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 14 Jul 2010
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Offshore Racing in the News

On the West Coast, the nine entries in the Vic-Maui race are making good progress toward their destinations in the Pacific. Conditions are being decried as light winds to squally depending on the yachts location on the water. On the East Coast, Derek Hatfield's Spirit of Canada took line honors in the Route Halifax St. Pierre event; 30 yachts finished the bi-annual offshore race that takes racers to a little piece of France off the southern coast of Newfoundland. Bleu 35, a Class 40 yacht originally built in Montreal to compete in the 2008 Quebec St.-Malo race was the overall winner.

On the Great Lakes, the crews of 195 yachts are getting ready for the Lake Ontario 300, starting Saturday morning in Port Credit, just outside of Toronto. Their challenge will be to compete a full circumnavigation of Lake Ontario. Concurrently, on Lake Huron, a similar number of yachts will be waiting for their Saturday start that will take them from the southern end of lake Huron to the Mackinac Island at the intersection of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

While most of the Dutch were preoccupied with another international sporting event, Team Finland too line honors in Ijmuiden, Netherlands, followed by Cape Breton Island, Hull & Humber, California and Spirit of Australia. In the end, the fourth place finish for Spirit of Australia was sufficient to guarantee them the over title of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Time to sign up for the 2011-12 event!

See you at the Lake Ontario 300!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Coaches, sailors and spectators enjoy Big Sound Challenge!
Marianne King-Wilson,
The steady west wind of the Big Sound rose early in the mornings to meet the sailors at Sail Parry Sound. This year's Big Sound Challenge was another resounding success. Paula Liness, Regatta Chair, with the 2009 CYA Award for Recreational Event of the Year for Big Sound Challenge, planned two days coaching followed by two days racing, with a social schedule to fit the spectacular location.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Racing in challenging conditions
James Boyd,
After a first day lost initially to too little wind and then too much, it was with considerable relief that three races for the Men and two for the Women could be held off the Hague today at the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship.... [more]
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Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Warm with squalls
Ed Watson,
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - For a sailor from the Canadian west coast, (or from the Pacific Northwest of the USA) it's an odd feeling sailing in water warmer than the air temperature outside. But those conditions are now facing the Vic Maui boats as the leaders enter what is potentially their last couple of days sailing.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Spirit of Australia takes the overall win
Heather Ewing,
Spirit of Australia has won the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race after finishing fourth in Race 13. The team's elated skipper, Brendan Hall, from Brisbane, Queensland, was full of praise for his crew.... [more]
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Newport International Boat Show - 40th Anniversary
Carol Dietz,
Newport International boat show is celebrating its 40th Anniversary, the show is one of the four largest in-water boat shows in the country and features both power and sail boats displayed over 13 acres along America's Cup Avenue, September 16-19, 2010.... [more]
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Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds: Long Day 2 on the water in Istanbul sun
ISAF Media and Sail-World,
250 boats were rigged in the dinghy park in the glaring Istanbul, Turkey, sun early in the morning of the second day of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, waiting for a sea breeze to form. Competitors had to wait until 16:30hrs local time for the breeze to fill. When the postponement signal was dropped a blaze of dinghies sailed off into the early evening sunshine to try and get a... [more]
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Vic-Maui at the halfway
Mark Gray,
Vic-Maui 2010 is shaping up to be a fast race. The fleet is either at or approaching the halfway point of the race, with the speedsters already past it. Reaching the halfway point is a special time for Vic-Maui racers, calling for some celebration. Most of the boats will put on a special halfway dinner featuring a great meal with a little time for revelry.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Wind and tide conspire
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10. Wind and tide are a powerful combination and both have played their part in slowing the Clipper 09-10 fleet in their race for the penultimate finish line in their 35,000-mile campaign.... [more]
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Route Halifax St. Pierre 2010 - Images from the start
Guy Perrin,
Halifax harbor docks were lined with spectators watching the start of the 2010 Route Halifax St. Pierre Ocean Race, a world class offshore event held every two years (opposite the Marblehead - Halifax race) from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada to Saint-Pierre, France off of beautiful coastal Newfoundland.... [more]
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Vic-Maui Yacht Race - going hard down-wind
Ed Watson,
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Gear and crew fatigue are now significant challenges to overcome, as the VicMaui boats cover the last few hundred miles of the race. The two leaders, Kinetic and Terremoto!, have both reduced sail to make it easier on the crew. Both boats have recently blown out spinnakers. Sailing fast in open ocean conditions is a tremendous physical strain on man and machine alike.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Flying start gets underway from Cork, Ireland
Heather Ewing,
The second last race of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race is underway. At 1700 local time (1600 GMT) the cannon fired from the Royal Cork Yacht Club's start line at Weaver's Point near Crosshaven at the mouth of Cork Harbour to set the teams on their way in the 550-mile race to Ijmuiden, Holland.... [more]
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Dobson Yacht Club – A Community of Serious Sailors
Jody MacArthur,
Three members of the Dobson Yacht Club in Cape Breton participate in Clipper Round the World Race. The Dobson Yacht Club, located in Westmount, Nova Scotia, is one of only a handful of Yacht Clubs that can boast that three of its members are competing in a global yacht race. This is a feat few Yacht Clubs can claim.... [more]
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51st annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show gears up
Pierson Grant Public Relations,
Hundreds of thousands of boating enthusiasts and marine industry professionals worldwide will come together October 28 through November 1, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale for the 51st annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the largest in-water boat show in the world.... [more]
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TeamOrigin update on design resource for AC34
TeamOrigin and Sail-World,
TeamOrigin today announced that discussions with JYD for the 34th America's Cup are not progressing. Grant Simmer, who joined TeamOrigin in June after 10 years with Alinghi in various senior roles, including design coordinator, has been undertaking a review of the team's design options. Simmer holds a strong view that with a new design rule soon to be announced, teams need to be in a position t... [more]
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PWA Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria Grand Prix Event summary
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA wave world tour, this hugely anticipated event in Pozo, had the start marked when Gran Canaria delivered 30-40 knot winds and head high waves over the four day period, allowing the world's best wave sailors to bust out their most impressive moves in front of the international judging panel, and world media.... [more]
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