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Spirit of Hungary lose their big kite
Emails from the boats JAN 9, 2015 07:46

Spirit of Hungary lose their big kite

"Well, ocean racing is a rocky road sometimes. Moral had risen along with the sails as we hoisted the spinnaker and finally made a good course and speed that we could be proud of. Still miles from our competitors but we felt like we were back in the game, had the tools to get the job done and were on our way.....

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Renault Repair Day
Emails from the boats JAN 17, 2015 19:30

Renault Repair Day

It was supposed to have been a peaceful day in the trade winds after a starry night we had made a few miles on the leaders. The strategy was set for the coming days as we set an almost direct route to Gough Island, the gateway to the 40s

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Rig top troubles
Emails from the boats JAN 27, 2015 13:10

Rig top troubles

"With stronger winds around the corner it's like having your accelerator stuck to the floor with a bend in the road ahead" - rig trouble for Spirit of Hungary, Conrad Colman explains:

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Neutrogena head to South New Zealand for technical pit stop
News FEB 11, 2015 10:12

Neutrogena head to South New Zealand for technical pit stop

After suffering an engine problem which affects their ability to generate electrical power, Guillermo Altadill (ESP) and Jose Munoz (CHI), who are racing in second place in the Barcelona World Race around the world,  have taken the decision to reroute to the south of New Zealand to make a technical repair.

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The Middle: Cheminées Poujoulat at Half Way
News FEB 11, 2015 17:04

The Middle: Cheminées Poujoulat at Half Way

With their long time rivals Neutrogena (Guillermo Alatadill and José Munoz), now heading to make a short pit stop in the south of New Zealand to repair their engine starter motor, Barcelona World Race leaders, Cheminées Poujoulat are left on their own in the Pacific.

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Neutrogena pitstopped in Bluff NZ
News FEB 13, 2015 07:32

Neutrogena pitstopped in Bluff NZ

Neutrogena, Guillermo Altadill and José Munoz, pitstopped into Bluff - a port 30 kms by road from Invercarcgill - at 0522hrs UTC this Friday morning. The duo came in in 12kts of breeze and clock is now ticking to make sure they can resume racing at 0522hrs Saturday morning. The Neutrogena team had technicians on the dock ready to fix their engine problems and give the IMOCA 60 a good once over. They suspended racing just at the entrance to the harbour.

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5 W's F1 Pit Stop for G & J..PS Thanks!
Emails from the boats FEB 14, 2015 11:31

5 W's F1 Pit Stop for G & J..PS Thanks!

Guillermo Altadill (Neutrogena):

Hi,

I don’t now if you remember us, we are Jose and Guillermo, the Nuetrogena’s guys. A few days ago, for me it’s been like weeks, we had to head to New Zealand for an urgent pit stop and I can tell you it has been a real Formula 1 pit stop.

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Back In The Game
News FEB 14, 2015 17:40

Back In The Game

After a pit-stop in Bluff, in the very south of New Zealand, which according to skipper Guillermo Altadill would have done an F1 motor racing time proud, Neutrogena is back on the Barcelona World Race course this Saturday afternoon but only making moderate speeds as Altadill and Jose Munoz try to plunge southwards with maximum speed to find the first east bound low pressure system.

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Rapid repairs for Renault
Emails from the boats FEB 16, 2015 14:22

Rapid repairs for Renault

Sébastien Audigane and Jörg Riechers:

“Late yesterday night, before hoisting our big gennaker, we checked the rudders. Then we realised that the outer skin of the starboard rudder had gone, as well as a little piece at the bottom. Obviously we had hit something, but we didn’t realise at the time, we didn’t hear anything, and the boat remained on a stable heading. The wind was not very strong so we hoisted the gennaker and continued to sail while thinking about some possible repair solutions.

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Renault Captur reroute to New Zealand for pitstop
News FEB 18, 2015 10:08

Renault Captur reroute to New Zealand for pitstop

News Flash: Renault Captur turn back to pitstop in New Zealand
Following damage to their starboard rudder which became obvious between Sunday 15th and Monday 16th February Jorg Riechers (GER) and Sébastien Audigane on Renault Captur have made the decision to reroute to New Zealand to undertake a technical pit stop to try and make a more effective repair.
The duo, racing in fourth place in the Barcelona World Race, were 585 miles SE of the southerly tip of South Island NZ at 0500hrs UTC.  
They believe it will take them between two and three days, sailing in mainly favourable SW and S'ly breezes which look set to become lighter as they close to New Zealand, to reach a suitable landfall.
Riechers and Audigane have attempted two repairs to the rudder blade so far but the boat has proven uncontrollable at higher speeds.
Further information will be issued shortly.

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