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 13 Apr 2011
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History in the making in the Barcelona World Race!

Eighteen members of the Canadian Sailing Team were in Palma, Mallorca last week competing in the prestigious Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE regatta. The third event on the World Cup schedule, Princesa Sofia marked the start to the European racing season. Palma's striking Mediterranean venue remained true to its reputation over the regatta's 42-year history for challenging and windy conditions. Our Canadians performed well in preparation for London 2012; Lee Parkhill in the Laser class came up only 4 points shy of cracking the top 10 and a medal race date. Fellow Canadian Dave Wright also came out strong in the final day to place 14th overall. On the board, Zac Plavsic dropped from 10th to 15th overall after a difficult final day, an unfortunate turn of events after spending the majority of the week in the top 10. Nikola Girke in the women's RSX fleet was the top Canadian finisher winding up 18th.

In Barcelona, Ryan Breymaier, the sole North American racer in the event crossed the finish line in fifth on-board Neutrogena, co-skippered by Boris Herrmann, who became the first German sailor ever to complete a non-stop racing circumnavigation. Their fifth pace finish behind Estrella Dam is quite an accomplishment for the young sailors. Another page has been written in the Barcelona World Race history book with the English-Spanish duo on Gaes Centros Auditivos competed their race earlier today; while British sailor Dee Caffari has already competed four circumnaviagtions, Anna Corbella, was the first Spanish woman to race non-stop around the world. They are also the first all-female duo to finish the Barcelona World Race. Congratulations!

With only a week remaining in the Velux 5 Oceans, second place Canadian skipper Derek Hatfield was victorious in the timed run earlier this week. American Brad Van Liew opted for a more westerly route and ran into slower conditions; in a typical 'grass being greener next door' situation, both skippers recently commented they were prefer to be in each other's location. British skipper Chris Stanmore-Major is over to the east as all three yachts are leaving Antigua to port; the conditions are expected to change again over the next few days and it can still be anybody's race. A broken forestay has forced Polish skipper Gutek to put into port in Brazil earlier this week, he took this opportunity to have his chest examined where broken ribs where confirmed.

After a long winter, Canadian boatyards and yacht clubs are busy again and boats will be launching soon; I'm looking forward to getting back on the water!

