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 03 Jun 2011
Welcome to Sail-World Canada

Busy racing season ahead!

The 2010-11 edition of the Velux 5 Oceans race is over, with American Brad Van Liew winning top honors after nine months of action. Derek Hatfield becomes the first Canadian to have raced twice around the world; he completed his first circumnavigation in the 2002-3 edition of the Velux 5 Oceans, then called the Around Alone Race. Derek was looking to complete some unfinished business after an abrupt end to his 2008 Vendee Globe attempt; he can now relax, feeling a sense of accomplishment. In La Rochelle, event chair, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has already commented that the Eco 60 class is here to stay and racing will be back in 2014.

Alternating years with the Bermuda 1-2, the 18th biennial edition of Bermuda Ocean Race is set to go for 2012. In the meantime, the focus is on the Bermuda 1-2 where Canadian Diane Reid is crossing the start line by herself later today on her Mini 6.5. You can follow her progress to Bermuda at

Congratulations to Canadian sailing team member, Zac Plavsic, who walk away from the Delta Lloyd Regatta with silver around his neck. The Canadian team is now taking a break ahead of their next major event at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. The event is being held at the 2012 Olympics sailing venue in Weymouth, UK and will serve to test the upgraded facilities, ahead of the 2012 London games.

Offshore racers on the west coast took part in the Swiftsure International Yacht Race last week-end. Hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, the event offers racing for everyone with four different courses, some that require overnight racing. Although light winds prevailed, most enjoyed the event. Race results are available on their official website at

The New York Yacht Club 2011 Invitational Race is back on for this summer. Newport's NYYC facility will host 22 yacht club teams, representing 16 nations from six different continents who will be racing on identical NYYC Swan 42's on Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay from September 10 to 17, 2011. The Royal Canadian Yacht Club will be representing Canada and the team, led once again by Terry McLaughlin, will race on RCYC's John Hele's Swan 42 Daring. John will be on-board as tactician. You can follow their training at as the take on the World!

I will be on the race committee boat tonight as we wave off over 90 yachts participating in the annual Susan Hood Trophy Race. Stay tuned for dock side interviews and photos from the water.

Finally, la belle province is hosting over 50 entries at the upcoming 2011 Shark Worlds at the Beaconsfield Yacht Club, just minutes from downtown Montreal. The event is being held on beautiful Lake St-Louis, which will likely provide excellent conditions for this world class event. All the details at

Fair winds, see you on the start line soon!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Velux 5 Oceans next edition to start in autumn 2014
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans rich heritage is set to continue after it was announced the ninth edition of the original solo round the world yacht race will start in autumn 2014... [more]
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London 2012 Test Event entries complete
The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011 which is a London 2012 Test Event, has completed the entry list with 460 sailors making up the 331 teams who are set to compete.... [more]
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America's Cup: Bid process opens for World Series venues
AC Media edited by S-W,
The competitive bid process for cities to become 2012 and 2013 America's Cup World Series (AC World Series) host venues has opened. All bids must be received by the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) via email on or before June 30, 2011.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 concludes
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 was an epic battle full of thrills and spills, highs and lows, drama and action – but like all good things it must come to an end.... [more]
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Sailors flock to Weymouth for sixth ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta
Over 1,000 sailors from 62 nations will make their way to Weymouth for the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, the sixth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, from the 6-11 June 2011. The ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings were shaken up after the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, the Netherlands last week after some early leaders were dethroned. And with many of the world's top sailors making the... [more]
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Bermuda Ocean Race 2012 entries open
Linda Hughes,
Bermuda Ocean Race is set to begin June 8 of 2012 and has now opened its call for entries. Annapolis' Eastport Yacht Club and Bermuda's St. George's Dinghy and Sports Club are set to host the competition that welcomes racing veterans, first timers and cruisers.... [more]
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Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 commences 6th June
Cailah Leask,
Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 will set the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in the limelight for the sailing world when the event commences on June 6th.... [more]
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Designer Greg Elliott on the eviction of the Olympic Keelboat in 2016
Richard Gladwell,
Greg Elliott, designer of the Womens Olympic Keelboat, is understandably not pleased with the decision by the International Sailing Federation to drop the Womens (and Mens) Keelboats from the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. He is even more surprised that a boat and event into which so much effort has been dropped before even sailing in the Olympics.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 skipper Derek Hatfield takes third place
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans Canadian skipper Derek Hatfield secures an overall third place in the race, arriving into La Rochelle, France today. His arrival completes the 2010-11 edition of solo round the world race... [more]
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Canadian Zac Plavsic captures silver medal at Delta Lloyd Regatta
Canadian Yachting Association,
The Delta Lloyd Regatta is in the books for another year. Canada was represented in 4 of the 10 Olympic classes in the Medal races with the top 10 from each class competing for the grand titles in each event. Zac Plavsic in the RS X class led the way with a third in the Medal race securing a Silver Medal overall... [more]
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Two Canadians at The Korea Cup Yacht race
Sail-World Canada,
Nova Scotia sailors Matt Stokes and Mike Evans are in Pohang, Korea as Canadian representatives in the upcoming Korea Cup Yacht Race. They arrived safely in Seoul a few days ago and met with their Korean host, Andrew Cho, and their American colleagues Ike Babbitt and Alex Sachs. After a short flight to Pohang on Saturday, they have spent the last two days meeting with race organizers.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper Derek Hatfield completes the race
Velux 5 Oceans,
Derek Hatfield completed the 3,600-mile final sprint from Charleston in South Carolina to La Rochelle in 14 days, 12 hours and 07 minutes. From Mahone Bay, NS, former mountie Derek finished on the podium of Class II in the 2003 edition of the race (then the Around Alone).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 top tips for becoming sailing fit
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 is harsh on the boats, tough on the shore team and physically, unbelievable brutal on the race crew. All teams know that being in the best shape possible will be critical to victory. So does Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's chief physiotherapist Sarah Burney, who gives us her top tips for getting fit for sailing... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutek second Overall
Velux 5 Oceans,
Skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski has finished the race at at 1507 local time (1307 UTC) earning him second place overall in the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more]
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Canada Sport Centre Opens at RNYS
Krista Olmstead,
Nova Scotia's newest Canada Sport centre of training excellence was officially opened today at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS) in Halifax.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Chris Stanmore-Major second in sprint five
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans British ocean racer Chris Stanmore-Major 'CSM' has crossed the finish line of the final sprint. The British skipper finishes in second place to secure at least fourth place overall in his first solo circumnavigation of the globe and becomes only the 182nd person to race solo around the world... [more]
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