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I beat more than 200,000 to win VOR Virtual Game

- Parisian Patrick is Virtual Regatta champion
- IWC timepiece is reward for hours of dedication

ALICANTE, Spain, July 7 – If you think Ian Walker has reason to celebrate after beating six other skippers to win the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, then imagine how Patrick Babin feels right now – he defeated more than 200,000 rivals to win the official virtual game version of the nine-month marathon.

VOR virtual regatta winner

Courtesy Virtual Regatta / Volvo Ocean Race
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‘It’s been a long, old road’

 Walker re-lives the battles that turned him into a champ

Ian Walker 2014-15 Volvo Ocean RaceGOTHENBURG, Sweden, June 23 – Ian Walker, freshly crowned winning skipper of the Volvo Ocean Race, woke up this morning with the familiar feeling to all sailors in the nine-month offshore marathon: How on earth do I follow that?

© Matt Knighton / Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing / Volvo Ocean Race
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Victory for Team Alvimedica, glory for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

- Team Alvimedica’s ninth leg victory ensures six out of seven boats are triumphant in a stage

- Fifth place into Gothenburg enough to confirm 12th edition title for Emirati boat
- Team Brunel and Dongfeng Race Team complete overall podium finishers

alvimedica_final_victory.jpgGOTHENBURG, Sweden, June 22 – Team Alvimedica’s skipper Charlie Enright won the final offshore battle of the Volvo Ocean Race here today, but the overall trophy belonged firmly with his rival from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Ian Walker.

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VOR 2014-15 Update 6/21/15: One last roll of the dice

- Team Alvimedica retain lead in race to Gothenburg
- Lighter winds followed by new front could yet shuffle the pack

vestas_62115.jpgGOTHENBURG, Sweden, June 21 – The Volvo Ocean Race fleet were facing one last roll of the dice later tonight before nearly nine months of fluctuating offshore fortunes come to a fitting climax here tomorrow.

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VOR 2014-15 Update 6/18/15: Half the job done for Team Alvimedica

Triumphant entrance in The Hague for Turkish/American team 

‘It’s only halftime,’ says cautious skipper Enright

Alvimedica first to reach HagueTHE HAGUE, Netherlands, June 19 – Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) made a triumphant entry into The Hague at 0134 local time/2334 UTC this morning and put themselves in poll position to win Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race.

© Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race
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VOR 2014-15 Leg 9: Lorient to Gothenburg Underway

VOR 2014-15 Leg 9: Lorient to Gothenburg Underway

Team Brunel leads out fleet in race to Gothenburg via The Hague

Lorient leg 9 start volvo ocean raceLORIENT, France, June 16, 2015 – On Tuesday, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet set off for Gothenburg, 960 nautical miles away from Lorient, via The Hague, in perfect sailing conditions today with Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) leading the chase to reach the Dutch pit stop first.

© Ricardo Pinto / Volvo Ocean Race
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Team Alvimedica Wins Lorient In Port Race

- Enright’s crew dominate for Lorient victory
- MAPFRE snatch second in the closing stages 
- Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing still clear at the top of standings

Team Alvimedica wins In Port LorientLORIENT, France, June 14 - Team Alvimedica claimed their second Volvo Ocean Race in-port race series victory in Lorient, France, on Sunday after leaving their rivals trailing following a delayed start due to lack of wind.

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Team SCA wins VOR 2014-15 Leg 8

Team SCA wins Leg 8LORIENT, France, June 11 – Team SCA won the 647nm Leg 8 to France last night. The comfortable victory was the first leg win for a female crew in offshore sailing’s toughest challenge since Tracy Edwards’ Maiden clinched two stage wins in Class D of the 1989-90 race.

© Marc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race

At least as satisfying for the first all-women’s crew to enter the race in 12 years will be the opportunity to silence critics. True, the Swedish entry has yet to claim a podium place until now, but the crew has clearly improved leg after leg and many observers felt that a breakthrough performance was just around the corner.

The win was certainly no fluke in an upwind leg that tested seamanship to the full with an often heinous sea state and strong winds virtually throughout.

They grabbed the 647-nautical mile leg from Lisbon on Monday and strengthened that grip on Tuesday after taking an offshore course while most of their rivals hugged the Spanish and French coast approaching the Bay of Biscay. It took them three days 13 hours 11 minutes and 11 seconds to grab their share of Race history.

"Thanks to everybody for all your support. It's not really sunk in yet," said a jubilant Davies. "It probably won't hit us until we hit the dock and we see there aren't any other boats there. It's a reward for all the hard work we have done. It's a great confidence booster. It's going to be huge for us. We've had a mountain to climb to get here."

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VOR 2014-15 Update 6/10/15 – Lorient Gears up for a Thrilling Leg 8 Finish

- Dutch and Chinese battle to keep overall victory hopes alive
- Team SCA and Team Vestas Wind sail on at head of fleet
- Dawn finish forecast as Lorient gears up for thrilling finale

Team SCA leads leg 8ALICANTE, Spain, June 10, 2015  - Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) and Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking /NED) were fighting to keep their dreams of overall Volvo Ocean Race victory alive as Leg 8 shaped up for a thrilling finish at dawn in Lorient, France, on Thursday.

© Anna-Lena Elled / Team SCA / Volvo Ocean Race
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VOR Update 6/8/15: Team SCA set the pace for Lorient

- All-women’s crew establish 5nm advantage early on Leg 8
- Team Alvimedica make blog plea on World Oceans Day

LISBON, Portugal, June 8 – Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) found themselves leading the fleet after a night of thunderstorms and fluctuations as the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 entered the first full day in the Atlantic on Monday.

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Morning Position Report on Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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