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 11 May 2010
 


First it poured and puffed, then it went hot hot hotter. Check here for a round up of the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show 2010. Also the NOR for the inaugural Qingdao City Clubs Open Regatta, a round-up of the Qualifiers for the next Korea Match Cup, and closing the thread on the Jessica Watson/PR 'story'.

Welcome to the week.

Guy Nowell, Editor



Gold Coast Boat Show 2010 – lots of boats, but no shade
Guy Nowell and Suzy Rayment, Sail-World Asia,
Storm Force Marine, a supplier of marine equipment and products, was particularly affected - Director Simon Boyde was very grateful for the assistance given by the Gold Coast Yacht Club to get them back in action with replacement tentage. In addition, 'our laptop computer was full of water, but after a quick draining it was back in action. I now have more faith in marinised laptops...'... [more]
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Selling boats in Hong Kong is a case of trust, not chance
Jeni Bone,
Boat shows in Hong Kong are all about appearance. 'You have to be there,' explains James Rayner from Simpson Marine. 'You're expected to put on a show, regardless of who turns up, or how many people attend. It's a case of waving the corporate flag.'... [more]
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Malaysia announces dynamic elite sailing programme
16th Asian Games, Guangzhou 2010,
This dynamic new initiative, spearheaded by Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister Dato' Ahmad Shabery Cheek, is aimed at accelerating the progress of local athletes in the sailing arena and propelling them towards international sailing events. These prestigious global yacht racing events include the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), the Volvo Ocean Race and the America's Cup... [more]
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Qingdao: City Clubs Open Regatta
Qingdao Yachting Association,
The regatta will be the Olympic course racing. The competition equipment will be the “Far East 26” one-design class keel boats. For information of the “Fast East 26” boats, please check the following internet link: http://www.qingdaosailing.com/cn/s_services_detail.aspx?id=20&typeid=1... [more]
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SLAM Kiwi Match 3rd in Korea Match Cup Qualifier
Logan Fraser,
It was a shaky start just trying to get to Korea for the Korea Match Cup Qualifier after Logan missed his connection from Hong Kong and it definitely wasn't all plane sailing after we all arrived.... [more]
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Was it Spin? Reader feed back - You Decide
www.Sail-World.com,
Its been a tough week and we've received lots of emails and now our advertisers are being bombarded with hate mail. Was it Spin or did he never say that? Fascinating feedback - definitely worth a read. Some of the public seemed to have not noticed that the claims from the spinners have disappeared under the overall weight of some hard questioning from the mainstream media.... [more]
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Waka Racing take Korea Match Cup Qualifier + Video
Waka Racing,
Waka Racing report on the Korea Match Cup Qualifier: 'After a long day of drifting around with no racing, the race officer abandoned racing at 3 o'clock. This meant, as top qualifiers in the round robin we were given the regatta victory and entry to the Korea Match Cup 2010. This is a great result for the team but not the way we wanted to win the event.... [more]
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World Sailing Teams Association welcomes plan for 34th America's Cup
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA,
“We want discussion and debate now in order to avoid disagreement later,” said Russell Coutts, the CEO of BMW Oracle Racing. “Our minds and our ears are open.”... [more]
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l'Hydroptère is back on the water for an exceptional programme
l'Hydroptère Press,
l'Hydroptère was launched in Lorient on the third of May 2010 after four months at the shipyard. Lifted by crane in front of her shed, she was then moored at the pontoon of 'La Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly'. She will stay there for one week, in order for the team to prepare and equip her for her first sailing sessions.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour – First female entry for Match Race Germany
WMRT Media,
Both Match Race Germany and the ISAF World Match Racing Tour actively welcomes female entries to the Tour series which provides an amazing opportunity for these sailors to race against some of the world class match racers on a level field.... [more]
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America's Cup details kept to a minimum
Stuart Alexander,
The seven hills of Rome were due to roar today but instead could muster little more than the squeak of a mouse when the first major announcement about the next America's Cup was proclaimed in the majestic forum of the Musei Capitolini on the imperious Piazza del Campidoglio. What the fans wanted, but those in the know did not expect, was a combined blueprint from the San Francisco-based holder,... [more]
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Jessica Watson – no criticism of Jessica – just her PR Team
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
The Sail-World team has attracted a lot of criticism for our coverage of the claims being made by Jessica Watson's PR team, while she is still battling the southern ocean. The three main threads of criticism have been as follows.... [more]
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Lies, Damn Lies, and PR Spin
Bob Fisher,
I stand in awe at the achievement of Jessica Watson. That one so young has had the fortitude to withstand the elements of the oceans alone and unaided for the 200 plus-day duration of a voyage through some of the most hostile waters on the planet, should be more than enough to warrant our appreciation of her seamanship and raw guts. This is no easy voyage. It is one whose demands would leave th... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: 34 America's Cup - All done by Christmas?
Richard Gladwell,
The 34th America's Cup got underway in Rome just over 12 hours ago. Launched not in a yacht club, not in the country of the Defender, but in a museum in Rome with amongst some of Italy's greatest treasures. As Russell Coutts quipped, the America's Cup was probably the youngest artifact in the building.... [more]
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