Challenging conditions in the Clipper Round the World Race

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 14 Oct 2011
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Challenging conditions in the Clipper Round the World!

The 2011 Viper 640 North American Championships were held in Sarnia, ON from September 28th to October 1st. 21 entries, from as far as the UK, participated in this final event in the EFG Pan American Series; sailing in their home waters, Team Jackpot, Brad Boston, Lee Shuckerow and Erik Vigrass from Point Edwards, ON were declared winners when the last day of racing had to be canceled because of extreme conditions on Lake Huron. Check out Justin Scott story and video report.

The University of Ottawa Racing Team attended the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta at the Larchmont Yacht Club, NY last week-end. The event attracted 47 teams who raced in borrowed yachts with the full support of the yacht owners, but no driving allowed; helming and tactics had to be performed solely by the college students.

Gold Coast Australia is maintaining a comfortable lead at the front of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet, followed by New York. The entire fleet has been exposed to rather unpleasant conditions over the past few days as they sailed through a massive low pressure system; the winds have now subsided but it is still cold under gray skied in the Southern Oceans as they set their course on the scoring gate. Visit Finland and Derry Londonderry will certainly welcome these calmer conditions as they need to consider how to repair damage sustained to their mainsail in the harrowing conditions earlier this week; both teams have punctured large holes in their mainsail; most other yachts are also dealing with minor damage from the conditions.

Team Telefonica just unveiled their crew for the upcoming 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Under the leadership of Spanish skipper Iker Martinez, second place finisher on Mapfre in the recent Barcelona World Race, the crew includes Xabi Fernandez, also from Mapfre and other notable Olympic medalists, America's Cup winners and a VOR winner. Team Telefonica will race a new Juan K design yacht built in Spain.

The passage through the Doldrums has a significant impact on the current order of the leader board in the Global Ocean Race; some became victims and fell behind, while others were able to escape easily and make appreciable gains. Some had to console themselves by jumping over the side and going for a swim... We have photos of the swimmers!

Stay tuned for our regular reports from the La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.5; the fleet left Madeira yesterday on the second leg of the race to Brazil.

And finally, those of you who have been considering the acquisition of a faster yacht should consider PUMA's il mostro, which will soon be auctioned off to the highest bidder; see the ad on the sidebar!

