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 07 Jul 2013
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AC 34, Marblehead to Halifax and other Canadian sailing news!

Legal battles, high speed action, political fights, human tragedy, event boycotts, public drama; no, we're not talking about the latest summer blockbuster... it's the 34th America's Cup! Racing in the Louis Vuitton series is set to begin tomorrow but it sounds like Team Emirates New Zealand will be racing by themselves as Italian team Luna Rossa, who are waiting for the Jury's decision following their protest of the recent rule changes, have opted to sit the first race out. Stay with us over the summer as we bring you all the action from San Francisco!

MacIntosh enters the harbor - Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race   Fletcher Boland

George David's Rambler Reichel Pugh 90 is leading the fleet in the 600-mile Marblehead to Halifax race; it was a light wind start under sunny skies earlier today in Massachusetts. We'll be keeping an eye on the very fast front runners as the course record, set in 2011, could easily be challenged this year.

On July 17, Nova Scotia Cape Breton Island will host the Race the Cape event; four days of challenging point to point racing through the amazing Bras d'Or inland sea and along Cape Breton's rugged Atlantic coast. Forty boats are already registered ranging from small day racers to large cruisers. I suspect many will be there for the legendary hospitality in each port of call!

The Great Lakes welcome offshore racers next week-end; the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge will start in Port Credit, Ontario while Chicago will hostvthe Race to Mackinac. At 300 nautical miles, the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge is the longest annual fresh water race in the world and runs concurrently with the oldest annual freshwater race in the world, this the Race to Mackinac's 105th running.

2013 49er and 49erFX European Championship - Fergusson twins in action  Canadian Sailing Team

Congratulations to Canadian Sail Team veterans Jon Ladha and Daniel Inkpen of RNYC for a third place finish in the Silver fleet and RCYC's Ferguson twins for a 10th place in Bronze at the hotly contested 49er and 49erFX Europeans Championship in Denmark. The championship win for the local 49erFX ladies Danish team of Nielsen and Olsen was the icing on the cake to wrap up a fabulous event.

2013 SAP 49er & 49erFX European Championship - 49er FX - DEN - Ida Marie Baad Nielsen / Marie Thusgaard Olsen  © Mick Anderson/

