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 21 Jan 2011
 
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The race is back on in the Barcelona World Race!

After a brief repair stop in Recife, Brazil for Foncia and Virbac-Paprec who were leading at the time, the French duo has regained their lead by passing Estralla Dam yesterday. The race is back on as the teams are considering their options to negotiate the marks and gates of the Southern Atlantic Ocean on their way past the southern tip of Africa.

The best Canadian results at Key West Race Week belong to Richard Oland and his crew on Vela Veloce with a second place in IRC 1. Jean-Pierre Turgeon's Galilée finished third in PHRF 1, while Victoria BC's Andrew Sergeant was a respectable 13th in the hotly disputed J/80 division. Wrapping up Canadian results were The Beaver (Rob Butler from the Collingwood Yacht Club) and Zingara (Richard Reid from national Yacht Club) in 16th and 19 th respectively amongst a strong Melges 24 fleet.

The entire Velux 5 Oceans fleet is waiting for Christopher Stanmore-Major in Wellignton. Brad van Liew came in first earlier this week, followed by Gutek and Derek Hatfield who are all licking their wounds after a challenging leg with highly uncharacteristic conditions.

The Jules Verne Trophy is a prize for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by any type of yacht with no restrictions on the size of the crew. Originally awarded to the first yacht to sail around the world in less than 80 days, the trophy was named after the Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days in which Phileas Fogg's travels take him around the planet in 80 days. Franck Cammas Groupama 3 is the current at 48 days 7 hours and 45 minutes but a French team lead by Pascal Bidégorry on Banque Populaire V is getting ready to leave France and challenge the record. A favorable weather window has opened and they have a green light to go! Stay tuned for more of this round-the-world record attempt.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Key West Race Week images by Joy Dunigan and International Melges 32
Joy Dunigan,
Our thanks to photographer Joy Dunigan for this gallery of images from Melges 32 -Day 4 of Key West Race Week.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race -Caffari celebrates aboard GAES Centros Auditivos
Coralie Rassinoux,
Barcelona World Race - On Sunday 23rd January Caffari will be celebrating her birthday in the South Atlantic aboard GAES Centros Auditivos, making this the third occasion she will have notched up another year on a round the world voyage... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Brad van Liew scoops bonus points
Velux 5 Oceans,
Amerian ocean racer Brad Van Liew has picked up three bonus points for being the quickest of the Velux 5 Oceans skippers to pass between the ocean sprint two speed gates.... [more]
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Key West Race Week 2011 - No lead is safe
Bill Wagner,
At key West Race Week 2011 no lead is safe or insurmountable. A mere two points separate Warpath and Goombay Smash in Melges 32 after the discard was factored in following six races. Things tightened up considerably in the Mini Maxi class on Thursday as Bill Koch (Palm Beach, Fla.) and the Titan team posted two good results to put pressure on Dan Meyers (Boston, Mass.) and Numbers boys.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Back to the front
Barcelona World Race,
Virbac Paprec 3 has now leapt back into second place, powering past Estrella Damm to re-establish the two boats which led to South America as the fleet front-runners after their repair stopover in Recife, as Foncia leads by some 50 miles in this morning's 1000hrs ranking.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Day 3 Melges 32 images
Joy Dunigan,
Key West Race Week 2011|Melges 32 - Photographer Joy Dunigan's images from Day 3... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Accelerating
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - From the pit lane to the slip lane... and into the fast lane. Having long left their pit stops behind, Foncia and Virbac Paprec 3 are not only accelerating out of the west Atlantic, but rapidly overtaking their way through the BWR.... [more]
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Key West Week 2011 - Light air tests leaders on day three
Bill Wagner,
Every race counts at a highly-competitive, week-long regatta such as Key West 2011, presented by Nautica. Light winds allowed for only one race on Wednesday, but it proved crucial as there were changes atop the standings in some classes while others found the top boats consolidate their leads.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race sole U.S. Sailor Ryan Breymaier
Kirsten Ferguson,
Barcelona World Race's only U.S. competitor, Ryan Breymaier, watched his latitude position count down to zero in his first-ever crossing of the Equator this past Saturday. Now he is preparing to round the Cape of Good Hope on his journey.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Chris Stanmore-Major battles on
Velux 5 Oceans,
After a quick passage through the Bass Strait in between mainland Australia and Tasmania where he averaged around 12 knots, at the 0000 UTC position report CSM was 472 nautical miles from Wellington.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 Testing Day Two - 25+ Knots
Jane Eagleson, Americascup.com,
Day two of testing in New Zealand and the team was confident enough to put the AC45 catamaran through its paces in 25 knots of wind, with spectacular results. With squirrely strong puffs gusting over 22 knots blowing through the Viaduct, the toughest part of the day was always going to be lifting the wing and getting it safely into the platform to launch the boat.... [more]
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Key West Race Week - Melges 32 on a warpath
International Melges 32 Class Association,
