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 10 Oct 2013
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VOR65, Mini-Transat and other Canadian sailing news!

2013 Semaine Olympique Francaise - Nacra 17 fleet action  © Breschi / FFVoile / SOF 2013
It is now official, we have a Challenger of Record for the 35th America's Cup. Australian winemaker Bob Oatley and oldest son Sandy have signed documents on behalf of their Hamilton Island Yacht Club in Queensland, officially challenging Oracle Team USA and team owner Larry Ellison for the next America's Cup. As Challenger of Record, it is anticipated the Oatleys will have a say in the rules for the 35th America's Cup. Bob Oatley is well known to offshore racing enthusiasts for his many sailing successes, including multiple wins at the famous Sydney-Hobart Race, on board various maxi-yachts all named Wild Oats.

Bob Oatley  

The much anticipated start of the 2013 Mini-Transat event has been postponed; skippers have completed their safety briefings, boats have been inspected, sails and provisions were being stowed in preparation for the Sunday start but a large low pressure system off the Bay of Biscay would put the entire fleet of 84 at risk by the time they reach Cape Finisterre. The race committee, in consultation with the race participants, has delayed the start and is now waiting for a better weather window. Canadian Diane Reid and American Jeffrey MacFarlane, the only North Americans registered in the 2013 biannual 4000 mile race will join other skippers and pay attention to weather forecast and remain hopeful for a Monday start.

2013 Mini Transat  © Marc Sauvageot

Check out the latest images of the first Volvo 65, SCA Team, out on sea trials in the English Channel; the all-female crew is getting a leg up on the competition with less than a year to the Alicante, Spain Volvo Ocean Race start in October 2014. Always popular, solo racer Samantha Davies is one of the seven confirmed SCA Team sailors; she still can hardly believe she will be participating in a childhood dream as a Volvo Ocean Race crew member.

October 4 2013 - Team SCA sailing trials in the English Channel  Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race ©

Olympic classes action is on the menu this week in La Rochelle, France for the Semaine Olympique Française (French Olympic Sailing Week) where veterans get to show the way to many new Olympic hopefuls. New events, including the mixed-crew Nacra 17 where Volvo Ocean Race winner and Jules Verne Trophy record breaker Frank Cammas is confident it's never too late to participate in the Olympics; Cammas, who is now 40, and crew Sophie de Turckheim at 32 are likely to be a serious threat to younger sailors. Sail-World has a team in France to bring you stories and pictures!

2013 Semaine Olympique Francaise - Cammas and de Turckheim, Nacra 17  © Breschi / FFVoile / SOF 2013

Laser Radial racers are in small numbers in La Rochelle since the class has just recently competed in the 2013 Radial Women's World Championships in China where Vancouver's Isabella Bertold sailed to a World Championships personal best, finishing seventh overall ahead of London Olympic medal winners. The road to Rio looks promising; congratulations Isabella!

At the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race, Skipper Chris Hollis and his PSP Logistics team have been celebrating their first place in Race 2 from France to Brazil by taking in the Rio de Janeiro sights in between boat chores as crews get ready for the start of Race 3 that will take them across the Southern Atlantic to Cape Town, South Africa.

Don't miss out our ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year nomination briefs; a few are included below but you can read all of them on our website.

Finally, don't forget the 2013 Sail Canada AGM and conference, where America's Cup PRO, John Craig, will be headlining as Key Note Speaker on Saturday October 26th in Montreal!

