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 20 May 2011
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The weather is improving in time for Spring Open House and racing!

It will be a long road to La Rochelle for the four Velux 5 Oceans skippers as they have to negotiate their way around a massive high pressure system off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canadian Derek Hatfield's home. After enjoying good good speeds since the start in Charleston five days ago, the yachts are now facing lighter winds and much colder temperature as they head north along the Canadian coast. America Brad Van Liew maintains his lead over British skipper Christopher Stanmore-Major who just set a 24-hour speed record for this edition of the race. Derek in third place is protecting his position ahead of Polish skipper Gutek who is experiencing some challenges; he discovered a few days ago he was dragging a huge fishing net caught on his keel and needs to climb up the mast to affect repairs to his mainsail.

Last week, we announced that Mascalzone Latino the 34th America's Cup Challenger of Record had withdrawn from the event; we have since found out that the Royal Swedish Yacht Club represented by Artemis Challenge has been appointed Challenger of Record. The team, headed by oil billionaire Torbjorn Tornqvist, has appointed American Paul Cayard as their CEO.

Etobicoke Yacht Club's Dave Black on Black Dog is the sole Canadian entry in the Melges 24 World Championship being disputed in Corpus Christi, TX. the events wraps up on Saturday and Italian Lorenzo Bressani on UkaUka racing maintains a good lead over the 32 boat strong fleet after 6 races. Check out the action in the Rick Tomlinson images!

The 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit is getting started this week with the first race in Cascais, Lisbon (Portugal) ahead of future events in, Marseille (France), Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy), Cartagena (Spain) and Barcelona (Spain). The TP 52 Series yacht will be joined by the new Soto 40 in the 40 Series race this year. As is usually the case, the action promises to be exciting and the races will be available live over the internet on Audi TV MedCup.

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!

