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 06 May 2011
 


Like the ad used to say - "It's good to talk". After the Top of the Gulf closed on Tuesday (with a new champion, Team Premier from Dubai, story below) a handful of regatta organisers and other interested parties sat down for a talk about what is loosely referred to as the 'Asian Regatta Circuit', and where it is going. And particularly about improving inclusiveness and competitor numbers. It was a time to air some ideas, not to start writing rule books or forming committees.

As Asia attracts more and more attention from the western hemisphere (think VOR, Extreme 40s, WMRT, Clipper), it is only a matter of time before a racing yacht or two trickles in from Europe in much the same way we welcome the occasional visitor from Australia or New Zealand. And when that happens, it would be a good idea if the Asian regattas were all talking to each other. Now, they've started.



Top of the Gulf 2011 - 'must be accounted a success'
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Once again it was a grey and soft beginning to the day, with the first starts going away in no more than 5 kts of southwesterly breeze. The RO signalled windward-leeward courses for all classes, with the firm intention of completing two races for all divisions (except the Cruising class) and maybe three for the Platu fleet contesting the Coronation Cup.... [more]
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A 'United Nations' of winners at the 2011 Top of the Gulf Regatta
TOG Event Media,
The final day of racing at the 2011 Top of the Gulf Regatta saw idyllic, tropical sailing conditions and lots to sail for with many classes going down to the wire. Over 30 nationalities enjoyed four days of testing racing off Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Thailand.... [more]
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A new champion crowned at Thailand Optimist National championship
Infinity Communications,
The Thailand National Optimist champions has a long and storied history with many of today's top Thai sailors having competed, and won, the perpetual trophy. In 1976 the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand started Junior Sailing, a programme to encourage and train young Thai sailors and send them to compete in international sailing events.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2011 – what a difference a day makes
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It was back to cliché conditions today – after a soft start to proceedings, the Race Officer was able to send all divisions away in light breeze that then built to a useful 12+ kts and stayed that way. A single ‘islands' race for the Cruising division, and a windward-leeward followed by an islands course for everyone else.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2011 - postcards from Thailand
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Blue skies and sunshine at TOG 2011... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2011 - more blue skies
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Top of the Gulf 2011 - more blue skies... [more]
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Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 on-water rivalries reignited on day 3
TOG Event Media,
A tete-a-tete continued in the protest room today as Evolution Racing filed a protest against yesterday's Jury decision to dismiss their protest. The upshot saw Neil Pryde's Hi Fi disqualified from yesterday's sole race, which sees they drop down the series rankings. However, the rumour mill is working overtime... [more]
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Asian Regatta Forum at Top of the Gulf
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The Asian regatta calendar is a full-on affair - there's something happening practically every month of the year. The principal events are loosely referred to as the ‘Asian Regatta Circuit', even though there are no formal organizational link between the events.... [more]
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Around Australia World Sailing Record start date announced
Mainsheet Media,
Save Our Seas Ocean Racing will be setting off on Wednesday 11th May 2011 from Sydney on board the iconic Australian maxi-yacht Brindabella to break the World Sailing Speed Record for the fastest monohull Around Australia.... [more]
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America's Cup: Challengers reduce to 14 teams, bond date date missed
Richard Gladwell,
34th America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray told Sail-World this morning that one of the teams that had lodged a Notice of Challenge with the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club had been declined. When the entries were announced at the closing date at the end of March 2011, there were ten named teams, five teams who had asked their details be kept confidential, and two of those were listed as... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup - Its a wrap
PWA,
European freestyle enjoys a spell in the limelight after Belgium's Steven Van Broeckhoven secures his first ever PWA Surf World Cup victory on the waters of Lake Neusiedler.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Both Keelboats chopped by ISAF Events Committee
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World understands that the meeting of the International Sailing Federation's Events Committee has just voted on its schedule of ten Events for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. The report from the Committee will now go to the ISAF Council to be 'received' which then triggers a discussion and debate as to whether the Council endorse the Recommendation or amend it.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutek finishes sprint four
Velux 5 Oceans,
He's done it! Tenacious Polish solo sailor Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski brought to an end a gruelling 38-day sprint from Punta del Este in Uruguay to Charleston, USA, today as he crossed the finish line of the fourth leg of the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more]
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Opti Worlds 2012 Update: IODA President visits Napier
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Peter Barclay, of Peru, the President of the International Optimist Association (IODA) recently enjoyed a four day visit to New Zealand in advance of the 2012 Optimist World Championships being staged in Napier over the New Year period.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup final day - First world cup victory
PWA,
The freestyle discipline witnesses a changing of the guard on the final day in Podersdorf for the PWA Surf World Cup.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: For whom the Olympic Bell Tolls? Part 2
Richard Gladwell,
In this second part of his commentary piece, Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, looks at what he thinks the International Sailing Federation should be selecting as the Events for the 2016 Sailing Olympics... [more]
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60ft Sailing Dhow Race - Majid Bin Mohammed Watersports Championships
Sharon Allison, DIMC Media,
The Traditional 60ft Sailing dhows will take to the water this Saturday (6 May) to race in the penultimate event of the Majid Bin Mohammed Watersports Championships. The Championship is an annual event, and incorporates a series of races under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum who presents trophies to the competitors... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup - Battle royale at first single elimination
PWA,
Competition's penultimate day in Austria at the PWA Surf World Cup stood poised at the mercy of a rogue forecast.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour skipper Peter Gilmour aims for fourth title
World Match Racing Tour,
Australian match racing legend Peter Gilmour has issued an ominous warning shot to his younger rivals insisting he still has what it takes to win the World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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Images of Puma Racing: First sail
George Bekris,
Top US photographer, George Bekris presents these images of the US Volvo Ocean race entry, Puma Racing on her first sail, yesterday.... [more]
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Olympic double medalist on Kite Boarding in the Olympics
Bruce Kendall,
Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist, and multiple World Windsurfing Champion, Bruce Kendall writes on the topic of whether Kiteboarding is too dangerous for inclusion in the Olympic Events Regatta. I have been surprised and shocked by many 'experts' regarding kite-boarding being in the Olympics. In a recent article, the 'ex – pope' of yachting encouraging the decision makers to 'have courage and have... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf onshore
PWA,
With the prospect of another windless day at the PWA Surf World Cup in Podersdorf, we took to the event site to ask the riders your questions.... [more]
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World Speed Record contender Sailrocket 2's speed transitions
Paul Larsen,
Latest from Paul Larsen on the progress of Vestas Sailrocket 2 and the team in their attempt to beat the outright world sailing speed record. 'Yesterday evening we had our third session of tow testing of the bare platform. The new second 'step' on the rear underside of the hull quickly ventilated from behind at speeds as low as three-four knots.' Paul Larsen.... [more]
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