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 17 Nov 2013
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Mini Transat, Jacques Vabre and other sailing news from Canada!

Oman Air-Musandam - 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre  Transat Jacques Vabre
After much weather watching at the start, a cancelled first leg, more delay in Spain, challenging deliveries, a change in course and a restart, the Mini Transat is finally back on; as it turns out, it will be the longest Mini Transat race in history as the stop-over in the Canary Island has been eliminated given the restart in Spain. The original 4000 miles course from France to Guadeloupe was split in two legs; the racers are now faced with a single 3600 mile leg from Sada, Spain and well over 20 days at sea. Fortunately, the pause in Spain has allowed them to change their supply strategy n preparation of a much longer race.

Diane Reid completes repairs on the bobstay attachment point in Cascais, Portugal  Mini Transat

Follow Canadian Diane Reid's adventures and challenges below; she shares her enthusiasm at the onset of the start in Sada but also pictures of damage sustained shortly after the start and repairs to One Girl in Cascais, Portugal. She plans to get back in the race tomorrow and stay within the 72-hour limit for a technical stopover. Good luck Diane!

Despite the earlier challenges with the weather, the Transat Jacques Vabre is now in full swing with the two MOD 70, Edmond de Rothschild and Oman Air-Musandam in a deadlock with less than 500 nautical miles to the finish line in Itajai, Brazil. Further back, the leaders in the four remaining Multi 50 are just crossing the equator, followed closely by the IMOCA fleet led by Gabart-Desjoyeaux on Macif who are fighting off an aggressive Riou-Le Cam attack on PRB; with five yachts within fifty miles, the leading duo is tailed by Maître Coq, Safran and Cheminées Poujoulat. This is definitely the race to watch at the moment! GDF SUEZ still leads the way in the Class 40 after the entire fleet was imposed an earlier stopover in Brittany to protect them from a Biscay storm.

Cheminées Poujoulat sur la Transat Jacques Vabre 2013  © Th.Martinez/Sea&Co

A highly successful racing season for the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series is wrapping up this weekend in Brazil. With consistent top place finishes throughout the series, The Wave Muscat has their sight on a first place overall. As usual, the ESS events remain action-packed; earlier this week, gusty conditions in Florianopolis, located in Southern Brazil, caught SAP Extreme Sailing Team off guard as they came out of a gybe resulting in a spectacular capsize. Crew members suffered minor injuries but everyone is fine thanks to quick responses from the safety teams.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 - The Wave Muscat  Vincent Curutchet / Lloyd images / OC

SAP Extreme Sailing Team capizes in Act 8 of the Extreme Sailing Series  Søren Wiegand Kristensen

Extremely high winds greeted the back runners in the Clipper Round the World race; Chris Hollis, skipper on PSP Logistics commented: 'This 100 knots plus lasted about 20 minutes and then....nothing, we were left bobbing around in very lumpy, confused seas...'. A 'once in a lifetime experience' proclaimed by others on Team Garmin. Fleet leaders were left out of the storm as they progress through the Southern Ocean towards Albany in South western tip of Australia. Canadian skipper Eric Holden, on Henry Lloyd, is currently in hot pursuit of Quingdao to win Race 4 and preserve first overall in the event standings.

Race 4 - Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.  Clipper Ventures PLC © .

Delegates from around the world had much on their plate at the ISAF Annual Conference in Oman these past few weeks; revitalization of ISAF events was a top challenge proposed earlier this year and much time was spent on this initiative. I anticipate we will see more cohesion between national authorities leading up to Rio in 2016. Don't miss the details in our reports from the conferences ranging from the President's report to images of the Rolex Sailor of the Year awards.