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

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Audi MedCup Circuit Cascais Trophy action by Chris Schmid
Chris Schmid images,
Photographer Chris Schmid presents this action packed gallery from the Audi MedCup Circuit Cascais Trophy in Portugal.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 sails over the hump - Video
Paul Larsen,
Here she comes! Vestas Sailrocket 2 sails over the 'hump' video... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans 24 hour speed record to Chris Stanmore-Major
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans British solo sailor Chris Stanmore-Major (CSM) has set the 24-hour speed record for the current edition of the solo round the world yacht race onboard his Eco 60 yacht Spartan... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship battle for second
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas day four. Brian Porter on USA 749 Full Throttle turned in a 6,4, scoreline today, which was good enough to move him into second place overall.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship comes to Long Beach
Kirsten Ferguson,
Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship will take place this year at the Long Beach Yacht Club. Long Beach is well known for serving up the heaviest winds in Southern California and will this year welcome the 2011 Championship on May 28-30. The Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship will be the third event of the summer season for California Farr 40 sailors.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit Cascais Trophy - Fulfilling expectations
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Spain's Iberdrola Sailing Team fulfilled expectations in the new Soto Class 40. As for the TP52s, over four races there have now been four different winners. Quantum Racing's win in the second race was momentarily in jeopardy when two of their ultra-faired stanchions snapped, almost plunging their crew into the water.... [more]
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Mr Skype brings new dimension to Audi MedCup racing
Richard Gladwell and Stuart Alexander,
Stuart Alexander, yachting correspondent for the English daily, The Independent caught up with the skipper of Rán after he had helmed the TP52 on the second day of the Audi MedCup circuit. He is the only owner-driver on the circuit - hopefully he will encourage other owners to reclaim the handlebars and put a new dimension on this event.... [more]
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Training sessions aboard the Open 60 Spirit of Canada
Spirit of Canada Sailing Team,
Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges today announce that a number of training sessions with Derek Hatfield aboard the Open 60 Spirit of Canada will be available to individuals during the summer of 2011. Individuals will be able to experience a full blown Open 60 first hand in open ocean conditions during five days of adventure sailing between Halifax and Bermuda.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans sprint five - High pressure
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skippers are facing light airs after the arrival of a high pressure system. 'About six hours ago the fog for which this area is famous closed in and since then my world has been 60ft x 20ft plus the mere hundred yards more I can see beyond that' says Chris Stanmore Major.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship 2011 day three - Leader extends
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas reached its midpoint today. Race 5 started bang on time on in a solid 15 knots of breeze. The fleet got away to a clean start at the first time of asking, with the boats quickly splitting into two distinct groups on either side of the first beat.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2011 a true test of human endeavour
Trish Jenkins,
The Rolex Fastnet is more than just a race. When the British Isles weather conspires to deliver conditions typical of the time of year it becomes a true test of human endeavour. It is for this reason that the 608-nautical mile race consistently attracts a large and varied fleet... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship day 2 and a new leader
Justin Chisholm,
Day two of the 2011 Melges 24 Worlds in Corpus Christi, Texas delivered two spectacular races sailed in near perfect conditions, under crystal clear skies and in a solid breeze which built from 15 up to around 19 knots throughout the day.... [more]
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Charleston Bermuda Race humble beginnings
Charleston Bermuda Race,
Only 10 days remain until the cannon fires to begin the biennial 777-mile Charleston Bermuda Race. The biennial even which began in 1997, was born of humble origins as the dream of two local sailors set on creating an offshore adventure for themselves and their friends.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutek battles with issues in ocean sprint 5
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans Polish skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski has had a difficult start to ocean sprint 5 which left Charleston SC for La Rochelle, France on Saturday... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland Stopover NZ Marine Export Showcase
Kerry Ellis,
Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover announces the NZ Marine Export Showcase. The main focus will be to provide a platform of the best NZ Marine Export products to the global market. The Showcase will be situated in the Viaduct Events Centre, the center of the public experience of the Volvo Ocean Race Village.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 10 - We're Outta here!
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 17 May 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship 2011 day one + Rick Tomlinson images
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 day one in Corpus Christi, Texas, saw two closely fought races completed in sparkling conditions. The expectation was always for light to medium conditions to prevail on the first day and race one was started in an unstable eight - ten knots of breeze, with direction swings of up to twenty degrees.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans sprint five front spot battle
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans sprint five maybe only three days in but it's already shaping up to be a thrilling battle with overall race leader Brad Van Liew and young gun Chris Stanmore-Major duelling for the front spot... [more]
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America's Cup: Onorato sings on Challenger of Record withdrawal
Richard Gladwell,
The Valencia based website, (who are much better translators of Italian than we) are reporting an interview given to an Italian newspaper by Vincenzo Onorato, owner of Mascalzone Latino, who sent an open letter on Thursday, announcing that due to impossibility of finding the adequate funding to mount a competitive campaign, his team was withdrawing from the America's Cup.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Groupama becomes third Volvo 70 launched for race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Groupama Sailing Team's new Volvo Open 70 was launched this afternoon in Lorient, France. 'We've been working hard but won't stop here. It actually just begins.' said skipper Franck Cammas. 'We are now done with sketches; the boat is here in front of us,' said the team's shore crew manager, Australian Ben Wright. 'We've been working hard but won't stop here. It actually just begins.'... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Sprint 5 underway after close start
Velux 5 Oceans,
The four solo skippers today showed just how fired up they are for the climax of the round the world race, all crossing the ocean sprint five start line within seconds of each other. It was more like a scene from a dinghy regatta as they jostled for position in the starting area.... [more]
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New Olympic sailing discipline born for mixed sailing
Roland Gaebler,
It´s now time to get the races and championships ready for the new Olympic sailing discipline for mixed sailing.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Sprint 5 sets sail from Charleston
Velux 5 Oceans,
The Velux 5 Oceans Sprint 5 will begin today from Charleston SC (USA). The four skippers that remain will set off towards La Rochelle, France to complete a global circumnavigation back to where they began their journeys on October 17, 2010.... [more]
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The future of women's sailing in the Olympics
Liz Baylis,
WIMRA Executive Director Liz Baylis discusses the current status and future hopes for women's racing and sailing events in the Olympics and hopes for the sports continued growth.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race completed as We are Water cross finish line
Barcelona World Race,
We Are Water crossed the finishing line of the Barcelona World Race, opposite the W Hotel in the Catalan capital. Sanmartí and Mumbrú have both completed their first round the world race. We Are Water sailed an average speed of 7,94 knots across the theoretical 25,200 nautical mile course, although the true mileage was 30,282 at an average of 9.54 knots.... [more]
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