Will the Jules Verne record be broken?

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 30 Dec 2011
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Will the Jules Verne record be broken?

With only a few yachts still out at sea, the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race is soon to be just a memory, but what a race it was! With only minutes separating line honours yachts in the Tasmanian capital, it remains one of the most exciting offshore events to watch. Anthony Bell's Investec Loyal was first to cross the finish line following a gybing duel with Wild Oats XI up the Derwent River; navigator extraordinaire Stan Honey made all the right calls, while Canadian crew Nick Beaudoin savoured the victory. The recipient of the coveted Tattersall's Cup, awarded to the IRC handicap winner, was announced just a few hours ago; Stephen's Ainsworth and his crew on LOKI, the 63 foot Reichel Pugh, were presented with the trophy in Hobart.

In Wellington, New Zealand, Conrad Colman and Sam Goodchild, the youngest team in the Global Ocean Race, helmed their Akilaria RC2 Class40 yacht, Cessna Citation, across the finish line to win leg two of the race. The last few weeks have been extremely challenging for the entire fleet and the finish was no different with winds of 40 to 50 knots blowing through Cook Strait as the leaders finished.

Earlier this week, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet was lifted onto a ship that will transport them to the United Arab Emirates where they will be unloaded for the leg to restart to Abu Dhabi. Team Sanya is currently in Madagascar where they suspend racing earlier in the leg following rig problems.

Banque Populaire V is back in the Northern hemisphere after Peyron and his team set a new record crossing the equator in just over 38 days; sailing at 35 knots, they currently enjoy a 1400 mile lead on the previous Jules Verne record.

Remember the blue, very blue water, the sun that's so warm it touches your soul, and the irresistible happy faces that make you smile? It is the Caribbean! Feel the magic again at the upcoming Toronto International Boat Show. At Canadian Yachting's Island Village, located in the SailFest section (Hall D) of this year's show, enjoy the authentic island sounds and tastes of the Caribbean, while island country representatives and charter boat companies help design your next vacation! Sail-World Canada will see you there from January 14th to 22nd at the Direct Energy Centre.

Boating enthusiasts on the West Coast can mark their calendar for the Vancouver International Boat Show set for February 8th to 12th, while Atlantic provinces sailors will have to wait until February 23rd to 26th for the Halifax International Boat Show. More details in the weeks to come.

Best wishes for the New Year!


Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Rolex Sydney Hobart – Its a cruel race says the winner
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 overall handicap winner Stephen Ainsworth first sailed his own yacht in the 1998 Hobart race. A tough initiation but things have improved since then, as Stephen explains to Sail-World.com.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Banque Populaire V shatters Equator time
Caroline Concetti,
In the Jules Verne Trophy, Loick Peyron and his men are back in the Northern Hemisphere and have been since 12:17:30 (French time) on Friday. Their arrival back in the Northern Hemisphere comes 38 days two hours 45 minutes and 48 seconds* after leaving Ushant.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Qingdao reaches Scoring Gate third
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After the Australian teams claimed the bonus points for first and second to reach the race seven Scoring Gate, Qingdao has claimed the final point on offer, reaching the gate in the Coral Sea just 27 minutes ahead of Singapore in fourth place.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 2 - Cessna Citation wins race to Wellington
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Conrad Colman and his British co-skipper, Sam Goodchild, crossed the leg two finish line at 08:20:40 GMT on Friday 30 December. The youngest team in the GOR, 28 year-old Kiwi, Colman and 22 year-old Goodchild, crossed the finish line in Wellington Harbour, in first place on their Akilaria RC2 Class40, Cessna Citation after 30 days 22 hours 20 minutes and 40 seconds... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 - Nothing accidental about Loki's win
Lisa Ratcliff,
It took Sydney-based Stephen Ainsworth 14 years to claim the elusive Tattersall's Cup, and as he put it so succinctly, 'it was a big box to tick'.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Banque Populaire V 1300nm ahead of record pace
Brian Thompson,
Jules Verne Trophy record attempt, Day 37. Brian Thompson onboard Banque Populaire V reports on the progress being made: It is absolutely fantastic sailing here in the Tradewinds... Loick and Juan are very happy as we are sailing with minimum risk to the boat, and at 100% of our polars. Includes two videos of tradewind sailing - watch on full screen... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 - Loki wins Tattersalls Cup
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Stephen Ainsworth's Reichel Pugh 63 Loki will today be declared the Overall Handicap winner of the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Second in Division 1 and second overall will be Michael Hiatt's Farr 55 Living Doll and third place will go to 42 Sydney Hobart veteran Syd Fischer's modified TP52Ragamuffin. Ragamuffin will also be the ORCi handicap overall Sydney Hobart winner.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Closing in on Cook Strait
Global Ocean Race,
The second Kiwi team, Ross and Campbell Field on BSL, came to within 70 miles of Cessna Citation at 03:00 GMT on Thursday as they chase Colman and Goodchild along the coast. After 7,000 miles of pushing their new boat to the very limit and setting a new Class40 24-hour distance record, Colman and Goodchild are hoping Cessna Citation doesn't suffer any major damage or failure.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 ORCi versus IRC as handicap rule
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 – tomorrow the handicap winner for this year's race will probably be decided. The overall IRC handicap rating winner will receive the prestigious Tattersalls Cup and there will be IRC results for 72 boats across four divisions. At the same time, there will be another set of handicap results for yachts sailing under the ORCi handicap rating, 38 boats in three divisions.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: Loyal Investec decision announced + Video
Sail-World,
An emotional Anthony Bell, skipper of Investec Loyal, has just announced the decision of the International Jury to a media gathering at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Boat loading operation a success
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The five Volvo Open 70s are being transported to the start of the second stage of leg two in the northern Emirates in the latest stage of the anti-piracy plan after a nerve-wracking operation to load the 15-tonne boats went perfectly. Sailors, shore crews and race organisers worked round the clock to complete the risky task... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Line honours finish closest in years
Alex Bocage,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Anthony Bell's Investec Loyal fended off repeated challenges from Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI to win, in the closest finish in the last 29 years, by just three minutes and eight seconds. The competition for line honours in this race was one of the closest in its 67 year history with the two Australian maxis gunning for each other from the moment the canon was fired... [more]
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More images from the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sail-World.com,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - We share more images from the 67th edition of the Blue Water Classic, shot by photographers Kurt Arrigio and Daniel Forster. The galley includes shots from the stunning line honours finish of Investec Loyal. Enjoy!... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Provisional line honours to Investec Loyal
Bruce Montgomery and Jim Gale,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 628 nautical mile race, provisional line honours winner is Anthony Bell's Sydney super maxi Investec Loyal. She crossed the line just three minutes and eight seconds ahead of five-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart – The duel to the finish
Crosbie Lorimer & the Sail-World Team,
Crosbie Lorimer was reporting from the water for Sail-World... back in the 1980's there was a seven second finish and what we are watching now three miles away from the finish, off Hobart Constitution Dock, is Loyal and Wild Oats XI less than a minute apart, probably four to five hundred metres separating them.... [more]
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Images of the Rolex Sydney Hobart competitors - Part 3
Sail-World.com,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The final gallery in a series of three displaying entrants in the 67th edition of the Blue Water Classic. Enjoy!... [more]
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Images of the Rolex Sydney Hobart competitors - Part 2
Sail-World.com,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The second gallery in a series of three displaying entrants in the 67th edition of the Blue Water Classic. Enjoy!... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - more images - Part 1
Sail-World.com,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The first gallery in a series of three displaying entrants in the 67th edition of the Blue Water Classic.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing arrive
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race team Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have arrived at the safe haven this morning, Tuesday 27th December, in fifth place. All the boats being shipped to Abu Dhabi have completed the first stage of leg two. Ian Walker's crew crossed the line at 08:56:38 UTC, 15 hours behind stage winners and overall race leaders Team Telefónica.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart; Wild Oats and Loyal, Let the Games Begin
Crosbie Lorimer,
They said as much would happen and here we are. For the last few days all the top tacticians, navigators and weather folk have been saying that the second half of this year's race is going to be very tricky, with some unusually light and unpredictable winds all the way down the Tasmanian East Coast for at least a couple of days.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leg 2 - Who will be first into Wellington?
Oliver Dewar,
After a very tough and demanding crossing of the Indian Ocean, Cessna Citation in first place and BSL in second face an area of light winds on their final approach to Cook Strait. Colman and Goodchild celebrated Christmas with headwinds as the duo closed into just under 800 miles of the finish line and Colman's hometown, Wellington, at the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Knife-edge victory for Telefonica in Leg 2, Stage 1
Sophie Luther,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Telefonica are poised to charge into 2012 as the leaders of race after snapping up the victory over Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand in a thrilling finish to the first stage of Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi.... [more]
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Sail-World team
Sail-World Team,
Here's wishing all our readers and advertisers have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your support over the past year, we hope that you have enjoyed reading Sail-World as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders on the move
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) second leg leaders, Cessna Citation and BSL, are on the move again south of Tasmania. Campagne de France are hard on the chase, although the weather for the Tasman Sea crossing is far from clear.... [more]
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ABC Grandstand Radio - Sydney Hobart
Sail-World.com,
Sail-World's Rob Kothe talks to ABC Grandstand Peter Newlinds about the 2011 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race... [more]
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Spirit of Christmas catches up with Volvo Ocean Race crews + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race crews have been nabbed by the spirit of Christmas and the merry sailors have been prompted to break into an original rendition of the classic carol ‘Jingle Bells'. White water has replaced snow and there is a boat instead of a sleigh, but at least some crews' wet-weather gear is festively coloured red.... [more]
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