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After waiting patiently for the past two weeks for a suitable weather window to open, the 84 racers in the 2013 Mini Transat race have finally crossed the start line yesterday morning. Unfavorable conditions in the Bay of Biscay and around Cape Finisterre had forced a cautious organizing committee to keep the fleet on shore and postponed the original start date on October 13; with an eye on short and long term weather forecasts, the past two weeks remained just a challenging and a safe and reliable opportunity never materialized. Many options were considered, including a change in course with an additional stop-over in northern Spain but it was simply wasn't meant to be. Skippers enjoyed the hospitality of Douarnenez as the entire municipality rallied around the event.
|Fleet at dock in Le Havre - 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre © Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / TJV |
|2013 Mini Transat fleet at the start. © Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat |
Following the start, what should have been a relatively easy sail through the Bay of Biscay has turned sour with the prospect of rounding Cape Finisterre in very strong winds; as a result, organizers have just called for a short stop-over in the Spanish port of Sada, near La Coruna just north of the Cape, where the fleet will wait out the conditions. Don't miss out on the action and follow the entire fleet, including Canadian Diane Reid racing in the Série division, on the race tracker.
|2013 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champion - John Kilroy ©2013 JOY | IM20CA |
Entries are now closed for the 2013 Audi Melges 20 World Championship set for mid-December in Key Largo, Florida; 54 entries include six boats from Canada and a handful of European boats to compete against the strong American fleet. Many racers are travelling to Florida to participate in the first event in the 2013/2014 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series this coming week-end; reacquainting themselves with warm water sailing will be a good thing for local racers who have spent the last few weeks in freezing Canadian weather. Keep an eye out for our reports from the Coconut Grove Sailing Club in Miami.
|Great Britain - 2013-14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Clipper Ventures PLC © .|
All teams are successfully in port in Cape Town, South Africa, in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race; GREAT Britain won Race 3 into Cape Town five days ago; three hours ahead of Henri Lloyd in second place, Invest Africa took third place on the podium. All teams are getting some rest ahead of Race 4, Leg 3 to Albany Western Australia, which will start on Monday, November 4th.
The old docks in popular French port of Le Havre will witness the start of the 11th edition of Transat Jacques Vabre on Sunday. With 25 entries, the Class 40 entries make up the bulk of participants in the popular biennial double-handed event; they will be chasing big names in ten IMOCA yachts, a handful of Multi 50 and two MOD 70 speed machines; Canadian Damian Foxall is co-skipper on board the Oman Air-Musandan MOD 70.
In Volvo Ocean Race news, new teams have been announced, get the details below!
Finally, do not miss Sail-World's exclusive interviews with Ken Read, find part one and two here!
All the best!
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