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 25 Nov 2011
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Excitement on the high seas!

Another exciting week of sailing on the international scene! Team Telefonica is expected in Cape Town sometime tomorrow afternoon with Camper close on their tail to complete Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. We find Groupama some five hundred miles behind with important decisions to make given the challenging weather conditions that lie between them and the South African port. Further back, PUMA mar mostro is limping under power towards the remote island of Tristan de Cunha in the Southern Atlantic where they expect to meet a freighter that will take the Volvo Open 70 yacht to Cape Town the easier way. Skipper Ken Read was pleased to have fuel delivered at sea earlier this week; despite the nerve wracking experience of pulling his fragile carbon yacht along side a massive container freighter, he left with a smile on his face. Check out the video!

James Spithill, on Oracle Racing, enjoyed fabulous racing conditions for the America's Cup World Series finals in San Diego last Sunday; they posted two consecutive wins against Emirates Team New Zealand to secure the two out of three championship final. Thousands of racing fans on the many piers lining the San Diego waterfront certainly got their money's worth in a week filled with action packed races, multiple lead changes, close encounters and high speed pursuits. The on-line video action is still available for those who missed the live event.

In the Transat Jacques Vabre, the French duo Yannick Bestaven and Eric Drouglazet, on Aquarelle.com, were the first Class 40 to cross the finish line in Costa Rica yesterday morning. The Multi 50 class was won by Actual earlier in the week week. Back in South Africa, leg 2 of the Global Ocean Race has been postponed; originally scheduled for Sunday, the Race Committee has opted to keep the yachts safely in port given the 40-45 knots headwinds expected for the start. Hopefully, the remaining three VOR yachts heading for Cape Town will have joined them in the safety of the harbour before then.

