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 09 Mar 2012
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Canadians are racing in Miami!

It will be a tight battle for second place to Auckland in the Volvo Ocean race fleet; Groupama has already cleared the North Cape and should be in port soon but it's still anyone's game further back! Check out Sail-World's New Zealand editor, Richard Gladwell, review of the routing options with the help of PredictWind.

Phesheya-Racing has reached Punta del Este, Uruguay, earlier this week to complete the podium in the Global Ocean Race. This last let has been particularly challenging for the South African team, they suffered equipment problems and multiple knockdowns sailing upwind along the South American coast. Leg 4 start to Charleston, South Carolina is scheduled for April 1st.

In the Clipper Round the World Race, the crew of Edinburgh Inspiring are back into racing mode again after suspending racing yesterday to transfer an injured crew member to a Japanese coast guard vessel; Alan Stewart broke his leg on in the early part of race nine from China to California. Gold Coast Australia is currently leading the fleet in a tight race around the southern tip of Japan as they make their way towards a mid-Pacific gate.

Challenging racing conditions have caused the race committee to cancel racing for two days in a row for the Star class at the 85th Bacardi Cup in Miami. Racing resumed yesterday with the Star back on the water of Biscayne Bay, joined by Viper 640, Melges 20 and 24 and J/80's; one-design racing at its best! Hebb and Nichol lead the Canadian Star team in 16th place, followed by Cramer and Lymburner in 22th. In the popular Melges 20, fellow PCYC club members are doing well with Jon Messenger leading the way. Richard Reid, the sole Canadian entry in the Melges 24 class is holding his own against a strong international contingent.


