‘A picture to paint a 1,000 words’
ALICANTE, Spain, December 1 – This graphic picture (above) shows the stricken Team Vestas Wind lying in a reef in a remote Mauritius archipelago of St Brandon after being grounded there at the weekend.
The team and race organisers are now working out the best way to recover the Volvo Ocean 65 in the Indian Ocean.
Neil Cox, shore manager of the Danish team, said: “The photo paints a pretty graphic picture of what’s going on out there. The picture tells a 1,000 words.”
He said his focus was still the security of the nine members of the crew. “We have still got nine guys sitting on what is basically a sand pit out in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
“They are still the priority. It’s a peace of mind to know they’re all safe and doing everything they can out there with the boat right now.”
Cox said that sail ropes, fluids, electronics and hardware had been taken off the boat.
The nine-strong crew abandoned ship in the early hours of Sunday morning after the collision at 19 knots at 1510 GMT the previous day and waded through knee-deep water to a dry position on the reef.
They were picked up from there at daylight by a coastguard rib and taken to the nearby Íle du Sud.
The islet has very little communications with the outside world and the crew are awaiting transportation back to Mauritius. This is expected to happen within the next 24 hours.
The National Coast Guard of the Maritime Rescue Co-operation Centre (MRCC) of Mauritius took the pictures as part of its usual operations after such an incident.
The crew have received food packages via an airdrop from a coastguard plane. It confirmed that all were uninjured in the collision.
Jalopnik and Volvo Cars Partner in Film Festival
Jalopnik, a Gawker Media Group web blog about cars, and Volvo Cars partnered in a contest where readers could submit movie scripts about "Car Culture and Why We Care". The winning script written by Casey Phillips, a political campaign consultant who had never written a movie script about cars, was chosen by a panel of judges from Gawker and Volvo.
Volvo then sponsored the production of a movie, based on the script, which premiered in New York City at the 2nd Annual Jalopnik Film Festival in early November. Of course Volvo vehicles were used in the film, a 2015 S60 used in the first scenes and the Red 1800 featured in the 'starring role' was supplied by John Holtzapple.
A gallery of behind the lens, on location photos are available for viewing on Swedespeed thanks to Chris Stewart.
Volvo S60 Wins 2015 Luxury Compact Car of the Year presented by Auto123.com
Toronto, ON. December 1st, 2014. Auto123.com has announced the 2015 winners of the 6th Annual Auto123.com Awards. Winning the 2015 Luxury Compact Car of the Year Award is the 2015 Volvo S60. The other two finalists in the category were Audi A3 and the Cadillac CTS.
“Volvo Canada is pleased to accept this award for the S60, awarded by Auto123.com” said Marc Engelen, President & CEO of Volvo Cars of Canada. “The S60 continues to be an impressive luxury sedan that offers performance, comfort and reliability and Volvo Canada is thrilled to see the continued recognition of the model.”
The 2015 Volvo S60 offers a T5 and T6 variant in both FWD and AWD; the T6 AWD also offers an R-Design badge. The Volvo S60 continues to be an integral part of Volvo’s model lineup and this award is another signal of Volvo’s commitment to craftsmanship, design and the luxury segment of automotive manufacturing.
About Volvo Cars of Canada
Volvo Cars of Canada Corporation is part of the Volvo Car Group of Gothenburg, Sweden. The company provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to the 38 Volvo automobile retailers across the country. The S60, S80 and XC60 are among only 22 vehicles that have been awarded the prestigious new Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Volvo Cars is committed to Vision 2020, our goal that no one shall be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo by the year 2020.