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All the stories and pics from the recently-completed Royal Langkawi International Regatta, Cork Clipper on the bricks (and now abandoned). Alinghi fails to sign the agreement they helped to write, more...



Royal Langkawi 2010: sailing IS a spectator sport
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Anyone who says that yacht racing is not for spectators needed to be out on Bass Harbour, Langkawi, for the showdown between Ray Roberts' Evolution Racing and Neil Pryde's HiFi. Roberts has won the Prime Minister's Trophy at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta for the last four years, and Pryde came to the event fresh from a win at last month's Phuket King's Cup... [more]
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Images from Day 5 at Royal Langkawi International Regatta
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Just a few more Postcards from the Edge...... [more]
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Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2010: Joined at the hip
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The two boats have played tag team all week, and over the last five races have collected all of the second and first places between them, except one, relegating Jelik II (Frank Pong) to an inevitable third place with the Royal Malaysian Navy's Zuhal bringing up the tail of the division. Game on. HiFi won the Phuket King's Cup in December last year after losing out on countback in both 2008 and 200... [more]
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Jelik II shows off her 'rooster tail' at RLIR
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It's official: Frank Pong's Jelik II is so quick that she pulls a rooster tail behind her.... [more]
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RLIR 2010: sailing in a Geopark
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
When there's scenery to sail in, it seems a pity not to sail in it. So the Royal Langkawi International Regatta includes an ‘Around the Islands' Race in the programme. That's not around the whole archipelago – that might take a very long time for some boats... [more]
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RLIR 2010: HiFi leads after slow start to regatta
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Langkawi is a stunningly beautiful place to hold a regatta, and the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club is a fabulous venue to host a Grand Prix event. This year's regatta – the 8th – enjoys the support of Tourism Malaysia as well as the Malaysian national oil company, Petronas, just the sort of supporting cast that every regatta needs. Venue: tick. Organising Club: tick. Sponsors: tick.... [more]
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Clipper 09:10 - Canada's Cape Breton Island wins line honours
Heather Ewing,
It has been a day of high emotion at Nongsa Point Marina as a jubilant Canadian entry Cape Breton Island crew arrived after taking line honours in Race 5, while eight Cork crew members who transferred to California when their yacht ran aground in the Java Sea on Wednesday night reached port, some in tears and all exhausted and running on adrenaline.... [more]
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America's Cup Defender refutes claims made over negotiations
Richard Gladwell and Alinghi Media,
The Defender of the America's Cup, Société Nautique de Genève, has replied to the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club's letter, written to SNG Commodore, Pierre-Yves Firmenich regarding the recent meeting in Singapore, following which, a member of the Alinghi negotiating team made accusations that it was GGYC who had withdrawn the settlement offer made.... [more]
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Dubai to host Louis Vuitton Trophy Round in November
Sharon Allison,
Dubai was today unveiled as the Middle East venue selected to host the Louis Vuitton Trophy. The prestigious Louis Vuitton Trophy – a true test of the crews' ability with teams racing identical yachts - is one of the most coveted events in sailing and Dubai joins established premier regatta venues, including Auckland, Sardinia and Hong Kong, as 2010 hosts.... [more]
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BMW Oracle to sail without wingsail, initially
Richard Gladwell,
From photos released today on the BMW Oracle Racing team blog it would seem that BOR90 as she is still known will be sailing initially without her wingsail and will be testing a mast similar in type to that which was broken off San Diego.... [more]
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Qingdao Weta Sailing - 2009 Autumn Regatta
Jeppe Mortensen,
The 'Qingdao Weta Sailing - 2009 Autumn Regatta' was recently held on Fushan Bay, outside Qingdao's Olympic Sailing Center. The regatta was in several ways a first: -the first ever Weta trimaran regatta in Qingdao. -the first ever dinghy regatta in Qingdao with boats exclusively owned by private individuals. -the first ever one design dinghy regatta in Qingdao with non-Olympic class boats.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Cork to remain on reef
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10: Following Cork's collision with a reef two nights ago, the team at Clipper Ventures has been working closely with marine salvage experts and insurance assessors to understand whether the racing yacht is recoverable.... [more]
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Bertrand and Co close to unstoppable say Etchells rivals
Rob Kothe,
The battle for the minor podium places was on in earnest in Race 9, the last race of the Murphy & Nye 2010 Australian Etchells Championship, being sailed from the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club on Lake Macquarie, NSW.... [more]
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Golden Gate calls out Swiss club over America's Cup Meeting comments
Richard Gladwell,
The Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup has called out Societe Nautique de Geneve over comments made following the breakdown of discussions in Singapore, earlier this week. In an Open Letter, posted on the Golden Gate Yacht Club website, the Club Commodore, Marcus Young, has strongly disputed comments made following the meeting... [more]
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Alinghi 5 sails in Valencia for first time
Alinghi Media,
Alinghi welcomed the Valencia authorities to its base in the Dársena this afternoon to watch the Defender's giant catamaran, Alinghi 5, be launched ahead of its first sail in Spanish waters. Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi team president, greeted Francisco Camps, the president of the region, and Rita Barberá, the Valencia mayoress, who presented him with the Valencia flag which was immediately raised... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Cork hits rock and crew evacuated
Clipper Ventures,
Cork, Ireland, one of ten 68-foot ocean racing yachts competing in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race has struck a rock in the Java Sea, around 200 nautical miles north east of Jakarta.... [more]
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Images of the Bloody Mary: Not exactly tropical!
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman presents this gallery of images from the Bloody Mary Pursuit sailed on the Queen Mary Reservoir, London, last weekend during some of the coldest weather ever experienced in the UK.... [more]
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SIM 29th Singapore Windsurfing Open: light winds for final day
Chua Hsin Ee, Singapore Saiing,
Light winds greeted competitors in the SIM 29th Singapore Open on the third and final day of racing. The forecast 10 – 25 knots wind never appeared, and only two races were run in the RS:X, Techno 293, IMCO and Raceboard classes.... [more]
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