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 18 Dec 2011
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Great results for Canadian Sailing Team!

Very good results this week from the Canadian Sailing Team at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth Australia; Canada closes the event on a high note with Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn securing an Olympic berth in the Star class. In the RS:X Men, Zac Plavsic just failed to qualify in Perth with a 12th place finish ; he needed to post a top ten to secure his way to London.These excellent results, including a first place in Race 3 earlier this week, should boost his confidence and help him qualify at the upcoming Bay of Cadiz World later this month.

A cold front is impeding progress for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, as a result all the yachts are still heading East with no one breaking away North towards the final destination for this leg in Abu Dhabi. Actually, even though the next port is the capital of the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf, the fleet will rendez-vous in an undisclosed location and convoy through the Arabian Sea with a heavy security ship to protect them from pirates. They will race a final short leg into Abu Dhabi once the reach the safer waters of the Persian Gulf. Five of the yachts are currently within 35 miles of each other, with Groupama a little further South in better breeze.

In the Southern Ocean, the Global Ocean Race fleet facs challenging conditions as they race at the ice limit safety zone at 45 degrees South. Fast reaching for the past few days, Cessna Citation is in the lead as they make their way past Australia's Cape Leeuwin towards Wellington, New Zealand. No rest for the foreseeable future though.

After an west to east Atlantic crossing of just over nine days, François Gabart reach Britanny France to earn first place in the Transat B to B. The youngest skipper in the race on board the 60 foot IMOCA has secured a spot in the next vendee Globe. A protege of Michel Desjoyaux, as a pair in the recent Barcelona World Race on Foncia, they were in a battle for the lead when they a mast breakage forced them to retire near Cape Town..

Banque Populaire V keeps posting new reference times in their Jules Verne Trophy attempt; currently in the Southern Pacific, Loick Peyron's team has a comfortable lead of near 1200 miles over Groupama's previous record, that is over three days after only 25 days at sea. The record book will likely need updating, as long as nothing breaks.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




