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 07 Oct 2011
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Plenty on the menu while we look forward to the Volvo Ocean Race!

Toronto was host to the 2011 Albacore International Championships in late September where 54 entries from Canada, the USA and the UK competed in the event. Check out the full report from Canadian Albacore Associate executive member Ken Yamazaki

The Volvo Ocean Race teams finally met on the water for the qualifying race earlier this week; even though this simply a requirement for the teams to demonstrate safety procedures and their ability to deal with offshore emergencies, it was the first real opportunity for the yachts to race against each other. Although some skippers stated they won't worry too much about the results, I am sure everyone wants to win. The next time they meet will be the Allicante In-Port race on October 29th.

Sardinia's Porto Cervo is host to the Audi TP 52 World Championships this week; Quantum Racing (USA) is at the top of the leader board but only lead by a single point. Racing was eventually canceled today with the Mediterranean Mistral piped up to 40 knots! Racing resumes tomorrow.

Gold Coast Australia is back in the lead on day 2 following the fleet departure from Cape Town. It should be interesting to find out if their current strategy of taking a more direct westerly route pays off against those who have opted to dip South early on.

In the Global Ocean Race, half the fleet can now select a more southerly route after getting past the Cape Verde Islands. Champagne de France is still in the lead but will soon have to contend with the Doldrums as they get nearer the equator on their way to the South Atlantic scoring gate set a few hundred miles off the Brazilian coast.

Sebastian Rogues (716) was victorious in the first stage of the La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.5. He was soon followed in Funchal, Madeira by David Raison on the blunt nose TeamWork Evolution who came in less than a half-hour behind Rogues. The fleet is getting ready for the start of Leg 2 from Madeira to Bahia, Brazil on October 13th.

Stay safe on the water!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




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Sail-World Canada,
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Volvo Ocean Race - Royal send off for qualifier
Lizzie Ward,
The Volvo Ocean Race teams were given a royal send off today as they went head to head for the first time in a qualifying race held just three weeks before the start in Alicante. Spain's Crown Princess Letizia was officially declared godmother to Telef├│nica at a pre-race ceremony on the dock at the Alicante Race Village.... [more]
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Audi TP52 World Championship images by Borlenghi and Trombetta
Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta,
Audi TP52 World Championship 2011 images from photographers Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia regain lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Australian team at the front of the fleet has switched overnight as South African skipper, Juan Coetzer, on Geraldton Western Australia conceded his lead to Australian skipper Richard Hewson on Gold Coast Australia. As the two teams rounded the Cape of Good Hope at the start the 4,800-mile race to their homeland, the overall leaders regained pole position... [more]
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2011 Albacore International Championships
Ken Yamazaki,
54 boats from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom competed in the biennial Albacore International Championships event which ran from September 16th to 23rd. Two practice races were held on Friday afternoon in light winds. The competition began on the Saturday with the first two days also being the Canadian championships.... [more]
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TP52 World Championships day 4 - Mistral conditions in Porto Cervo
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championships - When the Mistral whistled in to break the deadlock at the top early this morning it was the local team on Azzurra which won, but fourth place for Quantum Racing allows the current world champions to move one point clear in the title race which will be decided Saturday.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet enter Cape Verde Islands
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race leader Campagne de France reached the Cape Verde Islands shortly before midnight on Wednesday after ten days of racing in Leg 1 from Mallorca to Cape Town. As the Franco-British duo of Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron left the island of Sal to port and entered the 150-mile wide archipelago, Ross and Campbell Field on board BSL followed in second place... [more]
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TP52 World Championships day 3 – Quantum Racing on count back
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi TP52 World Championships - Patience may have been a key virtue as the early lack of breeze again imposed a delay to the start of the third day of racing. Defending world champions Quantum Racing lost no time in establishing themselves at the front of race four which they lead from start to finish.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Uncomfortable night for teams
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - 'Gutted, absolutely gutted, that's how we feel on Welcome to Yorkshire at present,' reports a disappointed Rupert Dean this morning. Explaining the reasons for his dark mood, the skipper of the English entry says, 'We started this race to Geraldton in fine form, got ourselves into a good position over the start line and were in third place at the windward mark... [more]
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TP52 World Championships day 2 - Paramount Park Murcia on top
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 4 to Geraldton WA underway
Heather Ewing,
The ten teams taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race have set off on Race 4 of the 15-race series. Race 4 started under cloudless blue skies and a brisk south easterly breeze of 15 to 20 knots. Gold Coast Australia was first to cross the line, marked at one end by the South African Navy mine hunter, San Umzimkulu.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race launches Keep the Oceans Clean! initiative
Volvo Ocean Race,
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma enters the spotlight
Volvo Ocean Race,
With less than one month until the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, Puma Ocean Racing skipper Ken Read is urging his crew to keep their ‘blinders on', ignore the bar-talk and remain focused as they arrive in Alicante, Spain.... [more]
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La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - Rogues wins first stage
Veronique Largeau,
La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - S├ębastien Rogues, on Eole Generation-GDF SUEZ, has won the first stage of the race (overall before jury). He covered 1148 miles at the average speed of 5.40 knots in eight days 20 hours 46 minutes and 43 seconds.... [more]
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TP52 World Championship day 1 – Tied at the top
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi TP52 World Championship - Tony Langley and his core crew of Gladiator, complemented this week by American tactician Chris Larson and Spanish navigator Nacho Postigo, bolted together two excellent races in very light, streaky winds to lead the Championship off Porto Cervo's Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Sardinia on countback after the first day of racing.... [more]
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La Charente-Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50 lead changes
Veronique Largeau amended Sail-World.com,
La Charente-Maritime Bahia PR Transat 6.50 - The fleet starts to converge toward Porto Santo before steering for Madeira's main island. The first protos are expected tomorrow afternoon. Remember, that the first leg's finish line is located in front of Funchal in the south of the island.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet headed down the coast
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 has now wrapped up the first week of racing for Leg 1 which has taken the fleet 1,300 miles from the start port in Palma, Mallorca, out into the North Atlantic, along the coast of Morocco to the Canary Islands completing approximately 20 per cent of the 6,800 mile route to Cape Town.... [more]
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La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 – Cold front expected
Veronique Largeau amended by Sail-World.com,
La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - A cold front with rather strong east to south-east flow is expected, freshening for Saturday and Sunday. Aeolus is playful these days ... And yesterday's bet did not pay off. If last evening, it appeared good for the supporters of the Western option, it is clear that the night changed the deal. Not good at all that near the active cold front... [more]
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Melges 24 US Nationals Championship - Its a tie after day 2
Joy Dunigan,
The second day of racing at the 2011 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship produced super tricky, light air conditions on Lake Geneva. Race one commenced under perfect fall like conditions with a light 8-10 knots of breeze out of the east but super shifty conditions were in store for the 38-strong fleet.... [more]
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La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 – Challenging conditions
Veronique Largeau amended Sail-World.com,
La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - The weather situation on the water is as complicated to understand as it is interesting to monitor. Also, two trends stand out. First, the majority of the both fleets sail upwind on port tack (wind comes from the left) and attempting to move westward at speeds between three and six knots.... [more]
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