Challenges in the Southern Ocean!

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 24 Mar 2012
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Challenges in the Southern Ocean!

Heavy winds and challenging sea conditions at 45º South, just North of the ice limit gates, have caused hull damage that have forced Volvo Ocean Race leader Camper to slow down to complete repairs. Earlier this week, Team Sanya broke a rudder and started taking on water, as a result they have turned around to New Zealand. Groupama is the new leader.

The popular 'town race' was on the International Rolex Regatta schedule yesterday in St. Thomas. I vividly remember my run from the St. Thomas Yacht Club at the eastern end of the island right into the crowded and bustling Charlotte Amalie harbor on the NYYC 42 Long Echo in 2010; between spectator boats, cruise ships and many slower divisions yachts ahead of us, I am still amazed we didn't hit anything. Quite the scene for fans all over the waterfront yesterday as 68 boats turned around in the harbor. Canadian Ashley Wolfe and her Mayhem TP52 team is fighting it out in IRC 1; CSA 1 is also interesting to watch with NYYC's Stephen Murray's new Carkeek 40 lining up against a couple Farr 400's.

A busy week for members of the Canadian Sailing Team; Zachary Plavsic and Nikola Girke are top Canadians at the RS:X World Windsurfing Championships where winds of 40 knots have delayed racing in Cadiz , Spain yesterday. Racing should resume today.
Meanwhile, also in Spain, Emily Hill and Danielle Boyd attend the ISAF Equipment Evaluation for the 2016 Olympic Games where they keep an eye on the Women's Skiff evaluations; they report at

