Less than two weeks to the Vendée Globe!

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 28 Oct 2012
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Less than two weeks to the Vendée Globe!

HIGH FIDELITY (RSA) sailing to win the - 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

In America's Cup circles, with Oracle Team USA back in the shed pondering their immediate future and ETNZ putting on some important trial miles on their yacht, the Italians have launched the AC 72 Luna Rossa catamaran. Sporting the Prada colors, this is the fourth America's Cup attempt for Luna Rossa Challenge; skipper Max Sirena was on hand in Auckland, NZ for the launch amidst much fanfare and celebration.

Speaking of celebration, the race village has been abuzz with activities in Les Sables d'Olonne; Vendée Globe skippers have been busy with official photos, interviews and autograph sessions when they are not putting final touches to the yachts or dealing with safety reviews. For many of them, this is old hat but for newcomers Burton, de Lamotte, di Benedetto, Gabart and Gutkowski, this is a new experience at the top level of competition. Interestingly, very different paths have led them to the Everest of sailing. Louis Burton is the youngest skipper in the race and is achieving his dream following a Class 40 participation in the 2010 Route du Rhum; Tanguy de Lamotte studied naval architecture in Britain and helped many UK sailors with their Mini preparations before building his own Mini for the 2005 Mini Transat. He went on to build and compete in a Class 40 yacht before joining the IMOCA circuit.

Vendée Globe Village - Pontoons and yachts in Les Sables d'Olonne  Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©

It was a solo circumnavigation in a 6.50 meter yacht that put Alessandro di Benedetto on the map; suffering a dismasting in the Southern Oceans, Alessandro caught the attention of the offshore world by completing his round the world trip under jury rig. François Gabart combined studies with a successful small boat racing career before joining the popular Figaro class where he gained experience in solo offshore racing. He raced with Michel Desjoyeaux in the 2011 Barcelona World Race. Zbigniew Gutkowski finished 2nd in the 2011 Velux 5 Oceans after various round the world record attempts and a successful Olympic class career in Poland in 49er and 470.

With less than two weeks before the start, anticipation is building. I have signed up again to race alongside the real skippers in the Vendée Globe Virtual Regatta; I find there is no better way to appreciate the conditions and challenges the skippers are facing in real life. Drop me a line if you are a virtual racer; I'll be racing as WildThing. See you on the virtual start line on November 10th!

Finally, the Canadian Yachting Association is changing its name to SAIL Canada. More details from the Annual General Meeting over the next few days.


