The Vendée Globe is just around the corner!

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 16 Sep 2012
  Welcome to Sail-World Canada

The Vendée Globe is just around the corner!

While we won't see the record breaking 30 skippers from 2008, many of the greatest names in single-handed ocean racing will be back for another round of the planet on November 10th. Dominique Wavre and Mike Golding will be on their fourth attempt; it will be a third participation for jean-Pierre Dick, Jean Le Cam, Jean Riou, Bernard Stamm and Alex Thompson. Familiar names looking for their second challenge include Sam Davies, Kito de Pavant, Marc Guillemot and Armel Le Cléac'h.

I, for one, will miss two-time winner Michel Desjoyaux from this edition; who can forget that after taking the start in 2008, he returned to port to fix the boat and, with a 41 hours setback, caught up to the fleet to eventually win the race. Vincent Riou is the only previous winner (2004-05) to participate in the 2012 race.

Howie Schiebler (USA) leads Tomas Hornos (USA) around the mark - Star Class North Americans  Chuck Sweet

Check out our reports from the Star North Americans held in Hamilton, ON and the latest MOD 70 European Tour results, where Michel Desjoyaux Team Foncia holds second place in the rankings. We also share Carlo Borlenghi's excellent images from the Rolex Swan Cup in Sardinia; Carlo recently won the first prize in the 2012 International Excellent Sailing Photograph Exhibition.

Spindrift Racing skippered by Yann Guichard from France, at the arrival of Leg 2 between of the MOD70 European Tour 2012  Chris Schmid/Spindrift Racing

