Exciting first week in the VOR!

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 11 Nov 2011
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Exciting first week in the VOR!

What a week it's been on the international sailing scene, where do we begin! A short review of our canadian sailors successes seems appropriate; congratulations to Bruce Galley, the first Canadian in history to sail the the Charente-Maritime / Bahia Transat 6.50. Bruce completed the second leg of the race in 23 days for a total Atlantic crossing time of 33 days from France to Brazil; over a month on Black Mamba, his 21 foot sailboat. His feat earned him a very respectable 24th place for a newcomer. Bruce proudly sailed across the finish line in Salvador the Bahia flying the Canadian ensign on the stern, the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club flag on his port shrouds and the Brazilian flag on starboard. Well done Bruce!

Many of the Canadian Sailing Team members barely had time to rest following the Pan-Am games before they found themselves down under at the Sail Melbourne ISAF World Cup event; best results so far by Zac Plavsic, third on the RSX surfboard. Next stop is the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the principal qualification regatta for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition; Sail-World will be following the action closely. Canadian Star team Clarke and Bjorn also just recently captured fourth place at the 2011 Southern Hemisphere Championships in Brazil.

In the Transat Jacques-Vabre, Belgan-Canadian Bruno Dubois, head of North Sails France is not only the sailmaker on Mike Golding's new IMOCA Gamesa, but he's board as co-skipper to make sure the sail perform as expected. Gamesa is leading the second pack that has formed behind the forerunners Virbac Paprec 3 and Hugo Boss. Earlier this week, Stamm and Cuzon had to abandon ship on Cheminées Poujoulat when their Open 60 started taking on water; the yacht has just now been located and is slowly being towed back to the Azores by a fishing boat. Light conditions have plagued the fleet earlier in the week, hindering progress towards the Antilles but the trade winds are back on today.

The Clipper Round the World fleet is back in the Roaring Forties for Leg 4 as they dip south from Geraldtown, on the western coast of Australia, to Tauranga. New Zealand. The teams are currently engaged in tight racing as they seek additional through the scoring gates; Singapore had to revert to emergency to their tiller emergency steering system earlier today, this will certainly slow them down.

Only four yachts remain in the Volvo Ocean Race following the hull damage on Sanya and the ealry dismasting on Abu Dhabi; extreme conditions on the way to Gibraltar have certainly not been easy on the crew and the yachts. While Ian Walker's crew put on a formidable effort to replace the mast and actually restart the race; timing and logistics is against the team and they have opted to stop in Portugal and ship the yacht to Cape Town for the start of Leg 2. Mike Sanderson had already reached the same conclusion for Team Sanya earlier in the week. The remainder of the fleet is carrying on, Puma Ocean Racing, Telefonica and Camper sailing the traditional westerly route toward Brazil while the French team on Groupama is in the lead, hugging the African coastline against everyone's expectations, but is this a dead-end route. The next few days look interesting!

