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 12 Oct 2010
Welcome to Sail-World Canada

A busy week-end ahead for armchair sailors!

Monohull or multihull in the 34th America's Cup? Sail-World gives all sailors the chance to have their say on the matter as we conduct a worldwide survey to find out the 'People's Choice'. Complete the quick survey Here and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces.

Mark your calendar! Friday, October 15th will be the first day of the Canada's Cup at the Chicago Match Race Center. Watch the races, tracked by Kattack, as well as video highlights and live commentary at The excellent crews on Grant Hood's Vincere team from Canada's Port Credit Yacht Club and on Don Wilson's Convexity representing the Chicago Match Race Center should make this a very exciting event to watch.

Only five days to go in La Rochelle as the Velux 5 Oceans skippers are making final preparations and spending time with family and friends before heading off on their 30,000 miles solo adventure next Sunday. The event organizer media team assembled in La Rochelle has performed an outstanding job sharing images from the race village; I anticipate that live coverage from the yachts at sea will be just as amazing.

While the Velux 5 Oceans skippers will begin their first leg south in the treacherous Bay of Biscay on the France West cost, a short 4-hour drive north of La Rochelle will take you to Saint-Malo on the English Channel where the Route du Rhum diversified fleet is gathering for their start on October 31st. The race will take them south across the Atlantic Ocean to the French Antilles island of Guadeloupe. Stay tuned for more on this popular event!

Finally, the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis was a resounding success again this year; the US Powerboat Show is taking over the venue this week-end.

