Sad News from N.B., the Transpac Race is on...

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 08 Jul 2011
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Sad news from New Brunswick...

Sad news from New Brunswick this morning, where renowned Canadian sailor Richard Oland was found dead in his downtown Saint John office. Richard was the 2010 CYA Gerry Roufs Trophy winner for offshore racing. I had the pleasure of witnessing Richard's 2010 win at the St. Thomas Rolex Regatta on board his prized Vela Veloce, a Reichel-Pugh designed, Southern Cross 52 he had built and commissioned in New Zealand. Always a gentleman, Richard and his crew had an excellent year on the Caribbean circuit in 2010; they would eventually go on to win many other premier regattas on the east coast that year. Condolences to the Oland family; Richard will be missed.

The 2011 Transpac Race is on! The faster yachts will start today, following the slower yachts that started on Monday; hopefully, they will find more breeze that the prevailing conditions this past week. Most have been struggling with light winds and have now found themselves further north than the traditional route to Hawaii. The Open 60 O CANADA, formerly Derek Hatfield's Spirit of Canada, is one of the racing yachts on the start line today; the boat is skippered by 2 time Canadian Olympian Richard Clarke supported by an entire Canadian crew. Tyler Bjorn, Clark's Olympic Star Program crew will be doing mast and grinding. Also aboard is legendary navigator and physician Dr. Kevin McMeel who has done too many Transpac races to count. Boat Captain, and veteran big boat sailor Andrew McCorquodale, who is also pursuing an Olympic 470 campaign, will be the bowman and John Curtis, 2004 Olympic Tornado crew, will be doing his first Transpac helping keep the boat moving fast. Race progress across the Pacific can be followed on Yellowbrick at the official Transpac race website

Across the Atlantic, the Maxi yachts are making good progress with Rambler posting average speeds of 20 knots. Rambler is followed by Ken Read at the helm of Puma's Il Mostro. Not far behind, we find the Open class yachts Maltese Falcon and Phaedo competing in the David and Goliath contest. At press time, we hear that ICAP Leopard has sustained some damage on their sprit. All the details on

Over 20 boats are in and sail measurements are taking place for the J/24 Canadian Championships ( at the Port Credit Yacht Club; the regatta is being held this week-end in conjunction with the Lake Ontario Racing Council PCYC Open Regatta. This event marks the start of a very busy racing month at PCYC; the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge follows next week-end. We also offer you this week an update from the active Canadian Albacore Association.

Offshore racing in the Gulf of St. Lawrence should provide for some excitement this week-end for the racers who will cross the start line of the Route Rimouski-Anticosti on Sunday. This is the first edition of what promises to be a great event; the fleet includes Mini 6.5 and and a VOR 60. Results next week.

Two popular Great Lakes racing events are getting ready for the following week-end; Mississauga, ON will host the start and finish of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge while Chicago, IL will host the start of the Chicago-Mackinac Race. It is expected that over 350 yachts will complete the race at the Mackinac Island where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron join together. Sail-World will be present and cover both events first-hand; I will be providing regular updates from the cockpit of Nick's Cafe as we navigate the Main Duck Island Course for a compete circumnavigation of lake Ontario. Stay tuned for more details.

