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 25 Feb 2012
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Big gamble for PUMA!

The awards celebrations were in full swing at the Antigua Yacht Club last night for the RORC Caribbean 600; after only four years, this has become one the most popular event in the Caribbean spring race circuit. Perfect racing conditions have allowed Niklas Zennstrom's Rán to win first place overall, while the majestic superyacht Hetairos captured line honour earlier this week. The event caters to all tastes and budgets, yachts ranging in size from the 214ft Hetairos to a Mumm 36, in age from modern carbon racing machine to classic schooners and design from Class 40 to multihulls enjoyed the exceptional weather this year. A perfect formula struck by the Royal Offshore Racing Club and the Antigua Yacht Club; check out all the winners in the story!

Navigators in the Volvo Ocean Race have been scratching their head for the past week; zones of no wind are blocking the way south to New Zealand and, as a result, the fleet keeps sailing west. In the case of PUMA, they have spent the last few days on a major gamble heading north to Japan; time will tell whether this bold move pays off for Ken Read and his team as they are now racing in better breezes than the fleet hunting for wind further south. When it became obvious earlier this week that cutting the corner at the Philippines mark evaporated as an option, most teams followed a course just south of Taiwan at 22º North and have since progressed further away from New Zealand by sailing as far as 27º North; this might be turn out to be a very long leg. Camper is currently at the top of the leaderboard, but only because they are the southernmost yacht; things are likely to change soon.

In the Global Ocean Race, two yachts have safely rounded Cape Horn in unusually benign conditions; Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel were there first on Wednesday Cessna Citation while Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon with Financial Crisis reached to famous landmark yesterday. Taking advantage of favourable conditions, Nannini and Ramon successfully sailed through the Lemaire Straight; feeble winds and adverse currents have caught many unwary sailors tempted by the short cut in the past. With less than 800 miles to the finish in Punta del Este, the leaders should get there in the nest few days.

Qingdao has been busy welcoming the Clipper Round the World Race fleet this past week; De Lage Landen clinched first place but Geraldton Western Australia was first in Quingdoa; De Lage Landen was awarded some time when they stopped racing earlier in the leg to support a medical emergency on board Gold Coast Australia who came in third despite a stop in Taiwan. The teams will enjoy a well-deserved rest in Qingdao after a challenging race 8 from Singapore; next leg will take them across the Pacific to California on March 4th.

Readers on the East Coast and particularly the Halifax area will not want to miss the Halifax International Boat Show this week-end.

Mark your calendar now; next weekend is Act 1 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, Oman. Get ready at www.extremesailingseries.com where you can watch all the action live!

