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 21 Aug 2010
 


Please excuse the self-interest here, but today the Hong Kong team go into the last day (and last race) of the Rolex Commodores' Cup in second place. The Irish are so far out in front it would take the Tirpitz to stop them now, but there's a fight on for second place, with the French only a couple of points behind. Here's all the coverage from the last four days' racing, including Jamie McWilliams' inimitable race analyses from the back deck of Blondie IV.

The Rolex Commodores' Cup has undoubtedly achieved the status enjoyed by the Admiral's Cup in its heyday - it would be good to see some more long-distance competitors step up to the plate. Australia? New Zealand? Over here, fellers...

Like the man said, "a regatta's only worth winning if there's someone there worth beating" - and the Rolex Commodores' Cup is where the competition is right now.

Guy Nowell, Editor (in Hong Kong!)



Rolex Commodores' Cup - Around the Island with Jamie McWilliam
Jamie McWilliam,
A massed start at the Royal Yacht Squadron line, a beat out past The Needles with the tide, a reach along the south-west edge to St. Catherine's Point, then a run to Bembridge, a broad reach to the forts, and a fetch back home to finish at the RYS. A course of 50nm give or take the odd 'uh-oh, better not get too close' moment... [more]
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Commodores Cup - Irish team unbeatable?
Trish Jenkins,
Now on 64.5 points to second placed Hong Kong's 100.5, the Irish team's position at the Rolex Commodores' Cup is looking all but unassailable. In the big boat class, Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39 Antix scored another win.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds - Tim Patton takes on champion sailors
Colin Thompson,
Etchells World Championships will include Bermuda Sailing Association president Tim Patton among the star-studded crew in north County Dublin, Ireland next week.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup provides incentive for next generation of sailing stars
Audrey Lakai,
A ground breaking initiative announced today by The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) will ensure that young sailors have the chance to compete for a place in the WMRT's prestigious season ending finale, the Monsoon Cup. Sailors aged 25 and below from outside Asia can compete at the Asian Match Racing Championship.... [more]
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Jamie McWilliam talks!
RegattaNews.com/Jamie McWilliam,
Audio file, interview with Jamie Mc, in his inimitable style... [more]
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Moth Europeans - All tied up
Sandra Mudronja,
Syz & Co Moth Europeans' ranking is still open with the suspense unbearable. The conditions are fantastic on the lake and the competitors sail their boat to the extreme, at speeds regularly exceeding 25 knots!... [more]
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Jamie Mc in Cowes with 'three packs of snarling, pumped-up raceboats'
Jamie McWilliam,
Well, if you didn't like today's race, it's time you quit sailing and took up golf. Or bowling. Sun, breeze, phasing shifts, and three packs of snarling, pumped-up raceboats. Classic. The fact that the racecourse got a bit skewed for some long starboards instead of pure beats was a shame but that's life...... [more]
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Jamie Mc reporting from the Rolex Commodores' Cup, the Offshore Race
Jamie McWilliam,
Ah me, the joys of offshore racing. What an incredibly binary race we had, filled with nothing but 100% Hero and 100% Zero moments. But at the end of it all we have moved into second overall, albeit still about 30 points behind the Irish, which means we need to seriously go some to pull this off. But as we are only at the 60% stage of the regatta so far, it's not impossible.... [more]
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Commodores' Cup - Irish again
Trish Jenkins,
The three Irish yachts took two firsts in Class 1 and Class 3 and the team has now extended its overall lead with 47 points, a 40.5 point lead over Hong Kong (87.5 points) followed by France Blue (96 points) and GBR Red (103 points).... [more]
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Hobie 16 Worlds - Australians Masters and Grandmasters Champions
Anthony Duchatel,
Rod and Kerry Waterhouse and Anthony Duchatel and Evelyn Curtis, both Australian teams from Palm Beach Sailing Club in Sydneys northern beaches, convincingly won the Masters and Grandmasters respectively.... [more]
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SFO Chronicle: America's Cup may need environmental exemption
Richard Gladwell,
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that environmental and planning issues will need to be fast tracked, if the Californian state is to realise its dream of staging the 34th America's Cup: 'Officials are moving quickly to acquire an exemption to state environmental law in time for a deadline to submit a proposal on hosting the next America's Cup, The Chronicle has learned.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Day 6 - It's a wrap
Rob Kothe,
A perfect morning for tourists but a tad light for sailing as the fleet sat on the glass in Pioneer Bay. Gradually the fleets filtered out into the Molle Channel, where the wind was gusting into the low five's.... [more]
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Rolex Commodores' Cup 2010 - Irish hold the line
Regatta News,
Rolex Commodores' Cup 2010 - Boats have been returning to Cowes Yacht Haven throughout today, back from the offshore race. With a 2.5x point co-efficient this race had the potential to provide a major upset in the results, but after four days of competition the Irish team hold an even more commanding lead, now up to 29.5 points.... [more]
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Rolex Commodores' Cup - Long race arrival images
Kurt Arrigo,
Rolex Commodores' Cup, long race arrival images by Kurt Arrigo... [more]
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Bidding underway for Signature moment of 33rd America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World.com's America's Cup Editor took a sequence of images of what is now regarded as the signature moment of the 33rd America's Cup as USA-17 flew two hulls before attacking the Swiss Defender. This image is offered for auction - in a large size print of 1200mm by 850mm, gloss finish (smaller size if requested in these proportions).... [more]
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13th SMU-RM Western Circuit Regatta, day 1
AsianYachting.com,
The grim-looking weather forecast struggled to reach five knots all day, which almost turned into a reality when the overcast skies did not allow the sea breeze effect to take hold. Never the less the light SW breeze did pick up more than the forecast and stayed for the whole day, which allowed the race committee to complete the scheduled three races for some classes and two for others.... [more]
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Commodore's Cup - Tough night ahead on long race
Trish Jenkins,
The 30 strong Rolex Commodores' Cup fleet shot off east down the Solent this morning. The course for the 10 teams is full of zigzags taking them first out towards Selsey Bill while tonight they will be heading west along the bottom of the Isle of Wight en route for a mark off Poole Harbour.... [more]
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HKG at the Rolex Commodores' Cup 2010 - Day 2
Jamie McWilliam,
Blondie nailed the pin and after about 3 minutes flipped across the pack and led into the top mark, only to watch the GBR Red GS43 Quokka 8 light up downwind in 16-20 to nip into a lead which we only managed to get back on the next beat through some epic work by Tom McWilliam and Patrick Pender which enabled us to hold high in the pressure... [more]
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On board with Hong Kong, at the Rolex Commodores' Cup 2010
Jamie McWilliam,
The HK team consists of the Mills 40.5 EFG Bank Mandrake, the Mills 40 Colliers Blondie IV, and the Corby 36 Rockall III. The event is a team event with 10 teams competing, and over the next 7 days we will be competing against 9 other teams, with the winner being the team whose 3 boats combine to have the lowest aggregate score. There's no discard, so gear failure, protests, and the perennial Cowe... [more]
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Al Hamra Yacht Club and Marina, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
www.rasalkhaimah.eu,
Al Hamra Yacht Club and Marina has announced a new management and vision for the forthcoming year. Focusing on the lifestyle and practice of yachting, Al Hamra's new operator, Henderson International, has appointed Toby Haws as Manager to oversee the upgrading of the marina and creation of a new yacht club environment.... [more]
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