Reasons for celebrations on Telefonica earlier this week as Spaniards Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez were announced as winners of the Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year recipients; a well earned awards for the former 49er Olympic medalists turned offshore racers. American Anna Tunnicliffe, the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion in Women's Match Racing, was awarded the female Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Volvo Ocean Race: Tough call to buy time for Abu Dhabi
Justin Chisholm,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper, Ian Walker says making the call to pull out of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race has been one of the hardest decisions of his life. Having been forced to return to Alicante within a few hours of the start when their mast was destroyed by the impact of a massive wave, Abu Dhabi had been in an all out race against the clock to get back on the water and complete... [more]
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New CYC Race to Mackinac Chairman announced
Rachelle Treiber,
It has now been announced by the Chicago Yacht Club that Lou Sandoval will be the Chairman of both the 104th and 105th Chicago Yacht Club Races to Mackinac. Remaining within tradition, the announcement of Sandoval as Chairman was made at the Awards Ceremony that took place on the 5th November.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper on form as battle rages on + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race has now reached its seventh day and at 1900 UTC, focus was on Camper Emirates Team New Zealand with Aussie Chris Nicholson in charge as he proceeded to take on the two boats ahead of him, cruising in the midst of a 23+knot north-westerly breeze.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup – Tight racing at Sail Melbourne
Roger McMillan,
Sail Melbourne 2011 - With just the medal races to go tomorrow most of the eight Olympic events being contested are still wide open. A day of light winds saw some champions make decisive moves, but others will have a nervous night. Only one class has already been decided. Triple world Laser champion, Tom Slingsby, has a 19 point lead and can therefore finish last in the Medal Race and still win.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre – Pushing for every mile
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre race leader Jean-Pierre Dick, sailing with co-skipper Jérémie Beyou on Virbac-Paprec 3, knows that the strategy that they and second placed Alex Thomson and Guillermo Altadill on Hugo Boss have followed has the hallmarks of a possible victory.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: The Riddle of the Routes
Richard Gladwell,
Less than a week into the Volvo Ocean Race, the classic is proving to be what everyone expected and more. Yes, there was the first night shenanigans, which have too often marred the start of Round the World races of various types out of the Med and Europe. While those incidents took some of the edge off the competition, the race on the water is proving to be what many expected.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet power through Scoring Gate
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The ten-strong fleet was extremely close as they powered through the Scoring Gate with just minutes separating many of the teams. With bonus points on offer for the first three teams to reach the Scoring Gate, Singapore and New York were separated by just three minutes and 17 seconds.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama face big decision
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race leading team Groupama 4 and skipper Franck Cammas/FRA have to make a big decision. They have two choices: move west quickly and take a big loss to do it, or hold their nerve and sail towards the triangle of doom, the no-go windless area that begins south of the Cape Verde Islands 600 nautical miles ahead, and then make the turn west. ... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup – Light winds test crews at Sail Melbourne
Lauren Garnet,
Sail Melbourne - The final day of racing tomorrow, Saturday, is set for an exciting finish with the final positions in the majority of classes still to be decided. Light winds tested all of the crews on Port Phillip Bay with tight racing the highlight of day five.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi forced to withdraw from Leg 1
Sail-World,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing retired from Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Friday having returned to racing early on Thursday following a dismasting on the first night. The decision leaves four of the fleet of six still racing the first stage, the 6,500-nautical mile leg from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town. Team Sanya also pulled out after suffering substantial damage to the boat's hull on Sunday.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Training days on San Diego Bay
Darrall Slater www.bayshots.com,
Darrall Slater of www.Bayshots.com provides this gallery of images from the training session ahead if the start of the America's Cup World Series in San Diego. Training continues towards the first races this weekend, however a storm front moving in may dampen the crowds down for the first events.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Video tour below decks on Team Sanya damage
Sail-World,
Richard Mason takes us below deck on Team Sanya to reveal the gaping hole that nearly sank them after striking an unidentified object on the opening night of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Shows the extent of the damage inside the hull, and the realisation of how close the VOR70 must have been to sinking.... [more]
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Trophies and honors bestowed at CYC Race to Mackinac Awards Dinner
Rachelle Treiber,
At the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Awards Dinner, a sell-out crowd of close to four-hundred sailors, guests, and other sailing community members turned out to honor fellow sailors. The evening's theme was ‘A Celebration of Our Community' with the Dinner taking place on the 5th November in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race speeds and winds increase
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are finally able to fly and this evening at 2200UTC, the boats far out in the Atlantic are relishing the benefit of a little more wind in addition to making good progress on starboard tack at about seventeen knots. This is the sort of speed that is associated with these types high performance racing machines.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Enjoying the Trade winds
Hélène Tzara,
The Transat Jacques Vabre's IMOCA 60 fleet have slipped into the second half of the race and the fight is on as the entire nine boat fleet begin to enjoy trade winds sailing. Even if they have remained fitful and shifty, after thirty-six hours rooted to a high pressure system, the five boat group to the south is off and racing again into decent breeze, trying to close to down the miles... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - So far so good for Groupama