Stay safe on the water!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Global Ocean Race leaders Mabire and Merron through scoring gate
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race's two leading boats have sailed into the Southern Hemisphere and through the Fastnet Marine Scoring Gate whilst on the western side of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, the main four vessels are gradually working themselves clear of the Doldrums.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Calmer conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams are enjoying a welcome respite from the ferocious weather of the past few days as they commence the charge to the Scoring Gate. At the front of the fleet Gold Coast Australia is maintaining a comfortable lead in the calmer conditions. Richard Hewson and his team are heading slightly north to make the southern end of the Scoring Gate.... [more]
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Team Telefonica announced for Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Telefónica officially unveiled their crew for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 during a ceremony in Madrid today. Spain's Iker Martínez will skipper Telefónica, which boasts three Olympic gold medallists, two America's Cup winners and one Volvo Ocean Race winner.... [more]
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La Charente-Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50 Leg 2 underway
La Charente-Maritime Bahia Transat,
La Charente-Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50 Leg 2 is now underway. The seventy-seven strong fleet set sail at 1:30 p.m and headed for a windward mark buoy in front of the Club naval de Funchal before heading to the next compulsory passage mark located between the islands of Santo Antao and Maio in the Cape Verde archipelago. The wind in the area is six knots south/southwest.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Doldrums lottery
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race's first leg was undoubtedly changed by the Doldrums and with just under five days to go, the leaders are edging into the zone being led by Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron with Campagne de France who are being chased by Ross and Campbell Field on BSL.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams face extreme conditions
Heather Ewing,
The Roaring Forties have bared their teeth overnight and the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams have been experiencing the full force of a ferocious weather system bringing with it hail, ice and gusts of up to 70 knots.... [more]
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Island Yacht Club Raises More than Half Million $ for Renewal
John Morris,
Commodore David Baskin of the Island Yacht Club today announced that the Club has raised more than $525,000 from its members for improvement and renewal of its facilities. The Island Yacht Club (IYC) is located on Muggs Island in the Toronto harbour. Muggs Island is an environmentally sensitive area which also includes a bird sanctuary. It is accessible only by boat.... [more]
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La Charente-Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50 Leg 2 - Stage is set
La Charente-Maritime Bahia Transat,
On Thursday the 13th of October at 1:30 p.m local time the start of the second stage of La Charente-Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50, between Funchal (Madeira, Portugal) and Salvador (Bahia-Brazil), will begin. Nothing is definitive - in either category - with more than 3,100 miles to go before the finish line is crossed.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders nearing the equator
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race Class40 leaders are digging into the South-East Trades whilst the two mid-fleet boats are getting snared by the Doldrums and the tail-enders are proceeding to pile into the pack. During the night and into Wednesday morning, Mabire and Merron succeeded in pushing Campagne de France around one knot quicker than Ross and Campbell Field on BSL... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Major repairs at sea
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Visit Finland and Derry-Londonderry are considering how to repair their badly damaged mainsails after piercing large holes in them with their spinnaker poles in strong downwind conditions.... [more]
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University of Ottawa at World's Largest College Sailing Regatta
Clarity Nicoll,
This past weekend, the University of Ottawa Racing team got the opportunity to compete in the World's Largest College Sailing competition. The Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta was held at the Larchmont Yacht Club in New York with the Storm Trysail Foundation. There were over 400 college students, 47 offshore boats ranging from 35 to 44 feet.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing acquires two new boats for training
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing (USA) has returned to the host city for a fall training session. In the last training session in June, coinciding with a Media Week, Team CEO Russell Coutts capsized his AC45 wingsail catamaran in full view of the cameras... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR registration opens October 12
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR returns to Miami, Fla. January 23-28, 2012, for six days of elite-level competition among the world's top Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. Event organizers have posted the Notice of Race at the event website. Online registration opens October 12, 2011 for competitors and coaches and ends on January 9, 2012.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Chaotic for some, stable for others
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet have now been at sea for fifteen days in Leg 1. The Class40s are currently straddling the Doldrums with the leaders some 200 miles north of the equator and sailing over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Both Cessna Citation in third place and Financial Crisis in fourth are locked into the exhausting and potentially boat-damaging cycle of squalls and calms... [more]
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Stricken ship's Master arrested as containers topple in Rena Disaster
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
There have been two significant developments in the Rena Disaster.Seventy containers have fallen off the ship overnight as she continues to be pounded by 4-5 metre seas off Tauranga. Rena has now broken amidships. This story is being updated through the day - including on the water photos and video from media briefings ashore.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crash gybes cause mayhem
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crash gybes cause mayhem on Singapore and Visit Finland. 'No skipper likes to be woken up to find his boat sailing, on her side, backwards down waves in the pitch black at a fair speed,' according to Ben Bowley, skipper of Singapore. The 28-year-old refers to the situation he found himself in the early hours of this morning following an accidental gybe.... [more]
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Chicago Mackinac Race – The first report
Sail-World.com,
The Charlevoix County Michigan U.S. sheriff Don Schneider's s investigation looking the double fatality in the 2011 Chicago to Mackinac Race was released last Friday.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Frustrating conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - With the entire fleet now below 40 degrees south, they are now in the area from 40 to 49 degrees south known as the Roaring Forties, famed for strong westerlies. Despite managing to regain second position from New York, De Lage Landen had a frustrating night in light airs, according to skipper, Stuart Jackson.... [more]
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2011 Viper 640 North American Championship - Held in Sarnia, ON
Justin Scott,
The Viper 640 is one of the fastest growing sports boat in North America. Originally designed in 1998 it has gone through a resurgence in recent years when it was modernized by Rondar Boats based in the UK working closely with the very active class association. The 2011 North American Championships in Sarnia Canada was the final event in the EFG Pan American Series.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro second to finish qualifier
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race - The Puma Ocean Racing powered by BERG Propulsion team was second to finish the final qualifying race, arriving back at port in Alicante, Spain, early Sunday morning at 06:48:54 GMT. Telefónica was first in at 05:45:24 GMT. Designed as an opportunity to test safety procedures, all teams completed the mandatory checklist during the two nights at sea.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet edge south as temps rise
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet are in the process of straddling the Cape Verde Islands and the route through the North Atlantic archipelago has presented a variety of risks and options for the six boats. Leading Class40, Campagne de France with BSL in second took the more direct route straight through the islands with both boats slowing dramatically.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – New York storms into second place
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Despite the stronger winds remaining elusive as the teams reach the so-called Roaring Forties, New York has stormed up the leader board into second place. The Roaring Forties is the area defined by its strong westerly winds in the Southern Hemisphere generally between the latitudes of 40 to 49 degrees south.... [more]
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Battle to get oil off stricken ship appears lost before it starts
Richard Gladwell,
At the media conference on mid-Sunday afternoon, those involved with the yet to start oil pumping exercise off the Rena, said the exercise would take 40 hours. That would seem to be too late by at least hours to beat the rising winds and seas expected to hit the stricken ship from midnight.... [more]
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TP52 World Championships – Third world title for Quantum Racing
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championships – With a second and first on the final day of racing Ed Baird and the crew of Quantum Racing lifted their third TP52 world title from four challenges.... [more]
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Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn test the waters at Weymouth + Video
Elizabeth Kerr,
Gold Medalists, Ian Percy and Andrew Simpson invited Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn to a training camp at the Olympic venue in Weymouth for the past week. This is their fourth time sailing there.... [more]
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Audi TP52 World Championship images by Borlenghi and Trombetta
Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta,
Audi TP52 World Championship 2011 images from photographers Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia regain lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Australian team at the front of the fleet has switched overnight as South African skipper, Juan Coetzer, on Geraldton Western Australia conceded his lead to Australian skipper Richard Hewson on Gold Coast Australia. As the two teams rounded the Cape of Good Hope at the start the 4,800-mile race to their homeland, the overall leaders regained pole position... [more]
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