Most of the time we seemed to be making good speed or better with ‘firehose’ conditions on deck.

And so it ends, a bittersweet finale to our round the world epic that is the Volvo Ocean Race. Even though I’ve wanted this to be over, I’m sad that (...)

Turn the Tide on Plastic at  the start of  the Newport to Cardiff leg   of the Volvo Ocean Race on May 20th. Photograph:  Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

So, we’ve rolled the dice once again! We’re into the closing stages of the Volvo Ocean Race, and the last ocean leg as we have left Newport, Rhode Isl(...)

United Nation’s team Turn the Tide on Plastic sails  in Itajai, Brazil. Photograph: Eduardo Velente/AFP

This is quite strange. For the first time in this Volvo Ocean Race we have started a stage in light winds. Since leaving Itajai in Brazil on Sunday,(...)

Alex Gough on the wheel surfing the waves on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag during the leg from Melbourne to Hong Kong. Photograph:  Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race

Of all the things that might possibly happen during the Volvo Ocean Race, falling overboard is probably my number one nightmare. Potentially hundreds (...)

 Team Vestas 11th Tour Racing arrive to Lisbon as they finish and win   Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Photograph: EPA

After six days at sea and an elongated leg over 1,450 nautical miles, Charlie Enright’s Vestas 11th Hour Racing team won the Volvo Ocean Race first st(...)

Justin Slattery onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing steers away from the fireball in the sky at sunset nearing the equator during Leg 4 from Sanya to Auckland. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. Photograph: Matt Knighton/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images

Did I mention previously that a week is a long time in ocean racing?The last seven days have been like a game of snakes and ladders with the elastic b(...)

Justin Slattery onboard Ocean Racing tails a halyard as the northerly winds build in the Pacific Ocean during Leg Four of the Volvo Ocean Race from Sanya to Auckland. Photograph: Getty Images

Back into the Doldrums once more we go and this time I’m relishing the prospect.We’re holding second on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and since last week’s r(...)

 Abu Dhabi Racing are technically leading the Volvo Ocean Race after taking a hammering in the South China Sea. Photograph: Matt Knighton/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images

We’re fewer than 1,000 miles into the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, this time heading towards more familiar waters of New Zealand after our shor(...)