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 30 Sep 2011
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Sailing News from the Atlantic Ocean

Gold Coast Australia was first in Cape Town for the transatlantic leg of the Clipper Round the World Race; they remain unbeaten after the first three legs of the race. They were quickly followed across the finish line by Visit Finland and De Lage Landen who finished 8 and 11 hours behind the leader respectively. Only one yacht currently remains out at sea and should be in by the week-end. Leg 3 begins on October 5th; the fleet will leave the Cape of Good Hope behind as they dip south towards the famous Roaring Forties and the Southern Ocean for a fast downwind ride to Geraldtown in Western Australia.

The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 fleet was finally greeted by a northerly breeze on Wednesday and are moving again after light air conditions accompanied them getting through the Strait of Gibraltar. At the front of the pack, we find Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron on Campagne de France followed by Ross and Campbell with BSL; things have changed a lot over the past few days though and it's still anyone's game as the 6-strong fleet heads down To Cape Town. The latest forecast will likely force the fleet to stay close to shore.

Eastern Atlantic conditions are similar In the La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 race. It doesn't matter where the boats are on the course; light air is on the menu for everyone. The forecast conditions were for 'quiet or very calm', and they have been for the 78 participants. The event is better known as the MiniTransat and takes solo racers in 21' yacht 4200 miles from La Rochelle France to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, with a stopover in Madeira; the fleet is divided between higher performance 'Prototypes' and more economical 'Series' yachts. This year, I enjoy following David Raison on Teamwork Evolution 747; he is racing a proto boat he designed and built himself and is looking to prove that a blunt and wide bow section, a la Midwest scow design, can be competitive; an interesting insight in the shape of things to come, literally. Bruce Gailey, a member of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club now working in Switzerland is doing quite well in the middle of the Series pack. You can track his position on the race website; Bruce's boat is 529 - Black Mamba or follow his blog at

