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 09 May 2012
 


It's been an interesting few days in Pattaya at Top of the Gulf. The organisers and the Ocean Marina Yacht Club certainly know how to throw a good party - not to mention a regatta.

ISAF have voted to ditch windsurfing in favour of kiteboarding for the Rio 2016 Olympics, which we consider a very dodgy decision. Neil Pryde (here at Top of the Gulf), supplier of the Olympic RS:X windsurfing equipment, was philosophical about, but also 'surprised.' Sail-World was at the Phuket King's Cup last December when kiteboarding was on the programme for the first time, and it proved to be a real damp squib. 'We can launch in 5kts' turned into 'actually, we need 15kts' and then it was a quick splash and crash and it was all over. Nobody at PKC saw anything, which considering it was meant to be an 'exhibition' made it a bit pointless. Pryde says that kite design has got a million miles of development in it, so ISAF better get something locked off on paper pretty quickly.

Guy Nowell, Editor



2016 Olympics: Kiteboarding ousts Windsurfer for 2016
Sail-World,
In a completely unexpected move, the ISAF Council has voted to have Kiteboarding as an Olympic Event for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2012, day 4. Ending not with a bang, but a whimper
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The weather forecast got it right up to a point. There were the overnight thunderstorms, and a very grey and threatening breakfast time. A major rainstorm immediately to the north of the racing area was pushing out plenty of wind, and the major decision was whether to take full oilies or just a jacket. It looked pretty ugly, but that often makes for some dramatic pictures.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf Regatta 2012, day 3 – this is what we came for!
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Hot, hot, hot with sunshine and blue skies, and 12kts from 200? to make everything look good. The breeze held for most of the day, but took a short holiday in the middle of the afternoon, making for some slow finishes for the boats on the long courses. RO Jerry Rollin has been itching to send boats north up past the Royal Varuna Yacht Club and then on to Koh Chun, Koh Krok and Koh Lan... [more]
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NeilPryde Racing Series a success at 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta
Infinity Communications,
The RS:One Class features a new, attractive, and dynamic race format: One sail, one board - everyone on the same equipment allowing male and female racers of all ages to compete together with equal chances. Courses were set inside Ocean Marina, just metres from the Regatta Lawn, providing a unique spectator experience and allowing for some exciting close-quarter competition on-the-water.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2012, Day 1 – more than a capful of breeze
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Cue PRO Jerry Rollins' in-house Speaking Clock, and with a ‘three, two, one, go' off went the Cruising division on a windward/leeward course, followed by the Platus, Ocean Multihulls, IRS 1 and 2 and then IRC 3 and the Sportsboats. For the smaller boats a 2nm beat against the tide seemed a long haul, but the bigger boats made mincemeat of it,... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2012 – Day 2 - Challenging all round
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Not so much breeze as yesterday, but brief bursts of sunshine to make everything look that much more sparkly. RO Jerry Rollin summed up the day as 'challenging for the competitors, and challenging for the race management.' The wind had died off a little overnight, but still blew a good 10kts all day with enthusiastic gusts of over 16kts, all out of 240? - give or take 30? of swing... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2012 opens with pace
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Breeze pumpin', band playin', rum flowin'... Racing starts tomorrow with 57 boats on the line for the ‘outside' course, which means the big boats. Add in the dinghies, beach cats, and the 100+ entries in the Thai National Optimist Championships, and there is serious credence for this being the ‘biggest regatta in Asia.' You know how reluctant we are to endorse superlatives, but the numbers stack up... [more]
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RHKYC Spring Regatta 2012 - Day 2. Easy Tiger fails to Mind the Bumps
RHKYC Media,
A Hung Hom start was in order for Race 2 of RHKYC's Spring Regatta with Race Officer Simon Boyde recording only 4 to 6 knots on his early morning recce around Victoria Harbour, however by the time the first race got underway the breeze had picked up to a consistent 8 knots, giving decent starting conditions for all the classes.... [more]
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Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Spring Regatta - Day 1
RHKYC Media,
Overnight thunderstorms and torrential rain failed to deter the 94 crews who took to a Club start line for the first race of this year's RHKYC Spring Regatta, held in Hong Kong's iconic Victoria Harbour.... [more]
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18 May: Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day
Sail-World Cruising/MCA,
The message does not seem to be getting through, so a multinational effort is on to make boaters wear life jackets AND YOU CAN HELP. It's the 'Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day'.... [more]
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Star Worlds - Success for Percy on day 5 + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
On day five of the 2012 Star Worlds, another race resulted in Ian Percy scoring yet another bullet with Scheidt now in second and the Irish in third. Nearing the end, it is clear that anything can happen in the final two races.... [more]
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Ludo Bennett-Jones - around Britain in a 16ft dinghy
Nancy Knudsen,
