A North American final in the ACWS!

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 30 Jun 2012
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A North American final in the ACWS!

ACWS Newport
Team New Zealand Capsized
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi   Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi

Taking first place in Leg 8 a few weeks ago was only the beginning of Groupama asserting their supremacy on home turf; Franck Cammas stole the lead from Ken Read on Puma in the second upwind leg and never looked back, winning the Bretagne In-Port race earlier today. They now enjoy a 25-point lead at the top of the leaderboard heading into Leg 9 tomorrow for the final stop in Galway, Ireland. This leg, the shortest of the entire event, will remain exciting as the fleet hugs the challenging Brittany coastline before crossing the Channel towards the Fastnet rock, where they will head up the rugged Irish west coast.

In other Volvo Ocean Race news, event CEO Knut Frostad announced a new boat for the next two VOR races earlier this week. Motivated by cost reductions in order to attract more players, the next events will be raced in identical Farr 65 yachts that will be purposed designed and built for the VOR. Check out the details in our news stories!

After a challenging 14-day northern Atlantic crossing from Nova Scotia, Gold Coast Australia has crossed the finish line to take first place in race thirteen of the 2011-12 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Gold Coast Australia in Oakland, San Francisco Bay.  Abner Kingman/onEdition

Less than a month before London 2012 and the Canadian Sailing Team is ready; sailing athletes from around the world have been running practice sessions at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy ahead of the event that begins on July 29th. Adapting to ever changing conditions and open water racing on the south coast of England should provide for exciting conditions.
The offshore racing season gets in full swing back home; stay tuned for news from these great upcoming events: the Route Halifax to St. Pierre, July 8th; the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, July 21 and the Transat Quebec St-Malo, July 22.

Speaking of offshore racing, I had the pleasure of attending a Canadian ISAF approved Sea Survival course last week in Toronto. Eric Hill from SeaSurvival.ca offers a fantastic program that can be delivered at your site; highly recommended!

Finally, don't forget to submit your choice for the CYA local boating hero; a People's Choice award for Safe Boating! Full details below.