All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Mini Transat Race - Diane Reid shares her dream from Cascais
Diane Reid,
Mini Transat Race - Diane writes: Diane writes: I was out in all that massive wind on the first day. It was blowing twenty five to thirty knots and I had my code 5 kite up. I have to be very honest: I find it a handful to have a spinnaker up in that wind. Even a little one like the code 5. But, all the rest of the kids did, and the boat is built to do that.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Wind gusts exceed 100 knots
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, mother Nature invited select teams to a star studded weather show yesterday. Those who were invited had no choice in their attendance, though according to skipper reviews it was a fun night of exciting, incredible, awe inspiring and definitely unforgettable proportion.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - The Wave Muscat focuses on winning
Oman Sail,
Oman's defending champion The Wave, Muscat is completely focused on winning the Extreme Sailing Series Championship as as they go into Sunday's final day of the 2013 season with a slim three point lead after eight races in tough, gusty conditions in Florianopolis, Brasil on Saturday.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Competition Stiffens towards the finals
Oman Sail,
With just 700nms to go to the finish of the 5,450nm Transat Jacques Vabre, Oman Air-Musandam – the Sultanate of Oman's flagship MOD70 campaign – has made significant inroads on Edmond de Roth schild's lead, sitting just 39nms behind on Sunday morning.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - SAP Extreme Sailing Team capsize update
Sarah Branson,
Quote from SAP Extreme Sailing Team co-skipper Rasmus Kostner following the dramatic capsize during racing this afternoon... 'We had a pretty good downwind where we saw some breeze from behind, we jibed into it and then came in from a good angle into the gate - we put the bow in and then the wind just took us at the wrong angle and we capsized. It was pretty full on, there were just a couple of... [more]
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Mini Transat - Forgetting where the brake pedal is
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, as of 16.00 (GMT +1) Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian) was only 130 miles from Lanzarote, the first mark of the course after the start from Sada. If the wind holds up, he should pass the waypoint overnight from Saturday to Sunday at around three the morning.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference - Decisions on Sailing World Cup and Rio 2016
Daniel Smith,
The ISAF Council met at the ISAF Annual Conference on 15 November in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman with key decisions made on the future of the ISAF Sailing World Cup and the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race day 12 - Teams face a tough night
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the latest weather front arrived pretty much as predicted, through the back of the fleet with winds gusting from 45 to 50 knots, occasionally reaching 70 knots plus, resulting in a very tough night for teams in the west of the pack.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Oman's The Wave, Muscat extends lead in day 2
Oman Sail,
It was an exhilarating day two of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 Florianopolis in Brasil yesterday for Oman's champions The Wave, Muscat who extended their overall lead a further four points in increasingly wild and windy conditions that ultimately forced an end to sailing after just three races.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference concludes in Muscat
ISAF,
More than 500 delegates from 60+ nations gathered in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman for the 2013 ISAF Annual Conference. Held from 9-16 November, ISAF Council drew the conference to a close as they made the final decisions that will affect the sport moving forward.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Keeping the competition at bay
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian) was determined that his position as leader of the fleet when the Douarnenez to Sada leg was cancelled would not be usurped. In conditions that are not particularly favorable to the hull shape of his prototype, the Italian navigator is keeping the competition at bay.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - L'autoroute du sud
Transat Jacques Vabre,
Le plus dur est passé. Les équipages en Class40 commencent à souffler. Le vent et la mer se sont assagis, les grands spis sont ressortis, et à bord c'est le grand ménage. Devant, les Multi50 se grattent la tête pour entrer au mieux dans le Pot au Noir et s'en échapper au plus vite.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference - President's report delivered in Muscat
ISAF,
ISAF President Carlo Croce delivered the President's Report earlier to the ISAF Council members at the 2013 ISAF Annual Conference in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre: Oman Air-Musandam gains overnight on rival
Oman Sail,
At the Transat Jacques Vabre, positioning Oman Air-Musandam to the east of rival Edmond de Rothschild paid off overnight with a gain putting them just 70nms behind the leader doing 25 to 30 knots of boat speed in 20 knots of south easterly trades. The advance was short lived however as Edmond de Rothschild reached more wind than Oman's flagship campaign this morning.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - 'Best racing of the year' delivered
Extreme Sailing Series,
