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 13 Sep 2013
 


The America's Cup is dominating the world of sailing at the moment, and there will be a Sail-World America's Cup newsletter on the airwaves very shortly, so we'll not dwell on that here. Six down and just three to go for the Kiwis, and Oracle need 10 points to make the running. That's a tough place to be. One tv commentator likened yesterday's racing to Groundhog Day. Remember Brad Butterworth's press conference after the first race of the AC33? Someone asked him what Alinghi were going to do to come back after being thrashed by Oracle, and Butterworth said, “They sail higher, and they are faster. What do you want me to say?”

Next on the AC agenda (apart from the cheering) is going to be the delightful speculation as to what to do with the format for AC35. That should be interesting.

But there's still ‘other' sailing going on around the world, in case you'd missed it. It's still quiet season in Asia as everyone quietly gears up for the back-to-back events that fill up the calendar towards the end of the year – China Coast, Vietnam, China Cup, Raja Muda, King's Cup, Royal Langkawi and more.

Further afield, and the Clipper Race is going great guns as the fleet heads south down the Atlantic towards Rio de Janeiro, and Henri Lloyd reporting a new Clipper speed record with a 30.7kt burst. It is worth remembering that the new generation of 70' Clipper boats are the most ‘racy' ever, but the crews on board are the same sort of non-professionals – and many of them real novices – that have contested all the Clipper events. Skippers are saying that they are sailing ‘conservatively' while their crews gain more experience – heck, the learning curve must be almost vertical! As someone who raced on a first-generation Clipper (Chrysolite, the same year that Alex Thomson steered Ariel to an emphatic victory and kick-started his professional career in the process) from Hong Kong to Singapore, I'd give one of my eye teeth to be on a Clipper right now. (The other eye tooth is of course reserved for an afternoon on an AC72).

The RHKYC opens its sailing season over the weekend 28-29 September, and the Hong Kong Hobie Nationals follow the weekend after (5-6 October).

Whether you are glued to a screen watching the power play in San Francisco, getting ready for the big Asian regattas or tuning up a 16 or a Tiger for the Tai Tam event, you'll find it all reported at www.sail-world.com

