Canada's Views on the International Sailing Scene

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Calling Anyone Still Sailing in December!

While Sail-World Canada will be focusing on relating the success and adventures of Canadian racers around the world, we are interested in all aspects of sailing and boating. Many Canadians have already initiated their annual pilgrimage South towards more clement weather. Following some relief after a snow-less November in the big city on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, I woke up on the morning of December 1st to a white cover on the ground. December is already taunting us! We want to hear about all the lucky ones who have escaped and look forward to the opportunity to share your blogs and stories with the entire Sail-World Canada community. Cape Breton Island is still near the front of the fleet on its way to Australia; we'll keep following the along for the remaining of the Clipper Round the World Race.

The America's Cup scene is seeing some action with BMW Oracle Racing getting ready to relocate their operations to Valencia, Spain in preparation for the big event; I'm sure shipping BOR 90 from San Diego, where it's been put through it's pace for the past many weeks, to the Mediterranean is no small feat. In the meantime, the Alinghi team is still experimenting with various options from their base in the Persian Gulf.

We look forward to your stories and you photos; please submit your event/regatta/class/boat news directly to Sail-World Canada by clicking here. Your pictures really make the story; include as many as you like (up to 12) and ensure your photos are at least 1280 pixels wide so they can be viewed in high resolution. You can also easily post your stories and photos directly from the Sail-World Canada website; simply click on the new big red bar in the upper right hand corner of the home page.

Happy Sailing!

