Racing to Leg 8 Start:
Five of the Volvo Ocean Race boats are currently in the cradles in Itajaí, being given a once over by the Boatyard team, but two, Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, are still out on the ocean, and making their way north to Brazil.
The retirement of the two boats from racing means that Leg 7 officially ended when MAPFRE crossed the finish line, but still, there is a race against time to reach the sunny shores of South America, and for both, different reasons.
Vestas 11th Hour Racing are currently around 1000 nautical miles from Brazil and motoring under jury rig to Itajaí where they will receive their new mast and rig. Volvo Ocean Race veteran Damian Foxall…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Racing to Leg 8 Start, Assoc Editor
Transpac 50 Entries Open:
The Notice of Race for Transpac 50 is now published and entries are open. With the first of at least three separate starts scheduled for July 10, 2019, this will be the 50th edition of the crossing from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Point Fermin to Diamond Head, 2,225 miles. Transpac 50 will feature separate divisions for monohulls and multihulls, also an “Aloha Class” of boats that are heavier and more traditional than the contemporary downwind flyers designed for this classic course. Full Report.
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Transpac 50 Entries Open, Assoc Editor