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 06 Apr 2012
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Leg 5 victory for PUMA!

What a finish to Leg 5 in the Volvo Ocean Race, congratulations to Ken Read and PUMA who crossed the finish line some 13 minutes ahead of Groupama in Itajai. After a phenomenal battle where the two skippers were covering each other close to shore, followed by the unfortunate mast failure on Groupama earlier this week, the PUMA crew had clear sailing conditions to Itajai ahead of them. There was one small issue though, their duel with Groupama had taken them away from the favorable conditions further out in the Southern Atlantic where Telefonica was enjoying faster speed closing in on them. Who would have thought that a 400 mile lead at the Horn could have dwindled so rapidly; the last few hundred miles were certainly interesting to follow on-line. Groupama is now back in the hunt after setting up a jury rig in Punta del Este; they have their eyes on the last podium place. The burning question on everyone's lips these days, including VOR CEO Knut Frostad, is whether the current breed of VOR 70 yachts are too fragile for the Southern Ocean conditions, or did they all run out of luck in this leg; an interesting topic to follow.

The Canadian Sailing Team is reporting challenging conditions at the 2012 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre Olympic World Cup in Palma, Spain. Best results so far are Chris Cook in third in the Finn, Clarke and Bjorn in eighth in the Start and Paul Tingley, also in eighth, in the 2.4m Paralympic class. The regatta wraps up tomorrow.

The Global Ocean Race fleet has finally said goodbye to Punta del Este, Uruguay after a 24 hour delay caused by the late arrival of a shipping container full of race supplies. Cessna Citation is currently leading the way in the South Atlantic towards Charleston, South Carolina.

Artemis Racing started training yesterday in Naples in preparation for the upcoming America's Cup World Series event; this will be event number 4 in the series. Future venues this spring include Venice in May and Newport, Rhode Island in June. Competition will be fierce in Italy, as always the action will be streamed live on the AC YouTube channel.

