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11 Feb 2008




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It's slow work around the picturesque outcrops of Phang Kga Bay, apparently. Well, at least it probably looks better than the cold, grey view in Hong Kong! And it is cold and grey for the Clipper fleet, too, as they bash their way up towards Qingdao - rather them than me. Anyone out there with some Asian sailing news - please pass it on!



Phang Nga Bay Regatta - day 3
Asian Yachting, ed Sail World Asia,
Today brought welcome relief in the form of wind at the start of day three. The bigger and heavier yachts finally had a chance to get going on a long downwind leg to Phi Phi. That is of course if they could finish by 11:00am. As the Sunsail one designs and slower back markers approached the finish line, the wind had been gradually dropping, and then decided to stop altogether... [more]

Phang Nga Bay Regatta 2008
Asian Yachting, ed Sail World Asia,
07 Feb 08: In Phuket they like to get the racing under way early, before the north easterly breeze fades away. PRO Simon James fired away the 50-boat fleet into a light north easterly. The incoming tide helped propel the yachts up to the top mark laid off Koh Yai. Hans Rahmann's magnificent 70ft Judel/Vrolijk Yasooda led the fleet around the mark by a proverbial mile or two.... [more]


Uncomfortable racing conditions for Clipper fleet
Clipper Event media,
The teams onboard the Clipper Round the World Racing yachts are still pounding their way north against the constant and unrelenting northerly wind as they make their way towards Qingdao. Joff Bailey, Race Director: 'When they (crews) finish they will be more than aware that they have tested themselves against some of the hardest sailing that can be done.'... [more]


Protect Sails, Go Faster-the Lead Block's the Key
Adam Loory,GM Sailmakers UK-Halsey International,
No cruising sailor will deny wanting to get the best (comfortable) speed out of a boat, but, more important by far, to use the sails so they will last longer and won't let the boat down when away from home. These two goals need not be in conflict. Adam Loory, General Manager of Sailmakers UK-Halsey International, here describes how to position your lead block for the best all-round outcome... [more]


Unprecedented demand for new 70-foot Riviera
Denby Browning,
Riviera has taken orders for four new $4.7m flagship 70 Flybridges to be launched at Sydney Boat Show in late July... [more]


Torvar Mirsky wins Warren Jones Youth Regatta.
John Roberson,
West Australian skipper Torvar Mirsky became the first Australian to put his name on the Warren Jones Youth Regatta trophy for a second time, when he beat New Zealand's Adam Minoprio in the final on the Swan River.... [more]


Gulf Craft goes international
ArabianBusiness.com,
Gulf Craft Inc, the Middle East's largest boat and yacht manufacturer, rounded off last year by attending the Phuket International Marine Expo (PIMEX) and delivering its first Majesty 50 yacht to Malaysia... [more]


Glen Bourke appointed CEO of Hamilton Island
Rob Mundle,
Glenn Bourke, the former CEO for the Volvo Ocean Race round the world and the man credited with delivering the world's best ever Olympic sailing regatta, is to become the new Chief Executive Officer for Australia's premier tropical island destination, Hamilton Island.... [more]

The ‘Fun in the Sun' regatta
AsianYachting.com (ed Sail World Asia),
Thailand's rapidly growing sailing season gets underway in spectacular fashion this week, when a fleet of 50 boats set sail on the annual Phang Nga Bay Regatta in picturesque southern Thailand. This regatta, now in its 11th year, is even more famous for its parties than it is for its sailing and this year promises to be no different.... [more]




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