Very good results this week from the Canadian Sailing Team at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth Australia; Canada closes the event on a high note with Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn securing an Olympic berth in the Star class. In the RS:X Men, Zac Plavsic just failed to qualify in Perth with a 12th place finish ; he needed to post a top ten to secure his way to London.These excellent results, including a first place in Race 3 earlier this week, should boost his confidence and help him qualify at the upcoming Bay of Cadiz World later this month.
A cold front is impeding progress for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, as a result all the yachts are still heading East with no one breaking away North towards the final destination for this leg in Abu Dhabi. Actually, even though the next port is the capital of the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf, the fleet will rendez-vous in an undisclosed location and convoy through the Arabian Sea with a heavy security ship to protect them from pirates. They will race a final short leg into Abu Dhabi once the reach the safer waters of the Persian Gulf. Five of the yachts are currently within 35 miles of each other, with Groupama a little further South in better breeze.
In the Southern Ocean, the Global Ocean Race fleet facs challenging conditions as they race at the ice limit safety zone at 45 degrees South. Fast reaching for the past few days, Cessna Citation is in the lead as they make their way past Australia's Cape Leeuwin towards Wellington, New Zealand. No rest for the foreseeable future though.
After an west to east Atlantic crossing of just over nine days, François Gabart reach Britanny France to earn first place in the Transat B to B. The youngest skipper in the race on board the 60 foot IMOCA has secured a spot in the next vendee Globe. A protege of Michel Desjoyaux, as a pair in the recent Barcelona World Race on Foncia, they were in a battle for the lead when they a mast breakage forced them to retire near Cape Town..
Banque Populaire V keeps posting new reference times in their Jules Verne Trophy attempt; currently in the Southern Pacific, Loick Peyron's team has a comfortable lead of near 1200 miles over Groupama's previous record, that is over three days after only 25 days at sea. The record book will likely need updating, as long as nothing breaks.
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