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Volvo Ocean Race: Puma heads for New Zealand at 20kts plus
Richard Gladwell,
Puma Ocean Racing, the US flagged entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, is blitzing the fleet, sailing at speeds of around 19kts, while her competitors are sailing at 10-12kts. Worst affected is the leg leader, Camper crewed by Enirates Team NZ, who has been forced to sail the most northerly course of the group, reducing her lead under the on the water snap shot of the boat positions used by VOR... [more]
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Olympic Star Sailors Clarke/Bjorn want to take you to the Olympics!
Andria Scanlan,
Richard Clarke (Salt Spring Island, BC.) and Tyler Bjorn (Montreal, Que.) are in their final preparations with their sites on a podium finish at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The sailors, currently ranked sixth in the world in the Star Class (http://www.sailing.org) will spend the better part of the next 5 months in Europe training and competing in order to be ready for the games.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Qingdao arrive in home port
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After 22 gruelling days at sea Qingdao has made it to its home port - crossing the finishing line in Fushan Bay at 1828 UTC. It's been a rough journey for the Qingdao crew, being hit by the 'home port curse' and arriving in last place, but spirits were soon lit up, as a spectacular welcome in China's ‘Capital of Sailing' awaited them.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper lead, but is Puma about to pounce?
Sail-World,
Camper and Groupama extended their lead on the Volvo Ocean Race fleet pushing east as Puma gambled their chips on the arrival of a northerly breeze forecast to fill in in the next 48 hours. At 2200 UTC on 24 February Ken Read's men on Puma Ocean Racing had slipped to 273 nauctical miles behind leg leaders Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand but were banking on better winds coming their way.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis second Class40 to round Cape Horn
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) Class40 Financial Crisis, skippered by Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon, crossed the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate at 56S at 23:25 GMT on Thursday. Racing 49 miles off the infamous outcrop at the southern tip of Chile, Financial Crisis is the second, double-handed, GOR Class40 to round the world's most notorious cape.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - The relentless pursuit continues
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, along with Ken Read/USA, have set out in a northeast direction alone, with the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Tanega Shima being their closest landmark and the remainder of the fleet not within 165 nautical miles (nm). The rest of the fleet were enjoying some fast sailing this evening as they reached speeds of 18 knots.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Winners announced
Louay Habib,
RORC Caribbean 600 - It has been a busy 24 hours at the Antigua Yacht Club. At dawn today only three yachts were still at sea vying to complete the course before tonight's Prizegiving celebrations and all of the class winners are now provisionally decided. The bar at the Antigua Yacht Club has been in full swing, buzzing with stories between the crews and songs in a myriad of different languages.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Impressive number of entries
Michele Korteweg,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - With less than a week to go before action begins the fleet continues to grow impressively with nearly 200 yachts now signed up for the competition. And while the quantity of the field is certainly striking, the big story is the quality of the boats and sailors who will soon descend on the friendly island of St. Maarten.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright,
RORC Caribbean 600 images from photographer Tim Wright/Photoaction.com.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Will the East come through with a dividend?
Richard Gladwell,
East continues to be best in the Volvo Ocean Race, as the fleet tries to get south to the next stop over in Auckland. As she has done for the past couple of days, Camper continues to lead - using the course routing feature of PredictWind - however Groupama is just seven miles astern.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Has Rán clinched the overall title?
Louay Habib,
On day four of the RORC Caribbean 600, around noon, Niklas Zennstrom's JV52, Ran, appears to have clinched the overall win and will lift the sterling RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy at tomorrow night's prizegiving ceremony. This morning Scarlet Logic, co-skippered by Ross Applebey and Tim Thubron, was the only yacht which posed any sort of threat, but realistically the Oyster 48 will not cover... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Bizzare day
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are currently en route to Auckland, New Zealand in Leg 4. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Azzam skipper, Ian Walker, referred to the day's racing as bizzare and said that 'Anybody looking at our tracks on the computer must think the navigators have gone mad – or that we do not know the way to Auckland. The route we are taking is so far off the scale.....'... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Epic battle between schooners
Louay Habib,
RORC Caribbean 600 - Both Adela and Windrose capture the imagination of years gone by. In spectacular surroundings the golden age of the schooners was recreated in an epic battle between two magnificent yachts and just before dawn today, the gentlemanly duel was settled.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Charging towards Cape Horn
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Having crossed the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate at 06:25 GMT on Wednesday at the head of the fleet, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel made a steep climb north-east out of the Southern Ocean with Class40 Cessna Citation. Leaving Cape San Juan at the eastern end of Isla de Los Estados to port almost 24 hours after rounding Cape Horn Colman and Kuttel entered the South Atlantic... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Who is really leading the Volvo Ocean Race?
Richard Gladwell,
The fortunes of the six competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race have been waxing and waning - if you believe the official results which show regular lead changes occurring even over just the space of a couple of hours. Using the Predictwind.com routing system, we get quite a different picture from the 'who's closest to Auckland approach' adopted by the Volvo OR reporting and tracking system.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - New leader emerges as fleet exit Luzon Strait
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Camper team led the fleet through the Luzon Strait, passing within a mile of the lighthouse marking the southern tip of Taiwan at 1830 UTC tonight. Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) and Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) followed. But, at 2200 UTC tonight, a new leader had emerged and Telefónica was in back their customary position as leader of the pack.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 line honours winner
Trish Jenkins,
In the RORC Caribbean 600, the 200ft superyacht Hetairos skippered by Vincent Fauquenoy, has crossed the finish line in Antigua. The finish took place on Wednesday 22nd February 2012 with the course being completed in an elapsed time of two days - two hours - 39 minutes and 32 seconds to claim Line Honours.... [more]
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America's Cup: San Francisco Cup course is placed close to shore
Sail-World,
The race course area for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco has been revealed, by America's Cup organisers. Stretching across the city shoreline from Piers 27/29 out to near the Golden Gate Bridge, the course will bring the action closer to shore than ever before in the 160-year history of the Cup.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet arriving in Qingdao
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The first teams to complete race 8 have started to arrive in Qingdao, China, today to a hero's welcome. De Lage Landen clinched first place as Geraldton Western Australia celebrated line honours. Meanwhile, Gold Coast Australia secured a podium place despite a medevac off Taiwan.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet face challenging conditions
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Winds over 20 knots, waves up to four metres and an ominous sounding ‘Black Tide' current continue to make life challenging for the six crews on their way to Auckland, New Zealand. In his latest report from the boat Camper Media Crew Member (MCM) Hamish Hooper gave a vivid illustration of how difficult even the most basic and mundane task can be in the tumultuous conditions.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 day 2 - Hetairos takes pole position
Trish Jenkins,
On day two of the 2012 RORC Caribbean 600, the supermaxi, Hetairos, claimed poll position at 1500 local time. Passing to leeward of George David's 90ft maxi Rambler off the east coast of Montserrat. Hetairos let loose on a broad reach, blasting through the Caribbean surf at a speed in excess of 22 knots.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40s face tactical dilemmas
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - For the two frontrunners there has been a tactical dilemma over the past 24 hours as an intense low pressure system rumbles towards Drake Passage and Cape Horn. By Tuesday afternoon, both Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis had committed to their individual options and the next 24 hours will be the hardest sailing of the circumnavigation for the two teams.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 action images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright images,
RORC Caribbean 600 photographer Tim Wright / Photoaction.com was onwater capturing all the action.... [more]
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Bayview Mackinac Race registration open
Greg Thomas, Mackinac Race Chairman,
The 2012 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race is open for business. We are pleased to announce that our Notice of Race has been posted and our website is open for registration.... [more]
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Canadian Sailing Team 2012 members announced
Canadian Yachting Association,
The Canadian Yachting Association is pleased to announce the members of the 2012 Canadian Sailing Team. The team was established based on the 2011-12 Sport Canada carding criteria. The team structure includes a Podium Team, Senior Development Team, and a Development Team.... [more]
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Stan Honey on navigating Groupama 3 to Jules Verne record in 2010
Vincent Casalaina,
Here's what Stan had to say about guiding Groupama 3 around the world in 48 days 7 hours and 44 minutes shaving two days off the previous record circumnavigation. He talks about how the navigator plays a crucial role in getting the boat in the optimum wind and wave pattern.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40 Phesheya-Racing reach 56S
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - At 18:00 GMT on Sunday, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel re-took the lead with Cessna Citation as Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon climbed north with Financial Crisis, dropping back to second place as the new leaders built on their lead overnight.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Gold Coast Australia returns to racing
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It has been a memorable 24 hours on board Gold Coast Australia, one of the two Australian entries taking part in the race, after a drama packed day which saw the successful diversion to Taiwan to evacuate two injured crew members. Tim Burgess was on the foredeck when he broke his leg changing a headsail in the gruelling conditions.... [more]
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