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 10 Mar 2013
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Lots of racing action in Miami, Florida this past week, it all started with the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week in Biscayne Bay where the Olympic class Star were back competing for the Bacardi Cup for the 86th time. Americans Mendelblatt and Fatih won the cup on their home waters, Brian Cramer and Cam Lymburner posted the best Canadian results finishing 15th in a fleet of 56.

Mississauga's Port Credit Yacht Club Melges 20 owners displayed good form in the 50 strong fleet; Rob and Sandy Butler on Touch2Play were top Canadian team while Jon Messenger's Black Sheep won the corinthian division. Finally, congratulations to Sarnia's Lee Shuckerow on Jackpot who, with four bullets over nine races, won the Viper 640 class.

2013 Gaastra TP52 World Championships, final day, RAN heads up the course  Rick Tomlinson ©

Big boats were racing just around the corner as Biscayne Bay Yacht Club played host to the Gaastra 52 World Championships where ten TP52's team competed in a strict owner-driver series. Niklas Zennström, well known Skype founder, demonstrated his ability at the helm by leading Rán Racing to the top of the scoreboard.

In Muscat, it was down to the final race to determine the Extreme Sailing Act 1 series winner; only two points separated Red Bull Sailing from The Wave on Friday morning. After a perfect race by Leigh McMillan on the Oman entry, Red Bull Sailing had to concede the win to defending champions The Wave, Muscat by a small margin. Next stop in Singapore, April 11th to 14th.

The Extreme Sailing Series 2013. Act 1. The Wave Muscat.
  Lloyd Images ©

Those who can't wait to get back on the water should check out the Virtual Sailing Canadian National Championship, hosted by Sail Canada and set to begin on March 18th.

Finally, congratulations to Luke Ramsay, Sail Canada Sailor of the Month for February, after an outstanding performance in the Laser Mid-Winters in Clearwater, Florida,

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Mendelblatt and Fatih take Bacardi Cup
Jan Harley,
Five one-design fleets, awash with competitors representing over a dozen nations, concluded six days of racing as the 2013 BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank wrapped up today. With points tight among top contenders in each class, the big story of the regatta was the win of the 86th Bacardi Cup by the Florida team of Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg) and Brian Fatih (Miami)... [more]
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2013 Gastra TP52 World Championship action images,
2013 Gastra TP52 World Championship action images by Rick Tomlinson... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Stars shine on Biscayne Bay + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
Organizers of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week made the most of conditions on the penultimate day of competition as the Star class completed two races on Biscayne Bay where a northeast breeze of 8-11 knots was accompanied by a light chop. The first win of the day went to defending champions Xavier Rohart and Serge Pulfer, while the second race was won by 2012 Olympians Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih.... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championships - Rán Racing lead into the Miami final
52 series,
Gaastra 52 World Championships - Rounding off a long day on the sun drenched waters off Miami's South Beach with their fourth race win from seven starts, Niklas Zennström's Rán Racing lead the regatta by four clear points going in to Saturday, the final racing day.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Wilson holds lead at Audi Melges 20
Melges 20 Class,
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - The second day of the Audi Melges 20 Bacardi Miami Sailing week was met with stronger breeze allowing for three completed races for the day. The weather was beautiful with clear skies and 75 degree temperatures setting the stage for a perfect day of racing.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - Victory and defeat in Muscat + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
It may not have been high speed racing on the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series opening Act in Muscat, Oman, but it was as tense as it gets, and in classic Extreme Sailing Series style, it came down to the final race for the winner to be decided.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Chilly start for Melges 20 fleet
Joy Dunigan,
The Audi Melges 20 fleet had a chilly first day on Biscayne Bay for the 2013 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week organized by Studiomilano. Light air conditions met with shifty winds challenging the fleet from start to finish and allowing for only one of the three races scheduled for day to be completed.... [more]
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Gaastra 52 World Championship - Day 3 images from Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was again on deck at the Gaastra 52 World Championship to capture this gallery of images during day three of the action.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - Start ahead, stay ahead, finish first
Extreme Sailing Series,
If yesterday's Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 racing was all about the new talent, today's was about experience with the established teams using their knowledge of the short stadium style race courses to make the most of the light winds in Muscat, Oman.... [more]
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RS:X Windsurfing World Championship - Dempsey makes history in Búzios
Mariana Peccicacco/Velassessoria,
The 2013 RS:X Windsurfing World Championship winners in Búzios, Brazil have now been decided. Despite the good weather, the sailors had to wait for almost an hour to do the medal race. It was about 13h (1600GMT) when the race committee started the men's race.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2013 - No shortage of drama on Day 3
Jan Harley,
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2013. There was no shortage of drama today on Biscayne Bay for competitors racing in the 86th Bacardi Cup. As temperatures hit the high 70s on the third day of racing, the fourth race of the series got underway in 15 knots of breeze, and, with the black flag rule in effect, six boats were disqualified.... [more]
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Luke Ramsay named Sail Canada Sailor of the Month for February
Sail Canada,
Action in February continued to be focussed on the Caribbean and Florida circuits and Canadians were to the forefront in numerous regattas. Among those were former Etchells World Champion Dirk Kneulman (ON), who took the honours in a 58 boat Etchells fleet at the Florida State Championship on Biscayne Bay.... [more]
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Assessing the competition - Trialling new Olympic racing formats
As the heroes of London 2012 and the rising starts of Olympic sailing's future explore the new classes on the Olympic agenda and test new partnerships, the Class Associations have been assessing the competition and trialling new racing formats.... [more]
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America's Cup: Flying high in the Hauraki Gulf - Four Am-Cam videos
Four Am-Cam videos from the Hauraki Gulf, of Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ race training. Features some expert commentary from a 5 year old fan.... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - Countdown to action underway
Trish Jenkins,
l and a truly international cast is preparing to take centre stage in the beautiful sailing grounds off Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival has always attracted sailors from around the world to take part and this year is no exception.... [more]
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America's Cup Discovered: Episode 79 - AC History with Gary Jobson
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.... [more]
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Grael and Lagoa retain Star lead + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
On day two of racing for the 86th Bacardi Cup, breeze just into the double digits made the day a test of experience and persistence for the 56 Star teams competing on Biscayne Bay. Two races were completed as the sunshine warmed temperatures into the low 70s, and, with three races scored a drop race now comes into play.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Act 1 kicks off in grand style
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 1 of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series, taking place at The Wave, Muscat, Oman kicked off amid champagne sailing conditions and a baptism of fire for the new teams who thrived on the Extreme 40 race course.... [more]
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Racing for an Ocean Record: the 2011 Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race
Richard Hinterhoeller,
Gary Jobson produces a thrilling story of smashing the 22 year old ocean racing record from Marblehead to Halifax. Originally filmed in High Definition aboard three of the competitors, the 25-minute documentary provides an excellent perspective from the event front runners, including footage taken aboard Valkyrie, Will Apold's Swan 78 from Halifax, who won the IRC division.... [more]
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Melges 20 fleet set for Bacardi Miami Sailing Week battle + Video
Melges 20,
The opening day of racing for Bacardi Miami Sailing Week is Thursday, March 7th and the Audi Melges 20s will have 51 boats on the line! So much fun and excitement to look forward to this weekend!... [more]
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