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Hong Kong forecast for the weekend: lousy, but clearing on Tuesday! That's no good, but wherever you and and whatever you are doing, enjoy some time on the water this weekend.



Oscar Mead youngest competitor to finish OSTAR 2009
David Southwood, Race Director OSTAR 2009,
Oscar Mead at 18 years old completes 2009 OSTAR and becomes the youngest ever finisher in this classic race. When he started the 3,000 mile OSTAR as the youngest ever competitor 21 days ago, Oscar Mead had already set his goal out as being the youngest ever finisher.... [more]
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'I'll be back!' 42 sq km of algae heading towards Qingdao... again
Xinhua News Agency,
The algae bloom, covering about 42 square kilometers, was drifting north at 9 km per day and was some 120 km from Dagong island of the coastal Qingdao city by Monday, said an official with the North China Sea Branch of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA).... [more]
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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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New Classes planned for 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Phuket King's Cup Event Media,
The 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta plans to introduce a number of new classes and develop the current class structure further in response to demand and changes in Asia's fleet of yachts. After contacting a number of yacht clubs and Optimist sailors in Thailand, the event's organisers plan to introduce an Optimist Class to the Phuket King's Cup Regatta this year... [more]
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Portimão Global Ocean Race leader grinds to a halt
Oliver Dewar,
The front runner in the Portimão Global Ocean Race, Desafio Cabo de Hornos, hit a light zone. Since dawn, the Chilean team have gradually picked up speed although their lead has been eroded and at 1220 UTC, Desafio Cabo de Hornos leads Beluga Racer by 81 miles with Team Mowgli trailing the Chilean Class 40 by 252 miles.... [more]
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French charge at Troia Portugal Match Cup
Dobbs Davis,
The French have come on strong here in Day Two action at the Troia Portugal Match Cup. Presti, on eight wins, leads the field with just few flights remaining in the Round Robin competition.... [more]
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JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
Flavia Bateson,
The JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, takes place on Saturday 20 June with a total entry of 1,779 boats this year. True to the ethos of the event, competitors come from all walks of life. Professional and Olympic sailors line up with family cruisers, sportsboats, classic yachts and one designs... [more]
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Sean Wallis and his team win first J24 Asia-Pacific Championship
Alyn Stevenson,
Sean Wallis and his team for Perth sailed a brilliant Regatta to win the first J24 Asia - Pacific Championship. The Perth team won five of the six heats sailed and were just too good for the star studded fleet. The Championship was the first of the new J24 Asia - Pacifc circuit with enormous interest in the region in the class.... [more]
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Telefonica Blue resumes racing after fantastic job by shore crew
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Telefonica Blue have resumed racing in leg nine and are en route to Stockholm.The team informed the Volvo Ocean Race duty officers they were continuing their leg at 19:16 GMT. On Sunday, Telefonica Blue found themselves stuck on a rock just after the start, outside Marstrand. It took great effort to free the boat and an even bigger push by the shore crew to repair the damage... [more]
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Sail Bunaken to have 12 side events
Antares News,
The Sail Bunaken 2009 is aimed at strengthening seamen brotherhood and international relations, as well as promoting North Sulawesi as a gate of East Asia.... [more]
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Tactical day at Giraglia Rolex Cup challenges sailors
Event media,
Giraglia Rolex Cup - The Mini-Maxi division (boats measuring 60 - 79 feet) features several recent launches, one of which could technically include Bella Mente (USA). The Reichel/Pugh 69 went through extensive modifications last winter and has been performing well since. Bella Mente added to its' second place finish yesterday with a win today.... [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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