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There's a press release (below) from the China Cup International Regatta with the headline, “What's New?” Well, quite a lot actually.

A small team of CCIR ‘observers' went to the Phuket King's Cup last December to find out what makes it tick, and have obviously picked up a thing or two.

1. China Cup will be awarded to winners in each class (instead of only the Beneteau 40.7 One Design Class, as in previous editions of CCIR). They have taken the cue from the King's Cup, and will award lots of China Cups – and the Racing Class is at the front of the list. Maybe now some Grand Prix boats will return to the fray?

Presumably someone has figured out that making a division of OD cruisers the signature event of the regatta might not be such a good idea after all.

2. Racing will now be provided for “Racing Class, One Design classes, classes raced under IRC, SBR ratings or COA HKPN Handicap numbers provided that all boats are capable of meeting the requirements of ISAF Offshore Regulations for Category 5 races”. Cat 5 translates as ‘Basic Safety Requirements' - a bucket, an anchor and a lifejacket. That opens the door to a lot more boats – ‘inclusive' is good.

3. More races. Nine in four days, instead of six. (Keep the discards down to one only, and race twice on Monday so that half the fleet doesn't disappear on Sunday evening).

This promises a substantial improvement in what has to date been a rather lack-lustre event. We still don't buy the line about “the picturesque Daya Bay of Shenzhen” – you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, and Daya Bay is definitely not one of the world's scenic hot spots – but it does look as if the event that originally billed itself as bigger and better than the America's Cup may now start to become slightly more than a charter rally for cruisers.

If they can make the ceremonial stuff a bit more fun and less stuffed-shirt, and skip all the long and self-congratulatory speeches from officials, so much the better!

And talking of 'spin', take a look at the story about the booming boating business in India. Really? Really...


Guy Nowell, Editor









Follow the Louis Vuitton Trophy live on Sail-World
Richard Gladwell,
Update: No racing today, Friday due to strong winds - watch the replays here. In partnership with SailTV, Sail-World will be offering live coverage of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. The live TV coverage featured on Sail-World will consist of a mix of Virtual Eye graphics and video from a range of cameras and positions.... [more]
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Thailand and Malaysia Asia Pacific Laser/Laser Masters
Peter Cummins,
When the third day opened yesterday, it was as though the ongoing Asia Pacific Lasers and Laser Masters Championships being held off the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in South Pattaya had moved to another country.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 in a difficult zone
Groupama-Cammas,
Jules Verne Trophy - Onboard Groupama 3 Franck Cammas and his nine crew are navigating through a difficult zone between a stormy low and the tradewinds of the Saint Helena High... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta 2010: what's new?
CCIR Media,
With race management by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (and CYA observer), the regatta will kick off with a Hong Kong to Shenzhen passage race, followed by inshore races and island races in Shenzhen. Racing will be provided for entries from Racing Class, One Design classes, classes raced under IRC, SBR ratings or COA HKPN Handicap numbers provided that all boats are capable of meeting the requireme... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Artemis images from Sander van Der Bor
Sail-World.com,
Photographer Sander van der Borch presents this gallery of images of Artemis Racing at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Series in Auckland.... [more]
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America's Cup: Sail-World interviews James Spithill
Richard Gladwell,
This afternoon at the Auckland International Boat Show, 33rd America's Cup winning skipper, James Spithill spent 30 minutes on the Sail-World stand, with Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, reliving the key moments of the 33rd America's Cup, including the start of the first race, and the next 20 minutes, plus the technology behind USA-17... [more]
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Fisher's View: Louis Vuitton Trophy - Can it get any better than this?
Bob Fisher,
Can it possibly get any better? The Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta's third day in Auckland came close to approaching perfection. The 15-20-knot wind, funnelling down the harbour, provided an ideal race track for the equally matched Version V ACC yachts of Emirates Team New Zealand. The flat water, glistening in the late afternoon sunshine, is what gives the Waitemata its name..... [more]
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World's Biggest privately owned boat anchors at Dubai International
Jon Barber,
The world's biggest privately owned boat has arrived at the Dubai International Boat Show, marking a spectacular start to the five day show. The ‘Dubai', which is 531 feet (162 metres) and reportedly reaches speeds of up to 26 knots moored up within the Dubai International Boat Show for the first time, providing a truly spectacular backdrop to the event.... [more]
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Majan A100 Trimaran leaves Cape Town
OC Events,
In breathtaking style the giant A100 Trimaran ‘Majan' shot across the Cape Town start line of the third leg of the Indian Ocean 5 Capes Race just off Table Bay harbour's breakwater at exactly midday (12:00 Local time) today to track a course down south to the treacherous seas of the Southern Ocean for her next stop in Fremantle, Australia... [more]
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Twin town named as Volvo Ocean Race finish venue
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Following the huge success in Galway when it was the finish of the transatlantic leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09, Ireland, will again feature in the new route for 2011-12. The fleet will race from Lorient in France back to Galway on Ireland'?s west coast.... [more]
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Gear failure puts finish to a close Kiwi vs Italian encounter
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA Media,
American-based Kiwi Gavin Brady and his largely international team of Latin Rascals took the fight to host Emirates Team New Zealand in their Louis Vuitton Trophy race today, only to lose after a gear failure. Brady, with American tactician Morgan Larson calling the shots, pulled off a risky pre-start strategy against skipper Dean Barker on the New Zealand boat, pushing ETNZ deep into the start... [more]
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India and emerging markets: the Truth, it's out there!
Jeni Bone,
Mike Derrett is well known in marine circles – ubiquitous you could say. He has advised the Korean government and provinces, consulted to the Middle East, various boat show organizers and currently, to an Indian organization formed of 80% of its recreational boating industry. Nobody is in a better position to shed light on the true state of emerging markets and the main players in manufacturing.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race - Competitive fleet for Asian offshore classic
KPMS,
The Rolex China Sea Race just three weeks away and a competitive fleet is lining up for this 565-nautical mile Asian offshore classic. To date, 29 boats are registered. The current race record of just under two days was established in 2000 by local yachtsman Karl Kwok on his Volvo 60, Beau Geste, with an elapsed time of 47h 43m 07s.... [more]
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Hot Racing for the Singapore SB3 fleet at the Tiger Trophy
Chris Holmes,
The first regatta of the year for the Singapore SB3 fleet saw 80% of all the SB3s in Singapore take to the water for the Tiger Cup Trophy over the weekend of 6/7 March. With a planned 11-race series, it was going to mean long days on the water. Overall results showed how tight the racing had been with just three points separating the first three boats...... [more]
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Jewel of Muscat expected to arrive in India in a week
S Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia,
The Jewel Of Muscat dhow, which has travelled more than 1,454 kilometres (960 miles) from Muscat, has around 805 kilometres (500 miles) to go. If current winds hold up, she could be in her first port at Cochin, India in a week's time. The dhow set sail from Muscat on February 16 for Singapore, where it will be given to the people of Singapore as a gift from the Sultanate of Oman.... [more]
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