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 24 Mar 2011
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The Rolex Cup Regatta is back in St. Thomas!

The annual Rolex Cup Regatta is back this week-end in beautiful St. Thomas USVI. I had the pleasure of enjoying the hospitality of the St. Thomas Yacht Club last year and witness fellow Canadian Richard Oland's overall win on Vela Veloce. This was their first experience in St. Thomas on a relatively new race boat and the crew performed admirably well! Richard is back to defend his title this year and my colleague Greg Nicoll will be there to report on all the action. Stay tuned for more!

The Velux 5 Oceans webchat with the skippers turned out to be a great on-line event; armchair racers from around the world got an opportunity to interact directly with the skippers one-on-one. Although I was originally a bit skeptical about the concept, the formula appears to have generated a lot of interest and the skippers proved to be very engaged with their supporters, providing answers to a wide range of questions from technical to preferred freeze dried food flavor (Brad prefers Leonardo de Fettucini from Alpine Aire). Derek had a number of Canadian supporters on-line and provided some insight about his summer plans with family and optimizing his boat for the light air on the next leg to Charleston, SC. The fleet leaves Punta del Este on Sunday.

While the Barcelona World Race leaders are slowly making their way up the Atlantic, a few yachts at the back of the pack are experiencing 50 to 60 knot winds in the Southern Atlantic. Dick and Peyron on Virbac-Paprec are still in front, although they just played their strategy card and switched into Stealth mode to become invisible to their competitors; they are approximately 2000m miles from their destination in Spain. MAFRE has maintained their second place position while Neutrogena and Estralla Dam, who have been engaged in a close battle over fourth place, are slowly catching with Renault ZE in third.

The recipient of Ontario Sailing's Legend of Ontario Sailors Award presented by Canadian Yachting Magazine will be presented at the upcoming Celebration of Sailing Island Gala that will be held on April 2, 2011 at The Boulevard Club in Toronto. The award was first presented last year during Ontario Sailing's annual fund-raising gala to the crews of Evergreen (RHYC) and Magistri (RCYC) that survived and endured the great storms that hit the 1979 Fastnet race. Find out more about the Celebration of Sailing Island Gala here

