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 13 Jan 2011
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2011 Toronto International Boat Show Off To Great Start!

The 53rd Toronto International Boat Show has something for everyone and attendance is high despite the snow storms that are battering Toronto this week. Watch out for contest details and enter to win a CHARTER for FOUR in the BVIS. Sign up online at or fill in a ballot at the show!

Following the recent success of the Canadian wings on the C Class catamarans last fall, Object 2 in Toronto was asked to build a wing for the on-going Moth Worlds in Australia. While Bora Gulari opted to race with a soft wing in the end; the solid wing was used by American Charlie Mackee to promote its development. Everyone, including the designers, agree that transferring the C-Class technology to the much smaller Moth craft is a bit of a challenge but this remains fascinating work in progress being led by a great Canadian team. See all the Moth excitement in Sail-World's coverage!

The Velux 5 Oceans leaders have split way as Gutek has opted to reach Wellington, NZ via the east coast of the South Island, while Brad and Derek take a more direct route on the west side. Somewhat further behind and plagued with battery problems, Christopher is opting for the safety of land should the batteries fail completely, he will sail to Wellington through the Bass Strait.

As expected, the Barcelona World Race remains exciting to watch! Over the past week we have seen the dismasting on President; Le Cam and Garcia's President are both safe; Foncia has suffered a collision with an unidentified floating object which has damaged the bow crash box and is forcing a repair stop in Brazil; and Alex Thompson is not joining Hugo Boss as planned and will be staying put in Britain as his newborn son was diagnosed with heart problems, we wish the family all the best.

The North American racing season has already started with Hap Fauth's Bella Mente taking line honors in the SORC Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, Canadian Richard Oland finished second on Vela Veloce. In PHRF A. The only other Canadian entry, Québec's Jean-Pierre Turgeon placed 7th on Galilée, a Beneteau First 44.7. The Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race is usually a great opportunity to deliver yachts to key west ahead of the next big event, Key west Race Week. More on that next week.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

