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SailGP, One Design, Congressional Cup, and offshore racing news

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The (foiling) wake may have barely settled on San Francisco Bay after Tom Slingsby and his Australian SailGP Team took top honors at the Mubadala United States Sail Grand Prix event (March 26-27, 2022) and won the $1M+ prize purse at the SailGP's Season 2 Grand Final (March 27), but that certainly isn't stopping SailGP teams from making headlines about Season 3. For North American sailors, the shiny object is the launch of the Canada SailGP team, which was announced last fall and which is being led by CEO Jean-Sébastien Chénier Proteau (CAN) and driver Phil Robertson (NZL). Now, more details of the team's line-up have emerged.

On April 21, the Canada SailGP team announced that their on-the-water team will be comprised of Robertson on the wheels, Tom Ramshaw on tactics and grinding, Billy Gooderham and Luke Ramsay on the flight controls, Graeme Sutherland on wing trim, Isabella Bertold and Georgia Lewin-Lafrance on co-pilot and strategist duties, and Tim Hornsby and Jareese Finch on the grinding pedestals. The team will be coached by Joe Glanfield.

"Phil knows what it takes to bring a new team up to speed and has done it successfully twice," said Chénier Proteau in an official team communication. "Canada won't be an exception—we have amazingly talented sailors, yet very little foiling experience. It's the team's vision that the Canada SailGP Team changes this, and that it truly is the catalyst for sailing across the country."

Fred Pye, owners of the Canada SailGP Team franchise - photo © SailGP
Fred Pye, owners of the Canada SailGP Team franchise - photo © SailGP

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While there's no question that the Canada SailGP team is poised to introduce a new generation of Canadian sailors to sailing 2.0, there's also no question that the fledgling team has little time to find their foils before the Bermuda SailGP event (May 14-15) and the start of Season 3's nine-event racing calendar.

"I can't wait to start training this week in Bermuda with the Canadian team," said Robertson in the team's release. "We have a few days practicing alongside the Swiss team before we get our own F50 for the event. It'll be a baptism of fire for our team and it's a challenge that excites me. We have a great bunch of recruits, so now it is all about taking the small steps forward at a rapid pace."

Canada SailGP Team Driver Phil Robertson - photo © SailGP
Canada SailGP Team Driver Phil Robertson - photo © SailGP

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Sail-World wishes Robertson, Chénier Proteau, and the rest of the Canada SailGP good luck as they get up to speed racing their F50.

Speaking of top Canadian sailors, Sarah Douglas, the Laser Radial (sorry, "ILCA 6") phenom from Toronto, will be racing this week at the French Olympic Week competition in Hyères, France (April 25-30). Douglas enters this regatta with momentum: she took home a gold medal from the Trofeo Sofía Mallorca April 1-9, 2022) and a sixth-place finish at the Japan 2020 Olympics.

Sarah Douglas won the gold medal in ILCA 6 at the World Sailing Hempel World Cup - photo © Sailing Energy / Princesa Sofía Mallorca
Sarah Douglas won the gold medal in ILCA 6 at the World Sailing Hempel World Cup - photo © Sailing Energy / Princesa Sofía Mallorca

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"I'm looking forward to the second European event of the season," said Douglas in an official Sail Canada release. "I've just spent the past week training in Marseille, at the 2024 Olympic sailing venue, and learning more about it and the conditions. A majority of the top sailors will be there for French Olympic Week and I'm excited to wrap up this Europe trip with another high-caliber regatta."

Sliding south of the border, US Sailing recently announced their team roster for this same regatta. The official US Sailing Team for this high-level One Design event will be Ian Barrows and Hans Henken, Andrew Mollerus and Ian MacDiarmid, and Nevin Snow and Mac Agnese in the 49er; Markus Edegran on the Men's Formula Kite; Daniela Moroz on the Women's Formula Kite; Sarah Newberry and David Liebenberg on the Nacra 17; Louisa Nordstrom and Trevor Bornarth in the 470, and Steph Roble and Maggie Shea in the 49erFX.

Sail-World wishes all of these athletes good luck in their upcoming events.

Ian Williams leads Taylor Canfield - Final day - Congressional Cup - April 2022 - Long Beach Yacht Club - photo © Ian Roman / WMRT
Ian Williams leads Taylor Canfield - Final day - Congressional Cup - April 2022 - Long Beach Yacht Club - photo © Ian Roman / WMRT

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In match-racing news, the 57th Congressional Cup (April 18-23) recently unfurled on the waters off of Long Beach, California, and saw skipper Ian Williams and his Team Gladstone's Long Beach crew of Matt Cornwell, Andrew Estcourt, Jon Gunderson, Steve Mitchell and Richard Sydenham beat skipper Taylor Canfield and his Team Stars+Stripes 3-1 to take home top honors.

Impressively, this was the fifth time that Williams donned the famous crimson blazer that's awarded to the winner of this high-level match racing event. Even more impressive is the fact that Williams defeated a skipper who also has five crimson blazers hanging in his closet.

