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 25 Aug 2011
 
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La Solitaire du Figaro race had taken a back seat in the news over the past few weeks but Jérémie Beyou has just crossed the finish line ahead of the fleet to win the fourth and final leg from Les Sables d'Olonne to Dieppe. His third consecutive win and total domination in the 2011 event secured him the overall winner title. On his 12th participation in the prestigious race, Jérémie winds for the second time following his 2005 victory.

It's been slow going for the the Clipper Round the World fleet but the leaders have finally crossed the equator and are now sailing in the southern hemisphere; Gold Coast Australi, Singapore and Welcome to Yorkshire form a tight pack at the front of the fleet while others are still struggling with the Doldrums light air. Crews are looking forward the Easterly trade winds and an opportunity to hoist spinnakers and get the boat speed up again. The fleet is anticipated in Rio de Janeiro in early September.

After some false starts for the Audi MedCup event in Cartagena, Spain, the 52 Series teams are finally racing for the Region of Murcia Trophy today; the practice race earlier this week was canceled because, in an unusual fashion for Cartagena, there was no breeze on the course and they only managed a single race yesterday. The forecast calls for better racing conditions today and as usual, the live action and replays are available on Sail-World.com.

Earlier this week, Francis Joyon was waiting patiently in New York City for the perfect weather window in which he could start his solo attempt to break the Atlantic west to east crossing record on board the maxi trimaran IDEC. Unfortunately, shortly after his departure on Monday, while sailing under reduced sails given the challenging conditions, IDEC was flipped on its side by a violent gust; Joyon was only 20 miles offshore at the time and immediately called in for help. The yacht has been towed to Long Island and the record attempt will have to wait.

The Kingston, ON, CORK regatta has concluded yesterday after five days of racing that saw a variety of conditions that kept the racers ashore for some races but definitely tested their skill and ability most other times. Winners in all divisions are identified in Erim Murray's reports from the event. Today marks the beginning of the CORK Offshore and One-Design Regatta with the Long Distance Race on schedule, while course racing is back on for the week-end; Albacore and Flying Dutchman make up the majority of one design entries. www.cork.org

The Detroit Cup 2011, an ISAF Grade 2 match racing event, was hosted by the Bayview Yacht Club last week. Nineteen-year-old Australian, Jordan Reese and his team of Henry Kernot and Harry Thurston have won the title following an exciting five match finals on Sunday.

This week-end marks the start of the US Sailing's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship at the Rochester Yacht Club in Rochester, NY where 36 teams of women sailors, including world champions, past Olympic competitors and every day sailors will race in four-person teams for four days of one-design fleet racing in International J/22 class keelboats. Teams representing three countries (USA, Canada and the Netherlands) will compete for the victory. Canada is well represented with five teams and crew members hailing from Ontario, Quebec and BC, including regular Sail-World Canada contributor, Katie Nicoll from PCYC.


