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 18 Nov 2012
  Welcome to Sail-World Canada



And then they were 16!

Sail-World's Richard Gladwell (red wet weather gear) , checks out the wingsail twist as Emirates Team New Zealand's AC72 rips across the Hauraki Gulf at speeds of over 40kts  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©
In just over a week, the 2012 Vendée Globe race has already claimed four victims while others have had to deal with various on board situations. First, it was Safran, Marc Guillemot was forced back with a damaged keel; then Kito de Pavant and Louis Burton sustained race-ending damage following collisions with fishing boats and finally, Sam Davies retired when Savéol was dismasted off Madeira. Fortunately, all skippers are safe. Finding a suitably sheltered location to climb up the rig, untangle wrapped spinnakers or review keel hydraulic systems have been on the daily menu for others. At the front of the fleet, Armel Le Cléac'h on Banque Populaire is building a solid lead after passing François Gabart, the early leader on MACIF, who with Dick, Stamm, Riou and Thomson make up the lead group. Stay with Sail-World for our daily updates as the fleet heads south of the equator.

Armel le C'leach, Banque Populaire, Vendee Globe 2012  © Vincent Curutchet / BPCE

Port Credit Yacht Club's local J/24 guru, Rossi Milev, has placed second at the J/24 North Americans at the Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville, FL. Rossi and his crew edged ahead of competitors Travis Odenbach and Mike Ingham from Rochester Yacht Club to claim the Lake Ontario bragging rights; 29 boats took part in the competition. Rossi's was the sole Canadian entry.

Also this week, check out Sail-World New Zealand editor Richard Gladwell's report following his wild ride onboard ETNZ's AC72 in Auckland, NZ. Hanging on for dear life as the crew put the powerful wing sail catamaran through its pace; Richard kept an eye on the instruments and witnessed on-water speeds in the mid-40's!

Vestas Sailrocket 2  © Helena Darvelid/VestasSailrocket

While on the topic of high speed; Paul Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket team report a new speed record of 59 knots in their purpose designed craft; for Canadian landlubbers, that is 110 km/hour!