"I was devastated not to be here last year; and even more gutted now that I remember what I missed," said Williams in an official event communication, referring to the 2021 event that he missed due to Covid restrictions. "I wanted to try to be the first to five wins so it feels fantastic now to have matched Taylor. What a great competitor: to match him is fantastic; I guess now it's a race to six!"

Ian Williams - Presentation - Final day - Congressional Cup - April 2022 - Long Beach Yacht Club - photo © Ian Roman / WMRT
Ian Williams - Presentation - Final day - Congressional Cup - April 2022 - Long Beach Yacht Club - photo © Ian Roman / WMRT

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In offshore news, word broke last week that IMOCA skipper Paul Meilhat (FRA) will compete in the 2023 edition of The Ocean Race aboard the brand-new Verdier-drawn IMOCA 60 Biotherm, which is currently under construction and is expected to encounter brine in August.

"Everything about The Ocean Race excites me," said Meilhat in an official release. "It's about the sport, but it's also about travelling around the world and being able to discover other countries and create links with new people; all of this is great and I'm keen to feel the full story of one of the great events in our sport."

Paul Meilhat, skipper of the IMOCA Biotherm - photo © Biotherm
Paul Meilhat, skipper of the IMOCA Biotherm - photo © Biotherm

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Meilhat, it should be noted, was the 2021 IMOCA Globe Series campion and is a past winner of the Roue du Rhum and the Fastnet Race. According to reports, Meilhat also plans to compete singlehanded aboard Biotherm in the 2024-2025 edition of the Vendee Globe.

"The new format of The Ocean Race matches perfectly with our current IMOCA program and schedule," continued Meilhat. "It's one of the great races which is consistent with what we do and which has the advantage of taking us to the Southern Ocean, sailing in difficult and challenging conditions, which helps us develop our boats and ourselves as sailors."

Meilhat and his Biotherm program now join a confirmed short list of IMOCA entries in the 2023 edition of The Ocean Race that includes Boris Herrmann's Team Malizia and Charlie Enright's 11th Hour Racing Team.

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Super Maxi RIO 100 at 2015 Transpac finish - photo © Race Yachts

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Finally, much closer to home, owner Manouch Moshayedi and his Rio 100 crew crushed the course record in the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (April 22) by 2 hours, 33 minutes and 17 seconds—not a bad gain on a track that's only 125 nautical miles. Rio 100's unofficial finishing time was just 7 hours, two minutes and 17 seconds, which is now the number to beat for monohull sailors.

Interestingly, Rio 100's navigator, Peter Isler, now finds himself holding the course record for both monohulls and multihulls in the Newport to Ensenada Race, having successfully helped lead the MOD70 Orion to a new course record in the 2016 edition of this West Coast classic.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt North American Editor

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GWA Wingfoil World Cup France 2022 - Day 1
Here at the 25th Mondial du Vent in Leucate, which hosts round one of the world tour season with the GWA Wingfoil World Cup France, we have 80 registered riders to compete across the Surf-Freestyle and Surf-Slalom disciplines!

Double celebrations at the Clipper Race Leg 6 Prizegiving Ceremony
Clipper Race Crew, Skippers, AQPs, Race Office and Race Crew Supporters came together for a double celebration; the highly-anticipated Prizegiving Ceremony to honour the achievements made during both Race 9 and Race 10.

55th Governor's Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship announces 2022 invitees
The skippers invited to the 55th Governor's Cup Int'l Youth Match Racing this week make this event more like a traditional, pre-Covid "GovCup" lineup after the Cup's cancellation in 2020 and last year's event which featured a U.S. vs. Europe lineup.

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Beneteau FIRST 44. Racer-cruiser royalty.
FIRST was born forty-five years ago with the launch of the legendary FIRST 30, and we doubly celebrate the occasion this year with the announcement of the FIRST 36 in January and the arrival of the FIRST 44 today.

So just supposing...
When this video of the new Beneteau First 36 surfaced this week, reportedly punching out to 17 knots, well it was certainly enough to pique the curiosity. I mean this side of say a Pogo 36, it was quite impressive.

Semaine Olympique Française de Hyères TPM Regatta - Day 1
The 53rd Semaine Olympique Française de Hyères - TPM opened in classic Côte d'Azur style on Monday with the world's best rising to the strong winds through a field of 751 sailors from over 50 countries. It was like they had never been away.

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J/111 dominates Southern Straits Double Race
After a two-year hiatus, one of the Pacific Northwest's classic (tough!) overnight distance races, Southern Straits, was back in action for 2022. Even better, travel requirements eased between the US and Canada

IJW & Co onboard as partners of Canada SailGP Team
The Montreal-based company specializes in mergers and acquisitions, business valuation and corporate finance advisory services.

Olympic sports form alliance to tackle carbon fibre circularity
To celebrate Earth Day, a ground-breaking project sees launch of an alliance of International Federations, leading sports manufacturers, composite specialists, and academics collaborating to support a demonstration project to reuse & realign carbon fibres

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Close finale sees WTC Logistics take victory in Race 10: Sailing City - Qingdao Cup
The team, led by Skipper Dan Jones and First Mate Ineke van der Weijden, clinched the victory of the 6100nm race from the Philippines to Seattle, where they battled tough conditions for over 34 days.