Guy Nowell, Editor



Muscat Regatta 2013 and Dubai-Muscat Race 2013
Muscat Daily,
The 2013 Muscat Regatta, an annual sailing event organised by the Marina Bandar al Rowdha in association with the Ministry of Sports Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism, will be held 7-13 November. The regatta will feature the Bank of Beirut Chairman's Cup Race from Muscat to Khasab. The 230 nautical-mile flagship event will start on 10 November.... [more]
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Sleepy French skipper fined for hitting England
Lee Mylchreest,
If you have ever felt sleepy at the wheel of your boat, remembering this story might help keep you awake a little longer. It was a fishing boat, not a sailing boat, and he was French, ending up on an English shore. (Lucky it's today not a couple of hundred years ago, or it might have been much worse for him.) There's also a lesson about good watch-keeping here.... [more]
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America's Cup: Where to now, O Oracle?
Bob Fisher,
Swapping Ben Ainslie to replace John Kostecki didn't make the hoped-for difference in performance for Oracle Team USA. The team lost two races to Emirates Team New Zealand with the Kiwi gains made principally on the upwind legs. What is left for the Cup defender?... [more]
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International Dragon World Championship - Set for final day showdown
Fiona Brown,
Despite an initial three hour postponement, it was eventually possible for the Gazprom International Dragon World Championship race committee to run two further races, races five and six of the series, in a light breeze of 6-10 knots which veered between 240 and 260 degrees.... [more]
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Netherlands World Cup - A little bit of everything
Hanna Poschinger, EFPT,
Day five at the DAM7 offered a little bit of everything for the riders and the spectators. The morning of day five here at the Zeil and Surfcentrum in Brouwersdam started off surprisingly sunny and the actual start for the second qualifying round was planned for 4.00 pm in the afternoon with the potential of also running the third qualification.... [more]
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PWA Netherlands World Cup - Thode emerges victorious
Chris Yates,
On day five of the DAM7 PWA Netherlands World Cup, the men's double elimination was completed as a brief period of wind swept through Brouwersdam in the afternoon. Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra) successfully defended his single elimination victory to clinch his first event victory since the 2011 Vietnam event ahead of Steven van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde / Different).... [more]
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Ciudad de Santander Trophy - Leaders remain on day 4
Helena de la Gándara,
>At the Ciudad de Santander Trophy, a late start of the wind, made all fleets wait in port until it decided to appear remaining a five knot speed, building up to a comfortable 12 knots and a direction shifting from 330 to around 340.... [more]
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SB20 World Championships - Three different race winners on day 4
Katie Jackson,
At the Audi SB20 World Championships, another fabulous day of racing was enjoyed by the 90 entrants in the Baie des Iles d' Or, Hyeres. Today produced three different race winners in conditions that started off gentle and finished up in a 'full foam up' as wind conditions climbed from five knots up into the mid-twenties.... [more]
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Settimana delle Bocche - Sardinian Mistral wreaks havoc
Jill Campbell, YCCS,
At the Audi Settimana delle Bocche, the infamous Sardinian mistral was making its presence felt as teams gathered in Porto Cervo Marina this morning for day three. After displaying the AP flag ashore the Race Committee was forced to abandon racing at midday as sustained winds and gusts of up to 40 knots showed no sign of abating.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Event speed record broken in Leg 1
Julia Wall-Clarke,
The Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Race has set a new race speed record of 30.7 knots in the North Atlantic, early on in Leg 1 of the world's longest ocean race. The Henri Lloyd team recorded the race's top surfing speed of 30.7 knots in the North Atlantic as the fleet head south to the equator line and their eventual goal of Rio de Janeiro.... [more]
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America┬┤s Cup 2013 THE Conversation - A Bangin the Corners scoop
Sail-world.com,
Australians Randy Cunningham and Beau Outteridge (Nathan's brother) of Bangin the Corner's fame have scooped the sailing world.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Int Regatta: Birthday Boy leads in Yamaha after Day 3
Rich Roberts,
Just when sailors think they've figured out how to race on San Francisco Bay, they get a day when 'you use boat speed more than brains.' So said New Zealand's David McDermaid, a birthday boy and the new leader after 6 of 10 races of the Nespresso 18' Skiff International Regatta for the Mark Foy Trophy.... [more]
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PWA Netherlands World Cup - Perfect conditions on day 4
Chris Yates,
At the PWA Netherlands World Cup, having played the waiting game for much of the morning and early afternoon on day four, Brouwersdam burst into life to deliver several hours of perfect freestyle conditions, as winds of 20-25 knots combined with flat water created the ultimate windsurfing playground for the contortionists of the windsurfing world.... [more]
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Clipper Round The World Race - Strong winds and challenging conditions
Clipper Ventures,
The Clipper Round The World race fleet have faced strong winds and challenging conditions in the last 24 hours, and with team OneDLL reportedly experiencing wind speeds in excess of 44 knots, there's no surprise that Henri Lloyd has set a new Clipper 70 speed record reaching over 30 knots yesterday... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Pinnacle rendezvous in Porto Cervo