Finally, on video, Ben Ainslie's coach provides some insight on their success and the most recent America's Cup Uncovered episode.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Star NA's - Final day see three-way tie for first overall
Colin Jacobs,
As predicted the final day of the International Star Class North Americans in Hamilton Harbour brought stronger winds and at time torrential rain. The only race of the day was a five-leg affair with each leg approximately 1.2 miles. First across the line was Jud Smith and David Timberlake with RHYC sailors Terry Line and Larry Scott finishing in second.... [more]
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Carlo Borlenghi wins China Worldwide Sailing Photographic Competition
Zhao Di,
The 2012 International Excellent Sailing Photograph Exhibition was held in the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Museum. Sailing photographic works of master photographers throughout the world made their debut in Qingdao, bringing a stunning visual feast for photography enthusiasts.... [more]
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2012 Olympics: Ainslie's coach, David Howlett, on what it takes to win
Royal Yachting Association,
Four time Gold Medal winner, Ben Ainslie (GBR) has a long time relationship with top Finn coach, David 'Sid' Howlett. In this video from the Royal Yachting Association, Howlett talks about their coaching relationship - and the key factors in Ainslie's success.... [more]
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Farr 40 Pre-Worlds - Barking Mad victorious at Chicago YC
Farr 40 Class Association,
The 2012 Farr 40 Pre-Worlds is the last of five events in the 2012 Farr 40 North American Circuit and in the strength of yesterday's 1-2-1 scores and top-ten finishes in today's two final races, Jim Richardson from Newport, RI and his Barking Mad team have taken the victory. The win also gives Richardson the overall win in the series.... [more]
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Day Three for the Stars in Hamilton
Colin Jacobs,
After seven races and three days of sailing and with one race scheduled for the last day, Friday, John MacCausland and crew Guy Avellon have taken first place overall away from Arthur Anosov and his crew David Ceasar.... [more]
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Canada competes at the 6th World University Match Racing Championship
Landon Gardner,
CICSA selected two teams for the first time Canadian representation at the World University Match Racing Championship in Nice, France. Skippers were Lance Fraser of Queen's University Match Racing, with his Queen's Crew: Roby Douglas, Clifton Kartner and Oliver Neal; and Landon Gardner skippering Canada II and combined school crew of Jason Hearst, Michael Hasko and Nick Kroeger.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 55 - AC72's and Oracle's foil break
To fly or not to fly? This week's Americas Cup Discovered focuses on the latest technology as the hydro-foiling 72 foot wing-sailed catamarans become a reality. The secrecy around all the teams and their boat design has been rife, but we were there the moment Oracle Team USA went on the water - including the instant the foil broke. Features the US AC72 starting to lift, and then the floating foil... [more]
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MOD70 European Tour - Spindrift Racing tops leaderboard
Spindrift Racing,
The MOD70 European Tour 2012 overall leader of the provisional ranking after their brilliant win in Leg 2, Yann Guichard and crew entered yesterdays first City Matches in Cascaïs with a strong will to live up to their reputation.... [more]
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Dominique Wavre presents Vendee Globe project in Geneva
Bernard Schopfer,
Vendee Globe 2012 gets underway on 10th November. Dominique Wavre, skipper of yacht Mirabaud, will cross the start line to race non-stop around the world alone and without outside assistance. The Swiss skipper feels things are falling into place for him to achieve the best possible result.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup - A dynasty of elegant Swan yachts
The biennial Rolex Swan Cup provides a dynasty of elegant Swan yachts with the chance to engage in close racing amid the challenging and scenic waters off Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Following directly on from the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, held at the same venue, this year's 17th edition of the event involves over 60 crews from 13 countries.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's Foiling Flypast on the Waitemata
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand returned from their seventh day of sailing, with another Foiling Flypast on the Waitemata Harbour, late this afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was there to catch the action as they ran through the Friday evening race fleet.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship fourth edition preview
Joy Dunigan,
Melges 32 World Championship 2012 fourth and largest edition will be held by the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA), hosted by New York Yacht Club (NYYC), from September 20th to 29th 2012. Thirty-four Melges 32s representing eight countries have registered to compete for the class' most coveted title.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship kicks off with Farr 40 Pre-Worlds
Farr 40 Class Association,
Farr 40 Pre-Worlds 2012 kicks off tomorrow when twenty teams from eight countries will be lined up to race for two days in the opening act of next week's 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship held at Chicago YC. And while the Pre-Worlds marks the beginning of the Worlds, it also is the last two days of racing in the five-event North American Circuit leading up to this final showdown... [more]
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Star Class North American Championship day 2
Colin Jacobs,
Day two of the Star Class North American Championship saw a number of obstructions which included a large freighter and a barge loaded with grain, but nothing that the Star fleet and race committee could not handle. With winds varying from 10 - 14 knots with gusts to 18, Regatta Chair Brian Cramer remarked that it was a day with two solid races that 100 years of Star sailors would be proud of.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Rolex Swan Cup 2012 is currently underway in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Images of today's action have been provided by master photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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2013 St Maarten Heineken Regatta open for registration
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
The 33rd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, taking place February 28th - March 3rd, 2013, is now open for registration. The Regatta is known as one of the 'must do' events in the Caribbean. It is the perfect combination of topnotch sailing during the day and fabulous parties at night. That is why we call it 'Serious Fun'!... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
2012 Rolex Swan Cup - Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Images by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Viper 640 North Americans - Bliksem team sails to victory
Leighton O'Connor,
On the fourth day of the Viper 640 North Americans, Pieter Taselaar, Willem van Waay and Nick Thompson aboard Bliksem erased Saturday's two point deficit in Sunday's only race to win the title by four points over Glyn Locke's Fer de Lance program. The win is Taselaar's first in the Viper 640 NAs.... [more]
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Rob & Sandy Butler win the 3rd event in 2012 Audi Melges 20 LO series
Katie Nicoll,
he third event of the Audi Melges 20 Lake Ontario Series was held this weekend at Port Credit Yacht Club. The event had its share of varying conditions. Saturday the PRO, Paul Clissold, dodged the storm cells, getting the racers out onto the lake for two great races.... [more]
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Viper 640 North Americans - Day 3 images by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor images,
EFG Bank Viper 640 North Americans - Day three images by photographer Leighton O'Connor... [more]
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