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 03 Mar 2012
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Oman Teams win in Oman!

The Extreme Sailing Series opening Act of got underway in Oman earlier this week. To everyone's surprise, local favorites Oman Air took first place in the series, followed by the other local team The Wave–Muscat. Overall favorite French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild was relegated to the last podium place. Fabulous action on the water in close quarters in high performance 40-foot catamaran racing; doesn't get any better! Next stop is China; some of you will likely remember the strong winds in Qingdao that resulted in capsize featured on international news channels.

The big right hand turn South started as a drag race for the entire Volvo Ocean Race fleet; with PUMA catching up on the outside of the turn, it was almost a new start for the skippers. After a few days of phenomenal racing where 24-hour speed records were challenged, the fleet is now facing slower conditions as they negotiate the lighter conditions prevailing around the Solomon Islands. Groupama are in front leading PUMA and Abu Dhabi on an easterly course, while Telefonica has opted for a short cut through the islands with Camper and Sanya in pursuit. The coming week should be interesting to watch!


Everyone is now safely in the Southern Atlantic in the Global Ocean Race. The Cessna Citation co-skippers are now resting in Punta del Este having completed the leg on Wednesday; Financial Crisis and Phesheya-Racing should be joining them later this week.

In Qingdao, the Clipper Round the World Race crews are set for their departure towards Oakland, California tomorrow. The Clipper Race will be hosted as part of the impressive Strictly Sail Boat Show in Oakland waterfront next month, following the 5700 miles Pacific crossing.

The popular Heineken Regatta is currently on in St. Marteen; keep an eye for our on-site reports.

