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 05 Jun 2012
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It's Sail for Gold for the Canadian Sailing Team!

The Lake Ontario offshore racing season started with some excitement this past weekend. As a member of the Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Group responsible for hosting the traditional Susan Hood Trophy Race at the Port Credit Yacht Club, I found myself on a conference call with fellow committee members and local weather expert Ron Bianchi just hours before the Friday evening start to consider options given the 40-knot winds and 4-meter seas that were battering Lake Ontario. Many racers had already contacted us stating they simply couldn't safely exit they home harbour to make it to the start line; let alone consider racing in the prevailing conditions. Despite the various logistical challenges it posed, it was an easy decision to postpone the start until the following morning.

Dark clouds followed the Susan Hood Trophy Race fleet  Elizabeth A Kerr

Conditions were still challenging on Saturday morning with 20 knots on the nose at the start; the shorter course, from PCYC to Burlington and back, turned to be a perfect 40-mile windward-leeward race. 90 of the 115 registered yachts still showed up; offshore racing is alive and well on Lake Ontario!

Following Canada's Olympic Sailing Team announcement, the Canadian Sailing Team is now racing at the prestigious Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in the UK. This is event number 6 in the ISAF Sailing World Cup; a perfect opportunity to test out the Olympic venue. Last event of the Series before the Games is in Kiel stating June 16th.

Windward mark on day 1 - Skandia Sail for Gold 2012  Robert Deaves /IFA

Cessna Citation has Les Sables d'Olonnes in their sight as they set to cross the finish in the French city and win Leg 5 of the Global Ocean Race. It has been a rather challenging Atlantic crossing that began with much upwind sailing; followed by Force 9-10 storms once the westerly breezes came in.

Less than a week to go before the action resumes in the Volvo Ocean Race; a great Leg 7 win for Abu Dhabi and skipper Ian Walker who crossed the Lisbon finish line just minutes ahead of Groupama but a second place was sufficient for Franck Cammas to take the overall lead on the scoreboard. The tightest race in recent history, the next two legs and in-port races will be crucial for the top four entries; only 21 points separate Groupama, Telefonica, PUMA and Camper. Next leg is a short sprint from Portugal to France, followed by an even shorter race from France to Ireland in early July. You will not want to miss the Lisbon in-port race this Saturday on the official VOR website.


