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Phuket King’s Cup – Asia’s leading regatta gets better and better *Feature By Phuket King’s Cup media, 11:07 AM Fri 9 Dec 2011 GMT
The Phuket King's Cup 2011 is the biggest yet and certainly has one of the most competitive fleets ever assembled in the event's 25 year history. While in its early years the winning skippers tended to be British, New Zealand and Australian expatriates some of the key classes are now being dominated by Asian sailors. ...
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Is the Rolex Sydney Hobart in the pocket of the 50s? (Part I) *Feature By John Curnow, 12:13 AM Fri 9 Dec 2011 GMT
Once upon a time, the term Pocket was applied to things like Battleships and Maxi racing yachts. You could even say it suited to the venerable Jumbo of the skies, the 747, with its SP derivation early on in its model cycle. The underlying principle for all of these variations on a theme is the same. ...
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Phuket King’s Cup – Gasson recalls the early days *Feature By Phulet King's Cup media, 11:08 AM Thu 8 Dec 2011 GMT
Only three sailors over the last 25 years hold the distinction of winning the Racing Division of the Phuket King’s Cup four times. Bill Gasson is one of them. A founding member of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta and Phuket King’s Cup Committee President in 1992 and 1993, Gasson has not sailed the event for several years but has returned for the event’s 25th edition. ...
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Sydney GTS 43 update at the 25th Phuket King’s Cup in Thailand *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, 10:35 AM Thu 8 Dec 2011 GMT
Steve Manning’s brand new Sydney GTS 43 Walawala 2 had literally just been unwrapped before making the 500nm trip from Singapore to Phuket for the 2011 Phuket King’s Cup. A very happy owner Steve Manning commented ‘I am really, really pleased, it has exceeded my wildest expectations.' ...
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And they're off: Inaugural Kiteboard racing at Phuket King's Cup *Feature By King's Cup Event Media, Phuket , 1:10 PM Wed 7 Dec 2011 GMT
Much has been said of mixing kite boarding and sailing and much more will be said in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics as the kite board fraternity pitch to be an official event. While these discussions continue, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta in Thailand has taken a bold step introducing a Kiteboard Class to the 25-year old multi-class regatta. ...
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Phuket King’s Cup - Neil Pryde world leader in Wind and Kitesurfing *Feature By Phuket King's Cup media, 9:59 AM Wed 7 Dec 2011 GMT
At 72 years old Neil Pryde is one of the stalwarts of the Phuket Kings Cup and indeed of Asian sailing. Pryde, a New Zealand born sailor has been in Asia for almost 50 years and he loves the sailing conditions Asia has to offer. ...
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Two match racing crews fight to qualify Australia for London 2012 *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 8:08 AM Tue 6 Dec 2011 GMT
Australian Womens Match racing skipper Nicky Souter explained ‘We have had a Squad Rotation program within the Australian Match Racing teams. It's had its good moments and it’s had its challenging moments. It was really good in the beginning of the match racing program as we were rotating crews around a lot to try and find out what combination could achieve the best results.' ...
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Zach Railey – US Finn sailing like a shark in Perth *Feature By Shauna McGee Kinney, Perth , 4:30 PM Sun 4 Dec 2011 GMT
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics has a shark on their side and he’s chasing down the competition. Zach Railey – 2008 Silver Medalist and ISAF #5 Ranked Finn sailor is heating up the competition at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia. ...
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Second GTS43 Walawala II gets ready for Kings Cup *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 9:03 AM Sun 4 Dec 2011 GMT
Like all the top regatta's around the world, the Phuket King's Cup is a deadline for the delivery of new boats. Barely three weeks after delivery of his new GTS43 Walawala II (the second boat of this new Jason Ker designed production racer cruiser from Sydney Yachts), Steve Manning is preparing to give his new yacht its first hit-out at the 25th anniversary running of the King’s Cup in Phuket this ...
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Kiteboarders making history at Phuket King’s Cup *Feature By Phuket King's Cup Media, 5:13 AM Sun 4 Dec 2011 GMT
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has decided to include kiteboarding course racing as an evaluation sport in the 2016 Olympics. This year the 25th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, the largest sailing event in Asia, is including a kiteboarding division, which will be run with the cooperation of Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA). ...
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Perth 2011 - US Paige Railey and US Zach Railey - Two of us *Feature By Shauna McGee Kinney, 11:49 PM Thu 1 Dec 2011 GMT
The US is hoping to see two Raileys single-handed at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Raileys are brother and sister and are among the top US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics sailors. Paige Railey is one of the world’s top Laser Radial sailors and her brother, Zach Railey, is a 2008 Silver Medalist and world-class sailor in the Finn. ...
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Perth 2011 – Britain’s Laser Gold Medallist takes the long view *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 11:08 AM Thu 1 Dec 2011 GMT
Leading up to Beijing 2008 Olympics, British Laser champion Paul Goodison had a dominant 18 months, winning both test events and finishing off that campaign with an Olympic Gold Medal. Already selected for the London Olympics 2012, Goodison has a different focus to the rest of the Laser fleet heading into Perth 2011. ...
