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 29 Sep 2010
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Only 18 Days Before the Velux 5 Oceans Race

The Sail-World Canada weekly newsletter is returning today after a short hiatus following technical challenges with our IT operations in Australia. These disruptions to normal operation were felt across the entire Tetra-Media family of marine news website.

Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield arrived in the Velux 5 Oceans home port of La Rochelle on Sunday morning after sailing more than 3,000 miles solo across the Atlantic. Derek's arrival marked the end of a two-week voyage from Nova Scotia, on his Eco 60 Active House during which she was battered by storms bringing wind speeds over 70 kilometers per hour. Derek commented it proved to be another good test for Active House and she performed beautifully. American Brad Van Liew also made it to La Rochelle a few days ahead of Derek on Le Pingouin, while Polish racer Zbigniew Gutkowski arrived this morning after completing his qualification passage. The rest of the racers are expected over the next few days for the race start on October 17th.

Congratulations to Canadian Paul Tingley, World Champion in the 2.4mR. Paul beat a strong fleet of over 80 racers in the World Championship held in the Netherlands last week. Bruce Millar, the only other Canadian entry finished a very respectable fourth.

A perfect fall day closed the 2010 Melges 24 North American Championship in Rochester, NY where Adam Burns from Youngstown Yacht Club, sailing USA378 Presto with co-owner and wife Lori Burns and crew James Barnash, John Goller and Jason Suitor won the event. He was joined on the podium by Alan Field of Los Angeles (USA811 WTF) in second place and Henry Filter of Annapolis (USA721 Wild Child) who secured third place. Peter Hansen (Byrr) from the Thunder Bay Yacht Club was the top Canadian entry.

On the west coast, the West Vancouver Yacht Club is hosting the Farr 30 Canadian National Championships. Andrew Hamilton (RVYC) and crew took care of business with seven bullets in ten races to win the event by a wide margin. A little further south, in San Francisco, 26-year old Luca Lalli on B-Lin Sailing (ITA 23) clinched the 2010 Melges 32 World Championship title, two points ahead of his strongest adversary John Porter on Full Throttle (USA 49). 32 boats from around the world made this the most popular Melges 32 World Championship ever; the future looks good for the class.

See you on the water!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Worth the wait
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Another day in Saint-Tropez that required patience from competitors and the race committee alike. In the Golfe de Saint-Tropez, there was not a breath of wind to start, then at 1pm someone hit the wind switch and an easterly breeze filled in.... [more]
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Six International Racers to Compete in Velux 5 Oceans
Velux 5 Oceans,
Two sailors will no longer be racing in the VELUX 5 OCEANS. French skipper Charles Hedrich and British ocean racer Simon Chalk have not fulfilled their obligations to the VELUX 5 OCEANS race management and as a result will not make the start line of the 30,000-mile singlehanded round the world race. Both sailors did not respect some rules laid down regarding the process of qualifying for the race.... [more]
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The Store - Mason's Chandlery 'Learn From The Experts' Fall Seminars
Heather Robertson,
This year's Learn From the Experts Fall Seminars are all about cruising. On November 13th, Mike Peterson will talk about 'Making Your Dream a Reality'. Mike first presented at the 2010 Port Credit In-Water Boat Show.... [more]
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Third Ocean Racer Arrives at the Home of the Velux 5 Oceans
Velux 5 Oceans,
Polish ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski this morning arrived in La Rochelle ahead of the start of the VELUX 5 OCEANS. As the sun rose over the historic French port early this morning Gutkowski, known as ‘Gutek', sailed in after completing a qualification passage. Gutek was greeted on the dock in the Bassin des Chalutiers by the VELUX 5 OCEANS race management team and fellow racer Derek Hatfield.... [more]
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TP52 World Championships - Matador carry the winning momentum
TP52 World Championship,
TP52 World Championship has a very different flavour, a unique atmosphere. That is not to say that any team drops their guard or relaxes any more when they are on the Worlds race course.... [more]
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Melges 32 Worlds - Top Ten in photos by Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz,
Top ten finishers at the Melges 32 Worlds. Photos by Chuck Lantz... [more]
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2010 F18 Canadian National Championships
Jill Nickerson,
The 2010 Canadian National Championships were held at the Etobicoke Yacht Club, located on the West side of Toronto, on beautiful Lake Ontario. From September 24th-27th, 24 boats from Canada, the US and even one from the Netherlands came to compete. The top of the fleet was hoping for a rematch after the no wind US Nationals, held in Racine, WI this past August.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Race Village ready for public
Velux 5 Oceans Media,
Velux 5 Oceans is imminent and excitement is mounting in the historic French city of La Rochelle. The hub of activity will be the Velux 5 Oceans race village, opening to the public on October 9. The Velux 5 Oceans race village will form the nerve centre of the event located in the Bassin des Chalutiers, and will be officially opened by the skippers at 10am on October 9.... [more]
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Melges 24 North American Championship - Winners decoded
Melges 24 North American Championship,
Melges 24 North American Championship - Burns and Team Presto win - A perfect fall day closed the 2010 Melges 24 North American Championship on Lake Ontario. Clear blue skies, warm sunshine, light winds and three more great races were the perfect recipe for a standout finale to the fourteen race series.... [more]
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Canada's Star Sailors – Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Canada's Star Sailors – Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn - That's what happened when Richard Clarke, four-time Canadian Finn representative to the Olympics and Tyler Bjorn a long-time Star crew and member of the Canadian Olympic sailing team, arrived at the Star North Americans last year on Long Island Sound.... [more]
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Farr 30 Canadian Nationals - Hamilton dominates day two
Peter Lagergren,
Farr 30 Canadian Nationals, day two update: During the early afternoon, the winds began to diminish and the racing finished in 10-12 knots of an easterly breeze. Four races were sailed with two-lap windward/leeward courses averaging an hour in length. Starts became more competitive during this second day of the regatta with one general recall and numerous individual recalls.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Derek Hatfield arrives in La Rochelle
Velux 5 Oceans,
Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield arrived in Velux 5 Oceans home port La Rochelle this morning after sailing more than 3,000 miles solo across the Atlantic. The delivery to La Rochelle allowed Derek to put Active House, formerly solo sailor Rich Wilson's Great America III, through its paces.... [more]
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2.4mR Worlds - Canadian Paul Tingley new World Champion,
Canada's Paul Tingley won the Gold medal. Stellan Berlin was second and Hans Asklund third. Grandmaster is Hans Asklund.... [more]
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Cyber – attacks with fake antivirus message repelled by Marine sites
As the Internet becomes the entertainment news and commercial focus worldwide, attempts by cyber-criminal groups continue to disrupt business.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - 100 days until the start of the 2010/11 edition
BWR Media,
Barcelona World Race is set to begin in just 100 days on December 31st. The national and international response to the regatta is testament to the level of prestige the Barcelona World Race has attained.... [more]
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2.4mR Worlds - Canadians take over the leader-board,
After the first general recall the race committee went straight for the black flag. Bruce had mentioned before the start that the fleet was very nervous and he was right, as the next start was a general recall again. One of the black flag victims was British sailor Helena Lucas the number three overall going in to today.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans – Van Liew takes a beating during qualifying sail
Team Lazarus,
Velux 5 Oceans update from Brad Van Liew: Exactly thirty days from today U.S. sailor Brad Van Liew will take on 30,000 miles in the Velux 5 Oceans solo race around the globe.... [more]
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