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 23 Jun 2010
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Slow offshore racing on the East Coast

While the faster entry, Beau Geste , Karl Kwok's Farr 80, has set a new record of just over 66 hours, Diane Reid and Nick Sellars on One Girl Ocean Challenge were pleased to successfully complete the Bermuda Ocean Race. Diane is preparing to return to Annapolis single-handed, as part of her qualification for the 2011 Mini Transat. Sail safe, Diane!

Also on the East Coast, Speedboat has just crossed the finish line after the unusually slow 635 mile race from Newport to Bermuda. Many of the 183 yachts in the fleet are still scattered across the Gulf Stream in their effort to reach Bermuda.

After a relaxing week in Sydney, NS, it's off across the northern Atlantic for the Clipper Round the World fleet. They were set on their way by race founder and chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who fired one of the Fortress of Louisbourg's replica eight pound cannons to start the 2,080-mile race to Kinsale, Cork, Ireland.

Offshore racing is definitely gaining popularity in Canada; over the next few weeks, we will see the start for the Route Halifax St-Pierre Ocean Race ( on July 10th. 37 have already signed up, including Derek Hatfield in the ECO60 Spirit of Canada, to meet the challenges of the northeastern Atlantic ocean. On the west coast, the Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race ( is set to go on July 1st. The event will take racers over approximately 3200 miles from Vancouver Island to Maui Island, Hawaii.

Congratulations to Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn! Through consistent results, the Canadian team won the Bronze Medal at the recent Star European Championships, establishing themselves amongst the international Star class leaders. An accomplishment worthy of Canada's pride in sailing!

See you soon on the water!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

One Girl's Ocean Challenge does the Bermuda Ocean Race
Diane Reid,
One Girl's Ocean Challenge does the Bermuda Ocean Race, and back. People keep asking me why I want to do the Mini Transat from France to Brazil. It's probably one of the toughest questions I've ever had to answer. And yet, it seems the more qualifying events I complete, the more I want to do the Transat. The 2010 Bermuda Ocean Race is just one more piece of the puzzle.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda 2010 - Speedboat finishes in slow time -Il Mostro next
John Rousmaniere,
Newport Bermuda Race 2010 - Alex Jackson's maxi 100-footer sloop Speedboat finished the 635 nautical mile race early Monday morning at 3:49 AM EDT.... [more]
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PCYC Open Regatta - July 10-11
Guy Perrin,
The Port Credit Yacht Club, in collaboration with LORC, invites you to the 2010 Open Regatta and IRC Canadian Championship on July 10 and 11 in Mississauga, ON. Two days of racing available on all courses – IRC, PHRF, C&C99's, C&C115's, J22's, J24's, J35's, J105's, B36.7's, 8 Meters and more........ [more]
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Farr 30 Canadian National Championship
Peter Lagergren,
The Farr 30 International One Design Class Association and the West Vancouver Yacht Club announce the 2010 Canadian National Championship for the International Farr 30 Class. West Vancouver Yacht Club will be the venue for the Farr 30 Canadian Nationals to be held September 24th through September 26th, 2010.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race 12 Day 3: In pursuit of Cork
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Race 12: The hare and hounds style pursuit race across the Atlantic is very much on - Cork has emerged from Stealth Mode and the fleet has the Irish target firmly in their sights.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Carina makes the most of the Gulf Stream
Talbot Wilson,
Newport Bermuda Race update issued as at 15:00 EDT 20th June 2010. Carina, a Class 3 McCurdy & Rhodes 48 skippered by Rives Potts, appears to have made the most of the Gulf Stream.... [more]
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MedCup Circuit Marseille Trophy - Mistral prevails but Green wins
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
It was the Mistral which prevailed on the final day of scheduled racing. Out on Marseille's Rade race areas the notorious winds whipped spumes of spray and kicked up a nasty swell. Quantum Racing's (USA) victory in the TP52 Series fleet is their first event win overall and Iberdrola (ESP) leave Marseille buoyed up for the rest of the season.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race 12 - Transatlantic chase begins
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race -Race 12. Cape Breton Island to Kinsale, Ireland. Under blue skies and in a breeze of five to ten knots from the south, the nine yachts crossed the start line at 1400 local time.... [more]
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Newport to Bermuda Race start images Blue skies 10 knot breeze
Leighton O'Connor images,
Newport to Bermuda Race start - images from photographer Leighton O'Connor. Under blue skies and a 10 knot breeze, racers in the 46th Newport Bermuda Race set off on Friday afternoon.... [more]
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Ready, Set, Drift?
David Schmidt Sail-World USA Editor,
Every raceboat that's headed out for the start of today's Bermuda Race, the 47th start of this iconic 635-mile 'thrash to the Onion Patch', has a story of preparation to tell.... [more]
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470 US National Championship - Canadian team second
SHYC Sailing Foundation,
The Sailing Foundation had the great pleasure and honor of hosting the US 470 National Championships, the weekend of June 11-13th. The Canadian team of Andrew McCorquodale and Oliver Bone placed second with twenty-four points.... [more]
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2010 Canadian Youth World Sailing Team announced
Canadian Yachting Association,
The Canadian Yachting Association is pleased to officially announce the members of the 2010 Canadian Youth World Sailing Team.... [more]
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WOW Ladies Only Race Night at LSYC was a huge success!
Heather Robertson,
Jen Zimmerman of Ashe sailing out of LSYC provides the following report on the WOW Ladies Only Race Night held at LSYC June 14. We had great weather - wind and 30 ladies racing on seven boats. Next event is June 21st at Mimico Cruising Club. Sign up early by emailing Or visit the WOW Facebook Page.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Narrow escape for Spirit of Australia
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Race 12, Cape Breton Island to Kinsale, Ireland. Day 5. Favourable conditions have led to exceptionally fast progress for the fleet.... [more]
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Tracking takes centre stage at Optimists events
Sally Burnett,
The Optimist North American Championship is approaching fast. More than 200 sailors will gather in Kingston, Canada for 5 days of tough competition. Just a few days later, another even larger fleet will gather in Kamien-Pomorski, Poland for the Optimist Europeans. This year, both events will feature live tracking.... [more]
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