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The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015,
Round The World, Leg 4, Sanya to Auckland, 7 of the world’s fastest monhulls, one found
Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 12.56.36 pmitself high & dry on top of a reef, I say there just wasn’t enough water underneath at the moment of impact :) , their Skipper says they ran aground, it all leaves 6 yachts racing and the Fleet is coming to town… Auckland bound!

ETA for the first yachts across the Line into Auckland is 28 Feb 2015.
Right now, the leaders are… well, that’s a tough one, it’s been the first 5 since Sanya, all vying for the lead & taking turns out front, during this
Leg 4 to Auckland, and at the time of writing this, Dongfeng Race Team is once again
in the lead by 5.3nm and with 1484nm to go,
… DTF (distance to finish), anything can, and
as many of you know… will happen!

This is the Volvo Ocean Race Dashboard and it has a LIVE tracker, an ETA log for the first arrivals, a Glossary showing the distance between the boats, their speed, wind, DTF and all sorts of wonderful information, as a matter of fact, this is the best website I’ve ever seen on trying to follow race sailing postions ever! Hats off to those who created it :)

So, for now and continuing Updates, as they happen, the Volvo Ocean Race website is the place to be… and my :) Facebook :) pages for frequent NZ Time updates, when you simply cannot figure out, any more than me, or is it I… what time UTC is !

Oh, by the way, the next leg is Leg 5, Auckland to Itajaí,
& it begins 15 March, to Brazil! The VOR Brazil day in Auckland is for sure a sight to see!
Brazil Day at the VOR 2011 - 2012 in Auckland

Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race is underway, as the Fleet bid farewell to Sanya, it’s Auckland bound here they come. Expected arrivals into Auckland… approx 21-25 days if all goes well.

Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Abu Dhabi to Sanya, China
Congratulations Dongfeng Race Team, 1st across the line into Sanya, 27 Jan 2015,
you’ve made your country mighty proud and the world’s sailing community is watching!

Next racing begins…
Saturday, 7 Feb 2015, at 7PM NZ time with the In-Port Race in Sanya
& the beginning of Leg 4… Sanya to Auckland begins Sunday, 8 Feb 2015 at 7PM NZ time!

DaMeggie Oe & I
Parking by the Sea

Absolutely, we’re still here, Meg & I snapping as we go, me snapping on the camera & Meg’s new little snap & snarl when others try barking at her… she’s an excellent judge of character.
Anyways, we made it to 2015, it’s now time to lead, follow or get your load out of the way,
because we have some snappin to do!

So, 2015, go figure…
Summer is here, we’re now in the mid 20°+C daily.

Coming up here in Auckland, at the end of February and into March, we have the
Volvo Ocean Race fleet coming into port.
Right now, as of 11 Jan 2015, today, the fleet are en route to Sanya in China, and if the order does not change for the leaders as they are sailing, it will be a major victory for the
Dongfeng Race Team & for sure we’ll never hear the end of this…
Made In China!

Suppose you’ve noticed I am a big fan of the Volvo Ocean Race

… yes/no, well there’s still 3100nm to go on
Leg 3, so anything can happen between now & then, those are some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, & then there’s pirates, fishermen & fishing nets, drifting debris and who knows what else lurks in those seas waiting for them next!

Of the 7 teams that started in Alicante, six teams are still sailing after…
Team Vesta Wind, back on 29 Nov 2014, sailed right onto the St. Brandons Atol in the dark of the night, a reef… oops! It’s still negotiable if the team ran aground, or whether there just wasn’t enough water under the yacht, just the same, they ended up very high & dry & very damaged and it’s still to be determined if they will be able to repair & rejoin the fleet. Anything can happen out there & it is and it’s all part of the Volvo Ocean Race!

Oh, almost forget,
 some of you asked if I was born yesterday,
:) ya right :) … well ok, just to be sure, I added it up.
I counted 23,393 days since I was born, give or take a few days for leap years,
so there, yesterday? I don’t think so, of course, this could explain why Meg looks at me this way!

Anyways, for now, it’s snap & steady as we go, and if you see us strolling along
the way, stop us and say Hi,
& for sure we’ll have a smile for you too :)

… dedicated to, my very much still alive, oldest friend… M :) :)


AUCKLAND FOR CHRISTMAS… pull out the wet weather gear, the 10 Days of Christmas are here… formerly 12 Days, who’s counting,
keep bailing!

The Volvo Ocean Race teams made it to
Abu Dhabi, not all with their boat but from all accounts… all are safe & well and what tales they have to tell as they make ready for Leg 3, Abu Dhabi to Sanya, China!
Coverage of this race on the net has been great for Arrivals, In-Port Races and Departure, plus really good daily updates and coverage all round. I for one, and I know there’s many more, we’re looking forward to the Auckland Arrivals due early March 2015.

So Christmas time and the holiday season is upon us, shopping traffic jams, 2 hour waits to get across the Auckland Harbor Bridge… that beauty brought this city’s traffic to its knees last weekend, but still I smile, with Meg always by my side, I’ve got what I want for Christmas and for every other day throughout the year, so, this greeting is for you my friends…

Seasons Greetings Y’all, stay safe, don’t drink & drive, stay alive, and happy happys to you all, may they always abound and for this Christmas, give the gift of dry… some wet weather gear will do fine!

