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 02 Dec 2012
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Neck and neck racing in the Southern Atlantic!

JP Dick on top this morning - Vendee Globe 2012.  © Jean-Pierre Dick / Virbac-Paprec / Vendée Globe
After three weeks and some 6000 miles, it's neck and neck at the front of the single-handed round-the-world Vendée Globe race; after playing musical chair for the lead over the past few days, Jean-Pierre Dick, François Gabart and Armel Le Cléac'h are now running side by each towards the first ice gate located just South of the Cape of Good Hope. While we saw record braking days earlier this week; the days ahead promise to be challenging with uncertain weather patterns; the back of the fleet might find themselves falling further behind if the breeze shuts down on them. Definitely a very exciting race to watch as no one has walked away with the lead yet!

Artemis Racing - America's Cup World Series Day 2 in Newport, RI  Leighton O'Connor ©

The biggest news in America's Cup circles comes from challenger of record Artemis Racing as they unexpectedly announced major changes in their after guard earlier this week. Skipper Terry Hutchinson, who has been around since the early days of the team, is now gone and newcomers Iain Percy, Nathan Outteridge and Santiago Lange will join the team, along with multi-hull specialist Loick Peyron.

The Wave, Muscat and Oman Air battling it out - Extreme Sailing Series 2012.  Lloyd Images ©

The final race of the Extreme Sailing Series 2012 season is all set to go in Rio de Janeiro next week; the action should be plentiful as fans cheer recently announced wild card Team Brazil lead by none other than Torben Grael, Brazil's most successful Olympian.

Nominees for the Sail Canada annual awards were announced last Wednesday; the awards will be presented at the annual Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year celebration on January 19th in Toronto.

Those who expressed some interest following our Sea Survival article last week will be pleased to hear that a training session is planned for April 14-15 in Toronto; the event will be hosted by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details.


All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Vendée Globe leaderboard shuffles on Day 21
Vendée Globe,
The Vendée Globe 2012-13 is on day 21 of racing. Roll up, roll up, place your bets as the leaderboard shuffles through the night. The leading trio are playing musical chairs, and Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) this morning is at the front, ahead of François Gabart (MACIF) and Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) sits closely on his tail... [more]
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America's Cup: Italians fire off protests over Spying and Venue switch
Richard Gladwell,
It has been a busy week for rules advisers for the Italian Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, Luna Rossa. Two protests have been lodged with the International Jury. And the Jury Chairman has responded with a terse reminder to teams about leaking Jury documents to the media... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Interesting night for Golding, Gamesa + Video
Sara Blackwell,
Vendee Globe - Mike Golding, Gamesa update from the radio vacs at 12:05 GMT:You had an interesting night Mike, you put a gybe in, how was that? It was fine, the shift when it came, came pretty quickly, although I was semi prepared it was still quite complicated, because the shift was quite large it put us in to a nasty head sea which meant the boat was slamming...... [more]
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America's Cup: Hejdå Terry - Artemis Racing ring changes in AC72 crew
Richard Gladwell,
After just four days of sailing in the their new AC72 America's Cup Challenger, Artemis Racing, have announced several key changes in the afterguard. Gone is skipper, Terry Hutchinson, who has been with the team since its inception, and on-board are a bevy of Olympic Gold Medalists, plus highly experienced multihull skipper and technical specialist, Loick Peyron.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Thomson's 2003 record broken by Gabart, Macif?
Vendee Globe,
Yesterday in the Vendee Globe, between 12pm GMT Thursday 29th to 12pm GMT Friday 30th November François Gabart (Macif), travelled from point to point, 482.91 miles in 24 hours, averaging speeds of 20.1 knots. This breaks the record held previously by Alex Thomson in 2003. Confirmation of the record is subject to the WSSRC validation.... [more]
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Olympian Charlie McKee will lead USA's sailors toward success at Games
Dana Paxton,
Two-time Olympic medalist Charlie McKee has been appointed High Performance Director of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program. His responsibilities will include managing all on-the-water elements of the U.S. Sailing Team, including the coaching program, technical development and youth development with a goal of enabling sailors to reach the highest level for the next Olympic and Paralympic quadrenniums... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Fleet sailing to the beat of a different drum
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, as expected, the front of the fleet has compressed and the distances between the competitors has shrunk. Just seventy miles separates Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire), François Gabart (Macif) and Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) François Gabart (Macif) has closed the gap to a very tight twenty miles.... [more]
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America's Cup: November 2012 Review - 43.6 knots! But who is counting?

