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The next Ashes test match is going to be played in Rio de Janeiro, the next Melbourne Gold Cup is going to be run in Freetown, Liberia, and the next Tour de France will be held in Senegal. And of course the next America's Cup is now going to be held in Ras al Khaimah, UAE, a place with a long and rich history of yacht racing second to none. Maybe, a bit like the China Cup, there will be camel racing and tented fashion shows to keep the attention of the spectators well away from the tedious boating bit?

Keep sailing! Keep reading!

Guy Nowell
Editor, Sail-World Asia



America's Cup 33: Venue announced as Ras-Al-Khaimah
Sail-World JPJ,
SNG has selected one of the United Arab Emirates and it is Ras-Al-Khaimah, roughly 60 miles north-east of Dubai. It is a light wind selection which is in line with the design parameters of the Swiss catamaran. Meanwhile Alinghi 5 is been prepared to be airlifted to Genoa on Friday... [more]
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Entries now open for 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Event Media,
The 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta will take place 28 November – 5 December 2009, off Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand, and already entries are coming in. The online entry system allows skippers to complete entry and payment online with a secured facility, and thus minimise the time needed to register at the opening weekend.... [more]
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Images from the Star Worlds: Day 3 by Juerg Kaufmann
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann, of www.go4image.com Juerg Kaufmann presents a superb gallery of images taken Day 3 of the Star Worlds in Sweden. Don't forget to click on the 'view large photo' option to truly appreciate these magnificent shots which cross the boundary from realism into art.... [more]
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Mike Perham still on target
PPL media,
Mike Perham, the teenager from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire who has high hopes of sailing into the record books at the end of August. He and his Open 50 yacht Totallymoney.com left Panama last Tuesday, but says he has not been able to sleep for more than two hours a day, sometimes down to one and never longer than 15 minutes at a time.... [more]
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Cowes Week Day Four - on water action
Sail-World.com,
Here is a selection of Rick Tomlinson's images from Day Four, Cowes Week.... [more]
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Double Glory at iShares Cup UK round for Oman Sail Teams
Oman Sail media,
The sun was shining, the wind was blowing and the crowds were cheering as both Oman Sail teams took control of the six races sailed on Monday at the UL Round of the iShares Cup at Cowes Week.... [more]
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'Discover the Fun on Water' with China Cup
CCIR Media,
Bénéteau, Simpson Marine and China Cup International Regatta presented a relaxing Day of Discovery for some 60 distinguished guests such as luxury car owners, bankers, investors, and entrepreneurs. Participants couldn't hide their excitement for the newly discovered pleasure on water, which also reflected the growing demand for yachting and high-end coastal tourism in mainland China.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race preview
World Match Racing Tour,
The prestigious St. Moritz Match Race will unite some of the world's best match racers in the Swiss Alps on September 1- 6, 2009. The Swiss World Match Racing Tour stopover is a Grade W event (W stands for World Championship); it has also been an integral part of the ISAF Match Racing World Championship since 2005 and is therefore essential to the attribution of the world champion title.... [more]
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Chris Cameron at 28 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
Chris Cameron,
Top international sailing photographer, Chris Cameron is at the 28 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre regatta and provided this image gallery... [more]
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Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre - Mini Maxi debuts
Event media,
The brand new Mini Maxi Alfa Romeo won the first two races in the IRC class, in the opening of the 28 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre. The start of the first race for the IRC was postponed by 1 hour and 20 minutes, until the sea breeze built in the Bravo area, the most central of the three set up for the windward-leeward races.... [more]
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Images from the final day of action at the iShares Cup Cowes Week
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was in the thick of the action on the final day of the iShares Cup UK Round at Cowes Week. Here's a selection of her images - www.ingridabery.com. Enjoy!... [more]
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Oman Sail Masirah clinch iShares Cup UK Round at Cowes
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup at Cowes Week. It was a battle to the end for Yann Guichard and Loick Peyron with Gitana Extreme – Groupe LCF Rothschild. Celebrities from the world of music, Formula 1 and TV joined the iShares Cup to ride shotgun on an Extreme 40.... [more]
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North Atlantic battle belongs to Banque Populaire V
Banque Populaire V media,
The North-Atlantic in 3 days 15 hours 25 minutes and 48 seconds* for the Maxi-Trimaran Banque Populaire V. Pascal Bidegorry and his crewmen have made history. Pascal Bidégorry and his crewmen just made history by setting an incredible new benchmark time on the Transatlantic record.... [more]
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Taiwan Strait and the Cruise in Company?
Guy Nowell,
The brief history of yachting across the Taiwan Strait already appears to be a story of in-fighting and political manoeuvring. It seems a shame that a simple cruise in company (or a race, even) can fall victim to politicization and paranoia, but that's the way it is in China at the moment.... [more]
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International 420 World Championship: Final Series races begin today
Antonio Sueri,
Riva del Garda...Sunday, August 2, 2009...Intense competition today for both the 420 Class Men's Championship and also the 420 Women's Championship.... [more]
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Hong Kong Hobie Club Hosts Asia's No 1 Hobie Event
HK Hobie Club,
This will be the fourth running of this successful and popular Asian regatta, and the third time it has been organised by the Hong Kong Hobie Club. Entries from Thailand, the Philippines, Japan and India, amongst others, will join local Hong Kong based sailors of a dozen other nationalities on the racecourse.... [more]
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Maritime online alert service launched
Marine Business News,
The bar continues to rise, as innovative new online services are being provided to improve boating safety. One of the leaders in this area is NSW Australia. NSW Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi today launched a first in Maritime safety – an on-line alert system to help boat owners and rock fishermen prepare and plan a day out on or near the water.... [more]
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Images from the UK round of the iShares Cup - Cowes
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery took these images of the Extreme 40s battling it out in the UK Round of the iShares Cup, being sailed during Cowes Week 2009.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 First Leg victory for Eliès
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 first leg victory to Yann Eliès (Generali). Within the space of an hour he was followed across the finish line by no less than 15 of his rivals. Elies himself is in no doubt about the slight margin of his victory, and has no intention of resting on his laurels.... [more]
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Only one winner in Transatlantic Battle of the Trimarans
Cammas-Groupama 3 media,
Congratulations from Franck Cammas Groupama 3 to Pascal Bidégorry Banque Populaire V, the new Transatlantic record holder. 'We're happy to have crossed the line and it was nice to see Banque Populaire V over the last few hours of the course: it motivated both crews! We managed to really get Groupama 3 to cream along, which enabled us to make up a bit of ground on them...' Cammas.... [more]
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iShares Cup at Cowes Week Day Two
Emily Caroe,
Thousands of spectators as far as the eye could see lined the Cowes shoreline to watch the Extreme 40 fleet racing on day two of the iShares Cup at Cowes Week. The nine-boat fleet playing 'who dares wins' coming as close to the shore as possible to avoid the adverse Solent tide ensured the public had a ‘grandstand' view of the action.... [more]
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Cowes Week Day Two
Mary Scott-Jackson,
Cowes Week Day Two. Shortly after 10am the Laser SB3s started, heading east with the 60-strong fleet making a spectacular sight with their asymmetric spinnakers set. The remainder of classes again started heading west, giving a good beat for the first leg, in a much more solid wind for the start than the previous day's southerly.... [more]
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