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 05 May 2012
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Laser and Star Worlds are on!

Pre-Olympic competitions are on the menu again this weekend with the Laser Worlds Championships in Germany, while the Star class is back in Hyères, France for the Star Worlds. The Canadian Sailing Team is well represented at both events. In other Olympic news, the International Sailing Federation has finalized their decision on the sailing equipment to be used in the 2016 Brazil games; I must admit I am a bit surprised with the outcome as we end up with many boats catering to similar athlete types.

The worst news for the CST is today's announcement that kite boarding will replace windsurfing in 2016; while I was aware of the on-going discussions to include kite boarding in the international World Cup and Championships events, I expected a much slower introduction of this exiting sport on the Olympic scene. Check out our reports from the ISAF meetings for the details!

Although recent weather patterns have forced the boats to commit to different routes, the leaderboard remains unchanged in the Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet sails north of the Virgin Islands on their way to Miami. With less than a hundred miles separating them, it is still anyone's game in the prevailing light air conditions.

Tuesday May 1st in Charleston, South Carolina, Cessna Citation won Leg 4 of the Global Ocean Race after leading the entire way; Financial Crisis soon followed them 23 hours later. The Dutch and South African Class40's crossed the finish line on Thursday with Phesheya-Racing taking third and Sec. Hayai placing fourth. All boats are now safely in port looking ahead to the final leg across the Atlantic back to France on May 20th.

Finally, we share the grief of our colleagues in the California racing community following a second tragic accident early in the 2012 racing season. An aura of mystery still shrouds the most recent losses of life in the Newport to Ensenada race as the investigation continues. Our deepest condolences to families and friends of the Aegean crewmembers.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor


