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 10 Feb 2012
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Three Canadians rescued at sea!

While Buckley Systems and Campagne de France are safely back in Auckland, NZ, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel on Cessna Citation were first through the BluQube southern Pacific scoring gate. They were followed by Financial Crisis who, unfortunately, destroyed their masthead spinnaker in a violent crash gybe; with 2000 miles to CApe Horn and another 1800 miles up the South America coast to Punta Del Este, it will be a long ride without their fastest sail. Back in Auckland, the recent GOR organizing committee's decision to shift the scoring gate to the south has infuriated Buckley Systems' Ross Field who hurt his back when they yacht jumped a large wave; Ross believes the change has presented an unfair advantage to the leaders.

Team Telefonica finds themselves securely at the top of the Volvo Ocean Race scoreboard with their recent win in China; Camper ETNZ and Groupama Sailing Team are second and third respectively. The next big event is the Sanya in-port race on Saturday the 18th, immediately followed by the start of the 5200 miles leg to Auckland, NZ on Sunday. A fairly straightforward course but challenging course towards the northern end of the Philippines is on the menu for the fist part of Leg 4 but the remainder of the course south will be anyone's guess; so many tactical options!

This week-end, I'll be keeping my eyes on the Audi Melges 20 Winter Regatta in Miami where many racers from my home club, Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, ON will be competing in event 2 of the Winters Series. 38 entries, including some from as far away as Italy, will be on the start line at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club in Miami. This one-design fleet is certainly gaining popularity across North America.

Don't hesitate to publish announcements about your events for the upcoming season; you can either use the 'Upload News, Photos, Results, Events' banner at the top of the website or submit text and photos via e-mail directly to me.

Finally, there's a 9-year-old Canadian boy in Honolulu who won't be short of stories to tell when he gets back to school in Calgary; Wes James, his dad Brad and uncle Mitch were rescued by a freighter 400 miles from Hawaii when their yacht was damaged in a violent storm. Check out the CBC interview in our story!

