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All-female crew training for Volvo Ocean Race

In fifty days time the first all female crew for 12 years will set sail in the Volvo Ocean Race. Only three of them have competed in the event before. But what they lack in experience, they make up for in team spirit - having trained together longer than anyone else. Sally Simmonds joined them on a race around the Isle of Wight.

Record-breaking speeds for Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland crews as they race along Sussex coast

The Sevenstar fleet racing along the south coast Credit: Sevenstar/RORC

You can follow the progress of the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland race fleet on the organiser's race tracker here

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland fleet setting off from Cowes Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORC
Volvo 65 teams SCA and Abu Dhabi go head-to-head off Cowes Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORC


Sailors racing along south coast in Round Britain battle

The flotilla of 28 yachts are now heading east along the south coast after departing the Solent this morning . The 1,800 mile race around Britain and Ireland set off from the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes with a stiff southwesterly wind and a good tide, allowing the yachts to fly their spinnakers.

At 1130 the fleet past Selsey Bill, with over 30 knots of breeze. Musandam-Oman Sail, skippered by Sidney Gavignet, has averaged 30 knots of boat speed since the start and is on course to finish the race in two and a half days, smashing the course record, if these conditions prevail.

Five Volvo 65s are taking part in the event - the first time the teams have raced against each other ahead of the Volvo Ocean Race which starts in October. They screamed through the start line with Team SCA, skippered by Sam Davies, getting the best start. Team Dongfeng, skippered by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier, was just in the lead at 1100am. Three teams have taken the lead in the Volvo 65 class in the first two hours, a pattern that may well continue right through the race.

Sailors set off for transatlantic dash to prepare for Volvo Ocean Race

Team SCA with Hampshire sailors, Dee Caffari, Sam Davies and Dorset's Annie Lush Credit: Team SCA

For SCA’s all-female team, this second long offshore passage comes just a week after arriving in Newport.

Team SCA will be sailing with eleven crew onboard the boat, including navigator trialist Libby Greenhalgh (GBR) as well as Anna-Lena Elled (SWE), a new trialist Onboard Reporter. This is the same number of crew that will be allowed to be onboard during the race itself.

The team started from Fort Adams, Newport, and is due to arrive into Puerto Calero, Lanzarote on May 28, 2014. The team will sail to a waypoint near Lisbon, replicating the course for Leg Seven of the Volvo Ocean Race, and then immediately on to the team’s base in Lanzarote.

Hampshire skipper's Ocean racing hopes for a new boat

One of the South's top sailors is hoping it will be third time lucky in one of the world's toughest ocean races. Hampshire's Ian Walker does not have the best of records in the Volvo Ocean Race. But he does have a new boat... Sally Simmonds joined his crew on the Solent.

The interviewees are: Ian Walker, Skipper, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing; Justin Slattery, Bowman; Simon Fisher, Navigator.

Dee day for South's sailor in Volvo Ocean Race

She is one of the most experienced offshore sailors in the world and yet Dee Caffari from Titchfield, in Hampshire, has been fighting for a place on the crew of the all-female boat in the round the world Volvo ocean race.

Competition to join the team SCA is fierce. Sally Simmonds reports from their training base in Lanzarote.

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