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Vendee Globe - Battle continues as skippers push on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Javier Sansó (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) revealed that he went up his 100ft mast and successfully retrieved the main halyard on Friday evening, but so sheltered was the spot he found on the northeast coast of Tenerife that he was becalmed until 0400hrs (French time) on Saturday.... [more]
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J/24 North American Championship --Bream takes lead on Day 2
Christopher Howell,
Peter Bream's Team Tarheel built a solid lead going into the penultimate day of races at the 2012 J/24 North American Championship after finishing first in two of the four races competed Friday off a chilly waters of Jacksonville, Florida.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Leaders navigate southerly route on Day 7
Vendee Globe,
Things are starting to shape up going into the seventh day of racing in the Vendee Globe as the fleet of leaders take on a southerly route to further stretch their lead over the rest of the pack. Cheminées Poujoulat's skipper Bernard Stamm has already overtaken Macif's Francois Gabart for second place but yo-yo race is expected in the coming days.... [more]
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America's Cup: Volvo skipper gets first taste of foiling + Video
Sail-World,
Chris Nicholson, skipper of second place getter in the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, had a big day out when he joined the America's Cup sailing crew on the teams AC72 America's Cup Challenger. The video features some excellent extended footage of the yacht foiling. Later in the day ETNZ's AC72 hit speeds of 43.6kts... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 sets new speed record of 59kts
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket Project Leader and Pilot, Paul Larsen, discusses how he and the crew have now achieved a record setting pace of 59.01kts - yet to be ratified. During the run the team exceeded 62kts. The new mark was set in Walvis Bay, Namibia this September with a new hydrofoil package. The ratified record stands at 55.65 knots (64 mph) and is held by American Kite Surfer Rob Douglas.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Mike Golding nearing completion of first full week
Gamesa Sailing Team,
As Mike Golding looks forward to completing his first full week of his fourth Vendée Globe solo round the world race tomorrow, Saturday 17th November, the British skipper has been facing a frustrating time dealing with a wide band of high pressure which is making for light and unsettled breezes as he tries to improve his eighth place position today [Friday].... [more]
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Rally sailors rally to plant trees before crossing the Atlantic
Rachel Hibberd/Sail-World Cruising,
When you get a group of cruising sailors together there's bound to be a blue/green gene lurking somewhere. This group of cruising sailors, gathered for a rally, is helping their host country re-green their deforested land. It's the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC).... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Lead change and dismasting as skippers push on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, while Samantha Davies announced her dismasting to the race office last night, Armel Le Cléac´h, (Banque Populaire) took the lead from François Gabart. But for all the skippers in the top eleven, the conditions are much more comfortable than at the back of the fleet.... [more]
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America's Cup: Sailing Ups and Downs in two Cities
Sail-World,
America's Cup Challengers are once again sailing out of two cities on opposite sites of the Pacific. In San Francisco, Artemis Racing went sailing for the second day - with a little more breeze than on the first, and by all accounts had a good session.... [more]
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J/24 North American Championship - Mollicone and Bream shine on Day 1
Christopher E. Howell,
The 2012 J/24 North American Championship opened up in a swashbuckling fashion as as John Mollicone's 11th Hour Racing and Peter Bream's Team Tarheel went neck-to-neck against each other over two races and finished the day with four points each to lead the rest of the pack heading into the second day of competition.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Battered and broken but pushing on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Louis Burton was winning his race against time yesterday as he limps back to Les Sables d'Olonne after his collision with a French fishing boat at 0300hrs on Wednesday. He had 408 miles to go at 1600hrs (French time) after and making 263 miles in the last 24 hours.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 begins the big reveal of the beast within
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen of Vestas Sailrocket 2 discusses how the big reveal of the beast within is finally underway and how the speed was no accident nor was it unexpected.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Sanso reports damage to Acciona 100% EcoPowered
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the Acciona Sailing Team has been informed by its skipper Javier 'Bubi' Sansó that the boat Acciona 100% EcoPowered has had to modify its sailing route having suffered a bit of damage to the track of the main sail halyard whilst sailing in very harsh sea and wind conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing sails for first time in San Fran + Video
America's Cup.com,
Artemis Racing's AC72 hit San Francisco Bay under sail on Tuesday for the first time, with the team training for over three hours in winds of 8-12 knots. It was a milestone moment for the team who has seen this inaugural test sail delayed first by a damaged wing sail and then by structural issues with the platform during load testing last month. Includes video... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Rollercoaster ride south is on for the leaders
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the rollercoaster ride south is on for the leaders, as on the heels of strong breezes from the north, speeds for the pacemakers surged this afternoon, finally freeing them from the shackles of the high pressure ridge and a frontal passage, which combined to form the biggest strategic challenge of the solo nonstop round the world race thus far.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Riding shotgun on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 at 43.6kts
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World.com's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, spent three hours on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 for a training session on the Hauraki Gulf. Sailing in winds of up to 25kts the AC72 hit an amazing 43.6kts and didn't even feel like she was breaking into a sweat. He reports on Wednesday's race and test session.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Safran out of the water, keel removed
Soazig Guého,
Early this afternoon in Saint Philibert, Marc Guillemot's team took off Safran's mast and pulled her out of the water at the team's base. The enquiry into the causes leading to the keel breaking four hours after the start of the Vendée Globe can now begin. At the same time, the whole team is busy working on establishing a race programme for 2013.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Gains and strikes as skippers enter day 5 at sea
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Race Direction took a call at 0310hrs CET this morning from Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee. He reported that that he had been struck a glancing blow on the port side of his IMOCA Open 60 by a trawler. At the time, Bureau Valley was about 400 Nm west of Lisbon.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ out of shed after turbo-charging
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup Challenger, Emirates Team NZ's AC72, is out of the building shed in the Viaduct harbour and went for a brief test sail today, ahead of resuming her development program this week. The enhancements to the AC72 have not been specified are are believed to include the addition of aerofoil fairings to the beams, and other enhancements. See video in this story... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Macif continues to lead as waiting game evolves
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, if there is to be a time for rest, repairs and recuperation after the first three days of racing, it has been granted over the last few hours and into the fourth afternoon at sea. At the front of the 18 boat fleet the advance of François Gabart continued again this afternoon.... [more]
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Top-notch sailing set to unfold at Quantum Key West 2013
Jeanne Kleene,
Top notch sailing competition is set to take place on the testy waters of Key West, Florida next year as the finest sailors coming from different parts of the United States and abroad battle it out for sailing glory at the Quantum Key West 2013. The 26th edition of the annual sailing event will also feature the return of the NYYC Swan 42 Class... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Bitter conclusion for Kito De Pavant
Vendee Globe,
'I am cursed. The Vendée Globe is not for me.' That was the conclusion of the intensely disappointed Kito de Pavant this Monday afternoon, despairing at the harsh reality that his challenge to complete the Vendée Globe is, again, very prematurely over. For the second successive edition of the race this charismatic, twinkle eyed skipper from Port Camargue in the Mediterranean is having to withdraw.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Emotional roller coaster ride continues
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe is in full swing as the emotional roller coast ride continues. Rather than the strong gales which often prevail on the Bay of Biscay it was irregular, unsettled winds and big squalls which set a high work rate for the solo skippers through their first night of the solo race around the world.... [more]
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