The Volvo Ocean Race (Whitbread)

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Sydde, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Sydde macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009
    The Volvo Ocean Race (formerly Whitbread Classic)

    Anyone follow this?

    Some years ago, I encountered coverage on one of those sports channels of a sailboat race that looked kind of ordinary from the footage, but then I saw the scale of the thing. At the time, they were on a leg that was, as I recall, from Miami to Capetown in 21 meter single-mast boats with a crew of 11. Seemed just incredible at the time (still kind of breath-taking, really).

    Yesterday, the boats for the current race left Auckland NZ on leg 5, just shy of 7000 miles across the wide Pacific, through Drake Passage (around Cape Horn) up to Itajai Argentina. In a way, it is kind of boring to follow, weeks of sailing, but really a feat for these guys.
  2. Grey Beard macrumors 65816

    Grey Beard

    Sep 10, 2005
    The Antipodes.
    Yep, it's on our news and sport channels quite a lot. Of course we have an interest with our boat "Camper" (quite a freudian name)

    From another happy camper.

  3. acidfast7 macrumors 65816


    Nov 22, 2008
    I haven't followed them this year, but I did extensively during 2009 when they stopped in Stockholm on the way to STP.
  4. sim667 macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2010
    I dont follow the ocean race so much, but I do watch the americas cup. I prefer match and course racing to navigational, its more exciting.
  5. iJohnHenry, May 10, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: May 10, 2012

    iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Loved watching this series in the 80's-90's. Brave people in the Southern Ocean.

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