points and the bonus point for rounding Cape Horn first. This is the one that everyone wants to win. It has more myth and legend swirling around it than the Holy Grail. So what’s so special? It’s the longest leg of the race by a long way - 7,600 nautical miles and almost all of it is through some of the coldest, roughest ocean in the world. The fleet will leave Auckland on 18 March and head south past New Zealand’s East Cape into the Southern Ocean. Once they get far enough south they will be racing from west to east, sailing within the Westerly Storm Track (low pressure systems circulating west-to east around Antarctica and the Arctic), running with the low pressure systems that prowl around Antarctica. There will be big waves and there will be big breeze. And icebergs. Once across this vast expanse of ocean they will have to negotiate the legendary Cape Horn – where the power of the South Pacific slams into South America – and then turn north, traversing the coast of Argentina, Uruguay and finally Brazil to Itajaí. This is more about brawn than brains? Back in the day, yes – when the boats rolled along at 8-10 knots they were sitting ducks for the weather systems that would roll up behind and then overtake them. But now the boats are fast enough to just about keep pace with the storm systems and a lot of smart strategy is required to position the boat correctly. What are the hurdles? The race south: The initial strategic problem is exactly the same as we saw towards the end of Leg 2 and on leaving Cape Town at the start of Leg 3. The storms and depressions that swirl west-to-east around the globe’s temperate zones, circulate Antarctica with barely so much as a decent sized island to slow them down. There is lots of breeze down there, and the principle strategy on approaching in the Southern Oceanthe Westerly Storm Track is always to get south, find a low pressure system moving east and ride with it. So as soon as they leave Auckland the race is on to get south and hook into a low pressure system. If a nice gentle high pressure system is dominating New Zealand’s late summer weather, then this initial race south out of Auckland can be a low speed, light wind drift-off – but if a tropical low pressure enters the picture it can create boat-breaking conditions. In the 2011-12 edition, a vicious weather system tracked south with the fleet with 50- knot gusts and seven-meter waves. Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi lasted just six hours; and three more boats joined them in the pit lane with damage before conditions abated. And then in 2015-16, Cyclone Pam forced the leg start to be postponed... and this is all before they’ve got anywhere near the Southern Ocean. Westerly Storm Track: Once the boats have picked up a ride on a Cape Horn-bound-low-pressure-system life is a little simpler. Just as with Leg 3, Tthe key to sailing this section fast is keeping the boat in the band of strong westerly winds to the north of the centre of a low. Not too close, if it’s a really, deep powerful low, the skippers don’t want the boat to get hammered, to break gear. But not too far north either, where the winds get lighter and the boat might slow too much and let the low pressure slip away early. The biggest mistake however is to get trapped to the south of the centre of the low, where easterly winds will make life slow and extremely unpleasant. This has become less likely these days because the race committee will usually set a limit on how far south the boats can go to keep them out of the ice... Titanic moments: Antarctica is shedding ice faster than ever before the Alps in spring, and a lot of it is driftsing north into the path of the racing boats. Hitting a big berg or even a small one at full speed could be a disaster for both boat and crew, so these days the race committee usually set a limit that is designed to keep the boats away from the ice. This limit will become part of the strategic problem, limiting their ability to move with the weather systems. Cape Horn: Cape Horn is its own legend, as the Southern Ocean low pressure systems sweep around the planet and find themselves compressed between the tip of South America, the Antarctic Peninsula and the shallowing bottom between the two. It can make for some of the roughest seas in the world. Statistically, an approach from the north is usually faster. Falklands choices: Once around Cape Horn, the fleet is headed north into warmer weather, but with South America never far away to the west, they will have to deal with a lot more unpredictability in the weather. For instance, they will have to decide whether to go inside or outside the Falkland Islands. There was a legendary overtaking move here in 1997-98, when the boats that arrived last at the Horn went round to the east of the Falklands and passed all those that had committed to the west. Pampero Menace: If that isn’t enough to worry about, the Southern Ocean storms are hitting the Andes, and one of the results is the Pampero, a storm that hits as a squall line, often with rain and thunder. It strikes just as weary crew are relaxing on the ‘safe’ side of Cape Horn. Ask Eric Newby, who recounted the impact of one in his classic of the days of sail, The Last Grain Race. This is a tough leg, probably the toughest. It’s what the race is all about and whoever wins overall, the first boat around Cape Horn and the first across the line in Brazil will write their own place in race history. https://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/route/leg-7.html
  2. World’s first 3D printed sailboat/Mini 650

    http://www.pbs.org/video/leading-edge-1521676193/ PBS NEWSHOUR 3D printing spurs revolutionary manufacturing advances Clip: 03/21/2018 | 7m 50s Fascinating. AI is designing parts that distribute loads with no hot spots. The parts look organic compared to the same human designed part.
