Heavy winds and challenging sea conditions at 45º South, just North of the ice limit gates, have caused hull damage that have forced Volvo Ocean Race leader Camper to slow down to complete repairs. Earlier this week, Team Sanya broke a rudder and started taking on water, as a result they have turned around to New Zealand. Groupama is the new leader.
The popular 'town race' was on the International Rolex Regatta schedule yesterday in St. Thomas. I vividly remember my run from the St. Thomas Yacht Club at the eastern end of the island right into the crowded and bustling Charlotte Amalie harbor on the NYYC 42 Long Echo in 2010; between spectator boats, cruise ships and many slower divisions yachts ahead of us, I am still amazed we didn't hit anything. Quite the scene for fans all over the waterfront yesterday as 68 boats turned around in the harbor. Canadian Ashley Wolfe and her Mayhem TP52 team is fighting it out in IRC 1; CSA 1 is also interesting to watch with NYYC's Stephen Murray's new Carkeek 40 lining up against a couple Farr 400's.
A busy week for members of the Canadian Sailing Team; Zachary Plavsic and Nikola Girke are top Canadians at the RS:X World Windsurfing Championships where winds of 40 knots have delayed racing in Cadiz , Spain yesterday. Racing should resume today. http://worldwindsurfingchampionships2012.rsxclass.com/ Meanwhile, also in Spain, Emily Hill and Danielle Boyd attend the ISAF Equipment Evaluation for the 2016 Olympic Games where they keep an eye on the Women's Skiff evaluations; they report at http://emilydannieskiffs.blogspot.ca/
The America's Cup World Series return to Europe next month as the fleet hopes to impress Italian fans in the waters off Naples, Italy. The Oracle Racing team will need to complete repair work following a collision between their two AC45 yachts sustained while practicing in San Francisco earlier this week.
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