Tacking duel in the VOR!

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 26 May 2012
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Tacking duel in the VOR!

The last few days have been a challenging upwind battle for the six yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race; numerous lead changes as the exhausted crew are trading tacks halfway between North America and the Azores in a cold North Atlantic. It appears there is no other way around a massive high pressure system but to go North in anticipation of westerlies that will carry them to Europe in more typical fashion; who will be first to get to them...

Not far behind the VOR fleet, the Global Ocean Race Class 40 yachts also have their hands full dealing with either low winds or damaging conditions; Pheshya-Racing had their largest spinnaker destroyed by a waterspout on Thursday afternoon. Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis are in the lead some 250 miles ahead of the other two boats.

Canadian Sailing Team members are racing at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in the Netherland this week, a popular stop on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit.

Low Speed Chase on the rocks after the fatal incident  .. .

US Sailing has released their preliminary findings following the tragic accident of Low Speed Chase in the Crewed Farallones race on April 14th; five sailors lost their lives off the coast of San Francisco when they rounded the Farallones Islands. While some of the elements are specific to the California sailing scene, US Sailing was focused on making offshore sailing a safer activity without over regulating it. The recommendations include enhanced training in seamanship, better understanding of safety through training and mandatory skippers meeting, post-race inspection to encourage compliance with minimum safety equipment and finally, improved race management and accountability for racers.

The Lake Ontario offshore racing season begins next week with the Susan Hood Trophy Race; Greg Nicoll chats with the event chair about the upcoming event.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor


Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro slams upwind + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 6 of Leg 7. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress:... [more]
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Team Canada reports from the Korea Cup 2012
Mike Evans,
I'm in Korea this week racing in the Korea Cup 2012. It's always interesting traveling to Asia and this time is no different. The culture and sights are so different than Nova Scotia that it is never boring and always entertaining! This year, I'm fortunate to have Giles Oland with me and the two of us are Team Canada for this event. There are teams here from USA, Russia, China and the Philippines.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Tack Fests and Turtles as Leg 7 reaches crucial mark
Volvo Ocean Race,
In a sea state that is horrible and air that is cold, the six-boat Volvo fleet is enduring something of a tack fest as they battle to keep with the Gulf Stream, thrashing their way around the fringe of the pesky high pressure centre. The fleet is experiencing 60 degree wind shifts with massive changes in velocity.... [more]
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Less than a week to the Susan Hood Trophy Race
Guy Perrin,
A tradition at the Port Credit Yacht Club since the mid-fifties, the Susan Hood Trophy Race is usually known as the beginning of the offshore racing season at the western end of Lake Ontario. For 2011, racers' enthusiasm for the event appears to be taking us back to it's glory days with nearly 100 yachts registered and eager to get to the start line.... [more]
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Crewed Farallones preliminary findings released by US Sailing
Jake Fish,
A US Sailing Independent Review Panel has now released a set of preliminary findings and recommendations from the research conducted on the 2012 Crewed Farallones Race that resulted in the deaths of five sailors from sailboat, Low Speed Chase, on April 14, 2012.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Routing options galore to get across the Atlantic
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Camper pulled off an incredible mid-leg comeback on Friday shooting from last place into the lead in less than 48 hours, while overall race leaders Telefónica slipped down the rankings after being snared in light winds. Just two days ago, Camper more than 80 miles behind the leaders, struggling to get back into the race. But clever tactics from Nicholson and navigator Will Oxley saw Camper c... [more]
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Artemis Racing's AC72 wing sustains damage
Jennifer Hall,
Artemis Racing is the first Competitor for the 34th America's Cup to have launched and sailed with a full size AC72 wing using a modified trimaran. While training off Valencia today, Artemis Racing's AC72 wing suffered significant damage. No one was injured.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Drama and damage on Phesheya-Racing
Oliver Dewar,
With the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40 fleet split in two and separated by 200 miles, the pair of leading boats, Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis have kept with the breeze and extended to the east as Phesheya-Racing and Sec. Hayai have rarely polled speed averages over five knots.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Frustrating sailing for Puma's Mar Mostro
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7, day five. Skipper Ken Read reports from on board Puma's Mar Mostro: This is strange. Not just the guys on board (pretty weird) or the route we take (sailing straight into a Tropical Storm after the start – not too bright). The strange part is the weather and the route and the fact that every time we leave the dock it seems like we say, 'It is never like this out here.'... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series heads to Istanbul for Act 3 + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
The third Act in the Extreme Sailing Series 2012 is being held in Istanbul. Historic, modern and traditional – Istanbul, the European Capital of Sport 2012, is several cities in one. The teams will race over four days, with one day of open water racing followed by three days of stadium racing at the juncture where the Marmara Sea meets the Bosphorus... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leaders set to zigzag to Lisbon
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
In a reshuffle of the leaderboard overnight, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) lost the lead to Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing on Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race. At 0100 GMT on Friday, Abu Dhabi took pole position when it became clear that the northerly course would pay as the six-boat fleet picked its way through the minefield of high pressure. Waiting on the other side is some exciting downwind... [more]
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Red Bull Storm Chase – Windsurfing's most challenging contest + Video
Vivienne Masters,
Red Bull Storm Chase – Ever dreamt of windsurfing in a prestigious contest side-by-side with the world's best windsurfers in the planet's toughest conditions? Stop daydreaming and register now! Red Bull Storm Chase is returning and offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete against the Top Guns of wavesailing.... [more]
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The Brand is Zhik! Part two
John Curnow Sail-World.com,
So we've just had what amounts to the proverbial ad break with our story on how we, the world, got to Zhik (pronounced Z i i K, you might remember). In this, Part Two of The Brand is Zhik, we'll have a look at what's emerging right now and then what is to next install for us all.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing move wingsail for shipping to USA
Richard Gladwell,
US America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing, have moved their wingsail from the construction facility in Core Builders Composites at Warkworth to the Port of Auckland ready for shipping to USA. The hour long journey from the facility north of Auckland was completed about noon, local time.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta - Fierce battle on day 2 + Video
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
Day two of the 2012 Delta Lloyd Regatta got underway with very little wind. As the day progressed, the wind would slightly increase for the Sailing World Cup battle. Competition amongst the ladies in the RS:X Class was fierce. Hayley Chan from Hong Kong took the lead from the Norwegian Jannicke Stalstrom and the 20-year-old Dutch woman Lilian de Geus also reported for battle - achieving a victory... [more]
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A marriage of history, heritage and on-water activity in the works
Cynthia Goss,
The Museum of Yachting (MoY) and Sail Newport will join together to create a new type of public sailing facility in Newport—one that marries maritime history, heritage and on-water activity. Both organizations will share space beneath a single roof, in the building that has been home to the museum at Fort Adams State Park.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Ocean Sprint point to Singapore
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet continue to focus their efforts on winning podium positions into New York. Singapore, which is currently in seventh place has completed the 120 mile Ocean Sprint in 12H 45M 28S winning the team one crucial point, subject to the Race Committee verifying the result.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet handicapped by light airs
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - While Tropical Storm Alberto has failed to materialise, the four Class40s have encountered a gaping hole of light wind 260 miles off the coast of the USA as the boats push east into the North Atlantic. At 10:00 GMT on Wednesday, Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo relinquished their lead with Financial Crisis as the Italian-Slovak Class40 began to slow down... [more]
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Easter Seals Waves Regatta has something for everyone
Clare Charnley,
The National Bank Easter Seals Regatta welcomes all to get on board and prepare for racing which aims to raise operating funds for the Vancouver Easter Seals House. The National Bank Easter Seals Waves Regatta has something for the entire family. Register today as a skipper and race in either keelboat or dinghy category, or sail for fun in the Easter Seals Cup.... [more]
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ISAF Kiteboarding Format Trials - US Sailing Statement
Jake Fish,
ISAF Kiteboarding Format Trials – US Sailing has provided the following Statement on Kiteboarding vs. Windsurfing in the 2016 Olympic Games; as prepared by Dean Brenner, US Sailing Board Member and Chairman, Olympic Sailing Committee: Every four years, sifficult decisions are made about Olympic sailing events. The choices made always leave some part of the sailing community frustrated... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta - Van Schaardenburg dominates Laser class + Video
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
Dela Lloyd Regatta first day in Medemblik ended with Rutger van Schaardenburg dominating in the Laser class. The Dutch sailor won the first two races and ended tenth in the third. The third and last race of the day was won by Van Schaardenburgs fellow-countryman Roelof Bouwmeester.... [more]
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The Atlantic Cup - Bodacious Dream captures second leg + Video
Jeff Pomeroy,
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing completed its second and final leg of offshore racing with No. 118 Bodacious Dream, skippered by Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl, crossing the finish line first with an elapsed time of 38:06:34 on Monday, May 21, to complete the 231 nautical mile leg from New York Harbor to Newport, R.I.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Final spots taken
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Netherlands Antilles, Peru and South Africa take the number of nations qualified up to 57 after the 470, Finn and Laser Radial Worlds. The Laser Radial fleet at London 2012 is the second biggest with 39 spots available.... [more]
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AC World Series Venice - Final day images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series - Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on hand to capture this gallery of images on the final day of action in Venice, Italy.... [more]
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