The Canadian Sailing Team is ready for London!

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 31 Mar 2012
  Welcome to Sail-World Canada

The Canadian Sailing Team is ready for London!

It's been a busy week with a variety of sailing news from around the world; between extreme racing in the Volvo Ocean Race, World Cup Olympic classes events and Spring events in North America, we bring you a full medley this week.

First, congratulations to Canadian Sailing Team windsurfers, Nikola Girke and Zachary Plavsic, both from the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club for their outstanding results at the recent 2012 RSX World Championships in Spain, which qualified them for the London Olympic Games. While on the subject of the Canadian Sailing Team, we'll be watching them at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre World Cup event this weekend in Palma de Mallorca. Also, starting this week, keep an eye out for the latest from Richard Clarke and Bjorn Tyler as the Canadian Star duo get ready for London; you can also support them via the Get on Board campaign!

Skippers in the Volvo Ocean Race no longer have to worry about pirates, fishing nets and commercial marine traffic; Mother Nature is their biggest concern as they race to the ends of the earth in the Southern Ocean. While three boats have successfully rounded treacherous Cape Horn, only Groupama and PUMA are currently racing towards Brazil, Iker Martinez and his crew on Telefonica have pulled in for repairs in the Cape Horn National Park islands. Camper is heading to Chile to repair bow damage, Team Sanya is back in New Zealand and Abu Dhabi is bringing out the rear after their restart. Definitely some changes to the scoreboard ahead!

My favorite sailing event is back for 2012; the legendary Vendée Globe is scheduled for November. You can expect many stories about new boat launch and skipper preparation over the coming weeks and months, 18 skippers are already confirmed with another dozen candidates finalizing their entries.

Finally, the Ontario Sailing Grand Prix Series has announced their racing schedule for this summer, check out the story.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Hard Work - Clarke/Bjorn Sailing Team Blog
Richard Clarke,
Man this Olympic sailing is hard work, I guess it should be or everyone would have a collection of gold medals. Today was a classic training day, up at 8, out the door for the gym at 9 for a hard strength session. Max squats, weighted lunges, inverted rows and one armed bench press were a few of the tough ones today. It was the kind of workout that you couldn't wait to end.... [more]
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Ontario Sailing Grand Prix Series and Regional Championships preview
Ontario Sailing Association,
Ontario Sailing Grand Prix Development Series goal is to encourage participation and athlete development at the development level. In addition, the Grand Prix circuit builds excitement and promotes healthy development by controlling the participation at provincial events with the application of the point weighting system.... [more]
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The Canadian Sailing Team is ready for London!

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Clipper Round the World Race - Another first for Gold Coast Australia
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race - After a gruelling 6,000 miles at sea crossing the world's largest ocean, victorious Gold Coast Australia was the first yacht in the ten-strong fleet to sail across the finish line under the Golden Gate Bridge and into Jack London Square, Oakland... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma chasing down Groupama as three others repair
Groupama sailing team's lead has slowly whittled down from more than 50 nautical miles at 0700 UTC to 29 at 1300 UTC on Saturday as Ken Read's Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg ramped up their attack on the leaders. Puma navigator Tom Addis said his team were making a comeback after earlier paying a high price for cutting the corner through Estrecho de le Maire... [more]
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America's Cup: Russell Coutts reflects with a year to go
Pierre Orphanidis,
VSail caught up with Coutts in Cascais, right after a tough, long but successful day on the waters of the Portuguese city. Katusha, the Russian boat where Coutts is calling tactics, is leading the RC44 fleet races with 24 points, 14 points ahead of second-placed Team Aqua:... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Great boat to boat combat
Louay Habib,
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival started on schedule, 15 knots of solid breeze intensified during the morning, peaking at 18 knots to provide some fantastic racing conditions. Many classes enjoyed the fantastic vista of the southeasterly face of Salt Island today. With knarled rock formations and spectacular reefs, the windward side of Salt Isla... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapre - Ben Ainslie ready to compete
Ben Ainslie,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapre kicks off today 31st March with racing starting on Monday 2nd April. British sailor Ben Ainslie discusses returning to competition after his back operation: I cannot tell you how good it feels to be back on the water, preparing for a competitive event.... [more]
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World Match Racing Champion tops Congressional Cup qualifiers
Rich Roberts,
The world's No. 1-ranked match race Britian's Ian Williams all but surprised himself. 'I don't think we've ever won 12 [match races] in a row,' he said Friday after leading the pack into Saturday's sailoffs of the Long Beach Yacht Club's 48th Congressional Cup.... [more]
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'Sailing Around the World' the series
Benjamin Rouse,
There's a new action packed documentary film series called 'Sailing Around the World the series' ( available worldwide on iTunes. The series promotes the sport of sailing by sharing the stories of elite athletes and sailing events internationally.... [more]
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RS:X World Windsurfing Championships titles to Bontemps and Korzits
The RS:X World Windsurfing Championship 2012, held in Cadiz in Spain, ended today without any races on the final two days as heavy winds meant cancellations were required. With four race wins to his name Julien Bontemps (FRA) takes the Men's title whilst Lee Korzits (ISR) makes it back to back World Championship titles with another consistent display on the world stage.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta - Last day decider
Barby MacGowan,
Today's International Rolex Regatta tactically demanding Pillsbury Sound races, with courses that wound through the cays of St. Thomas and St. John, decided winners in one IRC and three CSA classes as well as a Beach Cat class, while one-design IC 24s completed six short-course races in Jersey Bay to determine that class's victor.... [more]
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