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The sailing moves on: after a spectacular intro in Hong Kong, the Extreme 40s are now performing their magic in Singapore.

The 23rd Phuket King's Cup has been and gone too, and was an unqualified success. There was sunshine, breeze, first class race management, and great parties. A good time was had by all, and the quality of the racing fleet was second to none. After being ‘bridesmaid' by virtue of countback for the last two years, Neil Pryde and the boys on HiFi broke the jinx and romped home to a well-deserved victory.

Adam Minoprio took Ben Ainslie to the cleaners in the finals of the Monsoon Cup in Kuala Terengganu, having just the previous day secured his World Match Racing Tour Champion title – an awesome performance.

There's a talk-fest going on in Monaco – the World Yacht Racing Forum – and here's a heads-up for the Hobie WestPacs 2010.

Back at the coal face (aka my desk), we've just finished the final edit of all those cracking mages from the King's Cup, and will be uploading over the weekend.

Coffee? Check. Feet up? Check. So get reading...

Guy Nowell
Editor, Sail-World Asia



Phuket King's Cup – and the winners are...
Tracey Johnstone,
There was nothing gentle about the racing or the conditions on the 23rd Phuket King's Cup courses today as the international fleet fought for podium finishes across the 11 divisions. Hiked out hard on the rail the racing divisions completed two windward/leeward races while the cruiser/racers completed one triangle course... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup a winner in the regatta stakes
Tracey Johnstone,
“Best regatta ever” declared Neil Pryde, 2009 winner of the Racing division Phuket King's Cup trophy, as he joined the other 10 winners yesterday in celebrating the highly successful event. In its 23rd year the Phuket Kings Cup attracted 111 entries, 1000 sailors from 33 countries and a substantial number of event supporters and spectators. The weather was just what the sailors ordered;... [more]
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Denial of Service ‘Pirates' attacks slowed Sail-World.com
TetraMedia's IT Team,
A bit of a seaway out there!! For the last 48 hours Sail-World, Powerboat-World and MarineBusiness-World and another 50 or so sites, hosted on the TetraMedia servers in Sydney have been bombarded with hacker 'pirate'attacks.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race on the World Yacht Racing Forum
Global Ocean Race Media,
Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, was one of the keynote speakers on the second day of the WYRF and supplied invaluable insight into the mechanics behind this highly successful event and shared the stage with Josh Hall, Race Director of the Global Ocean Race, in a debate on methods of cutting overall costs in yacht racing... [more]
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WestPac Hobie Champs 2010 slated for Boracay
Boracay International Organizing Committee,
The location is ideal for Hobie racing. In February the predominant ‘Habagat' wind blows from the east, providing good winds and calm waters for the racing area inside the reef. Taking part in the competition will be Hobie 16s and Hobie Tigers. The Tigers will be shipped in especially for the event from Hong Kong and Pattaya, Thailand.... [more]
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America's Cup: Latest video from Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing
BMW Oracle Racing and Alinghi Media,
As both 33rd America's Cup teams break camp for the Match expected to be sailed in February 2010, we present the two latest sailing videos produced by the teams. The first is for a presentation at BMW Technology Workshop in Munich, attended by many of the leading lights in BMWOracle Racing. The second shows Alinghi 5 sailing in a good breeze and flat seas off Ras al-Khaimah... [more]
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CYCA's Flinders Islet Inquiry may affect 2009 Sydney Hobart safety reg
Rob Kothe,
After the tragic deaths of sailors Andrew Short, the owner/skipper of Andrew Short Marine and crew Sally Gordon, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) Board of Directors resolved to hold an inquiry into the incident that occurred during the Flinders Islet Yacht Race on 10 October 2009 and the interim recommendations may affect the 2009 Sydney Hobart safety regulations.... [more]
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World Yacht Racing Forum: The Business of Yacht Racing Day 1
MaxComm Communication,
Day 1 of the World Yacht Racing Forum “Yacht Racing has a massive – yet largely unexploited potential”, say World Yacht Racing Forum speakers The commercial return of yacht racing sponsorship and the tools used to promote and evaluate the sport's commercial return were at the heart of today's debates at the World Yacht Racing Forum.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Qingdao concentrates on straight line speed
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10: Over the last 24 hours on Qingdao those scheds have brought some kind of satisfaction to those on board. Skipper, Chris Stanmore-Major, reports, 'This morning all concentration is on straight line speed and our helms and trimmers have been working hard to hit our speed targets and to stay bang on course. So far so good, with Qingdao being the fastest boat in the fleet over the past... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet in pre-Christmas scramble
Lisa Ratcliff/Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Team,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet of 100 has joined the pre-Christmas rush with unforeseen hitches pushing a number of crews to the limit as they scramble to prepare for the Boxing Day start of Australia's great ocean classic.... [more]