The opening day of Act 8 Florianópolis presented by Land Rover delivered the 'best racing of the year' according to Alinghi helmsman Morgan Larson and SAP Extreme Sailing Team skipper Jes Gram-Hansen. The final showdown of the 2013 Series began in style, and the South Brazilian city welcomed the eight elite level Extreme 40 teams with champagne sailing conditions.... [more]
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Mini Transat - 'Portuguese trade winds' are no walk in the park
Solene Rennuit,
Mini Transat - Douarnenez to Pointe-a-Pitre. They say that the 'Portuguese trade winds' rarely herald a walk in the park, and the passage round Cape Finisterre and the descent along the coast of Galicia have done nothing to disprove this rule. Instead of the expected winds of 25 knots, the fleet has been confronted by a gale. With varying degrees of success... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Slingsby re-sign a tip-off for next America's Cup?
Richard Gladwell,
News emanating from Australia that Australian Olympic Gold Medalist, Tom Slingsby, will stay with America's Cup Defenders Oracle Team USA has implications in a number of areas for the 35th America's Cup. The Protocol has not yet been published for the trophy which was defended earlier this year, in the tightest contest ever for the Cup.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Sunshine accompanies fleet out of Sada estuary
Solene Rennuit,
It was a beautiful start for the Mini Transat... it was as though the elements had finally come together to reward the tenacity of the players. A light north wind and welcome rays of sunshine accompanied the fleet out of the Sada estuary before spinnakers could be hoisted, as the singlehanders swept past the Tower of Hercules and then La Coruna.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Tough night off the corner of Spain
Soazig Guého,
The Transat Jacques Vabre's Class 40s had a tough time off the NW corner of Spain last night and this morning in strong, gusty winds and big seas which resulted in the British Class 40 Concise 8 having to retire with rudder damage. The two leaders in the class, which had 26 starters, are still just less than 100 miles ahead.... [more]
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An Absorbing Interest: The America's Cup A History 1851-2003
South Atlantic Publishing,
The 2-volume limited edition of An Absorbing Interest proved to be the publishing success of 2007. The coveted slip-case edition has become a collector's item as important to the history of the Cup, as Lawson's original 'History of the America's Cup' published in1901.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Class 40 Concise 8 quits
Transat Jacques Vabre,
In the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre double-handed race from Le Havre to Itajaí, Brazil, British co-skippers Ned Collier Wakefield and Sam Goodchild are safely in Muros, NW Spain with their Class 40, Concise 8 this morning, having confirmed their abandonment. Their boat suffered damage to the blade of its port rudder last night and was followed by damage to other essential fittings.... [more]
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2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year announced in Oman
Rolex,
Australian Mathew Belcher and New Zealanders Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie were named male and female winners of the 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards during a ceremony held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman on Tuesday 12 November.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Race kicks off!
Mini Transat 2013,
In the Mini Transat, at precisely 9:37 the first signal of the starting procedure for this single leg between Sada (Galicia) and Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) was made. Eight minutes later, the fleet swept across the line, out of the estuary and finally left Sada behind and headed for the open sea.... [more]
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Images from the Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year awards in Oman
Sail-World,
New Zealand and Australian sailors dominated the Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year awards presented at a glittering dinner held in the Sultancy of Oman. 2012 Olympic Mens 470 Gold Medalist and current World Champion, Matt Belcher (AUS) won the Mens Award. Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL), current Wold Champions and also 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists in the 470, were presented with the Womens Awa... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Race 4 full of drama!
Julia Wall-Clarke,
The Clipper 2013-14 Race four departed Cape Town for Albany, Western Australia just over a week ago under the stunning vista of Table Mountain, in rather frustratingly light winds. Just 48 hours later however, a ferocious storm whipped up.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Raiya Al Habsi Celebrates
Daniel Smith,
At the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman is a familiar site for Raiya Al Habsi and she will be joined by friends and family.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre becomes more tactical for IMOCA Open 60 fleet
Soazig Guého,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, though five different boats revealed over the course of today (Monday) that they will make technical pit stops, the race for the IMOCA Open 60 fleet has become more tactical as they seek the best lanes of breeze, gybing downwind 150 miles north of Madeira and the pair of MOD70s, passing the latitude of the Canary Islands, are still making regular speeds of 23-25kts.... [more]
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