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor


Volvo Ocean Race: First Volvo 65 blasts to Lanzarote
Top international yachting photographer, Rick Tomlinson, caught the first Volvo Ocean 65 as she blasted to ger training base on Lanzarote in France. Team SCA will be sailed by an all-female crew in the upcoming Volvo Ocean race which gets underway in less than 12 months time.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Wait for weather window commences
Solene Rennuit,
A deep depression that sits off the Bay of Biscay could, if the Mini Transat start went ahead on Sunday, hit the fleet in the worst place, to the north of Cape Finisterre. To allow the soloists to reach Lanzarote in acceptable conditions, the Race Director has consulted the competitors and made this decision : the start is delayed waiting for a favorable weather window.... [more]
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America's Cup 35 - Challengers of Record first press conference
An extended ABC (Australia's National broadcasters) press conference with Bob and Sandy Oatley, provides a window into the 35th Americas Cup from the Challenger of Record's perspective.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominee - Paul Larsen
Paul Larsen has grown accustomed to breaking Speed Sailing records. In 1998 Larsen was part of Bruno Peyron's crew on Explorer as they broke the Trans-Pacific and in 2002 joined Maiden II for a record breaking campaign. Cross-Channel, Round Britain and Ireland and the outright 24-hour-record, with Larsen as watch-leader, all fell.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Sam Davies realizes her childhood dream
Taking the start line in the Volvo Ocean Race will surpass the wildest childhood dreams of Sam Davies, who was so in awe of the race she didn't dare imagine that one day she might get the chance to compete in it herself. When Davies was a child she used to watch the starts and finishes of what was then the Whitbread Round the World Race from her parents' boat on the Solent.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française - Thrills, spills and huge shifts on day 2
Effets Mer,
Day two of the inaugural Semaine Olympique Française in La Rochelle saw the fleets in the 10 Olympic classes racing through thrills, spills and huge wind shifts. The fifth and final event in the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup is showing why new Nacra 17 class means it is not just the 49ers wiping out. But with gusts past 20 knots the four French women's 49er FX teams decided to stay on land.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA sea trials heading for Lanzarote
Team SCA,
Today was another milestone for Team SCA, after nearly two weeks of preparation the crew un-tied the lines and headed off for the delivery trip from the UK to their team base in Lanzarote. This will be first offshore trip the new Volvo Ocean 65 has taken, and they look set to take on a range of conditions over the course of the 1500 nm delivery trip south.... [more]
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La Semaine Olympique Française de Voile 2013 - Day 2 images
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team,
La Semaine Olympique Française de Voile 2013 - Day 2 images. The forecast was for heavy overcast but the cloud cover burned off to deliver a glorious sailing day and there was action aplenty.... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championship - Victory for Tina Mihelic
Laser International,
The Laser Radial Women's World Championship 2013 in South China came to a close yesterday with two light-wind races. Tina Mihelic CRO managed to protect her overall lead with the race ranks seven and three against the final attacks of her immediate opponent Tuula Tenkanen FIN finishing one and two.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Olympic dreams continue in La Rochelle
Effets Mer,
The opening day of the inaugural Semaine Olympique Française saw superstars of the sailing world rubbing shoulders with young hopefuls and them all reaching for Rio. One man who fits into both categories is the global circumnavigator extraordinaire, Franck Cammas, who re-started his 2016 Olympic quest in earnest yesterday in the Nacra after a September spent with his World C Class campaign.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Learn about how to follow the action
Kirsten Ferguson,
The Mini Transat works across all platforms - including: website, social networks, radio and television allowing you to easily follow the 2013 edition. Check out this detailed review of the various sources of information.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Action shots from La Rochelle
Enjoy this selection of photos from the Semaine Olympique Francaise, shot on Wednesday, October 9th.... [more]
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Laser Radial Women's World Championships - Personal best for Bertold
Canadian Sailing Team,
It was a difficult final day for Radial sailors as they put it all on the line at the 2013 Radial Women's World Championships. Isabella BertoldCroatia's Tina Mihelic was able to hang onto the lead to win followed by Tenkanen (FIN) taking silver and bronze to American Paige Railey. China's Dongshauang Zhang just missed out on the podium settling for fourth overall.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Final preparations to the starting line
Mini Transat 2013,
At the Mini Transat, in the Port Rhu safety and measurement controllers are making their final checks aboard the 84 Minis moored along the docks. In a rather serene atmosphere, given the weather conditions and forecasts for the start of the race atmosphere, everyone is completing their preparations. Everyone will be on the starting line... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: One year out from race start
