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Forty-one boats enjoyed crystal-clear conditions and 15 knots out of the northwest this past Saturday for the start for the 580-mile Telus Van Isle 360.
Perfect conditions greeted the adventurous fleet heading out around Vancouver Island for the start of the Telus Van Isle 360"  David Schmidt

The race begins and ends just off the picturesque town of Nanaimo, situated on Vancouver Island's southeast shore. From here, the fleet will race in 10 different stage races, ranging from 22 to 138 nautical miles in length, working their way clockwise around the entire island. While some of the passages are a bit headier than others, bad weather can become a constant companion at any point. The race gets its reputation as a serious adventure race primarily due to the sporty offshore legs that negotiate Vancouver's wild western coastline, but the inside legs challenge sailors with impressive currents and tides while simultaneously rewarding with an abundance of sea life and some of the prettiest country anywhere on planet earth...when it's not raining.

Sweeping changes have been made to the Protocol that will govern the 34th America's Cup
  Gilles Martin-Raget/

Cup fans, check our Richard Gladwell's piece in this issue that looks at the recently announced sweeping changes to the Protocol that will govern the 34th America's Cup. The biggest announcement is that the America's Cup World Series will now be a separate entity from the Cup itself. This will allow for two-tiered participation; a big boost to fledgling teams that are struggling to get into an AC45, let alone start designing their AC72. The bigger cats will still be used for the Cup and the Challenger trials—and possibly the Defender trials, if there is such a contest—but this move also eases the dates in which teams will need to realistically launch (and be sailing) their AC72s by several months. Performance bonds have now been eliminated, again with the intention of fostering participation, especially amongst first-time teams. More inside.

On deck this week is the Skandia Sail for Gold, which runs from June 6 through June 11 and is being held in Weymouth, England, home to the 2012 Olympic sailing venue. Stay tuned for more, as it becomes known.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

