Offshore racing comes to the Great Lakes!

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 14 Jul 2011
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Offshore racing on the Great Lakes...

O Canada, skippered by two time Canadian Olympian Richard Clarke and supported by an entire Canadian crew is in third place in Division 1 today with a little over 600 miles to go to Hawaii. Conditions have improved and the team is heading back north along the rhumb line. Ahead of them, Magnitude 80 is looking to pass Bella Mente in first place, the two yachts have now split from each other, it should be interesting to see who finds better winds. Race progress across the Pacific can be followed on Yellowbrick at the official Transpac race website

Speaking of Yellowbrick, based in the UK, they are the world's largest satellite-based tracking provider and have been selected as the tracking solution provider by the upcoming Lake Ontario 300 Challenge and Bayview-Mackinac Race. The team has arrived in Toronto on Tuesday and I had the pleasure of getting them settled in to PCYC for the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge this week-end. I was very impressed with their service and look forward to working with them as an event organizer.

Congratulations to Rossi Milev and the Clear Air crew for their win at the J/24 Canadian Championships hosted on lake Ontario this past week-end; next will be the North American Championships in Halifax at the RNSYS on August 8th.

We have a report from the Route Rimouski-Anticosti that started this past Sunday; the leaders have rounded Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence a few days ago and are on their way back to Rimouski., the world's largest international sailing network, has launched its Facebook site earlier this week where you will find feature stories from many of our editors world-wide from the past six months; going forward, we will be adding key stories each day and photos of the Sail-World Team and their bios. A very interesting mix of sailing, journalism and photography backgrounds.

The Chicago-Mackinac Race and the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge are on this week-end; Sail-World will be on hand and cover both major events! I'll be reporting from the cockpit of Nick's Cafe on the Main Duck Island Course.

