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 25 Nov 2012
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A Vendée Globe race of attrition!

Jean Le Cam, Synerciel - 2012 Vendee Globe  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©
Despite a rather slow procession through the doldrums as the fleet crosses over to the southern hemisphere, there is never a dull moment in the Vendée Globe race. Three more skippers had to call it quits this past week; first, Jérémie Beyou saw his campaign come to an end when the attachment point between the canting keel and the hydraulic ram that controls it broke, the team eventually established that the keel likely hit a submerged object. Gutek ran into on-going autopilot challenges on Energa; despite his best efforts, the prospect of steering by hand for the next two months was simply not an option and he was forced to abandon. Yesterday, Vincent Riou's good fortune ran out on PRB when the yacht hit a metallic buoy lost at sea that left a one-meter gash on the hull and broke an essential carbon piece of rigging.

Damange to PRB - 2012 Vendee Globe  © Vincent Riou / PRB / Vendée Globe

Others, like Jean Le Cam, had to contend with penalties from the race committee following various infractions as the fleet crossed the shipping channels outside of Gibraltar; the time penalties ranging from 20 minutes to two hours had to be executed within 24 hours and many skippers took advantage of the slow conditions at the time to stop racing immediately and get the sanction behind them as quickly as possible.

Last week, we were very excited to share the Vestas Sailrocket new sailing world record of 59 knots but we kept our fingers crossed for Paul Larsen and his team; surely, 60 knots couldn't be far off... Yesterday, Paul was over the moon with a new sustained speed of 65 knots! Simply incredible... Congratulations to the entire team!

Paul Larsen  .. .

I had the pleasure to attend a short safety at sea presentation by Captain Eric Hill earlier this week; Captain Hill did a fabulous job introducing his comprehensive 2-day Sea Survival course to a very attentive audience. I expect many of them will be back for more extensive training on this important topic.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor


