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Offshore Racing – Sunday, January 21, 2018
Sunday, January 21, 2018   

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Hong Kong HKG - death of fisherman after collision

The Chinese double victory in leg 4 of the Ocean Race was overshadowed with the death of a fisherman after the collision between 'Vestas' and a fishing boat (we reported yesterday). One of the 10 fishermen was so badly injured that he died in the rescue helicopter on the way to the hospital. An investigation by the authorities is under way.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, January 20, 2018
Saturday, January 20, 2018   

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 18 - Win for 'Scallywag' - out for 'Vestas'

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 18 - Win for 'Scallywag' - out for 'Vestas' Yesterday evening UTC, Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (David Witt AUS) crossed the finish line at her home port Hong Kong as expected as winner of leg 4 of the Ocean Race. 3 hours later, 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA, Franck Cammas FRA) followed, making for a Chinese double victory. Bad luck for the second place 'Vestas' (Peter Towhill USA), who had to retire 30 miles from the finish after a collision with a fishing boat. The news. The remaining 6 teams arrived within 10 hours.
The positions of leg 4 and the news.
In the overall rankings, 'Dongfeng' has reduced the backlog on the leading 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) to 3 points.
Offshore Racing – Friday, January 19, 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018   

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 18 - Arrival today

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 18 - Arrival today Today in the late afternoon. 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS will take the line honours of leg 4 in Hong Kong. Her most persistent pursuer 'Vestas' (John Towill USA) is currently in stealth mode, but in the prevailing conditions, the advantage of roughly 50nm will not deminish substantially. The fight will be for rank 2 between 'Vestas' and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA, Franck Cammas FRA) 65nm behind. The positions in the second part of the fleet are unknown momentariyl as 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) and 'Team Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) are currently invisible in stealth mode. The estimated time of arrival of the winner will be between 18h and 20h CET.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, January 18, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018   

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 17

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 17 With 600nm left to the finish line of leg 4 in Hong Kong, the situation is heating up. Slackening and shifty winds as well as the busy commercial traffic will make the final approach tactically difficult. After 'Dongfeng', the leading 'Scallywag' as well as 'Vestas' switched to stealth mode yesterday and we shall not know before 13h UTC today, whether the positions of the leading boats have changed. However, Scallywag', leading with almost 100nm, but having lost speed, will most probably keep the first place and remain on a safe track to the line honours. In the fight for the overall lead 'Dongfeng' would have to win leg 4 to catch up with the 6-point deficit on 'Mapfre'. Expected time of arrival in Hong Kong is tomorrow afternoon.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018   (Image © Konrad Frost)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 16

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 16 During the past 24h, the fleet was again making good progress in well-established trade winds, and the leading 'Scallywag', 87nm ahead of the immediate challengers, was only 1'000nm from the port of call this morning UTC. Provided that no incidents occur, the team of David Witt AUS will take the line honours at their home base in two days from now. It may well be that rank 2 will also go the a Chinese team, as 'Dongfeng' was only a few miles behind the second-ranked 'Vestas' on the 3rd place, and went into 'Stealth Mode' yesterday. We shall know during the day, whether the attack of Charles Caudrelier FRA (with Franck Cammas FRA) has been successful. The overall leader 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) reduced her backlog somewhat, but remained on the 5th position. The team of Dee Caffari GBR keeps the 6th place.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tuesday, January 16, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 15

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 15 Yesterday, the fast ride continued towards the finish, with the 7 teams covering more than 500nm in 24 hours. The leading 'Scallywag' with David Witt was able to extend her lead to 74nm by this morning UTC. The second-ranked 'Vestas' (Mark Towill USA) had a 22nm lead on the 3rd 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA). 1,500nm are still missing and the fleet is expected to arrive in Hong Kong on Friday.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Monday, January 15, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 14

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 14 Is the die cast ? With 2'000nm to the port of call Hong Kong, the fleet racing at high speeds, has been stretched over quite some distance. 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS sailing on a southern course is still taking advantage of better conditions and extended her lead on 67nm. The midfleet with 'Vestas', 'AkzoNobel' and 'Dongfeng' is sailing closely together, while the backmarker trio with the overall leader 'Mapfre' lost some more miles yesterday and is now over 150nm behind.
Big luck for David Gough AUS crew on 'Scallywag', who was washed afloat by a wave without life-vest and life-belt. Thanks to the daylight and moderate conditions, he was rescued within 7min. Here the report with a video.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, January 14, 2018
Sunday, January 14, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 13

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 13 The 15-20kn trade winds are propelling the fleet at good speeds above 20kn direction Hong Kong. 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS), the only boat sailing on a southern course, has taken the lead thanks to somewhat better conditions and was 15nm ahead of 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA) this morning UTC. The backmarker trio with 'Mapfre' has lost some more miles yesterday, but eventually this morning, better conditions filled in allowing to race 6kn faster than the rest of the fleet.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, January 13, 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 12

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 12 After crossing the Equator, the fleet reached the northern trade winds yesterday and has accelerated for the first time since long on speeds above 20kn. Now, it is a fast race direction West to the port of call Hong Kong. The trio having opted for an eastern route touched the fresh wind zone first and distanced the rest of the fleet somewhat except 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS on an extreme western course that was only 0,6nm behind the leading 'Vestas' (Mark Towill USA) on rank 2 this morning UTC, neck and neck with 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA). With a 1,6nm backlog, 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) is also part of the leading pack. The remaining teams, among them the overall leader 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) are already 80 and more miles back.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Friday, January 12, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 11

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 11 The closely packed fleet crossed the Equator direction North during the past night, but the trade winds have not yet turned up. However, the weather maps are predicting fresh Eastwinds by this afternoon UTC to provide for a fast ride to the West direction Hong Kong. Some teams veered East to touch the wind as early as possible. It will be known soon whether this strategy will pay off.
New on the first position this morning UTC was 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP, followed by 'Turn the tide on plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR as 2nd with a 12nm backlog. The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, January 11, 2018
Thursday, January 11, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 10

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 10 After almost 4 days in the 'furnace' of the Pacific Ocean with temperatures above 40°C and almost no wind, the closely packed fleet has touched the first light trade winds this morning UTC, accelerating for the first time since long on speeds above 10kn. 'Vestas' in the lead was 0,5nm in front of 'AkzoNobel'. 'Dongfeng' on 3rd was 3nm behind.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 9

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 9 The fleet is trailing in the almost windless Doldrums in very hot temperatures above 40°C with still about 24hrs over the Equator to the Northern trade winds, that will relaunch the race. Six teams are sailing closely together within 10nm with 'Turn the tide on Plastic' as leader. Even the backmarker 'Scallywag' is not far away 21nm behind.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
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