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The Volvo boats took off from Singapore on their leg to Qingdao on Sunday. It's really quite amazing to read all the reports about how 'concerned' the crews and skippers are at the thought of the trip to China. Presumably these are the same seas and conditions that many of us in the region have been sailing - either racing or delivering - for many years!

And when Ellen MacArthur brought her half-baked Asian Records Tour through this part of the world, she expressed surprise at how difficult the sailing was. So, all you offshore sailors in Asia, take a bow. You really are "roughtie-toughtie" types after all.

A delegate at the recent Monaco Yacht Racing Forum told me that the only Asian events that anyone there had heard of were the Monsoon Cup, the Korea Match Cup, and the passing-through Volvo. Obvoiusly more people around the world need to hear about the China Sea Race, the Vietnam race, the Phuket King's Cup, Koh Samui Regatta, Manila-Boracay Race, China Coast Regatta and so on.

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12th Phang Nga Bay Regatta, 27-30 January
ThailandObservers.com,
Payen said, “the Phang Nga Bay Regatta is hugely popular because unlike other regattas, it follows a course with a different stopover each night. This has proved very popular with sailors, and there is the scenery which has made the region famous throughout the world.”... [more]


Green Dragon has good start to Leg 4 of Volvo Ocean Race
Lucy Harwood,
Green Dragon had a good start to Leg 4 as they set sail from Singapore today. In 12 – 15 knot north easterly conditions the fleet took on a short triangular course close to the shore of Singapore before heading out towards the Straits of Singapore.... [more]

Singapore Straits Regatta day 2. Follow the VOR fleet...
AsianYachting.com,
The Volvo Ocean Race returned to the race track today in spectacular style when the horn sounded at 1300 local time (0500 GMT) signifying the start of the 2,500 nautical mile leg to Qingdao, China, the leg most crews consider will be one of the most difficult and brutal legs of the race. Ken Read's Puma nailed the start from the middle of the line... [more]


Images from the Flying Fifteen Worlds - Day 5
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
Images from the fifth day of the 17th Flying Fifteen Worlds held off Williamstown, Port Philip, Melbourne and organised by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria.... [more]


Ericsson 4 leads fleet after Volvo Ocean race start
Volvo media,
The start out of Singapore had a familiar look to it as Ericsson 4 led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet round the short triangle race course before heading out to sea at the start of the 2500 nautical mile leg to Qingdao - Ericsson 4 still leading from PUMA, not much in it, with Ericsson 3 right with them. The fleet is racing south of Johor, and the breeze is a solid 15 knots... [more]

Singapore Straits day 1 - big breeze opener
AsianYachting.com,
Most the yachts went out early to configure the best sail plan for the tight reaching leg from the Changi starting line and down the Johore Straits towards the first rounding mark. A steady twenty knots of wind, gusting to twenty five had the crews working feverishly powering up and de-powering the sails.... [more]


Thomas Coville completes solo round the World record attempt
Kate Jennings,
Thomas Coville crossed the finish line on his solo round the world record attempt aboard a multihull today, off the Petit Minou light in Brest, Saturday 17 January. Coville completed the circumnavigation of the globe in 59 days, 20 hours, 47 minutes and 43 seconds - the 4th best outright time around the globe... [more]


Vendee Globe leader Michel Desjoyeaux opened a further 60 miles
Vendee Media,
Off the coast of Brasil, some 6670 miles in ahead of them on the course, leader Michel Desjoyeaux is feeling the benefits of the SE'ly trade winds east off Salvador de Bahia and has opened a further 60 miles on his nearest rival Roland Jourdain... [more]

Singapore Straits Regatta preview
AsianYachting.com,
The northeasterly trade winds have been pumping in for over a week now, and if it holds true for the weekend both the Singapore Straits Regatta and Volvo Ocean Race fleets will get off to flying starts. So much so, that at the SSR race briefing the skippers agreed that an extra crewmember and spinnaker can be carried onboard the yachts throughout the regatta.... [more]


Ben Ainslie to lead TeamOrigin charge in Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Jake Motion,
TeamOrigin, the British Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup, is one of 10 teams preparing to compete in the new ‘Louis Vuitton Pacific Series' event taking place in Auckland, New Zealand, between 30th January and 14th February 2009.... [more]


Vendee Globe: Caffari passes Cape Horn as Desjoyeax holds onto lead
Vendee Globe media,
Dee Caffari's celebrations will have to wait, but the British solo sailor passed the longitude of Cape Horn at 1015hrs GMT this morning in eighth place, her third time past the Rock.... [more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Chisnell comments on Leg 4 Singapore to Qingdao
Mark Chisnell,
Volvo Ocean Race - In terms of the climate there isn't a great deal more to say about Leg 4. Like Leg 3, this is another west to east leg, sailing in just one of the earth's climate zones. These lie in distinct bands, horizontally and looping the globe, running out from the Equator to the Poles in a mirror image. And again, as with Leg 3, this leg will be contested in the band of the north-east mo... [more]

BoatAsia expects to grow in 2009
BoatAsia 2009,
Following the success of last year's Boat Asia, which saw a 22% increase in visitors and generated more than S$57million in revenue, Boat Asia, one of the region's leading leisure boat and luxury waterfront lifestyle events, has promised that this year's show will be even bigger and better.... [more]


33rd America's Cup competitors meet in Valencia
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
The Defender of the America's Cup, Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV), the Challenger of Record, and the rest of the challengers have resulted in a firm commitment for the Challenger Selection Series and the 33rd America's Cup Match to take place in 2010 in the new class of boat... [more]




 

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