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For race winners Jean Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron, aboard Virbac-Paprec 3, in the double-handed Barcelona World Race, the last miles were some of the most trying.

The winds softened, then stiffened, then softened considerably during the team's last days of racing, but it didn't deter this powerhouse duo from claiming what was rightfully theirs: A convincing win in this newly established ocean classic. 'The passage of Gibraltar was hard,' said Peyron. 'It was some of the worst times with the boat since we left.' Dick and Peyron have driven this race, starting from the nascent miles earlier this year, and have not relinquished control. Amazingly, the team stopped not once but twice (including a mandatory 48-hour penalty pit stop in New Zealand to deal with broken bits), yet this did not prevent them from controlling the leader board for over half the planet. The sort of sailing witnessed aboard Virbac-Paprec 3 is the stuff of legend.

Virbac-Paprec 3 - Barcelona World Race 2011  Virbac Paprec 3

Interestingly, this victory marked Dick's second consecutive win in this race, after leaving his footprints on the top step of the podium in the 2007/2008 edition, which he sailed with Damian Foxall. 'The competition was tougher this time with a rival from the start in Foncia and then starting from New Zealand we tussled with Mapfre and with them through to the end,' said Dick. 'This [edition of the] race was more difficult, I think. I had the feeling we could be beaten at many times.' For Peyron, this win is one of many in his long and distinguished sailing resume, but one that he is certainly proud of, nonetheless. Hats off to these impressive sailors and be sure to check out all of our BWR coverage, in this issue.

Also, stand by for second-placed Mapfre, sailed by Spanish double Olympic medalists and Volvo Ocean Race veterans Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernández, to finish soon.

34th America's Cup - AC45 testings - Four AC45 line up - AC45 sailing on Hauraki Gulf  Ivor Wilkins/

In AC circles, the March 31, 2011 entry deadline has now passed, and the report card is positive: Entries are up appreciably over previous Cups. 'Fifteen teams promises an exciting America's Cup World Series, Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series and ultimately 34th America's Cup Final,' said Iain Murray, Regatta Director and CEO, America's Cup Race Management (ACRM). 'The new wing-sailed, multi-hulled yachts will be fast and physically demanding, keeping the racing dynamic and interesting until the finish. We are looking forward to seeing these teams on the AC World Series circuit later this year. It is time to go racing.' Stay tuned for more AC news, as it breaks.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, US Editor

