2014–2015 Volvo Ocean Race

The 2014–15 Volvo Ocean Race was the 12th edition of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race. It started on 19 October 2014 in Alicante, Spain, and concluded in June 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. After 38,739 nautical miles of ocean racing, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing led by skipper Ian Walker claimed the overall trophy.

2014–15 Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race logo
Edition12th
Dates19 Oct 2014 – 27 June 2015
Competitors7
YachtsVolvo Ocean 65
Results
WinnerAbu Dhabi Ocean Racing

YachtsEdit

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.[1]

The aim was to reduce participation cost to around 15 million euros per entry.[2]

The boats are maintained by a common team, The Boatyard. They manage the spares, repairs, and maintenance for all the teams.[3]

Onboard ReportersEdit

For this edition of the race, each yacht had an onboard reporter. They are responsible for producing 4 minutes of video, 200 words, and 8 photographs a day.[4] These media assets are sent to the Volvo Ocean Race Media Center in Alicante for editing and wide dissemination. OBRs were allowed to perform additional activities beyond producing content, however, they may not assist in the sailing of the boat.

ParticipantsEdit

Seven teams are participating in this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. One of them, Team SCA, is a women-only team.[5]

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
Sailors by nationality[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]
Country Sailors
  France 12
  United Kingdom 10
  Australia 8
  United States 8
  Spain 7
  China 6
  Netherlands 6
  New Zealand 5
  Denmark 3
  Argentina 2
   Switzerland 2
  Belgium 1
  Brazil 1
  Ireland 1
  Italy 1
  Lithuania 1
  Sweden 1
  United Arab Emirates 1

RouteEdit

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 5,185 nm
In-Port Race 2 January 2015   Abu Dhabi
Leg 3 3 January 2015 27 January 2015   Abu Dhabi   Sanya 4,642 nm
In-Port Race 7 February 2015   Sanya
Leg 4 8 February 2015 28 February 2015   Sanya   Auckland 5,264 nm
In-Port Race 14 March 2015   Auckland
Leg 5 18 March 20151 5 April 2015   Auckland   Itajaí 6,776 nm
In-Port Race 18 April 2015   Itajaí
Leg 6 19 April 2015 7 May 2015   Itajaí   Newport 5,010 nm
In-Port Race 16 May 2015   Newport
Leg 7 17 May 2015 27 May 2015   Newport   Lisbon 2,800 nm
In-Port Race 6 June 2015   Lisbon
Leg 8 7 June 2015 11 June 2015   Lisbon   Lorient 647 nm
In-Port Race 14 June 2015   Lorient
Leg 9 17 June 2015 22 June 2015   Lorient   Gothenburg 960 nm
In-Port Race 27 June 2015   Gothenburg

Notes (157 sailing days for race winners and 10 In-port racing days):

  • ^1 Originally scheduled to begin on 15 March 2015, but delayed because of Cyclone Pam.[13]

ResultsEdit

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.[14]

Overall standingsEdit

Leg 1
 
 
Leg 2
 
 
Leg 3
 
 
Leg 4
 
 
Leg 5
 
 
Leg 6
 
 
Leg 7
 
 
Leg 8
 
 
Leg 9
 
 
Penalty/
Redress
Total
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 1 3 2 2 1 2 5 3 5 24
Team Brunel 3 1 5 5 4 3 1 5 2 29
Dongfeng Race Team 2 2 1 3 DNF2 1 4 7 4 15 33
MAPFRE 7 4 4 1 2 4 2 4 3 34 5 34
Team Alvimedica 5 5 3 4 3 5 3 6 1 -13 34
Team SCA 6 6 6 6 5 6 6 1 7 25 51
Team Vestas Wind 4 DNF1 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 2 6 60

Notes:

  • ^1 - Team Vestas Wind was grounded on the Cargados Carajos Shoals near Mauritius. They re-joined the race for leg 8.[15]
  • ^2 - Dongfeng suffered a broken mast near Cape Horn and had to abandon leg 5.[16]
  • ^3 - Team Alvimedica finished leg 2 in fifth place, but were awarded 1 point redress for standing by the grounded Team Vestas Wind[17]
  • ^4 - MAPFRE finished leg 5 in second position, but were given two points penalty for rules breaches.[18]
  • ^5 - MAPFRE and Dongfeng (1 point each) and SCA (2 points) were handed penalty points after leg 7 for infringing sailing rules.[19]

In-port seriesEdit

Ali
 
CT
 
AD
 
San
 
Auc
 
Ita
 
NP
 
Lis
 
Lor
 
Got
 
Total
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 2 1 3 2 6 2 3 2 4 6 31
Team Brunel 4 2 2 4 2 1 5 5 6 1 32
Team SCA 6 3 1 5 1 4 4 4 5 2 35
MAPFRE 3 7 6 6 3 5 1 1 2 3 37
Team Alvimedica 1 6 5 3 5 6 2 3 1 5 37
Dongfeng Race Team 5 4 4 1 4 3 6 6 3 4 40
Team Vestas Wind 7 5 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 7 7 7 73

MediaEdit

The race was chronicled in a daily show hosted by Genny Tulloch called Inside Tack - Life at the Extreme, and a weekly show -Life at the Extreme.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ All-women's team first to enter 2014-15 Race Archived 2013-04-30 at the Wayback Machine volvooceanrace.com, 21 August 2012
  2. ^ Volvo Ocean Race due to start from Alicante in 2014 to feature all-female crew thetelegraph.co.uk, 20 August 2012
  3. ^ Race, Volvo Ocean. "The Boatyard".
  4. ^ "Grounded". Volvo Ocean Race official website. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Meet the teams". volvooceanrace.com. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
  6. ^ "The Team - Dongfeng Race Team".
  7. ^ "Home - Team SCA".
  8. ^ Sailing Team
  9. ^ "THE TEAM - MAPFRE".
  10. ^ Team/
  11. ^ Race, Volvo Ocean. "Volvo Ocean Race".
  12. ^ "Meet Team Brunel, personal profiles of all our crew members". Archived from the original on 2015-01-18. Retrieved 2015-01-13.
  13. ^ "The start is on!". volvooceanrace.com. 2015-03-16. Archived from the original on 2015-03-15. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  14. ^ "Keeping score". volvooceanrace.com. Archived from the original on 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2015-06-28.
  15. ^ "Back in the race". volvooceanrace.com. 2015-01-28. Archived from the original on 2015-06-12. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  16. ^ "Time to call it quits". volvooceanrace.com. 2015-03-31. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  17. ^ "Time to redress". volvooceanrace.com. 2014-12-30.
  18. ^ "The jury decides". volvooceanrace.com. 2015-04-17. Archived from the original on 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  19. ^ "Penalty point pain". volvooceanrace.com. 2015-06-03.

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