News from the Indian Ocean, Florida and Rio!

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 09 Dec 2012
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News from the Indian Ocean, Florida and Rio!

Armel Le Cléac'h on Banque Populaire leads the Vendée Globe  © Armel Le Cléac'h / Banque Populaire

Armel Le Cléac'h is back in the lead in the Vendée Globe after a brilliant move to clear the second ice gate early; the rest of the pack opting to sail a shorter and breezier southern route faced slow conditions getting back up to the gate. The racing remains exciting one third of the way around the world with only 130 miles separating the five front runners while further back, Synerciel and Mirabaud were sailing within sight of each other. The fleet is currently heading due East along the 40th South latitude towards the Amsterdam gate; the ice gates have changed the nature of the race somewhat, but satellite imagery showing icebergs and growlers along the traditional southern route, race organizers play it safe.

Rio de Janeiro action. Extreme Sailing Series 2012, Act 8.
  Lloyd Images ©

In Rio, it's non-stop action in the last event of the Extreme Sailing Series successful season. Series leader The Wave-Muscat currently hangs on to second place heading into today's final race day.

Finally, back home, congratulations to all Sail Canada Awards winners and Rolex Sailor of the Year finalists; male and female Athlete of the Year go to Canada's most successful 2012 Olympians, Nikola Girke and Zac Plavsic. Check out the full list below.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Extreme Sailing Series - Podium places up for grabs + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
In the Extreme Sailing Series, on a day that saw the strongest winds so far here in Rio de Janeiro – a city that will have the world's eyes on it for the next four years in the build up to the 2016 Olympic Games – the pressure turned up a tempo on the water.... [more]
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Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Day 1 – Light winds spoil opener
Joy Dunigan,
The Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series saw its opening day spoiled by light winds as only one of the two races scheduled for the day took place on the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay. Richard Davies on Section 16 captured the win in the first race while Marc Hollerbach on Fu and Alessandro Rombelli on STIG finished second and third, respectively.... [more]
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With tons of weather info, how do Vendee skippers make sense of it?
John Curtis,
I am a great believer in keeping things as simple as possible. In our modern information age, this is not an easy thing to do. Even alone out at sea, the Vendee Globe skippers are being bombarded with information. I hope for their sakes they are also experiencing that wonderful mind calming effect of being at sea.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre fleet heads to Itajai in 2013
Soazig Gueho,
November 3rd, 2013 will cap off nine days of events and celebrations around the Paul Vatine dock basin at Le Havre and the Transat Jacques Vabre competitors will set off for a new destination, Itajai (Brazil) - some 5,395 miles away on the direct course!... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Banque Populaire skipper cashes in on the lead + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, after 28 days of relentlessly intense racing since leaving Les Sables d'Olonne on Saturday 10th November, the leading pack remains tightly compacted. More than 8,000 miles or over one third of the theoretical course of 24,032 miles has been completed.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ galloping across the Gulf
Chris Cameron,
More images from America's Cup Challenger, Emirates Team NZ's sailing on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, in winds that the teams put at round 26-28kts, and with a respectable sea state. A tornado hit Auckland while the AC72's of Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa were out training. They were able to avoid the worst of it on the Gulf, but even so took the opportunity to clock speeds in excess of 40kts.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Slashing the deficit and climbing the leaderboard
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, after making his lone break to pass the Crozet ice gate at its westerly point, Armel Le Cléac'h has been out on his own for three days. The Banque Populaire skipper is now reaping a dividend for his astute choice, racing in a steady NNW'ly wind towards to the next control gate.... [more]
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Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Vaquita claims line honours
Jeremy Wyatt,
At the tail end of a journey of more than 3,300 nautical males, Class 40 Vaquita has taken line honours in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) 2012, having sailed from Gran Canaria in just over twelve days; a truly magnificent performance for a 40 footer. Vaquita looked superb as she blasted across the finish line at 14 knots with the crew pushing the boat as hard as ever.... [more]
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Dates for J/Boats at Canadian Boat Shows
J/Boats will be at a number of Canadian Boat Shows in the new year including Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Victoria.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Good, steady night for Mike Golding + Video
Emily Caroe,
Vendee Globe skipper Mike Golding, sailing Gamesa, gives insight on what he faces in the South Indian Ocean. It has been a good night for Mike, making steady miles east towards the Crozet gate, the second ice safety gate on the Vendée Globe race course. Golding has been the quickest of the entire fleet overnight and has pulled back miles on the leaders.... [more]
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Eight Bells for William (Bill) Thorpe, US Sailing Judge and Umpire
J. Theodore Everingham,
William P. (Bill) Thorpe IV (age 74), the 1993 Commodore of Bayview Yacht Club (Detroit), died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, December 2, after a long, courageous battle following surgery earlier this year to remove a malignant brain tumor. He had been a member of Bayview since 1972.... [more]
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America's Cup: King of the Foredeck becomes God of the GoPro
One of New Zealand's first professional sailors, Joey Allen, is now the Emirates Team New Zealand sailing coach. He spends a lot of time in a chase boat, watching the AC72 sail. He also spends a lot of time shooting video. Known as a demon on crew-work and doing it fast and right, when he ruled the foredeck on many top campaigns, Joe is still very interested in performance... [more]
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2013 Miami Winter Series to be ushered in by 40+ Melges 20 fleet
Joy Dunigan,
The opening warning signal for the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series, hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club (GCSC) is just moments away from grand commencement. In anticipation of yet another forthcoming banner racing season, 42 impeccable, world-class teams have assembled in warm Miami, Florida to race the three-day affair.... [more]
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Documentary explores shipbuilding legacy in the Maritimes + Video
Jessica Murray,
It's a chapter of history mostly forgotten, not just across Canada but even in the Maritime provinces themselves. Shipbuilding – like fishing - is an obvious fact of life on the Atlantic coast, but few people today know just how extensive the industry once was. There was a time not that long ago when men built ships in sheltered harbours, on open beaches and up narrow rivers – ships that went on t... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing's afterguard look forward + Video
Following the big team shake-up on Friday that saw the departure of skipper Terry Hutchinson, Artemis Racing took to San Francisco Bay on Saturday for a test session. Here's the view from the brain trust at the back of the boat after Saturday's sail.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Armel Le Cléac'h sets a new record
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, The Jackal, Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) is the new race record holder for the fastest Open 60 from Les Sables d'Olonne to the Cape of Good Hope, clocking a time of 22 days 23 hours 48 minutes and managing to knock an astounding 24 hours two hours and 22 minutes off the record set by Vincent Riou in the 2004 edition of the Vendée Globe.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa get third day of racing,
Emirates Team NZ's AC72 was out on the water for her 26th day of sailing of the 30 allowed before February 1, 2013 under the Protocol governing the 34th America's Cup. Predictwind ecorded winds averaging 25kts at noon and peaking at 30kts. The winds eased by 5kts later in the day both in average and gusts.... [more]
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Public selects world's 24 best yacht racing photographs
Bernard Schopfer,
The world's twenty-four best yacht racing photographs of the year 2012 have been chosen by the public. The winner will be celebrated during the World Yacht Racing Forum, on December 12. They can be viewed at the following address: [more]
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