Congratulations to Canadian Rolex Sailor of the Year Frederik Eaton!
Although the 2010 Canadian Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards Banquet is set for later in February, Frederik Eaton, the 2010 recipient has been announced today. The Canadian Rolex Sailor of the Year event is the premier opportunity for Canadians to recognize the achievements and successes of Canadian sailors; you can attend this exclusive event set for Saturday, February 26th, 2011 at The Carlu in Toronto, Ontario and have an opportunity to mingle with Olympic medalists, World Champions and keynote address speaker, US Sailing Presiden,t Gary Jobson. Purchase your tickets early; seating is limited!
In the Barcelona World Race, Michel Desjoyaux and François Gabart on Foncia were forced into retirement after the top portion of their mast breaking on them two days ago. They were trailing Virbac-Paprec 3, who had just regained the lead, at the time. Fortunately, no one is hurt and they were able to sail to South Africa under a reefed main alone. This race keeps getting better and better... It will be interesting to see whether the leader slows down to spare the boat, or whether they will keep pushing strongly into the Indian Ocean; the rest of the fleet is at least a full day behind. Another twist that should keep everyone on their toes is the presence of icebergs; the South Atlantic gates were moved North last week as a safety measure and the race committee has just announced new waypoints due to the proliferation of icebergs and floating ice in the Indian Ocean. This course change will keep the fleet almost 400nm further North than the traditional route and will make for a much longer course.
In Wellington, NZ, the Velux 5 Oceans fleet is getting ready for the start of the 5800 miles Sprint 3 to Punta del Este, Uruguay, scheduled for February 6th where the challenge of rounding notorious Cape Horn awaits them. Back in South Africa, Christophe Bullens is finalizing repairs on Five Oceans of Smile Too and plans to leave in early February and head for Punta Del Este, where he will join the rest of the fleet. He will sail along with Brad, Derek, Gutek and Chris and accompany them to Charleston and La Rochelle. Christophe plans to sail the two last legs of the race as a training opportunity for the next Velux 5 Oceans race.
After five days at sea and nearing the Equator, Pascal Bidégorry on Banque Populaire V, is leading the record holder's reference course by approximately 200 miles, and this despite lighter conditions over the past 48 hours. The crew of fourteen did manage to maintain a freight train pace earlier this week with top speeds in excess of 40 knots at time. In France, after a short delay, Thomas Coville is now considering leaving the dock in Brest on Saturday to take advantage of a suitable weather window. Coville and the trimaran Sodebo will be chasing the solo round-the-world record of 57 days currently held by Francis Joyon. More details on the two phenomenal speed machines next week.
Half-way through the US Sailing Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, amongst a fleet of 716 sailors representing 53 nations, our Canadian Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls are performing well. After seven races, Bjorn and Clarke are in third place in the Star class while Allan Leibel is leading a group of five Canadians in the top twelve 2.4mR's. In the 49er's, Lowden and Cook are in fourth, closely trailed by the Hogan/Gooderham team while on the RS:X windsurfers, Zachary Plavsic and Nikola Girke are fifth and sixth respectively, in the men and women divisions. The week long event wraps up on Saturday; full results at http://rmocr.ussailing.org/2011/Results.htm
Offshore racers will not want to miss the 'Around the World Alone' feature on the CBC Documentary channel on Monday, February 6th. A production of Wind Athletes Canada, the film relates the fascinating events of the 2008 Vendée Globe race. Non racers will also appreciate the drama and exploits from the decks of the Open 60's.
Canadian Rolex Sailor of the Year Canadian Yachting Association, The Board of Directors of the Canadian Yachting Association proudly declares that Frederik Eaton, of Toronto, ON is the winner of the 2010 Canadian Rolex Sailor of the Year Award. Fred Eaton was selected from Canadian sailors who were nominated for their outstanding sailing performances during 2010. His crowning achievement was the retention of the International C Class Catamaran Championship... [more] Share this story
Images from Rolex Miami OCR: More ISAF World Cup action Daniel Forster, Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, was on the water for the first days of the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, the second round of the ISAF World Cup, and presents this second gallery of the action from the Olympic and Paralympic classes... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race Day 26 - Broken masthead and retirement Foncia, Barcelona World Race day 26 had Foncia's masthead break clean off during the night in the southern hemisphere, causing Michel Desjoyeaux and François Gabart to set a course towards Cape Town. The damage occurred on Wednesday 26 January at around 0300 UTC at 41°13' S and 09°0' E, around 620 miles (1,150km) to the SW of the tip of South Africa.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Day 4 on Banque Populaire V Sail-World Staff, Here we are on Day 4 of Banque Populaire V's Jules Verne Trophy round-the-world record attempt. The comfortable 280 miles lead gained earlier this week over Groupama 3, the current record holder, is slowly is slowly being eaten away as the lighter trade winds impede top speed progression. Pascal Bidegorry's team still holds a 200 miles advantage that he hopes to maintain in the next few days... [more] Share this story
Jeppesen C-Map Announces New Gr Lakes & Trent-Severn Aerial Photos Andy Adams, Navigation expert Jeppesen has recently added 50 new aerial photos to its popular C-MAP MAX electronic charts for the Great Lakes and Trent-Severn Waterway in Canada. These high-resolution aerial photographs of locks, bridges, marinas and harbor inlets will enhance the navigational experience throughout the Trent-Severn Waterway, providing a powerful visual reference to enhance situational... [more] Share this story
