Looking forward to the Vendée Globe!

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 14 Oct 2012
  Welcome to Sail-World Canada

Looking forward to the Vendée Globe!

Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta  Maureen Koeppel

Less than a month before the big day in Les Sables d'Olonne; Vendée Globe competitors are fine-tuning their equipment through various training sessions; check out Christophe Launay's images of Alex Thompson's ripping through the English Channel under full spinnaker on Hugo Boss. The yacht, a Farr Yacht Design Open 60 built in 2007 won the 2007 Route du Rhum and participated in the Last Vendée Globe before recently being updated with a new deck for Thompson.

We'll also see a handful of new yachts this year; keep an eye out for Bernard Stamm's Cheminées Poujoulat, an exciting Juan K design that finished third in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race. A number of VPLP-Verdier designs will be on the start line next month; the most recent being François Gabart's MACIF, others include Virbac-Paprec, Banque Populaire and PRB, launched in 2010, while Groupe Bel and Safran date from 2007. One of the most interesting yacht this year is Javier Sansó ACCIONA, the first Open 60 using clean energy; the Owen Clark Design will rely exclusively on energy produced by the sun, the sea and the wind; the yacht is not carrying any fossil fuel.

Sail-World caught Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 in full flight recently; check out Richard Gladwell's images where she clearly gets up on her leeward foils at an estimated speed of 30 knots. Pretty impressive!

Emirates Team NZ AC72 October 12,2012  Richard Gladwell

Following the recent release of the 2013-2016 Racing Rules of Sailing, ISAF announced the 2013-2016 Equipment Rules of Sailing earlier this week; both documents are now available as iPhone versions. Time to review the new rules ahead of January 1sy, 2013 when they become effective.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor


Vendee Globe: Blasting with Hugo Boss
Christophe Launay,
Top international sailing photographer, Christophe Launay was on hand to capture Vendee Globe competitor, Hugo Boss and Alex Thompson as they ripped up the English Channel in a training session.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ and the Friday Racers
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ's AC72 put in her 11th day on the water - for about 75 hours of sailing time - and as is becoming a feature of Friday evening racing, ripped through the fleet. Just for something different the ORMA60, TeamVodafoneSailing, was out leading the fleet and Emirates Team NZ took the chance to line up against her first competition... [more]
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Equipment Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016 now available
The Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS) for 2013-2016 are now available to download online and for the first time, as an iOS application ahead of the worldwide date of implementation on 1 January 2013. The official ERS iOS Application, available on all mobile Apple devices, allows the user to quickly find information about all aspects of the rules that govern the sport on the water.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - New direction for 20th anniversary edition
Anne Millet,
The 2013 edition will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Transat Jacques Vabre, marking a step forward for the race and at the same time honouring its long heritage. The organizing body, Association Transat Jacques Vabre, has thus decided to elect Manfred Ramspacher and Sylvie Viant from Sirius Evénements, as the new race directors.... [more]
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Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta at Larchmont YC
A record 425 college sailors from 38 schools racing 45 borrowed boats came together for the 2012 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta ('IOR') hosted by the Storm Trysail Foundation and the Larchmont Yacht Club. With so many college sailors taking part, the event has become the world's largest college sailing regatta.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ - Up, up and away on foils
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera catches the action as the AC72 reached down the back of Rangitoto and then gybed before getting up on her foils again for another run down the harbour. We present an image analysis showing what foiling in an AC72 is all about - showing some of the points of technical interest, and track the process of foiling from start to full flight on one daggerboard and a single rudder.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Acciona 100% Ecopowered ready for battle
Acciona Sailing,
In just thirty days' time, the Acciona 100% Ecopowered, a unique world-beating project in the field of renewable energies and eco-efficiency, will take on its long-awaited challenge: the Vendée Globe. Javier Sansó and the ground-breaking Imoca 60 Acciona 100% EcoPowered are edging towards the starting line of the world's most demanding sailing event.... [more]
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Expansions for Spirit of Canada Sailing Program
Patianne Verburgh,
Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges Caribbean regattas and offshore sailing adventures are a unique opportunity for those with all levels of ability to experience two extreme ocean racers; an Open 60 normally raced single handed around the world and a Volvo 60 built to be raced around the world by a professional crew.... [more]
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Two Canadian schools compete in world's largest collegiate regatta
Clarity Nicoll,
The Larchmont Yacht Club was host to the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in the world. On October 6-7 there were approximately 450 young athletes from 41 schools, including two Canadian schools, University of Ottawa and Queen's University, who were present at the regatta. The entire event is free to racers and boat owners thanks to many sponsors.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of Saturday at the AC World Series San Francisco
Chuck Lantz,
America's Cup World Series - No fog and good winds, plus a rare mistake by Oracle's James Spithill. Images by photographer Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Marc Guillemot and Safran prepare for battle
Soazig Guého,
The countdown has begun with thirty days to go before the start of the 2012 Vendee Globe. The date is drawing near. Marc Guillemot tells us about his final preparations. With 30 days to go to the start in Les Sables d'Olonne, Marc Guillemot's daily life is completely given over to the big start of his solo round the world voyage: 'Since the end of August, we have been in a different phase...'... [more]
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Besides Spithill's crash, all went well on SF bay
Chuck Lantz,
Judging from all the images of what was probably the most-photographed capsize in sailing history, one might think the day was a total disaster. Not so.... [more]
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AC World Series San Francisco images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series San Francisco images by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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