All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta – Canadians off to rough start
Canadian Yachting Association,
Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta is currently underway at the Weymouth and Portland National sailing academy in Dorset England. The Canadian fleet was off to a rough start this week. Today the Star, Men's 470, Men's and Women's RS:X, SKUD, Sonar, 49er 2.4mR and Finn classes were all on the course, in light winds and cool 10 degree air.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leader approaches Leg 5 finish
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race leading Class40 is approaching the final finish line of the 30,000-mile circumnavigation in leg five to Les Sables d'Olonne, France, and the two skippers, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough, are flat lining east through the Bay of Biscay in following wind with just 137 miles remaining for Cessna Citation on Tuesday afternoon... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Day 1 – Mills and Clark dominate + Video
Ben Baker, Sportsbeat,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2012, hosted by WPNSA in Dorset, Great Britain is currently underway. They might be sitting pretty at the top after day one of the Regatta, but Hannah Mills insists the title is far from being a foregone conclusion for herself and Saskia Clark.... [more]
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Christening of ABYC mark/pin boat named to honour of Jack Cameron
Katie Nicoll,
As a now Honorary but long term member of ABYC, Patrick Lymburner was asked to say something about Jack Cameron, at the christening of the new mark/pin boat named in his honour. Pat was quick to point it that, 'It is not hard to think of the many whose lives were touched by this man, as his contribution to the Sport of Sailing is legendary.'... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta – Solid start for Ben Ainslie + Video
Ben Baker, Sportsbeat,
Ben Ainslie kicked of his Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta yesterday in solid fashion, but the Finn sailor admits it isn't all about results this week on Olympic waters. The 35-year-old headed to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy as the man to beat, having wrapped up a record sixth world title last month in Falmouth.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders count down final miles
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race two front running Class40s were separated by 280 miles on Monday afternoon as the two double-handed Class40s head due east at the same latitude as the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. South-west of the leading two boats, around 180 miles NNW of the Azores, Phesheya-Racing and Sec. Hayai are beginning the long ascent through the Atlantic to the Bay of Biscay.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta gets underway + Video
Paul Smith, Sportsbeat,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Tim Hall believes this year's event will be the mostly keenly contested yet with the Olympic Games just under two months away. The event director for the Royal Yachting Association spoke as the 2012 event got underway - which will host the sailing competition at this year's Olympics.... [more]
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Sail-World Canada is a proud offshore racing sponsor
Guy Perrin,
Sail-World Canada found out sometime last week that five owners of Beneteau First 36.7 had registered for the historical Susan Hood Trophy Race; what a great opportunity to bestow a new honor on a select group amidst the handicap racing fleet. Greg Nicoll immediately stepped up and, starting a new tradition, offered to sponsor a trophy for the best finisher.... [more]
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2012 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sailors Announced Today
Canadian Yachting,
The Canadian Yachting Association is pleased to announce the following Olympic and Paralympic sailors who will be nominated to the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee for inclusion on the 2012 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic team.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center June Grade 2 Invitational - Canfield victory
CMCR,
Another challenging day with extremely shifty conditions at Chicago's world famous Navy Pier for teams at the Chicago Match Race Center's June Grade 2 Invitational presented by Eurex.... [more]
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Images form the start - 2012 Susan Hood Trophy Race
Sail-World Canada,
Canadian Yachting's Elizabeth Kerr shares these images from the start of the 2012 Susan Hood Trophy Race at the Port Credit Yacht Club.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet sail through second gale
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - As Tropical Storm Beryl prowls around the North Atlantic, the GOR fleet of double-handed Class40s has successfully sailed through the second gale in three days. Furthest south in fourth place, Nico and Frans Budel recorded gusts of up 35 knots on Sec. Hayai... [more]
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Great Turnout for the 2012 Susan Hood Trophy Race
Guy Perrin,
Despite the postponement because of unsafe Lake Ontario conditions on Friday, 87 racers showed up at the start line at 11:00am on Saturday for the Susan Hood Trophy Race. The usual triangular 76-mile triangular course was shortened to 40 miles from PCYC to the Burlington Weather station and back.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Closest ever race develops into a four way battle
Volvo Ocean Race,
Two legs, 2,500 miles and three inshore sprints will decide the closest ever Volvo Ocean Race – and with four boats in with a shot of winning, points have never been more crucial. Never in the 39-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race have four boats been in with a realistic chance of winning with just around 10 days of offshore sailing left to go.... [more]
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Susan Hood Trophy Race Postponed due to weather and safety concerns
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Group,
Organizers of this event had to make a call yesterday to delay the start of last nights race until this morning due to unsafe weather conditions and concerns for safety of the participants.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama cross Leg 7 finish in second
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race – By finishing second, a little over five minutes behind Abu Dhabi, Franck Cammas and his men sailed a superb seventh leg, which has enabled them to move up into the lead of the overall standing. Extremely intense throughout the 3,590-mile course between Miami and Lisbon, this leg confirms the determination of the crew of Groupama 4... [more]
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The Coolest Race on the Lake Starts Tonight
Canadian Yachting,
Once again the offshore yacht-racing season on Lake Ontario is ready to kick off with the annual Susan Hood Trophy Race. Despite our warm spring weather, 'The Coolest Race on the Lake' is really the coldest race on the lake!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Puma cross Leg 7 finish in third
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 team Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg returned to the podium with a third-place finish into Lisbon, Portugal, early Friday morning to complete Leg 7. The Puma crew made the more than 3,500 nautical mile transatlantic crossing from Miami, Florida, to Lisbon in 11 days, six hours, 26 minutes and 51 seconds.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet pummelled by low pressure system
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - As the mid Atlantic low pressure system moved north-east after pummelling the GOR Class40s, the fleet leader Cessna Citation with Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough held onto the wind longest, polling averages of over 11 knots before finally dropping off the back of the system at around 06:00 GMT on Thursday.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Moves at the top
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi shrugged off seven months of Volvo Ocean Race frustration to seal their first offshore victory in a nerve-jarring transatlantic leg from Miami to Lisbon. Groupama, skippered by Franck Cammas, now lead Telefónica by three points overall, with the Spanish team dropping off the lead for the first time since their victory on Leg 1 from Alicante to Cape Town back in November.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Cream of world sailing head to Weymouth
Jo Grindley,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2012 - The waters of Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour will be filled with the stars of sailing over the next couple of weeks as the team's training camps at the 2012 Olympic venue turn serious with the final pre-event. The annual event will this year feature almost all of the medal contenders for the upcoming Games.... [more]
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Olympic Sailing Competition – Los Angeles 1984
ISAF,
The Olympic Sailing Competition in 1984 was held in Los Angeles, USA. The Los Angeles and Long Beach combination that was seen in the 1932 Olympic Sailing Competition was used again at the 1984 Games as the USA hosted the Olympic Games for the third time.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup heads to Weymouth
ISAF,
Skandia Sail for Gold, the sixth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, is being held from 4 to 9 June 2012. Over 700 sailors from 60 nations will compete at the host venue of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth.... [more]
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