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All the thrills and spills from racing - on sea and on land (che?). The boats presently involved in the Demolition Derby formerly known as the Volvo Ocean Race could do with a bit of half-time, and the Raja Muda crews could do with a bit more wind. (So go racing on land instead - story here).

And there's Vendee and SailRocket news too. Read on...



New ISAF Council Members announced
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced the new members of the ISAF Council, the final decision-making body of ISAF.... [more]


Raja Muda 2008 – who pays the Bomoh?
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Penang is the first stop on the Raja Muda schedule where cans racing takes over from passage racing. Penang is undoubtedly one of the most delightful destinations in all of Asia, a combination of modern bustle and Colonial architecture – especially when the fleet is moored at the Tanjung City Marina, right in front of Penang's max-cultural district, Georgetown.... [more]


Simpson Marine expects strong Hong Kong Boat Show
Simpson Marine,
Despite the World's economic downturn Simpson Marine, the largest yacht broker and dealer in Asia, is confident of a strong Hong Kong International Boat Show with a large number of sizeable yachts on displaying, including models from Azimut, Beneteau, Lagoon, Nautica and Sea Ray.... [more]


Trouble updates on Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Bruno Trouble, Director of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series announced further detail on the three week series which begins in Auckland on 30 January 2009. Twelve teams have been invited for the series with a further two on a waiting list.... [more]


Difficult sailing, illness and shredded sails -VOR
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Telefonica Black has a really difficult night, Puma trashes a sail, Green Dragon wants to know why its called a Chinese Gybe?, illness on Telefonica Blue and Team Russia irons out minor problems. Read on.......... [more]


Green Dragon breaks a boom in treacherous seas
Volvo Ocean Race media/Lucy Harwood - Green Dragon,
Ian Walker's Green Dragon suffererd a broken boom as the fleet continued to wrestle with strong gusts and treacherous seas as the second leg of the race to India turned spiteful.... [more]

King's Cup 2008 sets record for early entries
Event Media,
With just weeks before its official launch on December 1st, Asia's biggest and most popular regatta, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, now in its 22nd year, has attracted a record number of early entries with many registering on-line.... [more]


HK Sportsboats 'Restaurant Racing'
HK Sportsboats Assoc,
Yet another perfect day with 10 knots of breeze and sunny weather with no clouds (as far as one could tell through the smog)... [more]


Sailors' thrills and spills on dry land
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The rules of racing are not complicated, but seem to take longer to explain each year. Whether this is can be attributed due to increasingly fuzzy mental capacities among sailors remains... unclear.... [more]


HiFi on fire - Raja Muda 2008 - Pangkor-Penang
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Of course, straight-liners are never straight lines, and nowhere more so than along the coast of Malaysia. The trip from Pangkor to Penang involves crossing the end of the notorious Kra Bank, a huge shifting sand bar guarding the finish line. Obviously, bigger boats with bigger draught will have to sail further ‘round the end' to get past the bank, and smaller boats can cross it earlier.... [more]


Volvo Ocean Race - Puma breaks North
Cameron Kelleher,
PUMA navigator Andrew Cape was first to reach for the Allen keys and break from the pack. The shoe boat spent three and a half hours on port gybe before gybing back again. At 16:00 GMT they lead. As the Southern Ocean makes its presence felt, Ian Walker's Green Dragon took the brunt of it with a wipe-out gybe... [more]


SailRocket on Speed Record standby
Paul Larsen,
Vestas SailRocket will make its first WSSRC ratified attempt on the outright world speed sailing record for a 28 day period commencing on the 23 November. The radical UK designed and built boat is currently based in Walvis Bay, Namibia... [more]


Outside Images at the Volvo start in Cape Town
Paul Todd,
Paul Todd of Outside Images was at the start of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean race in Cape Town and filed the following images from the start.... [more]


Le Cam new leader in Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe media,
In the Vendee Globe Le Cam's direct route has paid off on VM Materiaux and he leads by 1.6 miles from Seb Josse (BT).... [more]




 

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