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Leg 5 Start  

Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil, will start today, Wednesday 18 March at 09:00. Boats will be docking out from 07:30.

The start will be a traditional start. This means there will be no lap around the Waitemata Harbour prior to the fleet heading up past North Head.

15 March 2015

 

Boats still here but Village closed  

Leg 5 will start at 09:00 hours on Wednesday 18 March. The start will be a traditional start.

The six competing boats in the Volvo Ocean Race are still moored in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour but the Race Village is now closed as preparations intensify for the effects of cyclone Pam, expected later Sunday and tomorrow.

Today’s empty pavements and crews rushing to pack containers on Te Wero island are a sharp contrast to Saturday’s picture perfect weather and a record tally of more than 59,000 visitors enjoying the pop-up attractions in the Village and viewing the in-port racing.

15 March 2015

 

No sailing on Sunday  

With cyclone Pam now upgraded to Category Five and its track towards New Zealand’s north-east uncertain, the Volvo Ocean Race organisers have announced Leg Five to Brazil will not start before Tuesday.

It has been announced that there will now be no racing at all on Sunday 15 March. The Race Village is closing a day early due to the storm.

14 March 2015

 

AIS – Bane or Benefit?  

Bane or benefit - there’s an added intense struggle in the new-look world of the one-design Volvo Ocean Race around the world.


The Automatic Identification System (AIS) mandated by race management for use this time as a safety feature to avoid collisions is also a precise and compelling feature for tracking every tactical move of the competition.

14 March 2015

 

Roy P. Disney New Zealand Herald In-Port Race guest   

For today’s New Zealand Herald In-Port Race in Auckland, Team Alvimedica has Roy P. Disney on board. Roy and his father, the late Roy E. Disney, ran the Morning Light sailing program inviting 550 young sailors to try out for an offshore racing team to compete in the 2007 Transpacific Yacht Race from California to Hawaii. Team Alvimedica co-founders Charlie Enright and Mark Towill made the final squad.

14 March 2015

 

Village Life - Come on down!  

Crowds are enjoying perfect weather at the Volvo Ocean Race Village at Viaduct today, Saturday while super cyclone Pam batters and thrashes her way south.


The party’s nearly over. Saturday is the last day to take in the scene and enjoy the attractions of the pop-up village, which is destined to next arise in Newport, Rhode Island in the USA.

 

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