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 30 Oct 2013
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Mini-Transat, Melges 20 and other Canadian sailing news!

Fleet at dock in Le Havre - 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre  © Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / TJV
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.

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!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor


Transat Jacques Vabre - An event not to be missed by serious skippers
Soazig Guého,
The 20th anniversary, eleventh edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre, mustered now in Le Havre, again underlines the status of this durable ocean racing classic as an event not to be missed by serious skippers. The format and appeal has outlasted many other races and with 44 entries across the four classes, it is as popular as ever.... [more]
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The Professional-part two of a conversation with Ken Read
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Dennis Conner tapped Read to serve as his helmsman during the 2000 and 2003 'Stars & Stripes' campaigns, and Read has also served on the afterguard of plenty of high-profile big-boat campaigns, including George David's all-conquering 'Rambler'. More recently, Read served as the skipper of Puma Ocean Racing's entries in the 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 editions of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR).... [more]
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Mini Transat - Director implements Plan B to avoid more gales
Mini Transat 2013,
The Race Director of the Mini Transat has decided to implement plan B, which had been mentioned before the start at the last competitor briefing. The fleet will now stop at the port of Sada, near La Coruna, to wait for the strong winds from the south-west that will sweep Cape Finisterre, on first and 2nd November to moderate and go northwest.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Marc Guillemot and Pascal Bidégorry in depth
Mathilde Mermod,
This Sunday, Marc Guillemot and Pascal Bidégorry will be lining up for the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Le Havre. These two exceptional sailors have already achieved a win in this legendary race. We look back at their careers.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Third entry confirmed for 2014/15 Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
A team from China backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle and run by leading sailing experts OC Sport will race in the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15. Team Dongfeng will have the interests of Chinese sailing at its core with a significant number of Chinese in the final race crew as well as its support team.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - High potential amongst the Multi 50s
Soazig Guého,
What it is likely the best Multi 50 line up yet is in Le Havre, primed and ready to take on the eleventh edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre. The level of boat design and preparation is higher than ever ready to be driven by some of the most experienced and successful sailors in the fleet, means that this will be one of the most competitive classes.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Good Start on day 1
Mini Transat 2013,
The Mini Transat got underway on Tuesday, October 29 at 9:19 (local time ) in a building wind of about 12 knots, gusting up towards 30.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - New skipper for Team Garmin
Marina Thomas,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race veteran and Chief Instructor Ben Bowley (30) is to take the helm of Team Garmin in the next stage of the current edition from South Africa to Western Australia, where a permanent replacement will be appointed following the departure of the team's current skipper in Cape Town.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Can women compete with men?
Volvo Ocean Race,
Can women compete with men? That's a question the Team SCA girls hear a lot and they are not afraid to give a straight answer. Watch the video to see how the all-female team view the competition with their male counterparts and how they train hard to rise to the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 challenge.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Great Britain wins Race 3
Amy Martindale,
Great Britain won Race three of the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race into Cape Town, crossing the line at 08:48:58 UTC, ahead of Henri Lloyd in second place which crossed the line at 11:40:56 UTC in front of the spectacular back drop of Table Mountain. Invest Africa crossed the line in third place, at 12:49:00 UTC.... [more]
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The Professional-part one of a conversation with Ken Read
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Ken Read (52) has been commanding sailing headlines for the past thirty-plus years, starting with his collegiate days at Boston University where he was a three-time Collegiate All American and the Intercollegiate Sailing Association's College Sailor of the Year (1982), through his time as a J/24 and Etchells champion and a respected sailmaker in his hometown of Newport, Rhode Island.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - New US Safety Equipment Requirements adopted
John Rousmaniere,
The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has adopted US Sailing's new Safety Equipment Requirements for the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race, with modifications to include prescriptions.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Bassin Paul Vatine full to bursting
Kate Jennings,
With nine days left till the start of the 11th Transat Jacques Vabre, the Bassin Paul Vatine is full to bursting. This comes as no surprise given that this Friday 25 October was the deadline set by the organisers for everyone to get to Le Havre.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Window of opportunity closed, code red restored
Solene Rennuit,
The Mini Transat scenario proposed yesterday by the Race Director, to start the 84 strong fleet on Friday with a stopover in Gijon, has ultimately has not been chosen. The option of a start early next week seems to be confirmed.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Onboard Reporters - cuts being made
Volvo Ocean Race,
To all the Onboard Reporter candidates out there – here's an update on the recruitment campaign and why you should definitely keep training if you made the first cut. After launching the program in January and sending a first update in August, we've got a list of selected candidates and we've made a second round of picks,' says project manager Rick Deppe.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Code Orange in place, two scenarios envisaged
Solene Rennuit,
The Mini Transat race organisers have made the decision to change to Code Orange as of Wednesday, October 23 at 18:00. This means that the race can be started on Friday 25 from 06:00. For now the race is still considering two possible assumptions depending on the evolution of the weather.... [more]
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