Stay safe on the water!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Nearly 100 young sailors participate in 2011 Canadian Optimist Champs
Katie Nicoll,
Greeted by wet weather, 94 young Optimist sailors marched out into the pouring rain at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 Canadian Championships at the Lunenberg Yacht Club in Nova Scotia. The practice race was warm and sunny but the wet wild weather returned for the first day of racing where winds topped 35 knots on Monday, August 22nd.... [more]
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SailTV: Audi MedCup: Live and Replay
Sail-World,
Click on the play arrow below to see live and replay coverage of the MedCup... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - King Neptune visits New York
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - 'As we crossed the Equator, we were sure that the move south was more psychological than practical,' explains New York watch leader Andrew Priest, as the American entry joins Gold Coast Australia, Singapore and Welcome to Yorkshire in the Southern Hemisphere.... [more]
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Region of Murcia Trophy day 2 preview
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Region of Murcia Trophy - If the forecast is to be believed the pace should pick up slightly for the second day of racing. There is a promise that the sea breeze should pick up to more than 10kts by the middle of the afternoon. The target is set to try and run three races for both classes, but that seems quite ambitious... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episodes 1-4 - World Series and more
ACM,
America's Cup Uncovered is a weekly magazine video program is designed to show America's Cup fans the people, places and stories that are the backbone of the America's Cup. Here are the first four episodes, we'll carry the latest edition each week on Sail-World... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro King is crowned
La Solitaire du Figaro,
La Solitaire du Figaro sailor Jérémie Beyou has crossed the finish before anyone else to win the fourth and final leg from Les Sables d'Olonne to Dieppe. By finishing in Dieppe ahead of the rest of the fleet and scoring his third consecutive victory, the BPI skipper was crowned overall winner of the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro, an edition he dominated from the outset.... [more]
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CORK OCR Regatta day 5
Erin Murray,
The CORK OCR Regatta held its fifth and final day of the of racing which experienced high winds and in turn resulted in the decision being made to keep sailors ashore for safety reasons. The regatta witnessed a multitude of conditions which tested the competitor's skill and ability.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy opening day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy opening day images from Photographer Ingrid.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Leading trio cross the Equator
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – The leading trio of yachts have crossed the Equator and passed from the Northern to the Southern Hemisphere, a major milestone for the non-professional crews on board and an important psychological one as their lead over the chasing pack continues to grow.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Why sail strategy could hold key to victory
Volvo Ocean Race media,
With no one team looking likely to deliver any significant raw speed advantage straight out of the blocks, the 2011–12 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race looks set to produce some of the closest racing ever. 'I think the sails are probably going to hold the key even more so this time' Ian Walker Stuart Bannatyne, watch captain on CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, believes that the latest rou... [more]
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Cork OCR Regatta day 4
Erin Murray,
The Cork OCR Regatta on day four witnessed the windsurfer, RS:X and kiteboarder fleets finish their three day event. The Windsurfer Silver fleet saw Giancarlo Brotto in first and Diane Houston in second. The RS:X fleet finished with David Hayes in first, Dominique Vallee in second and Caroline Emmanu de Alcala in third.... [more]
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Maxi trimaran IDEC flips during Atlantic record attempt
Sail-World.com,
Francis Joyon's maxi-trimaran IDEC has flipped during his solo attempt to break the Atlantic west to east record. The American tug Miller Marine Service (over 100 ft) has joined the maxi trimaran IDEC to assist with the recovery operation.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy 52 Series practice race
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy scheduled practice race fell victim to a lack of breeze, and when the AP flag hung limply over the A flag and it became apparent that there was n prospect of enough wind to race, the 52 Series fleet scuttled back to Cartagena's marina, seeking relief from the searing afternoon heat.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship preview
Jake Fish,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship - Many of the women competing aboard the 36 teams – which represent 16 U.S. states and three foreign countries (Canada, Great Britain and The Netherlands ) – are packing their pantries with non-perishable groceries, setting up auto reply on their emails, compiling lists for their loving families, and squeezing in a few last minute tacks and jibes.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Slow progress to Rio
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Looking at the race viewer today there is a classic case of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer as the distance between the front runners and those at the back of the fleet gets larger with each 24 hour period at sea. Those reaping the rewards are Gold Coast Australia, Singapore and Welcome to Yorkshire... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - Beyou leads in decisive leg
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro's fourth leg is currently underway and at the halfway mark, Jeremie Beyou and crew are out in front. With little to no margin for error, Beyou and crew sail hard towards the finish line with competitors nipping at their heels. While the front of the fleet is tacking upwind towards the Four Channel to round the Brittany Point, the skipper of BPI is reported to have... [more]
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MedCup Circuit Region of Murcia Trophy - Battle off Cartagena
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The Audi MedCup Circuit will proceed with the Region of Murcia Trophy – Cartagena which is set to get underway on the 23 August. The event is without question one of the Audi MedCup Circuit season's most difficult race tracks, a real challenge for the tacticians, strategists and navigators thanks to the wind conditions which change so often.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The drag race to Rio
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race's second race which takes the fleet from Madeira to Rio De Janeiro is now underway. Richard Hewson's team Gold Coast Australia has taken the lead while Derry Londonderry's skipper Mark Light curses the Coreolis effect.... [more]
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Images of Barley Cove: Rambler100 righting and pumping out
Baltimore Sea Safaris,
Images of the righting and pumping out of the supermaxi Rambler 100 in Barley Cove, Co Cork, Ireland. The world's fastest supermaxi capsized just five miles away from Fastnet Rock during the Rolex Fastnet Race. All her crew were rescued.... [more]
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Detroit Cup victory taken by Aussies
Luiz E. Kahl,
The Detroit Cup 2011, which is an ISAF Grade 2 event, has witnessed an impressive display of determination, patience, and skill beyond his nineteen years by Australian Jordan Reese and his team of Henry Kernot and Harry Thurston who have won the title in an exciting five match final at the Bayview Yacht Club.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Fastnet Race in Four Minutes - Crewcam Video
Ben Gladwell,
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell (NZL) crewed aboard the 52fter Bob for the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, and compiled this four minute video clip of the race, shot using a headcam. Join the crew on the rail and bow of Bob for the start, leaving The Needles, being passed by the supermaxis ICAP Leopard and Rambler, rounding Fastnet Rock and more.... [more]
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Detroit Cup - Three of four semi-finalists now decided
Luiz E. Kahl,
The Detroit Cup has experienced a day that began with a whimper and ended with a bang, as light air postponements transformed into enough pre-frontal breeze and squalls to conclude the Round Robin and almost all the Quarter-Finals at Bayview YC's ISAF Grade 2 Detroit Cup.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro fourth and final leg underway
La Solitaire du Figaro,
La Solitaire du Figaro fourth leg started at 12:12 precisely today, Sunday 21st August from Les Sables d'Olonne. Among several dozens of spectator boats, under a bright blue, sunny sky and in perfect flat sea conditions the 46 skippers set off for the 437 mile long final leg to Dieppe, where this year's champions will be crowned.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Teams tackle the Doldrums
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Sponsors align themselves with the Clipper Race in large part because the experience of the crews and their attitude towards the challenge of a lifetime that they are undertaking reflects the core values of their own business.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race lives up to its reputation
Trish Jenkins,
Rolex Fastnet Race - Records tumbled in this year's event, living up to its reputation as the most gruelling and tactically challenging of the classic offshore races. As usual the 608 mile long course took the boats from the start line off Cowes, Isles of Wight towards the Fastnet Rock off southwest Ireland, back around the outside of the Scilly Isles off southwest England to the finish lin... [more]
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Detroit Cup - Stevens and team still on top
Luiz E. Kahl,
Detroit Cup - With three flights left to complete the round-robin and five teams already finished this round, the scores suggest some potential qualifiers are already emerging in the ISAF Grade 2 Detroit Cup. The uncertainty lies with the weather forecast and how many more flights can be squeezed in to the remaining two days of competition.... [more]
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Rambler crew received safety training at LRSE
Dan O'Connor,
In the Rolex Fastnet Race, the crew of Rambler capsized and were subsequently rescued. The entire crew of twenty-one underwent advanced man overboard and safety training just prior to leaving Rhode Island for the Transatlantic Race and the subsequent Rolex Fastnet Race.... [more]
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