2014–15 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2014–15 Volvo Ocean Race is the 12th edition of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race. It started on 19 October 2014 in Alicante, Spain and is schedule to conclude in June 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
- 1 Yachts
- 2 Participants
- 3 Race schedule
- 4 Results and standings
- 5 Summaries
- 6 References
- 7 External links
For the first time, the race is a one-design event. The Volvo Ocean 65 was designed by Farr Yacht Design in response to concerns about safety and cost. The Volvo Ocean Race ensures a minimum of eight boats are built.
The aim is to reduce participation cost to around 15 million euros per entry.
Seven teams are participating in this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. One of them, Team SCA, is a women-only team.
|Team||Flag and Sail||Skipper|
|Team SCA||SWE 1929||Samantha Davies|
|Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing||UAE 2||Ian Walker|
|Dongfeng Race Team||CHN 1969||Charles Caudrelier|
|Team Brunel||NED 1||Bouwe Bekking|
|Team Alvimedica||USA 4||Charlie Enright|
|MAPFRE||ESP 1||Iker Martinez|
|Team Vestas Wind||Chris Nicholson|
|United Arab Emirates||1|
|Event||Start date||Finish date||Start||Finish||Distance|
|In-Port Race||4 October 2014||Alicante|
|Leg 1||11 October 2014||5 November 2014||Alicante||Cape Town||6,487 nm|
|In-Port Race||15 November 2014||Cape Town|
|Leg 2||19 November 2014||13 December 2014||Cape Town||Abu Dhabi||6,125 nm|
|In-Port Race||2 January 2015||Abu Dhabi|
|Leg 3||3 January 2015||27 January 2015||Abu Dhabi||Sanya||4,670 nm|
|In-Port Race||7 February 2015||Sanya|
|Leg 4||8 February 2015||Sanya||Auckland||5,264 nm|
|In-Port Race||14 March 2015||Auckland|
|Leg 5||15 March 2015||Auckland||Itajaí||6,776 nm|
|In-Port Race||18 April 2015||Itajaí|
|Leg 6||19 April 2015||Itajaí||Newport||5,010 nm|
|In-Port Race||16 May 2015||Newport|
|Leg 7||17 May 2015||Newport||Lisbon||2,800 nm|
|In-Port Race||6 June 2015||Lisbon|
|Leg 8||7 June 2015||Lisbon||Lorient||647 nm|
|In-Port Race||14 June 2015||Lorient|
|Leg 9||17 June 2015||Lorient||Gothenburg||1,600 nm|
|In-Port Race||27 June 2015||Gothenburg|
Results and standings
The point standings are done via low points. The winner of each leg/in-port race will receive 1 point, runner up will receive 2 points, and so on down to the final finisher who will receive 7 points. Failure to finish a leg is counted as 8 points. The overall winner will be the one the lowest number of leg points, with the in-port points being used for tie-breaking.
|Dongfeng Race Team||2||2||1||5|
|Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing||1||3||2||6|
|Team Vestas Wind||4||DNF1||DNS||20|
- ^1 - Team Vestas Wind was grounded on the Cargados Carajos Shoals near Mauritius. They are working on re-joining the race at a later stage, possibly for leg 8.
- ^2 - Team Alvimedica finished leg 2 in fifth place, but were awarded 1 point redress for standing by the grounded Team Vestas Wind
|Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing||2||1||3||6|
|Dongfeng Race Team||5||4||4||13|
|Team Vestas Wind||7||5||DNS||20|
Alicante In-Port Race
The Alicante In-Port race began the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. Dongfeng opened the race with an aggressive port start with the remaining squads electing to go away from shore on starboard. The gutsy maneuver paid off for Dongfeng as they led after Mark 1 of 6. Abu Dhabi easily passed Dongfeng on the downwind leg and led around Mark 2. The two big moves at Mark 2 was a clean inside pass by Alvimedica to move into second in front of Dongfeng as well as a perfectly timed tack by Brunel which forced SCA to take a very slow left turn around the mark. No major moves occurred on the third leg with Abu Dhabi leading by 35 seconds over Alvimedica. However, coming into Mark 4 Abu Dhabi elected to go round the right mark, requiring an extra tack, while Alvimedica closely followed by Dongfeng stayed on course to round the left mark, closing the gap to under 5 seconds. At the tail of the regatta SCA stretched out a sizable lead over Vestas after being a few lengths behind at Mark 3. Abu Dhabi, Alvimedica, and Dongfeng pulled away on the final upwind leg with Alvimedica passing Abu Dhabi on port just shy of the mark. Alvimedica led by 18 seconds over Abu Dhabi at Mark 5. Alvimedica would hold on a late charge by Abu Dhabi to win by 2 lengths, followed by MAPFRE, Brunel, and slow finishing Dongfeng. SCA maintained sixth with Vesta bringing up the rear of the fleet.
Alicante to Cape Town
The 6,487nm leg started on 11 October 2014 and was won by Team Alvimedica, with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing finishing second and MAPFRE third.
Cape Town In-Port Race
Was held on 15 November 2014 and was won by Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, with Team Brunel second and Team SCA third.
Cape Town to Abu Dhabi
The 6,125nm leg started on 19 November 2014 and was won by Team Brunel, with Dongfeng Race Team second and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing third.
Abu Dhabi In-Port Race
Was held on 2 January 2015 and was won by Team SCA, with Team Brunel second and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing third.
Abu Dhabi to Sanya
The 4,670nm leg started on 3 January 2015.
- All-women's team first to enter 2014-15 Race volvooceanrace.com, 21 August 2012
- Volvo Ocean Race due to start from Alicante in 2014 to feature all-female crew thetelegraph.co.uk, 20 August 2012
- "Meet the teams". volvooceanrace.com. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
- The Team
- Meet The Squad
- [http://www.teamalvimedica.com/the-team/sailing-team/ Sailing Team}
- [http://www.teamvestaswind.vestas.com/team Team/
- Sailing Team
- Meet the Team
- "Volvo Ocean Race Scoreboard". volvooceanrace.com. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
- "Watch out - we'll be back". volvooceanrace.com. 2015-01-02.
- "Time to redress". volvooceanrace.com. 2014-12-30.
- Volvo Ocean Race – Official site
- Dongfeng Team Page
- SCA Team Page
- Alvimedica Team Page
- MAPFRE Team Page
- Vestas Wind Team Page
- Brunel Team Page
- Abu Dhabi Team Page
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