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 04 Jun 2012
 


Sail-World Asia has been at the Korea International Boat Show and Asia Marine Conference for the past few days, and we'll be bringing you a wrap report just as soon as the feet touch ground again. This event runs alongside the Alpari WMRT Korea Match Cup, and this afternoon provided some of the best up-close-and-personal match racing imaginable. The Hansen-Williams final went all the way to the wire, ad kept the huge crown on the harbour wall on tenterhooks. The hundreds of cameras never stopped clicking - the noise was so continuous it sounded like rain on a tin roof.

Bad news from the RHKYC Taiwan Strait Race - Tipsy Frenz abandoned, presumed sunk, but all crew safe and sound.

Back in the office tomorrow.

Guy Nowell, Editor



Korea Match Cup 2012. Finals. Meet the Guv'nor.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Current WMRT World Champion Ian Williams went into the finals after squashing Torvar Mirsky 3-0, and the reigning Korea Match Cup champ Bjorn Hansen was there after a 3-2 fight against Phil Robertson. The breeze was pumping 12ts+ and often quite a lot of ‘+', and the start line was just metres away from the end of the harbour mole at Jeonggok Marina. It was a grandstand made in heaven... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup - Bjorn Hansen fights off stiff competition
Leigh Ireland,
WMRT Korea Match Cup 2012, the second event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour 2012 concluded in Gyeonggi, South Korea today, 3rd June. Defending Champion Bjorn Hansen (SWE) fought off stiff competition from reigning Tour title-holder Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar from Mekonomen Sailing Team to win.... [more]
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Taiwan Strait Race - Tipsy Frenz' lost at sea but crew safe
RHKYC,
Tipsy Frenz, a Wauqueiz Centurion 45S, is one of four yachts competing in the RHKYC organized Taiwan Strait Race. At 0237hrs local hours on Sunday 3 June, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) Sailing Manager, Alex Johnston, received a mayday call via satellite phone from the skipper.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Closest ever race develops into a four way battle
Volvo Ocean Race,
Two legs, 2,500 miles and three inshore sprints will decide the closest ever Volvo Ocean Race – and with four boats in with a shot of winning, points have never been more crucial. Never in the 39-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race have four boats been in with a realistic chance of winning with just around 10 days of offshore sailing left to go.... [more]
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Finn World Masters - Michael Maier wins fourth title
Robert Deaves,
Finn World Masters 2012 concluded in Pwllheli on 1st June. Michael Maier (CZE) won his fourth Finn World Masters title on Friday with no more races sailed after the wind failed to stabilise in time to get the final races in before the time limit. Allen Burrell (GBR) won the silver and Laurent Hay (FRA) won the bronze.... [more]
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Samui Regatta 2012- Tight at the top with one day to go
Samui Regatta Media,
Light winds as the boats left the anchorage today looked ominous but the Race Committee headed north to the channel between Samui and Phangan islands and found a steady breeze to get the races underway. AP down at 10:44, IRC Zero into start sequence, and they were off!... [more]
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Hong Kong Maritime Museum on the move
HK Maritime Museum,
The Hong Kong Maritime Museum in Stanley will close its doors on Monday 04 June. Since its opening by the Hong Kong Government's Chief Executive, Donald Tsang on 8th September 2005, over 287,000 paying visitors have been admitted. The development of the museum was spearheaded by Mr. Anthony Hardy (Wallem Group), Tan Sri Frank Tsao Wen-king (IMC Group), Mr. K.L. Tam (Goldstar Shipping)... [more]
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RHKYC Taiwan Strait Race 2012
RHKYC Media,
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Taiwan Strait Race, a 350nm Category One Offshore Race across the South China Sea from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, got off to a clean start earlier today in ideal conditions.... [more]
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Korea Government continues supports for marine leisure industry
Mike Derrett,
The Governor of Gyeonggi Province, Kim Moon–Soo, opened the fifth edition of the Korea International Boat Show at the Jeonggok Marina on South Korea's west coast. The Governor was accompanied by the Korean Minister for Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, Mr Kwon Do-Youp... [more]
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l'Hydroptère heads for the City of Angels
Thomas Lesage,
Following three weeks of trials on the Mediterranean, Alain Thébault's l'Hydroptère DCNS was loaded onto a cargo ship on Monday in Toulon (FRA). The 'flying sailboat' will head to Los Angeles, California, USA, where she will be positioned to wait for the best weather conditions for a Pacific crossing record attempt.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup – Emirates Team NZ AC72 unveiled +Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World heads to Cookson Boats yard on Auckland's North Shore. There team CEO Grant Dalton gives a guided tour of the yard, including a walk around both hulls, and a look on the lower level at the massive main beam, which is about to be fitted. These are the first shots of an AC72 published. Plus we have video interviews with Dalton and AC72 design co-ordinator Nick Holroyd.... [more]
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Samui Regatta 2012 - Foxy Lady 6 leads with two days to go
Samui Regatta Media,
Samui is back! The blue skies and idyllic tropical island conditions that Samui is famous for surfaced today as the sailors left the anchorage in a steady 10 knots of wind. Principal Race Officer Ross Chisholm called the courses: Windward/ Leewards for IRC Zero and IRC One in race one, followed by a coastal course. For the rest of the fleet it was a single coastal course south past Lamai Beach.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup heads to Weymouth
ISAF,
Skandia Sail for Gold, the sixth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, is being held from 4 to 9 June 2012. Over 700 sailors from 60 nations will compete at the host venue of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth.... [more]
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Samui Regatta 2012 - snakes and ladders on day 2
Samui Regatta Media,
Sun greeted the Samui Regatta this morning as sailors left the anchorage with good breeze, blue skies and the anticipation of idyllic tropical racing. Shifting winds forced a start delay but all classes eventually got underway and competition was tight on the race-track.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Hand-held laser flare, prize-winning Odeo
Sail-World Cruising,
Seawork International, commercial marine and workboat event now in its 15th year in Southampton, UK, annually attracts over 450 exhibitors and 7200 visitors from all over the world. This years Seawork International 'Spirit of Innovation' Award was won by our product of the week, Index Marine's Odeo Flare.... [more]
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Samui Regatta 2012 opens with good winds and close racing
Samui Regatta Media,
Close racing amongst the 10-strong IRC 1 fleet looks set to be the theme of the week, with less than two minutes on corrected time separating the top four in the first race – windward/leewards. David Ross and crew on KukuKERchu took line honours but managed only fourth on corrected time.... [more]
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