Finally, a contingent of young Canadian sailors are living the dream in Brazil this week-end; they are part in the South American Optimist Championship where over 150 racers are competing.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 5 victory for Puma
Volvo Ocean Race,
In Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma held firm in the face of a relentless attack from Telefónica to clinch an epic victory, crossing the finish line in Itajaí, Brazil with a winning margin of just 12 minutes after the Spanish team had threatened to complete one of the great sporting comebacks.... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre day 5 images by Jesus Renedo
Anna Parker, Sail-World,
Photographer Jesus Renedo was on hand in Palma to capture this stunning gallery of images of the action that took place on day five of the 43rd Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre Regatta.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma snatches epic wins after match race
Sail-World,
Puma Ocean racing skippered by Ken Read, held firm in the face of a relentless attack from Telefónica to clinch an epic Leg 5 victory on Friday, crossing the finish line in Itajaí, Brazil with a slim winning margin after the Spanish team had threatened to complete one of the greatest sporting comebacks.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Princesa Sofia regatta - Finn fleet day 5
Robert Deaves,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Despite suffering boat damage and back injury in the pre-start and unable to sail the first race of the day, regatta leader Ben Ainslie (GBR) still made it out for the final race in a different boat to protect his points lead and win the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre regatta with a day to spare.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama 4 prepare to rejoin Leg 5
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 leaders are currently involved in some very close racing as they approach the finish in Itajai. Meanwhile, Groupama 4's crew, with the assistance of their Shore Crew, are completing the installation of a new jury rig, which will enable them to head back out to sea tonight.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation extends
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) four double-handed Class40s are sailing downwind, after two days of bashing upwind parallel to the Brazilian coast, following the passage of a front on Thursday night with speed averages climbing. As the wind veered round from north to south-west, the Class40s took a more northerly route again and are currently 170 miles east of Florianópolis.... [more]
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Canada's Richard Clarke reports from World Sailing Cup - Lost mojo
Richard Clarke,
Yet another light tricky day off Palma, I guess that all the sailors are frustrated with the randomness of the winds but some of us are handing it better than others. We, well...lets say are not getting many breaks. I guess I should start this post talking about breaks as in breakages, we had some today that cost us places.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Ken Read - the adventure so far
Richard Gladwell,
Listed as one of the oldest sailors in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, Puma skipper Ken Read impresses many with his boyish enthusiasm and approach to life. We caught up with him the night before the start of Leg 5 and talked to him about the race so far, playing golf on Leg1, the relative speeds of the boats, campaign costs, that horrendous start to Leg 4 and more.... [more]
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Tricky conditions in Palma for the Canadian Sailing Team
Canadian Sailing Team,
Palma delivered much of the same conditions today, winds hovering around 7 knots mixed with sloppy waves. Word of the week is 'TRICKY'.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing's lead evaporates
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 19 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Nervous times they are. We're doing our absolute best but there's something very disconcerting about watching your lead evaporate sched by sched to a boat thriving in conditions we can't reach.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Princesa Sofia regatta - Finn fleet on day 4
Robert Deaves,
On day four of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre Regatta, Ben Ainslie (GBR) has been on a charge with a clear message to the other Finn sailors. Two more race wins for the 2008 Olympic champion leaves him with a 23 point lead over the 2008 Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey (USA) with Daniel Birgmark (SWE) two points further back, with just three races to sail.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica sailing 10kts faster and chew up Puma
Sail-World,
At 1900 GMT, Puma was 320 nm from the final waypoint on this leg at Florianópolis, some 30 miles south of Itajaí and 41.10 nm ahead of Telefónica. According to Volvo Ocean Race the leg winner is expected to cross the finish at 1600 GMT tomorrow. Telefonica have clawed back from a 400 nm deficit after suspending racing on March 31 for 17 hours to repair structural damage.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation leads the fleet
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) fleet of Class40s tacked away from the Uruguayan coast in unison at 20:00 GMT on Wednesday with Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough, onboard Cessna Citation leading the fleet due east into the South Atlantic, beating on port tack in northerly wind.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth day 2 - A chance to perform
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
On day 2 of the Les Voiles de St. Barth the fleet were offered a chance to perform in a variable 8-12 knot easterly breeze. The first off the line were Classic and Non-Spinnaker Racing classes.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race CEO concerned about serious damage to boats
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Knut Frostad, issued a statement on Wednesday expressing his concern at the continuing instances of boats suffering serious damage in the 2011-12 edition. Frostad, who competed in the race four times himself, said it was not acceptable to have so many incidents of boats failing in a Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Artemis Racing announce line-up
Artemis Racing,
Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, will begin training tomorrow in Naples, Italy for the fourth America's Cup World Series (ACWS) event, which gets underway on 11th April and runs to 15th April. Skipper Terry Hutchinson (USA) and the Artemis Racing crew will be competing in AC45s against eight other professional sailing crews from seven countries.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Drama as Groupama dismasted
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Groupama's dismasting while in the lead earlier today, leaves Puma with only Telefónica able to challenge them for the lead in the final stage of what has been a drama filled Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajaí. With 677 nautical miles (nm) to go to the finish line, Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) dismasted 60 nm south of Punta del Este... [more]
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America's Cup World Series – Interview with Jimmy Spithill
Tim Jeffery,
The upcoming America's Cup World Series Naples invokes fond memories for Jimmy Spithill. The Oracle Racing skipper was helmsman of the Luna Rossa Challenge 2007, which advanced to the Louis Vuitton Cup final. Spithill says he's looking forward to seeing the fans' passion from the other side.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 - Puma's fight for first place continues
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 17 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: And so the match race continues. Another day, another few tacks. Groupama and us are always within sight of each other and realistically, this could be the way it stays until the finish. We've long ago accepted the fact that we wont be getting much of a break before then!... [more]
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America's Cup: French National team withdraws from ACWS and Cup
Sail-World,
Equipe de France announces its withdrawal from the 34th America's Cup and from the America's Cup World Series 2011/2012 circuit.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama and Puma's match race continues
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - The climb up to Itajai has got its bearings since this Tuesday morning: wind on the nose in a moderate northerly wind. And this scenario is likely to remain the same through until Wednesday evening. Still within sight of the Americans, Franck Cammas and his men will have to make their way along the coast of Argentina, then Uruguay, before negotiating a sizeable transition zone... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40s Leg 4 + start Video
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race Leg 4, from Punta del Este to Charleston, started at 15:00 local (19:00 GMT) on Monday, 2nd April. Four Class40s crossed the start line and are now heading for South Carolina. Throughout a windless and cloudless morning, the GOR teams continued to load their Class40s with the final necessities of fresh vegetables and bread on the shadeless pontoons in the blistering sun.... [more]
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10 Canadian Competitors Head to Optimist SA Championship 2012
CY Staff,
The Optimist South American Championship 2012 is being held in San Isidro, Argentina from March 29 to April 8. The Club Náutico San Isidro is one of the key institutions when referring to the sports of sailing in Argentina. Located in San Isidro, a traditional sailing town to the North of Buenos Aires, the club has extensive facilities for the practice of sailing, as well as of other sports such a... [more]
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Vendee Globe update
Vendee Globe,
In about a month, Vendee Globe 2012 skipper Dominique Wavre will be done with the drydock work on his boat, Louis Burton still has not entirely secured the financing he needs to be on the start line of the Vendée Globe and Groupe Bel is back in the water.... [more]
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