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 23 Dec 2011
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The Rolex Sidney-Hobart Race is here!

Less than three days before the start of the legendary Rolex Sydney Hobart Race; crews have been readying the yachts for many weeks and mother nature seems still undecided as to what she will dole out on the fleet this year. One thing is certain, it will not be easy; conflicting weather forecasts for tBass Strait will test the 88 yacht fleet and likely result in large swells. The larger yachts will certainly manage better, but will face the challenges earlier than smaller 30 footers at the back of the fleet. Canadian sailmaker Nick Beaudoin will be trimming headsails on the 100 foot Super Maxi Investec Loyal in their attempt to take line honours away from perennial winner Wild Oats XI. Australian solo round-the-world sailor, 18-year-old Jessica Watson, will participate in her first Sydney-Hobert as she skippers the youngest crew ever in the race's 66 year history. Although all ten members on board the pink clad Sydney 38 Ella Bache are 21 years or younger, they hold a significant level of experience with many Sydney-Hobart and Fastnet races under their belt. Should be exciting to watch; stay with us over the holidays with the best coverage from down under!

South of Tasmania, the Global Ocean Race fleet leaders are finally encountering easier racing condition; although sustained 25-knot breezes with 30+ gusts are still challenging, they certainly present a major improvement over regular 60-knots blasts earlier this week. As a result, the GOR 24-hour distance record was broken by race leader Colman and Goodchild on their Akilaria RC2 Cessna Citation; but the back of the fleet is catching up as the front slows down. There will be no rest for the Christmas holidays on board the yachts, as current weather forecasts will keep front runner teams on their toes.

The entire Volvo Ocean Race fleet is now off the map... That's right, except for Team Sanya who have suspended racing earlier this week because of rig damage, the fleet has entered the Stealth Zone to protect them from the threat of piracy off the African East coast. Team Telefonica has moved into the lead on a more easterly course, but we are not sure exactly where their are going, other than a safe heaven port, where the fleet will be loaded onto a lift ship that will take them safely to the Persian Gulf where they will resume racing.

Mark you calendar for the Toronto International Boat Show, January 14th to 22nd at the Direct Energy Centre; more details next week!

All the best for the holidays!


Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Jules Verne Trophy - Banque Populaire V rounds Cape Horn
Banque Populaire,
Attempting to break the Jules Verne Trophy record, the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V has crossed the southern tip of the Americas. After hectic days and conditions that did not leave any time for resting, the men of the Maxi trimaran were waiting for this famous and mythical Cape Horn as a reward.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya repairs underway
Leslie Greenhalgh and Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Sanya's shore team have arrived in Madagascar and yesterday in Fort Dauphin, the team took their mast out and started the process of repair. In order to ensure satisfaction by all parties on the repair and fitness for purpose of the new rigging system, a number of days of sea trials will take place in early January off the coast of Madagascar.... [more]
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Spirit of Christmas catches up with Volvo Ocean Race crews + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race crews have been nabbed by the spirit of Christmas and the merry sailors have been prompted to break into an original rendition of the classic carol ‘Jingle Bells'. White water has replaced snow and there is a boat instead of a sleigh, but at least some crews' wet-weather gear is festively coloured red.... [more]
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Canadian onboard for Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours attempt
Jim Beaudoin,
Nick Beaudoin who apprenticed sail making with Spike Boston and family in Point Edward, Ontario moved to Sydney Australia's Northern Beaches to work at the North Sail Loft in Mona Vale. This year's Sydney to Hobart Boxing Day start will mark his fifth attempt for line honours, with his previous best finish third in 2007 onboard the first generation Volvo 70 Ichi Ban owned by CYCA Matt Allen.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefónica leads the fleet + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Telefónica has taken the leg two lead from Groupama sailing team on Friday after finding much better breeze in the stealth zone. Groupama's lead of more than 70 nautical miles slowly dissolved after the five boats still racing to Abu Dhabi entered the infamous region best known for light wind and squalls.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders grind to a halt
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) leading double-handed Class40s, Cessna Citation and BSL, have ground to a halt south of Tasmania. Campagne de France are swooping down from the north as Financial Crisis and Phesheya-Racing exit the Australian Ice Limit.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Differing opinions
Sophie Luther,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Groupama 4 led the fleet into the Stealth Zone and in the direction of the Doldrums. Meanwhile, a clear difference in opinion is surfacing amongst the fleet as to which end of the windless area will prove to be the most favourable strip to cross.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Hitting the brakes south of Tasmania
Oliver Dewar,
In the Global Ocean Race, the leading double-handed Class40s are preparing to enter the Tasman Sea with some 1200 miles of Leg 2 yet to go. The light conditions are conspiring to shake things up in the ranking table for the remaining miles to the finish line in Wellington, New Zealand.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama first into stealth zone
Volvo Ocean Race,
Franck Cammas' Groupama sailing team are the first of the crews to have their position cloaked today, Thursday, after entering into the leg two anti-piracy stealth zone of the Volvo Ocean Race. The stealth zone has been implemented by race organisers to mask the exact location of the yachts as they head towards an unnamed ‘safe haven' in the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - A scratching of heads
Volvo Ocean Race,
Franck Cammas and Groupama 4 led the five boats currently racing in Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Stealth Zone covers the Indian Ocean from the northern tip of Madagascar to the United Arab Emirates and while the teams are inside, their exact locations will be hidden from the outside world, though their relative positions in the race will still be given in terms of Distance to Leader.... [more]
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Offshore Special Regulations for 2012-13 now published
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation today published the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations for 2012-2013. The ISAF Offshore Special Regulations are used by race organisers to provide uniform minimum equipment, accommodation and training standards for monohull and multihull yachts racing offshore.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Record breaking speeds
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - It has been another high-octane 24 hours for the double-handed, Class40s. Down below 47 degrees South, Cessna Citation and BSL have been breaking and resetting the GOR's 24-hour distance records as the two boats fast-reached east in sustained 30-35-knot winds while above the Australian Ice Limit at 45S... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Winning on handicap
Jim Gale,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – The race for line honours in the 628 nautical mile race is pretty straightforward. The fastest and largest boat wins. But winning the race on handicap, the ultimate prize for every ocean racer, is a much more complex business.... [more]
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ISAF Worlds Video gallery - Week 1 - Laser Radial, 470 Men, Finn, Star
Sail-World Editors,
Sail-World has compiled a video gallery of the 30 minute highlights package produced each day of the ISAF Sailing World Championships by the ISAF production team. Welcome to Week 1 covering the racing and Medal Races for the Laser Radial, Finn, Mens 470, Star and Womens Windsurfer... [more]
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The Volvo Ocean Race according to Ken Read
Volvo Ocean Race,
Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Abu Dhabi. 'Everything about this race has been bizarre so far, so nothing surprises me,' Read said as his Puma's Mar Mostro trailed in third position today.... [more]
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ISAF Worlds Video Gallery - Week 2 - 49er, RS:X, 470 and Match Racing
Sail-World Editor@Large,
Sail-World has compiled a video gallery of the 30 minute highlights package produced each day of the ISAF Sailing World Championships by the ISAF production team. Welcome to Week 2 covering the racing and Medal Races for the 49er, Womens Match Racing, Womens 470, Mens RS:X... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet continue to face extreme conditions
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race fleet continue to face complex and extremely tough weather conditions in the Southern Ocean. Furthest west, the South African team in fifth place with Phesheya-Racing has been dodging gales 160 miles above the Australian Ice Limit... [more]
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Sydney to Hobart 2010 photos by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Sydney to Hobart 2010 images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica and Puma battle for first
Sophie Luther,
At 1900 UTC this evening in the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefonica and Puma's Mar Mostro were embroiled in a battle for first place as the fleet racing in Leg 2 head north in a drag race some 681 nautical miles east of the coast of Madagascar. Camper (Chris Nicholson/AUS) is also in the mix, just 5.30 nm behind Martínez and his men who are back on top.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet receive non-stop Roaring Forties pounding
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet continue to be punished by the Indian Ocean's Roaring Forties as the leading pair of Class40s plummet south beyond the eastern extremity of the Australian Ice Limit led by Conrad Colman and Sam Goodchild aboard Cessna Citation.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Latest images
Richard Langdon and Paul Kane,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships action images from photographers Richard Langdon and Paul Kane.... [more]
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Action shots from the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth
Various Photographers,
At the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia, Olympic hopefuls are vying for the chance to represent their respective countries at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Photographers Richard Langdon, Paul Kane, and Alex McKinnon were on the water in Perth on 17th December to snap these shots of the competitors in action. Enjoy!... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Volvo Ocean Race enters the Theatre of the Bizzare
Richard Gladwell,
The fleet in the Volvo Ocean Race has split into three directions, all bound for an unannounced destination. Hopefully the on-board navigators have got the code deciphered correctly, but from the current fleet positions one could be excused from believing that two had got hopelessly lost and and the other three had stuck together - some within sight of each other... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - 45 nations qualify for London 2012
ISAF,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Over the last two weeks of racing in Fremantle, Australia, 45 nations have qualified their country to compete at the London 2012 Sailing Olympics being held in Weymouth and Portland next summer. On the penultimate day of racing at Perth 2011 the final Laser spots and the Men's RS:X and Women's 470 places were taken ahead of tomorrow's live Medal Races... [more]
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