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15 Feb 2008




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When is a record really a record? Read the definitive comments from WSSC. And then see how Konyukhov is getting down around Antarctica, setting his own benchhmark record. Brrrr.

And chilly too for the Clipper fleet on its way to Qingdao - snow on deck. No thanks, I'll stick to some sort of warmer sailing! Like the Philippine Hobie Challenge. But even in the tropics - Airlie Beach - it has been far from fun and games. The place has just been trashed by some appalling weather.

And have you been to Ha Long Bay? Do you want to see it before they start 'development' and the building of 'artificial beaches'? Hope UNESCO are watching - this is a World Heritage Site we're talking about. Read on...



Bakewell-White design fleet for Korea Match Cup
Yvonne Reid, ISAF and Sail-World,
The World Match Racing Tour has announced the inaugural Korea Match Cup from 11-15 June this year in Jeongok, Hwasung City. The new event will be sailed in fleet of yachts designed by leading New Zealand yacht design company Bakewell-White Yacht Design, who have designed similar matchracers for supplied fleet use on the Grand Prix circuit in several countries.... [more]

9th Philippine Hobie Challenge
Peter Atencio, MST Online,
16 teams of sailors from nine countries will see action in the 9th Philippine Hobie Challenge, which will take off on the coastline of Gubat, Sorsogon, on 16 February. Participants will sail through 260 kilometers around the eastern coastal areas of the Visayas region all the way to the surfing town of Luna in Siargao.... [more]


First Malaysian to qualify for four Olympics
Lim Teik Huat, The Star Online,
To make four consecutive appearances in the Olympics is not only rare but a massive achievement. And that's exactly what sailor Kevin Lim has done. Come August, he will make history as the first Malaysian athlete to compete in four Olympics in Beijing after making the cut from the Laser World Championships, which ended in Terrigal, Australia, yesterday.... [more]


Changing the face of Ha Long Bay
VietnamNetBridge,
The Vietnam Import-Export and Construction Corporation (Vinaconex) has started a big new project at the Cai Gia – Cat Ba – Hai Phong Tourism and Urban Area, developing the infrastructure for Tung Thu artificial beach.... [more]


Brady returns in quest of 4th Con Cup victory
Rich Roberts,
Brady, a New Zealand native who has lived in Annapolis, Md. since 1988, has won the Congressional Cup three times---most recently in 2006. As a globetrotting professional racing sailor, Gavin Brady doesn't spend much time in any one place, but spring will usually find him in Long Beach.... [more]


Devastation at Airlie Beach and Cannonvale
Bob Norson,
Strong northerly winds with heavy rain, ripped through the exposed and crowded anchorage off Airlie Beach and Cannonvale, leaving much of the fleet on the bricks and many others damaged by collision with dragging boats.... [more]


Sell Saddam's Yacht? 'O no you don't' says Iraq
Des Ryan,
Saddam Hussein ordered it in 1981, and it was built in Helsingor, the city of Shakespeare's Hamlet, by Danish shipyard Helsingor Vaerft. But curiously Saddam never took delivery of it. It was in the second year of the Iran/Iraq War, and maybe he had other things on his mind... [more]


Tin Can about to start circumnavigation
Sail-World.com,
A home-built trimaran appropriately names Tin can is about to leave San Francisco on a circumnavigation. Built and sailed by David Vann, who claims to hold NZ Residency, the project is being viewed with a mixture of dismay and impending doom by many in the sailing world.... [more]


Icy conditions and snow reported by Clipper fleet
Clipper Event media,
Over the last few days the temperatures have dropped dramatically and several of the skippers have reported having snow this morning. To help battle the cold conditions crew members are starting to layer up as Martin Silk explains: “Two sets of thermals, one mid-layer, woolly socks, boots, mittens, balaclava, oilskins, ski goggles and a lifejacket is all you need to go on deck today!... [more]


Clarification on World Sailing Speed Record claims
John Reed - Secretary to the WSSR Council,
There have always been unsubstantiated speed record claims, to such an extent that this was the reason for the establishment of the ISAF World Sailing Speed Record rules in the early 1970s.... [more]


Tom Slingsby wins Laser World Championship
Sail-World.com,
Australian Tom Slingsby has today retained his Laser World Title after today's racing was abandoned. Try as he could Principal Race Officer Tony Denham was unable to get either of the last two races in today.... [more]


Think this is ugly? You should have seen 1988
Rich Roberts,
If you think the America's Cup has turned ugly in 2008, consider this: it's been tea at the Ritz compared to the '88 defense in San Diego. On the 20th anniversary of courtroom collisions, mudslinging and name-calling cloaking the mismatch between Michael Fay's 130-foot monohull, KZ-1, and Dennis Conner's 60-foot catamaran, Stars & Stripes, the current dust-up is a faint echo of that fiasco.... [more]


Images from the Laser World Championships 2008
Various photographers,
Images from the Laser World Championships 2008 in Terrigal, Australia, where the weather has been uncharacteristically stormy, but the competitors have reveled in the big waves - Supplied by Andrea Francolini, Monica Palloni and C & C Images... [more]


Konyukhov heads south of Macquarie Island
Robert Williams,
Bob Williams, CEO of the Antarctica Cup Management reports from Albany that Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has chosen to head south of Macquarie Island (54°30S, 158°57E) en-route to crossing Gate 7 (90°W) within the Antarctica Cup Racetrack.... [more]


37 being rescued from Charter Yacht
Sail-World.com,
The Airlie Beach based charter yacht Romance a twin masted ketch ran aground in rough seas at Hook Island in the Whitsunday islands ast night. An Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) spokesman said authorities were notified about 5.30am that the vessel was stranded on rocks on Cave Cove on the western side of Hook Island.... [more]




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