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The 43ft Dhow Atlas ends winning streak of Maqasas
Sharon Allison,
A win for Atlas scuppered the winning streak of Maqasas today. In a race, which saw shifting, temperamental wind conditions and a trip around the World Islands, Atlas skipper Ahmed R. Al Suwaidi gave much of the credit for his first place to his new sail but added ‘my crew worked really well together, they are good team, we were lucky and made the right choices... [more]
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2009 Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup race concludes
Fabrizio Pirina,
Brilliant performances by all the competitors and a special mention to the Canadian Mini Maxi Valkyrie (Mr.Will Apold) who was second in the IRC overall corrected time, despite the severe damage to the generator which delayed the boat for several hours after the start.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Monsoon Cup coverage sets new standards
Richard Gladwell,
TV coverage of the 2009 Monsoon Cup has set standards at a time when sailing is at a crossroads, and desperately needs to find a viable New Media platform to reach around the major TV sports, and their huge and captive audiences. The 2009 edition of the Monsoon Cup, the final and richest regatta in terms of prizemoney on the World Match Racing Tour is produced by Redhanded TV and distribute... [more]
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Monsoon Cup Final – Its Ainslie versus Minoprio
Rob Kothe,
It's been an drama filled day of match racing at the Monsoon Cup, the final event of the World Match Racing Tour, being sailed on the Pulau Duyong basin, Kuala Terengganu in Malaysia.... [more]
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Minoprio and BlackMatch win the ISAF World Match Racing Championship
Rob Kothe,
The 2009 ISAF World Match Racing Championship was at stake on morning 4 of the Monsoon Cup. In the end, Adam Minoprio (NZL) and his ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing team won the 2009 ISAF Match Racing World Championship.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup – Malaysian Team goes out with heads held high
Rob Kothe,
The 2009 Malaysian Match Racing Champions, Hazwan Hazim Dermawan and his Taring Pelangi Team have exited before the quarter finals in the Monsoon Cup. It's been a rapid rise for 21 year old sailor Hazwan Hazim, who started sailing at age 11 in Optimists and progressed to sailing 420s and 470s.... [more]
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King's Cup: final races and all results in the balance
Tracey Johnstone,
It's the final day of racing in the 23rd Phuket King's Cup and still all 11 division results today are critical to the overall outcome. The weather forecast is for a east-north-east breeze of 13 knots softening off to 8 knots by late morning. After a bruising day on the water yesterday, the fleet will no doubt be looking forward to these gentler conditions.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Ainslie stars in 'A Tale of Two Rivers'
Rob Kothe,
The Pulau Duyong Monsoon Cup match racing course is the meeting of the two Terengganu river flows, which split above the Island; the heavier right hand flow is deeper water, while the left hand flow is slower and shallower. PJ Montgomery interviews Adam Minoprio and Philip Robertson before the Quarterfinals on the highly popular Newstalk ZB Yachting and Boating show... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup day four - what a difference a windy day makes
Tracey Johnstone,
It was a day of high drama for the international fleet competing in the 23rd Phuket King's Cup in the windy race day four with damaged boats and gear, and plenty of protests. After gentle, shifty breezes and smooth seas for the first three days of racing, the international fleet were today confronted today with strong winds and choppy sea conditions resulting in sail damage, broken masts, a... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Do or die for World Tour crews
Rob Kothe,
Adam Minoprio and his Emirates Team New Zealand BlackMatch crew faced a sudden death match, going into the last event in the World Match Racing Tour, fighting for his season at 4-6, against Sebastien Col, 6-4.... [more]
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Results of the Dubai Muscat Offshore Sailing Race 2009
Louay Habib,
With the finishing yachts safely moored in Bandar Al Rowdha Marina, Muscat, Oman a prize giving was held for the competitors in the Dubai Muscat Offshore Sailing Race. His excellency, Dr Hamad bin Said Al O'ufi from the Ministry of Oman was the guest of honour who officiated at the prize giving.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Thinking the Unthinkable!!
Rob Kothe,
The tension continues to increase on the Pulau Duyong Basin on Day 3 of the Monsoon Cup, as the 12 crews battle for their place in the quarter finals. The defending World Champion Ian Williams and his Team Pindar crew are almost certainly not going to make the quarter final cut but now New Zealand's Adam Minoprio; the 2009 World Match Racing Tour leader is in great danger too.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup race day four; anything can happen
Tracey Johnstone,
Today is the second last day of racing in the 23rd Phuket King's Cup with the international crews coming back onto the water after a day of relaxation and race strategy review. Overnight many of the top crews have been doing their numbers, working out where they need to finish to hold a top three place, which boats could knock them off and how they should race the course on this critical day.... [more]
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