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 18 Feb 2012
  Welcome to Sail-World Canada

Another win for Telefonica!

Another win for Telefonica, this time, they dominated the VOR Sanya Haitang in-port race just a few hours ago. Ken Read and his PUMA team were pleased with their second place; they pushed hard the entire race and came in close a few times at mark roundings but somehow, Iker Martinez always managed to distance himself again and eventually crossed the finish with a 41 seconds lead over PUMA. Tomorrow is the start of the much anticipated Leg 4 to Auckland, New Zealand via the top of the Philippines; skippers, navigators and race organizers have been glued to the weather forecast screen for the past week trying to determine how to contend with challenging monsoon season weather patterns in the South China sea. Given the 40-knot winds and 8-meter seas forecast forecast, the Volvo Ocean Race organizers have elected to split the leg in two; first stage will take place tomorrow as planned and will consist of the short in-shore race but the yachts will be kept in Sanya for a day to let the worse of the weather pass through. The offshore leg will restart within 24 hours in a staggered fashion following the finish order for the inshore event. The inshore start stage will be broadcasted live on the Internet; check the countdown clock on the official website to determine your local time!

In the southern Pacific, the Global Ocean race fleet encounters challenging conditions as they dip south towards Cape Horn. After reporting the sight of icebergs a few days ago, race leaders on Cessna Citation, are getting ready for upwind sailing through the Drake Passage. Back on shore in New Zealand, Buckley Systems have announced their retirement from the race following Ross Field's injuries sustained a few weeks ago at the start of this leg; a very unfortunate situation for the winner of Leg 1.

The Clipper Round the World Race fleet is currently racing from Singapore to Qingdoa, China in gruelling conditions. We just learned that Gold Coast Australia is diverting towards Taiwan in order evacuate an injured crew member; Australian Tim Burgess broke his leg while working on the foredeck; prevailing conditions prevent an airlift. Leading the race, De Lage Landen is beating upwind just north of Taiwan on their way to the chinese port city.

Those of you who are already planning their 2012 racing season will certainly want to have a look at the new PredictWind app for the iPhone and the Android smartphones; data from the world leader in wind forecasting in the palm of your hand!

Speaking of the 2012 racing season, announcements are coming in from various events; the Route Halifax to St. Pierre race is now accepting entries, while the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge has announced a new Sperry Top-Sider IRC trophy for this year.

Finally, with London 2012 only a few months away, it's time to familiarize yourself with the Canadian Sailing Team; in a very timely fashion, they have just announced their new website at http://canadiansailingteam.ca/ where you can read athletes bios, learn about Olympic class boats and get the latest news!

