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06 May 2008






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The Volvo Ocean Race had another competitor roll out of the shed last weekend - Green Team, the Irish entry from Galway, skippered by Brit Olympian Ian Walker. They threw a "Thank you, China" party ay McComaghy Boats' yard in Zhuhai, China, to celebrate the first VO70 to be built in China - and in something like record time too. Full story here.

On a less happy note, Australian boating has been in the news a lot recently - because of accidents. Eight fatalities from two incidents in just a couple of days. Stories here.

The Clippers are doing it neck-and-neck, and Gavin Brady has won the Congressional Cup - again. And the Top of the Gulf Regatta handed out more than a capful of breeze one day, and some of the boats got 'lost' next day. Read all about it.





Green Team say ‘thank you' to China
Green Team / Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Last Saturday the VOR Green Team celebrated the completion of their new Volvo Open 70 with a ‘Thank you, China' event at McConaghy Boats in Zhuhai, China. Construction started in October 2007 in a facility located about 60 miles northwest of Hong Kong and has been completed on schedule, with the boat due to leave on a ship bound for the UK on 8 May... [more]


Fisher's View: Olympic Thoughts
Bob Fisher,
Mention of the Tornado brings back memories of 41 years ago when, given a summer off from my job at the BBC, I was concentrating on preparation for the Little America's Cup with Lady Helmsman.... [more]

Top of the Gulf Regatta - day 3
AsianYachting.com, ed Sail-World Asia,
Things have settled down somewhat after yesterday's agonizingly long evening in the protest room. The International Jury led by ISAF rules expert and last years America's Cup Jury Chairman Brian Willis ruled that the Race Committee were not at fault and boats that went to the wrong mark in the Platu and Cruising Classes must either retire or be disqualified if they have not done so already.... [more]

Top of the Gulf - Day 2
AsianYachting.com, ed Sail-World Asia,
Persistent 15 to 20 knots of wind has caused havoc amongst some of the yacht crews not used to racing in these conditions. Wild broaches, wrapped spinnakers, Man Over Board, shredded sails were only some of the more noticeable items seen from the press boat.... [more]


Brady takes Crimson Blazer 4 in Congressional Cup
Rich Roberts,
Gavin Brady joined a small, elite club of match racing sailors with a common problem Saturday: what to do with all of those Crimson Blazers in their closets. Only Rod Davis and Peter Holmberg also own four of the traditional winner's wardrobe in Long Beach Yacht Club's Congressional Cup presented by Acura, now counting 44 years of consecutive competitions among the best in the world at their spec... [more]


Ten miles separate top five - Clipper Race
Clipper Ventures Media,
Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper, Hull & Humber and New York continue their battle at the front of the fleet, however Uniquely Singapore and Qingdao have been gradually catching up with just 10nm separating the first and fifth placed yachts.... [more]

Two dead in Melbourne boat explosion
Bob Wonders,
A cruiser which had just been filled with 200-litres of gasoline has exploded at Pier 35 in Melbourne killing two people and leaving a woman fighting for her life in hospital.... [more]

Top of the Gulf, Day 1
AsianYachting.com, ed Sail-World Asia,
Ten knots of wind increasing to fifteen during the afternoon saw race one completed very quickly, so PRO Gerry Rollin's opted for the 17nm point to point course for race two. A couple of Platu 25's were judged prematurely over the start line and despite several yachts suffering main halyard breakages and sail damage forcing them to retire, the rest of the fleet experienced hair raising downwind ri... [more]


America's Cup E-Mailbag
Various correspondents,
Another letter as the life is slowly choked out of the 2009 America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to nzeditor@sail-world.com... [more]


Five Clippers battle for top positions
Clipper Event media,
As the Clipper 07-08 fleet races down the Pacific coast of Mexico, just 20 nautical miles separate the leading five yachts. New York, Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper and Hull & Humber are still battling it out for first place, with the English and Scottish boats on the same distance to finish at this morning's 0600 schedule.... [more]


Race fleet head to Plymouth for Artemis Transat
OC Events,
Twenty-five skippers are now heading towards Plymouth in preparation for the start of The Artemis Transat on Sunday, 11th May. The entire race fleet must be berthed inside Sutton Harbour, Plymouth by Sunday evening, 4th May. Following on from the Grand Prix Petit Navire in France, up to ten of The Artemis Transat race fleet plan to take part in the official prologue from Douarnenez to Plymouth.... [more]

Harbour death toll rises to six
Bob Wonders,
Australia awoke to the shocking news on Thursday morning that a runabout, allegedly overloaded and with 14 people aboard, had slammed into a fishing trawler off Bradley's Head.... [more]

Top of the Gulf welcomes all sailors...
AsianYachting.com, ed Sail-World Asia,
A busy day was in store for the organisers and sailors at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya. While Skippers and crew registered on, the backyard boys launched the fifteen strong Platu 25 fleet in readiness for tomorrows Day One clash for the prestigious Coronation Cup. Neil Maniquiz from the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital also have some pretty nurses on hand... [more]




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