Canadian sailors secure Olympic spot!

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 19 May 2012
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Canadian sailors secure Olympic spot!

With only 17 points separating the top four yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race, important points are up for grab in the Port Miami in-port race this afternoon. The action promises to be exciting as Puma's Ken Read, in fourth place, would very much like to close the scoreboard gap ahead of Leg 7 start tomorrow where the fleet will have to negotiate the Gulf Stream, avoid the usual East Coast low pressure system on their way across the Atlantic to Lisbon, Portugal. Both the in-port race and Leg 7 start will be broadcasted live on

Congratulations to Canadian Sailing Team member Greg Douglas; with fabulous results in windy conditions at the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, Greg has secured an Olympic spot for Canada in the Finn class. Ben Ainslie won the event hands down; later in the week, in Land's End, he was honored as the first carrier of the Olympic Torch for its UK relay that began.

Greg Douglas - Finn Gold Cup  Robert Deaves /IFA

More great news for Luke Ramsay and Mike Leigh following the Barcelona 470 World Championships; they will also represent Canada at the London Games.

The America's Cup World Series is in Venice, Italy this week where local team Luna Rossa-Swordfish is holding the top spot on the scoreboard going into Day 3 of racing today. Live racing on is the America's Cup YouTube channel; the AC45 yachts are very exciting to watch, particularly in the narrow venue in Venice with the Grand Canal in the background. I am still amazed that the big event in 2013 will actually be raced in a 72-foot version of the yacht; the level of performance will be incredible!

Emirates Team New Zealand in the America's Cup World Series, Venice.  Emirates Team New Zealand / Photo Chris Cameron ETNZ ©

In Atlantic Cup news, Riechers and Euverte, on the German yacht Mare, were first to cross the finish line in New York harbor and capture first place in Leg 1 from Charleston to New York City. Leg 2, a sprint race from New York to Newport, RI starts today and will be followed by the in-shore series next weekend. I love seeing those Class40 yachts finally racing in North America!