Rio 2016 Olympics - Kiteboarding to replace Windsurfing
Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition final event and equipment selections has been confirmed by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The ISAF Council voted that Kiteboarding will replace Windsurfing for the men's and women's board events and confirmed the equipment that will be used for the Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull Events.... [more]
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2012 Laser World Championships kick off!
Canadian Sailing Team,
Very interesting and challenging first day at the 2012 Laser World Championships. Wind was a very shifty off shore breeze with lots of pressure differences. Wind strength ranged from 3 knots to 10 knots. A solid day for most of the Canadians today.... [more]
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Mystery of Newport to Ensenada fatal yacht race accident continues
Greg Hardesty,
At 77, veteran sailor Chuck Brewer knows his way around the waters off Orange County and beyond – including the Coronado Islands off Baja California where, nearly a week ago, four yachtsmen lost their lives in a mysterious accident during the annual Newport Beach to Ensenada race.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Kiteboarding ousts Windsurfer for 2016
In a completely unexpected move, the ISAF Council has voted to have Kiteboarding as an Olympic Event for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.... [more]
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Star Worlds 2012 - the Eve of the Championships - Field + Video
Jason Georgaris,
The 2012 Star Worlds - the eve of the 2012 Chmapionships - A practice race was held today. All the top sailors are on hand to try and claim the prestigious trophy while many still trying to qualify for the Olympics.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Out of control onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 13 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: It's a good thing we're floating in a lawless land because closer to shore someone might charge our sails with assault and battery for the inflicted violence it continues to exact on our rig.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: NACRA17 chosen as the Mixed Multihull class for 2016
On the second day of its Mid-Year meeting in Sestra, Italy, the ISAF Council have voted in favour of the NACRA17 being the class/equipment for the new Mixed Multihull event to be sailed at the 2016 Olympics. The Council vote was decisive at 20 votes to 15 - an improvement over the Events Committee where the NACRA17 only made it as preferred boat by virtue of the Chairman, Chris Atkins' casting... [more]
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Is your vessel Ocean Safe Certified?
Ian Thomson,
As boaters, the ocean is our playground, and for some, it is our office. Every day we go out on the water we make an impact on our ocean, yet so many people are unaware of that very impact. So here are some alarming stats for you:... [more]
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Laser World Championship - Black flag for fleets on day 1
Deike Mary Flemming,
At the 2012 Laser World Championship, the first race of the qualification regatta got underway on Friday 4 May at 13:00. Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots caused two starts under the black flag for both the blue and the red fleet. The second start was delayed and the course was redesigned due to wind shifts to a westerly direction.... [more]
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China's Lijia Xu – firming as London 2012 Laser Radial favourite
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The top performing Women's Laser Radial sailor on the 2011- 2012 World Cup circuit has been China's 24 year old Lijia Xu, who just won her third Gold medal of this season at the Semaine Olympique Francaise. This now positions her atop the ISAF Laser Radial Standings.... [more]
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Olympic Skiff Selection for 2016 - RS900 dream ends
Martin Wadhams,
Naturally, we are hugely disappointed that the RS900 has not been selected as the women's Olympic skiff. It was recommended for selection by ISAF's Equipment Committee who carried out the most detailed examination of all the entrants and judged it to best fit the criteria – a spectacular boat that would suit the size of sailors specified.... [more]
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Four times Laser World Champ Slingsby starts title defence in style
Craig Heydon,
Tom Slingsby's World Championship title defence is off to an ideal start, with the Australian ending day one of the 2012 Laser World Championship with a perfect scorecard.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Tough tactical decisions for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefonica skipper, Iker Martinez, commented that 'The tactical decisions are tough and often we have to adapt them as we go.' Today, at 1900 GMT Telefonica had risen up the leg leaderboard to seize second place from Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS).... [more]
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2016 Olympic Womens Skiff chosen after tense political stoush
Richard Gladwell,
The FX by Mackay Boats carried the day after a tense debate over the choice of the selection of class, for the Olympic Womens Skiff, on opening day of the ISAF Council Meeting in Stresa, Italy. The FX had undergone eight months of development, particularly in the rig, which is carried on a 49er hull, designed by Julian Bethwaite and selected for the Mens Skiff event at the 2000 Olympics in Sydn... [more]
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Mackay FX confirmed as Women's Skiff equipment for Rio 2016
ISAF has now confirmed that the FX by Mackay Boats has been selected for the Women's Skiff event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. ISAF Council considered the recommendations of the Evaluation Panel, the Equipment Committee and the Events Committee and, after a comprehensive discussion, voted with the majority of members in favour of the Mackay FX.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama follow Americans as fleet scatter
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race fleet is scattering out, offshore of Saint Barth, whilst the tradewinds have eased considerably since last night. This general stalling is also an opportunity to switch strategy, like the three leaders, who have split away in three different directions, Groupama 4 having opted to follow the American trajectory. As such there are some serious options up for grabs... [more]
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Canadian Yachting Association – Help shape the future of sailing
Canadian Yachting Association,
Canadian Yachting Association Nominating Committee is calling for nominations from interested individuals who are prepared to help shape the future of the sport of sailing in Canada. Candidates for election to the Board must be at least 18 and be a member in good standing of a member club, class or other member organization.... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup preview
The 2012 PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup is set to take place from 5-11 May with everyone preparing for more high-octane racing as the slalom fleet head to Asia, South Korea. The second leg of the tour is guaranteed to be an exciting event, as competitors go head-to-head at one of the most challenging spots of the year. The beautiful Jinha beach will once again be thrust into the limelight... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - High speeds to be replaced by slow conditions
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, as the fleet racing in Leg 6 enter the final 1,300 nautical miles to the finish in Miami, the breeze is softening. The high boat speeds, which allowed Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA), Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) and Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) to achieve in excess of 500-mile days, will evaporate and be replaced... [more]
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ISAF Mid-Year Meetings: Decisions made in Events Committee
Sail-World's sources report that a couple of key decision have been made at the ISAF Events Committee Meeting in Stresa, Italy. The Events Committee met to consider, amongst other business, which of the classes should go forward as a recommendation to the ISAF Council for the two new Olympic Events, the Mixed Multihull and the Womens Skiff. Both would come into the 2016 Olympics... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Podium positions in Race 10 announced
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After fighting off stiff competition and keeping their yachts moving in fickle winds, all three podium positions in race ten have been announced. Gold Coast Australia was once again victorious finishing in first place out of the ten-strong fleet in the race from San Francisco Bay to Panama.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis secures second
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race (GOR) - Italian-Slovak duo of Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo, onboard Akilaria Class40 Financial Crisis, completed the 5,700-mile leg four course from Punta del Este to Charleston at 04:22:59 GMT (00:22:59 local) securing second place just under 24 hours behind the winners, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough with Cessna Citation.... [more]
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US Sailing to conduct independent review of Crewed Farallones Race
Amy Larkin,
The United States Coast Guard has requested that US Sailing, the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing, conduct an independent review of the sailing accident that occurred during the 2012 Crewed Farallones Race from San Francisco, CA that resulted in the deaths of five sailors.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation takes Leg 4 victory
Oliver Dewar,
In the Global Ocean Race, the Kiwi-Australian duo of Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough took first place in Leg 4 from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to South Carolina with Akilaria RC2 Class40 Cessna Citation, crossing the finish line off Charleston at 05:45:00 GMT (01:54:00 local) on Tuesday morning.... [more]
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Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - Search for missing sailor continues
Rich Roberts,
Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - A gloomy gray overcast day with late arriving sailors coming wearily off the water to learn in hushed conversations of disbelief that three - and probably four - of their colleagues had perished on the way... all that set a subdued tone for Sunday's normally fun-filled windup of the regatta.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Eighth victory for Gold Coast Australia
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - With this morning's confirmation of Gold Coast Australia's eighth victory, the battle for the final podium positions in race ten continues. 'I am ecstatic with my crew's performance in light fickle winds and extreme heat,' reveals Gold Coast Australia skipper, Richard Hewson, after his team crossed the finish line at 0844 UTC.... [more]
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