Liebe Leser schliesst seine Tore. Nach 11 Jahren möchte ich andere Projekte verwirklichen, auf Reisen gehen und das Leben endlich in vollen Zügen geniessen. Es waren 11 wundervolle Jahre mit Ihnen. bleibt mindestens die nächsten Jahre als Bilderbuch noch bestehen. Doch jeder Abschied kann auch ein neuer Anfang sein. Nun ist es endgültig. Ich wünsche Ihnen eine weiterhin schöne Zeit. Ich danke Ihnen für die Lesertreue und Ihre ehrliche Begeisterung mit grosser Dankbarkeit. Danke, dass ich Sie 11 Jahre verwöhnen durfte.

Tschau und auf Wiedersehen.

Marcel Krebs

Wer weiterhin mit mir und Sämi in Kontakt bleiben will, kann dies über meinen persönlichen Blog.

Dear Users closes its gates. After 11 years I would like to realize other projects, go on journeys and finally enjoy life to the fullest. There were 11 wonderful years with you. will continue to exist as a picture book for at least the next few years. But every farewell can also be a new beginning. Now it is final. I wish you a good time. I would like to thank the readership and your honest enthusiasm with great gratitude. Thank you for spoiling you for 11 years.

Chess and goodbye.

Marcel Krebs

Anyone who wants to stay in touch with me and Sämi can do so through my personal blog.



Bon voyage, Vestas Wind!

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Brian Carlin / Team Vestas Wind / Volvo Ocean Race

 ALICANTE, Spain, May 22 – Team Vestas Wind's (Chris Nicholson/AUS) incredible journey to re-join the Volvo Ocean Race was nearing its final lap on Friday when the rebuilt Vestas Wind emerged out of the Persico boatyard ready for the trip to Lisbon.

Australian skipper Nicholson hailed the return to the event as 'a modern day miracle' after the team's Volvo Ocean 65 smashed into an Indian Ocean reef on November 29 during Leg 2, and was initially considered a write-off.

In a huge logistic operation managed by GAC Pindar, the boat was skilfully hoisted off the rock and coral reef on to a Maersk Line ship, and transported via Malaysia to Perisco's yard in Bergamo, Italy, for a rebuild.

The team had long planned their target to be on the start line of Leg 8 departure on June 7 from Lisbon to Lorient, France.

It was always, however, a very ambitious goal.

A full build of a new Volvo Ocean 65 takes around eight months to complete – the transformation of Vestas Wind from a wreck to a fully-compliant, one-design, race boat for the world's leading offshore race, has taken four months.

The boat's emergence into the Italian sunlight on Friday, ahead of its loading onto a truck for a midnight start to the journey to Lisbon, was witnessed by Nicholson.

"It's good to be on the move. We're getting out of here. It's the right time. We're one day in front of schedule and hopefully we have a faster shipping time, which might actually mean one or two extra days out on the water before our start in Lisbon. So it's all good," Nicholson said.

"You think of the journey everyone has been on since the reef and to be here with a boat functioning, ready to go, is a huge achievement for everyone. There were so many things along the way that almost stopped us completely.

"It's effectively a new boat. There were some old bits from our previous boat – I'm still not sure what to call it. I don't know whether it's our 'new boat' or our 'old boat'. I guess it's going to be a combination of the both."

He paid handsome tribute to the workers of Persico for completing the mission of returning the smashed boat to the start line in such a short period of time.

"If you had sat back at the start and looked at it on paper, you wouldn't have taken it on," he said.

"Persico were taking on risk to do this project. I take my hat off to them for what they've done. They've made a modern-day miracle. It's a huge, huge effort from them.

"Without these guys, it wouldn't have happened."

The team plan to transport the boat by ship and truck to Lisbon by midweek in time to reunite with the rest of the fleet, which is expected to arrive in the Portuguese capital around May 27.

Meanwhile, in mid-Atlantic, any one of the six boats in the racing fleet could be first into port after the thrilling, 2,800-nautical mile (nm) Leg 7 from Newport, Rhode Island, which has been contested head-to-head so far.

At 1244 UTC on Friday, Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) held a tiny 0.9nm lead over MAPFRE (Iker Martínez/ESP). Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED), Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA), overall race leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) and Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) were all right on their heels (see panel above).

Later on Friday, the fleet faced a key decision on how to deal with the Azores High. Most of the weather models showed that a northern course would pay in terms of more wind, but the southern route was more direct to Lisbon.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, protecting a six-point lead over Dongfeng Race Team in the overall leaderboard after six legs, will be tempted to play safe and stay with the main pack.

Brian Carlin / Team Vestas Wind / Volvo Ocean Race


Brian Carlin / Team Vestas Wind / Volvo Ocean Race 


Brian Carlin / Team Vestas Wind / Volvo Ocean Race 


Brian Carlin / Team Vestas Wind / Volvo Ocean Race


Brian Carlin / Team Vestas Wind / Volvo Ocean Race 


Brian Carlin / Team Vestas Wind / Volvo Ocean Race

Editors' Notes: The Volvo Ocean Race

This edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is the 12th running of the 40-year-old event, which started in 1973 as the Whitbread Round the World Race.
The race started on October 4, 2014, day of the first In-Port Race in Alicante, Spain, and will finish with one last In-Port Race on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, the Swedish home of Volvo.
The 38,739-nautical mile route will include stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Newport (Rhode Island, US), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France). A 24-hour pit-stop in The Hague is scheduled between France and Sweden.
This and the next edition will be contested in a new high-performance boat, the Volvo Ocean 65, designed by Farr Yacht Design in the United States and built by a consortium of boatyards in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Switzerland.
The new 65-foot (19.8-metre) monohull racing yachts will be strictly one-design and delivered "ready to sail". The boats incorporate the latest video, satellite and content production facilities to further enhance the Onboard Reporter programme that has been in place since 2008-09.
Seven teams have been announced for the 12th edition. The all-female Team SCA are the first all-women's team to compete in the race since 2001-02. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are once again skippered by Britain's twice Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker. Dongfeng Race Team come from China and are backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle. Team Brunel from the Netherlands are skippered by race veteran Bouwe Bekking. Team Alvimedica with a double flag (Turkey/USA) will be headed by Rhode Island's Charlie Enright. A Spanish team was announced in June and is backed by insurance giant MAPFRE. Denmark's Team Vestas was the final boat to be announced in August. Chris Nicholson will be skipper.
The previous Volvo Ocean Race started in October 2011 in Alicante and was won by Groupama sailing team, skippered by Frenchman Franck Cammas, in July 2012.





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