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Welcome to the New Year!

Sail-World Asia starts 2010 with a wrap up of the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race, and a reminder that there's another event, the Melbourne-Hobart Race that happens at the same time. (We've not done the Sydney-Hobart (yet), but we have raced the ‘West Coaster'.) This year's ‘Asia Action' starts on 11 January at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta... we'll be there...

Did you know that Nicklas Zennstrom, the owner of Ran (the JV72 that won the Rolex Fastnet Race and placed 6th in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart), was the ‘inventor' of Skype? In 1981 an IDD call from Hong Kong to London cost HK$10.50 per minute, and Australia was a whopping HK$12.30/min away. Now a Skype call to another computer costs – well, nothing! And a call to a phone is so cheap that it's not worth counting. The Sail-World editors talk to each other all the time either by text or by voice – it's invaluable. And Sail-World received dozens of text messages from boats racing to Hobart. So three cheers for Nicklas Zennstrom, Ran, and Skype!

And there's a whole pot pourri of news from around the world, so start the first working week of the year the right way – coffee, Sail-World, and catching up with the sailing news.

Wishing all our readers the very best for the coming year,

Guy Nowell, Editor



Skype - key communication tool for Marine Industry and Offshore Racing
TetraMedia's IT Team,
Two Swedish techno-nerds Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis spent the noughties revolutionizing music distribution and telephony in the 21st century.... [more]
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Extreme 40s in action, in Hong Kong
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
We had our hands full shooting stills while the Extreme 40s were racing in Hong Kong, but if you'd like some quality 'moving' action, go to:... [more]
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Manufacturers view China as (future) superyacht hub
Jeni Bone,
Sales of superyachts are likely to soar in China, as the country is forecast to overtake the rest of the world in millionaire numbers.... [more]
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Pittwater Coffs Wild Oats XI closes on finish - King Billy handicap
Damian Devine,
At 8:30am Wild Oats XI has just reported she is abeam of Nambucca with an ETA into Coffs Harbour of 10:10am. On Handicap, it's IRC Div 2 boat Phillip Bennett's 11.5m Custom King Billy from the RSYS now in the lead with the Sydney 38 from host Club RPAYC, Geoff Payne's Risk in 2nd with the Cavalier 350, the smallest in the fleet, Infinity skippered by Olin Watson from the RMYC currently in 3rd.... [more]
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Swiss seek more talks on America's Cup issues
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve, sent a letter to Golden Gate Yacht Club representatives on 31 December 2009, inviting the American Challenger to a meeting with David Tillett, the Chairman of the 33rd America's Cup International Jury, to discuss various topics raised by both teams.... [more]
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Jessica Watson's boss plans to sail beside her at Cape Horn - and wave
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
As Australian 16-year-old solo sailor Jessica Watson was celebrating after passing through her first Southern Ocean gale successfully, she received the news that her old boss is flying to South America with the intention of sailing around the Horn, and, hopefully being able to get close enough to wave to her.... [more]
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Cruising sailor without EPIRB missing in the Bay of Biscay
Maritime and Coastguard Agency,
Britain's Falmouth Coastguard have been assisting the Spanish authorities search for a British cruising sailor missing in the Bay of Biscay. The sailor, who had just set off for a world circumnavigation, had almost two years' food on board, but no EPIRB.... [more]
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Upload your own Event and Class Sailing News Now!!
Sail-World.com,
If your Nationals are running and there is no report on Sail-World, email or call your Publicity Person now with this information.!!! Sailors are used to reading the sailing news of today, online. It might be the B14's, the Sabots, J-24's, Etchells, 505's, Fireballs, Hartley TS16's, Mirrors, NS14's, - All these classes post reports via the Sail-World Upload system.... [more]
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Optimists gather in Adelaide
Janet Jerwood,
Optimists sailors from across the globe are gathering at Brighton and Seacliff YC in preparation for the start of the OZIOPTI Australian High performance clinic which commences tomorrow. The clinic which boasts world renowned optimist coaches has attracted 87 sailors from Denmark, UAE, Hong Kong, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, PNG, Singapore and USA.... [more]
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Australian International 420 Championship Regatta update
Sail-World.com,
The 2009/10 Australian International 420 Championship Regatta is underway at the Largs Bay Sailing Club in South Australia. Racing continues until january 3rd.... [more]
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Listen to Andrew Saies winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2009
Sail-World.com,
Andrew Saies winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart - the audio... [more]
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Two True wins 2009 Sydney Hobart - protests dismissed
Sail-World.com,
Dr Andrew Saies and his Two True team have won the 2009 Rolex Sydney Tattersalls Cup. Kioni was disqualified for Sydney Harbour incident. Protests against Colortile, She's the Culprit and Two True were dismissed. Two True (Andrew Saies), Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia and Wicked (Mike Welsh) from Sandringham Yacht Club were first and second. Here are the overall results after the Prote... [more]
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Roberts tips plain sailing with wife after missing flight
Scot MacKay, Michael Forbes - Southland Times,
Queenstown and Hong Kong yachtie Will Roberts reckons he won't be in too much strife with the wife after he finished the Sydney to Hobart yacht race two days late and missed his flight home. Roberts, 45, was the only Kiwi aboard the 98-foot Lahana, which was seventh over the line in Hobart yesterday (29 Dec) at 1313 hrs HK time... [more]
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Ancient giant clams issue El Niño warning
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
A 35-year window into the climate of one of the longest interglacial periods of the last million years has sounded a warning that El Niño events were half as frequent then as they are today.... [more]
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Melbourne to Hobart West Coaster arrivals - Relief
John Curnow,
Latest Melbourne to Hobart West Coaster arrivals update. The breeze brought home a lot of boats in the last few hours. It must have been a huge relief for the crews, who like a bunch of recalcitrant children, must have been asking everyone, 'Are we there yet?'... [more]
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Melbourne to Hobart - Rock hopping on the West Coast
Jennifer McGuigan,
Melbourne to Hobart WestCoaster. The West Coast fleet have been enjoying consistent breezes today and are currently inshore taking advantage of the sea breeze effect before nightfall.... [more]
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1,2,3,4,5....... is reward for Southern Spars in Rolex Sydney Hobart
David Glen,
The performances of Alfa Romeo, Wild Oats XI, ICAP Leopard, Investec Loyal and RAN confirm the status of Southern Spars rigs at the forefront of the world's leading offshore yachting events. Southern Spars achieved a notable feat with the fully rigged Ericsson Racing Team and PUMA leading home in the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race... [more]
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Groupama 3 back in Lorient to prepare for Jules Verne Trophy attempt
Cammas-Groupama 3,
Groupama 3 was eelcomed home by Franck Cammas and his team, the ten crew will now be able to enjoy a much deserved break as the technicians take over to prepare Groupama 3 for a fresh attempt to conquer the Jules Verne Trophy the minute the weather conditions are favourable at the start of 2010.... [more]
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1,2,3 Knock-Out for McConaghy at 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart
John Curnow,
Alfa Romeo's Neville Crichton Win's the McConaghy Cup. Like a blockbuster movie with all the great actors and directors, the three McConaghy built Supermaxis, the 'winningest' Supermaxi's the world has ever seen, have completed the 1, 2, 3 knockout punch in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart.... [more]
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