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 24 Jun 2011
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Offshore racing at its best coming to the Great Lakes!

Italy's Green Comm Racing and Spain's Real Club Nautica of Valencia have partnered to become the eight official challenger in the 2013 America's Cup. This will be the first time in history where a team from one country will be represented through the yacht club of another country.

All the boats are in at the Goat Island Yacht Club in Newport. The Bermuda 1-2 double-handed return leg from Bermuda took a lot longer than the single-handed first leg as the fleet raced in challenging light winds and high current conditions. Congratulations to Toronto's One Girl's Ocean Challenge (Diane Reid and Nick Stellar) and Quebec's Pogo Loco (Philippe Laville and Johanne Longpré) for their first and second place on Leg 2, which led to first and second overall in the Mini 6.5 division.

Only three weeks to go before the start for two Great Lakes major event! Saturday morning, July 16th will see Lake Ontario 300 Challenge racers leave Port Credit, just outside Toronto, for a full circumnavigation of Lake Ontario while many will be heading North from Chicago on the annual Chicago-Mackinac race. Sail-World will be covering both events first hands this year; you can expect pre-race interviews, Images from the water, daily updates and full event wrap-ups. Many of you will remember the horrendous weather conditions of the 2010 Lake Ontario 300 event where one thirds of the fleet abandoned the race on the first day following the damage caused by summer squalls (I still carry the photo of Nick's Café wind instrument showing 59.8 knots). Many are returning in 2011 to deal with unfinished business, while others are taking a sabbatical while they slowly restore their sail inventory. Both events have high safety requirements standards for participating yachts, some of these might seem a little excessive at times, but after having witnessed the challenging conditions that the Great Lakes can dish out, safety of the fleet is paramount. You will be able to follow racers for each event; all the details at and

Igor Simcic's Esimit Europa 2 from Slovekia was first to cross the finish line in Genoa to claim line honours at the Giraglia Rolex Cup; this is a repeat from last year for the Isimit Europa 2 crew. In Marseille, the situation improved situation after the shift conditions that prevailed on the first day; in the end, Container was at the top of the score sheet and took the Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy, becoming the first German team to ever win on the circuit.

Locally, racers are getting ready for the upcoming the J/24 Canadian Championships at the Port Credit Yacht Club on July 8th.