Key West Race Week Melges 32 fleet enjoyed absolutely stunning conditions today. With two additional races complete, Steve Howe on Warpath (Morgan Larson, tactician) now leads the overalls just ahead of Alex Jackson's Leenabarca (Rob Greenhalgh, tactician) in second, followed by overnight leader Doug Douglas on Goombay Smash (Chris Larson, tactician) now third.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Fleet closing up
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race leaders Estrella Damm slow through the high pressure zone, giving the chasing fleet another chance to regain miles with the South Atlantic elastic band is twanging back this evening.... [more]
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Key West 2011 delivers classic conditions
Bill Wagner,
Key West 2011, presented by Nautica, has a Maxi Boat owner defying doctor's orders by driving an entry. Why? Because Key West is one of his favorite places to sail and delivers the rare combination of warmth and wind that 134 boats in 13 classes were treated to on Tuesday.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Hatfield finishes Sprint Two
Velux 5 Oceans,
Canadian solo sailor Derek Hatfield has taken third place in ocean sprint two of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world race.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta - First timers, veterans and in between
Barby MacGowan,
International Rolex Regatta - Hundreds of sailors head to the Caribbean each year to compete in the Regatta, and this year, from March 25-27, the three-day event will prove once again--for the 38th time, in fact, that its unique blend of island-style hospitality, competition and camaraderie is the perfect formula... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Return of the phantom menace?
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - A week may be a long time in politics, but for the Barcelona World Race fleet, this third week of racing is likely to see the route down the southern Atlantic present more questions than answers.... [more]
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Two Canadian women and their bold transatlantic crossing dreams
Mary Ormsby,
Alone on the high seas. By choice. The route: across the Atlantic Ocean. The engine: girl power. Montreal's Mylène Paquette will pull more than 5,000 kilometres in a tricked-out rowboat from Gaspé, Que. to Les Sables-d'Olonne, France, this summer. Toronto's Diane Reid will race, solo, in a small sailboat stripped down to bare-bones communication and navigation instruments from France to Brazil.... [more]
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Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn team slides into Key West
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn are sailing in the sunshine so far this January.... [more]
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Key West 2011 draws strong international fleet
Bill Wagner,
Key West 2011 draws strong international fleet - One of the world's hottest new one-design racing sailboats will compete for the first time at Key West 2011, which begins Monday and runs through Friday on the azure waters off the southernmost tip of Florida.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans sprint two taken by Polish ocean racer Gutek
Sarah Hames,
Velux 5 Oceans sprint two has been taken by Polish solo sailor Zbigniew Gutkowski in the solo round of the world race. The 36-year-old skipper from Gdansk crossed the finish line in Wellington, New Zealand, on his Eco yacht Operon Racing at 6.27am local time (5.27pm UTC).... [more]
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Barcelona World Race: Virbac-Paprec 3 is back on track
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Virbac-Paprec 3 was back on the race course last night after leaving Récife at midnight (UTC) after replacing their mainsheet track. Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron are in sixth position now... [more]
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Zac Sunderland talks to full houses at Toronto International Boat Show
Greg Nicoll,
Featured speaker, world solo circumnavigator Zac Sunderland gave the audience attending the annual boat show in Toronto a very descriptive and often humorous rendition of his exploits sailing around the world.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Sprint Two - Brad Van Liew claims victory
Velux 5 Oceans,
American solo ocean racer Brad Van Liew today made it two wins from two ocean sprints as he sailed into Wellington, New Zealand, to claim victory in second sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race. For the 42-year-old from Charleston, South Carolina, it brought to an end a gruelling month-long slog alone on his Eco 60 yacht Le Pingouin.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - The race against the clock on land has begun
Team Foncia,
Michel Desjoyeaux and François Gabart arrived in the commercial port of Recife (Brazil) at 00:30 (local time). The two sailors were towed into port and greeted by FONCIA's shore crew, who are now racing against the clock to repair the boat's sacrificial bow. The aim is for the sailing team to get on their way again as fast as possible, so as to take up where they left off in the... [more]
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Canadian Rolex Sailor of the Year
Canadian Yachting Association,
The Canadian Yachting Association and Rolex Canada are proud to announce the Canadian Rolex Sailor of the Year event will take place on Saturday, February 26th, 2011 at The Carlu in Toronto, Ontario. Purchase your tickets today; seating is limited!... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Food supplies running low for Derek Hatfield
Velux 5 Oceans,
He's just spent several days slamming into waves and battling headwinds but now VELUX 5 OCEANS skipper Derek Hatfield has another problem to contend with – his food supplies are running out. With 600 nautical miles – or around three days sailing – to go to reach the finish line in Wellington, the 58-year-old Canadian has only enough food onboard Active House for four more meals.... [more]
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