Guy Perrin

Clipper 09-10 - Race to the scoring gate is on
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10. On your marks, get set for the race to the scoring gate. The crew of Spirit of Australia maintained their lead overnight with more upwind racing. It's no more comfortable or dry on Cape Breton Island, where they have spent another very cold night, heeled over and beating into Force 6 winds.... [more]
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America's Cup: A longer bowsprit for Alinghi 5
Alinghi Media,
After a few long days and late nights for the shore crew and some of the sailors and designers Alinghi 5, the Defender's giant catamaran, emerged from the boat shed at the team base in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, on Friday. If you look closely you'll see the difference! And in case you can't spot the modifications, catches up with Grant Simmer, Alinghi design team coordinator:... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Spirit of Australia and Cape Breton Island fight on
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10. Cape Breton Island sailed back into the lead again, a moment that was short lived thanks to the efforts of Spirit of Australia. The two teams have been enjoying a close fought duel since the outset of this race to Western Australia, and as well as the ten points at stake for topping the podium, they are hoping to pickup the three for winning the race to the scoring gate.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre cliffhanger decides fifth to eighth
Transat Jacques Vabre media,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, fifth to eighth places were on the line. To add to the intrigue four boats chose to go into 'Stealth' mode for the final miles... [more]
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Video Recap - Cape Breton Island Leaving Cape Town
Guy Perrin,
A video clip of the start of the 3rd Leg of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Race from Cape Town. Includes interviews with Skipper Jan Ridd and Cape Breton's own Elisa Jenkins.... [more]
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Safran crew look back on highlights of this transatlantic win
Safran Sailing Team,
A day after finishing in first place in Costa Rica, Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier Benac take a look at the highlights of this ninth edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre... [more]
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Cape Breton Island Leads the Fleet Amid Exciting Conditions in the Sou
Clipper Ventures,
Cape Breton Island currently leads a duel with Spirit of Australia, with Team Finland keeping pressure on their heals. The battle at the front of the fleet is proving to be edge of the seat viewing. One can only imagine the amount of focus and mental energy it takes for the crews to maintain the best boat speed - never mind the physical effort of racing across the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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London 2012 continues to make positive progress
IOC (As Amended By ISAF),
The sailing venue, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, was the first venue where construction was completed - and the Games drawing ever nearer, the focus of this Coordination Commission was largely on operations and planning than on the excellent construction and regeneration work being carried out by the Olympic Delivery Authority.... [more]
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An Eventful Race so Far - Cape Breton Island Crew Diary
Phil Robertson,
So here we are Leg 3, Race 4; the exciting one; the super fast 4800nm adrenalin fuelled battle verses the great Southern Ocean down in the Roaring Forties. As I write we are currently sitting in second position one mile behind Spirit of Australia and 26 miles ahead of Team Finland. The race so far has been eventful!... [more]
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Whose Boat is This Anyway - Cape Breton Island Crew Diary
Elisa Jenkins,
Cape Town provided the backdrop for one of our most exciting starts. With Table Mountain towering over the bay, there were 5 knots of breeze in one area, then 25 knots only a short distance away. We started out with one reef in the main sail in windy conditions, and progressed to a lightweight spinnaker as we went through the shadow of the mountain.... [more]
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J Class calendar for 2010 - a great Christmas present
Titch Blachford,
Capture some of the original 1930s J Class magic, along with fleet news and photography in the brand new desktop J Class calendar for 2010. Taking a month each, the three original yachts, Shamrock V, Velsheda and Endeavour are all featured, along with the replica new builds currently on the water, Ranger and Hanuman. There are further photographs and information on J Class yachts currently in bui... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - All at stake at the Monsoon Cup
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
The Monsoon Cup, the final event of the nine stage 2009 World Match Racing Tour will commence on the Pulau Duyong Basin course in Kuala Terengganu tomorrow and the stage is set for an epic battle.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10, Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia, Day 9
Clipper Ventures Media,
It's poised to be an exciting start to the week both on and off the race track, Spirit of Australia in stealth mode, skippers ponder whether north or south will work out as the best option for scoring gate and Hull & Humber's crew count down to departure... [more]
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Team No Way Back is crowned RC 44 Champion 2009
RC 44 Media,
Pieter Heerema and his team No Way Back have conquered the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup. Winners of the fleet regatta and the DHL Trophy, they also grab the RC 44 Championship Tour 2009 ahead of Artemis, who retains the overall fleet race title.... [more]
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Mirsky defeats Ainslie in Sunseeker Australia Cup
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
On the Swan River in Perth West Australia this after 23 year old Perth sailor Torvar Mirsky and his MRT team outsailed triple Olympic Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie, double Gold Iain Percy and his TeamOrigin in the final of 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup. 2-0.... [more]
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Foundation 36 - Specifically designed for match racing
Event Media,
The concept for the Foundation 36 yacht, used in this week's Australia Cup, was developed by the Western Australian Yachting Foundation now trading as Swan River Sailing in conjunction with the boat builder Peter Milner Yachts and the designer Brett Bakewell-White.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger shuts up shop in San Diego +Video
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW ORACLE Racing has finished its final testing phase in San Diego as the team prepares for the 33rd America's Cup in February. This final session of sea trials on the BOR 90, with its new, revolutionary wing sail, was very successful. The wing is now scheduled to come out of the boat on Saturday morning, before the BOR 90 will be lifted from the water and prepared for shipping... [more]
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Mirsky and Ainslie into the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup Finals
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
Just a few days before the start of the Monsoon Cup in Terengganu, Malaysia, the final round of the World Match Racing titles, where seven of the Monsoon Cup field are racing, the top of the two five crews on the Tour leader board and the favourites for the Monsoon Cup are heading towards a show down in Perth in the finals of the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Biggest Prize Money in Sailing!
The Monsoon Cup 2009 has confirmed its position as the premier match racing event this year by offering the biggest prize purse in all sailing events worldwide.... [more]
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RC 44 Gold Cup DHL Trophy - Its No Way Back
RC 44 media,
Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup Fleet racing and DHL Trophy report. Pieter Heerema, his tactician Ray Davies and their team on board No Way Back scored a good third and fourth before winning the double points DHL Trophy today. They conquered the coastal race season title and looked good in the fleet race ranking.... [more]
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Team Finland skipper change in Clipper 09-10 Round the World Race
Zoe Willliamson,
Eero Lehtinen, skipper of Team Finland in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race has resigned for family reasons. Southampton based skipper Rob McInally will replace him. Despite his personal difficulties, Eero has shown he is a consummate professional, once again leading his team to the front of the fleet as the boats battle across the Southern Ocean towards the finish at Geraldton-Greenoug... [more]
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Dart 18 Worlds and Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta final day
Diana Bogaards,
Dart 18 Worlds and Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta 2009 had to be cancelled. As soon as the tenth race was officially abandoned, the German sailors started celebrating their medal. Thierry Wibaux from France needed today's result in order to get rid off his second discard. That would bring him close to bronze, but it wasn't meant to be. Wibaux: 'The pressure is gone now, so it is ok. This is part... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Four fleet races + video
RC 44 media,
At the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup Four races took place today in a light and fairly unstable breeze, allowing four different teams to score victories. The first race a splendid domination by the local Team Sea Dubai, with their local talent Yousef Lahej at the helm... [more]
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John Rousmaniere looks at America's Cup waterline measurement
John Rousmaniere,
Noted America's Cup historian, and correspondent, John Rousmaniere comments on the predilection of America's Cup designers to get around the various measurement rules, and in particular the measurement of Load Waterline Length, which has a particular and current significance.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne 2009 - Early entries to close on December 1st
Sam Watson/ISAF News,
There are only a few days left until early entries close for Sail Melbourne on 1 December and competitors are urged to enter now to avoid an increased entry fee.... [more]
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Photo FINIsh - a unique book celebrates 60 years of Finn sailing
Robert Deaves,
Marking the end of the Finn's 60th anniversary celebrations, the International Finn Association is delighted to announce the publication of 'Photo FINNish - 60 years of Finn Sailing', an extensive and highly illustrated volume compiled and edited by Robert Deaves, but largely written by some of the biggest names in sailing.... [more]
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Dart 18 World Title win to French duo with a race to spare
Diana Bogaards,
Dart 18 World Title win to Emmanuel Dodé and Fred Moreau from France. The British duo David Lloyd and Joanna Jones-Pierce will bring a silver medal home, but the battle for bronze is still on. Nobody has ever won the Dart 18 World Title twice in a row, so that was my goal for this year', says Dodé cheerfully.... [more]
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Clipper 09- 10 - Cork repaired and back in the race
Heather Ewing,
The Irish entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race has set sail from Cape Town following the start day crash that forced her to return to port for repairs.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Stealth Mode for fifth to eighth
Transat Jacques Vabre media,
Transat Jacques Vabre - And then there were four.....or not, as the case may be. The four IMOCA Open 60's which are into the final the miles of their Transat Jacques Vabre, scrapping over fifth to eighth places, are now all in stealth mode.... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Tour match race title decided + video
RC 44 media and,
The Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup match race took place today in a light and fairly stable sea breeze. Sailing for the season title, Artemis, with Dean Barker at the helm, suffered from a steering failure during the pre-start of the first regatta against Team Sea Dubai. The irony of the story is that Artemis' main opponent today was no other than their own coach: Rod Davis, steering Ceeref exceptionall... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island and Spirit of Australia in duel
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10: For the race office team it's straight down onto the pontoons for a status update on the repairs to Cork and Hull & Humber.... [more]
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