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 01 Mar 2011
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The race is on for second place!

Check out our great images of Rolex Farr 40 Worlds held in Sydney where Australia's Transfusion was crowned World Champion. Amazing coverage by the local Sail-World contributors in Australia!

While the yellow boat should be docked safely in Punta del Este, Uruguay by the time you read this, Brad van Liew will be keeping an eye on his fellow competitors who are almost within earshot of each other; separated by only 10 miles after over 23 days at sea. Derek recaptured second place from Gutek early yesterday but it's now a drag race to the finish as Christopher has made major gains and caught up with them over the week-end. A fitting finish for Sprint 3 of the Velux 5 Oceans!

The major news story from the Barcelona World Race is the amazing performance of Neutrogena's duo of German Boris Herrmann and American Ryan Breymaier; they have finally secured fourth place and are now settling into the pursuit of Renault Z.E in third place. The race leaders are nearing South America and will have to contend with Cape Horn very soon; hopefully, they will experience favorable conditions similar to the ones their Velux 5 Oceans single-handed counterparts enjoyed last week.

One Girl's Ocean Challenge and Diane Reid are less than 100 mile from the Miami Sea Buoy, the end of the single-handed 1000-mile qualifying run she undertook 11 days ago. It's been interesting to say the least, with a wide variety of conditions, challenging navigation while dodging freighters and cruise ships. Congratulations Diane!

The Ontario Melges 20 fleet is looking forward to the next big event for this new popular one-design series; they will meet again at the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week starting on March 10th. We have the photos from the Miami Winter Regatta held a few weeks ago!

The 31st St. Marteen Heineken Regatta is on again later this week; this is one of the premier 'fun-in-the-sun' party regatta in the Caribbean. A fleet nearing 200 yachts ranging from 24 to 115 feet is expected. As per previous years, racing is a combination of course racing and the traditional Saturday long distance race to the 'French side' in Marigot for more partying. Sail-World Canada has on-site coverage this year!

Ontario Sailing is now accepting nominations for this year's Ontario Sailing's Legend of Ontario Sailors Award presented by Canadian Yachting. The award recognizes outstanding contribution to the recreational and/or competitive sport of sailing in Canada.

In the words of CYA President Gerry Giffin: 'This was an evening to remember!'. The Rolex Canadian Sailor of the Year Awards Night held last Saturday in Toronto , ON was a resounding success with Fred Eaton being celebrated as the Rolex Canadian Sailor of the Year!