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor


Volvo Ocan race: Start in Sanya delayed due to bad weather
Thomas Pryor,
Volvo Ocean Race organisers will split Leg 4 into two stages and hold the six boats in Sanya after Sunday's leg start to allow enough time for dangerous conditions to clear, with fears that waves of up to eight metres in the South China Sea could wreak havoc with the fleet... [more]
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Clipper Round the World – Gold Coast Australia crew member injured
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Race – Gold Coast Australia has diverted to Taiwan to evacuate a crew member who broke his leg in the gruelling conditions the amateur teams are currently enduring. The high winds and heavy seas made it impossible for the search and rescue helicopter and Taiwanese Coast Guard vessel dispatched to the scene to transfer the casualty from the yacht.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Images of Sanya: The In Port Race
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman (GBR) presents this gallery of images from the In Port Race at Sanya, China - part of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders confronted with unusual conditions
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race (GOR) - Exceptional weather continues for the leaders Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis below 56S, while Phesheya-Racing rapidly reduces the distance deficit as the South Africans drop deeper into the high latitudes following severe conditions.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefónica seal victory in Sanya showdown
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Telefónica held off a fierce challenge from Puma to win the Sanya Haitang Bay In-Port Race on Saturday and extend their overall lead to 18 points before the start of Leg 4 to Auckland. Telefónica went into the race under some pressure after a last minute change of rigging and with two poor performances in the three previous in-port races.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet face challenging conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Race fleet have entered into the challenging conditions forecast by the Race Office team as they head further north past Taiwan towards the East China Sea. Joff Bailey, Clipper Race Director, says, 'The crews and skippers were briefed in Singapore that at some point during the race to Qingdao, most likely near Taiwan, the strong winds and currents would act against them... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: In-Port Race, Sanya: Replay - watch here
The Volvo Ocean Race made a spectacular return to action on Saturday with overcast skies, fresh and oscillating winds for the Sanya Haitang Bay In-Port Race (starting 0600 UTC). Flat seas and a breeze of around 20 knots combined in the protected waters of Sanya Bay to create ideal inshore racing conditions... [more]
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Global Ocean race: Buckley Systems announces withdrawal
Ross and Campbell Field announced today that Team Buckley Systems is withdrawing from the Global Ocean Race. This is a result of medical advice. Ross injured his back when their Class40 yacht crashed off a giant wave in the Southern Ocean... [more]
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For Sail-World.com, the largest sailing news network, growth continues
Sail-World.com is the largest sailing news network in the world, delivering content online via 17 sites world-wide. The Sail-World audience is commonly spending three to four times longer on Sail-World than on any other marine site world-wide.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Hot favourites and first Volvo 70 to compete
Trish Jenkins,
For the first time, a Volvo Open 70 will be competing in the RORC Caribbean 600. Some might suggest that the canting keel carbon fibre flyer could have been designed for this course. Ernesto Cortina's Gran Jotiti has a highly talented Spanish crew and could well be a contender for line honours and an overall win.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race crews prepare for gale-force Leg 4 start
Volvo Ocean Race,
Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race is set to get underway on Sunday in Sanya but, gale-force winds and deadly seas are set to make the start the toughest so far in this edition. The race's chief meteorologist Gonzalo Infante said the six Volvo Ocean Race crews would have no choice to but to enter 'survival mode' if man and boat are to escape the early days of the 5,200 nm race to Auckland unharmed.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 team line-ups confirmed
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2012 - With less than two weeks to go the Act 1 team line-ups have been confirmed, revealing a stellar cast of top professional sailors. Following the final event of 2011 in Singapore last December, the team managers and skippers have spent the last two months securing the best crews possible to help take them to overall victory in 2012.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation log iceberg sightings
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Late on Wednesday night GMT, as Phesheya-Racing crossed the bluQube Scoring Gate in the mid-Pacific, down in the ocean's south-eastern section at 56S and 1,300 miles due west of Cape Horn, the first visual confirmation of icebergs was logged by Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel on the leading GOR Class40, Cessna Citation.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Ocean Sprint started
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. 'Yesterday afternoon, all the frustrations of light wind sailing faded away as the wind started to gently fill in from the east. As the wind built we then had to change down sails and put reefs in. We thought this was the start of the strong winds that were forecast,' Stuart Jackson onboard De Lange Larden.... [more]
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Predictwind announces iPhone and Android app - Wind in your pocket!
Sail-World and PredictWind,
PredictWind have announced an iPhone and Android app which takes the use possibilities to a new level and you can now literally have a weather forecast in your pocket. Sail-World has been using this app for some months and Predictwind is probably the most used app on our iPhone. You can check the weather anywhere in the world and get a five day forecast, plus a variety of other features... [more]
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2012 Route Halifax Saint-Pierre now open for entries
Kathy Large,
The 2012 Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Race is dedicated to founder Hal Davies. Skippers are invited to register for a challenging international sailing event that connects eastern Canada and the French islands of St. Pierre et Miquelon. This 350-mile race starts in Halifax on July 8, 2012 and ends at the small French island of Saint-Pierre, which lies just off the coast of Newfoundland.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefónica change mast
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 fourth leg to Auckland kicks off on Sunday. Team Telefónica have withdrawn from Thursday's practice race after deciding to swap out their rigging before the start of leg four as a precaution.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Catch up for Financial Crisis
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race -The two leading boats have escaped the high pressure ridge that stretched across the unusually calm Furious Fifties with Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon now celebrating a successful game of catch-up and a brief spell at the front of the fleet aboard Financial Crisis. In third place, Phesheya Racing battle 40+ knot squalls as they barrel downwind towards the blueQube Scoring Gate.... [more]
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World's smallest buoyant 406 MHz PLB introduced at Miami Boat Show
John Bell,
Small and light enough to hold comfortably in one hand yet powerful enough to guide rescuers to within 100 meters or less of your position in a life-threatening emergency, the ResQLink™+ 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), is being introduced to the North American boating market this week during the Miami International Boat Show.... [more]
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New Sperry Top-Sider Trophy to be added to 2012 Lake Ontario 300
Lake Ontario 300 Media,
The Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Committee, organizer of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, is proud to announce the introduction a new Lake Ontario 300 Challenge major trophy to be awarded to the overall IRC Class Champion. Since its introduction in 2008, the IRC Class has grown from six entries in the original year to two separate divisions to accommodate 14 yachts in 2011.... [more]
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Oracle Racing returns to San Francisco Bay for training session
Oracle Racing,
Oracle Racing, Team USA for the 34th America's Cup in 2013, returned to San Francisco Bay today, commencing the first of two training sessions. The team took its two AC45 wingsail catamarans out for practice with full crews. The wind strength built into the teens in the afternoon and the session was welcomed by the sailors.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Warm water and hot racing
Trish Jenkins,
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - With less than two months to the start of the event there is still time to experience one of the best loved regattas in the Caribbean. Gold Sponsor, The Moorings is the official charter partner for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival and they offer a wide variety of modern yachts and packages to choose from.... [more]
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America's Cup - Ben Ainslie joins Oracle Racing for 34th edition
America's Cup,
34th America's Cup - Britain's most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Ben Ainslie, is all set to become a full time member of Oracle Racing for the upcoming edition on Francisco Bay in 2013. Before then, Ainslie will compete with his new team, Ben Ainslie Racing, on the America's Cup World Series circuit.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta entry list continues to grow
Michele Korteweg,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta – With less than three weeks to go before the starting gun fires the entry list continues to grow promising yet another stellar fleet for a round of 'serious fun.' As always, the entry list is comprised of the latest Grand Prix racers, timeless classics, souped-up cruising boats, and bareboat charter yachts.... [more]
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RYA Tribunal rules no further penalty for Ben Ainslie
Louise Nicholls,
The RYA Tribunal met on 9 February 2012 to consider a report dated 14 December 2011 received pursuant to the Racing Rules of Sailing Rule 69.1(c) from the International Jury at the ISAF Sailing World Championships held in Perth, December 2011.... [more]
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