Pirate lovers will not want to miss the new Canadian documentary relating the history of pirates and privateers in Atlantic Canada. World broadcast premiere is on CBC Television's Land & Sea; Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 12 Noon.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis approach Leg 3 finish
Oliver Dewar,
With the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 3 finish of Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon in the next 24 hours as their Akilaria Class40 Financial Crisis beats across the 120-mile wide mouth of Rio de la Plata, 500 miles further south, Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire are making solid progress in headwinds with Phesheya-Racing.... [more]
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New documentary - History of pirates and privateers in Atlantic Canada
Jessica Murray,
Everyone knows about the Pirates of the Caribbean. Johnny Depp's portrayal of pirate Jack Sparrow is already the stuff of movie legend. But what about the pirates of Atlantic Canada? Pirates and Privateers is a half hour documentary that explores the rough-and-tumble history of marine piracy in the Maritimes.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet prepare for Leg 6
Isabel Hokken,
The Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are preparing for Leg 6 which is set to start from Qingdao in China, bound for San Francisco Bay, on Sunday 4 March at 1330 local time.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Looking to make the most of squalls and thunderstorm
Thomas Pryor and Sail-world,
As the leading boats cross the Equator Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand is looking to make the most of the large thunder clouds and sudden severe squalls on the approaches to the Doldrums. As the fleet eases down through the Solomon Islands group they are encountering squall lines packing gusts of wind in excess of 35 knots and rain filled thunder clouds that can significantly help or hind... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Day 1 - Ideal conditions
Michele Korteweg,
Race officials on two separate starting circles off the southern coast of St. Maarten sent their respective fleets on the traditional clockwise round-the-island race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Fingers crossed for the Doldrums + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - As they press onwards toward the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, Groupama 4's skipper, Franck Cammas/FRA said 'I've got my fingers crossed for this third passage through the Doldrums: all you need is one bad squall to lose a huge amount of ground as the experience of our previous two equators has shown.'... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Thrilling opening Act
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - There were massive Omani celebrations at The Wave, Muscat as Oman Air and The Wave score a one-two, squeezing out the French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild who had finished every day but the last on top. Going into the first Act, the all-French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild were favourites on paper and few would have predicted the final outcome... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis close in on Argentine coast
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon with Financial Crisis are closing in on the Argentine coast with headwinds likely for the final miles to the leg three finish line in Punta del Este while Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire have continued upwind conditions as they work north on Phesheya-Racing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro ticks away the miles
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: It took almost 10 days of sailing to get south of Sanya, our starting location, but ever since then we've been ticking away the miles to Auckland in a hurry.... [more]
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Brad Van Liew loses sailing company and prized yacht
Brian Hicks,
Brad Van Liew's racing yacht is on its way to France for a new race with a new owner, and his 15-year-old sailing company is out of business. On Thursday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court closed the book on Van Liew Ventures, ending one chapter in the life of the only American to race solo around the world three times.... [more]
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Miami Melges 32 Championship preview
Joy Dunigan,
Miami Melges 32 Championship - Over the next three days teams are not only looking forward to some intense yacht racing, but also the opportunity to bask in the simply more than perfect Miami weather - sunshine, warmth and classic high-performance breeze. Up six entries from 2011, the Melges 32 fleet anticipates great competition in North America, and it truly will culminate in Miami.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta kicks off with Gill Commodores Cup
Michele Korteweg,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 32nd edition kicked off with the Gill Commodores Cup in Simpson Bay. There are many adjectives one might employ to describe the sailing conditions off the south coast of the Friendly Island of St. Maarten. 'Sporty, sunny, and breezy' would all apply. But for the sake of simplicity, the day could be summed up with one straightforward word:... [more]
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Miami Sailing Week countdown underway
Jan Harley,
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week is set to roll out the red carpet next week. The event, being presented by EFG Bank, will take place in Coconut Grove in Miami, Florida from 4-10 March. BMSW's hospitality is the foundation on which this event is built, and when combined with great race management and an unbeatable winter sailing location, draws the world's best one-design sailors to South Florida... [more]
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America's Cup: Major America's Cup TV deal announced
Richard Gladwell,
A major announcement has been made on the TV broadcast in the US of the 34th America's Cup. There was no further detail on the arrangement at this mornings weekly international media conference on America's Cup matters. However the arrangement at this stage covers only the America's Cup itself, and not the Louis Vuitton Cup and whatever is conducted as a Defender Selection Series.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Drama for Phesheya Racing
Oliver Dewar,
In the Global Ocean Race, Conrad Coleman and Adrian Kuttel sailed across the Punta del Este finish line on Wednesday earning them the first place spot in Leg 3 with Cessna Citation. There was drama to the south off the Falkland Islands for Nick Legatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire on Phesheya Racing and some unusually civilised behavior from Marco Nannini and Hugh Ramon off the coast of Argentina... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - Head to head battle
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - Groupe Edmond de Rothschild lead going into the final day of Act 1 but Oman Air are just one point off first place. Tomorrow's finale sees at least five teams in contention for the podium.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation finish leg 3
Oliver Dewar,
After a slow final 24 hours, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel crossed the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 3 finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay.... [more]
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Extreme Sailng Series Act 1 - Competition still close on day 2 + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Day one of the Extreme Sailing Series ended with new skipper Morgan Larson tied for first place with tour favourites, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild. Today, Larson's impressive form continued as Pier Pennec's team clung to the top spot by only one point. Five different race winners out of eight races on day two, keeps the competition close.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: A sleighride through the 500nm a day barrier
Volvo Ocean Race,
It has been a thrilling night on the racetrack when half the fleet racing in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race broke through the magical 500-nautical mile (nm) barrier. As the high-speed chase to Auckland continues to test the crews to the full, the leg leader board has a new look today.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - Tied at the top
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - Losing a crew over the side hardly broke the stride of Oman Air, sharing the top of the leaderboard with French favourites Groupe Edmond de Rothschild.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Raw power, soaked decks and high speeds
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Ian Walker, skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Race, said 'Finally, it feels like the Volvo Ocean Race. No more drifting around or upwind sailing – just raw power, soaking decks and high speeds,' as the fleet surged south, clicking off the miles towards the Auckland finish, the sailing is nothing short of sensational.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Mixed fortunes
Oliver Dewar,
In the Global Ocean Race, there are mixed fortunes for theClass40 trio in the South Atlantic and the Southern Ocean. Leading the fleet towards the Leg 3 finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay, Conrad Colman – who has just been made Seahorse Magazine's Sailor of the Month – and his South African co-skipper, Adrian Kuttel, stayed in strong winds, but punishing seas... [more]
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Video: Star sailing in a 40kt 'breeze'
Valentin Mankin,
After a two weeks stop for his honeymoon, top Star sailor Diego Negri a few days ago started training again in Loano (SV, Italy) with his bowman Enrico Voltolini. In this video, you can see how fast 'an old lady', like a Star, can sail with 40 kts of wind.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 a sensational success this year
Trish Jenkins,
The fourth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 hosted by the Antigua Yacht Club, was a sensational success. The Caribbean's only offshore yacht race attracted some of the world's most stunning yachts in addition to the Corinthian entries. A total of 578 sailors from 36 different countries took part in a memorable race.... [more]
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