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

49er and 49erFX European Championship - Victory for Danish duo
Matthew Pryor,
At the 49er and 49erFX European Championship, Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen are Denmark's latest sailing sensations after they became the SAP 49er FX European champions on Sunday on the bay where they learned to sail as seven year olds 13 years ago.... [more]
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America's Cup: Behind the Artemis door - the Swedish team unveiled
John Navas and Richard Gladwell,
On July 7, a media group was given a tour an update of the Artemis Racing base in Alameda. Here is an update on the team, their progress and prospects: Artemis Racing have a third wingsail in the assembly phase. 25% of the surface is uncovered, and they expect to be finished by the end of the next week. The boat is expected to be sailing in two weeks.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Luna Rossa excuse themselves from Race 1
Richard Gladwell,
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 has confirmed that it will not race against Emirates Team New Zealand on July 7, 2013. The race was to have been the first of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the Challenger Selection Series for the America's Cup, starting on September 7, 201.... [more]
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Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race - Hans Himmelman to compete
Brian Freeman,
Though crews that can number in the teens staff many entries in this year's Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race, the 51-foot sloop out of Halifax is one of six double-handed entries in this year's international racing class.... [more]
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49er and 49erFX Europeans - More than a two-horse race + Video
Matthew Pryor,
On day five of the 49er and 49erFX European Championships, honours for the women went to Brasil's Martine Soffiati Grael, daughter of legendary Brazilian sailor and five times Olympic medalist, Torben Grael (whose Danish ancestry is occasionally invoked depending on the company).... [more]
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52 Super Series Royal Cup - Quantum Racing victorious in Ibiza
52 Super Series,
In the 52 Super Series Royal Cup, Quantum Racing made it a second regatta win in a row when they crossed the last finish line today in second place, completing a 1,2 final day to run out regatta winners by seven clear points ahead of Tony Langley's Gladiator.... [more]
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Meet 49erFX sailors Erin Berry and Lauren Laventure
Barry and Laventure 49erFX Sailing,
See Canadian Sailing Team members Erin Berry (skipper) and Lauren Laventure (crew) rippin' it up in the new female Olympic skiff, the 49erFX.... [more]
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Competitors prepare for 2013 Marblehead to Halifax under sunny skies
Fletcher Boland,
Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race racers are pouring into Marblehead harbor in advance of the start Sunday, July 7th, beginning at 1p.m. Conditions at the moment look light for the start, but there is the chance of a front squeezing down from the north onto the course to bring more substantial breeze.... [more]
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America's Cup: Press conference and parade images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on site for the 34th America's Cup press conference and parade to capture this gallery of images. Enjoy!... [more]
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Lake Ontario 300 Challenge - IRC Division shaping up + Video
Brian Townsend,
The LO300 is ready for the IRC Division yachts for this year's race and has increased the potential number of IRC divisions to three in order to accommodate the growth and competitiveness of this fleet.... [more]
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J/70s continue to expand their presence
J/70s continue to expand their presence on the Great Lakes, from Lake Ontario westward across Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan as well as in the many lakes across the states and provinces in the region.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Official boilover will only heighten protest tensions
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup COO, Stephen Barclay has all but assured that Italy's Luna Rossa will not take part in the opening race of the Louis Vuitton Cup, with a statement calling the Italian's position 'unprincipled'. In a statement on the website, Barclay decried the position advanced by Max Sirena, the Luna Rossa skipper.... [more]
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49er and 49erFX Europeans - Thrilling day for the Fergusson twins
Canadian Sailing Team,
The fourth day of the SAP European 49er and 49erFX Championships saw lots of shuffling on the results board and some quality finishes fromp1000096 Canadian boats. Ladha/Inkpen from Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club cleaned up their act, posting 10, 12, 10 and two!... [more]
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52 Super Series Royal Cup - Race 7 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi Photography,
Photographer Max Ranchi was out on the water at the 52 Super Series Royal Cup in Ibiza to capture these images during race 7.... [more]
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America's Cup: Cayard claims Artemis excluded under rudder rules
Paul Cayard,
The 34th America's Cup is about to get under way in San Francisco. At Artemis Racing, we have had our heads down, working hard to finish a new boat and wing in order to get back out on the water and compete in this event that we have worked hard on for three years. In general, when you are as busy as we are, you don't have time to get involved in media and spin.... [more]
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New Vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard fleet
Fisheries and Oceans Canada,
Minister of National Defence,the Honourable Peter MacKay, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans today announced funding of up to $488M to procure 18-21 new vessels for the Coast Guard Fleet.... [more]
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America's Cup: Opening ceremony pulls thousands of San Francisco fans
The 2013 America's Cup opened amid great fanfare and celebration today with the grand Opening Ceremony on the main stage at the America's Cup Pavilion. With the sailors of the four teams contesting the 2013 America's Cup—Oracle Team USA, Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa Challenge and Artemis Racing—standing behind her, Lucy M. Jewett, recently elected to the America's Cup Hall of Fame,... [more]
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CANSail Dinghy programs offer learn-to-sail programming - Join up now!
Sail Canada,
CANSail Dinghy programming offers learn-to-sail programming according to the most up to date national standards. CANSail programming trains sailors through a progressive pathway of dinghy sailboat handling skills' learning and development.... [more]
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49er and 49erFX European Championships - Trying conditions
Canada Sailing Team,
On days two and three of the 2013 SAP 49er and 49erFX European Championships there were trying conditions. More breeze and heavy rain drained competitors of everything they had while very little wind at the start of the day three made for a six hour wait on the water before the first race got off.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race to set new records
Trish Jenkins,
The Rolex Fastnet Race is organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). Plymouth is gearing up to welcome thousands of sailors from all corners of the globe in the celebrated Rolex Fastnet Race. Now in its 45th year, the biennial race, which started in 1925, features on every seasoned sailor's 'must do' list as well as newcomers seeking a tough personal challenge.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the Oracle Team USA base tour plus Video
John Navas,
John Navas was on the media tour of the Oracle Team USA base today, and provided this image gallery. Catch two videos, the first by Pierre Orphanidis of European website who is in San Francisco for the week, and the second from Oracle Team USA as Tom Slingsby discusses rudder elevators.... [more]
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49er and 49erFX Europeans Championship - Mixed fortunes for Canada
Canada Sailing Team,
Yesterday, The 2013 SAP 49er and 49erFX European Championships commenced in Aarhus, Denmark.... [more]
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Block Island Race Week - Team RCYC consistent
Canada Sailing,
With seven races and seven different race winners, at Block Island Race Week, Team RCYC managed to stay consistent in an extremely competitive, 11-boat Swan42 class... [more]
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America´s Cup 2013 Team New Zealand prepares for Louis Vuitton,
San Francisco yachting photographer Chuck Lantz was on the water to watch Emirates Team New Zealand in their full new safety gear in training ahead of the start of the 2013 Louis Vuitton... [more]
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Van Isle 360 - Diva emerges victorious
In the Van Isle 360, with his younger brother becoming the youngest ever Irish skipper to complete the Figaro race in Dieppe, France, on the far side of the Atlantic, George Kenefick steered the J/109 Diva to victory in the marathon Canadian offshore race!... [more]
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