Velux 5 Oceans 72 hours of drama
Velux 5 Oceans,
Over the last 72 hours each of the four Velux 5 Oceans solo skippers have had to contend with an array of problems on their Eco 60 yachts. On Active House, Canadian Derek Hatfield got a scare when he found one of his watertight compartments full with nearly 1,000 litres of water.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race winners Virbac-Paprec 3
Barcelona World Race,
The Barcelona World Race second edition winners Jean-Pierre Dick (45) and Loïck Peyron (51) broke the finish line this Monday morning at 10hrs 20mins 36 seconds UTC... [more]
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Central Lechera Asturiana damaged and heading for Auckland
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race competitors Central Lechera Asturiana has damage to a structural ring frame around the engine box and have turned back to head probably for Auckland.... [more]
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40th Anniversary BVI Spring Regatta: And the winner is - Everyone
Linda Phillips,
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - What defines a magnificent regatta? Ask anyone who sailed in the 40th Anniversary BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival (March 28-April 3, 2011), and you'll hear the same thing: red-hot racing, professionally run courses, a family friendly regatta village, and—of course—killer parties.... [more]
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Star South American Championship - Brazil dominates
Star South American Championship sees Brazil dominate by claiming all three of the podium places at Mar del Plata, Argentina.... [more]
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42nd Princesa Sofia Trofeo - Team Tunnicliffe update
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Team Tunnicliffe update - Racing starts tomorrow at the third stop on the ISAF World Cup Circuit, the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta here in Palma, Spain.... [more]
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42nd Trofeo Princesa Sofia starts in Palma 4th April
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The 42nd Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre regatta is set to get underway tomorrow, Monday 4th April, in Palma. 10 Olympic events and the paralympic 2.4 are all included.... [more]
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St Francis Yacht Club Collegiate Regatta more images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson,
St Francis Yacht Club Collegiate Regatta more images from Saturdays action by Erik Simonson.... [more]
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St Francis Yacht Club Collegiate Regatta images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
StFYC Collegiate Regatta Images from Saturdays Action by Erik Simonson... [more]
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America's Cup entries soar, World Series venues announced + Audio
Richard Gladwell and America's Cup Media,
With the passing of the entry deadline for the 31st America's Cup passing on the 31st March 2011, event organisers have announced that five more teams have entered plus two being 'vetted' and the first three venues for the new America's Cup World Series has also been announced. Also features PJ Montgomery's interview with Iain Murray at end... [more]
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Snipe Pan American Game Trials 2011 day 2 - Another beautiful day
John Payne,
Though lighter than on day one, the winds proved to be less shifty, with velocities ranging between 6 and 12 knots. The first race went off with a bearing of 95 degrees, and a length of one mile. Playing an important supporting role were the numerous steep boat wakes laid down by all of the watercraft out enjoying the nice day.... [more]
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Laser Class major rule change – A disaster says Bruce Kirby
Rob Kothe and the Team,
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. In this interview Kirby gives his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explains why it would be a disaster.... [more]
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Star South American Championship stars shine
Lars Grael and Ronald Seifert (BRA) lead the 2011 Star South American Championship by five points ahead of the final day... [more]
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Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup 2011
International Maxi Association,
Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup - The International Maxi Association (IMA) is pleased to announce some news about the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup, the transoceanic crossing of the Atlantic for maxi yachts leaving towards Caribbean at the end of the Mediterranean sailing season.... [more]
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2011 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week video Charleston Chews
Charleston Race Week,
2011 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week introduces the people that make the South's premier regatta such a memorable experience. Charleston Chews presented by Gill is a series of short Q&A videos with the competitors, organizers and sponsors of the event.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Caribbean photo action
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
40th Anniversary BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Photographer Tod VanSickle brings us all the action from the Carribean.... [more]
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Sailing South - the First Timer's Guide to the ICW
Wally Moran,
Sailing south to the islands, the dream of every sailor. But how to do it, that's the question. What difficulties lie between the challenging waters of the Great Lakes and those idyllic tropical islands? That's a question that cruiser and boating writer Wally Moran has answered for thousands of boaters who have attended his seminars over the past several years.... [more]
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Strictly Sail Pacific Exhibit Space 'Sold Out'
Wanda Kenton Smith,
Exhibit space at Strictly Sail Pacific, the west coast's only all-sail boat show slated for April 14 – 17 at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA, is 'sold out,' posting a 20% increase compared with last year's event. 'The show is completely sold out and we've just created a waiting list,' said Strictly Sail Pacific Show Producer and Sail America Executive Director Jonathan Banks.... [more]
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Tanzacat 2011, Hobie 16 Asian Championships - Hobie Class event dates
David Brookes,
Tanzacat 2011 dates have been announced 2-11 September. This world acclaimed event has included the Zanzibar Raid. With a limited number of brand new Hobie Tiger and Hobie 16 (that is right brand new charter boats available) this is another Hobie event not to miss.... [more]
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Yacht Studio Blokart Racing wins North American blokart Sailing Champs
Ross Vickers,
Yacht Studio Blokart Racing Team wins the North American blokart Sailing Championships 2011, Performance Middle Weight Division and finishes second overall behind current world champion Santi Oliver from Spain.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championship happy ending - Video
505 Worlds,
An exciting conclusion for yesterday's seventh and final race in the SAP 5O5 World Championship 2011.... [more]
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Wildwind Holidays: Vassiliki Watersports Festival - Wind and Bikinis!
Simon Morgan,
Wildwind Holiday's: Vassiliki Watersports Festival - How often do you get a chance to see exactly what you are doing wrong on the race course and why others get ahead of you?... [more]
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America's Cup accepts Venezia Challenge
Geronimo Emili,
America's Cup - In a letter addressed to Club Canottieri Roggero di Lauria, the Golden Gate Yacht Club has officially accepted the Venezia Challenge into the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Star South American Championship 2011 - Grael and Seifert lead
2011 Star South American Championship. Lars Grael and Ronald Seifert took advantage of the variable wind conditions as they won both of their races. However Grael used his experience by showing his downwind skills to give him a safe lead.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - Setting the standard
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - While a light snow decorated daffodils breaking through the ground around New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court, the realization that the 2011 sailing season in the northern hemisphere is not far off has been confirmed by the announcement of two skippers who will lead their yacht club teams in the upcoming Cup.... [more]
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Shingles Bank Sparks Isle Of Wight Ownership / Independence Claims
Isabella de Fortibus 'I've noted the squabbles between the Gurnard Sailing Club and the South West Shingles Yacht Club about some tiny scrap of tidal pebbles off the Needles and have decided it's time to put a stop to all this nonsense... and to stake my legal claim not just to that worthless bit of rubble... [more]
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64th Newport to Ensenada - A fun week of fiesta festivity
Rich Roberts,
64th Newport to Ensenada - There will be a jam packed week of fiesta festivity leading into the 64th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race begins Sunday, April 10, with the Launch Party at the Newport Nautical Museum.... [more]
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