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 16 Mar 2012
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The RS:X Canadian Sailing Team in Spain!

After twelve days at sea, the Clipper Round the World fleet have experienced quite the variety of Pacific Ocean weather patterns as moderate winds carry them towards the mid course scoring gate. They will now have to negotiate it under the predicted strong winds that have caught up with them; 40 knots on the nose have lead to scrambles to reduce sail and switch to a different racing mode for the next few days. Gold Coast Australia still leads the way and are in great position for an easy way through the gate.

Despite a third place in leg 4 behind Groupama and PUMA, Telefonica still leads at the top of the Volvo Ocean Race scoreboard; they will try to score another win in the much anticipated Auckland in-port race tomorrow. A challenging course has been set-up and local knowledge from the various Kiwi sailors, including Sanya's skipper Mike Sanderson, will surely come in handy. On Sunday, the fleet will start the longest leg of the race as the Volvo Open 70's will have an opportunity to stretch their legs across the Southern Ocean to round Cape Horn towards Brazil.

Next week-end marks the start of the International Rolex Regatta in St. Thomas; the popular Caribbean circuit event has attracted a wide variety of racers again this year, ranging from beach cats and local IC-24's to TP-52's. More details next week!

Canadian Sailing Team members Nikola Girke, Dominique Vallee, Laurence Bonneau-Charland, David Hayes and Zachary Plavsic are proudly representing Canada in the 2012 RS:X World Winsurfing Championships in Spain; racing starts on Tuesday in the Bay of Cadiz. Reports and results here as they become available.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor


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