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OUCH! the photos of Telefonica Blue aground just after the VOR Marstrand re-start are painful enough, but there's video too. That really hurts.

But the faces of the young sailors in the inaugural Singapore Optimist Team Racing Champs tell a very different story - do they look as if they are enjoying themselves? - YOU BET! Go on, take a look... it'll cheer you up.

Welcome to the week. Here in Hong Kong we are going to need boats to get out of our houses soon, so maybe all those years of sailing are going to come in useful after all. More rain and thunderstorms forecast for tomorrow...



Inaugural Optimist Team Racing Champs, Singapore
Daniella Ng, SingaporeSailing,
The Sentosa Open Optimist Championship ended on Saturday but teams from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand and Singapore, stayed on to take part in the inaugural Optimist Team Racing Championship. We called for good winds the mornings of Sunday and Monday, and it arrived around noon on both days.... [more]
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Ericsson 3 and 4 and Puma battle for lead into Stockholm
Volvo media,
After 24-hours of hard racing and not much sleep, Ericsson 3 is today's leader of the reduced pack of six Volvo 70s, but, with 122 nm to the finish in Sandhamn/Stockholm, only eight miles split the fleet from first to last... [more]
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Dee Caffari using girl power for another World Record Attempt
Roberto Coladangelo,
Dee Caffari, the British yachtswoman who made history by becoming the first woman to sail solo, non stop both ways around the world, set off Monday in her attempt to break the record for sailing around Britain and Ireland... [more]
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TP52 action images from Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy final day
Ingrid Abery images,
Ingrid Abery's images from the last day of TP52 racing at the Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy. Emirates Team New Zealand took the top honours.... [more]
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Finals day at Sentosa (Singapore) Optimist Open
Sean Lee and Daniella Ng, SingaporeSailing,
On the final day of racing, the sailors have been divided into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets. A good breeze filled the sea in the early afternoon which allowed the sailors to complete two races on a short course. Though a short course, it tested the ability of the sailors to have a good start, maintain their positions after the start and to be conservative as each boat counts.... [more]
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Images of Marstrand: Telefonica Blue hits the rocks at Volvo OR start

Telefonica Blue hit a rock soon after the start of Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Dave Kneale and Rick Tomlinson plus Gabriele Olivo present these images from on the water and below decks of the stricken Volvo ocean racer after hitting the rock at a speed of 14kts.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - It's a disaster says Telefonica Blue skipper
Volvo Media and Sail-World,
Bouwe Bekking - It is clearly our own mistake of course, we thought we were to leeward of the rock and clear of it and we smacked it right on the head ... See onboard video of Telefonica Blue hitting the rock... [more]
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Korea International Boat Show flourishes in second year
British Marine Federation,
The British Marine Federation (BMF) recently helped eleven UK companies to exhibit at the Korea International Boat Show, which took place from 3-7 June 2009 and welcomed an estimated 350,000 visitors; an outstanding achievement for a developing market.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race leg 9 - Swedish Sprint for skippers and crews
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race is the short Swedish sprint down to Sandhamn off the coast of Stockholm. The leg measures just 525 nautical miles, but as it winds down the coast of Sweden, it promises to offer up numerous challenges to the fleet. Behind the top three, other rivalries are building as the leaderboard gets tighter.... [more]
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Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow (quick) at Sentosa Oppie Champs - day 4
Sean Lee and Daniella Ng, SingaporeSailing,
The breeze came in early today, with pretty good but shifty winds. The AP flag was flown but not for long! The flag came down at about 11am, with all the sailors raring to go, hoping for more races today, to better their score. However, our high hopes for the day started to disappear as the wind slowly faded away as the first race went on.... [more]
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Quantum Racing win MedCup race. Roma lead the GP42 Series
Audi MedCup media,
Defending champions Quantum Racing stepped up their challenge for the overall lead of the Marseille Trophy on the Audi MedCup Circuit when they won an exciting, stamina-sapping 39.7 miles coastal return race. Four different boats lead the race, but it was Quantum Racing's afterguard who were able to take advantage.... [more]
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