ISAF Sailing World Championships - Six Olympic berths for Canada
John Curtis,
At the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, fantastic sailing conditions were delivered for what was to be the Canadians' final day. Action kicked off with the medal race in the Star class with the Canadian team of Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn holding down the final spot for medal race contention. The medal races took place very close to the shore which made for great racing entertainment.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders beyond the ice limit and dropping south
Oliver Dewar,
In the Global Ocean Race, the five strong fleet of double-handed Class40s were battered as they crossed the most remote area of the Indian Ocean in the midst of a cold front and deep low pressure system. The two lead boats, Cessna Citation and BSL, have dropped to 48S after their crossing of the Celox Sailing Scoring Gate at Kerguelen Island.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships come to a 'golden' end in Perth
Perth 2011,
The closing day of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia allowed for the very best of grandstand sailing to be displayed in the midst champagne conditions. Spectators snapped up every available seat and space around Bathers Bay to watch as the final four world titles were decided in the women's 470, 49er, men's RS:X, and Laser classes.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Latest images
Richard Langdon and Paul Kane,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships action images from photographers Richard Langdon and Paul Kane.... [more]
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Action shots from the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth
Various Photographers,
At the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia, Olympic hopefuls are vying for the chance to represent their respective countries at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Photographers Richard Langdon, Paul Kane, and Alex McKinnon were on the water in Perth on 17th December to snap these shots of the competitors in action. Enjoy!... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Buckley Systems pushing hard
Ross and Campbell Field,
Ross Field reports from aboard Buckley Systems deep in the Southern Ocean as they are pushed around by 40 knot winds in the race to Wellington: Some would question our sanity if they saw what went on these small 40 footers, deep in the southern ocean. It is freezing cold and all those things we have talked about, but the motion is unbelievable... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - 45 nations qualify for London 2012
ISAF,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Over the last two weeks of racing in Fremantle, Australia, 45 nations have qualified their country to compete at the London 2012 Sailing Olympics being held in Weymouth and Portland next summer. On the penultimate day of racing at Perth 2011 the final Laser spots and the Men's RS:X and Women's 470 places were taken ahead of tomorrow's live Medal Races... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet face fierce conditions
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - With a low pressure system sweeping eastwards below the double-handed, Class40s, many boats have switched to survival mode as a force nine gale blasts squalls and intensely strong south-westerly wind through the fleet's narrow corridor between 42S and 45S in the Indian Ocean's Roaring Forties.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Long week for Canada
John Curtis,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Well the Doctor was back but not with the 30 knots everyone says is the usual strength of the Doctor. I think Australians are a little like Texans - they like to exaggerate.... [more]
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Royal Canadian YC Old Finn Farts Regatta set for August 2012
Paul Henderson,
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club's Old Finn Farts Regatta is a celebration of 60 Years of Finn sailors domination of Olympic Sailing and the next edition is set to take place August 25-26th, 2012. 'When someone asks what boat you raced in and the answer is 'Finn' there are no other questions to be asked as that meant you were good and enjoyed the camaraderie of this unique and wonderful group...'... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Southern Ocean bares its teeth
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet have been at sea on a journey that has reached 17 days and a distance of 4,000 miles of hard racing. They are now set to undergo the toughest sailing so far in Leg 2 from Cape Town to Wellington, New Zealand as the Southern Ocean bares its teeth.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Great day for Canada
John Curtis,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - A great day on the water for Canada today!!! The Fremantle Doctor was back and Canada was firing on all cylinders.... [more]
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Gold fleet action and Olympic berths in Perth!
Canadian Yachting Association,
The wind in Perth (Fremantle) was not quite as fickle as yesterday. Sailors were greeted with light to moderate south easterly breezes from 8-12 knots with less variation in wind strength. The 49ers has been split into 3 fleets (Gold, Silver and Bronze), with only one race for each fleet today. Canada's top 49ers teams Cook/Lowden and Ladha/Inkpen were sailing in the silver fleet.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica under threat in the Indian Ocean
Sophie Luther,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are tonight pushing their way through the Indian Ocean on Leg 2 which takes them from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE. The overall leader, Telefonica skippered by Iker Martinez (ESP), is now facing threat from backmarkers.... [more]
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Transat B to B - François Gabart takes victory
Transat B to B,
Scorching across the finish line (safety gate offshore of Spain) at 23 h 11 min 30 sec, this Wednesday 14 December, François Gabart on Macif takes victory in the Transat B to B 2011... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Great sailing for Banque Populaire V
Brian Thompson,
It is now day 21 in the Jules Verne Trophy for the crew of Maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V. Brian Thompson on progress to date - 'Going upwind at 57S is going to bring some impressive wind chill numbers! Water was at 2C a few hours ago and is now at 5C. We are at the Latitude of Aberdeen in Scotland and Juneau in Alaska.'... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Fickle conditions for Canadians
John Curtis,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Another fluky day and no house calls by the Fremantle Doctor. Although warmer temperatures have returned, the cloud cover seemed to prevent the sea breeze from establishing itself. The RS:X fleet only finished one race for each fleet and the 49'ers only had two races per fleet rather than the three that were planned.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the African Coastal Cruise + Video
Volvo Ocean Race MCM's,
Images from on board the Volvo Ocean Racers as the crawl and haul their way up the southern African coast, in light airs, on leg 2 headed for Abu Dhabi. Not an easy time for navigators and skippers, as key decisions have to be made.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 preview
Trish Jenkins,
The RORC Caribbean 600 fourth edition looks set to stage a David versus Goliath battle in just over two months with a number of superyachts keen to do battle with each other whilst circumnavigating 11 Caribbean Islands, starting and finishing in Antigua. Those superyachts entered so far range from 35m (114ft) to 66m (216ft) and will make an impressive sight as they line up for the start.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Complex weather conditions
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) - Complex weather conditions in the middle of the Indian Ocean between 40S and 50S are forcing some tough decisions in the double-handed, Class40 fleet. Furthest north, Phesheya-Racing and Financial Crisis have made painful tacks to the south-west, beating away from the path of a vicious low pressure system... [more]
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Bullet for Canada!
Canadian Yachting Association,
The Doctor wasn't needed today, as a solid SSE system breeze and some localized showers brought plenty of breeze and with it a great degree of variety to the race courses. Winds again ranged from as little as 7 knots to upwards of 20 knots in the localized squalls. The variance in the breeze was to the liking of some and chagrin of others.... [more]
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Canadian fleets off to a strong start in week two!
Canadian Yachting Association,
The 'Doctor' took a break for today as the day began overcast with an offshore breeze. After a gentle start to the day the breeze slowly built topping out in the low twenties. Race one across the majority of courses was in a building breeze, starting in and about 10 knots and finishing up in the mid-teens. Race two was mid-teens to the low twenties depending on the course area you were on.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Plavsic wins RS:X race
John Curtis,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Big day for Canada on the RSX Course today. Zachary Plavsic finished first in race three today. This is the first time a Canadian has won a race in the RSX class at a World Championship. Way to go Zac!!! Zac's coach Kevin Stittle was very pleased for Zac. Stittle said ' Zac was in control. It was not just a lucky race. He really worked for it.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy: Banque Populaire knocks over three days off record
Banque Populaire Media,
Less than a week after crossing the Cape of Good Hope and their entry into the Indian Ocean, the crew of the Maxi Banque Populaire V have crossed the Cape Leewin at 9:29am on Saturday 10th October, getting once again a new reference time between these two Capes. After 17 days 23 hours 57 minutes and 18 seconds at sea since leaving Ushant. Includes three videos of fast sailing in the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Day 10
John Curtis,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships – It was the coldest day yet. The locals were all complaining and it was 25 degrees. I have to admit even the hardy Canadian's noticed it was not hot. I am sure this will sound funny back home but the difference between 25 and 35 is noticeably 'cool'.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships – Solid day for Clarke and Bjorn
John Curtis,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - The only Canadian's sailing today were Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn in the Star fleet. They had a solid day with a 12th in the first race and a sixth in the second. Richard explained that 'it was a one sided races course in the first race - that was pretty obvious, but I was not going to try to win the pin in the first race of a World Championships'... [more]
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Canada earns Olympic berths in all four classes
Canadian Yachting Association,
The medal race is all that remains for the first week competitors at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Unfortunately for Canadian supporters we don't have any athletes in the much desired Medal race. We did have some solid finishes for the Canadian squad today. Nikola Girke in the women's RSX class led the charge putting up a second in the final race and securing an Olympic berth.... [more]
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