Safe boating to all!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Transatlantic Race 2011 – Leopard reveals major breakage + Video
Kirsten Ferguson,
Transatlantic Race 2011 - ICAP Leopard's captain, Chris Sherlock, has announced that their bowsprit broke at 20.20 UT on Monday 04 July, just over a day after leaving Newport, R.I. The damage happened in flat water after passing the George's Bank with a fractional sail flying off the sprit.... [more]
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N.B. businessman and sailor Richard Oland found dead
CBC News,
Richard Oland, a member of one of the best-known families in Atlantic Canada, has died under suspicious circumstances, according to police. Oland was 69 years old. Saint John police spent much of Thursday near his Canterbury Street office in downtown Saint John, where his body was found about 9:30 a.m.... [more]
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Hall, Leger, Armitage Win Canadian Lightning Pan-Am Trials in Kingston
Peter Hall,
Peter Hall, Chantal Leger, and Megan Armitage from Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club won the Canadian Lightning Trials July 1 -3 in Kingston, Ontario. Eight boats sailed eight races in a variety of conditions and wind strengths. The Montreal team won 7 races for a total of 7 points, and Jeff Boyd was second with 18 points and Jamie Allen was third with 22 points.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Team Telefónica crew additions
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. One of the world's most respected navigators, Australia's Andrew Cape will be part of the Telefónica Volvo Ocean Race crew, as confirmed today. Alongside this announcement, another key name has been revealed: that of Media Crew Member, Spaniard Diego Fructuoso, also one of the 'Under 30's' on the Spanish yacht.... [more]
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Transpac 2011 - Take a peek
Kimball Livingston,
Transpac Yacht Race 2011. Even with a strategically built-in six-hour delay, the boat tracks as displayed on Transpac's Yellowbrick transponders tell a visual story. All 19 boats struggled with light winds at night in the inner coastal waters - with helmsmen accepting any course that kept the boat moving.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 existing speed record still stands
Kirsten Ferguson,
Transatlantic Race 2011 Although conditions in the North Atlantic for the 26 yachts competing in the race put at least one on pace to break speed sailing records, the existing record, set in 2008, will stand for a while longer. Via satellite link, navigator Peter Isler (San Diego, California) detailed the knarly conditions of the last 24 hours aboard Rambler 100.... [more]
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Evolution of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge
Brian Townsend,
Twenty-one years ago the Lake Ontario Single Handed Racing Society formed the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge as the ultimate long distance race for double handed sailors. Three Hundred Nautical Miles, non-stop from one end of Lake Ontario to the other and returning back to the start. The race was an inspiration after some of the LOSHRS members raced the Chicago-Mackinac race.... [more]
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America's Cup: Int Jury upholds basis of Challenger selection
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World understands that the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup has upheld the position advanced by the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club, over the transition of the original Challenger of Record role to Sweden's KSSS. The full Jury decision can be read in this story... [more]
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Canadian Albacore Association: Regatta Update
Ken Yamazaki,
Three Albacore regattas were held in June and into the first weekend in July. The RCYC Open was held on June 11-12, the Nepean One Design on June 25-26, and the Outer Harbour Centreboard Club Open on July 2.... [more]
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Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing unveils Volvo Ocean Race entry in Portofino
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing unveiled its eye-catching new Volvo Open 70 racing yacht in Portofino, Italy on Tuesday, a state-of-the-art Farr design emblazoned with a falcon across its bow and main sails. The yacht will carry the 11-strong crew, skippered by Britain's double-Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker, through the 39,000 nautical mile Volvo Ocean Race, starting in Alicante on October 29... [more]
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Images from Newprt RI: Third start 2011 Trans Atlantic Race
George Bekris,
Top US photographer, George Bekris, caught the third and final start of the Trans Atlantic race - with the 100ft supermaxi Rambler (formerly Speedboat) expected to do the business.... [more]
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Race to Mackinac - event media,
The Chicago Yacht Club's 103rd Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot will receive world wide coverage, as a result of a recent contract signed between the largest marine news network in the world, and the Chicago Yacht Club... [more]
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First edition of the offshore race - Route Rimouski-Anticosti
Robert Dorais,
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is proud to present the first edition of the Route Rimouski-Anticosti regatta that will depart on Sunday, July 10. This 650 miles offshore race will follow a route which start from Rimouski to get around Anticosti Island in the counterclockwise direction to return to Rimouski. There will be a class for Mini 6.50 meters and another according to IRC.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Video coverage of the race starts
Barby MacGowan,
Transatlantic Race 2011 Race 2011 video footage of the starts. The Transatlantic Race 2011 charts a 2,975 nautical mile course from Newport, R.I., to Lizard Point, South Cornwall, England.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 – Maxi Yachts make fantastic progress
Kirsten Ferguson,
Transatlantic Race 2011 - The Maxi Yachts that started on July 3 from Newport, R.I. to The Lizard in southeast England have been making fantastic progress. Little in the way of tactics have come into play thus far, as all six yachts in IRC Class One have been taking the direct route, coaxing every knot of speed out of their powerful machines.... [more]
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Canada loses former IYRU Judge David Hague
John Kerr,
David Hague former IYRU judge and long time member of RCYC passed away peacefully at the Veteran's wing of Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on June 30 2011. David is survived by his wife Jean and his son Tim, Tim's wife Roberta and grandchildren Britton and Dyson.... [more]
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Transpac 2011 first start underway
Kimball Livingston,
The first wave of Transpac starters left Point Fermin today. There is ample wind offshore for a fast passage, 'if we can just get to it,' as Celerity crewman Kelson Elam put it.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 final start - Rambler v Leopard
Media Pro International,
Transatlantic Race 2011 final start took place as six yachts set their course from Newport to The Lizard off the southeast coast of England. Prior to the start, George David (Hartford Conn.), skipper of Rambler 100, paid tribute to the four yacht clubs that came together to make this race a reality.... [more]
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WOW What A Regatta!
Lori Mason,
The first WOW Regatta hosted at Island Yacht Club, and sponsored by The Store Mason's Chandlery, Ontario Sailing, Island Yacht Club and Skippers Plan, was a great success! We had 6 boats and 33 women participating, from Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club, Toronto Hydroplane Sailing Club, Island Yacht Club, National Yacht Club, Lakeshore Yacht Club, Bronte Outer Harbour and Fifty Point Yacht Club as wel... [more]
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America's Cup: Format announced for Louis Vuitton Cup
Iain Murray, the Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup, has issued the dates and format for the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger Series. To take place in 2013, the objective of the challenger series is to both build and identify the strongest possible challenger to meet the defender in the America's Cup Finals.... [more]
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