The next Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race…
CAPE TOWN 15 November 2014/16 November NZ time

LIVE coverage will be streamed on the Volvo Ocean Race website…
16 November 2014/NZ time, Race Start 1:00am, with LIVE coverage from 12:50am
15 November 2014/SAST time, Race Start 2:00pm, with LIVE coverage from 1:50pm

LEG 2… Cape Town to Abu Dhabi begins 19 November, 2014 at 1800 local time (SAST)

Next Stop Cape Town

As of 11:50PM 1 Nov, NZ time,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has 1596.5nm to go
& projections are showing the possibility
of Cape Town on 5 November.

Positions so far…

Leg One 6478nm Alicante to Cape Town
Here’s where they are so far…
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is in the lead
Dongfeng Race Team 2nd following 17.7nm behind,
Team Brunel 3rd at 18.1nm,

Team Vetsas Wind 4th at 39.7nm,
Team Alvimedica 5th at 118.8nm,
MAPFRE 6th at 317.3nm, and
Team SCA sitting 533.2nm behind the race leader.

Cape Town may see the first of the fleet 4-5 days from now!

Photo by Matt Knighton on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race

Photo of Brunel Sailing

24 October 2014, Friday night in NZ…
The Volvo Ocean Race teams have mostly made it thru the doldrums now and what a split it’s created with 226nm distance between 1st & 7th place overall, while en route to Cape Town.

One boat, one design, 7 teams with a whole lot of skill, and at times a whole lot of luck, and on they push for Cape Town!

Latest positions as of 8:39pm NZ time…

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skilfully remains in the lead with 3466.6nm to go to Cape Town.

Team Brunel 2nd 12.7nm behind

Team Vestas Wind 3rd 76.7nm from the lead
Dongfeng Race Team 4th, 161.2nm
MAPFRE 5th 193.2nm
Team Alvimedica 6th 200.5nm
Team SCA 7th 226.6nm from the lead and 3693.1nm still to go to Cape Town.  

Hope you are on Facebook…
I’m running some Volvo Ocean Race Updates in NZ time HERE!

Photo by Brian Carlin riding with Team Vestas Wind

19 October 2014
What a week of sailing
for the Volvo Ocean Race teams… t
he lead’s been shared by all & some more than once. It’s been a week now since leaving Alicante & they are all now deep into the Atlantic & it’s mysteries awaiting each hour, & for some, fishing nets & debris & for Dongfeng Race Team, they ran smack into something, who knows what but the impact broke their rudder off. They replaced the rudder and on they sail!

Team SCA has not been as fortunate, on the last position report, they were sailing 71.4nm behind and they experienced running into a fishing net that they had to cut & maneuver their way out of with, with what appeared, help from the fishing boat who had the net out.

Team Brunel also ran into debris and are again sailing in 3rd at 9.5nm back.

It is now been reported there may be a delay arriving into Cape Town due to the lights winds experienced in the Atlantic. Who knows what’s next?

An Update from 5:12pm NZ time today, 19 Oct 2014…
A big lead has been maneuvered by Dongfeng Race Team, ahead of Team Vestas Wind 32.2nm behind, with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing following just 0.1nm behind. Then comes Team Brunel 33.5nm back from the lead, MAPFRE 39.8nm from the lead, then a big split to Team Alvimedica 70nm from the lead and the girls of Team SCA… 90.6nm from the lead, after last night getting stuck in a fishing net.

14 October 8:21AM NZ time produced quite the change!
Team Vestas Wind has taken the lead by 1.9nm ahead of the fleet, with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing sitting in 2nd place, Team SCA has fallen 7.3nm behind, followed by Dongfeng Race Team 9.3nm back from the leader of the pack, it’s night time there and on into the night’s ocean they sail at 11-12Knts of breeze!

13 October 2014, the first thru the straits, past Gibraltar and ahead of the fleet, & all thru the night before, was Team SCA.
Navigating the Straits of Gibraltar, & even some time drifting backwards…
Team SCA was the first team to reach the Straits of Gibraltar & into the Atlantic this morning!

13 October 8:21PM NZ time it’s…
Team SCA is in the lead, with
Team Vestas Wind following 4.7nm behind
Team Alvimedica 7.6nm
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 7.8nm
Dongfeng Race Team 9.7nm
Team Brunel 10nm
MAPFRE 10.5nm
and now they are into the Atlantic and the long sail to Cape Town!

The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015…

Leg One… Alicante to Cape Town began at
14:00 CEST, Saturday 11th October, with
LIVE NZ time coverage from
12:50AM, Sunday 12 October,
when the
Volvo Ocean Race Teams departed on the
6,487 nm journey from Alicante to Cape Town.

The Volvo Ocean Race began in Alicante with the first in-shore race Saturday 4th October 2014. Winner of the day… Team Alvimedica, congratulations & thanks to the VOR media for providing excellent coverage LIVE as it happened!

I will endeavor to provide a LIVE link, for each VOR in-shore race, showing in NZ time, hopefully… for each race, before it happens.

So… Leg One began 11 October (12 Oct NZ)… Alicante to Cape Town, then it’s on to Abu Dhabi, to Sanya, a long slip down & sideways into Auckland, over to Itajai, then up the east coast of the USA into Newport, then over the Atlantic into Lisbon, up to Lorient, a 24 hour stopover in the Hague, then it’s up to the Finish Line in Gothenberg, to complete yet another around the world Volvo Ocean Race .

The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015
11 ports, 38,739 nautical miles!

The teams are…
Team SCA (Sweden), Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Team Brunel (Netherlands), Dongfeng Race Team (China), Team Alvimedica (Turkey/US), MAPFRE (Spain), Team Vestas Wind (Denmark).