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor


Global Ocean Race Leg 3 - Cessna Citation first through Scoring Gate
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - At around 04:30 GMT on Friday, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel were the first GOR Class40 to cross the extended leg three bluQube Scoring Gate, grabbing the maximum six points with Cessna Citation and immediately dropping deeper into the Pacific with 2,000 miles in the Furious Fifties ahead of the Kiwi-South African team until they reach the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate... [more]
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North U. Racing Tactics Seminars come to Ontario
Ontario Sailing Association,
North U Racing Seminars 'turn sailors into racers, and racers into winners' by teaching techniques used by the world's top racers. The emphasis is on practical straightforward ideas that will help you win. The revised curriculum presents the latest in Racing Strategy and Racing Tactics using an interactive multi-media format which allows you to learn and test your new knowledge at the class.... [more]
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New Sperry Top-Sider Trophy to be added to 2012 Lake Ontario 300
Lake Ontario 300 Media,
The Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Committee, organizer of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, is proud to announce the introduction a new Lake Ontario 300 Challenge major trophy to be awarded to the overall IRC Class Champion. Since its introduction in 2008, the IRC Class has grown from six entries in the original year to two separate divisions to accommodate 14 yachts in 2011.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Ross Field vents frustrations and looks at options
Ben Gladwell,
Former winner of the Volvo Ocean race, Ross Field, is back in Auckland a week after having to withdraw from Leg 3, of the Global Ocean Race. Sail-World door stopped Field on his way to see medical specialists about the back and other injuries he sustained after the race leaders were forced to beat to windward for a week. He had just heard that race organisers had moved the mark. His reaction ........ [more]
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RYA Tribunal rules no further penalty for Ben Ainslie
Louise Nicholls,
The RYA Tribunal met on 9 February 2012 to consider a report dated 14 December 2011 received pursuant to the Racing Rules of Sailing Rule 69.1(c) from the International Jury at the ISAF Sailing World Championships held in Perth, December 2011.... [more]
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Shipwrecked Canadians call rescue 'incredible'
CBC News,
One of three Canadians picked up by a giant container ship at sea after a storm damaged and then sunk their Hawaii-bound sailboat is calling their dramatic rescue a 'gauntlet of happiness. Brad James, 32, told CBC News on Thursday morning after the rescue that he felt great, despite the dramatic chain of events that left him and his nine-year-old son, West, floating in the dark sea for 2½ hours.... [more]
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Vendée Globe - Safran receives winter refit
Soazig Guého,
Vendée Globe - Everyone in the Safran technical team has been busy. Taken out of the water after the Transat BtoB, Marc Guillemot's 60-foot monohull has been benefiting from her final winter refit before the start of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe in nine months time, which makes it all the more motivating for the team.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Field calls for Leg 3 to be suspended
Ivor Wilkins,
The Global Ocean Race organizers should suspend racing in the current leg and restart the race in Uruguay following their decision to shift the mandatory Southern Ocean scoring gate in mid-race, says Ross Field of Team Buckley Systems. Within hours of Team Buckley Systems and the French Campagne de France yachts arriving back in New Zealand, the Race Committee put out a notice that the scoring... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race crews await health check results + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are having aerospace technology, which is designed to identify small structural defects, applied ahead of what could be two of the most brutal legs. Every Volvo Open 70, except Groupama 4, is being scrutinised with ultrasound technology by the founding owner of Q.I Composites Stefano Beltrando, who pioneered the application of the science in the marine field 12 years ago... [more]
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West Vancouver Yacht Club Hosts 44th Annual Southern Straits Classic
Gwen Hardy,
The West Vancouver Yacht Club (WVYC) is reminding sailors to mark their calendars for the return of the Annual Southern Straits Classic. Now in its 44th year, the regatta is a West Coast racing tradition and an Easter Weekend ritual for sailors, their families, and the community.... [more]
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Nine-year-old: 'We're gonna sink. We're gonna die,' but family rescued
Lee Mylchreest,
'If one bad thing goes wrong, it just seems like it gets worse and worse and worse and that's what happened.' These were the words of rescued sailor Mitchell James, the Canadian skipper of the catamaran lost to the Pacific Ocean after he, his brother Bradley and nine-year-old nephew West were rescued over two hundred nautical miles off the coast of Honolulu.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Scoring Gate relocated for safety
Oliver Dewar,
While the Global Ocean Race fleet leaders are approaching the blueQube Scoring Gate, located in the middle of the Pacific, Conrad Coleman and Adrian Kuttel continue to push hard on their Akilaria RC2, Cessna Citation, sustaining averages of more than fourteen knots and pulling away from Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon in second on Financial Crisis.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Korea sign two current Olympic World Champions
Team Korea have announced that their America's Cup sailing team has been joined by two current World Champion sailors. Australian Nathan Outteridge comes aboard as new skipper and helmsman,looking to continue the success that the team has had with its policy of using young skiff talent to lead its challenge for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Upwind sailing continues
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – 'Well our sail wardrobe has been getting thoroughly aired over the last 12 hours,' Singapore skipper Ben Bowley says in his 0600 report to the Race Office. Similar to the rest of the ten-strong ocean racing yachts taking part in the race, the last 24 hours has been testing for the crew, as they deal with the upwind sailing conditions.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing join speed club + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - So far this race none of the teams have been able to better Ericsson 4's world record 24-hour speed record, set during the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race when they recorded 596.6 nm. A trophy is awarded at the end of each leg to the team recording the greatest distance over a 24-hour period by the Volvo Ocean Race's Official Timekeeper IWC Schaffhausen.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet prepare for storms ahead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - As the ten teams head for the rapidly-approaching Scoring Gate, the wind has picked up and they are preparing for storms ahead. De Lage Landen's skipper Stuart Jackson says, 'What a beautiful day to be sailing in the South China Sea. Sailing close hauled with around 20 knots of apparent wind is exactly what we needed to prepare ourselves... [more]
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Newport Bermuda 2012 entries up to par with past editions
Talbot Wilson,
The 48th Newport Bermuda Race entry process is now just three weeks in and applications for the 2012 race are continuing to roll in at a rapid pace for a 106-year-old biennial ocean-racing classic. Expectations are high for another large fleet.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Sanya uses stopover time for speed gains
Volvo Ocean Race,
Sanya will be back in the water in her home bay within a week after her first real shakedown for almost two months. Skipper, and former Volvo Ocean Race winner, Mike Sanderson and his crew are staying in Sanya, China for the entire stopover, using every second at their home port to recoup, repair and improve.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40 Phesheya-Racing battered
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Throughout Sunday, thoughts of competitive racing were temporarily suspended for one of the Class40s in the Southern Ocean as the South African team on Phesheya-Racing was forced to heave-to in strong headwinds and confused seas. Furthest south at 48 degrees leading the trio, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel missed the worst of the gale with Cessna Citation... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the return home for Sanya
Volvo Ocean Race,
Local crew member, Teng, better known as Tiger, was draped in a Chinese flag as he led Mike Sanderson's men across the line in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 finish, into the team's home port at 12:35:17 UTC, bringing to an end 14 days of gruelling racing in Leg 3 Stage 2 from the Maldives.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Impressive Media and Readership for Leg 1
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race organisers have released the Media and readership statistics for the first leg of the nine leg race. As expected the event compares more than favourably with the America's Cup World Series which ran its San Diego event around the same time as the start of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates TNZ and Luna Rossa race in Auckland + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Auckland's America's Cup fans got the chance, today, to see what they have missed, with the no-show of an expected event in the America's Cup World Series. On the inner harbour course, familiar to many as a match racing track, bounded on its southern side by a number of vantage points, spectators got the chance to view at first hand, the two Auckland based America's Cup teams going head to head... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya sail into home port
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race Team Sanya, the first sole Chinese entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, crossed the finish line at their home port late Sunday night to a raucous welcome from thousands of locals who lined the dock. Firecrackers sounded as the exhausted team, including the first Chinese sailor to compete in the race Teng 'Tiger' Jiang He, stepped ashore for hugs, kisses and cheers... [more]
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