Mini, Jacques Vabre, Clipper and VOR news from Canada!

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 05 Dec 2013
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Mini, Jacques Vabre, Clipper and VOR news from Canada!

Benoit Marie on the finish line of the Mini Transat 2013  © Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat

The story doesn't end so well for Canadian Diane Reid; equipment failure forced her to limp to and stop over in the Canary Islands where the race committee put an end to her race as she had fallen three days behind the fleet and the safety of the escort. This breakage on the mast followed an initial stop in Portugal where she repaired the bowsprit on One Girl's Ocean Challenge. Diane and her team are looking for your help to get the boat to tight side of the Atlantic Ocean; the original plan was to sail the Mini, not incur additional campaign costs putting the boat in a container. Bring our girl's boat home at

Only a handful of Class 40 yachts remain at sea in the Transat Jacques Vabre; the winners were GDF SUEZ (Rogues-Delahaye) in Class 40, PRB (Riou-Le Cam) in IMOCA, FenêtréA Cardinal (Le Roux-Y. Elies) in Multi 50 and line honours winners Edmond de Rothschild (Josse-Caudrelier) in MOD70. My personal favourite Gabart and Desjoyeaux team suffered a dismasting on their Open60 MACIF.

MOCA PRB / Vincent Riou – Jean Le Cam / winner in IMOCA ranking, arrival in Itajai (Brazil) on november 24th, 2013. - Transat Jacques Vabre 2013  © Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / TJV

Henry Lloyd, led by Canadian skipper Eric Holden, holds the overall lead as the teams make their way from Albany to Sydney around Tasmania in the Clipper Round the World Race. GREAT Britain and PSP Logistics were not so lucky at the start of race 5 as Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, chairman and founder of the Clipper Race, explains: 'There were a number of boats approaching a mark and all fighting to get round a buoy, and as a result of trying to get round that buoy, there was a collision.' Both teams are fortunately back in the race after assessing damage on shore.

Henri Lloyd leads the Clipper Race fleet during Race 5 start  Clipper Ventures PLC © .

In Volvo Ocean race news, Dutch sailor Bouwe Bekking returns for a seventh bid in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 as skipper of a new campaign launched by the Dutch international recruitment leader Brunel. They are the fourth team to officially announce their participation in the upcoming VOR, joining the all-female campaign Team SCA, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Dongfeng from China.

Bouwe Bekking - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©

Chris Stanmore-Major has recently joined the Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges Team and will help Canadian offshore sailor Derek Hatfield with the Volvo 60 Spirit of Adventure training platform. Derek just delivered the yacht to the Caribbean ahead of the 2014 racing season; check out the details in the update if you are looking for an offshore sailing opportunity like no other!

Below, you will find Sail-World Rob Kothe's recent Tom Slingsby interview; Rob caught up with Tom to chat about his role with Oracle Team USA's victory in the 34th America's Cup, what the team might have in store looking forward to the next AC event and what personal projects are featured on his agenda between now and then.

Finally, for those who missed the November 18th Rick Mercer Report episode, we share the full sequence with members of the Canadian Paralympic Sailing Team at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron earlier this fall... Rick does a great job in front of the camera, keep him away from the helm though!

Also, get all the news and images from the Alpari World Match Racing Tour Monsoon Cup and the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne!

Finally, keep an eye on Sail-World Canada for the latest in the Melges 20 World Championship from the Ocean Reef Club in key Largo, Fl. The action starts on Dec 11th; the 52 boat roster include six Canadian teams!

