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 12 May 2011
Welcome to Sail-World Canada

It's Spring Open House Season!

For the first time ever, the boat dealers and brokers of Port Credit are hosting the First Annual Port Credit Yachting Super Centre Spring Open House, in association with Bristol Marine, Canadian Yachting, Mason's Chandlery and Port Credit Harbour Marine. Join Anchor Yacht Sales, Crates, Navy Point Yacht Sales, North Lakes Yachting, North South Nautical Group, Pat Sturgeon Yachts and True North Yachts on May 28 and May 29 and get a great deal on your new boat. Enjoy food and refreshments while dreaming about your next cruise on the water. RSVP to and receive a coupon for a free lunch!

Velux 5 Oceans final Sprint 5 starts in Charleston, SC on May 14th. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the skippers will be focusing on their race environment as they not only race on the water, but compete for the final leg sustainability prize. We can expect them to reflect on their experience over the past eight months as they share their views towards a more sustainable future in ocean yacht racing. Supported by the Velux 5 Oceans' own green mission 'Taking On The Elements'; the award encourages the skippers to raise awareness through their own sustainable practices at sea.

Dragon wins the offshore leg of the first Atlantic Cup event in a tight race from New York City to Newport, RI, where the in-port fully crewed event will take place this week-end. While only five Class 40 yachts participated in the inaugural event; this event constitutes a major introduction to the class in North America and we look forward to more action in the future.

On the America's Cup scene, in an unusual turn of event, the Challenger of Record, Mascalzone Latino has just announced that they will not compete in the 34th America's Cup in 2013. Find all the details are in Richard Gladwell's full story.

The outcome of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Mid-Year Meeting last week has left many Olympic medal hopefuls with their shattered dreams, particularly those athletes who have been practicing hard in keelboats; the men's venerable Star and and women's newer Elliott 6m have both been eliminated from the competition for 2016. We offer different different point of views again this week.

