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 25 May 2011
 


Two new races: the RHKYC's Taiwan Strait Race has just happened (Ambush, by a country mile and then some), and the Rolex Volcano Race (start near Vesuvius, go round Stromboli and Vulcano) has just started. And plenty more news, from PWA windsurfing to dhows, from SailRocket to Clipper. Read on...

Guy Nowell, Editor



RHKYC Taiwan Strait Race 2011 – Ambush goes south!
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Ambush slipped into the lead right from the start of the race, and departed Hong Kong on port with the rest of the fleet, but then surprised everyone who was watching the Yellowbrick tracking system by heading severely south and away from the rhumb line. 'We'd done the homework before we started,' said Russ Parker.... [more]
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RHKYC Taiwan Strait Race 2011 - Ambush claims inaugural line honours
RHKYC Media,
After paying tribute to the quality of his wife's catering, Taylor gave his verdict on the race; 'a beautiful code zero reach pretty much all the way. We did have one moment where the boat was caught with a little too much sail up as 40 knots came out of the darkness... [more]
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Straight into it: RHKYC Taiwan Strait Race 2011
RHKYC Media,
'Great oaks from little acorns grow' and it is to be hoped that from the five pioneering boats on the start line for the inaugural Taiwan Strait Race, a much larger fleet grows over time.... [more]
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Rolex Volcano Race first edition fleet underway
KPMS,
Rolex Capri Sailing Week's Volcano Race has a star-studded international fleet for its first edition and was given a rousing send off in the medieval quarter of Gaeta.... [more]
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Musto Winters: Seven year itch eased with move to Etchells class
Tracey Johnstone,
Moving from Sydney to Airlie Beach, leaving behind one-design class racing, led Robert Holm to taking seven long years away from his passion. But now, back on the water in charge of an Etchells and having again experienced the pleasure of racing in a one-design fleet, Holm has thrown himself right back into the fray so much so he is working on setting up a new Etchells fleet in the Whitsundays.... [more]
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Greg Elliott: From Sports boats to record holders and cruising tourers
Richard Gladwell,
Latterly Greg Elliott has been better known as the designer of the Elliott 6, the Womens Keelboat to be used for the 2012 Olympics. His focus on easily driven racing designs transfers well into Elliott's cruisers. 'Cruising boats to me are about safety, comfort and speed. Once you have sailed what I call the Tourer version, you'll never go back.'... [more]
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Majid Bin Mohammed Watersports Championships 22ft Dhow Sailing race
Sharon Allison,
Ebrahim Ismail Al Marzouqi and his crew on Al Zeeb won the Dubai Traditional 22ft Dhow Sailing race. The race started in about eight knots of wind on a 4.5 nautical mile course, but the light wind mixed with a choppy sea swell made the already hot and humid conditions tricky for the crews.... [more]
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TeamVodafoneSailing pulls out the stops for Fiji race record + Video
TeamVodafoneSailing Media,
All going well, TeamVodafoneSailing will treat New Zealand's biggest offshore yacht race, the Auckland Fiji Race, as a sprint - expecting to complete the course in just a few days. The 1140 nautical mile race starts on 4 June from Auckland, and finishes in Musket Cove, Fiji. Enroute the 60 foot trimaran, which is capable of sustaining speeds of up to 30 knots, could encounter anything the o... [more]
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WMRT Match Race Germany live coverage
WMRT,
Conditions for the Qualifying Sessions for stage 2 of the World Match Racing Tour, Match Race Germany are forecast to be light and shifty. Alongside the recognised faces of the Tour Card Holders stand William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing, Eric Monin (SUI) Team Ocalys Corum, Eugeniy Neugodnikov (RUS) Team Synergy and Stefan Meister.... [more]
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Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race start from Southampton
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race will start from the historic maritime city of Southampton on the south coast of England on Sunday 31 July 2011. At 40,000 miles the event is the world's longest sailing race and will take the ten identical 68-foot ocean racing yachts almost a year to complete their circumnavigation of the globe.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2011 Istanbul Grand Prix Act 3 preview
Kate Jennings translation,
Following on from the Sultanate of Oman and mainland China, tomorrow's backdrop for the Extreme Sailing Series will be Turkey: the fabulous city of Istanbul is playing host to the third act of the season.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 and a bottle of champagne
Paul Larsen,
It was quite a promising day today as Vestas Sailrocket 2 thrust the team effortlessly into the fridge for the 30 knot bottle of Pol Roger champagne.... [more]
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Borneo International Yachting Challenge 2011
Margaret Ringgit, Borneo Post Online,
The eighth Borneo International Yachting Challenge is back, this time, featuring 21 competing teams, including one from Malaysia.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Great AC45 Picture Show
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget has compiled this picture show of images, from behind the scenes and on the water, in the recently concluded America's Cup Media Trials. It is very impressive both for the quality of the image and the presentation.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week 2011 What go you think? + Video
Antigua Sailing Week,
Antigua Sailing Week wants to hear from owners, skippers, crews and friends that in some way took part in Sailing Week 2011.... [more]
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PWA World Cup 2011 Ulsan - Awe inspiring action
Andrew Buchanan,
PWA World Cup 2011 Ulsan, in Korea was raced 14th to 20th May, has drawn to a conclusion after seven days of awe inspiring action and vehement slalom encounters.... [more]
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Mr Skype brings new dimension to Audi MedCup racing
Richard Gladwell and Stuart Alexander,
Stuart Alexander, yachting correspondent for the English daily, The Independent caught up with the skipper of Rán after he had helmed the TP52 on the second day of the Audi MedCup circuit. He is the only owner-driver on the circuit - hopefully he will encourage other owners to reclaim the handlebars and put a new dimension on this event.... [more]
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