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 21 Apr 2012
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Three bullets for Carbonado at Charleston Race Week!

The Semaine Olympique Française de Voile is the fourth event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit where many members of the Canadian Sailing Team will be racing this weekend. Bjorn and Clark will be looking for great sailing conditions in Hyères in the south of France as they prepare for the 2012 Star World Championships next month at the same venue. With less than 100 days before the London games, teams have to maximize all their time on the water.

While on the Olympic topic, reports and recommendations are out following the extensive evaluation of new equipment for the 2016 games in Brazil. Check the details for the Mixed Multihull and the Women's Skiff in the stories below.

Cessna Citation leads the way in the Global Ocean race as the fleet crosses the equator; other than negotiating the meanders of the Guiana current, it's been relatively easy sailing for the pat few days. Earlier this week, Yvonne Beusker replaced Nico Budel on the Dutch Sec. Hayai team after a short stop in the Brazilian port of Fortaleza; Budel was called off the race by personal business back in Holland.

After a great first race in the Bay of Biscay last week-end, Diane Reid's hopes to have One Girl's Ocean Challenge on the start line of the single-handed Pornichet Select have come to an end yesterday after on-going challenges with the autopilots. Diane opted to play it safe and watch the race from shore. Read the full story on her blog here.

Charleston Race Week is currently on; after two days of racing, Carbonado, the new Canadian MC38 team lead by Rob and Sandy Butler have posted three bullets to lead the PHRF A scoreboard, while Jackpot from the Sarnia Yacht Club is third in the Viper 640 one-design class. More action this weekend!

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is set for the DHL In-Port Race in Itajai today, followed by the Leg 6 start tomorrow. Both events will be broadcasted on the VOR Livestream feed; check out the official website http://www.volvooceanrace.com. In the news earlier this week, the international race jury dismissed the protest over Telefonica carrying an illegal number of sails stating ambiguity in the rules.

Finally, on behalf of the Canadian sailing community, I wish to extend my condolences to the families and friends of Low Speed Chase following the terrible tragedy in the Farallones Race last Saturday. Fair winds.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor


Semaine Olympique Francaise - Team AlphaGraphics prepare for battle
Dana Paxton,
There are now less than 100 days until the start of the 2012 London Olympics and US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics are now in Hyeres to prepare for the pinnacle in sailing competition. Taking place April 21-27, the event expects over 1,000 sailors from more than 50 countries, and is the fourth stop in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series.... [more]
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2016 Mixed Multihull - Panel report and recommendations
Recommendation - The Evaluation Panel recommend consideration of two of the entrants, the NACRA 17 and the Viper.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40 Sec. Hayai sails through strings of seaweed
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - The majority of the Class40s are now the furthest offshore since the start of Leg 4 in Punta del Este, Uruguay, 18 days ago as Cessna Citation leads the fleet towards the Caribbean's Windward Islands in the North-East Trade Winds.... [more]
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2016 Women's Skiff Evaluation - Panel report and recommendations
The Evaluation Panel is unanimous in recommending that one of two boats is selected as the Equipment for the Women's Skiff event in the 2016 Olympic Sailing competition.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Gold Coast Australia in pole position
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia has taken the lead overnight after the team with a commanding overall lead opted to forego potential Scoring Gate points in favour of an inshore course and stronger winds. With the ten teams now one week into the 5,500-mile leg Richard Hewson and his team are hoping their decision will pay dividends in the long term... [more]
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Melges 24 Gold Cup Championship at Charleston Race Week
Joy Dunigan,
In 2012, the U.S. Melges 24 Class celebrates another Gold Cup Championship, this time held in conjunction with Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week. More than thirty teams from across the U.S.A. and around the world will be on the line for Friday's start of the three-day affair, eighteen of which have qualified to play as Corinthians in the famed all-amateur division.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week and Marina di Loano - Two spectacular events
Joy Dunigan,
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week in Charleston and Marina di Loano in Italy are two spectacular Audi Melges 20 events taking place on both sides of the pond this weekend. Charleston Race Week will be three days of impeccable racing for 30 of the class' strongest and most competitive North-American based racing teams.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Camper to seek redress on Telefonica decision
The joint New Zealand/Spanish entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ has given notice that she wishes to have the International Jury reconsider their decision announced today of the extra sail use by overall race leader, Telefonica. The jury decided the original rule was ambiguous and that Telefonica were reasonable in assuming they were in compliance.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week preview - The heat is on!
Charleston Race Week,
Charleston Race Week is America's biggest regatta and will see 17 different divisions of racing boats on six different courses battle it out over the next three days on the waters of Charleston Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Sailors from 10 countries and 29 states will race up to 12 races between Friday and Sunday, with champions crowned Sunday night at the regatta's beachside regatta village.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Against the world's best
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise is the fourth event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit and is now all set to get underway on Sunday in Hyeres, France for a week's worth of thrilling racing action. With less than 100 days to the Olympic Games, the stakes are high for some of the teams playing in Hyères their last chance for London.... [more]
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Canadians Fogh, Finch and Devries win the US Soling Championship
Stuart Walker,
Sixteen boats (there were five last year!) including all the North American stars - the reigning World Champion, Peter Hall, the reigning North American Champion, Cookie Kanter, and the reigning US Champion, Peter Galloway raced in the recent US Soling Championship in Annapolis, MD.... [more]
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Mike Sanderson on the present and future of the Volvo Ocean Race
Richard Gladwell,
Mike Sanderson was the youngest ever skipper to win the Volvo Ocean Race when he skippered the Volvo 70 ABN Amro, otherwise known as Black Betty, to victory in the 2005/06 edition of the round the world classic. Sail-World caught up with Mike Sanderson while he was in Auckland, after pulling out of Leg 5, and sought his views on a range of issues overhanging the future of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40 Sec. Hayai restarts racing from Fortaleza
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race Dutch team of Erik van Vuuren and Yvonne Beusker, at 20:30 GMT on Wednesday night, restarted racing from Fortaleza, Brazil, coming out of the blocks going fast, hitting ten knot averages as they pulled away from the coast with Class40 Sec. Hayai and remain the only double-handed team south of the Equator.... [more]
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Easter Seals Waves Regatta at Royal Vancouver YC
Canadian Yachting West,
Easter Seals Waves Regatta charity sailing event 2012 will feature one weekend of competitive Keelboat and Dinghy racing in English Bay as well as the recreational Easter Seals Cup race. Almost 200 boats participated last year and this year event organizers are hoping for close to 300 boats to take part.... [more]
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New CYA-ISAF Certificate of Competence Course Provider Endorsed
Eric Hill,
The Canadian Yachting Association (www.sailing.ca) has endorsed Halifax based Yachtmaster instructor Eric Hill to provide training that leads to CYA-ISAF certificates of competence in personal offshore safety and sea survival for crews involved in distance racing... [more]
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America's Cup: Three teams to train in New Zealand in AC72's in 2013
Richard Gladwell,
Three America's Cup teams will be sailing the giant AC72 catamarans in New Zealand during the summer of 2012/2013. America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing today confirmed what had been rumoured for weeks around Auckland, that they would be sailing their giant AC72 class catamarans off the northern New Zealand coast. They will join the Italian Luna Rossa team and the Emirates Team New Zealand... [more]
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One dead, four missing in California Farallones sailboat race
Carolyn Jones,
One sailor died and four others were missing Sunday morning after 12-foot waves pummeled a Sydney 38 yacht and hurled it onto rocks near the Farallon Islands during a sailboat race. Coast Guard and National Guard rescuers were scouring the choppy waters 27 miles west of the Golden Gate for the missing sailors early Sunday. Three other sailors were rescued from the rocks Saturday afternoon.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation pick up speed
Oliver Dewar,
Half of the fleet is now in the Northern Hemisphere after six and-a-half months in the south with Financial Crisis crossing the Equator in second place at 07:30 GMT on Wednesday. The lead Class40, Cessna Citation, is polling the best averages in north-easterly breeze as the South African duo approach the Equator on Phesheya-Racing with a strong, favourable current beneath their keel... [more]
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America's Cup: Second challenger withdraws, leaves substantial debt
Richard Gladwell,
A second challenger for the 34th America's Cup, Green Comm, based in Spain, has announced it has withdrawn from the 34th America's Cup. The team has left America's Cup organisers with a substantial debt at the time of the withdrawal following a collision in one of the America's Cup World Series events. That debt had not been paid when the team withdrew on 10 April... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper finishes, Leg 5 is completed
VolvoOcean Race,
After 31 days racing Camper finally crossed the Leg 5 finish line in Itajaí, Brazil, just after noon, at 12:35:44 UTC, having sailed an average of 1,400 nautical miles further and 11 days longer than their counterparts on the podium. Relief was visible on the faces of the 11 crew as they claimed fourth place in the race from one of their home ports, Auckland, New Zealand to Brazil, earning them... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet enjoy superb conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race - 'All that was missing from today was the champagne for breakfast, rosé for lunch and an ice cold G&T for sundowners!' Singapore skipper, Ben Bowley, is not alone in declaring the last 24 hours one of the best days' racing the teams have had in a long time.... [more]
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