2011 Toronto International Boat Show Off To Great Start
From the moment it opened on Saturday January 8th, 2011, the Toronto International Boat Show was off to a great start. Because of its location in the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto's historic Exhibition Park and Ontario Place on the shores of Lake Ontario, a significant January snow storm is almost a show tradition.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek goes for broke in sprint to finish
Velux 5 Oceans,
Indomitable solo sailor Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski has made a break from the leading pack as the finish line draws close. While rivals Brad Van Liew and Derek Hatfield have chosen a more direct course to Wellington along the west coast of the South Island, the gutsy Pole has split to the east, opting to take an unconventional route around the South Island and up the east coast of New Zealand... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 Finals Race 5 - Absolute Carnage everywhere
Lizzi Rountree,
It's the battle of the breeze as the steady 24 knot East-Northeasterly tore down the racecourse, with max gusts recorded during the first (and only race so far) at 27 knots. With Silver Fleet postponed on shore, Gold Fleet danced the 'You Launch First, Mate' before the daunting trek to the start line.... [more]
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America's Cup AC45 arrives in Auckland for launch - First Pictures
Chris Cameron,
Top international photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to capture the arrival of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco.... [more]
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The American Tea Cup Regatta - where it all began
Rob Kothe,
As sailing tries to broaden its base, the most desirable Olympic boats for the new and developing sailing nations are the single person boats, one-designs which are relatively inexpensive to build, the Laser and the windsurfer.... [more]
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The 2011 MacMan Race
David Naples,
The Little Current Yacht Club and Mackinac Island Yacht Club are proud to announce the 2011 edition of Island Racing. There is no better place to race then the waters of Northern Lake Huron & the North Channel. This two race event will start on Wednesday July 20th with the running of the MIYC Round the Island Race.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Fleet splits as tactics come in to play
Velux 5 Oceans,
Brad and Derek go west, Gutek goes east – who will win?... [more]
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2011 Van Isle 360 Yacht Race - Clear ahead!
Janine Bell,
It's back! The 2011 Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race, which runs every other year on the odd year, is back and set to kick off again this June. The dates have been set for June 4 - 18 and this year the Van Isle 360 will be celebrating its eighth running. Registration for this year's event opened on Nov. 30 and entry forms began arriving the very next day setting a new record for early entri... [more]
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Barcelona World Race: The fifth degree
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race fleet looms respite from full-throttle sailing, though the skippers will soon swap the exertion of sailing at full power for the mental challenge of negotiating the Doldrums as rapidly as possible.... [more]
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Carnage camera at the Musto Performance Skiff Worlds
Richard Gladwell,
Micro weather systems played merry hell with competitors and race officials at the Broo Premium Lager sponsored Musto Performance Skiff World championship at Black Rock Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia. However as always with high powered skiffs operating on the edge of control - accidents do happen, and Sail-World's camera caught a few from Day 2 of the World Championship.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race has short stops, grand prix stops and full stop
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race skippers Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron may be contemplating passing into the southern hemisphere, due to cross the Equator some time Wednesday morning, having escaped relatively lightly from the Doldrums on Virbac-Paprec 3, while Jean Le Cam and Bruno Garcia were coming to terms with their official retirement.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship fleet heads down under
Giles Pearman,
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship next month is gathering a Farr 40 fleetin Australia to contest. Twenty boats have entered to date, representing five countries, and include defending champions Massimo Mezzaroma's Nerone, from Italy.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - The fifth anniversary for Orange Grove
Heather Tackling/St.Maarten Heineken Regatta,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Since releasing their latest album, Fingerprint, all sails have been hoisted on the Orange Grove ship and the band has been steadily making its way to new frontiers.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - GAES Centros Auditivos race update
Coralie Rassinoux,
Barcelona World Race - As Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella head past the Cape Verde islands today, the latest polling in the Barcelona World Race will be a bitter pill for the all female duo aboard GAES Centros Auditivos.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 Final Series - Crashes and comebacks
Zhik Moth Worlds,
Rarely dropping below a healthy 18 knot East by Northeasterly, sailors across the fleet had their share of stacks, crashes and comebacks that has opened up the scorecard.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Damage to Foncia
Barcelona World Race,
Foncia skipper said that they had suffered damage to the crash box on the bow of their IMOCA Open 60. This morning Foncia was 1100 miles from Recife and making 16.3 knots on the 0400hrs UTC ranking.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Cape Town to Wellington victory up for grabs
Velux 5 Oceans,
Sprint 2 of the Velux 5 Oceans, Cape Town to Wellington, is up for grabs as finish line approaches... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Président loses mast
Barcelona World Race,
Président has lost its mast and is heading to Cape Verde. The boat is reported to have hit a wave and the mast broke.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - World class talent heading to race
Key West Race Week,
Key West Race Week - World class talent heading to race - When the 24th edition of Key West 2011, presented by Nautica begins next Monday (January 17th) Olympic medalists, world champions and America's Cup veterans will be on the starting line.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Alex Thomson delays joining Hugo Boss
Barcelona World Race,
Alex Thomson Racing Team has communicated today that the British skipper has delayed joining Hugo Boss as planned.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - a Postcard day,
Zhik Worlds 2010 - A glorious summer day, a 20 knot north easter, 110 foiling moths - we have lots more pictures but here is just a taste of the action.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Most extreme storm since 2003 for Hatfield
Derek Hatfield,
Other than the huricanne that I encountered at Cape Horn in 2003, this is probably the most extreme storm that I have experienced. Right now I'm still with the third reef and storm jib as it is still gusting to 40 kts on occasion.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds – Moth Rigid Wing: the hot news from
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The sailing world has been abuzz since it was discovered that 2009 World Champion Bora Gulari (USA) was going to arrive with a solid wing sail on his Mach 2. But he is not using it. Instead Charlie McKee began sailing his Mach 2 with the rigid wing. Charlie is over the moon and on the eve of the Worlds, in this exclusive we discovered why... [more]
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