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GMDSS A User's Handbook

By Denise Bréhaut

GMDSS A user's handbook








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12th The Volvo Ocean Race Starts

The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s toughest ocean race. Grand Prix sailing by the world’s best sailors, racing day and night for 39,000 miles around the world in nine leg stages.

The 12th edition of the race starts from Alicante on Saturday October 11th. Seven teams, 66 sailors and 18 nationalities setting off in identical one design Volvo Ocean 65 racing machines. The first leg will take the fleet out into the North Atlantic, south across the Equator and into the South Atlantic, on into Cape Town 6,500 miles away. It will take them more than three weeks.


Large crowds are expected to converge to watch the emotional dockside departure – where sailors must say goodbye to their wives, husbands and children – before the leg starts at 1400CET in front of the Alicante dockside for a lap of the bay before heading off towards the Strait of Gibraltar and out into the Atlantic.


Start:  Saturday 11th, 1400CET, Alicante
Leg 1 - Alicante-Cape Town: 6 487miles  
Leg Duration: 23 days approx


Team Alvimedica [USA/TUR]: skipper Charlie Enright [USA], crew from United States of America, Australia, France, Italia, New Zealand.

Team SCA [SWE]: person in charge Samantha Davies [UK], 100% female crew from the United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia and The Netherlands.

Dongfeng Race team [CHN]: skipper Charles Caudrelier [FRA], crew from China, France and Sweden.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing [UAE]: skipper Ian Walker [UK], crew from New Zealand, Ireland, UAE, Australia, Spain.

Team Vestas Wind [DEN]: skipper Chris Nicholson [AUS], crew from Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Argentina, the Netherlands.

Team Brunel [NED]: skipper Bouwe Bekking [NED], crew from the Netherlands, Lithuania, France, Belgium, Spain, Australia, Denmark.

MAPFRE [ESP]: skipper Iker Martinez [ESP], crew from Spain, France, Brazil, the United Kingdom.

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