June 16, 2018
Review of Leg 10 – Cardiff to Gothenburg premium
Our departure from Cardiff was frighteningly light. We had six hours of tide with us and the pressure was on to clear the Bristol Channel before it turned. We were blocked out of the start line by Scallywag, who received a penalty for the incident, but this meant we crossed the line late. That said,…
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June 8, 2018
Leg 10 – Cardiff to Gothenburg premium
On Sunday we will be leaving Cardiff for Gothenburg on what is the shortest leg in this race. At just 1200 miles, Leg 10 may be low on miles but it will be high on intensity. This leg is likely to see us sailing within sight of the rest of the fleet the whole way.…
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May 29, 2018
Leg 9 – Newport to Cardiff premium
On the morning of departure for this leg the fog was thick and the damp air hung, despite a fresh 15 knots breeze blowing. We were sure that the planned in-port section of the leg start would be cancelled and a shorter departure would be confirmed keeping the fleet and spectators as safe as possible.…
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May 11, 2018
Leg 8 – Itajai to Newport premium
We had a great start from Itajai, the sun was shining, and the promised sea breeze filled in making the in port section a good battle before we sailed off over the horizon to cover the 5000 plus miles to Newport. As a team we were sad to leave our newest recruit, ‘Snoop’. We had…
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April 20, 2018
Itajai to Newport premium
Another stopover and another whirlwind of activity as the shore team have worked tirelessly to get the boat ready for the off again this coming Sunday. Leg 8 will see us heading from Itajai, Brazil to Newport, USA and we anticipate being at sea for around 18-19 days for this section of the race. Looking…
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April 8, 2018
An emotional Southern Ocean leg from Auckland to Itajai premium
Our plan at the start was to keep it simple with no mistakes and then aim to stay with the fleet as we reached East Cape 24 hours later. We managed to executed this plan and this made life easy for the whole crew, including our tactician, Frederico. Without additional sail changes we were able…
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March 16, 2018
Auckland to Itajai premium
On Sunday, we set off on what is generally regarded as the ‘big leg’. Our Volvo Ocean Race journey will take us round the notorious landmark of Cape Horn, a special and unique place for any sailor and a new experience for many of our crew as we head back into the Southern Ocean for…
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February 28, 2018
Leg 6 Hong Kong to Auckland premium
Our start out of Hong Kong was not our best. Not only did we lack speed, we didn’t get the lifts or pressure that everyone else was taking advantage of. Using the MH0 and the endless tacking did not allow us to pick up the pace for any decent manoeuvres and we often found ourselves…
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February 6, 2018
Auckland Bound premium
Hong Kong has been an amazing venue to visit. It is a bustling city, with a fusion of cultures and a very dramatic skyline to sail into. Although the weather has been cold (almost as cold as the Southern Ocean) we have received a very warm welcome from everyone. The race village itself has played…
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January 22, 2018
Leg 4 – Melbourne to Hong Kong premium
Sir Ben Ainslie was quoted as saying, ‘it is better to be lucky than good’. On this leg we were good but sadly not lucky and the others, well, they were both good and lucky. We had just one week of rest after Leg 3, which was a wet, cold and tiring leg. We were…
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