The Canadian Sailing Team has been busy with their training program in Western Australia; only one week remains for last minute fine tuning ahead of Perth 2011; Canada's RS:X Champion Nikola Girke shares some insight on her experience so far. More on our Canadian team next week.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Volvo Ocean Race: Fast and furious as Camper shows her true colours
Thomas Ryan,
Camper, crewed by Emirates Team NZ have been chewing up the miles on its way to Cape Town with the boat reaching speeds of between 25 - 30 knots and reducing the distance to the Leg One finish to 670 miles. Yesterday the boat travelled a staggering 551 miles in 24 hours, and at one stage the 24-hour monohull speed record looked as if it might be on the cards.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 2 start postponed
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) second leg was originally scheduled to start this Sunday, 27th November. Due to forecasts of 40-45 knot headwinds the Race Committee has postponed the start off Cape Town.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Visit Finland takes second
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Despite a nail-biting and frustrating finish for Gold Coast Australia, the team has secured their fifth consecutive victory into Tauranga and remains unbeaten to date in biennial the 15-race series. Beating into a strong north westerly breeze after sustaining mainsail damage in the Bay of Plenty, the team crossed the finish line at 0326 local time... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Dramatic finish expected for Telefónica
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race leg one leader Telefónica is expected to cross the finish in Cape Town later tomorrow afternoon. A dramatic daylight finish is in prospect as high winds of over 25 knots are forecast. Martínez and his men have protected their lead and, by remaining in a southerly position for as long as possible, they were able to achieve high speeds as they rode the westerly cold front... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - New co-skippers for Cessna Citation
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - With two days remaining until the start of leg two this Sunday in Cape Town, Conrad Colman has announced the recruitment of two fresh co-skippers for his Akilaria RC2 Class40, Cessna Citation. Artemis Offshore Academy winner, Figaro specialist and rising star of British solo and shorthanded sailing, Sam Goodchild, will race with Colman on the forthcoming leg two... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - A tough day for Puma Ocean Racing
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing reports on the crew's progress after their boat was dismasted in the South Atlantic: Yesterday was a tough one in a lot of ways. It was a day I think we all knew was coming, but that didn't make it any easier. The post-breakage shock left a lot of us in a bit of a buzz, a hazy world of extreme optimism and positivity.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper increases pressure on Telefónica + Video
Sophie Luther,
Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race continues as Camper (Chris Nicholson/AUS) increases pressure on race leader Telefónica at 1900 UTC this evening. The Camper crew have been decreasing the miles on the lead that Telefónica possesses for the past twenty four hours and are now some 100 nautical miles from Martinez and his men.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia take five
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12 has ten 68 foot yachts currently competing and the crew aboard Gold Coast Australia were the first to close in on the race 5 finish line in Tauranga, New Zealand after beating into a strong north westerly breeze at 03.26 local time on Friday 25 (1426 UTC Thursday 24) sealing their fifth consecutive win in the fifteen race series.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - High seas game of pursuit
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Record-breaking conditions and breakneck speeds were heating up a high seas game of pursuit on Thursday as Camper pushed hard against leg one leaders Telefónica, while Groupama faced yet another fateful tactical decision.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Fast and furious sailing
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - On day twenty of leg one Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) has just 1,191 nautical miles (nm) to run to the finish in Cape Town. The miles are clicking down dramatically as the two of the three boats still racing in the first leg hit high speeds riding a South Atlantic cold front.The speeds of up to 28 knots will continue as the wind increases during the next 12 hours... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre – Class 40 Aquarelle.com takes first
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre duo Yannick Bestaven and Eric Drouglazet, onboard Aquarelle.com, crossed the finish line in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica this morning, Thursday 24 November at 07hrs 59min 08 sec UTC/GMT. After leading the race continuously since the start in Le Havre on Wednesday 2nd November, the duo scored a convincing victory completing the course in an elapsed time of 21d 17h 59m 08s... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Thanksgiving on board Puma Racing
Amory Ross,
Today is Thanksgiving in the US of A – a holiday for family, food, drink, and giving thanks – and while there are only three Yanks on PUMA's mighty Mar Mostro, the 11 of us are a family for the time being and I thought it was fitting, given the circumstances, that we use this opportunity to send out some serious kudos... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Three days and Puma is not out of the woods yet
Ken Read,
Puma Racing skipper Ken Read is certainly getting a working over in the bid to get Mar Mostro back to Cape Town. He he writes of the trials and tribulations of their journey to Tristan da Cunha three days after being dismasted... [more]
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Perth 2011 - Canada's RS:X Champ Nikola Girke shares love and luck
Shauna McGee Kinney,
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Canada's Nikola Girke and Women's RS:X sailor shares her love and luck as she prepares for Perth 2011. As of Friday the 18th of November the RS:X coaches and teams have been running a four day regatta - a Pre-Worlds event. Nikola Girke (CAN) is one of the competitors using this event to prepare for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego photo gallery by Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz images,
This photo gallery from the recently concluded America's Cup World Series 2011 San Diego is provided by San Francisco based photographer Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma effects fuel transfer at sea + Video and Images
Amory Ross,
Puma Ocean Racing have completed a mid-sea fuel transfer that will allow them to reach land, the first phase of their logistical battle to stay in the Volvo Ocean Race. 'These are our new best friends,' Puma skipper Ken Read of the 257-metre cargo ship ZIM Monaco. This is the first stage in a complex logistical plan to get Puma back on the start line for Leg 2 on 11 December... [more]
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Maxi Banque Populaire V undertakes Jules Verne Trophy
Marine Carrié,
Jules Verne Trophy - Loick Peyron and his men kept a close eye on the weather forecasts over the past few days and have now decided to take advantage of the front that is now stretching between Ireland and Portugal,it is a departure opportunity that they have awaited for the past month.... [more]
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ACWS San Diego: Testing winds as Oracle Racing Spithill score double
Stephanie Martin,
America's Cup World Series fleet in San Diego was tested with the strongest winds of the week. Oracle Racing Spithill, winners on Saturday of the Match Racing Championship, came from behind to win the Fleet Racing Championship, becoming the first team to secure a double win at the AC World Series.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race issues stern reminders
Volvo Ocean Race,
Puma's Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA) became the second boat to dismast on leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race. Camper (Chris Nicholson/AUS) also had a stern reality check of what exactly they are doing and how on the edge it is.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: ACWS Match Racing Finals
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture sailing action on the fourth day of Match Racing during Finals at the America's Cup World Series in San Diego.... [more]
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Perth 2011 images - Training time
Shauna McGee Kinney,
Sail-World.com's on-the-spot reporter Shauna McGee Kinney took theses images of team members during a training session for Perth 2011.... [more]
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Watch America's Cup World Series San Diego LIVE NOW!
Anna Parker, Sail-World,
Catch the America's Cup World Series - San Diego features the full replays and highlights from the Fleet Racing Finals of the America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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