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Greg Douglas wins the Canadian Finn Olympic Trials!
Canadian Sailing Team,
It was full on today! Falmouth delivered a day that can only be described as extreme, when you see the best in the world chicken gybing at the reach mark, and catastrophic capsizes prevalent you know the conditions are TOUGH! But it was the 'TOUGH' men in the fleet that battled it out for supremacy.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Skippers look forward to InPort Race and Leg 7
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
The points table in the Volvo Ocean Race is now so tight between third and fourth places, that the leaderboard could change after the Miami In Port Race. On the day of what's set to be one of the most hotly contested in-port races of the series so far, the six skippers talked about their expectations, what it takes to win and how they could be just one bad start away from a podium slide.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race skippers curse wind gods
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the fifth day of race eleven from Panama to New York. It's been another frustrating day for the ten-strong fleet of ocean racing yachts. Today's skipper reports to the Race Office are filled with curses to the wind gods as well as a number of tactical gambles as each team looks to outdo its closest rivals.... [more]
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AC World Series Venice - Images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
The America's Cup World Series is currently taking place in Venice, Italy. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on hand to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Ben Ainslie secures sixth title + Video
Robert Deaves,
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, UK has been a week of extremes and the final day was no different. Though a medal race was attempted, it was soon abandoned and an hour later racing was completely abandoned for the day as the wind disappeared. This left Ben Ainslie (GBR) as Finn World Champion for the sixth time.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Venice – Day 2 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi Photography,
America's Cup World Series Venice – Day 2 images by Max Ranchi Photography... [more]
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470 World Championship - Medal race battle hots up on day 5 + Video
Luissa Smith,
For the 2012 470 World Championships, there are only five races remaining - making race day five a crunch day as teams positioned themselves to make the medal race cut, with the points beginning to stack up amongst the 470 Women's teams in the challenge for Olympic qualification.... [more]
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ACWS Venice - Oracle Team USA Spithill advances to semifinals
Tim Jeffery,
The America's Cup World Series Venice is now underway and Oracle Team USA Spithill has advanced to the semifinal round by winning its quarterfinal match 2-0 on what was a disappointing opening day's racing on the fifth round of the AC World Series.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 4 prize giving + Video
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 4 prize giving was held at the Charleston Yacht Club in City Marina with two of the GOR's Class40s, Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis, moored directly in front of the clubhouse. With three days remaining to the start of GOR Leg 5, the GOR Race Organisation and the four Class40 teams with an entourage of friends, family and supporters attended the event.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup - Mare victorious in first leg + Video
Jeff Pomeroy,
With an unprecedented international fleet of 15 Class 40s competing in the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, number 115 Mare, skippered by Jörg Riechers and Ryan Breymaier, crossed the finish line first at 1:20:13 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 15, with an elapsed time of 78:55:13 to complete the 642 nautical mile first off-shore leg from Charleston, S.C. to New York Harbor.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet battle for crucial points
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the third day of race eleven from Panama to New York. As the ten international teams competing battle with the steady Caribbean trade winds on their way through the Windward Passage, focus turns to the vital Scoring Gate points.... [more]
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America's Cup: Red Bull Youth America's Cup announced
Oracle Racing edited by Sail-World,
For the first time in the history of the America's Cup, young, talented sailors have a clear pathway towards competing for one of the most prestigious trophies in sport. The Red Bull Youth America's Cup, launched today with ceremonies in Venice, Italy and San Francisco, USA, opens the door for young sailors to gain the experience they need to contribute to a Cup team. 'I think this is one of th... [more]
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Olympic Sailing Competition - Montreal 1976
Montreal 1976 Olympic Sailing Competition took place in the Canadian province of Ontario instead of Quebec, at Kingston, due to the terrorist murder of nine Israeli athletes at Munich which meant that the Montreal Games were held under the tightest security. In a bid to modernise Olympic sailing, two venerable keelboats were dropped, the Star and Dragon.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 2013 dates announced
Trish Jenkins,
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 2013 will take place a week earlier next year, with regatta dates set for 25th to 31st March, as announced this week by the Caribbean Sailing Association. In cooperation with other regattas, The BVI Spring Regatta, hosted by Nanny Cay Resort and Marina will move to the earlier date, but will continue to follow the St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta... [more]
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470 World Championships - Tense and enthralling action + Video
Luissa Smith,
Day three of racing at the 2012 470 World Championships was tense and enthralling. Seven nations secured their right to be at the 2012 Olympic Games in the 470 Men, whilst six nations in the 470 Women continue to fight their way for the remaining five nations places.... [more]
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US Sailing to conduct independent review of Newport to Ensenada Race
Jake Fish,
The United States Coast Guard of San Diego has requested that US Sailing, the National Governing Body for the sport, conduct an independent review of the sailing accident that occurred during the 2012 Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race resulting in the deaths of four sailors. Aegean, a 37-foot Hunter 376, and her crew of four were victims of an accident that destroyed their boat a few miles offshore... [more]
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Canada's Chris Cook wins Day 2 at Finn Worlds
Robert Deaves,
The second day of the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, UK, was an outstanding one for Chris Cook (CAN) as well as the British sailors with Ben Ainslie (GBR) winning the opening race to take the overall lead, Ed Wright (GBR) dropping to second and Andrew Mills (GBR) having another good day to move up to third. Victory in the second race of the day went to Canada's Chris Cook.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition – Four more nations qualify
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Bermuda, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago and Tunisia have become the latest nations to qualify for the Games after the 49er, Laser and Star Worlds. With four qualification regattas remaining, 54 countries have now guaranteed their spot in the boat park at Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain from 29 July to 12 August.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Venezuela splits in ISAF Windsurfing vote debacle
Richard Gladwell,
The Venezuelan national sailing authority is the latest to dissociate itself with the vote of one of its nationals at the recent ISAF Council Meeting staged in Stresa, Italy. In a letter released today, they have expressed their disagreement with the vote of Teresa Lara, one of seven Vice Presidents of the International Sailing Federation.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: New mobile app for sailing fans
Jack Griffin,
Available now from Apple's App Store, the new, free mobile Real Time Race Tracker is built into the Enthuse app, and lets sailing fans follow all the America's Cup World Series races as they happen. The Real Time Race Tracker uses the Emmy Award winning Liveline technology to superimpose the races on Google Maps... [more]
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