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 03 Dec 2012
 


Hello Phuket King's Cup 2012 - starts tomorrow. A quick preview here of the 26th edition of what is probably Asia's premier big boat regatta. Add in the latest news from the Vendee Globe, the America's Cup and the Monsoon Cup (which is about to start in Kuala Terengganu), Vestas Sailrockets amazing achievements, and that's the round-up for the end of the week.

There's thunder and lightning crashing and banging in Phuket - so who knows what tomorrow will bring? See you on the water.

Guy Nowell, Editor



Phuket King's Cup Hall of Fame
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
With 75 boats on the roster it's not the biggest fleet the Phuket King's Cup has ever seen, but the quality is there. Strength in depth, and all that. The next five days of racing are sure to produce some fierce battles at close quarters, and we'll be bringing you the stories and the pictures. Man the guns, and ready a broadside.... [more]
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The changing face of the Phuket King's Cup
Rob Kothe,
One often sees sports events claiming International status beyond reality, but now in its 26th year, the Phuket King's Cup organisers take so much for granted the amazing nationality mix of skippers and sailors in the fleet that it hardly rates a mention.... [more]
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Topper Fleet at 2012 Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Event Media,
A Topper Fleet is joining this year's Phuket King's Cup Regatta. Part of the PKCR International Dinghy Classes, they will compete 2nd - 5th December (four days) off Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand.... [more]
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Vendée Globe leaderboard shuffles on Day 21
Vendée Globe,
The Vendée Globe 2012-13 is on day 21 of racing. Roll up, roll up, place your bets as the leaderboard shuffles through the night. The leading trio are playing musical chairs, and Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) this morning is at the front, ahead of François Gabart (MACIF) and Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) sits closely on his tail... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Trophy reaches final destination
Miyeera Navaretna,
After seven adrenalin-draining legs, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour Trophy has already reached its final destination in Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu. The prestigious hardware of pure silver will be handed to the winner of the 2012 ISAF Match Racing World Champion right after the 2012 Monsoon Cup on 8th December 2012.... [more]
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America's Cup: Italians fire off protests over Spying and Venue switch
Richard Gladwell,
It has been a busy week for rules advisers for the Italian Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, Luna Rossa. Two protests have been lodged with the International Jury. And the Jury Chairman has responded with a terse reminder to teams about leaking Jury documents to the media... [more]
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America's Cup: Hejdå Terry - Artemis Racing ring changes in AC72 crew
Richard Gladwell,
After just four days of sailing in the their new AC72 America's Cup Challenger, Artemis Racing, have announced several key changes in the afterguard. Gone is skipper, Terry Hutchinson, who has been with the team since its inception, and on-board are a bevy of Olympic Gold Medalists, plus highly experienced multihull skipper and technical specialist, Loick Peyron.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Thomson's 2003 record broken by Gabart, Macif?
Vendee Globe,
Yesterday in the Vendee Globe, between 12pm GMT Thursday 29th to 12pm GMT Friday 30th November François Gabart (Macif), travelled from point to point, 482.91 miles in 24 hours, averaging speeds of 20.1 knots. This breaks the record held previously by Alex Thomson in 2003. Confirmation of the record is subject to the WSSRC validation.... [more]
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Xiamen building in-water bonded ‘warehouse' for imported boats
WOXnews.com,
Following the establishment of Wuyuan Bay Land Yacht Bonded Warehouse, Xiamen is now making plans to build China's first in-water yacht bonded warehouse at Wuyuan Bay. According to the Xiamen Road & Bridge Yachts Development Co, the Wuyuan Bay Water Yacht Bonded Warehouse is slated to start construction in December 2012... [more]
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Ian Williams guns for 4th world match racing title at Monsoon Cup
Monsoon Cup,
Reigning Monsoon Cup champion Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar team is expected to come all out next week as he aims to capture his fourth world match racing championship in the series finale of the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour from December 3-8 at Yaz Heritage Marina Resort and Spa, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Rio prepares to welcome the Extreme 40s
Extreme Sailing Series,
In only one week, the Extreme 40s will be heading into the final battle of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series in the spectacular city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – the same city that will not only be hosting the FIFA World Cup Final in 2014 but the 2016 Olympic Games, making it the destination of choice for sporting fans around the world.... [more]
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Malaysian Match Racing victory propels Jeremy Koo into Monsoon Cup
Miyeera Navaretna,
Jeremy Koo (KFC Malaysia/KRT) blazed away in the semifinal match against Masyuri Rahmat (Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team 1), winning 3-0 to clinch his third Malaysian Match Racing Champion title at the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit (MMRC) Final Stage at the Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort and Spa in Pulau Duyong, Terengganu.... [more]
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Whatever happened to Sandy Island?
Nancy Knudsen,
Where did Sandy Island go? Captain James Cook is a revered seaman with an unparalleled record of surveying. He surveyed Sandy Island as between Australia and New Caledonia in the Coral Sea back in 1772. It was also mapped by a British whaler, the Velocity, in 1876. It's been on world charts ever since. But last week, another vessel went to the location and found only deep water.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 - Blown away... the over 65 knot run + Video
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket project leader and pilot, discussed the latest - including the 65+ knot run on Walvis Bay: So let's get this down here before I start forgetting stuff...Last Saturday looked like it was going to be a strong day from the moment it popped onto the long range Windguru forecast.... [more]
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