Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 route refreshed| Volvo Ocean Race

The total distance of the racetrack is longer than in any of the 12 previous editions of an event which was born as The Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973.

But while the teams will sail more nautical miles than ever before, the race itself is scheduled to be one month shorter than in most of the last 12 editions.

“More action, more speed, more tough miles and more host venues, but a shorter race – it’s an evolution in the right direction and a move that takes the Race closer to its original roots and heritage, while improving its strong commercial value and excellent business case for sponsors,” said Mark Turner, who took over as CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race earlier this month.

Around 12,500 nm of the race will take place in the Southern Ocean, the fast-moving, ice cold waters around the Antarctic where, unhindered by land, some of the deepest weather depressions circle the bottom of the global, generating giant waves and punishing,  heavy winds that can peak at over 70 knots (130 km/h). In the previous edition, the teams spent around 4,500 nm racing in the Southern Ocean.

“In 2017-18 we’ll be visiting some of the world’s most famous sailing cities – places like Cape Town, Auckland and Newport, Rhode Island – while also taking the Race to fresh audiences in new cities,” Turner said, as the route was unveiled on Wednesday.

“Firstly to Hong Kong, an incredible city, which will act as a hub for south-east Asian fans and VIP guests. Then on to Guangzhou, China –  the first time the Race will visit one of just four, premium Tier 1 cities in the country.

“And finally to Cardiff, taking the Race back to the UK for the first time since 2005-06. The United Kingdom is the birthplace of The Whitbread Round the World Race, which had its first start from Portsmouth in 1973 and later became the Volvo Ocean Race in 1998.”

Looking forward, Turner added: “It’s also great to be preparing for a fourth consecutive start from our home port of Alicante, and heading back to familiar cities where we’re building a legacy for the Race – to Lisbon, Itajaí, Gothenburg and The Hague.”

Richard Mason, Operations Director for the race, commented: “In the last edition we welcomed over 2.4 million visitors and over 70,000 corporate guests to our host city venues. We’re determined to offer even more exciting sailing in 2017-18, while making the race village experience even better for our fans, guests and partners.”

Mason, himself a five-time Volvo Ocean Race sailor, admitted: “I’m pretty tempted to return to the sailing now I’ve seen this amazing new route, but my new CEO has banned me!”

The Southern Ocean has played an huge role in the history of the Race. In the early years of The Whitbread, the fleet would head as deep into the Southern Ocean as possible, braving the icebergs and ferocious winds of the Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties in order to shave as much distance off the route as they could.

In more recent editions, the boats have raced north through the Indian Ocean, towards the Middle East – and have only returned to the south and its more extreme weather for the shorter leg across to Cape Horn.

“Of course, safety remains paramount,” said Phil Lawrence, incoming Race Director. “With state-of-the-art tracking systems and satellite communication, alongside access to in-depth route information, we can stay one step ahead of the conditions and limit the exposure of the sailors.

“But ultimately, there will always be danger. Sailors know they put their lives on the line when they take on ‘the Everest’ of professional sailing. That’s what the Volvo Ocean Race is all about – taking the toughest conditions that Mother Nature can throw at you, and overcoming them.”

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Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 route refreshed


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Returning to its Southern Ocean roots

• The Southern Ocean is the world’s most remote expanse of often storm-filled ocean that wraps itself around Antarctica.

• Route announcement made during event at Volvo Ocean Race HQ in Alicante on Wednesday.

• 2017-18 route to be longest ever sailing distance at around 45,000 nautical miles.

ALICANTE, Spain, June 29 – Tough, intense, and featuring almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as the previous edition, the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will be contested over the longest distance in race history at around 45,000 nautical miles (nm), crossing four oceans and taking in 11 major cities on five continents.

The 43-year-old race around the world – the ultimate ocean marathon, pitting the sport’s best sailors, against each other across the world’s toughest oceans – will start from Alicante in late 2017 with a 700nm sprint to Lisbon, Portugal that will provide the first test of the form guide.

From the Portuguese capital, the fleet will plunge south towards Cape Town, South Africa, before an epic few weeks racing through the Southern Ocean and then back north across the equator to Hong Kong SAR, China in what will be one of the longest legs in Race history.

