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 04 May 2011
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The Volvo Ocean Race is in the news again!

Those of you who enjoyed the webchat with Velux 5 Oceans skippers in Uruguay a few weeks ago will be pleased to hear that another similar event, this time on video, is planned for next week; all the details are in the story. Get your questions ready now! While the other skippers are getting their yachts ready for the final leg from Charleston, USA to La Rochelle, France, Polish skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski is closing in on Charleston following his emergency stop in Brazil in the last leg; Gutek will have to perform more repairs on Operon Racing when he gets in as the bowsprit has now broken clean of the hull. Next sprint starts on May 14th.

Jaume Mumbru and Cali Sanmarti, on board We Are Water, are the last duo remaining at sea in the Barcelona World Race and should complete their circumnavigation next week; all things considered, not a bad achievement for a relatively inexperienced IMOCA team on an 11-year-old yacht. Speaking of the IMOCA class, Jean-Pierre Dick, who, with Loick Peyron, won the Barcelona World Race is the new 2010 IMOCA World Champion. New to this list of the best IMOCA Open 60 class skippers, Spaniards Alex Pella, Pachi Rivero and Iker Martínez take second, third and fourth place respectively. What an exceptional achievement by Spanish offshore skippers, this incredible outcome is mostly associated with their success in the Barcelona World Race.

This week-end will mark the start of the first Atlantic Cup, a brand new Class40 event composed of two distinct stages; a double-handed offshore leg from New York City to Newport RI starting on Saturday, may 7th, followed next week-end by a fully crewed series in Newport.

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is holding their Mid-Year Meeting in Russia this week; on the agenda is a comprehensive review of submissions from classes and national authorities, many of these having a potential impact on the 2016 Olympics. Sail-World's own Richard Gladwell provides his typically colourful point of view in Gladwell's Line.

The 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race website reminds me today that the race is only 178 days away; October 29 is start day in Allicante, Spain. Building on their 2008-09 success, the VOR team is once again providing the technology for this event to be the most engaging for the fans worldwide; check out the Fanzone on the official website! As new yachts are being splashed, you would almost think there's a competition for the most extreme graphic designs; US photographer George Bekris spent some time on the water for Puma Racing's first sail; those tentacles look menacing! Stay tuned for more VOR news!

Congratulations to Canadians Peter Hall, Paul Davis and Phillip Kerrigan, representing the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club in Montreal, for winning the Soling World Championship in Germany. A great achievement for Canada on the strong international Soling scene with two top ten finish; Etobicoke Yacht Club's Hans Fogh, John Finch and Gord Devries wrapped up the event with a respectable seventh place.

Back home, the racing season is shaping up to be an exciting one once again, hopefully the weather will start cooperating soon. On the agenda, the J/24 North American Championships and the IRC North American Championships are being held in Canada in 2011; Halifax, fresh from hosting Canadians Championship in 2010, will greet the North-American fleet in mid-August while -two feature IRC events will be hosted on Lake Ontario. The Suunto IRC Canadian Championship will be hosted at Port Credit Yacht Club on July 29-31, followed two weeks later by the 2011 IRC North American Championship at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club on August 11-14. More details on these and other major Canadian events in the weeks to come.