Stay safe on the water!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Global Ocean Race - Leaders reach the Canary Islands
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race duo Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire, at 17:00 GMT on Thursday, finally found some breeze following a day locked in a windless bubble 40 miles off Morocco. As the South African pair picked up speed to six knots, sailing Phesheya-Racing directly away from the African coast into stronger breeze to the west... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ launches vibrant social media website
Emirates Team New Zealand has joined the social media age with the launch of its new blog .... The team has worked on the project with Dell Computers and Dallas, Texas, based RD2 Inc, an acknowledged international leader in social media development.... [more]
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Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year nominations open
Jan Harley,
With the sailing season winding down in northern latitudes comes the opportunity to recognize those U.S. sailors who have collected impressive regatta results at home and abroad in 2011. Starting Friday, September 30, 2011, US Sailing will accept nominations for its 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, widely acknowledged as the foremost individual sailing honors in the nation.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet pushing though the confusion
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 fleet welcomed a northerly breeze on Wednesday afternoon and are now on the move once again on the heels of a period spent stuck in light airs to the north-west of Rabat on the Moroccan coast. Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron with Campagne de France held the lead by four miles, running along the West African continental shelf chased by Ross and Campbell with BSL... [more]
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La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - Quiet and calm conditions
Veronique Largeau amended,
La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50. The conditions were forecasted for 'quiet or very calm'. They are indeed. The 78 remaining contestants are searching for a little breeze. The pressure will come later; today's objective is not to be caught in calm zones and be waiting for hours to catch a gust.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya skipper Sanderson may miss qualifying leg
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race skipper Mike Sanderson was rushed to hospital yesterday evening for an emergency appendicitis operation and now looks set to miss the qualifying leg in just over a week. The skipper of Team Sanya said from his hospital bed in Alicante that his chances of participation in next Friday's (October 7) Volvo Ocean Race qualifying leg from the southern Spanish port are 'marginal'.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Atlantic match racing championships - Day 4
Richard Gladwell,
In the last 24 hours the two leaders in the Global Ocean Race have jumped out to a 40nm lead but continue their match race down the Moroccan coast. After trailing Campagne de France (Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron), Ross and Campbell Field have been flicking across their stern for the first 12 hours of the fourth day of the Round the World race... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - The elegance of bygone years
The Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez fleet that gathers each autumn comes as much for the competition as to soak up the atmosphere that over a hundred classic boats can easily provide. While some of the yachts and sailors are experiencing Les Voiles for the first time, many have raced here before and have been frequent participants over the past three decades of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez (since 1999)... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Podium finish for De Lage Landen
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - De Lage Landen finishes third to claim first podium position in race 3, just over three hours behind Visit Finland yesterday. It is a remarkable achievement for the team led by Southampton-based skipper, Stuart Jackson, who only took command of the yacht in Rio de Janeiro just four days before the start of this race.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Three leaders in three days + Start Video
Richard Gladwell,
The Global Ocean Race has its third leader in three days as the six boat fleet head for Capetown, South Africa on the first leg of the round the world race. Current race leader is Campagne de France (Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron) who at the 0600 UTC sked were 1.7nm ahead of Buckley Systems (Ross and Campbell Field)... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez welcomes stunning classics
The Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez could not have welcomed a more impressive fleet of classic boats then the more than 100 racing this week at what is an armada that showcases designers from the golden ages of yachting history: Among them, Herreshoff, Fife, Sparkman & Stephens, Rhodes, Mylne, and Alden.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Positions change in squeeze through Med funnel
Oliver Dewar,
As the six Class40s in the double-handed Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) entered the funnel between Spain and the African coast, the fleet's ranking positions altered as the teams squeezed into the 110-mile wide section of the Mediterranean and Alborán Sea leading to the Strait of Gibraltar.... [more]
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La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 pressure rises
Veronique Largeau,
The La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 fleet are sliding in the right direction...for now. David Raison (747 – TeamWork Evolution), on his next-generation prototype has fairly reached the first position of the protos fleet. Sailing reaching, David is a little faster than the other contestants. He beats the number of miles sailed within 24 hours record... [more]
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University of Ottawa captures 3rd at UofT Canadian Collegiate Regatta
Clarity Nicoll,
This past weekend, the University of Ottawa competed at the annual Univeristy of Toronto Canadian Collegiate Regetta held at National Yacht Club. The weekend was filled with diverse wind conditions and good racing was had by all six schools who attended the event.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race – Third victory for Gold Coast Australia
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12 - Gold Coast Australia have continued their winning streak by finishing first in the third stage of racing, from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town, crossing the finish line at 1056 UTC on Tuesday. The Australian team remains unbeaten after the first three races of the year-long series with their latest victory keeping them firmly at the top of the leader board... [more]
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TP52 World Championships preview
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championships is hosted by the YCCS. Racing starts on Tuesday October 4th and finishes on Saturday October 8th. A full diet of windward-leeward races is planned with the coastal race scheduled on Thursday October 6th.'This has to be one of the most exciting and open events since we have been involved in the MedCup.' Says Ed Reynolds (USA), project manager of Quantum Racing.... [more]
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Peter Wickwire wins the CYA Canadian Match Racing Championships
Katie Nicoll,
The grass roots program, started several years ago, has started to produce some outstanding match racers from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. In fact, the top three teams in the CYA Canadian Match Championships all hailed from RCYC.... [more]
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America's Cup: Jury assesses six figure damages in final Plymouth race
Richard Gladwell,
The International Jury has held a Hearing into a collision between Green Comm Racing and two other competitors before the start of the final race of the America's Cup World Series sailed in Plymouth, England. The Jury Decision is not posted on the website where Decisions are supposed to be posted and it can only be presumed that the Decision which has appeared on two US sailing... [more]
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Sail-World set for huge coverage of the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race
Brendan Maxwell,
The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race starts on 5th November in Alicante Spain. The Sail-World team is planning detailed coverage, running hundreds of stories over the race duration and distributing over four million newsletters to our world-wide audience.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race start images from Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
The Global Ocean Race fleet are now on their Leg 1 journey that will take them to Cape Town, South Africa. Photographer Max Ranchi shares with us a gallery of images of the start of the race.... [more]
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La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 gets off to a good start
Véronique Largeau,
LaCharente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 2011 got off to a good start at 5:17 p.m offshore the Maison de la Charente-Maritime in La Rochelle this Sunday, September 25. The 79 skippers have crossed the start line one minute after the liberating gunshot, to pay tribute to Jean-Marc Allaire who should have been on the starting line with them today.... [more]
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