After a non-scoring transition to Guangzhou, China where an in-port race and full set of stopover activities will be held, the ocean racing will resume from Hong Kong to Auckland, New Zealand. The fleet will then head back through the Southern Ocean, around the most famous landmark of them all, Cape Horn, and up through the Atlantic Ocean to the southern Brazilian city of Itajaí.

From there, as in the last edition, the boats will head back in to the northern hemisphere to the Eastern Seaboard of the USA, Newport, Rhode Island, before a blast across the North Atlantic on the blue riband transatlantic leg, which will see them make a first return to British shores in 12 years.

The fleet will arrive in Cardiff, capital city of Wales, in May 2018, before beating its way around the top of the British Isles on a short but potentially brutal leg to the penultimate stopover in Gothenburg, Sweden. The 2017-18 race will end with a grand finale into The Hague, Netherlands.

The total distance of the racetrack is longer than in any of the 12 previous editions of an event which was born as The Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973.

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Volvo Ocean Race future boosted by senior management changes| Volvo Ocean Race


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Volvo Ocean Race future boosted by senior management changes




The Volvo Ocean Race has made key changes to its Leadership Team, including the appointment of race management expert Phil Lawrence as new Race Director (full story below).

ALICANTE, Spain, June 21, 2016 – The Volvo Ocean Race has made key changes to its Leadership Team, including the appointment of race management expert Phil Lawrence as new Race Director.

The re-shuffle, which follows Mark Turner’s appointment as CEO in March this year, is aimed at driving innovation and growth of sailing’s premier offshore race.

Lawrence is currently Race Director of the Extreme Sailing Series, and arrives with bags of sailing and commercial expertise, having previously managed events in all of the territories that the Volvo Ocean Race will visit during the 2017-18 edition.

A former Olympian, he will continue to fulfil his role with the Extreme Sailing Series alongside his new Volvo Ocean Race responsibilities until the end of the year.

Lawrence will work closely with current Race Director, Jack Lloyd, who will remain as a Race Adviser. Lloyd has held the post of Race Director for three editions, and has overseen several key evolutions in the event’s history, including, most recently, the transition to one-design boats.

“Jack had already planned to step down progressively during the upcoming race, and we decided to bring that timeline forward so that the new Race Director could own many of the decisions being taken right now,” said Turner.

“We will continue to lean on Jack’s depth of experience and impeccable safety record – he has made an extraordinary contribution to the race over the years.”

In other changes announced on Tuesday, Antonio Bolaños López, Chief Financial Officer since 2010, will become Managing Director. He had been acting CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race from February 2016 until Turner took up his role full time last week, replacing former CEO Knut Frostad.

In addition, five-time Volvo Ocean Race sailor Richard Mason, employed as Head of Host Port Operations in 2015, will become Operations Director, leading both the Host Port Operations and Logistics teams.

Jordi Neves, formerly Technology Director, is now Chief Digital Officer, with responsibility across Technology, Communications and Marketing departments.

“As the shift to a digital landscape continues to transform the media and sport industries, the Volvo Ocean Race is committed to leading innovation and pioneering new ways of telling our incredible story,” continued Turner.

Meanwhile, Miles Quitmann is to join the Volvo Ocean Race in a newly-created but key commercial role of Chief Business Development Officer, with a focus on developing new relationships with potential sponsors for both teams and the event in the future.

Miles co-founded Europe’s first electronic billing and payments platform, which was acquired by a FTSE 250 company, and more recently he was a founding investor and Chief Commercial Officer of mobile marketing and payments company, Proxama PLC.

He is also a passionate offshore sailor and has planned and led several extreme sailing projects, including a record breaking double-handed voyage from the United Kingdom to Antarctica; a double rounding of Cape Horn; and a 15,000 mile single-handed return from Chile to the United Kingdom.

Commercial Director, Karin Bäcklund, and Director of Boats and Maintenance, Nick Bice, continue in their roles as before, as key pillars in the new Leadership Team.

“The Commercial team under Karin has achieved some great results since the finish of the last race, with what looks like a very strong re-sign rate of both event and team partners,” said Turner.

