Canadians on the podium abroad!

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 04 Nov 2012
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Canadians on the podium abroad!

The poor weather that impacted the Student Yachting World Cup also forced the Vendée Globe organizers to close the race village some 50 km north earlier this week; despite this minor set-back, Les Sables d'Olonne has attracted record crowds and over 575,000 visitors have poured in in the past two weeks to see first hand the 20 competing boats. The event is also very popular on the Internet; the recently launched Vendée Globe app has become the most downloaded sports app on the Apple store. All this excitement means there is less than a week remaining to select your favorite; will it be JP Dick on Virbac-Paprec, a highly successful combination this past year, Armel Le Cléach, who finished in 2008 and is now supported by the fabulous Banque Populaire team or Vincent Riou on a new PRB, he has some unfinished business to deal with following his 2008 rescue of Le Cam.

The IMOCA Open 60 Alex Thomson Racing Hugo Boss   Christophe Launay ©

I will certainly be watching a number of other participants; Alex Thompson, hopefully his string of bad luck is over, Javier Sanso on eco powered Acciona, can he make it around the world without fossil fuel, Louis Burton, can the youngest skipper keep up with the old guard and obviously, Sam Davies, because she is a talented sailor and was the most entertaining skipper in the 2008 race.

In recent America's Cup news, the Italian team Luna Rossa Challenge was able to get their AC72 foiling on the first practice day in New Zealand; quite the benchmark to set for the next competitors. Speaking of which, Artemis Racing, the Swedish America's Cup team has launched their Juan Kouyoumdjian designed AC72 in Alameda, CA a few days ago; team CEO Paul Cayard is looking forward to training on the San Francisco Bay over the coming weeks.

Artemis Racing AC72 Launch, 3 November 2012, Alameda, USA  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

Amidst the Sandy devastation on the eastern coast, one story stands out in the mind of sailors and boaters; there is no doubt the HMS Bounty found itself in the proverbial wrong place at the wrong time but from an outsider, it appears this tragedy could have easily been avoided. Kudos to the US Coast Guard who, through their dedication and courage, have prevented everyone from having to contend with an even worst disaster. Sail-World Canada joins others with our thoughts for Sandy victims and support for families and friends.

It is now a done deal; the Canadian Yachting Association is now Sail Canada/Voile Canada.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