IMA Caribbean Maxi Challenge at Les Voiles de St Barth Richard Mille - Overall
Les Voiles de St Barth Richard Mille, the penultimate event of the International Maxi Association's new Caribbean Maxi Challenge concluded with an impressive 'victory with a day to spare' in the Maxi class for Jim Swartz's Judel Vrolijk 72 Vesper.

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Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille Overall - 11th edition in the books!
While four classes mathematically had Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille locked in after yesterday's racing, no one missed the chance for one last 24 - 36 mile race around beautiful Saint Barthélemy.

57th Congressional Cup at LBYC Overall - Williams wins fifth Crimson Blazer
Ian Williams (GBR) and Team Gladstone's Long Beach have won the 57th Congressional Cup – and a fifth iconic Crimson Blazer, defeating the defending champion Taylor Canfield (USA). Includes full replay of Finals and Petit Finals.

Sarah Douglas pursues her road to Paris 2024 at French Olympic Week in Hyères
Canadian sailor Sarah Douglas from Toronto, ON, will be back in action next week, April 25-30, at the French Olympic Week competition in Hyères, FRA, two weeks after winning a gold medal in ILCA 6 at the World Sailing Hempel World Cup in Spain.

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Marine Resources: Hot Jobs on Earth Day
The marine industry is notorious for its lack of green solutions. However, through the development of new technologies and the social demand for sustainability, we have seen small changes for a big impact from some of the biggest brands out there.

Small Tech, Fast Boats
So often the latest technology, data and training practices will drip down from the big-budget race teams of the America's Cup, the IMOCA Globe Series etc., as larger, more complex systems are re-invented, streamlined and condensed.

New! Mav-Lite Jacket Colours for Adventures Ahead
100% waterproof, windproof and breathable, the new Mav-Lite Shell Jacket is the most comfortable performance jacket you will ever own. Now available in a range of fresh, new season colours.

Sail Canada statement on Canada SailGP Team's athlete announcement
Sail Canada shared the statement regarding Canada SailGP Team's athlete announcement today in advance of their debut in SailGP Season 3, starting May 14 in Bermuda.

Canada SailGP Team athletes announced
When SailGP Season 3 commences on May 14 in Bermuda, it will mark an historic moment for Canadian sailing. Canada's first-ever fully professional sailing team will be on the start line with an all-star crew onboard the leading-edge F50 foiling catamaran.

The Global Solo Challenge partners with the International Association of Cape Horners (IACH)
The organisers of the Global Solo Challenge are honoured to announce the partnership with the prestigious International Association of Cape Horners (IACH).

Paul Meilhat's Biotherm will compete in The Ocean Race
French skipper Paul Meilhat will fulfil a lifelong dream in January 2023 when he leads Biotherm across the starting line of The Ocean Race on the waters off Alicante, Spain.

The dream makers - Episode 4: Marrying up skippers and sponsors
It is a long and mostly difficult path to the start line of the Vendée Globe and not everyone makes it. Here is number four in our series of those team members who work behind the curtain in a while variety of different roles

Registration open for the 2022 Rolex Middle Sea Race
The Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) is pleased to confirm that the Notice of Race for 43rd Rolex Middle Sea Race is available online and yachts may already register their participation.

100th J/99 in production
Three years after the launch of our last sport sailboat, the 100th unit is already in production! Let's look back at some figures reflecting the success of this sailboat.

A Q&A with Peter Bretschger on the 2022 Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race
Sail-World checked in with Peter Bretschger, who serves as a board member and the chief marketing officer at the Newport Ocean Sailing Association, via email, to learn more about the 2022 edition of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race.

Canada SailGP Team announces partnership with Algorand
Canada SailGP Team has unveiled a significant three-year partnership with the Algorand Foundation. The agreement marks the first major partnership announcement for the Canadian team and sponsorship of a professional sailing team by a blockchain platform.

La Rochelle named as host city for The Race Around 2023 and beyond
A location steeped in offshore sailing history, La Rochelle will become the home of The Race Around for the event's start in September next year, and the return location for the 35 solo and double Class40 competitors in the early months of 2024.

Countdown to the Worrell 1000 Race 2022
At the Worrell Brothers Restaurant and Discotheque (yep - you heard that right - DISCO), the 2 Worrell brothers, Mike and Chris bet each other that they could sail their 16-foot Hobie Catamarans non-stop from VA Beach to Miami, Fl.

Easter Eggs
Without doubt, this weekend will have seen many consumed around the world, and also handed out as prizes at sailing events, but there are also the Easter Eggs found in video games and movies, which are hidden features or messages.

40th edition Lake Garda Optimist Meeting
A truly memorable edition of the Garda Optimist Meeting, an event organised by Fraglia Vela Riva on behalf of the Italian Sailing Federation, which was already certified Guinness World Records in 2012, has come to an end.

Vaikobi Polarized Sunglasses - A beginner's guide to UV protective Eyewear
Protecting your eyes from Ultraviolet rays is one of the best ways to maintain your vision and eye health long term. This is particularly crucial for people participating in watersports, as they have a heightened exposure to UV rays.

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