Around the world in less than 80 days!

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 27 Jan 2013
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Around the world in less than 80 days!

Always smiling, Gabart commented that his goal was never to win the event, although he knew that this within his reach; it's only in the Indian Ocean, while dueling for the lead with Armel Le Cléac'h that he realized his dream could become reality.

Francois Gabart onboard Macif - 2012 Vendee Globe  © François Gabart / MACIF

Le Cléac'h is expected in Les Sables later today and will follow Gabart in the channel under fireworks and waves from the affectionate crowds. Further back in the North Atlantic, Alex Thomson has slipped into third place when Jean-Pierre Dick lost the keel on Virbac Paprec 3. Always the determined competitor, Dick hopes to complete the event without a keel and has decided against abandoning the race in the Azores and is carrying on towards the Portuguese coast in order remain close to shore while he relies on ballast from his water tanks only.

Congratulations to François Gabart and the entire Macif team!

Key West Race Week 2013 - Day 5, big boat racing  Leighton O'Connor ©

Check out the reports and images from the successful Quantum Key West Race Week!

Finally, he Canadian Sailing Team is ready for the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami which begins tomorrow. On the topic of the Canadian yacht racing, congratulations to Oskar Johannson as the 2012 Rolex Sailor of the Year!

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Vendee Globe Race - Record-shattering finish at hand
Vendee Globe,
Sunday, January 27, 2013, the world of sailing and yacht racing is preparing for a historic moment. For the first time, two men solo, nonstop and without assistance, will sail around the world in less than 80 days. The legendary duel between François Gabart (Macif) and Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) which has raged unabated since the 10th November will finally be concluded.... [more]
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Key West Race Week day 5 images by Leighton O'Connor + Video
Leighton O'Connor,
Key West Race Week day 5 images by Leighton O'Connor + Video... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Emanating the spirit of sportsmanship + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Francois Gabart (Macif) is expected to cross the finish line between 10am and 1pm on Sunday 26th January, 2-5 hours before Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire). The tide will allow the boats to enter the canal to Port Olona, Les Sables d'Olonne after 2PM.... [more]
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Key West 2013 - Melges 32 - Tie-breaking end
Joy Dunigan,
Key West 2013 delivered spectacular sailing conditions throughout the week, allowing the crew of the Melges 32 fleet to showcase their true racing skills. After ten races, Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda captured the crown after winning the tiebreaker over Alex Jackson's Leenabarca, which also collected 37 points.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - The final day at sea
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012-13 skipper Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), at 130 miles south-west of the Azores, has adjusted his course to be closer to Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) who he has overtaken this morning. Dick is around 40 miles to the east of Thomson, and has succeeded so far, despite the total loss of the keel, to progress without too much difficulty... [more]
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Key West 2013 - 52 Super Series - Italians deliver at right time
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Key West Race Week 2013 has seen a neck-to-neck battle between Azzurra and Ran Racing over the first four days of racing until the crew of the Italian boat picked things up at the right time. Azzurra TP52 bagged the first leg of 52 Super Series after collecting 24 points while Interlodge nabbed second place with 29 points. Ran Racing collapsed on the final day, taking the third spot on the podium.... [more]
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Quantum Key West day 5 images from Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
At Quantum Key West Race Week in Florida, Ingrid Abery was on deck to capture this gallery of images during day five's action.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Azzurra emerges victorious + Video
52 Super Series,
At Quantum Key West, reining 52 Super Series 2012 champions Azzurra have started the 2013 season in superb form after taking victory in four out of ten races sailed, overcoming their early adversities on day one to take and hold the lead in the final phase.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Canadians prepare for Miami showdown
Canadian Sailing Team,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami is set to take place 28th January-2nd February in Biscayne Bay and marks the first major event for many Canadian sailors since the big show in Weymouth, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with medal racing held on the final day.... [more]
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Key West 2013 - Day of Champagne Sailing
Bill Wagner,
Key West 2013 has already completed four days of spectacular racing off the beautiful beaches of Miami, producing action-packed races and tight finishes across different classes.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Final sprint begins
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012 -13 has been fun but the time is coming to bring down the final curtain and move along because the home strait sprint has begun. This morning, the two race leaders passed the symbolic 1000 miles point from Les Sables d'Olonne, the start and finish of the solo race around our beautiful planet.... [more]
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CYC Race to Mackinac 2013 - NOR and Safety Regulations released
Rachelle Treiber,
The Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac Committee has now released the Notice and Conditions of Race (NOR) and the Mackinac Safety Regulations (MSR) for the 105th Running of the annual event. The documents are available on the Race's website, under Race Documents.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Of Equator crossings and keel-less sailing + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) today on the French version of Vendée Globe LIVE explained his predicament. 'I'm in the high, so there's only 12-13 knots of wind, in a situation that's not easy for a boat without her keel.... [more]
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Day 3 Key West Race Week images from Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor was on deck to capture this gallery of images on day three of Key West Race Week.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Miami ready for international battle
ISAF World Cup,
The Miami leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup is about to begin next week, pitting veterans and fast-rising sailors over a weeklong competition across different classes off Biscayne Bay in Miami from January 28 to February 2.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - It's not over until it's over + Video
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe fleet leaders are expected to arrive in Les Sables d'Olonne, Vendée, France either Saturday evening, or Sunday morning. Please visit the website for regular updates. The current plan is that the first three boats crossing the finish line and making their way down the canal will receive LIVE coverage on the Vendée Globe web TV channel hosted by Daily Motion.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - World class sailors prepare for battle
Jake Fish,
An impressive collection of the greatest Olympic and Paralympic class sailors in the world will take their talents to Biscayne Bay in the second of four stops of the 2012-2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup. Racing at this world class 5-day regatta begins on Monday, January 28 and concludes Saturday, February 2. More than 300 sailors representing 35 countries are expected to participate.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Fine mix of early entries
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
The countdown to competition is underway for the 33rd annual running of the world renowned St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The 2013 event, including the Gill Commodore's Cup, the pre-regatta warm-up series for the all-out racing classes, is this year scheduled from February 28-March 3.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Classic, tactical day for J/70 fleet
This year's Key West Race Week may be one for the history books, with epic wind conditions forecast for the rest of the week- winds ranging from 15-25 kts with partly cloudy days- the sailors will be challenged with getting in a full complement of 10-12 races, depending on their fleets, for the entire week of sailing.... [more]
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2012 Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year announced
Sail Canada,
The 2012 Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards took place Saturday Night at The Carlu in Toronto and was enjoyed by all that attended.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Entries sailing in for classic race
Trish Jenkins,
The RORC Caribbean 600 is growing from strength to strength and turning into one of the true classic offshore races. The Royal Ocean Racing Club, which will host the Caribbean 600 race, confirmed 44 entries so far but anticipates around 50 on the start line in Antigua on Monday 18th February.... [more]
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