Volvo Ocean Race: Moving the circus:
Guangzhou, China (February 5, 2018) – After traveling 70 miles up the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong to participate in the Dongfeng In-Port Race, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet left Guangzhou today to return to Hong Kong and prepare for the start of the 6100 nm Leg 6 on February 7 to Auckland, New Zealand.
The transit up and down the river, where the teams motored in convoy, has been the unorthodox Leg 5 where all teams gain one point for pa…
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Time for Transparency is Now:
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
As the Volvo Ocean Race teams were on the final approach to the Leg 4 finish line in Hong Kong, the race organizers knew the peril they would face. These chaotic waters were well documented, filled with all forms of fishing boats that don’t show up on navigational tools.
The race has had stops in China since the 2008-9 contest, and while no collisions had previously occurred, tearing through fishing gear had proven to be a problem. But now returning for the fourth time, this accident waiting to happen… happened.
At 1:23am local time, fire-hose reaching at 20 knots, limiting visibility aboard the groaning 65-foot vessel, with only…
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