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 16 Dec 2012
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Francois Gabart, MACIF - 2012 Vendee Globe  Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©
After 36 days at sea, the Vendée Globe fleet has spread out as they negotiate the ice gates in the Indian Ocean; bringing up the rear, Alessandro di Benedetto is reaching the Crozet Gate immediately South of Madagascar while the front runners have their sight on the Eastern Australia gate. Opting for a more southerly route, Gabart and Le Cléac'h are currently running away with the lead and establishing themselves in the Vendée Globe records book in the process. If there was any doubt about the speed potential of the new VPLP-Verdier designs; MACIF and Banque Populaire have certainly performed in outstanding fashion this past week for the two young skippers.

Spectacular racing at Antigua Sailing Week  Paul Wyeth / pwpictures.com - copyright

Although there is no snow on the ground yet, we know it's somewhat inevitable... Time to start thinking of winter and spring sailing vacations; Antigua Sailing Week is on the menu this week. What a perfect way to enjoy the Caribbean's fine weather in late April; the 45 year-old event attracts everything from prestigious race yachts to cruisers in bareboat charter, everyone gets to partake in the fun.

Racers in the Pacific Northwest can mark their calendar for the 70th Swiftsure International Yacht Race hosted at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club on May 25th to 27th. With its many course options, the Swiftsure also caters to racers of varying interests.

Ken Read, onboard PUMA during the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race  Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

In recent marine business news, popular Volvo Ocean Race skipper Ken Read is back with North Sails following a glorious racing career on the water; this time he is taking the helm of the world's largest sailmaker and will replace retiring Gary Weisman as company president in January.


