And they are off!

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 11 Nov 2012
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And they are off!


Minutes later, 19 yachts would cross the start line, some a bit early in their anticipation to get racing. Unfortunately for Bertrand de Broc, his yacht Votre Nom Autour du Monde sustained minor hull damage in the heavy boat traffic leading out of the harbor and had to return to port for repairs. He is back at sea with his sight on the fleet as they round Cape Finisterre. Five hours in the race it was one of the favorites, Marc Guillemot on Safran, to run into bad luck with a broken keel, possibly after hitting a submerged object. Marc returned to Les Sables where a close inspection confirmed a worst-case scenario for him; his race is over.

François Gabart (FRA), skipper of MACIF Open 60  © Vincent Curutchet / Macif

With a rather uneventful, compared to 2008, passage through the Bay of Biscay, the remainder of the fleet was able to get some miles behind them; François Gabart is leading the way on MACIF as they turn the corner in Spain and start heading south. Alessandro di Benedetto who, on an older boat, appears to have gambled on a more southerly route in the Bay is bringing the rear of the group who didn't have to return to port. With good breezes in the forecast, the next few days to the Canary Islands should be interesting!

Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Lijia Xu (CHN) - ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2012  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

The ISAF annual conference is closing down today in Ireland; with a busy agenda over the past week, representatives had an opportunity to discuss many important issues in the sport of sailing. One of the key discussions was obviously around equipment for the 2016 Rio games; in a rather convoluted turn of events and lengthy debates at the AGM, the windsurfers were reinstated for 2016. Earlier in the week, Chinese Laser Radial gold medalist Lijia Xu and British Finn gold medalist Ben Ainslie were announced as the 2012 ISAF Rolex Sailors of the Year.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




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Sail-World,
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ AC72 gets ready for Round 2 of testing
ETNZBlog,
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Vendee Globe: Safran forced to retire with broken keel
Soazig Guého,
Vendee Globe - At 1745 hrs CET (1645 hrs GMT) on Saturday 10th November, Marc Guillemot called his shore team to inform them that he had hit something and that there had been a loud noise, after which the boat suddenly heeled over. After making the boat safe, the skipper of Safran decided to head back to Les Sables d'Olonne in order to inspect the damage... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference comes to a close in Dun Laoghaire
ISAF,
After three days of meetings, the ISAF Annual Conference came to a close today as the final decisions affecting the sport moving forward were made. Hosted in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, hundreds of delegates gathered from 1st November 2012 to discuss sailing across the world.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Excellent start for Wavre and Mirabaud
Bernard Schopfer,
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ISAF announces new Council Members
ISAF,
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Vendee Globe - Fleet sets off from Les Sables d'Olonne + Video
Vendee Globe,
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ISAF Conference - Kiteboarding out, Windsurfing back in
Sail-World,
After a long six month battle, Windsurfing has made it back as an Olympic Event for the 2016 Olympics. The ISAF Annual General Meeting, in a simple majority vote, decided to delete Kiteboarding and re-instate Windsurfing, which has been in the Olympics since 1984 as a Mens Event, and since 1992 for Women.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Safran leads the way
Soazig Guého,
They're off! The journey that is the seventh Vendée Globe could not have got off to a better start for Safran: at 13h32, after the first half hour of racing, Marc Guillemot was leading the way. A twelve-knot south-westerly wind, choppy seas, with showers passing over in grey skies, mist and with hundreds of accompanying boats... that was the scene at the start of this seventh Vendée Globe.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa trains on the Hauraki Gulf
Sail-World,
The Italian America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa was out on the Hauraki Gulf on Friday for what appeared to be a good training session in a light onshore breeze, which later changed to a moderate offshore breeze as she entered the Waitemata Harbour.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Mike Golding commences fourth entry onboard Gamesa
Gamesa Sailing Team,
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Vendee Globe - Final countdown underway
Vendee Globe,
For the Vendée Globe, weather forecasts look promising for the 20 solo skippers who start the seventh edition of the 28,050 mile solo non-stop around the world race tomorrow, Saturday at 1302hrs (French time, 1202hrs UTC). The final hours before the start are never, ever easy to deal with.... [more]
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ISAF Conference: Near-miss for Windsurfing in Olympic re-open call
Richard Gladwell,
The ISAF Council failed to support moves to re-open the topic of the 2016 Olympic Events and the vexed issue of Windsurfing and Kiteboarding. The move to re-open the decision made at the Mid-Year meeting of the ISAF Council in Stresa, Italy failed to gain the threshold of 75% support... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Guillemot and Safran ready to set off
Soazig Guého,
The start of the Vendee Globe is almost here. At 1302hrs CET (1202hrs GMT) on Saturday, Marc Guillemot will be setting off around the world aboard Safran. The weather for the start is looking fairly good, but they will face their first hurdle at Cape Finisterre, as they will have to deal with a ridge of high pressure with light winds. Marc is looking at this closely with Pascal Bidégorry.... [more]
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Record fourth ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award for Ainslie
Matt Carter,
Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor ever, was awarded the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award for a record fourth time on Tuesday, 6th November. The 35-year-old Finn sailor snagged the award at a glittering ceremony at the Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland, with China's Laser Radial sailor Lijia Xu named as the female world sailor of the year.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Mirabaud skipper better prepared than ever before
Bernard Schopfer,
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award winners announced + Video
Marina Kienitz,
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Vendee Globe - Skippers aspire to expand race history
Vendee Globe,
Since the second edition of the Vendée Globe, that was raced between 1992-1993 when Alain Gautier won, there have been solo skippers from Great Britain in each successive edition. Alan Wynne-Thomas and Nigel Burgess were the first British skippers to start a Vendée Globe race. Tragically Burgess drowned in the Bay of Biscay three days into the race.... [more]
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Sailing enthusiasts invited to vote for Yacht Racing Image of the Year
Bernard Schopfer,
Sailing enthusiasts are invited to vote for their favourite yacht racing photo on the World Yacht Racing Forum Facebook Page. The ‘Yacht Racing Image of the Year 2012', presented by Mirabaud and Cie Private Bankers, is open to professional photographers from all over the world.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Golding and Gamesa ready to race
Gamesa Sailing Team,
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Global Ocean Race - Major expansion and rescheduled start announced
Oliver Dewar,
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Vendee Globe - Samantha Davies ready for second participation
Romain Delaume,
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ISAF Sailing World Cup heads to Miami
ISAF,
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