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Phuket King's Cup – A truly international regatta *Feature By Phuket King's Cup Media, 5:16 AM Thu 1 Dec 2011 GMT
The 25th annual Phuket King's Cup regatta, which will run from December 3rd to 10th in Phuket, Thailand has attracted one of the most diverse international fleets in the world. Thailand is a perfectly located sailing paradise and in the year the event celebrates its quarter century, it has attracted skippers from 15 countries in the keelboat class of the regatta alone. ...
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A Closer Look At The Sydney Yachts GTS43 *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 1:53 PM Wed 30 Nov 2011 GMT
'How do you beat that?' might be a fair question when contemplating the next generation successors to the hugely popular range of Sydney Yachts, best epitomised in the Sydney 38 (some 50 yachts race in Australia), the Sydney 32, and more recently to the CR range of custom and production cruiser racers. ...
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Wild Oats XI to contest Jeanneau King of the Derwent *Feature By Peter Campbell, 5:11 AM Wed 30 Nov 2011 GMT
The super-maxi Wild Oats XI, one of the world’s fastest and technically advanced ocean racing yachts, has been entered for Tasmania’s iconic harbour race, the spectacular King of the Derwent on Hobart’s River Derwent. This will be the first time the five-time Sydney Hobart Race line honours winner and race record holder has contested the King of the Derwent, conducted by the Derwent Sailing Sq ...
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US Coach Romain Bonnaud - Calling the Layline for Perth 2011 *Feature By Shauna McGee Kinney, Perth , 4:58 AM Wed 30 Nov 2011 GMT
US 470 Coach - Romain Bonnaud is calling the layline for the USTAG Men’s and Women’s teams training for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship. ...
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Triple World Champion Ian Williams wins Monsoon Cup 2011 *Feature By Sail-World.com, 10:58 AM Sun 27 Nov 2011 GMT
British sailor Ian Williams, now a triple ISAF Match Racing World Champion, won the Monsoon Cup in 2007 in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, the year he won the World Match Racing Tour for the first time. ...
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World Sailor of the Year ready to take on Perth *Feature By Shauna McGee Kinney, Perth , 7:55 AM Sun 27 Nov 2011 GMT
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Recently crowned 2011 World Sailor of the Year, US Match Racing Skipper Anna Tunnicliffe and her United States Sailing Team AlphaGraphics crewmates that make up Team Maclaren (Debbie Capozzi, Molly Vandemoer and Liz Lewin (alternate) ) are all fired up for the competition. ...
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Marine Photographers urged to use IPTC metadata to protect Copyright *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, Tetra-Media, 9:43 PM Sat 26 Nov 2011 GMT
Sailing and boating clubs and events need to address the need for copyright protection of images taken by event photographers. This is not a new problem, but as the media world consumes more and more images, the problem of unattributed or incorrectly attributed images being supplied by clubs and events to media is growing. ...
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Ian Williams new ISAF Match Racing World Champion *Feature By Sail-World.com, 10:49 AM Sat 26 Nov 2011 GMT
The quarter-finals of this year's Monsoon Cup became the 2011 World Match Racing Tour Championship showdown when Tour leader and twice World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar (106 points) and second placed Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing Team (100 points), faced each other in a first to three wins playoff. ...
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Peter Gilmour aims for third Monsoon Cup title win *Feature By YANMAR Racing media, 12:58 AM Sat 26 Nov 2011 GMT
Peter Gilmour and his YANMAR Racing crew started the crucial last matches of yesterday's qualifying series at the Monsoon Cup 2011 in good form. The quarter-finals are set for a Championship showdown and they will decide the 2011 ISAF Match Racing World Champion. ...
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WMRT Monsoon Cup 2011 - Mirsky makes a shock exit on day 3 *Feature By Sail-World.com, 10:59 AM Fri 25 Nov 2011 GMT
Day 3 of the Monsoon Cup 2011 in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia was always going to be an interesting one with four highly regarded teams fighting to ensure they were in the top eight. As the day drew to a close along came the most important match of today. It was Mirsky versus Bruni and with both skippers on just five wins, the loser would miss the cut. ...
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World Match Racing Tour leader under pressure at the Monsoon Cup *Feature By Sail-World.com, 9:46 AM Thu 24 Nov 2011 GMT
In 2007 Ian Williams (Team GAC Pindar) squeaked into the quarter finals of the Monsoon Cup on a count back. To date, 2011 has been another stellar year for the 34 year old British lawyer. Going into the final event of the Tour, he was atop the 2011 World Match Racing Tour leader board. But this regatta has produced some shocks for Williams. ...
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World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon at the Monsoon Cup 2011 *Feature By Sail-World.com, 11:42 AM Wed 23 Nov 2011 GMT
Today presented crews with the toughest ever match racing conditions in the Monsoon Cup's history. The crews in the first flight were about to be released from the Pulau Duyong marina when a heavy line squall came through with driving rain from the north. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma effects fuel transfer at sea + Video and Images *Feature By Amory Ross, 8:54 AM Wed 23 Nov 2011 GMT
Puma Ocean Racing have completed a mid-sea fuel transfer that will allow them to reach land, the first phase of their logistical battle to stay in the Volvo Ocean Race. 'These are our new best friends,' Puma skipper Ken Read of the 257-metre cargo ship ZIM Monaco. This is the first stage in a complex logistical plan to get Puma back on the start line for Leg 2 on 11 December ...
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