Safe boating to all!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Canadian Mystery Ship at the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
Greg Nicoll,
Steve Jay and Clark Carruthers (19-year Chicago Mac veteran) docked their 1971 C&C 35 Mark 1, Mystery at the Chicago Yacht Club this morning after traveling 535 miles and 97 hours from the Sarnia Yacht Club. Steve and Clark were previous winners of their section in the 100th anniversary. More recently, they have flagged in four of the past six Chicago Mackinac races. Why this race? The Chicago Mac... [more]
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Yellowbrick provides Lake Ontario 300 Challenge tracking solution
Nick Farrell,
Yellowbrick are pleased to be providing tracking for this year's Lake Ontario 300 Challenge – our team is onsite in Toronto now, making the final preparations for the race. Three Hundred Nautical Miles, non-stop from one end of Lake Ontario to the other and returning back to the start.... [more]
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Kirby 25's, Olson 25's & Olson 30's Set Sail for Barrie this September
Tom Kjaersgaard,
Three keelboat classes - the Olson 30's, Olson'25's and Kirby 25's will all line up to challenge for several key trophies this fall at The Barrie Yacht Club. September 8-11 the Olson 30's will sail their North American Championships at Barrie. September 10-11 the Olson 25's will host the Canadian Championships at Barrie, and September 10-11 the Kirby 25 fleet hosts the Doug Kirk Invitational.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing launch their AC45 yacht in Valencia,
Thursday wasn't the first day the AC45 yacht of the 34th America's Cup Challenger of Record was sailing here in Valencia but it was the first time the Swedish team opened its base and allowed media and guests to watch the entire procedure of the wing being mounted on the catamaran as well as the actual launch on the water.... [more]
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Young crew taking on the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge for the 2nd year
Brian Townsend,
Paradox, a 37' sailboat from Olcott Yacht Club in New York is once again entering this year's race to compete as the youngest crew in the race. The 4-man crew on board Paradox are all graduates from Canisius high school in Williamsville NY and range in age from 18 to 19 years. Skipper Peter Roehmholdt is currently sailing on the Notre Dame University Sailing Team... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 readies for battle royale
Barby MacGowan,
Transatlantic Race 2011 readies for a dramatic ending as Class40s Concise 2 and Dragon approach the finish line. Concise 2, skippered by Ned Collier-Wakefield (Oxford, U.K.), is just a few miles ahead of Dragon, skippered by Mike Hennessy (Mystic, Conn.), and after 16 days of racing the outcome of this duel is too close to call, even with just 100 miles to the finish line.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2011 - One month to go
Rolex Fastnet Race 2011 - The waiting is nearly over: the 44th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race, one of the great ocean challenges, is exactly a month away. With a staggering 350 entrants at the ready, 1979's record-breaking tally of 303 participating yachts will almost certainly be surpassed. The sheer size of the fleet is impressive. Its quality and diversity quite breathtaking.... [more]
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'The Fabulous 40s', 15 years of the Farr 40 Class launched
Jill Campbell,
Aptly titled 'The Fabulous 40s' and produced with the support of long-time Farr 40 Class sponsor Rolex, the book tells the story of what is one of the most successful contemporary one-design racing yachts worldwide. The 240-page hardcover coffee table book focuses on the annual Rolex World Championship regattas held across the globe.... [more]
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Back to Rimouski for the leading boats and abandonment of a racer
Robert Dorais,
The four boats ahead of the Route-Rimouski Rimouski-Anticosti have now Anticosti Island in their wake. Winds from the north last night allowed them to cross this morning the northwest point and leave the Strait of Jacques Cartier. Bleu Salin'Eau and Ocean Phoenix and were the first, followed by Defiant and Survenant.... [more]
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All-star line-up to open America's Cup World Series in Cascais
Some of the best sailing teams in the world are coming to Cascais, Portugal in August for the opening event of the America's Cup World Series. The America's Cup World Series – Cascais will feature 10 boats, sailed by nine teams, representing eight countries.... [more]
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America's Cup: Video of Emirates Team NZ sailing the SL33
First video of Emirates Team NZ sailing the SL33 catamaran, which the team are using as a surrogate boat for the AC72. The SL33 is the largest size catamaran that can be used without breaking the Surrogate Rule, which is part of the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup, and is designed to prevent more well funded teams running extensive two-boat testing programs.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship 2011
Jake Fish,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship 2011 is set to start August 29th with a fleet of J/22s. The event which is hosted by Rochester Yacht Club, will run until September 1st, 2011. Teams from three countries have registered to compete in this historic event, including the United States, Canada and The Netherlands.... [more]
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Announcing Yacht Brokerage Universities
Sail-World Staff,, the world's largest Internet yacht brokerage portal and a division of Dominion Enterprises, is partnering with the Yacht Broker Association of America to co-present two more Yacht Brokerage Universities (YBU): Mississauga, Ontario on August 4 and Seabrook, TX on August 11.... [more]
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Sail-World on Facebook
Sail-World,, the world's international sailing network has today launched its Facebook site, on Facebook you can find it by searching for Sail-World. Jeraldine Kennedy, Sail-World UK and European Editor explained 'Sail-World's Facebook wall will have key selections from the nine Sail-World sites world-wide posted as well as providing the opportunity for Fans to get to know the Editors.... [more]
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J24 Canadian Championships
Clarity Nicoll,
The J24 Canadian Championships wrapped up today at the Port Credit Yacht Club... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup 2011 only two months away
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup 2011 presented by Rolex is now less than two months away. The excitement and anticipation are palpable. The waters off Newport, Rhode Island, provide the setting for this sailing event that promotes a level playing field and a Corinthian spirit. The competition is strictly limited to non-professional sailors tackling a one-design class: the NYYC Swan 42.... [more]
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Mike Birch and Etienne Giroire in Twostar and Quebec-Saint-Malo races
Herve Morin,
Mike Birch and Etienne Giroire will participate in the next Two Star, the two handed English trans-atlantic race, followed by the Quebec-Saint-Malo race. They are the oldest crew ever to compete in an oceanic race.... [more]
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Laser Master Canadian Championship 2011 + J22 Canadian Championship
Marianne Davis,
The Laser Master Canadian Championship 2011 began Friday, July 8th accompanied by a light breeze that allowed two races to be completed. Saturday also started off with light breeze, as the J22s started their Canadian Championship.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Rambler 100 takes line honors and record
Barby MacGowan,
Transatlantic Race 2011 fleet are nearing the finish line with Rambler 100 skippered by George David (Hartford, Conn.) having crossed the finish line on Sunday 10th July at 16h 08m UTC.... [more]
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America's Cup: Warm-Up beginning for Cascais - Race formats announced
Sailing fans will get a first look at teams entered for the 34th America's Cup as competitors begin arriving in Portugal next week ahead of the inaugural America's Cup World Series competition in Cascais. The regatta is the opening event on the path to the next America's Cup in 2013.... [more]
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J24 Canadians: Day 1
Clarity Nicoll,
The J24 Canadian Championships are being held this year at the Port Credit Yacht Club in conjunction with the PCYC open regatta.... [more]
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Transpac 2011 last start underway
Kimball Livingston,
Last start of Transpac 2011 got underway at 1.00pm. All 34 of the boats entered reported-in today to answer the guns. First away from the dock was Truth, an Open 50 that Philippe Kahn and 'Crusty' Christensen in 2009 sailed to a new doublehanded record under the name (as with all of Kahn's boats) of Pegasus. Meanwhile, two of Monday's 19 starters have dropped out.... [more]
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