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 24 Dec 2012
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The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is on!

Wild Oats XI, big boats are favourite in the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race  Andrea Francolini / Rolex ©
It's that time of year again; crews and yachts are getting ready down under for the annual boxing ritual as they keep an eye on the weather forecast for the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The 68th edition of the iconic event promises to bring the usual excitement for a fleet ranging from line honour favourite Wild Oats XI, A Reichel-Pugh 100 to a number of much smaller thirty some footers. They come from all over the world, some, like the former Volvo 60 Ambersail, have even traveled from as far as Lithuania to join the fleet in Sydney Harbour.

Rail Meat of a different kind - the bears of the Kid's Cancer Project, powered by Patrice Six. - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race  © Alex McKinnon

Sail-World will bring you all the stories and images as the yachts set sail on December 26th!

The situation hasn't changed much in the Vendée Globe as Gabart and Le Cléac'h, the two leaders, are pretty much copying each other's every move. Earlier this week, Bernard Stamm on Cheminées Poujoulat opted to stop at the Auckland Islands to perform some much needed repairs on his hydro generators; a problem that has plagued him since sailing along the Portuguese coast many weeks ago. As a result, he has let Alex Thompson take over fourth place in the race.

Bernard Stamm, Cheminées Poujoulat - 2012 Vendee Globe  Vincent Curutchet / DPPI

Back home, we have received fantastic news from the Sail Canada offices; Canadians will chair three committees at the International Sailing Federation and six others will be involved as regular committee members. A great opportunity for Canada to help shape the future of the sport of sailing.

Merry Christmas to all!


Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 - Big boats favourites to win race
Jim Gale,
The weather forecast for the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 will certainly give big boats a considerable edge in the 628-nautical mile off shore ocean racing as 20-knot southerly breeze provides a humdinger of a start of what would be a fast and furious edition of Australia's premier sailing classic.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race 2012-2013 - Le Cam breaks away, Stamm in trouble
Vendee Globe,
Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) was still working this morning (his night) to try and fix his hydrogenerators, re-join the race and preserve any hope of a place on the podium. The weather has hardened, with 16-18 knot northwesterlies sweeping down on the Auckland Islands, but Stamm has shelter in Sandy Bay, Enderby Island, in the northeast of the Archipelago.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Onboard Wild Oats XI
Andrea Francolini,
Andrea Francolini brings you action from the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 Line Honours favourite Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI... [more]
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ISAF Appointments
Sail Canada,
Hot on the heels of Brian Todd's (NS) election as a Vice President of the International Federation for Disabled Sailing, Sail Canada nominees have been appointed to key positions in the committee structure of the international Sailing Federation.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Alex McKinnon's dockside pictures
Alex McKinnon,
2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Photographer Alex McKinnon was out and about on the quay at the CYCA to capture the day's dockside action.... [more]
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BarzOptics poised to polarise the Canadian sailing and sport market
Jeni Bone,
Aussie polarised sunglasses brand, BarzOptics have finalised a deal for distribution in Canada.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – conjecture is the current winner
John Curnow,
Indeed, conjecture itself really does appear to be on target for both Line Honours and the Overall Winner at present. One thing that has settled down a little in to recognisable pattern is the weather. Boxing Day should be the favoured Southerly start with the accordant spinnakers.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Stamm diverts to make repairs
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012-13 skipper Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) has found shelter in the Auckland Islands, 250 miles south of New Zealand, on Sunday morning, after diverting at around 1700hrs UTC on Saturday to try to make repairs to his boat, ostensibly the hydrogenerators.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Alex McKinnon pictures from VO60 - Merit
Alex McKinnon,
2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Photographer Alex McKinnon joined the crew of VO60, Merit, for their training run on a delightfully sunny Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Skype - key event communication tool for Rolex Sydney Hobart race
TetraMedia's IT Team,
Two Swedish techno-nerds Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis spent the noughties revolutionizing music distribution and then telephony in the 21st century.... [more]
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America's Cup: Merry Christmas from Emirates Team NZ
Emirates Team NZ,
2012 has been a long hard year for everyone at Emirates Team New Zealand. For most of the team the holidays are a chance to relax, refresh and recharge the batteries before what will be a massive year in 2013- the year of the 34th America's Cup. Here they wish all their fans, sponsors and suppliers a Merry Christmas... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Mike Golding struggles to find speed on boats ahead
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe skipper Mike Golding (Gamesa) faces a race this morning not to get entangled in the bubble of high pressure south of Tasmania and watch Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) sail away. Golding was not alone in scratching his head as to why Le Cam dived south 36 hours ago. It may be clearer this morning, but in his morning message Golding was confident he would also escape with Le Cam.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Notice of Race for 2014-2015 edition released
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 will start to allow two extra crew members for In-Port Race, making it only one of the several changes made for the next edition of the world's premier offshore sail racing event.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race – Gabart, Le Cléac'h neck-to-neck into sixth gate
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe Race 2012-2013 has suddenly become a heated two-man race between leaders MACIF's skipper Francois Gabart and Banque Populaire's Armel Le Cléac'h as the two seasoned sailors are currently in a tight battle heading into the sixth ice gate of the round-the-world race.... [more]
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Sailing Rope Secrets for Safety and Security
John Jamieson,
How many times have you tied a knot, bend, or hitch and had it untie itself? Did you know that you can beef the security of any sailing knot in less than ten seconds?... [more]
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Vendee Globe - What separated the best from the rest? + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, sailing their own match race into the open wilds of the Pacific, the leading duo have begun to extend away again. But not from each other. Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) said he could see Francois Gabart (Macif), no more than two miles away they passed the Auckland Islands, on the radar overnight.... [more]
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Skippers' Plan launches social media trivia contest | Win TIBS tickets
Heather Robertson,
Skippers' Plan, Robertson & Robertson Yacht Insurance returns to the 2013 Toronto International Boat Show - held in the Direct Energy Centre January 12-20, 2012. Embracing social media, Skippers' Plan takes on a unique way of generating excitement about the show, and Skippers' Plan, Robertson & Robertson Yacht Insurance returns to the 2013 Toronto Boat Show... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - First official entry for 2014-15 edition named
Barcelona World Race,
GAES has presented its team for the Barcelona World Race 2014-15. Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín will make up the crew on board GAES Centros Auditivos. This move sees the Barcelona based company renewing its sponsorship commitment to the regatta and also means the first official entry has now signed-up for the third edition of the competition.... [more]
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