The Toronto International Boat Show is on!

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 14 Jan 2013
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The Toronto International Boat Show is on!

The Topaz Argo sails Italy's beautiful Lake Garda  Sirena Voile

64 days of racing and the leaders are closing in on the Equator on their way home to Les Sables d'Olonnes; François Gabart (MACIF) has extended his lead slightly on Armel Le Cléach (Banque Populaire) and Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec) who are both on the chase in his wake. Alex Thomson, who has opted for a more westerly route close to the South American coast on Hugo Boss, might threaten the leading trio if his gamble pays off; time will tell soon.

Now sailing in the Southern Atlantic, Giovanni Soldini and his team on Maserati could very well cross path with Vendée Globe racers as they barrel South towards Cape Horn on their New York-San Francisco record attempt. The international crew of nine on board the modified VOR70 yacht, including American offshore racer Ryan Breymaier, departed New York City in favourable conditions on December 31st; their goal is to improve the record currently held by Yves Parlier on Aquitaine Innovations. The 13225 miles between the two American cities via Cape Horn are full of history; clippers travelled this route regularly in the 19th century prior to the Panama Canal construction. Interestingly, until 1989, the 89 days course record belonged to Flying Cloud, a well known clipper from Boston, and was set back in 1854.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston onboard one of the new Clipper 70 fleet of yachts in St Katherine's Dock, London  onEdition ©

While on the topic of clipper and 70-foot yacht, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has just unveiled the new Clipper 70 yacht in London this past week. Sporting bright red colours, this is the first yacht of a fleet of twelve that will be ready for the 2013-2014 Clipper Round the World Race where anyone with a sense of adventure can sign up to race.

Those sailors whose sense of adventure is complemented by a noticeable talent for story-telling, photo and video reporting can submit their resume to the Volvo Ocean Race organizers; the call is out to equip each entry in the 2014 race with a dedicated Media Crew Members. Check the Wanted Ad below!