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Van Isle 360 Yacht Race Announces TELUS as 2011 Title Sponsor
Janine Bell,
Organizers of the Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race are pleased to announce TELUS as the new title sponsor of the 2011 event. The eighth edition of the race, which is now named the TELUS Van Isle 360, will take place from June 4 - 18. 'We are very excited to welcome TELUS aboard', says Janine Bell, event manager, 'and are looking forward to working with TELUS to ensure the best race to date.'... [more]
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Announcing the 2011 Canadian Sailing Team
Canadian Yachting Association,
The Canadian Yachting Association is proud to announce the members of the 2011 Canadian Sailing Team. The team was established based on 2010 performance criteria. CYA also established a new national team structure that better defines a winning culture and more clearly delineates the way support is tailored to our sailors at various levels of development and international performance.... [more]
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BRP to Host 4,000 People From More Than 100 Countries This Summer
Andy Adams,
From July 10 to 17, 2011, BRP will host the largest event of its history in Montréal, Québec. Over 4,000 dealers and distributors from more than 100 countries will visit Montréal and the Eastern Townships. All regions of the world will be represented.... [more]
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Women's Keelboat Regatta Championship returns to IYC in 2011
Heather Robertson,
WOW - Women On The Water, The Store Mason's Chandlery, Robertson & Robertson Yacht Insurance, Gill Marine Weather Gear, Island Yacht Club and Ontario Sailing are pleased to announce that the Women's Keelboat Regatta Championship returns June 25 to IYC.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race skippers prepare for intense conditions
Barcelona World Race,
The Barcelona World Race skippers aboard We are Water prepare for the worst as they face a severe Southern Ocean storm while Virbac-Paprec 3 enter 'stealth' mode.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Sprint 4 Sustainability Award focuses on Power
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans Sprint 4 skippers will discuss sustainable power generation, management and preservation while alone at sea. Power will be the theme for the sustainability award for ocean sprint 4 of the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Fleet faces 50-60 knots
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race co-skipper Ludovic Aglaor, of Forum Maritim Catala, today demonstrated that rounding Cape Horn does not necessarily equate to hitting the home stretch.... [more]
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Join us at The Store April 2nd and 3rd for our Annual Open House.
Heather Robertson,
It's an entire weekend of specials, prizes and just plain fun at The Store - Mason's Chandlery in Port Credit Harbour Marina. We're stocked to the rafters with everything you need for launch. Power or sail - big or little - we've got everything for your boat and more. Knowledgeable staff to serve you - after all we're boaters too! Call 905-278-7005 | | www.thestoremasons... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45's together as a fleet on the Hauraki Gulf
Ivor Wilkins,
Four of the five AC45's were together as a fleet on the Hauraki Gulf today, with Emirates Team NZ remaining in the shed. This is the first time that the AC45's have been together as a fleet, two boat training is expected to start in the next couple of days, with Defender, Oracle Racing, expected to do their own thing with their two boats and the Challengers, Artemis Racing (SWE) and Emirates Team... [more]
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Charleston Race Week - America's largest regatta adds fifth course
Charleston Race Week,
Charleston Race Week – Now that the entry list topped 270 boats for this month, it became apparent that the organizers of 2011 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week had a small problem. 'The last thing we've ever wanted to do was tell people we don't have room for them, but that's the position we found ourselves in,' explained Randy Draftz, the event's Race Director.... [more]
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Sodebo forced to make massive detour
Kate Jennings translation,
Having set off to tackle the solo round the world record some 52 days ago, the skipper of Sodebo is having to face another meteorological barrier on his journey back to Europe. Due to the 'anticyclonic swamp' sprawling across the North Atlantic, Thomas Coville is being forced to make a massive detour via the West... [more]
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Barcelona World Race 2011 Hugo Boss back on track
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race 2011 may have conclusively proved, for Hugo Boss co-skippers Wouter Verbraak (NED) and Andy Meiklejohn (NZL), that the best laid plans can indeed go awry. Having once again adapted to their changing circumstances they are today powering north-east, having resumed sailing at 1814hrs (UTC) yesterday evening... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans clock ticks down to to Charleston race start
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - With less than a week to go until the 5,700-mile sprint to Charleston in the US, excitement and tension is starting to mount in the Uruguayan port of Punta del Este.... [more]
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The California Campaign Sailing O Canada
Resolve Films,
This video series will explore the life of sailors competing in a racing campaign in California. The team, led by International sailing star skipper Richard Clarke, compete in The Islands Race, The Border Run and The Coastal Cup as they prepare for The Transpac Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. They sail the rugged, powerful and fast Open 60 sailboat O Canada.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans stage regatta to support Red Cross Disaster Fund
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans saw a great deal of healthy rivalries on the water in Punta del Este as the charity regatta to raise money for the Red Cross Disaster Fund in support of New Zealand and Japan proceeded.... [more]
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Mirabaud safely in port after Barcelona World Race dismasting
MaxComm Communications,
Mirabaud, helmed by Dominique Wavre and Michèle Paret in the Barcelona World Race, arrived in Mar del Plata at 5pm (CET) on Saturday, under jury rig. The co-skippers were warmly welcomed by a small delegation of friends, journalists, members of their shore team and Mirabaud's local South American contacts.... [more]
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More video selections,
More great sailing video footage is turning up online. For your enjoyment, the Sail-World team world-wide is bringing you a mixture of interesting recent clips and some historic footage each week.... [more]
Share this story covers the America's Cup AC45 - Video Gallery 1,
Over the past couple of months Sail-World has built up a collection of videos of the AC45, and the development of the America's Cup World Series. For those who have missed any of these here is the first of a three part collection... [more]
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Race to Mackinac exceeds 300 entries to date
Chicago Yacht Club,
Chicago Yacht Club announced just today that the Race to Mackinac 2011 presented by Veuve Clicquot has surpassed the 300 entry threshold.... [more]
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