Volvo Ocean Race,
There is exactly one year to go before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race on 4 October 2014 in Alicante. It's going to be a groundbreaking edition in more ways than one, as the race's CEO Knut Frostad explains. 'Building a whole fleet was always going to be a challenge when developing a new class, but we have seven boats in construction now' - Knut Frostad... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - 20th anniversary on the horizon
Soazig Guého,
In just two weeks time, Le Havre's famous Basin Paul Vatine will come alive to the pre-start buzz when 45 teams muster for the historic 20th anniversary edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre, the two handed race across the Atlantic from the French port to Itajaí, Brazil.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Focus moves to final preparations
Solene Rennuit,
Just five days before departure in the Mini Transat, the pontoons of Port Rhu are relatively quiet. Obviously, the 84 Ministes are, for the most part, focusing on their final preparations. For volunteers working on the preparation of the event, it is also a moment to pause before the culmination of the fortnight of activities in Douarnenez on Sunday October 13.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics celebrate victory
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race, last night saw the skipper and crew of PSP Logistics celebrate their first victory at the event at Marina de Gloria... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominee - Erika Heineken
It was a case of sister like brother at the 2012 IKA Course Racing World Championship in Cagliari, Italy as Erika Heineken reveled in her first World Championship success with brother Johnny.... [more]
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Shark 24 sailing Championship - Canadian Shark, Bedlam, Wins!
Doug Cunningham,
A crew from the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club won the World Shark 24 sailing championships in Röbel, Germany on Lake Muritz. Defeating 45 other boats from Canada, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland and Austria, the team led by Keven Piper and crew Tom Nelson and Jordin Clark won the nine-race series with a total point standing of 31.0.... [more]
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Laser Radial Women's World Championship - Bertold on the rise
Canadian Sailing Team,
Laser Radial Women's World Championship sailing resumed in Rizhao today with gold and silver fleet finals. Paige Railey (USA) continues to hang onto the top spot with Croatia's Tina Mihelic and Sweden's Josefin Olsson in second and third respectively.... [more]
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An update from Nik Girke and Luke Ramsay
Nik Girke and Luke Ramsay,
It has been a busy month for me since we finished up our regatta in Oakcliff, from New York. I flew straight to Dublin, Ireland to compete in the Laser Radial World Championships. It was a long week of good breeze and I was a little rusty but I managed to shake off the cobwebs and put together some good races pulling off some race wins.... [more]
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America's Cup - Greatest comeback in the history of sport?
John Mangino,
America's Cup - The greatest sports comeback in the history of sports happened last week in San Francisco. Probably going widely unnoticed here seeing we really don't cover water sports and local sailing, something I believe should change... [more]
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Laser Radial Women's World Championship - Action underway in Rizhao
The Laser Radial World Championship has commenced in Rizhao, China with American Paige Railey taking the early advantage. In the 77-boat field the American was consistent on the opening day of racing picking up a third and a second in the Yellow fleet.... [more]
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12 Metre North Americans - They can steal a sailing show
Kirsten Ferguson,
Whilst the America's Cup was finishing up on the West Coast, vintage 12 Metres from the Cup's Golden Era were gearing up on the East Coast to prove they still can steal a sailing show when it comes to grace, beauty and competition.... [more]
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America's Cup: Hamilton Island Yacht Club confirmed as Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
On Monday, September 30th, the following statement was issued by the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC), the defender and trustee of the America's Cup. Hamilton Island Yacht Club (HIYC), located on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia, has challenged for the 35th America's Cup.... [more]
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Canadian J/Sailors doing it again!
Yes, Canadian J/24 sailors are doing it again! Well, if John Whynacht's crew on the J/24 Stick Fingers from Halifax, Nova Scotia surprised everyone the week before by winning the J/24 Downeast Regatta in Portland, Maine.... [more]
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49er and FX Worlds - Champions crowned
Canadian sailing team,
Today, champions were crowned and boats packed up in Marseille. After some thunderstorm delay, the finals were held in a three race theater style series. New Zealand crowded the podium taking first and second place in the 49er fleet followed by FRA in third.... [more]
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