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

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Velux 5 Oceans - Sprint 5 full of surprises
Velux 5 Oceans,
The North Atlantic is bound to throw up surprises for the fleet in the grand finale of the Velux 5 Oceans. This coming Saturday will signal the starting gun firing and the the beginning of the Velux 5 Ocean's grand finale. The four skippers will race out of Charleston, USA on their way to the dramatic ending of a 30,000-mile race.... [more]
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AC China Team – one step closer to San Francisco
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Today Thierry Barot, CEO China Team, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mark Evans, MD McConaghys International in Zhuhai, China. McConaghys will be building the AC72 for China Team to compete in AC34 in San Francisco.... [more]
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Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet to visit Madeira
Zoe Williamson,
Madeira has secured a visit by the ten-strong fleet competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race which, at 40,000 miles, is the world's longest race. Quinta do Lorde Marina on the Portuguese archipelago will be the first port of call after the stripped out, ocean racing yachts depart the south coast of England on 31 July.... [more]
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America's Cup: Challenger of Record pulls pin in unprecedented move
Richard Gladwell,
The Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Mascalzone Latino has just announced that they will not compete in the 34th America's Cup. No announcement has yet been made by the America's Cup organisers as to what will happen next, in this unprecedented move, which had been tipped for some time.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: One step forward and three steps back
Carol Cronin,
Carol Cronin, US Womens Olympic Keelboat representative at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, gives her views on the recent decision by the International Sailing Federation to drop both the Men's and Women's keelboat events from the 2016 Olympics: During the International Sailing Federation's mid-year meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, Olympic sailing made one step forward. Unfortunately, it also too... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 under goes modifications
Paul Larsen,
The Vestas Sailrocket team are at Walvis Bay in Namibia, chasing the Outright World Sailing Speed Record. Paul Larsen reports 'The wing went up effortlessly and we proceded to head up the course to try and go for a sail.'... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skippers competing for sustainability prize
Velux 5 Oceans,
For the final sustainability theme of the Velux 5 Oceans, the skippers will focus on their race environment and the lengths they go to to be green on the oceans.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit's countdown to Cascais Trophy
Audi MedCup Circuit,
The demands of a five month season which offers no discards at all and aggregates points from each and every race means that hitting the start line of the first race of the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit with boat and crew at the highest level of competitiveness is absolutely paramount.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Dalton's Crusade + Video
Anendra Singh, Hawkes Bay Today,
Clad in his signature seafaring jacket, Grant Dalton sat in the foyer of the majestic Napier Sailing Club with Emirates Team New Zealand media wallah Warren Douglas. Considering it's the day after the big flood in Hawke's Bay, a road block and detour near the Port of Napier along the Marine Parade meant I was running half an hour late.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: CAMPER sails on 2000-mile qualifier + Video
Emirates Team NZ media,
The Volvo Ocean Race yacht CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand sailed this morning from Lyttelton on a 2000-nautical mile voyage to qualify for the Volvo Ocean Race. Wrapping up successful shakedown voyage off the east coast on New Zealand, which included visits and public open days at five ports, the 70ft yacht and crew of 11 are now in 'race mode'.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: The Shooting of the Star
Andrew Campbell,,
In what seems like yet another major oversight by the ISAF Council, the two keelboat classes: the Olympic Star and the Women's Match Race formats were both dropped from the next Games in 2016 in Rio. This happens to some class or another every time there is a vote for classes at the Olympics.... [more]
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America's Cup: First glimpse of new TV package from Media Trials
Richard Gladwell,
The first video images from the America's Cup Media Trials have been released, showing clips from the much vaunted enhanced television coverage. A key part of the new offering will be the on-screen virtual lines overlaid to show laylines, which boat ahead and behind and by what margin, and other on-screen information.... [more]
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Olympic Classes Selection Comment
Joe Jospe,
Joe Jospe and Tom Egli current Canadian National Fireball Champions comment on the Olympic Classes debate.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presents a new approach
Jan Harley,
The proactive approach is the common thread that extends to The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex, scheduled for September 10-17, which has announced that extensive on-the-water umpiring will be used for the competition.... [more]
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ISAF confirms Events for 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition
ISAF Media,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has confirmed the ten events for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition at 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia. ISAF President Göran Petersson led the ISAF Council in more than three hours of debate and discussion before the ten events were decided.... [more]
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Regional and National competitions across Canada
John Kerr,
The Canadian Yachting Association is pleased to deliver Regional and National competitions across Canada. Be sure to visit the National Competition schedule at as you plan your regatta schedule for the upcoming season!... [more]
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2016 Olympics: ISAF Half Yearly meeting - a Multihull perspective
Paul Pascoe, Chairman ISAF Multihull Commission,
The International Sailing Federation is a funny beast, and no more so than when the boats are selected every four years to represent sailing at the Olympic Games. When it comes to making these decisions, you have no friends, strange bedfellows frequently arise and knives in the back are not unknown.... [more]
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Women's National Keelboat Championship in Hudson, QC June 3-5, 2011
Holly Frohloff,
Hudson Yacht Club (Hudson, QC) has been chosen to host the 2011 CYA Women's National Keelboat Championship (WNKC). This national women's regatta will take place June 3-5 at HYC on the Lake of Two Mountains. See the following site for info: [more]
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2016 Olympics: ISAF Council rebuff Executive on Olympic class choice
Richard Gladwell,
The International Sailing Federation Council has started the Final Day of its Mid-Year Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia. While temperatures outside the venue, the salubriously named Winter Garden and Ballroom of the Hotel Astoria, was a modest 13 degrees, inside the temperatures and stress levels were a lot higher.... [more]
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ISAF Exec set to raspberry Events, Olympic Commission and IOC
Andy Rice - Sailjuice,
Extracts from Andy Rice's latest Sailjuice column titled '11th hour intervention from ISAF Exec smells fishy' 'ISAF Executive Committee recommendations are out. Supporting Star, mixed Multi, 2x470 but No Skiff!! Holy shit!' This tweet betrays what many in St Petersburg are thinking, yet few dare say in public at ISAF Conference. The lunatics are in danger of taking over the asylum again.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Sailors of the World - Hang your heads and weep!
Richard Gladwell,
The latest news out of the 2011 Mid-Year Meeting of the International Sailing Federation in St Petersburg, Russia is that the Executive Committee has met and decided not to support the recommendation of the Events Committee made yesterday.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans grand finale
Velux 5 Oceans,
In just over one week the stage will be set for the grand finale of the Velux 5 Oceans as the fleet heads back across the North Atlantic to La Rochelle, the place where their epic adventure began more than eight months ago.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race closing ceremony attended by Royalty
Barcelona World Race,
HRH The Prince of Asturias and Girona attended the Prize Giving Ceremony and official closure of the second edition of the Barcelona World Race, won by French skippers Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron on board Virbac-Paprec 3 having covered 25,200 nautical miles of the course in 93 days, 22 hours, 20 minutes and 36 seconds.... [more]
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Nathan Baron - Sailing towards Mini Transat
Canadian Yachting Association,
Wind Athletes Manager John Curtis had the opportunity to sail in a double handed race with Nathan Baron, who is one of two Canadians attempting to qualify for the Mini Transat this year. (solo race from France to Brazil in 21 ft boat). Curtis blogs about his adventures below.... [more]
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Call for Nominations to the Board of Directors of the CYA
Canadian Yachting Association,
The Nominating Committee of the CYA is calling for nominations from interested individuals who are prepared to help shape the future of the sport of Sailing in Canada. Candidates for election to the Board must be at least 18 and be a member in good standing of a member club, class or other member organization.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Both Keelboats chopped by ISAF Events Committee
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World understands that the meeting of the International Sailing Federation's Events Committee has just voted on its schedule of ten Events for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. The report from the Committee will now go to the ISAF Council to be 'received' which then triggers a discussion and debate as to whether the Council endorse the Recommendation or amend it.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutek finishes sprint four
Velux 5 Oceans,
He's done it! Tenacious Polish solo sailor Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski brought to an end a gruelling 38-day sprint from Punta del Este in Uruguay to Charleston, USA, today as he crossed the finish line of the fourth leg of the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more]
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