Successful Safety at Sea presentation at PCYC
Sail-World Canada,
Earlier this week, Captain Eric Hill of Royal Canadian Air Force Maritime Helicopter Tactics provided an informative and possibly life-saving presentation on Safety at Sea to an attentive audience at the Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, ON. The free presentation was co-sponsored by Chubb Insurance and Canadian Yachting magazine.... [more]
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America's Cup: Jury deflects Artemis claim over error on daggerboards
Richard Gladwell,
The Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Artemis Racing, have lost an Appeal to the International Jury over their earlier foil measurement decision. On October 7, the International Jury ruled on a Protest from Emirates Team New Zealand, that the Measurement Committee had erred in their interpretation of a Class Rule governing the AC72 catamarans to be used in the America's Cup Regat... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 - Trimble readout leaves Larsen speechless
Paul Larsen,
Just in from Vestas Sailrocket 2 - Fresh off the Trimble... 68.01 over one second, 65.45 over 500 meters. Project leader and pilot Paul Larsen discusses the latest achievements.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Hanging by a carbon thread + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Vincent Riou (PRB) was fighting to stay in the race on Saturday night following a collision with a metal buoy in the night in the South Atlantic. The winner of the 2004-5 edition, hero of 2008-09 and one of the favourites for this race will need all of the skill as one best solo skippers France has ever produced to keep his flickering dream alive.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 focused on outright record over 60 knots
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, project leader and pilot for Vestas Sailrocket 2, gives insight on the big day that lies ahead for himself and the crew - Well the big forecast is playing out. It's 1017 here and the wind is already in. Our little corner of the Walvis Bay Yacht Club is buzzing as we prepare for the big day that we know lies ahead.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: New angles, amazing footage for next edition
Volvo Ocean Race,
With the new one-design boat comes the opportunity to improve the media systems. We caught up with Rick Deppe, co-ordinator of the Media Crew Member programme and star of our Building the Boat videos, to talk about the possibilities.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa skipper reflects on the opening days
America's Cup.com,
Luna Rossa Challenge skipper Max Sirena is embarking on his fourth America's Cup challenge with the Italian syndicate. He joined the fledgling team in 2000 as a mid-bowman, but now has chosen every man on the team. Sirena took time out yesterday to review how the team has progressed after its late entry into the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: PRB has collision and suffers hull damage + Video
Vendee Globe Media,
At 0700hrs (French time) on Saturday morning, Vincent Riou (PRB) warned his shore team that he had collided with a floating object. The skipper was at his navigation station at the time was able to get on the deck immediately after the impact and see that the object that had struck PRB was a harbour buoy (a large metal buoy).... [more]
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Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron to host 2013 Mobility Cup
Canadian Yachting,
The Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron is encouraging Canadian and foreign sailors with disabilities to participate in the 2013 Mobility Cup regatta from the 27th-30th of August. The Mobility Cup is considered the most prestigious sailing event for the disabled, giving them the platform to compete and excel in the sport.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Astonishing gains for Team Plastique
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alessandro Di Benedetto was supposed to be here just for the adventure, he has packed 130 days' worth of food and has a salad garden dotted around his deck, but never underestimate a man who has sailed around the world in a mini – the 21 foot boat variety, not the car, but only marginally less incredible.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 - THAT magical mile record + Video
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen of Vestas Sailrocket 2 recounts the team's record setting speed achievement and the excitement that ensued.... [more]
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Brian Todd named Nova Scotia Sailor of the Year
Nova Scotia Yachting Association,
The Nova Scotia Yachting Association held its annual awards ceremony on Saturday, November 17 to acknowledge the best in the sport in 2012. Sailor of the Year was Brian Todd, a coach with both the national and provincial sailing teams for many years who has made a significant contribution to the sport. Brian retires at the end of this year.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - The chase is on as Golding achieves 22nd crossing
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Mike Golding (Gamesa) crossed the Equator for the 22nd time as he chased the six leading boats in front of him south to the coast of Brazil. He deferred the traditional celebrations and offerings to Neptune this time because he had a half-hour penalty to complete and he is worried that the gains on the top six that he banked in the Doldrums will be withdrawn in lighter breezes... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Penalties given while another one 'bites the dust'
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski (Energa), bowed to the apparently inevitable and announced his retirement from the race on Wednesday at 1330hrs (French time) after days trying to find a fix for his autopilots. Gutek, almost 2,000 miles behind the leader, Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) had been sailing east, running tests on his two autopilots after his wipe out on Saturday.... [more]
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Sir Philip Craven challenges Rio 2016 to best London 2012
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven has challenged the organizing committee of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to outdo the achievements of London 2012, and deliver the best ever Paralympic Games.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Energa, 'Gutek' bow out of the race
Zbigniew Gutkowski,
The Vendee Globe has been nothing short of hectic for the skippers who set off from Les Sables d'Olonne and now, yet another skipper has been forced to retire. Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski, sailing on board Energa, has announced his retirement from the race.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - The fixable, the un-fixable and the avoidable
John Curtis,
Despite having teams of people overseeing every aspect of the preparation, a Vendee Globe Ocean Race is still an undertaking of colossal proportions. I am not a metallurgist or engineer, but it is a statement of fact that the Titanium used in Safran's Keel is a more brittle material that steel. I am sure that this is the first problem his engineers put their minds to.... [more]
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Sinking of the Bounty: A survivor tells his story
Katrina Koerting, Nelson County Times/Sail-World,
Of all the nightmares that a cruising sailor might have about misadventures at sea, one of the most vivid is that of watching your boat sink while you climb into a life raft in a raging storm. What would it be like... how would you feel...? Here a survivor from the sinking of the HMAS Bounty, Chris Barksdale, tells his story to Katrina Koerting:... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Hugo Boss moves into third place
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, at the back of the fleet, Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski (Energa) partially revealed the reason for his strange heading – he is testing a new solution to his autopilot nightmare. Since releasing his gennaker, the 39-year-old Polish skipper, has been heading due east and is 1607.9 miles from the top of the fleet.... [more]
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America's Cup: Two AC72's sailing on the Hauraki Gulf
Richard Gladwell,
Another milestone in the 34th America's Cup occurred today, November 19,2012 with two AC72's sailing on the Hauraki Gulf for the first time. For much of the session Luna Rossa confined herself to being well offshore, while Emirates Team NZ was much closer to the Takapuna shore. Later Sail-World's camera caught Luna Rossa on her mooring at sunset... [more]
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