All the best for 2013!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

New York-San Francisco - Maserati crosses equator after nine days
Record New York-San Francisco,
Maserati has already crossed the equator and is now sailing in the Southern Hemisphere towards the challenging Cape Horn route after nine days and 45 minutes since leaving the Big Apple for the record-breaking New York-San Francisco attempt. ... [more]
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Toronto International Boat Show - The stuff of dreams and inspiration
Vanessa Andres,
Boasting over a thousand boats and hundreds of booths - showcasing the latest in engines, electronics, marine gifts and accessories, the 55th annual Toronto International Boat Show truly is the stuff of dreams and inspiration. But it doesn't end there!... [more]
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The schooner Conquest, shrouded in secrecy and mystery
Jay Underwood,
When the four mutineers of the ship Saladin were hung for piracy in Halifax in 1844, Nova Scotians might well have thought they had seen the last of the seafaring criminals to sail in their waters ... but another vessel might well have attempted to carry on the tradition of Captain Kidd or Edward 'Ned' Jordan, the Nova Scotia mariner who raided ships from 1794-1809.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Fatigue taking a toll on mind, body and soul + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, following nine weeks at sea, alone, the fatigue of the race is begin to toll on the mind, body and soul of the skippers. The tiredness can be heard in their voices. The bodies are beginning to fail. Arnaud Bossières (Akena Verandas) is suffering from salt blisters all over his hands and is in a lot of pain.... [more]
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New sanctioning body formed to manage busy Caribbean race calendar
Alison Sly-Adams,
The Caribbean Sailing Association has created a new Regatta Sanctioning Committee with the aim to manage and supervise the scheduling of upcoming national and international events in the very busy Caribbean race calendar for 2013.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race – Golding's Gamesa closing in on Le Cam's SynerCiel
Emily Caroe,
Gamesa skipper Mike Golding is currently 86 miles behind Jean Le Cam of SynerCiel and remains hopeful that he can still land a spot on the podium in the Vendee Globe race 2012-2013. Continued good progress and still making miles on Jean Le Cam, his main adversary, who this morning is 86 miles ahead, Mike Golding has emerged from a busy night of sail changes and manoeuvres.... [more]
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America's Cup Discovered: Episode 72 - Passion to Excel
This week on America's Cup Discovered Cup veteran and America's Cup World Series commentator Gary Jobson take us on a journey through the oldest trophy in sport. Features a lot of historical footage of previous America's Cups including J-Boats and the 12 Metre era, plus the sailors and characters of that era.... [more]
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Vendee Globe – Macif's Gabart makes furious push towards finish
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe race has reached its ninth Sunday since the round-the-world journey for these sailors began way back in November 2012. Macif's Francois Gabart continued to pad his lead heading into final stretches of the race, leading Banque Populaire's skipper Armel Le Cleac'h by 252.2 miles and Virbac Paprec 3 skipper Jean Pierre Dick by 605.1 miles.... [more]
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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to unveil new Clipper 70 in London
Ruth Harrington,
Some 45 years since he embarked on his record breaking attempt to become the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world, legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will reveal the latest phase in the development of his famous Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in London today (Friday).... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Of jury decisions and ice cream cravings + Video
Vendee Globe,
In this morning's Vendee Globe report, we indicated that Dominique Wavre (Mirabaud) appeared to be sailing an unorthodox route. This afternoon, we received this update from his team. 'I was on the phone with Michèle (the wife of Dominique Wavre (Mirabaud), there was a 40-knot wind and suddenly, the autopilot alarm went off! It was brutal, the yacht tacked suddenly and it tilted at 90 degrees.... [more]
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Farr 400 fleet to race at Quantum Key West 2013 Regatta
Victoria Low,
Azure blue racing waters that are often complemented by the reliable winds of Key West, Florida, will form the arena for the first skirmish of the 2013 season for the Farr 400 fleet, which will race within the new High Performance Class at Quantum Key West 2013 Regatta January 20-25 2013.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Lead extended in Atlantic battle + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, around 900 miles away from the duelling duos at the front of the fleet - Friday night in Rio De Janeiro breathes party, fiesta, mojitos and caipirinha. But on the ocean a ferociously intense battle has begun, with skippers electing tactical choices, which vie for bold strategic positions.... [more]
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A digital guide to the Toronto Boat Show
Terri Hodgson,
Put some Summer in your Winter at the Toronto International Boat Show! Canadian Yachting is a proud participant in the 55th Toronto International Boat Show beginning January 12th, 2013. Canada's premiere boat show is the best place to see and buy the latest in boats and boating-related accessories and services.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race puts out call for Onboard Reporters for 2014 event
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race has launched the search for a team of Onboard Reporters capable of taking the event's unique media programme to the next level. For the third consecutive edition, each team taking part in sailing's premier offshore race will have on board an embedded multimedia reporter, formerly known as an MCM.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Thomson snags third, Wavre under threat
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the weekend is almost upon us and for the twelve sailors still in the race, they are not thinking about donning their glad rags, or disco dancing, but tacks, gybes and sail trimming. Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) strengthened his hold on his third place. Yesterday, ahead of the game, François Gabart (Macif) tacked first followed, seven hours later, by Armel Le Cléac'h.... [more]
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Mars Keel to attend Dusseldorf Show
John Kerr,
MarsKeel Technology™ is excited to announce that our International Sales Representative, Willem Vraets will be attending the boot Düsseldorf show. Willem will be at the show on Friday January 5th.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Melges 32 class joins in
Trish Jenkins,
Continually evolving the race programme for the BVI Spring Regatta, set to take place March 29-31, the organisers are pleased to include the exciting one-design Melges 32 class in its regatta. Regatta host, Nanny Cay Resort and Marina will welcome several of these fun, fast and highly competitive boats with crews to match, as part of the inaugural 2013 Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Bernard Stamm announces retirement from race
Vendee Globe media have reported that at 5.11PM UTC (6.11PM French time) Cheminées Poujoulat skipper Bernard Stamm notified the race Direction he is officially retiring from the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe. The decision to retire from his third Vendee Globe, brings to an end a long saga which began in the Auckland Islands... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa skipper updates from Auckland
Just before his team stopped sailing for a short break over the Christmas holidays in December, Luna Rossa Challenge skipper Max Sirena sat down at the team base on Auckland's waterfront to answer some questions from Here are the highlights.... [more]
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