The America's Cup World Series return to Europe next month as the fleet hopes to impress Italian fans in the waters off Naples, Italy. The Oracle Racing team will need to complete repair work following a collision between their two AC45 yachts sustained while practicing in San Francisco earlier this week.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Volvo Ocean Race - Staying dry onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 6 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: The living down here is almost starting to feel normal. Ever since leaving Auckland our days have been drastically different from one to the next, as we departed the land-driven weather of the north and began our descent into the very separate world of the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta day 1 - To town and back
Barby MacGowan,
International Rolex Regatta kicked off today. The fleet of 68 boats, split into six classes, turned around and headed back, but only after sharing some colorful action with tourists on the downtown waterfront and on two cruise ships in port as well as fans perched at different vantage points along the route.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: War of Attrition in Southern Ocean continues
Volvo Ocean Race,
Furious fifty knot wind and a big swell took a toll on Camper, who lost their lead to Groupama overnight and slowed their speed right down to work on repairs to their bow. 'Camper has in the last few hours had to slow down to assess and repair bow damage sustained after falling heavily off a wave and delaminating a forward structural beam,' the team said.... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations - Sailors, surfers, and big waves + Video
2016 Equipment Evaluations - Sailors, manufacturer boats, skiffs, multihulls and kiteboarders took to the water outside the channel for the second day running.... [more]
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Introducing the Vic-Maui International Yacht Race
Vic-Maui YR,
The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and the Lahaina Yacht Club are pleased to announce the 2012 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race. This year will mark the twenty-third edition of th ocean racing classic that will start from Victoria, British Columbia. Class starts will be staggered, with starts commencing as early as June 28, 2012.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper's Southern Ocean sailing lesson Video
The Sail-World Team,
The Volvo Ocean Race crews are currently on the Southern Ocean sailing in Leg 5. The crews are taking head on a challenge that is testing their endurance in extreme conditions. Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand video of their sailing lesson so far in the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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RS:X Worlds blasted by 40 knots
Rory Ramsden,
At the RS:X World Windsurfing Championships in Cadiz, the morning time had the Bay covered in white caps. The AP wentup. Racing was postponed in the hope that the wind would moderate. It topped out at 40 knots plus mid morning and stayed there until 1500hrs.Up went the AP over A. No racing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Pushed to the extreme of human endurance
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the five teams racing in Leg 5 from Auckland are being pushed to the extreme of human endurance by ferocious weather as they race through the Southern Ocean towards Itajaí in Brazil. Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) has retained their lead, but conditions are such that it is now not so much about winning, but more about keeping boats manageable... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing Team's serious collision in AC45s
Oracle Racing,
During training today on San Francisco Bay Oracle Racing – Team USA's two AC45s were involved in an accident that left one of the boats with damage to the port hull. 'We're always trying to recreate the intensity of racing that rival challengers have with our own in-house racing,' said skipper Jimmy Spithill. 'Unfortunately, we get it wrong sometimes.'... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - World class racing action
Trish Jenkins,
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival kicks off in a few days and the organizers are busy preparing for a week of hot racing and legendary parties. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Sailing Festival and a record entry of yachts from all over the world will be taking part.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta preview
Barby MacGowan,
Hundreds of sailors on 68 teams are preparing for the 39th International Rolex Regatta being hosted by St. Thomas Yacht Club in the USVI. Conditions today came with plenty of wind for practicing and did nothing to dampen the excitement building for the next three days of racing.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Naples countdown
America's Cup World Series,
The first championship races in 2012 in the America's Cup World Series are scheduled to begin in just under three weeks. A revised format for the event has been issued which provides a balanced schedule of match racing, fleet racing and speed trials across the five days of competition that climaxes on Sunday April 15 when the winner of the Naples Fleet Race Championship is crowned.... [more]
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Maserati Sailing Team embark on record run from Miami to NY
Meaghan Van Liew,
Maserati Sailing Team have embarked on a record run from Miami to New York with an international crew of decorated sailors who've join forces to set a new pace for speed and performance on the Atlantic. Italian, German, Spanish and American sailors, largely known for their independent offshore sailing expeditions, have come together in a quest to set a new pace for speed on the water under sail.... [more]
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RS:X World Windsurfing Championships underway + Video
Rory Ramsden,
The RS:X World Windsurfing Championships are now underway in Cadiz, Spain. The men went out into a building breeze for a 1200hrs start. The wind was 8-18 knots along with big holes, shifts and testing times to say the least. It was the orange group who started first and Shahar Zubari [ISR11] who lead on the first upwind and all the way down to the bottom of the outside loop.... [more]
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2012 J/24 North American Championship
Eric Faust,
The International J/24 Class Association has selected the Florida Yacht Club and its J/24 Fleet 55 to host the 2012 J/24 North American Championship Regatta.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya returns to NZ for repairs
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Sanya are heading towards New Zealand after suffering damage to their starboard rudder earlier today. The team expect to take between four and five days to reach New Zealand and they continue to assess their options in terms of how to get back in the race as quickly as possible.... [more]
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Passing of a fine sailor and great volunteer - Alan Anderson
Ontario Sailing,
It is with sadness we inform you that long-time CORK volunteer, Alan Anderson, has passed away.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda - The thrash to the Onion Patch
John Rousmaniere,
There's a good reason why the Bermuda Race's nickname is 'The Thrash to the Onion Patch.' Many good reasons, in fact. On the 40th anniversary of the toughest Bermuda Race in history, in 1972, when the tail of a hurricane lashed the big fleet, let's remember that rough weather and the Newport Bermuda Race are hardly strangers.... [more]
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Get on board and get ready to race in the Easter Seals Waves Regatta
Clare Charnley,
This year's charity sailing event will feature one weekend of competitive Keelboat and Dinghy racing in English Bay. All funds raised will help to keep the ‘doors open' at Easter Seals House Vancouver.... [more]
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PredictWind launch new wind forecast App for iPhone and Android
Zoe Hawkins,
PredictWind have launched a new wind forecast application for iPhone and Android that offers accurate and detailed wind forecasts, enabling convenient planning for anyone on the water in any location around the world. The marine wind forecast tool is the most advanced available on an App and allows users to set up and receive forecasts for specific locations and check the latest wind observations... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Games - 60,000 a day predicted for Sailing
Kirsty Hillier,
London 2012 - It is anticipated that Weymouth and Portland will be a major attraction during the Games, with in excess of 500,000 people expected to visit during the Sailing events. Part of the nationwide ‘Get Ahead of the Games' campaign, the new adverts will highlight the fact that roads in Dorset, particularly routes into Weymouth and Portland, will be much busier while the Games are on.... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations - Skiffs and multihulls Day 4 + Video
Day four in Santander began with light winds which led to sailing being briefly postponed. Despite waiting for breeze, it was a productive morning for the female skiff sailors as they joined Evaluation Panel members Adrienne Cahalan (AUS) and Sylvia Vogl (AUT) in an informal session where they all gave feedback on the skiffs they'd sailed so far.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Sam Davies monohull hits the water
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe skipper Sam Davies was present as her monohull Savéol was lowered into the Concarneau Bay waters. The British skipper was looking forward to sailing in her adopted homeland of Brittany.... [more]
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ISAF Olympic Womens Skiff Trials move into their fourth day
The trials being conducted at Santander, Spain for the Olympic Womens Skiff and Mixed Multihull are now in their fourth day, having got underway on 17 March. The first two days were marred by not enough wind, or too much.... [more]
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Vendée Globe - Safran back in the water
Soazig Guého,
Vendée Globe 2012-2013 entry Safran was relaunched on Friday 16th March after a three month refit. This is an important stage, which is both technical and symbolic: Today the big Safran monohull was put back in the water and her mast was stepped in La Trinité-sur-Mer.... [more]
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