KPMS,
At the 2013 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, enthusiasm was in abundance as a gathering of the finest sailors, most passionate owners, and inspiring yachts met in Porto Cervo, Sardinia for the pinnacle rendezvous of the annual Maxi yacht racing calendar.... [more]
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SB20 World Championships - Double bullet taken on day 3
Katie Jackson,
At the Audi SB20 World Championships in Hyeres, France, it was another early start for the 90 strong SB20 fleet. The Race Committee set the course even further to the right hand side of the Baie de Iles d' Or to shelter from the 'Big Wednesday' forecast of 30 plus knots of wind.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Close racing and Clipper 70 power
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race, it's been a challenging night for the 12 strong fleet of racing yachts competing, as the fleet battle to make gains in Race two, the road to Rio de Janeiro.... [more]
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PWA Netherlands World Cup - Victory for Thode and Offringa on day 3
Chris Yates,
At the PWA Netherlands World Cup, the forecast promising winds in excess of 40 knots for day three didn't disappoint as the wind howled for much of the afternoon and grew stronger as the evening progressed. Today was more like the PWA's very own storm chase at times as the sailors reached for their smallest gear - many wishing they had smaller equipment available - to take on the brutal winds.... [more]
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Summer of Sail: Superyachts in San Francisco, Day 1 - Video
John Navas,
Videographer John Navas was on the water for the first day of the Superyachts enjoying their first day of racing, and filed this video of the day.... [more]
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18' Skiff Int Regatta - Day 2 - The first rule of racing + Video
Rich Roberts,
18ft Skiff International Regatta, San Francisco, CA. The first rule of sailboat racing is 'read the Sailing Instructions,' because the boring details will tell important little things like don't just sail from upwind to downwind but go through a midcourse gate, too, if required (see Attachment A, MCG).... [more]
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Mini-Transat 2013 - The most international of offshore races
Mini Transat 2013,
The Mini Transat's great strengths is that it encourages entrants from well beyond the borders of France. Whilst many of the solo races boil down to duels between French sailors, the Mini Transat is the exception that proves the rule. Not only are international competitors present, but many of them have an excellent chance of claiming victory.... [more]
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'All is Lost' - new solo sailor movie from Robert Redford
Sail-World Cruising,
If, as a leisure sailor, you have seen 'A Perfect Storm' and identified, and/or seen 'The Life of Pi' and identified, you will not want to miss Robert Redford's new sailing movie, 'All is Lost'. In the movie he is a solo sailor, and as an actor, he is not only a solo performance, there is hardly any dialogue.... [more]
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Rescuers circumnavigate Britain to raise rescue money
RNLI/Sail-World,
A team of search and rescue workers from the East Midlands is embarked on an unusual way of raising money to keep the rescue services of Britain going. They are 'sailing' around 1,999 miles of British coastline in a small inflatable boat.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup preview
KPMS,
It will mark the start of the third biennial New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, when a global fleet takes to the waters of Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound on Tuesday, 10 September, presented by Rolex... [more]
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Nespresso's 'The Cup and Me' + Video
Nespresso,
As the business-end of the America's Cup gets underway tomorrow (7th September) in San Francisco, USA, Nespresso release the fifth film in the specially commissioned series called ‘Taste the Magic of the Cup'. The showdown between the Defender Team Oracle USA and the Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand will see these two teams battle it out for supremacy.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - High drama for the conclusion
KPMS,
Tomorrow's final day showdown at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is certain to be gripping. Verdicts in some of the competition classes are in, while the permutations in the others promise high drama for the conclusion to proceedings. Coastal courses through the Maddalena Archipelago were organized today for the entire 37-strong fleet, 38-nm for the Mini Maxis and Wallys, 31-nm for the remaining classes.... [more]
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Great Pacific Garbage Patch - the real story
Sailors for the Sea - Ocean Watch Essay,
No doubt you have heard of the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and thought goodness, that's terrible, someone should clean up that island of trash.... [more]
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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston honoured with sailing legends 'Walk of Fame'
Marina Thomas,
Clipper Race founder and legendary British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has had his handprints cast for a sailing 'Walk of Record Breakers' in the French maritime city of Brest. During the Race 1 stopover, Knox-Johnston was invited to become part of Brest's 'Walk of Record Breakers' which will open later in 2013 and will feature the handprints of France's most famous circumnavigators.... [more]
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2013 Phuket King's Cup Regatta
30/11/13
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta. Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December....
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