Pushing Towards Southampton

Anyone that has done any amount of sailing around the English Channel must know that the four thousand horses now pushing us toward Southampton are anything but a shirking of duty. We had a beautiful sail past the Scilly Islands and along the Lizard, a welcoming coastline following any passage of that length.

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Getting Touched Up

Ryan Houston’s been asking for a “touchup” all trip. It’s his way of saying that he wants to get extreme, but there’s a certain kiwi calmness to it that makes it sound less sinister than the situations it can potentially define.

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500 Miles

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The distance to our self-imposed finish line is about to dip below the 500-mile mark and that’s typically when people begin to show signs of restlessness.

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Keeping It Real

How do you train to race without actually racing? There’s no right answer, and after a few days of fatigued sailing we’re trying to keep up the intensity, but why?

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Points of Contrast

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I have spoken too soon! Directly conflicting with yesterday’s update on down time and easy living—today’s note has nothing in common except the week in which it’s been written.

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When It Slows

If you were gullible you might assume that all of Volvo Ocean Race related sailing is spent on the fringe of insanity. It’s the image that’s often portrayed, high speeds, big waves and strong winds—the extremity of a life at sea is easily dramatized by constant action.

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Obstacles of Interest

We’re running a bit hot and cold. One hour Team Alvimedica is pointed east and traversing the northern eddies and meanders of the Gulf Stream in t-shirts and tank tops, and the next we’ve jibed and are heading north along an ice boundary towards colder waters and air temps. Back and forth we’ve gone all day and the difference is drastic.

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Team Alvimedica Names Volvo Ocean Race Crew

Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright today confirmed seven of the eight final race crew as well as the On-Board Reporter for the Volvo Ocean Race. 

In addition to the Bristol, RI skipper and team co-founder Mark Towill, 25, of Kaneohe, HI, the race crew named today are: Alberto Bolzan, 32, Trieste, Italy; Nick Dana, 28, Newport, RI; Ryan Houston, 31, Auckland, NZL; Will Oxley, 49, North Queensland, Australia; and Dave Swete, 30, of Auckland, NZL. Amory Ross, 30, of Newport, RI is the On-Board Reporter.

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Naming Ceremony Images

This past weekend was a fantastic one for Team Alvimedica. The boat was officially named “Alvimedica” by former U.S. Surgeon General, Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, who was our guest of honor. Here are some of our favorite images from the day:

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Team Alvimedica visits NYC

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Team Alvimedica had a busy weekend as they headed down the coast into Long Island Sound. The team made a stop at Oakcliff Sailing Center on Saturday before heading on to North Cove Marina in Lower Manhattan where they stayed on Sunday and Monday before heading back to Newport Monday evening. 

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