All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




CYA votes to change name
John Kerr,
The Canadian Yachting Associations annual general meeting concluded Saturday with an afternoon vote to change the associations name. An overweheliming vote in support of the motion to change the name of the 74 year old organization to SAIL Canada was recorded, which allowed the national group to begin to align its positioning alongside many other national governing bodies in the sport.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 61 - Oracle Team USA AC72 Capsize
ACM,
In this week's America's Cup Discovered we look at the devastating capsize of ORACLE TEAM USA'S AC72 in San Francisco Bay. The capsize made headline news around the globe; conjecture and speculation rife as to the consequence of the capsize. The team is shock, and will now have to reevaluate their defence strategy for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup now underway in La Rochelle
Student Yachting World Cup,
The 32nd edition of the Student Yachting World Cup (SYWoC) got underway this morning and will crown the next Student World Champion on Friday, November the second. Here at La Rochelle, 14 crews are representing their universities and countries.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Skippers' Day in Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
The 2012-2013 Vendée Globe has not even begun yet, but SAEM Vendée already has its eyes set on the future. On Friday, skippers contemplating launching a 2016-2017 Vendée Globe participation project gathered at the Sables d'Olonne Race Village where they met with Bruno Retailleau to attend the 2016 Skippers' Day. Immersing in the atmosphere of the race and networking were the main goals for the day... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Oracle's options to get back into the Game
Richard Gladwell,
With just ten months left to the Defence of the 34th America's Cup, Oracle Team USA's current situation is not ideal. But it certainly isn't terminal either. After her capsize and subsequent retrieval from San Francisco Bay on October 16, there has been little by the way of comment from the team as to the state of the damage to their first launched AC72.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: 'You're gonna see a boat that's really cool'
Volvo Ocean Race,
The 65-foot one-design boat for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race will be very forward thinking according to Patrick Shaughnessy, president of Farr Yacht Design. 'The overwhelming impression will be of a top level Grand Prix racing boat,' says Shaughnessy, the boss of the company responsible for the new design.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ puts in another day on the water
Chris Cameron,
While the Italian America's Cup Luna Rossa, was preparing for their launch party. Emirates Team NZ were putting in another day out in the Hauraki Gulf - this was their 14th. That mark is just short of the halfway point in terms of days sailed. Oracle Team USA will now not use any more of their allocated 30days available before February 1, having put in just eight on the water. Luna Rossa and... [more]
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Panerai Transat Classique - Weather leads to suspension
Panerai Transat Classique,
After considering the options, Panerai Transat Classique race director François Séruzier was obliged to inform the competitors that just 24 hours after leaving Saint-Tropez, the race had to be suspended. Last night's forecast contained no good news. Not only is the wind expected to increase, a strong gale of 45 knots is set to sweep across the Gulf of Lion.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa launched in Auckland + Video
Luna Rossa Challenge,
The AC 72 Luna Rossa catamaran, challenging in the 34th America's Cup, was launched on Friday evening in Auckland, New Zealand. At 6.40 pm local time, Miuccia Prada, with her husband Patrizio Bertelli at her side – the Team Principal of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 – broke the champagne bottle, thus christening the 22-metre maxi catamaran: mirrored hulls and a 40-metre high wingsail, its aft half... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Fleet endure slow and punishing journey
KPMS,
In the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the pontoons have rapidly filled at the Royal Malta Yacht Club throughout the past two days. With the line honours winner of the 2012 edition, Esimit Europa 2, arriving on Wednesday and the overall race winner, Hi Fidelity, confirmed yesterday evening, the focus shifted to welcoming home the first Maltese boat along with the remainder of the fleet.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from Luna Rossa launch
Sail-World,
Images from the launch of the AC72 for the Italian Luna Rossa Challenger 2013 in Auckland on Friday evening. Sail-World was not permitted cameras at the function and these shots were all taken from public areas surrounding the base.... [more]
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Navionics expands online, smart phone, and tablet app capabilities
Rus Graham,
Navionics, the leader in electronic charting and navigation data, have announced the latest round of additions and enhancements to its powerful app-based charting solutions. Offering significant new functionality for mobile devices, and debuting unparalleled online chart access, Navionics allows users to explore, plan, and make informed cartography decisions from virtually any platform.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Safran Sailing Team prepares for battle
Soazig Guého,
The 2012 Vendee Globe will commence in just over two weeks and the Safran Sailing Team is taking care of the Safran monohull, which has been moored up at the pontoon in les Sables d'Olonne since 18th October. Thierry Brault, who is in charge of the Team, explains to us what the team's work entails before the start.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Hi Fidelity emerges victorious + Video
KPMS,
In the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race, South African entry Hi Fidelity has been confirmed as the overall winner. Arriving at 04:18.15 CEST this morning, Eddie De Villiers' Welbourne 46, established a corrected time benchmark that has proved impossible for the remainder of the fleet to beat.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference headed for Dun Laoghaire
ISAF,
The 2012 ISAF Annual Conference will take place from first-11th November in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members will travel from around the globe to Dun Laoghaire where they will be joined by ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs), Class Associations, sailors, event organisers, boat manufacturers and many more.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Italian Big Cat spots the Kiwi Cream
Richard Gladwell,
Have just got back from the Luna Rosa Media Conference held ahead of the launch, in Auckland, tomorrow evening. Speaking were team head Patrizio Bertelli and skipper Max Sirena. Mr Bertelli spoke in Italian and worked through an interpreter, so it lacked some of the flow, but he was very forthcoming in his answers. However he looked like a cat that had just spotted the cream.... [more]
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Panerai Transat Classique - Quays buzzing with anticipation
Isabelle Delaune,
The hours leading up to the start of an offshore race are always an exciting time, and the Panerai Transat Classique 2012 is no exception to this age-old rule. In Saint-Tropez, a port accustomed to hosting these kinds of events, the quays are literally buzzing with anticipation.... [more]
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Bangin' The Corners - America's Cup Song
Beau Outteridge,
The ultimate underdog anthem for the America's Cup! Beau Outteridge (Nathan's brother) alerted us to what is going to REALLY happen in the upcoming America's Cup... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Esimit Europa 2 claims line honours
KPMS,
In the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race, Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) has claimed line honours. The 30.48m/100-ft Maxi crossed the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour, Malta on Wednesday 24th October at 01:13.15 CEST, sealing a third straight line honours win.... [more]
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HIT PFD safety alert advisory follow up
Cindy Cheung,
Below is a reminder from Mustang Survival regarding the HIT PFD safety alert issued in September: In keeping with Mustang Survival's commitment to the highest levels of quality and safety, we are notifying the public of an urgent advisory for specific Hydrostatic inflatable PFDs manufactured during April and May of 2012.... [more]
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Do something for windsurfing in Rio 2016 Olympics
Ned Crossley,
Annul the May ISAF Council Vote against Windsurfing. Do not let US Sailing and their three votes for kiting off the hook! Do not let the other 16 ISAF Council voters against windsurfing off the hook. Do something now prior to ISAF Annual Meeting 1-11 November 2012 to support windsurfing, please even if one design course windsurfing is not for you.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Leaders approach the finish line
KPMS,
Rolex Middle Sea Race leader Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) is expected to cross the finish line in Malta shortly after midnight having established an insurmountable lead. Esimit has passed the island of Lampedusa, the most southerly point of the 606-nm course and is some 70-nm from the finish line in Malta. A third straight line honours triumph beckons for Igor Simcic's 30.48m/100-ft Maxi.... [more]
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