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Nominations Open for Ontario Sailing's Legend of Ontario Sailors Award
Glenn Lethbridge,
Nominations are now being accepted for this year's Ontario Sailing's Legend of Ontario Sailors Award presented by Canadian Yachting. The award recipient(s) will be recognized for an outstanding contribution that has inspired participation in the recreational and/or competitive sport of sailing in Canada.... [more]
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Halfway To Serious
Mark Stevens, Sail-World Canada,
The motto for the Heineken Regatta in Sint Maarten, now in its 31st year, is perfect in both conception and execution. And if the festivities so far are any indication, this year's race series will be another exercise in 'Serious Fun.'... [more]
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Fred Eaton Highlights CYA Rolex Awards Night
CYA Staff,
The Rolex Canadian Sailor of the Year Awards Night can be summed up perfectly with the words of CYA President Gerry Giffin 'Not only did the evening truly honour our sport's best, it showcased our sport, and Canadian Yachting Association. From the moment we walked in until the last person left, it was flawless. This was an evening to remember!'... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race – RORC increase number of places available
Trish Jenkins,
In an effort to absorb the large waiting list for the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Royal Ocean Racing Club have decided to increase the number of places available to IRC yachts by removing the ‘professionally' sailed classes from the 300 entry limit. The Volvo Ocean 70s, Imoca 60s, Class 40s and Multihulls will be counted over and above the previous 300 entry limit... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans interesting developments
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Derek Hatfield and Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski were today neck and neck in the sprint for the finish line of the third leg of the race. Separated by just a few miles, the race rivals could see each other from their yachts, an incredible achievement given they have been at sea for more than three weeks and have covered more than 6,000 nautical miles through the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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RC44 fleet in San Diego images by Darrall Slater,
San Diego is gearing up for the first event in the 2011 RC44 Championship Tour, the Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego, March 2nd to sixth. Photographer Darrall Slater has provided this gallery of images of the fleet out on practice day.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race podium race on
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - The battle for third place in the Barcelona World Race may appear to be slightly remote from the leading duo, more than 1400 miles behind Virbac-Paprec 3 and Mapfre, who this afternoon had around 1200 miles to make to Cape Horn.... [more]
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One Girl's Ocean Challenge Update
Tim Hill,
Toronto's Diane Reid is making great progress on her 1000-mile solo qualifier for the upcoming 2013 Mini Transat race. She is currently taking it easy and white sail reaching as she isn't racing and needs to preserve the gear and sails. It's blowing 20kts and the waves are pretty steep as a whole lot of the Atlantic trying to squeeze between the Bahama Bank and Cuba... [more]
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Mike Wolfs confirms Canadian craze for Audi Melges 20 with new fleet
Mike Wolfs,
The Port Credit Yacht Club (PCYC) is well-known for producing some of the world's greatest sailing talent, but being located 4 short miles from downtown Toronto, Canada has also fueled great fleet growth since the end of July 2010. The newly formed Canadian Audi Melges 20 fleet started with four boats and by September, were enjoying an 8-boat force.... [more]
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Derek Hatfield on Sustainability
Dereek Hatfield,
Velux; the main sponsor for this race and a huge proponent of sustainability; has requested that the skippers comment on different sustainability issues in each leg and how it relates to us on board. For this leg, food is the topic. Let's be honest, I do not have any special training in environmental studies with regard to this topic but I can make some observations that relate to my situation.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 - Video- Day 4 the final day,
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - 2011 the final day- a two horse race - but both thoroughbreds -Nerone and Transfusion take it down to the last race - video report .... [more]
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Board or Kite-Board: Why not having both in the Olympics?
Markus Schwendtner,
One of the most debated issues behind closed doors is surely the question on what 'Board OR Kite-Board' exactly means, as it was decided by the ISAF council during the 2011 ISAF annual conference in Athens.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - Final Day Images from Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
The best of the weather for the 2011 Farr 40 World Championships off Sydney Heads was saved for the last day of racing, with bright sunshine and a building breeze making for great sailing and ideal conditions for photographers. Crosbie Lorimer, who was a Farr 40 mastman for four years when the class was first established in Sydney, enjoyed a more relaxed view of the action yesterday (no hiking... [more]
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Sodebo into the Pacific
Kate Jennings translation,
Thomas Coville, onboard the maxi trimaran Sodebo departed on Saturday 29 January 2011, at 11h07'28' UTC on an attempt to beat Francis Joyon's (IDEC) 'solo' Jules Verne Trophy record.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, Nervous Last Moments in Transfusion's Win
Crosbie Lorimer,
Crosbie Lorimer was out on the water with some of Australia's top yachting photographers to shoot the last day of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships off Sydney Heads yesterday. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and his crew aboard Transfusion, including top tactician John Kostecki, provided plenty of spectacle in their last day arm-wrestle with the 2010 World Champions aboard Nerone.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 - Andrea Francolini's 'Best Of' event images
Andrea Francolini images,
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 'Best Of' images are presented by ace photographer Andrea Francolini. We hope you enjoy Andrea's choices from the event, which has just concluded in Sydney.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race leaders inseparable
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - The leading two boats in the BWR remain inseparable, just ten miles separating Virbac-Paprec 3 and Mapfre in terms of distance to the finish on Day 57 of and just over twenty miles lateral separation north to south. It has become a partnership bound by very similar wind conditions, courses and boat speed.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds final day images by Alexandra McKinnon,
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2011 images by Alexandra McKinnon who was out on the water capturing the action. She presents this gallery of images for your enjoyment.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week - Mixed fleet racing on the rise
Charleston Race Week,
Charleston Race Week - With more than 240 boats registered for the newly re-titled 2011 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, the rapidly growing event takes over the title as the United States' largest keelboat regatta.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 images by Howard Wright
Howard Wright images,
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography presents this gallery of images captured on the final day of the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds - Transfusion wins after courageous fightback
Lisa Ratcliff,
In race nine Transfusion's crew were coughing dust for the first upwind leg and appeared to lack boat speed while Nerone was sailing hotter angles out in front on the first downwind run. Clearly there was more firepower in their weaponry and they came out blazing in race 10, saving the best for last.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans fleet passed The Horn
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - After almost three weeks at sea, the third ocean sprint is now firmly on the home straight towards Punta del Este and the battle for positions at the back of the fleet couldn't be tighter. Whilst the toughest part of the 6000 nautical mile leg is now over, there is no time to relax as changeable winds will make the next day or so crucial for the final standings.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 Day 3 Video Report,
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 Day 3 Video Report - A postcard day on the water - for the Farr 40 fleet off Sydney Heads... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - A ferocious battle for Virbac-Paprec 3
Anne-Charlotte Meyer,
Barcelona World Race - Since they returned to the race after their technical pit stop in Wellington last Friday, Virbac-Paprec 3 has been fighting a ferocious battle with Mapfre in the Pacific Ocean. This week, the weather conditions distinctly favored the Spanish Olympic Champions who made their way back to just behind the blue monohull.... [more]
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