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TOPIC: Volvo Ocean race 2015

Volvo Ocean race 2015 1 year 7 months ago #122

  • Marek Antoszewski
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By sheer coincidence I was in The Hague over the weekend where the boats in the Volvo Ocean Race made an overnight stop. It was quite an event to stand in the crowds of Dutch onlookers as the boats set off for the last leg which finished in Gothenberg.

Here's a flavour of the moment..

Having seen the boats moored up and then watch them unfurl their sails as they headed out to sea I was hooked and found Volvo provided an online live tracker and so I kept an eye on the race to the finish.

Incredibly, after 40,000 miles over 9 months, three of the boats were literally less than a few hundred metres apart in the final stretch and within sight of the leader Alvimedica, which ran out of wind just short of the finish line and came to a near standstill, and then there was a sudden build up of wind and it was nearly wiped out just a few hundred yards from the finish line. I've checked all the available videos, but can't find that particular segment, which is a pity.

The next best thing is this review of the final Leg

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