Vestas, Sydney-Hobart and Canadian racing news!

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December 19, 2014. Team Vestas Wind salvage operation begins in St Brandon Island - Mauritius.
Latest news from the Volvo Ocean Race have nothing to do with yacht racing; in an amazing feat, Team Vestas Wind has returned to the Indian Ocean to recover the VOR 65, they managed, with the help of local labor, to remove it from the reef in a single piece and load it on a container ship. Check out the photos below!

In order international racing news, anticipation is mounting for the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race; everyone has their eyes glued to the weather forecasts and the early predictions call for heavy headwinds for the first day. This might make a big difference and prevent the larger yachts to stretch their legs early on… Canadian Richard Clarke joins a top level crew on board the new 100 Supermaxi Comanche; they are eager to showcase Jim Clark’s new stead. Sail-World will provide extensive race coverage over thinnest few days; visit our website frequently for the latest news from the Tasman Sea!

Comanche on Sydney Harbour

In local news, Sail Canada has announced the 2014 Sail Canada Awards recipients and the Rolex Sailor of the Year Finalists. The Rolex Sailor of the Year will be revealed at the Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards on Friday, February 6, 2015 in Toronto. Get the details in the story below; congratulations to all the winners!

Henri Lloyd’s Canadian crew members - Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Finally, if you haven’t done so already, mark your calendar for the Toronto International Boat Show running from January 10th to the 18th. Racing enthusiasts can expect to see the exciting new C&C 30 One Design and the popular J/88 on display at the show this year. More on TIBS in our next issues.

C&C 30 One Design

Enjoy a safe holiday season!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor