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13 Jul 2007




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Regional news is all about the IODA Asian Optimist Champs in Singapore - take a look at the photo of the winning team-racing team from Singapore - proof that sailing really is 'good for kids'!

The VOR is going to Qingdao, but the door is still open for another China stopover - come on, Hong Kong, step up to the plate, please, and give the city and the world something to remember Victoria Harbour by (apart from just another firework display).

Evason Phuket Raceweek is just around the corner (Sail World Asia is flying down there next Wednesday). This is one of the very best regattas in the region - as they say, 'in the green season, when the wind blows!' - and has attracted an increased entry list every year for far. And each year sees a few more overseas visitors who then take home the good word and spread it around. The racing WILL be good, and the venue will TOO. Watch this space for the race reports, and if you are not there this year, make a date to be there in 2008.

There's more, so read on...




Evason Phuket Raceweek July 19th – 22nd
By Luke MacKay,
The Evason Phuket Raceweek 2007, now in its fourth year, will take place on the beautiful waters off the Rawai Beach on the South Eastern side of Phuket Island... [more]


2007 IODA Asian Optimist Championship – Day 3
By Ho Shu Fen, SingaporeSailing,
A Sumatra, winds which usually occur during the South-West monsoon, brought heavy showers and winds packing in at above 30 knots in the mid-morning. However, it did nothing to curb the sailors’ enthusiasm to do their countries proud in the team racing event of the 2007 IODA Asian Championship.... [more]


Simpson move superyacht charter base to Asia
By Simpson Marine,
Simpson Marine, one of Asia's best known yacht sales, charter and brokerage organisations, has announced plans to relocate its luxury yacht charter business from Monaco to South East Asia.... [more]


Qingdao the Olympic venue to be Volvo Race stopover
By Volvo PR,
Following the selection of Qingdao, China as the stopover on the Volvo Ocean race’s new route through the Middle East and Asia, Volvo Race CEO Glenn Bourke was in Qingdao for an official signing ceremony... [more]


IODA Asian Optimist Champs in Singapore
By Ho Shu Fen, SingaporeSailing,
The 2007 IODA Asian Optimist Championships launched into action in Singapore on 07 July with four races sailed in perfect conditions. Eighty-three sailors from 15 countries, including a rarely seen team from the Philippines, raced in a consistent 10-knot breeze which prevailed throughout the day.... [more]


Dockwise Yacht Transport new European Headquarters
By Barby MacGowan,
DYT is the world's only provider of yacht transportation on a regular liner service. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the company operates a fleet of dedicated semi-submersible yacht carriers, offering float on/float off service that is unique in the shipping industry.... [more]


2007 IODA Asian Optimist Championship – Day 2
By Ho Shu Fen, SingaporeSailing,
Many thought the fair winds on day one was just an ominous prelude to light winds in the days to come but day two proved them wrong. With a constant 10 knots of wind and excellent surfing conditions, the race committee saw fit to hold another four races on the second day, bringing the total amount of races in the regatta to eight.... [more]

Gulf Craft sponsors MarineBiz launch
By IBI magazine,
Gulf Craft Inc of the UAE co-sponsored the official launch and awards ceremony of MarineBiz TV — the world's first 24-hour maritime satellite TV channel — at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dubai last month, furthering its continual support of the region's developing marine market.... [more]


Rare giant squid washed up on Tas West Coast
By Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service,
An animal identified as a giant squid (Architeuthis), was found on Ocean Beach near Strahan on Tuesday night and reported to Parks and Wildlife Service officers. Dr David Pemberton, said it is incredible that the four giant squid strandings in Tasmania of recent years were on July 19 1986, July 20 1991, July 20 2002 and July 10 2007.... [more]


Two new champions decided at ISAF Sailing Worlds
By ISAF,
Zofia KLEPACKA (POL) stormed through the pack to win the 2007 Women’s RS:X World Championship title. Ricardo SANTOS (BRA) won the Men’s RS:X World Championship title after an incredible finish to the day’s second Medal Race.... [more]


Validity of America's Cup Challenge Queried
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
It is being reported from Europe that the validity of the America's Cup Challenge lodged by Club Nautico Espanol de Vela has been queried by the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) of San Francisco, which is represented by BMW Oracle Racing.... [more]


2nd Transpac starters face grim wind prospects
By Rich Roberts,
Although breezes up to 18 knots blew over the Southern California beaches Wednesday, the morning's position reports placed the early starters only 54 (Anna Katarina) to 105 (Peregrine) nautical miles offshore, averaging 1.6 (Lady Liberty) to 3.5 (Mysteré) knots in speed in winds described as light to nonexistent.... [more]


ISAF Sailing World Championships Day 9 results
By ISAF,
Sarah AYTON, Sarah WEBB and Pippa WILSON (GBR) won the Yngling World Championship title in the first of today’s Medal Races at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal. A fascinating Finn Medal Race saw Rafa TRUJILLO (ESP) join the illustrious list of Finn World Champions.... [more]

New 49er Carbon Rig for 2012 Olympics
By Media PR,
Out in the 49er boat park yesterday, as crews waited for race news, attentions shifted from the unpredictable weather to two new carbon fibre rigs which were on display. Since its launch 14 years ago, technology has moved on and the class is now looking at a major overhaul... [more]


Six Metres gather in Cowes for Worlds
By Marina Johnson,
J D Sarraquigne and his yacht Bravade IV will be working hard to defend their title in the 2007 Six Metre World Championship when he comes to Cowes to compete against a record number of 50 International Six Metres from around the world. The fleet is gathering from Monday 16 July to prepare for the event, whose racing starts on Thursday... [more]


Brits win, USA Second at Ynglings
By Sail-World.com,
Britain's Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson won the Yngling World Championship title ahead of the USA's Sally Barkow, Carrie Howe and Debbie Capozzi at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal... [more]

China Marine Hardware Study Tour
By IBI Magazine,
IBI magazine has teamed up with the LP Lammas Marine Group in Hong Kong to offer marine equipment and accessories manufacturers an opportunity to visit China as part of a guided marine hardware study tour.... [more]


Brits hold lead in B14 World Titles
By Rob Kothe,
The 2004 World B-14 champions Tim Fells and Shaun Barber (GBR) continue to hold the lead in the 2007 titles being raced out of the Restronguet Sailing Club in Falmouth UK.... [more]

Great Britain leads B14 Worlds
By Tim Fells,
The 7th B14 World Championships, hosted by Restronguet Sailing Club in Cornwall kicked off in fantastic sailing conditions for the first 2 races on Monday July 9.... [more]


High winds keep Finn Gold Cup fleet ashore
By Robert Deaves,
After last night's very windy conditions, this morning dawned bright and breezy at the ISAF Sailing World Championships. In fact it was very breezy,blowing 35 knots on the inside course. On the outside course, and especially on course area 4 where the Finns were due to start their gold and silver fleet racing, it was blowing considerably more. The fleets were kept ashore, despite the predictable displays of bravado from the Finn sailors... [more]


New Champions - ISAF Sailing World Championships
By José Sacavém,
It was a terrible day for the Sailing World Championship fleets. The infamous 'northerly' decided to come to stay and the winds were blowing so hard as to prevent any races being held.... [more]


2007 Star Worlds decided without Medal Race
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Gold Stars for Brazilians Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, who today joined the fraternity of famous sailors who have won the prestigious Star World Championship title, when the Cascais Medals Race was abandoned before the start.... [more]


Too much wind for 470s - ISAF Sailing Worlds
By 470 Class Association,
An important change in the 470 Women’s results was made after the disqualification of Giulia CONTI and Giovanna MICOL from Italy, who lost a protest posted by the Dutch Team Lisa WESTERHOF and Merel WITEVEEN for not keeping clear (Rule 11).... [more]




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