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Watch Leader Neal McDonald from the UK and Helmsman/Trimmer Jordi Calafat from Spain, for Team Telefonica - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Maria Muina

For fans of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), these are exciting times. The first fisticuffs have been exchanged, with familiar names populating the podium positions in this past weekend's 360-mile official qualifying race. The race began in Alicante and carried the fleet out to Palma de Mallorca and back. Telefonica, skippered by Olympic gold medallist Iker Martínez, took line honors but was quick to downplay its importance, as no points were assigned, and teams had to run through a series of mandated emergency procedures, such as installing and steering under and emergency tiller. 'It was not a real race,' said Martínez. 'We spent a lot of time doing those maneuvers for the safety procedures, and we could have won or lost on any one of those.'

All teams have finished, but Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing ruffled feathers when skipper Ian Walker officially 'withdrew' by starting his engine, after his crew had preformed all drills and procedures during a becalming. It's currently unclear if what—if any—actions will be taken against Walker and company.

Early morning arrival in Alicante, Spain, for the PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG Propulsion team - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  © PUMA/Chris Hill

'We learned some valuable lessons about ourselves and the other teams,' said Ken Read, skipper of Puma Ocean Racing. 'We've always known that all the boats are going to be really fast and this race confirmed that. There are no dogs out there.' Puma's Mar Mostro finished second, followed by Team Sanya, skippered under the watchful eye of Cameron Dunn (Team Sanya skipper Mike Sanderson is recovering from last-minute surgery, but will be aboard for the race's start). Interestingly, Team Sanya is using a 2008/2009-generation Volvo Open 70, the only team to be doing so in this year's race. 'We have proved that if we sail smart and don't make mistakes then we can beat some of the newer boats,' said Dunn. Be sure to get the full report, plus plenty of great images, inside.

The Charlevoix Country Sheriff report, on the two deaths in the 2011 Chicago Mackinac Race has been published. As you will see from our Sail-World report on that report , it raises questions rather than answers them. More will come from the U.S.Sailing report set to be released On october 29th

Quantum Racing celebrates a job well done  Nico Martinez /WSM

Meanwhile, at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, won the TP52 Worlds, beating out serious completion in the world's première 50-foot class to win their third World title in four years of campaigning. 'It is a great way to finish the season,' said tactician Adrian Stead. 'We had a tense Audi MedCup, we have been really pleased with the way that we have sailed here against boats which have been in their conditions in the form of Gladiator and Paramount Park. Everyone has been pushing pretty hard.' Quantum was joined on the podium by Container and Gladiator. Details inside.