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Mini Transat - Series boat victory for Aymeric Belloir
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, the skipper of Tout le Monde Chante contre le Cancer crossed the finish line at Pointe-à-Pitre on Wednesday 4 December at 13h 57mn 27s local time (17h 57mn 27s GMT). His elapsed time is 21d 09h 12mn 27s. His average speed over the course has been 7.16 knots.... [more]
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Canadian Sailing Team - Winter training session concludes in Florida
Canadian Sailing Team,
For the Canadian Finn squad the second winter training session has concluded in Florida. Marty Robitaille, Jeff Roney and Rob Hemming enjoyed some great Clearwater conditions.... [more]
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Diane Safe and Sound
Jim Allen,
Diane Reid arrived in Puerto Calero in the Canary Islands early Sunday morning after sailing 300 miles downwind with only her jib. In short she had broken a spreader bracket and was still having trouble with power on her boat. The bracket was the top one on the port side.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Cup Melbourne: Images from a wild, wavy Day 3
Richard Gladwell,
Images from several of the Olympic classes coping with the torrid conditions of Day 3 of the ISAF World Sailing Cup Melbourne... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Competition in full swing
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14, Race 5, day 2 - With the lure of extra points and the prospect of improving overall standings in the race, the scoring gate is proving too much of a temptation for the fleet to resist as Race 5 gets set to shake up the leaderboard.... [more]
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Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges Team update
Spirit of Canada Team,
Check out the latest updates for the Spirit of Canada Team! Chris Stanmore-Major (CSM) has joined the Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges Team to enhance the offshore training efforts utilizing the Volvo 60 Spirit of Adventure.... [more]
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Helly Hansen named 2014 Canadian Sailing Team's official apparel
Sail Canada,
Sail Canada, the national governing body for sailing, have revealed that Helly Hansen will be the 2014 Canadian Sailing Team's official apparel partner.... [more]
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Chase the Caribbean Sailing Regattas in Spring 2014
Kathy Cannon,
Spring 2014 is chock full of yacht racing thrills. Watching a televised race can be a nail-biting experience as millions experienced the Oracle's crew climb back on top during 2013's America's Cup. Even if you did not know anything about sail racing, you were likely caught up in the spectacle.... [more]
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Ontario Sailing launches 'Get Into Sailing' Campaign
Ontario Sailing,
Building on a new 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, Ontario Sailing has revealed a new campaign to drive more people onto the water through our member clubs, schools, camps and affiliates.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Terrifyingly close start to Race 5
Clipper Ventures PLC,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, after a terrifyingly close start to Race 5 yesterday and with less than 2000 miles until the fleet reach Sydney, the 12- strong teams are already staging one of the most tactical races to date.... [more]
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Mini Transat - A time of reunion
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, this is the time of reunion in Pointe-à-Pitre. Through the arriving solo sailors, we discover different perceptions of a race that everyone unanimously considers particularly selective. While the first prototypes celebrate mission accomplished, the fleet of series boats is finally tasting the pleasure of sailing in the trade winds...... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Brunel launches campaign with Bouwe Bekking
Volvo Ocean Race,
Dutch sailor Bouwe Bekking will return for a record-equalling seventh bid for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, the world's leading crewed offshore race, as skipper of a new campaign launched by Brunel on Tuesday in Amsterdam.... [more]
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Mini Transat – Conflicting emotions as finish looms
Mini Transat,
As the Mini Transat 2013, Douarnenez to Pointe-a-Pitre, finish looms for Benoît Marie ( and Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian), Guadeloupe dons her charming finery to create a welcome worthy of the two men who have been racing the battle of the Atlantic. Behind them we will have to wait twenty hours to see who steps into the final podium position.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Images from Day 1
Richard Gladwell,
A fresh northerly prevailed for the first day of racing in the ISAF World Sailing Cup Melbourne. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water to capture some of the action... [more]
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Star Sailors League Final - Kiwi and Canadian team up
Alex D'Agosta,
New Zealand won't be missing the inaugural Star Sailors League Final in Nassau (Bahamas) with a promising young Andy Maloney. The 23 year old kiwi became a Youth World Champion at the age of 17 and now is very focused on becoming New Zealand's next Olympic Gold Medallist.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Diane Reid: Island life
Diane Reid,
Mini Transat 2013 - Canadian Diane Reid provides an update on island life: It's been a pretty busy week in Lanzarote. Diane found herself in interesting company. Six other mini racers dropped out of the race there. You know, the kind of people who think racing across an ocean in a 21 foot boat seems like fun.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Strongest fleet in years
Bruce Montgomery,
For the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, on Boxing Day December 26, a fleet of 95, said to be the strongest in years, will assemble in Sydney Harbour, their aim to knock Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI from the top of its perch.... [more]
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Tom Slingsby – America's Cup at the Extremes and Olympics (Part III)
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
‘For all the computer sailors, the guys who sit on the Internet and say this or that the wind limits are too low, they need to understand the risks. These guys weren't on the boat in 23 knots when you are doing close to 50 knots in a bear away and not in control, the boat is hobby horsing and you are nose diving.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - PRB speeds towards IMOCA Open 60 finish line
Soazig Guého,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, having crossed the final major weather hurdle, a stormy unsettled low pressure front, as they passed the entrance to the Bay of Rio earlier, Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam on PRB had less than 340 miles left to sail of the 5450 mile course from Le Havre to Itajaí where the finish line for the IMOCA Open 60 class awaits them.... [more]
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Tom Slingsby – on the America's Cup 35 and the boats (Part II)
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
This is part two of three part Sail-World interview with Tom Slingsby Olympic Gold Medallist and Oracle Team USA 34th AC strategist who is returning to the Oracle Team for AC35.... [more]
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Nikola Girke and Luke Ramsay train in Miami
Nikola Girke and Luke Ramsay,
Nacra 17 sailors Nikola Girke and Luke Ramsay on winter training in Miami, Florida: This past camp in Miami was absolutely great. Since getting the new carbon masts in August we haven't had any windy conditions so we needed some solid training time to learn more about the proper set up for these conditions.... [more]
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Rick Mercer and Paralympic Sailing + Video
Rick Mercer goes to Halifax, NS to spend a day on the water with Paralympic champion Paul Tingley to learn the ins and outs of Paralympic sailing.... [more]
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CIBC Team Next - New representative announced
Caroline Van Hasselt,
Isabella Bertold has been selected to represent the sport of sailing on CIBC Team Next, Sail Canada was pleased to announce. Isabella is one of the 67 amateur athletes from across Canada who will receive from CIBC $15,000 in funding over three years as well as invaluable life skills and sport mentorship from eight of our nation's finest high performance athletes.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Diane Reid: Out of time
Diane Reid,
Mini Transat 2013 - Canadian Diane Reid provides an update after her dismasting. Firstly, thank you so very much to everyone out there who has been following along and sharing all of your heart warming messages of encouragement!... [more]
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Tom Slingsby – on the America's Cup (Part I)
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Olympic Gold Medallist and Oracle Team USA 34th AC strategist Tom Slingsby confirmed to Sail-World last week that he will return to Oracle Team USA when it mounts its defense of the 35th America's Cup. Sail-World talked at length with Tom in recent weeks. Here is the first part of our three part interview series with him.... [more]
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