“Her role will complemented by Miles’ arrival, and potentially others, in the commercial effort overall, as we not only look to seal deals for the 2017-18 race, but equally looking forward to the following edition in 2020-21.”

He added: “I wouldn’t have taken on this CEO role if there hadn’t already been a great team in place – and I want to take advantage of this new chapter to strengthen various areas, point the organisation in the right direction, and create a robust, diverse team to which I can add value rather than need to be part of day to day.”

The Race, which departs Alicante, Spain in autumn 2017, will see the fleet cross four oceans and five continents before the finale in The Hague, Netherlands in summer 2018.

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Boating Business | America’s Cup World Series

Email Print America’s Cup World Series20 Jun 2016America’s Cup Portsmouth is expected to entice up to 50,000 visitorsWORLD SERIES: The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth will take place from 22-24 July and will see some of the world’s best sailors descend on the Solent. MDL Marinas has just signed a deal to become an official UK Marina Engagement Partner, this means it will exhibit to promote its marine services at the international event.The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series organisers will also benefit from promotion of the event to MDL’s customer network, both across the UK and Europe.Leslie Greenhalgh, event director, said: “It is great to have the support of MDL Marinas for this prestigious event and having already established a strong partnership with Land Rover BAR, we see them as a natural fit.”“We are excited to have MDL on board and exhibiting at the event and look forward to welcoming their berth holders and Cruising Club members to the Race Village in July.” The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Portsmouth is expected to entice up to 50,000 visitors across the three-day sporting event. Spectators will also have the opportunity to access the exciting new ‘Tech & Team Zones’, watch live BMX shows and secure the best spot on the sea front to enjoy aerial displays by the Red Arrows, Red Bull Matadors and Blades.Dean Smith, operations and marketing director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are delighted to become an Engagement Partner for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth.”He concluded: “Last year, MDL Marinas became the official UK Marina Partner for the British contender, Land Rover BAR. This sees MDL providing access to the Solent for training, as well as making its network of leading marina locations and facilities across the South available to the team. This new partnership further cements our involvement in this historical event.”

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Boating Business | Teenagers learn to (Sun)sail with Olympic champ

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Teenagers learn to (Sun)sail with Olympic champ

09 Jun 2016

Sarah Ayton OBE flanked by her team mates

OLYMPIC COACH: Sunsail is expanding its popular Youth Sailing Academy this summer, adding an additional course and bringing on board Olympic gold medallist, Sarah Ayton OBE.

Along with her two Olympic golds at Athens and Beijing, Ms Ayton is a double sailing world champion and was crowned Rolex World Sailor of the Year in 2015. She will spend a day sailing with the academy students, teaching, coaching and no doubt inspiring them to develop their sailing to the next level.

“It’s my passion to recreate what I achieved through the next generation. With tenacity, determination and world class coaching I want to give the opportunities to develop talent,” said Ms Ayton.

“Whether it’s a hobby or with aspirations to be a world champion I want to be a part of the journey to help teenagers be the best they can be,” she added.

Accommodation is on board for the duration of the course and is mixed, with boys and girls in separate cabins. Boats are allocated by age range where possible. Youth Sailing Academy weeks are all-inclusive of food and soft drinks and are suitable for teenagers aged between 13 and 17.

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Boating Business | Survitec Group Marine Industry Regatta

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Survitec Group Marine Industry Regatta

06 Jun 2016

Marine Resources battled blustery conditions to win this year’s Industry Regatta

INDUSTRY REGATTA: Marine Resources won the 2016 Survitec Group Marine Industry Regatta beating off stiff competition from 14 other teams in tricky blustery conditions this year.

The fleet of Sunsail Match 40’s left Port Solent marina 9.30am on 1 June with the first of three extremely competitive races seeing Marine Resources leading the fleet off the line and into an unassailable lead.

Marine Resources also won the second race with some excellent boat handling skills in the blustery conditions.

The final race win went to Wetsuit Outlets, who picked their way through the front of the fleet as the wind dropped and then built again.

Marine Resources was awarded first place in the regatta and presented with the Boating Business Trophy, with the second place Greg O’Brien Trophy going to Wetsuit Outlet.

