Racing is heating up in the VOR!

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 28 Apr 2012
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Racing is heating up in the VOR!

The Canadian Sailing Team just missed the podium at the Semaine Olympique Française de Voile this past week. The duos of Clarke and Bjorn in the Star and McRoberts and Loutitt in the Skud placed fourth in the important pre-Olympics event. The Star World Championships are taking place in the same venue this week and our Canadians will be looking for better luck.

Ken Read and Puma Team are still leading the way in the Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet is about to round the Cabo Branco mark on the bulge of Brazil. Telefonica, Camper and Abu Dhabi are following closely in their wake at less then 22 miles and with the prospect of serious down-wind racing just around the corner; this is still anyone's race!

Sailing through the Caribbean Islands, the Global Ocean Race fleet enjoyed perfect racing conditions earlier this week. In great from since the start 25 days ago, Cessna Citation is on her way to Charleston with a comfortable lead of some 400 miles.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet is on their 14th day of racing from Oakland to Panama, where they will negotiate one of the engineering wonders of the world as they travel up and down the locks of the Panama Canal en route to New York City. The overall race leaders, Gold Coast Australia, De Lage Lagen and Visit Finland are racing down the Mexico cost line in the same order; prevailing light has the race committee concerned about the finish time and, more importantly, the scheduled canal transit time.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




Volvo Ocean Race - Morale high onboard Puma's Mar Mostro + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 6 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Oh the joys of ocean racing. Here we are thinking we can afford a little complacency, some casual downtime on the rail – maybe a small reward for days of hard work and tangible successes – when what do we do?... [more]
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It's a wrap in Hyeres for the Canadian Sailing Team!
Canadian Sailing Team,
The final day in Hyeres came down to the medal races and the Paralympic racing. CST Star team Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn had a heartbreaker today going into the final day tied for second and just missed the podium placing fourth overall.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Black Friday for Financial Crisis
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - It has been a painful 24 hours for Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattarruolo in second place on Financial Crisis as the two chasing Class40s, Phesheya-Racing and Sec. Hayai, eat heavily into their lead and Cessna Citation extends quickly away to the north and the finish line in Charleston.... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds Youth and Mens 2012 – NOR and online entry NOW
Laser Radial Youth & Mens World Championship media,
The 2012 Laser Masters Worlds was sailed out of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) in Brisbane Australia in March and there are two more Laser Class World Championships scheduled for the same venue. World Laser Radial Youth Championship 2012 - Thu 28th June - Wed fourth World Laser Radial Men's Championship 2012 - Wed 11th July - Tue 17th July... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma under attack by Camper and Telefonica
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, at 1900 GMT tonight, Leg 6 leader Ken Read and Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg were under attack from Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS), backed up by Telefónica and Iker Martínez/ESP, as they struggled in light air.... [more]
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America's Cup - San Francisco makes excitement evident
Jane Eagleson,
The first blush of San Francisco's excitement for the 2013 America's Cup was made known today as hundreds of fans and dignitaries joined in celebrating the ceremonial signing of the agreement for the City to host the America's Cup in 2013, complete with popping champagne corks, the America's Cup itself and a digital competition between Mayor Ed Lee and four time AC winner Sir Russell Coutts.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Final day drama and upsets in Hyeres
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
At the 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise, the French Sailing Week, the double point medal race brought its fair amount of drama and saw many upset in the event's final scores. Event and class leader Tom Slingsby (AUS) had mastered the gruelling conditions all week, but the 30 minutes Medal race was the straw that broke the camel's back!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama continue to lose ground
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - The situation for Groupama isn't favourable: having fallen off the pace offshore of Cape Frio, Franck Cammas and his men haven't benefited from the same weather conditions as the rest of the fleet. Due to her longitudinal separation of around a hundred miles, the easterly tradewinds currently propelling the French boat along, are also less steady in the South.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet negotiate Caribbean Islands
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race Class40s, over the past 48 hours, have been negotiating the Caribbean Islands and a swollen area of light breeze blocking the route to Charleston. Fleet leader, Cessna Citation broke into fresh north-easterly breeze early on Thursday morning GMT, 180 miles NNE of the Dominican Republic... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race heats up
Heather Ewing,
Half of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet have completed the Ocean Sprint in the last 24 hours Since Welcome to Yorkshire set the time to beat yesterday, Geraldton Western Australia, Gold Coast Australia, De Lage Landen and Visit Finland have crossed the line respectively.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Fun onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 5 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: One major component of sailing around the world that never shows up on any score sheet, sched, or progress report is team camaraderie. We spend the better part of a year with the same 10 guys, day in and day out, but unfortunately the tune of this race leaves little time... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Extreme conditions and domination
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The Semaine Olympique Francaise has had another day of extreme conditions with the sailors and racing committees having used lots of time and energy on the water over the week. While some classes and especially Women's Match racing being behind schedule, other classes were able to enjoy a full programme dominated by breezy races.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma - Meeting old 'New Best Friends'
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race – Puma skipper Ken Read shares his thoughts on Leg 6 and the crew's progress. Out in the ocean there are what seem to be a million ships. Not so many on the path we took last leg, but for sure we are in the civilized world now and ships are everywhere. You remember all the ships as we passed through the Malacca Strait. Certainly two ships stand out in my life these days.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Women's 470 images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker, Sail-World,
Photographer Thom Touw shares with us images of Women's 470 sailing action from day three of the Semaine Olympique Francaise.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma punch through cold front
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 4 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: It seems we are through both front and ridge and finally free to point north, but it was not without its troubles! We first pushed through the frontal barrier with little resistance... [more]
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Jean-Pierre Dick introduces Virbac-Paprec 3 crew
Anne-Charlotte Meyer,
Just a month from the start of the European Pro Tour, Jean-Pierre Dick introduces his crew and the course of this race in two legs leaving from Barcelona. The first will take the crews from Barcelona to Cascais (Portugal) starting 19 May. The second, from Cascais to La Rochelle, will be a single-handed leg, enabling the skippers to cut their teeth in racing configuration... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Crisps provide incentive for Cessna Citation
Oliver Dewar,
For the Global Ocean Race two leading double-handed Class40s a narrow highway 100 miles wide is developing as the fleet curves north-west around the Caribbean islands en route to Charleston. With Cessna Citation in first place and Financial Crisis in second slowing throughout Wednesday, there's an opportunity for third placed Phesheya-Racing and Sec. Hayai in fourth to close the gap... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - A fleet divided, keep your enemies close
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) continue to maintain the lead in Leg 6 to Miami from their inshore position, 20 nautical miles off the Brazilian coast, but the fleet is clearly divided on whether sailing inshore or offshore will pay off.... [more]
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Melges 24 Gold Cup Championship at Charleston Race Week Day 2
Joy Dunigan,
U.S. Melges 24 Class Gold Cup Championship - Just two points separate 2011 and 2010 Charleston Champions going into the final day of racing. The battle between Kristin Lane's Tiburon, CA based Brickhouse and 2011 National Champion Bora Gulari on New England Ropes heated up today, with Lane stealing Friday's slim lead from Gulari after four races in 6-10 knots of Charleston Harbor breeze.... [more]
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