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12 May 2008




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We know that large numbers of you are nowhere near a computer - it's (another) public holiday in Hong Kong, so the sensible and faithful are either tearing around Port Shelter or racing home from Macau. Never mind, there's plenty to keep everyone else amused, from VOR news to Wot Rocket - Sean Langman's new role as a crash test dummy!

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Moving day at McConaghy's
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
After last weekend's grand 'Thank You, China' party thrown by Green Team at McConaghy Boats' yard in Zhuhai, China, a couple of days later it was time to get the shrink-wrapped VO70 out of the shed, onto a low-loader and down to the docks... [more]


Gitana 13's record attempt Yokohama - Dalian
Gitana 13 Team,
Offshore of South Korea, the wind began to ease, a trend which is set to continue over the coming hours since the E'ly air flow will oscillate between 7 and 10 knots. This temporary calm will enable Lionel Lemonchois and his men to perform a complete check of Gitana 13.... [more]


Ainslie clinches fourth European Championship
RYA,
Ben Ainslie overcame an eight-point deficit going into the final medal race to claim a sensational 2008 Finn European Championship title at Scarlino, Italy on Saturday. With clinical efficiency the Lymington-based double Olympic champion sealed a dramatic final race win meaning the destiny of the title was unfolding behind him... [more]


Gitana 13 bound for China in record attempt
Gitana Team media,
After setting out from Yokohama on Thursday 8th May at 05h55'45' UT bound for Dalian in China, Gitana 13 has experienced a gentle start to their record attempt. After 30 hours at sea, the crew on the maxi-catamaran, skippered by Lionel Lemonchois, has made good 500 miles at an average speed of 16.85 knots.... [more]


RHKYC Macau Race 2008
RHKYC Event Media,
Making the most of the Buddha's Birthday public holiday, a total of 20 boats have entered the 2008 Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Macau Race, a three-day event featuring a 33nm race from Hong Kong to Macau on Saturday 10 May, followed by a lay day on Sunday and a return race to Hong Kong on the Public Holiday Monday.... [more]


The Liberty Cup - new regatta in Vietnam
Noelle Isles,
Vietnam's first sailing regatta this century was held in Mui Ne over the Liberation Day/Labor Day holiday weekend. It epitomized all that is refreshing and beneficial about sailing, and heralds a new water sport for Vietnam. The regatta was a relaxed series of races in T450 dinghies... [more]


Ice gate in place for The Artemis Transat
OC Events media,
The 11 Class40 yachts entered in The Artemis Transat have received the 'All Clear' to race by the team of officials and scrutineers monitoring the class. The Race Direction team decided to put an ice gate in place on the course. The gate is a virtual horizontal line, a point of which must be left to starboard.... [more]


New York SC turns down Swiss America's Cup claim
Jane Eagleson, Golden Gate YC Media,
The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has turned down the Societe Nautique de Geneve's claim for a stay of proceedings pending an Appeal. In a statement issued this morning, the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) said today it is pleased the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has today rejected a further effort by the defender to stay proceedings pending its upcoming appeal... [more]


PUMA Ocean Racing Team announced
Robert Penner,
Ken Read, skipper of PUMA Ocean Racing, officially announced his crew and management for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, as the team gathered for official training in Newport, Rhode Island and prepared for the christening of its new boat on May 12 in Boston Harbor. Among the crew, PUMA Ocean Racing represents six countries and has 21 past Volvo Ocean Race participations to its credit.... [more]


Lively Lady - Doing it again after Forty Years
Nancy Knudsen,
This week a valiant small wooden yacht has made it to the luxurious Abu Tig Marina in Egypt after completing the challenging transit of the Red Sea.... [more]

Top of Gulf Winners Celebrate Great Racing
Kipsan Beck,
With light conditions, final winners in Pattaya's Top of the Gulf Regatta celebrated 4 days of racing at beautiful Ocean Marina Jomtien. Almost 300 sailors including dinghy racers as well as bigger boats joined in a festival of conditions ranging from 5 up to 25 knots as a storm passed through over the weekend.... [more]


Ainslie disqualified after winning 2 races today
Event media/sail-world.co.uk,
Just when it looked like chink had appeared in the winning machine that is Ben Ainslie, he led a Team GBR revival that saw them take five of the first nine places in race six. Ainslie won both of the days races to take the series lead, but later he was disqualified from race seven over an incident with Canadian Christopher Cook - both sailors were disqualified... [more]


Wot Rocket crash test drama shaken but not stirred
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Quest for the Magic 50 knots - Wot Rocket drama - The force of the impact revealed a weakness that could have proven disastrous had it not been discovered. The Perspex covers didn't withstand the impact of the drop and shattered in a number of places which means less flexible polycarbonate canopies will be installed before next Tuesday's first test sail on Botany Bay.... [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]


Dinghy Outboard Theft: The Solution
Nancy Knudsen,
There's nothing worse than the invaded feeling you get when something is stolen. But when it is your only mode of transport between boat and shore – ie. the dinghy – it's even worse.... [more]




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