WMRT Portimão Portugal Match Cup 2011 – Win a trip of a lifetime
World Match Racing Tour,
Portimão Portugal Match Cup 2011 is the fourth stage of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour. Win a VIP trip for two to watch the racing in person. Head to Portugal's stunning Algarve coast to watch the world's leading sailors battle it out in Portimão Marina as they bid to win the prestigious 2011 Match Racing World Championship... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing on San Francisco Bay
Oracle Racing PR,
Throughout the month of June ORACLE Racing will be training in two of the AC45 wingsail catamarans that will be used in the America's Cup World Series through 2012.... [more]
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Etchells World Championship 2011 - All ready
Etchells Worlds,
The Etchells Worlds Championship 2011 will be sailed from June 6th to 11th in San Diego. San Diego Yacht Club has transformed Etchells sailing headquarters, and the competition is ready to explode on Monday with the first race of the series.... [more]
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Annapolis to Newport Race - Abrupt stop for Donnybrook
Talbot Wilson,
We were doing 12-14kts when Donnybrook hit a solid wall of rock and the 73 foot 30 ton racer stopped in an instant. The crew were scattered in the cockpit and deck like fallen pins in the ally. Three of our mates were taken to the hospital.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava - Albeau and a twist
In true Catalunya style the thermal kicked in between 8-13 knots, just enough to complete elimination 8 and enabling some last minute drama to unfold. The loser's final saw the wind dropping off slightly and the sailors really had to work their way around the course often coming to a complete stop at the marks.... [more]
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Annapolis-Newport Race: Rambler takes line honors
Annapolis to Newport race competitor George David's Rambler 100 finished at 09:20:33 taking line honors. ICAP Leopard crossed the line second.... [more]
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Lewmar EVO Winch limited period Special offer
Lewmar are offering a free award-winning OneTouch winch handle with every EVO winch purchased at participating retailers. The EVO winch is easily converted to electric operation. And Lewmar is so confident with the reliability of the EVO Range, that it has a 7-year warranty.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 show time
Nicky Moore,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 starts tomorrow Monday 6th June at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the London 2012 Olympic sailing venue. There are 418 days to the start of the 2012 Olympic Games. Between now and then, there are two events that have been in marked in the diary in red ink for every ambitious sailor en route to the London Opening Ceremony.... [more]
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Annapolis-Newport race 2011 : First Out of the Bay winners decided
Chip Thayer,
Annapolis to Newport race started on Friday 3 June... [more]
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Annapolis to Newport 2011 First out the Bay
Chip Thayer,
Annapolis to Newport 2011 has seen all of the First Out of the Bay winners been decided with the exclusion of the Cruiser class and for that group, the AYC Commodore Torgerson and the crew aboard Dragon seem poised for a victory.... [more]
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Isle of Wight record attempt by l'Hydroptère
Bibiana Jurado,
The Trimaran l'Hydroptère is on her way to England and is preparing to challenge and beat the record around the Isle of Wight. The current record has been held since November 2001 by Steve Fosset's catamaran Playstation.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava day five tension
PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 saw tensions mount in relatively calm weather on day five.... [more]
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Chris Parker to present five marine weather webinars at Seven Seas U
Thomas Theisen,
Chris Parker, Chief Forecaster for the USA's Marine Weather Center, has a passion for weather and boating and he shares his extensive knowledge through his vessel-specific weather forecasts and routing advice by radio and via live, interactive marine weather webinars at Seven Seas U. Chris will present five marine weather webinars. They're on the net so you can be anywhere in the world to benefit... [more]
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America's Cup: Sweeping changes will ease financial pain for teams
Richard Gladwell,
Sweeping changes have been made to the America's Cup Protocol following a Competitors Forum earlier this week, held be teleconference, and followed by subsequent negotiations and voting. The fundamental change that has been made is for the America's Cup World Series to be split away from the America's Cup itself.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 day four controversy
PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 saw numerous fluctuations in weather conditions that significantly affected the action in Costa Brava on day four.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie talks Olympics and Sail for Gold
Ben Ainslie,
Sail for Gold Regatta will see triple gold and silver Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie compete this year. Ben shares with us his thoughts on the upcoming Sail for Gold Regatta in addition to his visions for the London 2012 Olympics.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour 2011 heads to Korea
World Match Racing Tour,
Korea Match Cup 2011 is stage three in the World Match Racing Tour and is being held from 8th to 12th June 2011. With two stages of the World Match Racing Tour down the competition is heating up as the teams head to Korea next week to fight for further valuable points in the race to become ISAF World Match Racing Champion.... [more]
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Hobie Class upcoming 2011 worldwide events
Hobie Class,
The International Hobie Class Association has announced exciting Hobie events taking place in locations around the world for 2011.... [more]
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ICSA All-American Team and College Sailor of the Year announced
Jennifer Mitchell,
At the final Nationals banquet in Cascade Locks after the last day of racing for the Gill/ICSA Dinghy National Championship the continuation of announcing the ICSA All-American Team, the Everett B. Morris Trophy for the College Sailor of the Year, the Robert H. Hobbs Sportsmanship Award, the James Rousmaniere Award for Student Leadership and the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for the Best Overall Team.... [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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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 – Record number of entries
Nicky Moore,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 takes place between 6th to 11th June on the 2012 waters of Weymouth and Portland. This year will officially see the biggest Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta ever, as a record-breaking entry of more than 1,000 of the world's top Olympic and Paralympic sailors bid to claim early supremacy.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - 50 knot bottle remains corked
Paul Larsen,
Well, I'm standing here in a half peeled Musto drysuit. Unfortunately it is coming off rather than going on. We have been on full 'booted and suited' standby with Jeff over on speed-spot giving wind reports via the VHF. The whole base camp has been pulled apart and only Vestas Sailrocket 2 sits out there intact... but not for long.... [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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Boston College Wins Gill/ICSA Dinghy National Championship
Jennifer Mitchell,
Today was the last day of the Gill/ICSA Dinghy National Championship. The winds on the Gorge cooperated and the competitors were able to get in a good day of racing. The westerly winds stayed steady around 10-12 knots gusting higher later in the day. Although it was chilly and wet at times, the sun peaked out a little bit too; today's weather was pretty typical of the last week at the Gorge.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship win for Dark Star
Kirsten Ferguson,
Jeff Janov and Dark Star won six of the eight races at the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship 2011.... [more]
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Demo rides on 18ft skiffs for youth sailors
Erik Simonson,
The Aussie 18's International Regatta will take place on San Francisco Bay on August 20th and will be offering demo rides for children 10 and over that have a desire to take a ride on one the fastest sailing craft on the planet.... [more]
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Annapolis to Newport 2011 - Rambler and ICAP Leopard enter
Bill Wagner,
Annapolis to Newport Race 2011 will see Rambler and ICAP Leopard take to the waters of Chesapeake Bay. Both vessels are 100-foot racing machines built specifically for setting course records in ocean distance races.... [more]
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