All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Vendee Globe - Masters of their own universe + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, whilst the rest of the fleet struggle to deal with either no wind or too much, only the leader and Francois Gabart (Macif) and Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) seem to be masters of their own universe. But even they will need to brace themselves for the cold to come as, 950 miles south of Australia, they dive down into the freezing Furious Fifties for the first time.... [more]
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The resurrection of Olympic windsurfing + Video
Patrik Pollak,
Windsurfing has been thru ups and downs in recent years. End of the world predictions were almost truthful for Olympic windsurfing this year. There was a lot of discussions about why windsurfing should stay at the Olympics.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Gabart breaks Indian Ocean and Cape Leeuwin records
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe is currently underway and like every young man in a hurry to meet his destiny, Francois Gabart (Macif) arrived early last night and in his urgency, claimed an unexpected second record.... [more]
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America's Cup: Old photo evokes design assistance claims
Richard Gladwell,
The off the water pressure in the 34th America's Cup, clicked up a few notches today with an attack on the Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa co-operation agreement. The text, published on a major US sailing website, and elsewhere on the interweb, ran under photo of Emirates Team NZ's Wing Design Coordinator, Steve Wilson, pictured on board Luna Rossa's AC72... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Leaders shrug off pursuers at Cape Leeuwin + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Francois Gabart and Armel Le Cléac'h are the double act which have shared the top two places through the Indian Ocean locked together for six consecutive days now. This evening, probably around midnight, the race's runaway leaders should pass the longitude of SW Australia's Cape Leeuwin in quick succession.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week 2013 - Fun, games and an exciting new event
Trish Jenkins,
Warm trade winds and Caribbean surf are the norm for five days of scintillating competition for the 46th edition of Antigua Sailing Week. Lay Day, which provides a mid-week break from racing on Wednesday, May 1, will be the setting for fun and games and an exciting new event for the Caribbean's most prestigious sailing regatta.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Leaders reach Australia's West gate
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Armel Le Cléac'h passed the Australia West gate last night at around 1944hrs UTC on its most westerly mark 21 minutes ahead of François Gabart, who was 18 miles to the east, but it is Gabart who has made the overnight gain as the fleet heads under Australia.... [more]
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Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Persephone conquers in remarkable form
Susan Rainger,
In the 2012 ARC, husband and wife, Nigel and Karen Goodhew have not only fulfilled their dream of crossing the Atlantic on their Sigma 38, Persephone of London, but have done it in remarkable form. Persephone, one of the soon to be 25 years old Sigma 38 fleet has finished fourth in the ARC Racing Division B, fifth in Combined Racing, crossing in 16 days, 7 hours and 4 minutes.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Champagne for the boat and for the skipper + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, there has been champagne for the boat and a little for the skipper, as the effervescent Italian Alessandro Di Benedetto celebrated his passage of the Cape of Good Hope yesterday evening in the time honoured fashion, spraying more on the decks of his trusted IMOCA Open 60 Team Plastique than he consumed himself.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ design chief looks to the second AC72
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ's Technical Director, Nick Holroyd outlines the changes he expects to be made to the team's second AC72, on Day 30, as New Zealand is decommissioned and packed away. Reading between the comments in this video interview with is reasonably plain that New Zealand, the team's first AC72 was always something of a sailing science experiment and the next will be a reliable race boat.... [more]
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Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2013 - From Canvas to Carbon
Fiona Cubitt,
Swiftsure is no ordinary yacht race; it's a festival of excitement and camaraderie that draws the Pacific Northwest's best racers and an international audience to Victoria. 2013 will see the Royal Victoria Yacht Club host the 70th Swiftsure International Yacht Race on May 25 to 27, 2013.... [more]
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Ken Read named as new President of North Sails Group
Sail-World,
North Sails announced today that Volvo Ocean Race skipper and veteran sailmaker Ken Read will return to North Sails in the role of president in early January, 2013. Read will take over for current president Gary Weisman, who has served at the helm of the world's largest sailmaker for 16 years, and who plans to retire within the next 4 months.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing sailing on Day 8
Erik Simonson, www.pressure-drop.us,
Artemis Racing returned to training again on SF Bay after nearely another week between sessions. They theoretically have 22 days remaining, for 2012 but with weather and holidays in the mix it is mathematically difficult to get their full 30 days in before January 31, 2013.... [more]
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Fifth World Yacht Racing Forum a success
Bernard Schopfer,
The fifth World Yacht Racing Forum and Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium closed its doors tonight following two intense days of presentations and networking at Gothenburg's Clarion Post Hotel. Four time Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie was the key speaker of the day.... [more]
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America's Cup: Grant Dalton on hitting the big zero - Video interview
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have become the first, and probably only team that will use its allocated 30 days for the first phase of sailing AC72's. According to the virtual Official Noticeboard for the 34th America's Cup, the team has a zero alongside its name in terms of sailing days left. Many pundits see that as a measure of the current state of play in the 34th America's Cup. But is it?... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Advantage remains firmly with the leaders + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the advantage remains firmly with the leaders. Though they have had challenging conditions, negotiating a front this morning which saw their wind swing from the north west to south west, requiring a gybe, the top duo François Gabart and Armel Le Cléac'h remain locked in combat less than ten miles apart.... [more]
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Yacht Racing Image of the Year Award goes to Kurt Arrigo
Bernard Schopfer,
The photographer Kurt Arrigo, from Malta has been awarded for his photography taken during the Volcano Race, featuring the yacht Nilaya and the reflection of the island of Capri on her hull. Some 46 photographers from all over the world participated in the contest.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Indian Ocean, Amsterdam gate, and beyond + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, after the toughest 24 hours of his race so far, required to make a vital repair to his rudder mechanism on Hugo Boss after hitting a floating object during Sunday night, Alex Thomson (GBR) has been losing no time in getting right back into the race. This afternoon he has been closing fast on Bernard Stamm to challenge the Swiss skipper for fourth place.... [more]
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25th Anniv. of Block Island Race Week to host 7 championship events
Kirsten Ferguson,
The Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with sporting style in the new year. Seven new championship events have been added to the biennial regatta's schedule along with the introduction of new classes for Classics, Doublehanded boats and Gunboats.... [more]
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Big Boat Challenge images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini,
Photo gallery of the 2012 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge provided by photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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Design Catamaran signs distribution agreement in Asia
Andre Pilon,
Last week, Design Catamaran made a major investment into the Asian market and signed a distribution agreement with First Marine Ltd of Tokyo Japan. A major boat broker and distributor in Japan, First Marine distributes prestigious brands such as Beneteau, Lagoon Catamarans and Montecarlo Yachts to name a few.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - It's anyone's race
KPMS,
For the Rolex Sydney Hobart, a fleet of 79 yachts has been declared. The eclectic mix ranges in size from 10.3 metres (33.8 feet) to 30.48 metres (100-feet), and includes three international entries, nine former race winners, the defending overall champion, yachts representing each and every Australian state and the Australian Capital Territory, and four yachts to have tasted line honours success.... [more]
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