Argo Challenge Campaign for America's Cup announced Lynn Fitzpatrick, he Argo Challenge (www.argochallenge.com) announced its campaign to fund an international crew of disabled athletes in the America's Cup, the most prestigious competition in international yachting. The goal is to raise between $6 and $10 million by the March 31st deadline for entry fees. The America's Cup will be held in San Francisco in 2013 but the World Series begins in June.... [more] Share this story
Ocean changes unsettling to solo sailor Max Paris, A Canadian sailing in a solo around-the-world race says he is disturbed by the 'horrendous' conditions he has encountered in the southern oceans — including the near absence of large sea life. Derek Hatfield has rounded the planet alone twice before but this trip through the southern ocean has been a relentless stream of extreme storms and deepest calms.... [more] Share this story
Toronto International Boat Show Video Recap Peter Mykusz, The 53rd Annual Toronto International Boat Show was held at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. Presented by The Toronto Star, the show featured the world's largest indoor lake, over 1,500 boats and showcased a wide variety of accessories and services provided by over 550 businesses in the marine marketplace. It was an opportunity to see boat-handling demonstrations and attend seminars... [more] Share this story
Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn at Rolex Miami OCR with Magic Marine Lynn Fitzpatrick, Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn (CAN) are considering renaming their Clarke/Bjorn Sailing Team to Misters Consistency during the 2011 Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, the only ISAF World Cup event in North America. The red-hot Canadians posted straight 6's during the first three races of the Grade 1 regatta.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Sound of the sea music montage Velux 5 Oceans, A collection of shots from the Velux 5 Oceans ocean sprint two set to music... [more] Share this story
No Skipper's Weight in Rum This Year! Greg Nicoll, The 2011 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race returned after a short hiatus with an exciting race covering approximately 70 miles around the island of Barbados.... [more] Share this story
Sailing Enthusiasts Head to the Grenada Sailing Festival Lindsay Tessis, The Grenada Sailing Festival attracts sailing enthusiasts from all over the world and for the first time in 2011 it will feature two consecutive weekends of racing and activities.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Miami OCR day 2 Dana Paxton, Olympic and Paralympic aspirants from 53 countries have flocked to this week's US Sailing Rolex Miami OCR. Two days of racing now completed.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Technical stop for Lechera Asturiana Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - Juan Merediz and Fran Palacio on Central Lechera Asturiana will make a technical stop in Cape Town to repair a leak... [more] Share this story
Round Barbados Race: Hasley C. Herreshoff races onboard yacht Elena Barbados Advocate, The Barbados Cruising Club and sponsors of the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race were delighted to welcome Hasley C. Herreshoff to Barbados where he raced on board Schooner Elena in the 75th Anniversary 2011 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race that took place on January 21st 2011.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Leader's luxury Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - As the first depression of the ‘big south' spins off south eastwards towards the depths of the Indian Ocean, there is a certain temporary stability visited on the positions of the leading trio of the Barcelona World Race this afternoon, but no such luxury for the chasing pack.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 count-down Louay Habib, With one month to go, the third edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 is turning into a truly international affair, with an unprecedented fifteen nations represented in a diverse fleet of yachts, from all over the world.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Virbac-Paprec resist the attack of Foncia Barcelona World Race, Virbac-Paprec 3 and Foncia are riding the leading edge of the low pressure's front and should manage to stay with it, making around 18-20 knots and we should maybe see them gybe later this afternoon or this evening to line up for the SW'lies as the front passes over them.... [more] Share this story
Miami OCR 2011 images by Ingrid Abery Ingrid Abery images, Day one action images from the Miami OCR by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans: Chris Stanmore-Major arrives in Wellington Velux 5 Oceans, Chris Stanmore-Major known as CSM, is the fourth and final skipper to complete the leg from Cape Town in South Africa to Wellington. The third sprint to Punta del Este in Uruguay starts on February 6.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama encourages everyone to enjoy the course Groupama - Franck Cammas, Jules Verne Race - Contacted by telephone on Sunday morning, as they were sailing offshore of the Portuguese coast aboard the monohull Groupama 70... [more] Share this story
Gill NA Selected as Official Supplier to CYA and CDN Sailing Team Andy Adams, GILL® has been selected as the official technical apparel supplier to the Canadian Yachting Association and the Canadian Sailing Team. GILL® will be supplying members of the Canadian Sailing Team with branded podium apparel and technical sailing gear. In addition to supplying the Canadian Sailing Team, CYA will be providing GILL® apparel to coaches and officials. The CYA's Executive Director... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Duo aboard Virbac Paprec 3 setting the pace Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - The Virbac Paprec 3 duo's total mileage peaked earlier today at 516.37 nautical miles, achieved between 0900hrs (UTC) yesterday morning and 0900 today.... [more] Share this story
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - Virtual race Oliver Dewar, Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - The developer and publisher of branded social games, UnitedGames, will provide the online virtual race throughout the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - A wild ride from the west Barcelona World Race, Three weeks since they set off, the Barcelona World RACE fleet has taken a new shape. Yesterday evening Foncia surged into first place, and this morning Virbac Paprec 3 joined them at the head of the race in second place.... [more] Share this story
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