Happy Canada Day!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor


Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama almost secure Overall Race with InPort win
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Groupama took a dream home victory in the Bretagne In-Port Race on Saturday to take a big step closer to an overall race victory, while Camper finished second to tie with Puma at the top of the in-shore series. Skipper Franck Cammas and his Groupama crew scored six points for winning, taking their total to 225 points overall -- 25 points ahead of their closest rival with just one leg and one in... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Oracle Team USA dominate
America's Cup World Series,
Jimmy Spithill's Oracle Team USA crew couldn't have had a better afternoon of racing at the AC World Series. Emirates Team New Zealand made an impressive recovery from Thursday's capsize and wing damage, bursting out of the starting gate to lead the fleet race from the first mark until the very final moments.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Welcome to Yorkshire cross Race 13 finish
Ruth Harrington,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day fifteen of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. Welcome to Yorkshire was the third yacht to berth in Derry-Londonderry today, arriving on the north Irish coast at 01:49 GMT this morning. The Yorkshire entry won the final podium position after a 2,350 mile tough upwind battle across the North Atlantic.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama spoilt on home soil
Franck Cammas,
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 leg eight stopover in Lorient is proposing a dense and lively programme this weekend, with an In-Port race in the Coureaux de Groix on Saturday and Sunday's start of the shortest offshore leg (550 miles) to Galway. Despite a 23-point lead, Groupama 4 must not and cannot ease off the pace if she is to be in with a chance of outright victory in Ireland.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series day 1 images by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor images,
Images by photographer Leighton O'Connor from the America's Cup World Series first day in Newport, RI.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Grant Dalton welcomes new Volvo 65 concept
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, and many time round the world sailor, and skipper, Grant Dalton, describes the new concept for the Volvo Ocean Race as a positive move. Speaking from Lorient, France, venue awaiting the start of Leg 9, of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, Dalton believes the concept for the boat and the next two races do address the central issue, which is cost.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Gold Coast Australia crosses Race 13 finish
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day fourteen of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. Crossing the finish line off Greencastle on the north Irish coast at 0237 GMT this morning, Gold Coast Australia secured its eleventh win after a 2,350 mile tough upwind battle across the North Atlantic.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: InPort Race and Leg 9 Start - See it Live - Here!
View the InPort Race at Lorient and the start of Leg 9 to the finish in Galway, Ireland. Racing gets underway in the Bretagne In-Port Race (Saturday at 12h45 CEST/10h45 UTC), with the winner taking six vital points. Less than 24 hours day later the final leg of the 39,000nm race, gets underway.... [more]
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Americas Cup: Emirates Team NZ capsize carnage - Images and Video
Emirates Team NZ capsized their AC45 during the match racing in Newport, after a gennaker sheet jammed during a bearaway, and the catamaran became overpowered and flipped. Normally that would not have been a major issue, but the top section extension filled with water and pulled the boat over backwards.... [more]
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2012 Snipe North American Championship in Toronto, Canada
Luis Perez,
The 2012 Snipe North American Championship Committee would like to invite you to participate in a very special event at The Etobicoke Yacht Club; The 2012 Snipe North American Championships.... [more]
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Canadian Yachting calls for Local boating hero nominations
Canadian Yachting Association,
As the 2012 boating season gets into full swing, it's your chance to have your own local boating safety advocate or hero recognized for their outstanding or life saving efforts in the field of boating safety and environmental stewardship. They may have pulled someone to safety from a capsized boat, taught school children about the importance of always wearing a lifejacket or helped to keep the... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: New Farr 65 one design announced for two races
Richard Gladwell,
Knut Frostad has announced a new one design class for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. The cost of the new boats all be EUR4.5million with a team budget of EUR15million.... [more]
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Farr 30 Canadian National Title - Hamilton and team victorious
Farr 30 Class Association,
A total of eight teams from the United States and Canada took part in the Farr 30 Canadian National Title competition with 10 races sailed over three days on picturesque English Bay in Vancouver. Hosted by the beautiful Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, conditions ranged from moderate to light breeze and pouring rain on day one, to glorious sunshine and a stable eight to ten knot breeze on the final day... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - Yann Eliès victorious in opening leg
Marie Le Berrigaud-Perochon,
At 15:59:07 this afternoon in the opening leg of the 2012 La Solitaire du Figaro - Eric Bompard Cachemire, Yann Eliès, on Groupe Queguiner-Le Journal des Entreprises, crossed the line in first place to take the victory. The French skipper took three days, three hours, nine minutes and seven seconds of extreme concentration to cover the 451 miles from Paimpol to Gijon, Spain.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Short but threatening Leg 9
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, at just 550 miles long it may be the shortest of all the offshore tests, but Leg 9 still has the potential to present race-threatening conditions for the teams. The sprint from Lorient in northwest France to Galway on the west coast of Ireland will only take a couple of days to complete but as this race has seen so many times during its 39,000-mile odyssey, fortunes can... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition venue receives Royal visit
Kate Holmes,
The London 2012 Olympic Games Sailing Competition venue, Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), received a visit from the Prince of Wales today, 26th June. Hosted by Chairman of the WPNSA Edward Leask, Chief Executive John Tweed and Ben Ainslie who is a triple Gold medalist as well as a WPNSA Director, The Prince of Wales was able to view firsthand the world class sailing venue.... [more]
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Laser and Radial Canadian Championships at Etobicoke YC
Katie Nicoll,
Inundated by light winds, PRO Irene McNeill, did her best to get in a final day of racing for the Lasers and Radials at the Canadian Championships at Etobicoke Yacht Club over June 22-24th, but it was not to be. The single-handed sailors were towed out to the race course and then back in after waiting for the wind to fill in for two hours. Three guns with code flags N over H usually signals the... [more]
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Sea Survival seminar a success in Toronto
Greg Nicoll,
Safety took a more aggressive stance at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club this past weekend. After the success of the 2010 Safety at Sea seminar where 300 sailors signed up for a one day introductory session under the guidance of the US Sailing Association, course organizers immediately saw the demand for a more hands-on course in the Great Lakes region.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Sailors experience enchantment and thrill
John Rousmaniere,
A Newport Bermuda Race veteran of times gone by described his initial steps when he staggered ashore following a Thrash to the Onion Patch this way: 'We made tracks for the yacht club, and now, at last, with one foot on the rail of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club bar, we might truly be said to have reached our goal.' And so again after the 48th Bermuda Race. When the boats poured into Hamilton Harbou... [more]
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Lee Parkhill and Brenda Bowskill take the lead at Laser Canadians
Katie Nicoll,
After two days of racing in the Radial class, Brenda Bowskill (RCYC) has moved to the top of the pack with eigth points after six races completed at the 2012 Canadian Championships. In the Standard Rig, Lee Parkhill (RCYC) leads with 10 points after seven races.... [more]
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