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 11 May 2010
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Good News on the America's Cup 34!

Things are looking promising again for the 34th America's Cup; Russell Coutts (Defender) and Vincenzo Onorato (Challenger) held court in an Italian museum last week to reveal their plans to return to traditions. Still much to be sorted out, including which boat, what location and when, but it is expected these will be set by the end of 2010, with an entry deadline for teams set for January 31st, 2011. Collaboration across the board will be a key ingredient of a successful event and the defender's camp is already making friends in that department. In total contrast with the 33rd America's Cup last February, we can expect the next event to be designed to appeal to the masses via renewed TV exposure, like we haven't seen since Freemantle in the late 80's; this should be good for the sport of sailing!

Cape Breton Island – Nova Scotia's Masterpiece narrowly missed out on a podium finish in Panama, completing a challenging Race 8 in fifth place. Skipper Jan Ridd was hopeful as the fight for the line went right down to the wire; second-place Jamaica Lightning Bolt, third-placed Qingdao and Team Finland in fourth finished within a 20-minute period. Spirit of Australia took first place. The fleet is getting ready to transit the Panama Canal, one of the great wonders of modern engineering, before the start of Race 9, a short, upwind sprint to Port Antonio, on the beautiful northern coast of Jamaica.

The TP52 Series racing season is just around the corner in the Mediterranean; the Portugal Trophy event in Cascais is the first stop of the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit. The best teams from 2009 are back at it, including series winner Emirates Team New Zealand but you can expect a few new teams to provide a fierce challenge, notably Britain's TeamOrigin, with Ben Ainslie driving a new Juan Kouyoumdjian TP52. Live Audi MedCup TV will be available at

You can be part of a world record event! The Safe Boating Councils of North America are trying to get more boaters to use life jackets and promoting the comfort of the inflating jackets. They are hosting the first-ever Inflatable Life Jacket World Record Day on Thursday, May 20 at 11:00 AM EDT / 8:00 AM PST. At the appointed time, participants at locations across North America will simultaneously activate their inflatable life jackets to claim an unprecedented World Record. Find out how to get involved at

See you soon on the water!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Cape Breton Island crew arrive in Panama
Clipper Ventures,
Cape Breton Island has arrived in Panama following Race 8 of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. The team finished in fifth place, a result that consolidates their fourth place overall and in contention for a podium finish when the 35,000-mile race finishes on the Humber, UK, on 17 July.... [more]
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Finn Open Junior and Senior European Championships - Opening ceremony
Robert Deaves,
The largest ever Finn Europeans was officially opened Monday evening at the YC Labud in Split, Croatia on the shores of the Adriatic. The opening ceremony was held on Monday evening in front of the club.... [more]
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TP52 Audi MedCup Portugal Trophy - Counting down to race one 2010
Audi MedCup Circuit,
As the welcome spring sunshine warmed the docksides around Portugal's Marina de Cascais, pushing the mercury back up to more seasonable daytime values, so the tension is also rising as the start of the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit is just two days away.... [more]
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Cape Breton Island finishes fifth in Race 8 of Clipper 09-10
Clipper Ventures,
In the thrilling closing stages to Race 8 of Clipper 09-10 Cape Breton Island – Nova Scotia's Masterpiece has narrowly missed out on a podium slot, finishing in fifth place. The Canadian team crept over the finish line in very light winds at 1612 GMT. The race was won by Spirit of Australia.... [more]
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RCYC to host the YODE regatta and clinic, July 27th - 30th
Scott Collinson,
Following up on the success last year, the RCYC will be hosting the second-annual Youth Olympic-sailing Development Experience regatta and clinic, July 27th - 30th. This event will focus specifically on the development of youth sailors, and is open to all athletes, regardless of skill level or age. Invited classes are: 29er, 420, Laser, Radial, Optimist Green and Optimist Championship.... [more]
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ISAF Mid Year Meeting considers America's Cup, Olympics and Tracking
Richard Gladwell,
The Council of the International Sailing Federation has been meeting for the past two days in Budapest, Hungary. The key topics under consideration at this Mid-Year Meeting include future Olympic strategy, America's Cup and Tracking systems. Olympic Commission Chairman, Phil Jones (AUS) has made a presentation to the Council on the changes the new Commission believe should be made... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama – A good old fashioned drag race
Clipper Ventures PLC,
'Time for a good old fashioned drag race!' exclaims Brendan Hall, skipper of Spirit of Australia. 'Four boats within spitting distance of the finish, in roughly the same breeze and with equally determined crews. It doesn't get more exciting than this.'... [more]
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Route Halifax Saint Pierre- The Challenge you've been waiting for
Mel Hennigar,
The Route Halifax to Saint Pierre 2010 ocean race is the challenge you've been waiting for. The days are getting longer on Canada's east coast and it won't be long until sailing season is upon us once again. This year marks the fifth biennial running of the RHSP race and it is shaping up to be the best year ever... [more]
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2010 Fireball Worlds - Final Results
Noah Purves-Smith,
One race was held today off Carlisle Bay in Barbados, West Indies, under sunny skies and winds ranging from 14 to 18 knots. The fleet was very aggressive on the start line today with it being the last chance for teams to secure their final spots on the results sheet.... [more]
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New Women's Olympic Keelboat Christening
Sail-World Canada,
Video of the Canadian Women Sailing team taking delivery and christening two new Elliott 6m at RCYC. The new olympic vessels replace the Yngling as the Women Keelboat Olympic class.... [more]
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World Sailing Teams Association welcomes plan for 34th America's Cup
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA,
“We want discussion and debate now in order to avoid disagreement later,” said Russell Coutts, the CEO of BMW Oracle Racing. “Our minds and our ears are open.”... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: 34 America's Cup - All done by Christmas?
Richard Gladwell,
The 34th America's Cup got underway in Rome just over 12 hours ago. Launched not in a yacht club, not in the country of the Defender, but in a museum in Rome with amongst some of Italy's greatest treasures. As Russell Coutts quipped, the America's Cup was probably the youngest artifact in the building.... [more]
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Inflatable Life Jacket World Record Day- North America promotes safety
Sail-World Cruising,
The Safe Boating Councils of North America are combining to try to get more boaters to use life jackets and promoting the comfort of the inflating jackets. On Thursday May 20 at 11 AM Eastern Daylight Time they want boaters to participate to heighten public awareness of boating safety issues and pre-launch National Safe Boating Week.... [more]
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Inflatable Life Jacket World Record Day -Aims to make record on May 20
'Inflatable life jackets are very easy to wear,' said BoatUS Foundation President Ruth Wood. 'With these types of life jackets, the old argument against wearing one just doesn't hold water any more. We hope this event increases awareness and boaters will choose to wear a comfortable life jacket more often,' she added.... [more]
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America's Cup Media Conference - Rome - Live commentary
Richard Gladwell,
The first media conference has concluded for the 34th America's Cup in Rome. The key points are set out below, in a second story we have the official release issued a few minutes after the Press Conference in Sala Exedra in Rome's Musei Capitolini. Russell Coutts did most of the talking and was always careful not to make any comment that could be construed as a decision made on a particular point.... [more]
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