Yet another fund-raising sailor is sailing around Britain, and this one is doing it in a dinghy! 21-year-old Ludo Bennett-Jones is hoping to break two world records when he completes a circumnavigation of Great Britain from the Isle of Wight. He is bidding to become the youngest person to sail a 16ft Wayfarer dinghy two-handed around the coast and in the shortest time.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Keeping Puma on their toes
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Leg 6 finish line is almost in view, just 223 tortuous nautical miles left to run, but first, leg leader Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, skippered by American Ken Read, must reach the Bahamas' Eleuthera Island Light, 32 nm ahead, in first place.... [more]
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The Ferret wins Coronation Cup at Top of the Gulf Regatta
Infinity Communications,
Heading into the last day at the 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta, tensions were high. Protest room action the evening before meant the top two in the Platu Class were equal on points with a two race finale planned, while in other classes places could be lost (or gained) on the last day's performance.... [more]
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Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) Australian Open and National Championship
Willy Kerr,
The Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) for the first time since its inception, takes its kiteboarding competition outside of Asia to join the Australian Kitesurf Association (AKA) to present the 2012 Australian National Championships in combination with an International Open event.... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Down time on day 3 + Video
PWA World Tour,
Day three of the 2012 PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup, began with a lot of promise as the wind swung cross-shore during the morning. However, despite the wind building at around 2:30pm, it never consistently met the 7-knot threshold required for the competition to begin. As a result, sailors either chilled on the beach or took the opportunity to gain some additional time on the water in the patchy wind.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Final arrivals in Panama
Clipper Round the World Race,
In the Clipper Round the World Race 11-12, the 10 strong fleet of ocean racing yachts is now complete after the final arrivals in Panama. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, Singapore and New York arrived last night while Qingdao, Derry-Londonderry and De Lage Landen arrived this morning under the bright Panama sun.... [more]
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Kiteboarding: Branson to attempt Channel crossing for Olympic decision
Sail-World,
Sir Richard Branson, one of the IKAs Olympic Ambassadors and supporters from the very first minute added: 'Well we all flew a kite to get kiteboarding in to the Olympics and unbelievably the kite has landed in Rio ! Kiteboarding is now an Olympic sport! To celebrate this, myself, my family and a few friends will this week attempt to kite across the English Channel to show off the beauty of kite-su... [more]
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Dubai Traditional Dhow 22ft Sailing Race – Tough conditions
DIMC,
Dubai Traditional Dhow 22ft Sailing Race was held at Mina Seyahi Dubai International Marine Club on Saturday. With unsteady low winds playing a crucial role in the progress of the race it was Dahes that ultimately crossed the finish line to clinch the top place after nearly one and a half hour on the waters.... [more]
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Crew wanted to sail the North West Passage
Wave Train/Sail-World Cruising,
Spring in the northern hemisphere means there will be a collection of sailing boats planning a North West Passage transit, lured by the promise of clear passage in summer caused by a rapidly warming planet. American Nicolas Kats is one of these, and he's looking for extra crew for a journey from Ireland to Portland.... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Exciting second day
Chris Yates,
PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup second day started in much the same fashion as the opening day, with winds coming from almost every direction as the wind failed to establish itself. However at 2pm the wind swung cross shore and picked up to 15 to 18 knots, ensuring an action packed afternoon, which saw both the men and women's first elimination's completed.... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Cracking first day
PWA World Tour,
On day one of the PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup, registrations took place between 10am and 12pm. Weather conditions remained changeable throughout the morning and early afternoon with cyclonic winds also occurring. At around 15:00, Korea showed its true unpredictability as the wind swung cross-shore and picked up in an instant. Cue a whole host of sailors head out onto the water... [more]
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China's Lijia Xu – firming as London 2012 Laser Radial favourite
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The top performing Women's Laser Radial sailor on the 2011- 2012 World Cup circuit has been China's 24 year old Lijia Xu, who just won her third Gold medal of this season at the Semaine Olympique Francaise. This now positions her atop the ISAF Laser Radial Standings.... [more]
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Antibes Yacht Show thrives against the trend
Sail-World Cruising/Fraser Yachts,
While it is common knowledge that the yacht industry has been suffering greatly since the onset of the global recession, the same can not be said of the luxury end of the market, which continues to perform against the trend. The first few months of 2012 has seen interest in luxury yachts for sale remain high and this has been again confirmed with the success of the recent Antibes Yacht Show.... [more]
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Australian Maid crew rescued in Indonesian waters
Sail-World.com,
Indonesia search and rescue (SAR) team has rescued two Australians and two British sailors on a the well known Australian yacht Australian Maid on passage from the Philippines to East Timor. The veteran Australian cruiser racer was on a delivery back to Darwin after the China Sea Race.... [more]
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