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Updated my welcome page with new images. Of course my site looks good on phones. http://ift.tt/1wpDiBM #volvooceanrace

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My Mediterranean this morn #nofilters #noadjustments #justbeauty #sunrise

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Photos of Start of 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race - Alicante, Spain

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See more on board images of @team_brunel @teambrunel on my blog. http://ift.tt/1qEDEOv #volvooceanrace #sailing #regatta #extreme #spain

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#Selfie on the bow on @team_brunel @teambrunel yesterday. Editing images now of start. #WOW ! #volvooceanrace #hathead #hairyarms

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Photo Set: On Board Images ~ Team Brunel ~ Pro-Am 6 ~ 2014-2014 Volvo Ocean Race ~ Alicante, Spain

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On board Brunel for Pro-Am ~ 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race ~ Alicante, Spain

What makes the start for Volvo 65's just like any other start? You can be over.  See (and hear) for yourself. We didn't win but the good news is I got to sail Brunel from outside the harbor just about to the dock. What a powerful machine! I think I was doing 8 knots in 6 knots of breeze or something silly like that.  I was surprised how close Skipper Bouwe let to other boats on the way in.  I took the stern of a 150ft clipper ship by a boat length and then passed her on the leeward side pretty close. People on the clipper were looking at me like I was somebody who knew what he was doing.  All I kept thinking to myself is what if something happens and I am the guy responsible for 100 guys fixing a boat all nigh long so they can race to Cape Town tomorrow. I would have become a VOR legend forever.  Here are the results for the day:
Results Pro-Am 4 1. MAPFRE 13:27:32 -1pt 2. Team Alvimedica 13:28:38 - 2pts 3. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 13:29:24 - 3pts 4. Dongfeng Race Team 13:29:39 - 4pt…

Check out the video I shot on @dongfengracing @extreme40 http://ift.tt/Z9yGCJ #dongfengracing #extreme40 #volvooceanrace #alicante #spain #sailing #regatta

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Training day with Team SCA for 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race - Alicante, Spain

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Trying to make sailing look fact onboard Dongfeng Extreme 40 at Volvo Ocean Race Village in Alicante, Spain

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Team SCA at the Top of their Game ~ 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race

Team SCA are at the top of their game with over 400 days of training days and over 25,000 miles of practice on the water.  Video by Leighton O'Connor / All Rights Reserved.  #teamsca #volvooceanrace

I'm so thankful for the gifts that God has given me and His blessings. After grabbing this shot with my iPhone this morn on my way to work, I spotted a quiet homeless man. He was sitting on the sidewalk with a backpack next to him and a small basket in front of him with a few Eros in it. I had some breakfast goodies and give them to him along with a few Eros. I asked him where he was from and what his story was. We chatted for a while and I asked if I could pray with him. He said yes and I put my hand on his shoulder and I prayed out loud. His eyes filled up. I told him I loved him and God loved him. Open your heart today and pray with a stranger or friend and tell them they are loved. You'll be surprised what it will do for the both of you.

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I'm so thankful for the gifts that God has given me and His blessings. After grabbing this shot with my iPhone this morn on my way to the media center I spotted a quite homeless man. He was sitting on the sidewalk with a backpack next to him and a small basket in front of him with a few Eros in it. I had some breakfast goodies and give them to him along with a few Eros. I asked him where he was from and what his story was. We chatted for a while and I asked if I could pray with him. He said yes and I put my hand on his shoulder and I prayed out loud. His eyes filled up. I told him I loved him and God loved him. Open your heart today and pray with a stranger or friend and tell them they are loved. You'll be surprised what it will do for the both of you.

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Looking forward to catching a ride.with @team_sca today.The team with the most training days. #teamsca #volvooceanrace #alicante #spain #espana #extreme #sailing #regatta

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Newbies need to sell sailing, not experts

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Newbies need to sell sailing, not experts. Published on October 7, 2014|

Scuttlebutt contributor Leighton O’Connor has been in Alicante,Spain to experience the launch of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. After mingling in the crowds, and getting on the water last weekend for the In-Port and Pro-Am races, Leighton has gain perspective not only of the event, but what might be a hurdle in getting new people into sailing…

It was my first day at the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Alicante, so I decided to go for a stroll through their race village. Two of the Volvo 70s from the 2005-2006 race, The Black Pearl and the Brasil 1, were on display and giving tours. I signed a release to go on board Brasil 1, and was handed a helmet and flash light to go below decks. I was below for a few minutes, saw some very excited kids enjoying the tour, but it was too hot for me so I went topsides. Upon leaving the boat, I thought to myself how cool it was to have this kind of access, but it didn’t really sink in…

On Board Images - 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race - Alicante Pro-Am Race

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