America's Cup: Luna Rossa - Questions from the NZ sailing media
Richard Gladwell,
Last Thursday week, before the launch of Luna Rossa's America's Cup Challenger in Auckland, Team Patron, Patrizio Bertelli, and skipper Max Sirena, held a media conference in the Sofitel for New Zealand media. Most of the key New Zealand sailing media were there. Following is a record of the conference with the general sports media questions stripped out.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup champions announced + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
The 32nd Student Yachting World Cup final day was held in La Rochelle this evening. Bad weather conditions have prevented the participants from competing in the 14th course of the week, but the general good atmosphere didn't suffer from this.... [more]
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Artemis Racing launches first AC72 catamaran
Artemis Racing,
Artemis Racing has now launched its first AC72 catamaran, marking a major milestone in the team's quest for the America's Cup. Thousands of design and build hours came together today when the AC72 was launched at the team's base in Alameda. Barbro Osher, Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco and Godmother of Artemis, christened the AC72 in the presence of the entire team and their families.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Record visitors to Race Village in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
The level of the Vendee Globe's historic success continues to grow in Les Sables d'Olonne. In two weeks, no less than 575,000 visitors attended the Race Village and pontoons to see the 20 boats competing in the forthcoming non-stop round-the-world solo race without assistance.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa foils on Day 1 - with single foil
Richard Gladwell,
Luna Rossa Challenge were able to get their AC72 foiling on their first day of sailing on the Hauraki Gulf on Friday (NZT) It was the first day of sailing for the Italian America's Cup Challenger starting in light winds which slowly increased top around 15 knots.... [more]
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Search for HMS Bounty's Captain called off - investigation begun
Nancy Knudsen,
The search for Captain Robin Walbridge, captain of HMS Bounty which was caught in the edge of the fierce Hurricane Sandy this week, has been called off and a formal investigation begun. HMS Bounty and its crew abandoned the tall ship early Monday about 90 miles off the coast of North Carolina's Outer Banks near Cape Hatteras. The vessel lost power and started taking on water.... [more]
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America's Cup: Join Emirates Team NZ for an AC72 aerial photo-shoot
Chris Cameron,
Join Emirates Team NZ photographer Chris Cameron as he jumps in a helicopter, and for the first time, gets a birds eye view of the AC72 ripping around Auckland Hauraki Gulf.... [more]
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Welcome Sail Canada / Voile Canada
Sail Canada,
At the CYA's Annual General Meeting, on Saturday, October 27th, a resolution to change the CYA's name was considered by the representatives of the CYA membership. The original motion for Sailing Canada was modified to Sail Canada after a friendly amendment approved by the voting representatives. When the amended motion was put to the meeting, it was carried by an overwhelming majority.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Mirabaud skipper looks forward to monumental challenge
Bernard Schopfer,
On the 10th November, the skipper of Mirabaud will cross the start line of his 10th round the world race, the Vendee Globe. A week out, we take a look at some of the challenges that await him during one of the most difficult ocean races on the planet.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa sails for the first time in the Hauraki Gulf
Carlo Borlenghi,
Italian America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, was out sailing on the Hauraki Gulf today - just a week after being launched in Auckland. It was a grey day in Auckland, which started with light winds before the breeze came in to a modest strength - ideal for a first sail.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Stormy weather halts racing on day 6
Student Yachting World Cup,
Strong winds and heavy clouds were the scenery on day six of the Student Yachting World Cup, here in La Rochelle. From early morning, the weather showed its intentions and the race committee decided not to go against it. At the skippers briefing, already around 10 am, they announced to the students that all racing was suspended for the day.... [more]
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Northeast American boaters: What to do after Sandy
Boat US/Sail-World,
This week Hurricane Sandy struck the New Jersey coast with all her fury. Early reports indicate that Hurricane Sandy has caused significant damage to marinas, boat yards, boat clubs and boating infrastructure. BoatUS has these tips to get the salvage process started quickly to protect and preserve the value of any boat caught in Sandy's tempest... [more]
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Melges 20 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Images from day one of the Melges 20 Audi Sailing Series in Napoli by photographer Stefano Gattini.... [more]
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Loïck Peyron to sail with Artemis Racing during AC72 training
Jennifer McHugh,
Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, announced today that French multihull legend Loïck Peyron will join the Swedish crew during this month's AC72 training. 'It is fantastic to have Loïck join Artemis Racing. Loïck has no peer when it comes to large multihulls.' said Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Irish extend lead on day 5 + Video
Student Yachting World Cup,
A number of faces were tired this morning on day five of the Student Yachting World Cup. The Night Race from yesterday was definitively one of the hardest of this edition. That's one of the reasons why only two races have been completed today, one windward-leeward and one coastal, going around Fort Boyard and near Oléron Island.... [more]
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America's Cup: Rod Davis - a day in the AC72 testing life + Video
Rod Davis,
Double Olympic medalist and long time US and NZL America's Cup crew, skipper and coach, Rod Davis provides some answers to a question he's often asked – 'what do you do out there all day?'... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Busy day 4 in La Rochelle + Video
Student Yachting World Cup,
Who will become the next Student World Champion? Following the fourth day of the Student Yachting World Cup at La Rochelle, many nations have a serious opportunity to win the trophy! Canada of course, the leader of the ranking after six races, Ireland always second, France (with Euromed, the defender) or even the U.S.A.... [more]
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Superb performance by Vittecoq at the North American Optimist Champs
John Kerr,
The young Quebec sailor in the Optimist class, Justin Vittecoq had a spectacular performance at the 2012 North American Optimist Championships winning the bronze medal. This accomplishment is the best result by a Canadian athlete during an international Optimist event.... [more]
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Coast Guard continues search for missing captain of HMS Bounty
US Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising,
The Coast Guard continues its search for the missing captain of the HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailing ship, approximately 125 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C. Missing is Robin Walbridge, 63, and deceased is Claudene Christian, 42.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - Myriad of charter opportunities still available
Trish Jenkins,
Antigua Sailing Week is the granddaddy of all the Caribbean sailing regattas and the 46th edition looks like it's going to be a cracker. Big breeze, warm seas and some of the greatest parties on the Caribbean regatta circuit make Antigua Sailing Week, the 'must do' regatta of the Caribbean season.... [more]
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J/24 East Coast Championships overall
Mark Rivera,
The Hillman Capital Management J/24 East Coast Championships hosted by the Severn Sailing Association (SSA) and Fleet 8 in Annapolis, MD is held in the fall around Halloween and has the reputation of providing big breezes with cool temperatures, three days of competitive racing, and a great party.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards one week away
In only one week ISAF and Rolex will announce the 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year at an award ceremony in Dublin, Ireland. The ceremony will take place during a dinner hosted at the historic Mansion House in the heart of Dublin and will be attended by a number of the world's top sailors and delegates to the ISAF Annual Conference taking place in nearby Dun Loaghaire.... [more]
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Tall Ships America Statement regarding loss of HMS BOUNTY
Tall Ships America,
The tall ship HMS BOUNTY was lost yesterday in Hurricane Sandy off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Of the 16 persons reportedly aboard at the time, we understand that one individual has perished, and that 14 others were rescued, thanks to the exemplary courage and skill of Coast Guard search and rescue personnel.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Safran skipper seeks a new experience
Soazig Guého,
Marc Guillemot who had an exceptional voyage in the last Vendee Globe and came in third, will be lining up once more in just 10 days for the start of the 2012-13 edition. For his second non-stop solo round the world voyage without external assistance, the skipper of Safran tells us about his expectations, hopes and goals.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Day 3 full of surprises + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
The 2012 Student Yachting World Cup in La Rochelle was full of surprises on day three with no one being able to predict who will be the next World Champion. Yesterday the Defender (Euromed Managment) showed their previous title wasn't a mistake by going ahead of everybody in the first race.... [more]
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HMS Bounty sinks in Hurricane Sandy - two missing
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
As east coast America battens down and floods and high surf swamp the coastline, a tall ship has already fallen victim to Hurricane Sandy. Replica tall ship HMS Bounty was caught in the rough seas off the North Carolina Coast and began taking on water, forcing a rescue operation.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Busy day 2 in La Rochelle + Video
Student Yachting World Cup,
The 2012 Student Yachting World Cup is now in full swing! At La Rochelle, the first races have taken place, a leader is known and everybody will dispute him in order to be the next World Champion...... [more]
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