Fair winds!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Chester Race Week readies to sail again
Lynn Helpard,
The ever popular Chester Race Week regatta is once again being hosted by the Chester Yacht Club August 10th to 13th. Soon the waters of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia will be filled with billowing spinnakers as keen sailors seek trophies and the glory of winning against many of the finest yachts in the Maritimes and beyond.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup: Esimit Europa 2 retains line honours title
Igor Simcic's Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) crossed the finish line in Genoa to claim line honours at the Giraglia Rolex Cup. Esimit Europa 2 completed the course in 33 hours 45 minutes and 20 seconds thus retaining the title they claimed in 2010, when the event finished in San Remo.... [more]
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Block Island Race Week - A special race around a special island
Barby MacGowan,
After yesterday's 'no blow' for zero races, today's 12-15 knots of breeze brought big smiles to the faces of more than 1,000 sailors competing in the Storm Trysail Club's (STC) biennial Block Island Race Week XXIV presented by Rolex.... [more]
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America's Cup: Green Comm and RCNV launch challenge of sustainability
Green Comm Racing,
The Real Club Nautico de Valencia (RCNV) and Green Comm Racing announced the details of their Challenge for the 34th America's Cup at a press conference Thursday afternoon in Valencia, Spain. The Green Comm Racing team, representing Spain's RCNV, completes the field of nine teams from eight nations that will be on the starting line in 10 AC 45 catamarans at the first America's Cup World Series... [more]
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ORCi World Championship new Class B leader
Offshore Racing Congress,
ORCi World Championship. Light winds and general recalls once again impeded progress on the event format and only one race was held, in Class B.... [more]
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America's Cup: Spanish-Italian Challenger announces in Valencia
Richard Gladwell,
European media are reporting that Spain's Real Club Nautica of Valencia and Italy's Green Comm Racing will jointly challenge for the 2013 America's Cup, according to an invitation issued for the official announcement. The Spanish-Italian challenge is the eighth challenger and will bring the total fleet to nine. They are the unannounced challenger alluded to at last week's Media Announcement in... [more]
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Canadian Albacore Association: 2011 Fridays and Harbour Masters
Ken Yamazaki,
The 2011 season is well underway with a regatta or training clinic scheduled for almost every weekend from June through September. The two summer series are also in full swing; the Friday Toronto club series began on May 6th and the Harbour Master series on May 29th.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 - Groupama 4 qualifies
Welcome On Board,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. It took a little less than six days for Groupama 4 to complete the 2,023 mile qualifier course that the crew had set itself. Ultimately, 2,138 miles were covered at the average speed of 15.5 knots and Groupama 4 is now officially qualified for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ starts sailing their two boat program
Richard Gladwell,
There's a new cat, soon to be two, prowling the Auckland waterfront. From the design board of a highly respected US multihull design partnership, and built by a top Wellington based composites builder, the pair of new black cats are here to stay for a couple of years at least.... [more]
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Block Island Race Week day two
Barby MacGowan,
The Storm Trysail Club's (STC) biennial Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex is underway for its 24th time since it was first held in 1965, and by all indications, it hasn't lost one bit of charm or competitive appeal in a history that spans more than four and a half decades.... [more]
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Newport J Class Regatta 2011: Exciting series Finale
Ben Stack,
Newport J Class Regatta weekend report - The third race was critical for Velsheda, as Ranger held a 2-0 lead in the five race series. With Friday's racing postponed, two races were held on Saturday in bright skies with a strong 15 knot South Easterly into the Newport Harbour entrance. Ranger won by 25 seconds with a small time correction, winning the J Class Newport Regatta with a 3:0 score.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup approaching
Jan Harley,
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup 2011 presented by Rolex is set to start on September 10th with 16 nations from six different continents hitting the waves off Newport, R.I.... [more]
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J/24 Canadian Championships at Port Credit Yacht Club on July 6-10
Katie Nicoll,
2011 J24 Canadian Championships Port Credit Yacht Club will be hosting the 2011 J24 Canadian Championships. Boat and sail measurements will take place July 6 and 7 with the first practice race the evening of July 7. The first full day of racing will be July 8 and will run through until Sunday July 10. More information can be found on the web site: [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy 2011's stunning finale
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy 2011 has come to a close leaving Udo Schuetz's Container team victorious in the 52 Series.... [more]
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Images of Newport: The J's on Day 2
George Bekris,
Top US photographer George Bekris is at the J class regatta in Newport, RI on Day 2 and provides this gallery of images of these spectacular classic yachts.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy 52 showdown
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy will potentially witness a Sunday showdown for the 52 Series after an emphatic coastal race victory by Udo Schuetz' Container which ensures they go into the one scheduled race of the circuit's second regatta of the season with a lead of just 1.5 points ahead of world champions Quantum Racing.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup 2011 - Impressive line up
Giraglia Rolex Cup 2011: There are 194 entrants for the offshore race; 20 countries and territories in attendance; around 2,200 competitors; numerous, challenging hours at sea; 18 hours 3 minutes 15 seconds the line honours record to beat; Esimit Europa 2 (SLO), the largest yacht on the roster at 30.5-metres/100-feet and the Vismara 34 Manida (ITA), one of the smallest.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy day three - Consistency the key
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy has seen three races, each with growing intensity take place on a course rich with littered traps of varying sizes on day three. It was a day when the processing power of each afterguard's brains was constantly loaded and when a keen eye on the big picture, scanning the horizon for developing gusts which might be several minutes away, was essential.... [more]
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