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November 14, 2005 3:00 PM   Subscribe

Volvo Ocean Race round the world, in a sailboat. Leg one, Spain to South Africa is underway. Check out the Virtual specator application a fantasic way of following a not particularly viewer friendly event.
posted by Keith Talent (9 comments total)
Mac and Linux users, save your time: "Virtual Spectator is only available for Windows". I hope they post some videos soon, cause the Open 70s are just hair-raisingly spectacular.
posted by nicwolff at 3:52 PM on November 14, 2005

Well - for us Windows users... that's pretty damn cool!! Thanks for the site...
posted by matty at 4:33 PM on November 14, 2005

Yeah, way cool. It's really neat being able to swoop down and into the boats! Looks like a couple of them have already dropped out of the race and are headed back to France. Bummer.
posted by mk1gti at 5:14 PM on November 14, 2005

The virtual spectator reminds me of the WRC thing just like this, but since it's road rally the 3d seems even more amazing. I don't see it on WRC's site, so they might not be doing it anymore.
posted by tomplus2 at 6:15 PM on November 14, 2005

Don't forget the Australian leg, where our Navy boys inevitably have to come and rescue someone's ass.

I'm talking to you Mr. Bullimore, Mr Dubois, Ms Autissier.

The handy thing is… if our governments are currently arguing (as was the case with Ms Autissier and French nuclear tests in the Pacific) then we can politicise the whole rescue and bang-on about how good we are!

Go Australia. Bloody Australia mate.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 7:21 PM on November 14, 2005

Already 2 boats in port for repairs (problems with keel-canting-ram), and a third is heading in also (broken gooseneck). And they're not even south of the equator yet! How many boats will survive the southern ocean?
posted by msacheson at 8:56 PM on November 14, 2005


posted by msacheson at 10:38 PM on November 14, 2005

Very clever, msacheson. Took me a while! (initially assumed it was from the current race)
posted by uncanny hengeman at 7:12 AM on November 15, 2005

This race is for pussies. If you are going to race around the world, do it alone.
posted by dg at 4:39 PM on November 15, 2005

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