Racing season is finally upon us, see you on the start line soon!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Volvo Ocean Race: CAMPER's tour of New Zealand continues
Emirates Team NZ media,
The Emirates Team NZ campaigned Volvo 70 CAMPER, is continuing her tour of New Zealand, and is currently en route from Wellington to Dunedin: CAMPER is on its way from Wellington to Dunedin and the crew is enjoying a good north-easterly breeze. Progress down the coast has been fast. The yacht is ahead of schedule, although the breeze is expected to soften and progress will slow.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: For whom the Olympic Bell Tolls? Part 2
Richard Gladwell,
In this second part of his commentary piece, Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, looks at what he thinks the International Sailing Federation should be selecting as the Events for the 2016 Sailing Olympics... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: America's Cup Media Trials - Fleet Racing
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Racing resumed yesterday in the America's Cup Media Trials staged on the outer Waitemata Harbour. Fresh winds and rain were the order of the day, and Oracle Racing's Gilles Martin-Raget took these great images of the action:... [more]
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Soling World Championship 2011 won by Canada
Matias Collins/ISAF,
After a frustrating week there were three races held on the final day. Peter Hall, Paul Davis and Phillip Kerrigan sailed well on the final day picking up two bullets and an eighth place finish to end on 29 points. This was enough for them to beat the Hungarian team of George Wossala, Karoly Vezer and Peter Nemeth who finished with a score card of 4-5-7 on the final day giving them 30 points.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek closing on sprint four finish
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski is expected to reach Charleston on Thursday. He has just over 500 nautical miles to the finish of sprint four. His good progress has come despite yet more damage to Operon Racing... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skippers webchats
Velux 5 Oceans,
Fans of the Velux 5 Oceans will get another chance to ask their favourite skippers questions in the latest round of webchats via camera.... [more]
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Images of Puma Racing: First sail
George Bekris,
Top US photographer, George Bekris presents these images of the US Volvo Ocean race entry, Puma Racing on her first sail, yesterday.... [more]
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America's Cup: Media Trials get underway but miss nearby tornado
America's Cup Media and Sail-World,
Testing continued in Auckland for the second week of the America's Cup Regatta Management and Media Trials under cloudy skies, torrential rain and moderate, if gusty winds - including a nearby tornado. The Race Committee ran fleet races today and for the first time, China Team was a full participant.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: For whom does the Olympic Bell toll? - Part 1
Richard Gladwell,
Co-incidental with the conduct of trials designed to give sailing's most prestigious and oldest trophy, the America's Cup, its most dramatic makeover in 160 years, the International Sailing Federation will this week meet to decide whether it too, has the courage to make fundamental changes to its pinnacle event, the Olympic Sailing Regatta and its lead-up events... [more]
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IRC Lake Ontario Fleet - 2011 Spring Newsletter
IRC Lake Ontario Fleet,
With the first event of our 2011 racing season less a month away we would like to take this opportunity to summarize our 2010 season, last November's AGM and start to look forward to the upcoming IRC racing season on Lake Ontario which promises to be the best yet.... [more]
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Melges 32 Marina Di Scarlino images by Guido Trombetta
Studio Borlenghi,
Gallery of images from the Melges 32 action in Marina Di Scarlino in the Audi Sailing Series by photographer Guido Trombetta.... [more]
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America's Cup: The week that Was - Video from the Regatta Trials
Oracle Racing and America's Cup Media,
Catch this summary, in video, of the first week of the America's Cup Regatta Management Trials.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright images,
Gallery of images from the racing action during Antigua Sailing Week by photographer Tim Wright.... [more]
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Groupama 4 arrives in Lorient
Kate Jennings translation,
Groupama 4, Franck Cammas' new Volvo Open 70 arrived at Groupama Sailing Team's base in nearby Lorient at 0830 hours. Prior to the launch, scheduled for 10 May, there is still a substantial jobs' list for Groupama Sailing Team. Ten intense days are in prospect then for Groupama Sailing Team but their spirits are high and the desire to go sailing is very much in evidence...... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup investment a smart move for New Zealand
Richard Gladwell,
On the back of the Emirates Team NZ funding and America's Cup challenge announcement there has been a lot of media comment, most of it negative on whether NZ Economic Development should be investing in the New Zealand team. During the week on Radio Live Emirates Team NZ CEO discussed the economic impact of the New Zealand investment, and the issues of this America's cup Challenge... [more]
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America's Cup: Can multihulls matchrace? You bet! Catch the Video!
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Racing have just posted a video showing a minute or so of the pre-start between two AC45's in moderate breezes. It gives us a first glimpse of what match racing could be like in wingsailed multihulls with their rapid acceleration and ability to spin on a dime.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - 'Gutek' passes halfway mark
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans racer Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski has passed the halfway mark of his passage to the USA. A fierce competitor who has finished second in each of the three previous sprints, Gutek admitted he is finding it hard to throttle back as he pushes north alone.... [more]
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IMOCA World Champion 2010 Jean-Pierre Dick
IMOCA Class Association,
With the completion of the Barcelona World Race, the 2010 rankings have now been established. Quite logically, it is Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) who is crowned after his faultless performance over the past two years.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 Team Telefónica en route to Alicante
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 After more than 40,000 hours of work and a team of over 28 builders and 19 designers, Team Telefónica's brand new Volvo Open 70 is on her way from Valencia to the port of Alicante, where she will be assembled before commencing offshore training sessions.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - More images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
This gallery of images is shared with us by photographer Ingrid Abery shot at Antigua Sailing Week 2011.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Blake's Steinlager 2 enters the Volvo OR Legends
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
One of the most important and famous boats of all time, the Farr-designed maxi-ketch Steinlager 2, which, with legendary Kiwi skipper Sir Peter Blake in charge, won all six legs of the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race (the forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race) will be in Alicante later this year to race in the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion.... [more]
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