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Barcelona World Race images of Caffari and Corbella at finish,
Barcelona World Race co-skippers Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella, the all female duo onboard Gaes Centros Auditivos, broke the finish line of the Barcelona World Race in sixth place. This image gallery is from the finish.... [more]
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Women On The Water FUN Regatta, June 25th, Island Yacht Club.
Heather Robertson,
If you are a woman who has never boated, or are new to racing this will be the fun regatta to attend. Women racing women! Bring your boat or crew with someone else. Cost to race is $25 per person and includes a goodie bag. The evening concludes with a dinner and awards presentation. Prizes sponsored by The Store Mason's Chandlery, Skippers Plan, Open Waters and Gill Outerwear.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth wrap
Kirsten Ferguson,
The Weather Gods blessed St. Barthélemy from April 5 - 9, taking care to offer more than 400 competitors from 20 nations and on 48 yachts a week of perfect Caribbean sailing during the Les Voiles de St. Barth. Like for many new regattas, the best growth is slow and steady. The first edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth, in 2010, had 23 yachts, while this year the fleet grew to 48.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Caffari and Corbella sail into the record books
Barcelona World Race,
Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella sailed into the record books this morning with their Owen Clarke designed IMOCA Open 60 GAES when they broke the finish line of the Barcelona World Race in sixth place. Corbella becomes the first Spanish woman ever to sail and race non stop around the world. Caffari maintains her remarkable record by completing her fourth circumnavigation since 2004-5.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans sprint four - Only 1500 miles remaining
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans solo skippers enter the final quarter of ocean sprint four with only 1,500 miles remaining. With around a week left at sea in the sprint to Charleston on the USA's eastern seaboard, just 288 miles separate the front three boats.... [more]
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TP52 World Championship 2011 in Porto Cervo
TP52 World Championship,
2011 Audi TP52 World Championships will be hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda on the famous waters of Sardinia's Porto Cervo.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper diagnosed with broken rib
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski is on doctor's orders to rest after being diagnosed with a broken rib. The Polish ocean racer will remain in port for the time being and will take the time to carry out repairs.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race -Lone American sailor crosses the finish line
Barcelona World Race,
After 100 days, three hours, 13 minutes and 25 seconds at sea, Ryan Breymaier (Annapolis, Md./Washington, D.C.) – the lone American in the Barcelona World Race – stands on solid ground after finishing the race on Sunday, April 10... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 high speed wipeout video's and images
Oracle Racing and Sail-World,
Last week, Oracle Racing were out training on the Hauraki Gulf in strong-to-high winds between 25 and 35 knots with a sea running. They were sailing off the wind under North Head when a strong puff hit. The leeward bow dug in the water and the trampoline was nearly engulfed before control was regained, before the distribution of buoyancy in the hull allowed the bow to pop out and avert calamity.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans racer Hatfield ends Van Liew's winning streak
Velux 5 Oceans,
Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield has moved one step closer to shooting up the Velux 5 Oceans leader board after winning the ocean sprint four timed run.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race co-skippers Breymaier and Herrmann finish fifth
Barcelona World Race,
Ryan Breymaier (USA) and Boris Herrmann (GER) crossed the finish line of the Barcelona World Race at 1513hrs (UTC). Docked in the late afternoon sunshine at the foot of the iconic Columbus monument before a large international crowd Ryan Breymaier said: 'The goal of this was to get around the world non-stop.'... [more]
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Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race start approaching
Rich Roberts,
The countdown to the start of the 64th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is closing in on Friday at noon off the Balboa Pier, as competitors scramble through the latest weather forecasts, equipment checks and sendoff celebrations.... [more]
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Princess Sofia - Canadian Wrap-up
Canadian Yachting Association,
Friday, April 8th. The first major of the year in Europe has wrapped up for the Canadian contingent. The Medal Race competition remains on tap for Saturday but unfortunately for the Canadian faithful we came up a little short today. Palma deliver yet another stellar racing day with the sea breeze arriving after only a short delay ashore. The breeze steadily built throughout the day.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans update from Active House skipper Derek Hatfield
Derek Hatfield,
Velux 5 Oceans update from Active House skipper Derek Hatfield... [more]
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Barcelona World Race Estrella Damm fourth
Barcelona World Race,
Estrella Damm's Barcelona World Race finish, back into their home city was one which mirrored their race, rich with emotion... [more]
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Princesa Sofia Trophy - Ben Ainslie overall champion in Palma
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The medal races and Women's Match racing finals have crowned today the champions in the 42 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre in Palma.... [more]
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Albacore Mid Winters and Upcoming Season
Ken Yamazaki,
The 2011 Albacore Mid Winter Championships were held March 18-20 at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron in Sarasota, Florida.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek heads to Fortaleza with broken forestay
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski is heading for port after the forestay on his Eco 60 yacht Operon Racing broke. Although the rig is secure, the damage has forced Gutek, who was lying fourth in ocean sprint four, to turn his boat round and head for Fortaleza on the northern coast of Brazil to carry out the vital repairs.... [more]
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SLAM Presents: Interview with Oracle Racing Skipper James Spithill
Lindsay Foster,
Oracle Racing James Spithill talks with T2P.TV's Lindsay Foster about the 33rd AC and his history of sailing.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race podium complete
Barcelona World Race,
Pachi Rivero and Antonio Piris, Renault Z.E. Sailing Team, crossed the finish line off Barcelona's iconic W-Hotel this morning at O647hrs (UTC). After Mapfre the pair are only the second of the top three to complete the circumnavigation non-stop.... [more]
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America's Cup: Teams offered jump-start design package for AC72's
America's Cup Media,
For the first time ever in the America's Cup, a shared design program is being offered to the entered teams to jump-start designs of the fast, high-tech AC72s, the new wing-sailed catamarans to be launched next year. With the surge of new teams that just entered the 34th America's Cup, the 15 teams that met last week's entry deadline now have the opportunity to share in an initial design packag... [more]
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Another Challenging Day in Palma for Canadian Sailing Team
Canadian Yachting Association,
The conditions for the third day of racing here in Palma were much the same as day 2, only with a few more variables thrown in, a little less wind velocity on average, and the odd sad face as the Gold Fleet splits came into play for classes sailing in split fleets.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery Images,
Les Voiles de St. Barth is underway and photographer Ingrid Abery presents these action shots from the day's racing.... [more]
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