Stateside, Don Wilson won the prestigious 72nd Richardson Trophy, and the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta—organized by the Storm Trysail Foundation and the Larchmont Yacht Club—took place, with 318 college sailors racing in borrowed boats ranging from 31 to 36 feet on Long Island Sound. Action continues to mount at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, Brad Boston and Lee Shuckerow took top honors at the Viper 640 North Americans, and David M. Hyer and Amy Kleinschrodt have won, respectively, the U.S. Men's and Women's Sailing Championships. Get the full scoops, inside.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Chicago Mackinac Race – The first report
The Charlevoix County Michigan U.S. sheriff Don Schneider's s investigation looking the double fatality in the 2011 Chicago to Mackinac Race was released last Friday.... [more]
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Maine Maritime Academy wins World's largest College Sailing Regatta
Adam Loory,
The Storm Trysail Foundation (STF) and Larchmont Yacht Club teamed up to run the world's largest college regatta over the Columbus Day weekend with 400 collegiate sailors racing on 47 offshore boats ranging from 35 to 44 feet.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Emerging from the Doldrums
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet are negotiating the Doldrums while the leaders are rapidly closing-up some 360 miles north of the equator. The remainder of the fleet are scurrying west in an attempt to avoid an area of light airs ballooning towards them from the southeast.... [more]
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BoatUS mourns the passing of President Nancy Michelman
D. Scott Croft,
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is deeply saddened to announce the passing of President and Publisher Nancy Michelman, who died on Friday after a year-long battle with cancer. A selfless leader with an infectious laugh and the gift of inspiring others to get together and do their best, Nancy's courageous fight was marked by her optimism and energy.... [more]
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Tribute to a Bermuda hero at Argo Group Gold Cup
Talbot Wilson,
The international match racing community paid Bermuda's legendary Jordy Walker a well-earned tribute at the prizegiving for the Argo Group Gold Cup. The Match Racing Association (MRA), formerly known as the World Match Racing Association (WMRA), presented the first annual Jordy Walker Trophy to Phil Robertson of New Zealand.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing to complete qualifying miles
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have agreed to sail a further 111 miles to complete their qualification following their retirement from a test race over the weekend. During the 360-mile qualifying race from Alicante to Palma, Mallorca and back, the six boats were required to carry out several safety drills.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Frustrating conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - With the entire fleet now below 40 degrees south, they are now in the area from 40 to 49 degrees south known as the Roaring Forties, famed for strong westerlies. Despite managing to regain second position from New York, De Lage Landen had a frustrating night in light airs, according to skipper, Stuart Jackson.... [more]
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2011 Viper 640 North American Championship - Held in Sarnia, ON
Justin Scott,
The Viper 640 is one of the fastest growing sports boat in North America. Originally designed in 1998 it has gone through a resurgence in recent years when it was modernized by Rondar Boats based in the UK working closely with the very active class association. The 2011 North American Championships in Sarnia Canada was the final event in the EFG Pan American Series.... [more]
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Richardson Trophy win to Wilson
Don Wilson and 2008 Richardson Champion Steve Lowery safely secured finals spots by defeating their Semi-Final opponents in two 3-0 sweeps. The last Semi-Final flight was the only one fired off before an extended postponement. Racing picked up again for one match in the Petit Finals.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Mirsky defeats Berntsson in final
Talbot Wilson,
Mirsky and his team The Wave Muscat won the 2011 Argo Group Gold Cup three races to two over 2006 Gold Cup champion Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team. Earlier in the day the Petite Finals were sailed to determine third and fourth places.... [more]
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U.S. Men's and Women's Sailing Championship winners decided
Jake Fish,
The U.S. Men's and Women's Sailing Championships have now crowned the 2011 winners. On Saturday, skippers David M. Hyer and Amy Kleinschrodt caught fire and built significant leads in their respective fleets. Today, their teams cruised to victory on the final round of racing at the 2011 Championship hosted by the Lake Norman Yacht Club in Mooresville, N.C.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup tense final win to Mirsky
At the start of the Gold Cup, Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat and Berntsson were even on head to head wins this season. The final proved no different. Mirsky's other arch rival for the Championship is Bruni who was involved in the petit final earlier in the day.... [more]
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Richardson Trophy taken by Don Wilson
Chicago Match Race Center,
The 72nd Richardson Trophy, which is the last Great Lakes match race event of the season, has now come to an end with the final day's racing being plagued by light air. The past two days had beautiful winds and weather for full days of racing, but the breeze did not carry over to day three, which only allowed for a mere two flights.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race qualifier - Groupama battle with New Zealanders
Welcome On Board,
Volvo Ocean Race - Having set off at 1500 hours (French time), it took Groupama sailing team 48 hours to cover the 360 miles imposed by the Volvo Ocean Race's qualifier event. Involving a man overboard drill, an emergency tiller test, light airs, 25 knots of boatspeed upwind, then a late night of downwind sailing, rounded off by a battle with the New Zealanders through a windless zone... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro second to finish qualifier
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race - The Puma Ocean Racing powered by BERG Propulsion team was second to finish the final qualifying race, arriving back at port in Alicante, Spain, early Sunday morning at 06:48:54 GMT. Telefónica was first in at 05:45:24 GMT. Designed as an opportunity to test safety procedures, all teams completed the mandatory checklist during the two nights at sea.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet edge south as temps rise
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet are in the process of straddling the Cape Verde Islands and the route through the North Atlantic archipelago has presented a variety of risks and options for the six boats. Leading Class40, Campagne de France with BSL in second took the more direct route straight through the islands with both boats slowing dramatically.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race qualifier – Telefónica first over finish line
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -Team Telefónica crossed the line first in the final qualifier today, celebrating their arrival back in Alicante with a breakfast of sparkling wine and chocolate croissants. Telefónica, skippered by Olympic gold medallist Iker Martínez, arrived at 05:45:24 UTC/GMT (07:45:24 local time) after completing a 360-nautical mile race... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Qualifying race for Puma's Mar Mostro day 2
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race update from Amory Ross, Media Crew Member, onboard Puma's Mar Mostro during day two of the qualifying race. The first night was a sleepless one for most of us on Puma's Mar Mostro, and I would have to assume it's a similar story for the five other teams out here. A strong Mediterranean Mistral made for rough but exciting sailing conditions and a violent life onboard.... [more]
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TP52 World Championships - Quantum Racing takes the crown
Giuliano Luzzatto,
In the TP52 World Championship, the American team aboard Quantum Racing claimed the title on Audi Azzurra's home waters and the Italian team, being the perfect hosts, congratulated the winners. 'We are proud to have hosted this World Championship,' declared Riccardo Bonadeo... [more]
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Perth 2011 - Entries filling fast
Will Davies,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships are being held in December 2011. Places are rapidly filling up, with 798 of the 850 expected boats now confirmed as MNA entries. Five of the 10 sailing events at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships are now at capacity, with good entry numbers in most of the remaining five classes.... [more]
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ChronGlobal Tidal Chronoscope - Know the tide as easily as the time
ChronGlobal Corp,
The Tidal Chronoscope, a new application for your mobile device, provides an intuitive depiction of present and future tides for 9400+ USA and worldwide tide stations. Instantly, and at your very location. Along with lunar and solar positions, in the look and feel of the most popular tide watch ever.... [more]
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Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta preview
Adam Loory,
The Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, organized by the Storm Trysail Foundation and the Larchmont Yacht Club, has grown to become the largest college sailing event in the country thanks to the support of Long Island Sound boat owners.... [more]
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