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Melges 32s Race on Spectacular San Francisco Bay – Illbruck Takes Charge

Monday, September 15th, 2008

San Francisco, Calif. – The stunning performances of Joe Woods (Torbay, UK) on GBR-700 Red and Michael Illbruck (Munich, Germany) on GER-401 Pinta confirmed that racing on San Francisco Bay at the 2008 Rolex Big Boat Series is challenging, sometimes unpredictable and at other times pleasantly surprising. Two more races were conducted and offered up a total change-up on the scoreboard.
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Ericsson 3 Officially Named in Barcelona

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Barcelona – The Ericsson 3, the first of Ericsson’s two race yachts, has been given its name in an event that lit up the Barcelona night sky. The ceremony invited key guests from the telecom industry and sailing community to get on board the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, with 235 days to go before the racing yachts set sail round the world.
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Veolia Environnement Rejoins Barcelona Race

Monday, December 17th, 2007

In the wee hours this morning, Veolia Environnement departed from the Kerguelen Islands to rejoin the Barcelona World Race. It was 00:50 GMT when skipper Roland Jourdain slipped his mooring in Port aux Français, to sail out again into the Southern Ocean.
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Estrella Damm Retires from Barcelona Race

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Estrella Damm skippers Guillermo Altadill and Jonathan McKee have made the difficult decision to retire from the Barcelona World Race. Although it has been possible to repair the rudder system, it has become evident to the team that it will not be possible to test the rudder system fully and get Estrella Damm back in the race to stay in contention with the remainder of the fleet within a reasonable timeframe. In addition, the serious consideration of safety for the skippers and the boat rejoining the race at its most perilous stage has to be taken into account. (more…)

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The Need for Speed Barcelona Update

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Jonathan McKee and Guillermo Altadill have been the first team to break the 400-miles per 24 hours barrier in this Barcelona World Race, and are still going strong after having gained a place. Meanwhile, Hugo Boss is threatening Veolia Environnement. (more…)

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Duelling in the South Atlantic

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Although the Barcelona World Race is a 25 000 nautical marathon around the world, you might not know that from the position reports today. There are three very close ‘races within the race’ happening on the south Atlantic as the fleet sprints south towards the ‘Roaring Forties’.
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Racing to Fernando de Noronha

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

The top seven boats in the Barcelona World Race fleet have escaped the clutches of the doldrums and are now racing on a tight reach towards the third scoring gate, off the coast of Brazil, at Fernando de Noronha.
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PRB Grabs the Lead – Barcelona Update

Monday, November 26th, 2007

There’s a new leader in the Barcelona World Race – Vincent Riou and Seb Josse on PRB have used a fast passage through the doldrums to take the lead from Paprec-Virbac 2.
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Is the West Best? Barcelona Update

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Is the west the best? That’s a question the Barcelona World Race fleet is asking itself today as the fleet splits across an east-west divide. Furthest to the west is Veolia Environnement where skippers Roland Jourdain and Jean-Luc Nélias have pulled back an incredible 90 miles on the race leaders Paprec-Virbac 2 over the past 24 hours. From sitting in seventh place yesterday, the French duo is up to third now and sailing around the outside of the fleet is a distinct possibility. (more…)

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Estrella Damm Cruises Through Gate Two of Barcelona World Race

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

After 10 days at sea, Estrella Damm has ticked off another milestone in the Barcelona World Race, crossing through the second gate just off the Canary Islands in sixth place at 01:25 GMT this morning, only a minute ahead of seventh place Tenemos II.
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