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Will Groupama's gamble to split from the fleet pay off or is west still best? The next 24 hours will tell, as the French team and the huge lead they have accumulated close to the West African shore come under threat from a new weather system and three rivals sick of taking losses in the windless west.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Teams sprint towards Scoring Gate
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia has won the race to be the first boat through the Scoring Gate to pick up an extra three points. The first, second and third boats to cross the line between 40 degrees south 127 east and 43 degrees south 127 east will be awarded three, two and one points respectively.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Conditions take their toll
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - It's day six for the fleet racing in leg one and the conditions are taking their toll with seasickness and tiredness setting in for the crews sailing out to the west. Inshore, Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) continues to luck in, leading the fleet by 111.40 nautical miles (nm), while the rest of the fleet loses out.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne Day 4 - Intense racing
Lauren Garnet,
Sail Melbourne 2011 - More manageable conditions on the fourth day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup opening round allowed for a full compliment of racing. The 49ers, who didn't complete a race on day three, got four in today, with New Zealander's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke beginning the day in the lead... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Can Hugo Boss and Virbac-Paprec 3 hang on?
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre's leading crews in the IMOCA Open 60 class, Jean Pierre Dick and Alex Thomson were separated by fewer than three miles. Whether Virbac-Paprec 3 and Hugo Boss will hold on to their lead seems a wide open question.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Racer to be shipped to South Africa for repairs
Sail-World,
Tte damaged Sanya Lan is set to hit the road and sea bound for Cape Town where a team of experts awaits, ready to whip her into shape for the start of Leg 2. On the first night of the race, Team Sanya sustained major hull damage in heavy winds and short seas. She is believed to have made contact with an object floating in the water, which punctured the hull... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Battle for Scoring Gate points
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – 'With less than three hundred miles to run to the Scoring Gate and a consistent beam breeze this really is match racing at its best,' reports Olly Osborne, skipper of Visit Finland, this morning. Visit Finland is engaged in a close duel with Derry-Londonderry for second place with just one mile separating the two teams... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships TV coverage
Perth 2011,
More than 25 international and national broadcasters have signed up to take television coverage of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships next month.... [more]
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Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year winners announced in Puerto Rico
Sail-World,
Olympic Gold medalists Anna Tunnicliffe and Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez have been announced as winners of the Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year at an awards dinner in San Juan, Puerto Rico today.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre – Cheminees Poujoulat crew evacuated
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre transatlantic race competitors, Bernard Stamm and Jean Francois Cuzon (Cheminées Poujoulat) are recovering on the Azores island of Terceira after setting off their distress beacon mid-morning today. Also damaged in the stormy seas was 2004 Vendée Globe winner Vincent Riou's PRB which has diverted towards the island of Horta.... [more]
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Canadian InterCollegiate National Championship winner decided
Canadian Yachting Association,
The Canadian InterCollegiate Sailing Association (CICSA) played host to two National University Championships over the past two weekends. The events were the CICSA Team Racing Championship which was hosted by Queen's University in Kingston and the CICSA Fleet Racing Championship which was hosted by McGill University in Montreal.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Mike Sanderson reflects on Team Sanya damage
Sail-World,
Mike Sanderson, skipper of Team Sanya reflects on the damage caused on the first day. The former Telefonica Blue has sustained major damage to her starboard hull chine around the area of the chainplates. The suspicion is that this was caused by hitting an underwater object in the 35kt winds. The hull is punctured and delaminated in a localised area - lending further credence to the theory that... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre – Cheminees Poujoulat distress beacon activated
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Last night when they were sailing 130 miles north of the Azores, the crew of Cheminees Poujoulat - Bernard Stamm and Jean Francois Cuzon - informed race direction that they have a significant leak on their IMOCA Open 60. After analysis of their current situation in communication with race director Jean Maurel, they have triggered their distress beacon.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya suffers hull damage and suspends racing
Sail-World,
Aksel Magdahl, navigator on board Team Sanya, reported at 0834 UTC Sunday, November 6 that they had suffered hull damage on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, which began yesterday in Alicante. Skipper Mike Sanderson has confirmed to Volvo Ocean Race control: 'The situation is very much under control, everyone is obviously disappointed but in good spirits as all are safe on board.'... [more]
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Third placed Class 40 loses keel in Transat Jacques Vabre
Transat Jacques Vabre,
Tanguy de Lamotte and Eric Peron suddenly lost their keel of their Class 40 Initiatives – Alex Olivier when they were lying in third place in the Transat Jacques Vabre transatlantic race from Le Havre to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, some 450 miles to the west of La Coruna, Spain. At the time the boat was making around 12 to 14kts in a southerly wind of 25 to 30kts and confused seas.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi dismasting update from Alicante
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are putting a major repair operation into effect after their racing yacht Azzam suffered a broken mast in rough weather today, forcing her to suspend racing just over six hours into Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. 'We have no injuries and have retrieved or secured all equipment' A spare mast is being rushed to the Spanish port of Alicante... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Start Video replays - Summary and Full Coverage
Sail-World,
Watch the start of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean race via Livestream. The link includes summary video plus a full replay of the start which took place at Alicante, Spain at 1400hrs UTC. The race fleet sailed a series of short legs along the waterfront and Alicante coastline, before heading for the first major point of the first leg - the Straits of Gibraltar... [more]
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