  3. World’s first 3D printed yacht to compete in the 2019 Mini-Transat solo transatlantic yacht race. News Post: 3/15/2018 EDITED BY SCOTT FRANCIS The LEHVOSS Group, which includes LEHVOSS North America (Pawcatuck, CT, US) and its parent company Lehmann&Voss&Co (Hamburg, Germany), announced March 14 it is partnering with Livrea Yacht (Palermo, Italy) to build the world’s first 3D printed sailboat. Since work began on the design in 2014, LEHVOSS Group has supported the process development and engineered its LUVOCOM 3F customized 3D printing materials specifically for the application. The innovative yacht, called the Mini 650, is the ambitious project of two Italian boat builders, Francesco Belvisi and Daniele Cevola. They are building it for the 2019 solo transatlantic yacht race, called the Mini-Transat, which starts in France and ends in Brazil. Livrea Yacht performs all simulation and evaluation work for the project, which is supported by engineers experienced in America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race. Concurrent with their work of designing and building the Mini 650, Belvisi and Cevola have driven the development of a dedicated direct extrusion 3D printing technology with their company, OCORE (Palermo, Italy), which is providing the required quality of parts for the yacht. Besides improving the printing hardware – robot, extruder and nozzle – they have patented a new material deposition strategy using an algorithm inspired by fractals. The customized 3D printing materials engineered and supplied by LEHVOSS Group are based on high performance thermoplastic polymers, such as PEEK. “To achieve the required mechanical properties, these polymers are reinforced with carbon fibers,” says Thiago Medeiros Araujo, LUVOCOM 3F market development manager for LEHVOSS Group. “In addition, they are modified to yield an improved layer strength with no warping of the printed parts. This results in parts that are stronger, lighter and more durable.” According to Belvisi who is the chief technology officer of OCORE, “The yacht will be highly competitive thanks to the light and strong 3D printed parts. 3D printing dramatically reduces the build time for the yacht and also makes it more economical. We are looking forward not only to building the first 3D printed boat but also to winning the competition in 2019.” Commenting on the partnership with LUVOSS Group, Cevola, managing director of OCORE says, “We are excited to have them on board for this innovative project. LUHVOSS Group is a widely recognized global manufacturer of customized polymer materials. Their sponsorship, additional support and experience with dedicated materials for our technology has helped a lot in driving our project. In addition, we now can also translate this technology to other industrial sectors for other applications.” LEHVOSS Group believes strongly in 3D printing as a way of producing higher performing and competitive parts. “We are happy to be a partner in this challenging and very exciting project,” says Medeiros Araujo. “The Livrea yacht will show what today’s dedicated processing and 3D printing polymers can already achieve.” https://www.compositesworld.com/news/lehvoss-partners-with-liverea-yacht-to-build-3d-printed-sailboat
  4. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Activating Interest in Sailing Published on March 21st, 2018 by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt When a World Championship is held within a country, it has the opportunity for those within reach to heighten interest or provide unmatched competition in that class of boat. But for a few events, such as the America’s Cup or the Volvo Ocean Race, there is the greater opportunity to heighten interest in the sport. However, as sailing is an experiential activity, providing the means to readily activate the interest is imperative. And that’s what happened for members of the public and school groups during the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race stopover at the Auckland viaduct from February 24 to March 18. More than 3000 people tried sailing with Yachting New Zealand’s Volvo Sailing… Have a Go! Programme which provided a fleet of Topaz Omegas. http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2018/03/21/activating-interest-sailing/
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    Volvo Ocean Race: So much for that myth Published on March 20th, 2018 While there is only one global ocean, the vast body of water that covers 71 percent of the Earth is geographically divided into distinct named regions. The boundaries between these regions have evolved over time for a variety of historical, cultural, geographical, and scientific reasons. Historically, there are four named oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic. However, most countries now recognize the Southern (Antarctic) as the fifth ocean. The Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian are known as the three major oceans. The Southern Ocean is the ‘newest’ named ocean and is liberally referenced during the Volvo Ocean Race for the stretch of course the teams must battle between Cape Town to Cape Horn…which would be true if the teams ever got to it. “In the early editions of the race there were no limitations on how far south you went,” explains Scallywag navigator Libby Greenhalgh. “It was a risk vs. reward decision on whether you wanted to be dodging icebergs but have more wind. “Now the race is limited by an exclusion zone and ultimately this means the race never actually gets into Southern Ocean, which is typically defined as the sea to the south of 60°S. But don’t let that get in the way of a good story!” For Legs 3 and 7 that have taken the fleet into the lower latitudes, the exclusion zone gets as far south as 59°S but is mostly in the mid 40s and 50s. So much for that myth. But with the course still piercing inhospitable, remote territory known for its biting cold, 100+ foot waves and 50 knot winds, don’t expect the race commentators to change. To say the sailors are fighting for their lives in the South Pacific just doesn’t strike the right visual. http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2018/03/20/volvo-ocean-race-much-myth/
  7. Vestas 11th Hour recovery

