Grand Prix Guyader Douarnenez 2012 – 28 April

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Growth and improvement The start of the Grand Prix Guyader today saw competition from the M34s and monotypes (Open 7.40, Longtze and Mach 6.5) as well as a fleet of around fifty Dragons. It was a sweet start to the event ahead of tomorrow’s expected arrival of a low pressure system from the Spanish mainland.
The 2012 edition offers a particularly generous line-up and for some additional flavour all eyes will be turned to Port Rhu for the unique four- day festival of authentic sailing tradition.

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Drastic covering tactics as the chasing trio close-up

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Shaking out a reef on Phesheya-Racing at the start of a long day

It has been a painful 24 hours for Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattarruolo in second place on Financial Crisis in the double-handed Global Ocean Race (GOR) 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.

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CLIPPER 11-12 RACE 10: OAKLAND TO PANAMA DAY 15

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Gold Coast holding the lead and extending it

CLIPPER 11-12
RACE 10: OAKLAND TO PANAMA
DAY 15

* New York wins Ocean Sprint
* Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, Geraldton Western Australia, and
Derry-Londonderry activate Stealth Mode
* Fleet continue to battle with immobilizing light airs

All ten teams competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race
have completed the Ocean Sprint phase of Race 10 to Panama and New York
has emerged victorious to win the extra bonus point on offer for the
shortest elapsed time.

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LIGHT AND DANGEROUS INSHORE

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Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race

The light airs of yesterday caused considerable compression for four of the five boats racing in Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, while fifth placed Groupama sailing team (Franck Cammas/FRA) continued to make small losses, and is now over 100 nautical miles behind. The crews are anything but complacent as the action heats up and a new player, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) enters the game.

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Three Way Tie For First At Melges 32 East Coast Championship

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West Palm Beach, Fla. – The 2012 Melges 32 East Coast Championship commenced under very light and shifty conditions. Three challenging races resulted in three different race winners giving way to a very interesting overnight leaderboard. A three-way tie for first in points include twenty-two year old Ryan DeVos on Volpe, Alex Jackson on Leenabarca and Ryan’s cousin, Dalton DeVos aboard Delta. They are first, second and third respectively.

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Burnham & Rugg’s New Yorkers and Peckham’s Cowes Crew take top IOD Prizes

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By Talbot Wilson

Hamilton BERMUDA, April 27, 1012 – Six-time IOD World Champion Penny Simmons won the last two races in Bacardi’s Bermuda International Race Week, but it wasn’t quite enough to pop him into the lead in either the IOD ‘B’ series or the overall 13-race test for the IOD Vrengen Gold Cup. Giles Peckham of Cowes UK scored an 8-2 today and won the six race ‘B’ series while Simmons came second.

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Clear of the Caribbean

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GOR Race Viewer 12:00 GMT 27/4/12

Over the past 48 hours, the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40s 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, but in second place, Financial Crisis had to wait a further 24 hours before finding the new wind.

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