Following is the November 2012 review from Sail-World's fourth America's Cup Newsletter for the 34th America's Cup, which focusses on the action, developments and off the field play in the AC72 catamarans. Personal highlight this month on the America's Cup scene had to be the three hour sail on board Emirates Team NZ's AC 72.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Rio prepares to welcome the Extreme 40s
Extreme Sailing Series,
In only one week, the Extreme 40s will be heading into the final battle of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series in the spectacular city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – the same city that will not only be hosting the FIFA World Cup Final in 2014 but the 2016 Olympic Games, making it the destination of choice for sporting fans around the world.... [more]
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Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race entries open
Rich Roberts,
Take a deep breath and hold it ... until next April 26. That's when the Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race gets underway and competitors will be looking for all the wind they can get. Entries open Saturday, Dec. 1, for the 66th running of the Newport Ocean Sailing Association's traditional chase from Newport Beach to the Mexican resort town that several hundred boats have struggled to reach.... [more]
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Lifetime Achievement Award to Mustang Survival's Dwight Davies
Cindy Cheung,
Dwight Davies, Mustang Survival's owner and helmsman of the iconic company for much of its history, was presented with the BC Marine Trade Association's Lifetime Achievement Award during the annual BCTMA conference. The award, the first bestowed by BCMTA, recognizes outstanding achievement in supporting the BC recreational boating community.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Banque Populaire clutches the lead
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, it was resolute Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) that appeared on the live Visio video link up on Vendée Globe LIVE today. He said, 'I went around the St Helena anticyclone. I am heading to the first Ice gate. I am looking at the others and I believe we won't be very far away from each other in 48 hours...'... [more]
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America's Cup: Day 2 of racing in Auckland for Luna Ross and Emirates
Sail-World,
Two America's Cup Challengers, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ were on the Hauraki Gulf for their second day of racing. Emirates Team NZ photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to capture the action... [more]
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Nominees for the 2012 Sail Canada Awards
Sail Canada,
Each year Sail Canada invites sailing enthusiasts to participate in recognising Canada's top competitive and recreational sailors, coaches, volunteers and events via the Sail Canada Annual Awards. The 2012 Sail Canada Awards nomination period closed on November 15th with a record number of nominations received!... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Tension rises as the clock ticks on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, with 760 miles to go until the boats arrive at the first mark Gough Island, which they must leave to starboard, everything is still to play for in this nail biting strategic climax to the gateway of the southern ocean. If the fleet compresses it means the drag race through the mountainous swells of the icy south seas and leaves the race wide open.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 - Blown away... the over 65 knot run + Video
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket project leader and pilot, discussed the latest - including the 65+ knot run on Walvis Bay: So let's get this down here before I start forgetting stuff...Last Saturday looked like it was going to be a strong day from the moment it popped onto the long range Windguru forecast.... [more]
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Vendee Globe chess match commences + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) torpedoed into second place at the 1500 GMT ranking today. Although he feels it will be short lived, 'Up to second place on the rankings! Will be short lived when Macif and Virbac get the new wind first but happy anyway!'... [more]
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2012 Paralympic Games a winner in global TV ratings
IPC,
The London 2012 Paralympic Games were a TV ratings winner with pictures shown in more countries than ever before and attracted their biggest ever international audience according to new figures published by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).... [more]
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WSSR Council announces establishment of a new World Record
John Reed, WSSR Council,
The WSSR Council has now announced the establishment of a new World Record. Current 'B' category record: 2012. Vestas SailRocket. Paul Larsen AUS. Walvis Bay, NAM. 54.08 kts... [more]
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Ben Ainslie announces retirement from Olympic sailing for Cup bid
Lucy Harwood – Ben Ainslie Racing,
Ben Ainslie has now announced his retirement from Olympic sailing. At London 2012, Ainslie cemented his spot in sporting history by securing his fourth consecutive gold medal, it was the culmination of an Olympic career spanning 16 years. The final gold medal also entered Ainslie into the history books making the most successful Olympic sailor of all time.... [more]
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Rolex Watch U.S.A. extends support of US Sailing
Jan Harley,
US Sailing and Rolex Watch U.S.A. have announced that the iconic watch brand will extend its support of sailing's national governing body through the renewal of its long-standing sponsorship.... [more]
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