All the best, safe travels to those enjoying Spring Break away from home!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Volvo Ocean Race crew onboard Puma's Mar Mostro tough it out
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race crew onboard Puma's Mar Mostro tough it out as Amory Ross, MCM, reports: I don't know how I managed to fall asleep last night with all of the crashing – each wave sent me farther down the bunk, bare feet invading Tom's nav station – but at some point I guess I did.... [more]
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Miami Sailing Week - Five classes on Biscayne Bay
Jan Harley,
Racing today for five classes at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW). With easterly winds in the upper teens, the Stars resumed their series, joined by the Melges fleets who shared racing on one circle and the Viper 640 and J/80 classes sharing another.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet face steep seas
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet have no sooner begun dipping their toes in the waters of the Pacific Ocean than Mother Nature has issued a stern warning of what they are getting themselves into. '‘Quite fruity' would be a good way to describe conditions off the south of Japan presently,' explains Singapore's skipper, Ben Bowley.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 leaders Groupama slog towards New Zealand
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race leaders of the fourth leg of racing, Groupama Sailing Team, gave the fleet a masterclass in strong wind big wave sailing overnight as they slogged towards the New Zealand coast in truly hideous weather conditions. Despite constant slamming from mountainous waves up to eight metres and screaming headwinds over 30 knots the French team averaged speeds around 13 knots... [more]
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Maserati record attempt thwarted
Meaghan Van Liew,
The Maserati crew have returned to Charleston after their rudder was damaged while sailing toward Cape Hatteras last night. Maserati's windward rudder sustained significant damaged after hitting a chunk of wood in the Atlantic. Once in Charleston, the rudder will be immediately replaced with a spare.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Strong winds and heavy seas punctuate tactical war
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Three boats are battling for second place on Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, as they lie under 200nm to the north of New Zealand heading for the finish line in Auckland. While they are fighting each other for the prized second place, Mother Nature is almost proving to be a formidable competitor, with winds over 40kts and six metre high waves being thrown at the exhausted and starving competitors... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams frustrated
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race entry Edinburgh Inspiring Capital have been racing to close the gap on the rest of the fleet since suspending racing yesterday to medevac an injured crew member. Alan Stewart is recovering after receiving hospital treatment for a fractured leg while the crew gets back to the business of racing across the Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Podium battle
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race leader Groupama 4's 84.7-nautical mile lead could be unassailable. After 19 days at sea the pack is chasing hard, but concentrating on beating each other rather than mounting an assault on Groupama, who have just over 400 nm to go in Leg 4.... [more]
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Farr 400 – Pretty purposeful – Part II
John Curnow,
This weekend, Matt Allen's new Farr 400 will debut at the Helly Hansen Sydney Harbour Regatta. In Part I, of this article, Dee Smith, who is the Project Consultant for the pretty purposeful Farr 400, explained in terrific detail, firstly the creation of the boat and then the strict class controls that will be applied to these vessels. Now in Part II, we get to hear what owner, Matt Allen, has to s... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: The battle tightens as North Cape beckons
Richard Gladwell,
While the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race looks to be Groupama's to lose, the battle for the other two podium places has tightened over the past 24 hours. A trough of low pressure in the Tasman Sea may work in favour of both Camper and Puma as they try to make landfall at North Cape.... [more]
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Bacardi Cup day 2
Jan Harley,
Organizers of the 85th Bacardi Cup were forced to cancel racing for the second day in a row. Organizers have revised the schedule for the 67 registered Star teams to include a second race on Thursday and Friday.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: The Race Village is opened in Auckland
Penny Dain,
The fleet may still be two days away but that didn't stop the celebrations at the Auckland Stopover Race Village. Auckland Mayor Len Brown (centre) cuts the ribbon to open the Auckland Stopover Race Village watched by Port Director Tom Mayo (left) and Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad (right).... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Phesheya-Racing completes podium
Oliver Dewar,
In Leg 3 of the Global Ocean Race, the South African duo of 45-year-old Nick Leggatt and 28-year-old Phillippa Hutton-Squire, crossed the finish line in Punta del Este in third place with their Akilaria Class40, Phesheya-Racing at 16:26:20 local (18:26:20 GMT) on Wednesday 7 March, taking 38 days 16 hours 26 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the 6,300-mile course from Wellington to Uruguay... [more]
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Miami Sailing Week - Stars back on the Bay
Jan Harley,
At Miami Sailing Week, conditions for the day were near perfect as 51 teams of Star sailors headed out on Biscayne Bay for the first day of racing. Headlining Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank, the Stars will race alone through Thursday, March 8, after which they will be joined by the Viper 640, Audi Melges 20, Melges 24 and J/80 classes.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing drop into third
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing have had a tough night. Amory Ross, MCM, reports on the crew's progress: Now we're getting to the tough part of this race. I'm not talking about 35 knot headwinds, six-meter swells, or soaking wet living conditions. I'm not talking about sleepless days, exhaustive malnutrition, sunburn or frostbite. I'm talking about getting close to a finish line... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race entry Edinburgh Inspiring Capital divert
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams have undergone a dramatic 24 hours which has seen Scottish entry, Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, divert to Japan to medevac an injured crew member. Alan Stewart damaged his knee when he twisted it badly. Surgeon Stephen Wigmore advised it would be wiser for Alan to receive treatment in Japan... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Light winds or not for race finish?
Richard Gladwell,
Wednesday morning at 1000hrs, Sail-World ran a further prediction on the finish time for Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, following a change in the situation which developed 12 hours earlier. Using up to four wind and weather feeds in the routing function of www.predictwind.com!Predictwind, there are two models facing the race navigators.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta prizes awarded
Michele Korteweg,
The last day of the 32nd annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta closed in outstanding fashion yesterday evening at the traditional Prize-Giving ceremony—followed by an evening of world-class musical entertainment, headlined by Jamaican reggae legend Beres Hammond—on Kim Sha Beach.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Close encounters
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia has pulled ahead of the tightly packed fleet. The ten yachts are still roughly in a line running north east to south west as they race through the East China Sea towards the southern tip of Japan and the open Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Phesheya-Racing closing in
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - At 15:00 GMT on Tuesday, the final Class40 racing in Leg 3, Phesheya-Racing of Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire, has finally found following winds as the South African team closes in on the coast of Argentina with 205 miles remaining to the finish line.... [more]
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Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race title sponsor announced
Rich Roberts,
Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - The prominent producer of luxury cars has stepped aboard as an active title sponsor for the 65th annual offshore race.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Wind gods unleash their power
Michele Korteweg,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - On the first day of the regatta, the breeze was sharp and steady. On the second day of the annual Caribbean sailing festival, it blew harder still. But today, on the third and final day of competition, the wind gods truly unleashed their power. And the result was one of the more stirring, sensational days of racing in the legacy of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta... [more]
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J/70 Ready to Roll for New York YC Qualifiers
Stuart Johnstone,
The family pocket rocketship is nearly ready to launch! The new 'baby J' is looking sleek, sweet and sexy. Sweeping, curvy lines. Powerful, firm buttocks. Knife-like entry to part the seas. More than enough room to accommodate a crew of three in the cockpit.... [more]
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