This fun but competitive event, sponsored by Survitec Group, raises funds for both the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and the John Merricks Sailing Trust and is a great way to get together with other marine professionals and to entertain clients and staff.

A cheque for £1700 was presented to Ian walker (JMST) and Richard Percy (ASSF) by Hannah Burrywood (Survitec Group) and Mike Shepherd (Marine Advertising Agency).

Final Results

1. Marine Resources

2. Wetsuit Outlet

3. Sunsail Port Solent

4. ASSF and JMST

5. Marine Advertising Agency

6. Survitec

7. Pantaenius UK Ltd

8. Sunsail Holidays

9. Bruntons Propellers

10. Marine Superstore

11. Chelsea Magazines

12. Premier Marinas

13. British Marine

14. Crewsaver

15. Sea Cadets

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Wanted: Intrepid reporters for the story of a lifetime| Volvo Ocean Race

Wanted: Intrepid reporters for the story of a lifetime DownloadAmory Ross / Team Alvimedica / Volvo Ocean Race DownloadBrian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind/Volvo Ocean Race DownloadFrancisco Vignale/MAPFRE/Volvo Ocean RaceIf you died tomorrow, could you say you truly lived your life to the full? That’s the question that the Volvo Ocean Race is posing in its new online campaign, as it bids to discover the next batch of brave Onboard Reporters willing to tackle the world’s toughest offshore challenge in 2017-18 (full story below).- Volvo Ocean Race launches Onboard Reporter recruitment campaign- Organisers expecting deluge of wannabe new breed of OBRs- Successful candidates will face nine-month global ocean challengeALICANTE, Spain, June 6 – If you died tomorrow, could you say you truly lived your life to the full?That’s the question the Volvo Ocean Race is posing in its new online campaign as it bids to discover the next batch of brave Onboard Reporters willing to tackle the world’s most famous offshore challenge in 2017-18.Dubbed ‘the toughest job in sports media’, it’s a unique role that certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. No other sport features dedicated multimedia journalists embedded within teams of athletes and prospective candidates will have to survive a creative ‘boot camp’ proving their ability to stand the mental and physical pressure of the role, before being accepted.The event, which since 1973 has pitted the best professional sailors on the planet against each other over 40,000 nautical miles, covering four oceans, five continents and nine marathon months, requires multi-skilled and experienced media professionals to join the crews onboard and report back to shore from the most remote and hostile regions on the planet.“For a professional storyteller, I’m certain that there’s no greater challenge on earth than this,” explains American filmmaker Amory Ross, who has performed the role in the last two editions of the race.“You are pushed far beyond your physical, mental and creative limits in a way that can compare with little else.”To push content from the world’s oceans to race fans takes some serious technology. Every boat is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, remote-control cameras, microphones and custom-designed media stations.Cutting-edge communications support, provided by Inmarsat since 2005, delivers daily multimedia content to serve a global audience of tens of millions – via high-speed satellites – from each of the super-charged 65-foot racing boats while at sea.The ideal candidates to join the elite storytelling squad will be capable of producing high-quality video, photo and written content on a daily basis, whatever the conditions.“We’re looking candidates with an adventurous streak, but also with a history of solid media experience, an eye for a shot and a nose for a story,” explains Leon Sefton, who is leading the OBR recruitment project and is Head of Television at the Volvo Ocean Race.“It cannot be underestimated how tough this role is to perform, day in, day out, in boat-breaking conditions and with little to no sleep.”Over 2,000 hopefuls applied for the position in the last edition in 2014-15, and organisers are expecting an even bigger number of applications this time around.The work of the Volvo Ocean Race Onboard Reporters is regularly featured across some of the world’s most recognisable media outlets, such as The Daily Telegraph, the New York Times, Red Bull Media House and 242 broadcasters on 83 television channels around the globe.“The Onboard Reporters in the Volvo Ocean Race need to be much more than just a pretty face with a microphone. In fact, they may be performing the toughest job in sports journalism,” wrote award-winning journalist Tim Wendel in a Huffington Post story.To apply, potential candidates should visit the campaign website,, and follow the brief to produce example work.If selected, they will move through to the next round where a formal interview will take place. Then they will be one step closer to joining the world’s most adventurous media team.

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