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Volvo Ocean Racer 60 "Nova One" is participating in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers from Gran Canaria to St. Lucia. Started on 23rd of November in Las Palmas (Canaries) - expected to arrive in St. Lucia in about one week.

Tracking via SPOT Satellite Messenger position reports on TripSailor.com.

Follow their race: VO60 - ARC 2008 Sailing Blog
 

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What, no bimini?!:D

Seriously, that must be a sweet -- if wet -- ride. Can you tell us more about the boat, owner, and crew? What are their plans after the ARC?

Also, I thought the ARC had placed a cap on LOA for participating boats? Is it up to 60' now?
 

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well, that might be really a good idea - the ARB 2009 - Atlantic Rally for Biminis ;-). Only for real taff guys with a lot of time!

The maximum LOA at the ARC is currently 85ft. The boat is managed by an Austrian company and participating at the ARC with an Austrian skipper and a Russian crew. "Nova One" was know as "Merit" at the Whitbread Round the World Race 1997/98 were it won 2nd place. In 2001/02 she was used as trainings- yacht for the team Tyco.

After the ARC she'll stay in the caribean for a couple of weeks - before she's heading to brazil and than crossing the atlantic again.
 
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