    Time to Rethink Offshore Conditions Published on March 21st, 2018 Not long after seven Volvo Ocean Race teams were forced to find safe passage through the crowded waters off Hong Kong, with a collision between Vestas 11th Hour Racing and a fishing boat resulting in one fatality, the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race put their fleet of 11 boats to a similar test. From the start in Sanya, the Clipper 70 skippers were passing through the same waters enroute to Qingdao and quickly faced the chaotic conditions of the region. Though unlike the Volvo fleet which were beam reaching at 20+ knots, the Clipper crews were fortunate to be sailing at less than half that pace. Visibility is imperative for safe passage. But add darkness or fog, exasperate it with speed and racing mentality, and navigating through regions with known fishing fleets becomes a game of Russian Roulette. After the finish, here’s what two of the skippers had to say: Dale Smyth, Dare To Lead: It’s an absolute nightmare – I mean they’re just thousands upon thousands. It’s like trying to run across a busy freeway in the dark and then a bit of fog. It’s really tough. It’s been the toughest part of this race. Probably a good twenty percent are not on AIS, and then you start to get a bit of fog and you’re running along with a spinnaker up because we’re racing, and it’s really very stressful. The fact that we’re all here without having hit a fishing boat or had any accidents is really a testament to all the skipper’s here because it’s very very challenging. David Hartshortn, GREAT Britain: Initially you’re all in awe of just the sheer volume of these boats. We’re talking hundreds of boats all within a very concentrated area. The way that they move, it’s very very coordinated. You’ll be looking at a piece of empty sea, and then three or four minutes later, there will be 50 vessels there to get around now. Until you experience it, and this was the second time I’ve experienced it; actually I’d forgotten quite what it was like. But it’s a challenge. It is a challenge. http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2018/03/21/time-rethink-offshore-conditions/
  8. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    (sound familiar) Ben Ainslie: America's Cup skipper's ambition is to sail round the world 22 March 2018 By Rob Dugdale. BBC Sport. America's Cup captain Sir Ben Ainslie says he has not given up his childhood dream of sailing round the world. Ainslie, 41, who won four Olympic gold medals between 2000 and 2012 as well as the America's Cup in 2013, has never attempted the round-the-world feat. "It's always been on my radar because my dad raced in the first ever Whitbread Race in 1973," he told BBC Sport. Ainslie will start his 2021 America's Cup campaign later this year. His father, Roddy, was the skipper of Second Life, which finished seventh in the inaugural edition of the Whitbread Round-the-World Race, which is now known as the Volvo Ocean Race. "I grew up with all these stories of ocean racing from the round-the-world race," Ainslie said. "My key ambitions were to go to the Olympics, win the America's Cup, and win the Whitbread Race." Read the full story at the BBC. Read more at http://www.mysailing.com.au/offshore/ben-ainslie-america-s-cup-skipper-s-ambition-is-to-sail-round-the-world#Ctc1gmAqiyhtPS1C.99
  9. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7 from Auckland to Itajai, day 05 on board Vestas 11th Hour. 22 March, 2018. Drone shots in 25 knots of wind.
  10. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Leg 7 from Auckland to Itajai, day 05 on board Vestas 11th Hour. 21 March, 2018. Phil Harmer in 5mm gloves to support 4 hours of watch outside in less than 10 degres temperature.
  11. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7 from Auckland to Itajai, day 5 on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. Trystan Seal catches the toggle on the lifejacket. 21 March, 2018.
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  14. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    I see. I remember now but didn't know your connection. Sorry about that.
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    Sorry. No. Unless you mean the boat that lost a keel recently on return from a race?
  16. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    And? Can't leave us hangin'.
  17. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    I'm just joshing you.
  18. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Yep. It's one of those that has the potential to take on a life of it's own.
  19. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    PIL007, look what you've started.
  20. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Or was Bouwe trolling?
  21. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Where or where is Scally going? Witty hates the SO.
  22. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Latest from skipper Bouwe Bekking onboard Team Brunel: It is very damp downstairs, water starts dripping of the roof so want to keep the computer away from getting fried. Water and electricity two big enemies and we have plenty of both. On the Volvo 70's we had that perfectly solved. A little diesel heater was installed and that made it all the difference to keep the boat dry and as well helped to get the foullies to dry a bit in between two watches. But when this class came together, I am sure and sailor have said: they don't need that, it is a tough race, the sailors have to toughen it out. Easy said when you are sitting home at the sofa:-) Yesterday we had two rips in our J2 leech, which was costly, as we couldn't sail the triple headed combination anymore. We had to drag the sail downstairs, then unfurl it and lay it out to do the repair. Aceton was used to get the saltwater of it and dry it as good as possible. We have a special glue for fixing sails, but opted for the good old fashioned way sikaflex, as the curing time is way less in these temperatures. It was shift work of Abby, Carlo and Kyle, where the last one was the lucky one to handstich the patches. Not easy at all, the boat doing 21 knots, bouncing up and down the waves and them being in the bow. But they did a great job. Early this morning the sail was back up again. Cheers, Bouwe
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    Are you working from a Starbucks?
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  25. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Starting to really come down now. This what they installed to quell the mud flow. I'll be trapped for weeks.