See you soon!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Match Racing in Monohulls or Multihulls – Have your say!!
The Sail-World Team,
Now Sail-World gives everyone in the sailing community, both match racers and other sailors the chance to have your say, or rather vote, as we conduct a survey to find out the 'People's Choice' Complete the quick survey below and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - French legend Catherine Chabaud visits Brad Van Liew
Velux 5 Oceans,
French sailing legend Catherine Chabaud paid an emotional visit to her old yacht Whirlpool yesterday – just days before it sets off around the world for the fourth time under the helm of Brad Van Liew in the Velux 5 Oceans. In tribute to Catherine, Brad relaunched the Eco 60 yacht as Le Pingouin, the name she was registered as when she was built in 1998.... [more]
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Canadian Yachting Hosts 8th Annual Industry Breakfast in Annapolis
Elizabeth A Kerr,
Canadian Yachting hosts eighth Annual Industry Breakfast at US Sailboat Show in Annapolis.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Party time! Skippers and family enjoy some downtime
Velux 5 Oceans,
Party time! Skippers and family enjoy some downtime before the start of the race. Brad Van Liew plays host to a birthday party.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race – A new nationality gets onboard
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race is set to see a new nationality get onboard: Poland's Fruit with Krzysztof 'Kris' Owczarek and Frenchman Armand Coursodon, to sail with Polish colours, has announced a new team entry in the double-handed round the world challenge.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Eco 60 Photo Tour with Derek Hatfield
Guy Perrin,
Velux 5 Oceans Canadian skipper Derek Hatfield takes us on a photo tour of Spirit of Canada-Active [more]
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2.4 metre Class launches at Hamilton to test the waters
Linda MacDonald,
Special guests arrived at this year's Turkey Regatta being held at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. Five 2.4 metre sailboats launched at the RHYC to see what the Hamilton waters would bring. Among them was Olympian sailor Alan Leibel.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans launches Virtual Regatta sailing game
Velux 5 Oceans,
Sailing fans and armchair experts can now compete in their own Ultimate Solo Challenge from the comfort of their own homes with the Velux 5 Oceans Virtual Regatta game. What's more, there's €10,000 of prize money up for grabs for the best virtual ocean racers over the course of the 30,000-mile solo yacht race.... [more]
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WOW Cap Istanbul - Leg 4 to Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert)
Cap Istanbul,
Some legs have more weight than others. You can't tell that in the beginning, but the process makes it clear. Gildas Morvan may have felt worried about the young generation's consistent appearances on the podium. But experience and expertise prove their worth under chaotic circumstances like this.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - One week to go
Velux 5 Oceans,
In just one week a fleet of international ocean racers will leave La Rochelle in France on an adventure of a lifetime – sailing 30,000 miles solo around the planet in the Velux 5 Oceans. Tension is really starting to mount now as the skippers make their final preparations for the round the world yacht race, The Ultimate Solo Challenge.... [more]
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Final Route du Rhum preparation for Marco Nannini and UniCredit
Oliver Dewar,
Marco Nannini will cross the start line of the Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale on Class40 UniCredit on Sunday 31st October. Nannini is already an experienced solo sailor with a Jester Class-win in the 2009 OSTAR racing the Sigma 36, British Beagle, his Route du Rhum 1,000 mile qualifier undertaken in late August was the first single-handed offshore voyage on a vastly more powerful Class40.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Skipper Profile Chris Stanmore-Major
Velux 5 Oceans,
Chris Stanmore-Major has only just got back from sailing round the world as a skipper in the Clipper Round the World Race and already he is straight into his next adventure - the Velux 5 Oceans. Chris - known as CSM - clocked up around 30,000 nautical miles as skipper of Qingdao, the Chinese entry to the race. But that was with a full crew - for the Velux 5 Oceans, CSM will be alone.... [more]
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America's Cup: Fans vote overwhelmingly in favour of monohull
Richard Gladwell,
With the survey responses pouring in, the sailing fans are showing a strong preference for the 34th America's Cup to be sailed in monohulls. As of the close of the working week, a massive 67.65% of those who responded would rather watch a match race between monohulls than multihulls which were the preferred option by just 22.34% of the Sail-World readers.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Evolution of the Species
Andi Robertson, Volvo Ocean Race,
Through any round the world race project, from concept to completion, time is the enemy. But in the rarefied, highly driven atmosphere which prevails in yacht-racing circles, there are few quiet places in this world where some extra moments to reflect are more of a pleasure than the entrance lobby of Farr Yacht Design.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Skippers open race village
Velux 5 Oceans,
Eight days of festivities planned to celebrate race. The Velux 5 Oceans buzz continued to grow today with the opening of the race village in La Rochelle. The beautiful October sun shone down on the dozens of tents that make up the race village, the largest in the Velux 5 Oceans' 28-year history. Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield cut the ribbon at 10am to mark the race village opening.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race: The FMC team confirms their entry
Isabel Genís,
Barcelona World Race - Gerard Marín (ESP) and Ludovic Aglaor (FRA) will be competing on board Fòrum Marítim Català (FMC) in the upcoming edition of the Barcelona World Race, the double-handed, round the world race which sets off from the Catalan capital on 31st December this year.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans – Christophe Bullens determined to make race start
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans' racer Christophe Bullens and his team have been working tirelessly to find a new boat for the up-coming race after Five Oceans of Smiles was cruelly dismasted on the way to La Rochelle earlier this week.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Skipper Profile Brad Van Liew
Velux 5 Oceans,
A self proclaimed adrenaline junkie, Brad Van Liew is a big guy with a big personality. Scuba diving, offroad motorbike racing, horseback riding, hunting - you name it, Brad does it. Brad finished college in 1992 with a degree in real estate development, but it just wasn't enough fun so, naturally, he trained as an aeroplane pilot and launched his own plane charter company.... [more]
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Canadian Coach Honored by US Sailing for Rescue
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Tommy Wharton, Director of Sport Performance at the Canadian Sport Center Ontario, was awarded The Hanson Rescue Award by the US Sailing Safety-at-Sea Committee. Wharton, was at his final regatta as a Canadian National Sailing Team Coach, when he rescued two men adrift in Long Island Sound during the 2009 Star North American Championship.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Start Day - Programme of events announced
Velux 5 Oceans,
Thousands of spectators set to pack La Rochelle for the start of The Ultimate Solo Challenge on October 17. It is set to be one of the biggest spectacles to grace the French port of La Rochelle in years. In just over one week, a fleet of international ocean racers sailing high performance Eco 60 yachts will blast over the startline of a gruelling 30,000-mile solo marathon around the world.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Christophe Bullens talks about his dismasting
Velux 5 Oceans,
Christophe Bullens talks about his dismasting en route to the Velux 5 Oceans start line.... [more]
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