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 21 Jul 2012
 


In Asia the item of the moment is the newly-located Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. In England eyes are looking toward the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup. And absolutely everywhere everyone is winding up for the Olympic Regatta at Weymouth which starts with the Finn class on 29 July - just eight days away.

Can the new Katsu deliver the goods in Phuket? Can Hong Kong get to the top of the podium in Cowes? And can Ben Ainslie write his name into the Olympic record books in Weymouth?

For answers to all these questions, and more, stay tuned to Sail-World.com/Asia

Guy Nowell, Editor



Phuket Race Week day 2 - Thai boats to the fore
Event Media,
Day 2 of the 2012 Phuket Race Week. Two windward/leewards for IRC Racing, Firefly and Racing Multihull classes, and longer island courses for IRC Cruising and Classic classes were the order of the day.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing - Finn fleet first to face starter's gun
ISAF,
On 29 July 24 Finn boats will line up on the Nothe Course and at midday the starting gun will fire signalling the commencement of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. Eyes will beam down on the course with the host nation's hopes pinned on Finn sailor Ben Ainslie (GBR).... [more]
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Brewin Dolphin Commodore's Cup – RHKYC entry
RHKYC Media,
Brewin Dolphin Commodore's Cup 2012 is being held from 22nd to 28th July on the Solent in the UK. After a brilliant second place in the 2010 event, Hong Kong will again be sending a team comprising mostly Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club members to the biennial event organised the Royal Ocean Racing Club and recognised as the most important Corinthian big boat team event in the world.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet face tightly packed finish
Ruth Harrington,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the second day of race fifteen, from Den Helder to Southampton. With just three days until the world's longest ocean race concludes in Southampton, the ten strong teams of racing yachts face a tightly packed finish, as the teams fight it out for the final podium position... [more]
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J Class Solent Regatta - Race Day 2
Ben Stack,
Friday saw another magnificent day's racing for the Js. Race 2 got underway on the wind towards Lymington against the last of the flood tide in a 15 knot Westerly breeze. Ranger and Velsheda approached the leeward end of the line early and Ranger found herself trapped between the inner distance mark and the committee boat. Velsheda had to restart after being two seconds early for the gun. Lionhea... [more]
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Optimist World Championship Day 3 - Singapore on top + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
Optimist World Championship third day started promisingly for the 230 young sailors and the race committee did not miss that chance. The boats hit the water early in the morning and the races started. After many general and partial recalls the groups managed to complete one race each. The wind was around 10-12 knots and at the end of the race started to change and dropped dramaticall... [more]
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America's Cup: World's first AC72 to be launched by catapult
Warren Douglas,
What do you do when you need to launch a new boat in style but can't risk breaking a bottle on the bow? Pouring the bubbles over the boat is not quite the same, especially when the public is turning up and they'll be expecting to see some action.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère DCNS on standby for Transpacific record attempt
l'Hydroptère DCNS,
All the optimisation is complete and the fastest trimaran in the world is just waiting to be rigged, so as she can go flying in the thermal breezes of California.... [more]
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Steady winds on Day 1 of 2012 Phuket Raceweek
Event Media,
On day 1 of the 2012 Phuket Raceweek, thirty-four boats competed in seven classes and divisions. The 13-strong IRC Racing fleet is split into three divisions: IRC Racing I, Sportsboats and IRC Racing II. All three divisions were on the startline together as the RO got the regatta underway.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Women's Match Racing teams prepare
ISAF,
The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition will run from 29th July – 11th August for 12 Women's Match Racing teams and it will be do or die time in this cutthroat natured sport. Silja Lehtinen (FIN) comes into London 2012 fresh from a victory at the 2012 ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds in Gothenburg, Sweden but the Finnish match racer had somewhat of a mixed 12 months prior.... [more]
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PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura World Cup preview
Chris Yates,
The 2012 PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura World Cup is set to take place from 20th-30th July where Rene Eglie will play host to the planet's fastest slalom sailors and the world's most extreme freestylers for the 27th consecutive year of World Cup competition. The fleet will once again be congregating on the beautiful beaches of Sotavento as they provide a scintillating display.... [more]
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2012 ISAF Youth Worlds: Two Gold medals won on penultimate day
ISAF,
Though there is still one final day of racing scheduled at the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship on Dublin Bay in Ireland, two class titles have already been decided. First to start their celebrations were the visibly delighted Spanish 29er duo of Carlos Robles and Florian Trittel.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère.ch damaged in Ruban Bleu record pursuit
MaxComm Communication,
l'Hydroptère.ch sustained damage this afternoon during an attempt to break Lake Geneva's Ruban Bleu, a speed record around the lake from and to Geneva, over sixty-six Miles. Crewed by Daniel Schmaeh, Stéphane Dyen, Jérémie Lagarrigue, Guillaume Coyon, and Gaël Ledoux, l'Hydroptère.ch set sail from Geneva at 11:38 and completed the first part of the course in a remarkable time.... [more]
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505 World Championship - Day 2 of Pre-Worlds action in La Rochelle
505 Worlds,
Day two of the SAP 505 World Championships in La Rochelle was another beautiful day with sailors taking to the water for the third and fourth races of the Pre-Worlds and the French International Cup – a warm up to the approaching Championship.... [more]
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America's Cup: Take a walk around Emirates Team NZ's new AC72 - Video
Sail-World,
Emirates Team New Zealand have released a video of their new AC72 which was test rigged and revealed to the world for the first time on Wednesday July 18, 2012 The video is a revealing walk around the catamaran which is due for launch on Saturday July 21, 2012 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series 2012-13 format announced
Jane Eagleson,
The opening event of the 2012-13 America's Cup World Series is in San Francisco from August 21-26 this summer. This marks the first racing in the host city of the 34th America's Cup. On Wednesday, the format of competition for the new 2012-13 AC World Series was released. It will be a five day program of racing building to a grand finale on the Super Sunday of each event.... [more]
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505 World Championship - The incredible start in La Rochelle
505 Worlds,
The 2012 SAP 505 World Championship Pre-Worlds got off to an amazing start. The event kicked off yesterday amid bright sunshine and clear blue skies in La Rochelle. With a good breeze in the air, the sailors took to their boats in what was surely record time, eager to get out on the water and make the most of the incredible conditions.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: And when the race is over.... + Video
Camper Media and Daryl Wislang,
Camper, the second placed boat in the Volvo Ocean Race, has returned to her Spanish home. She will visit the Copa del Rey in Palma de Mallorca. Sponsored by the Mallorcan footwear company Camper, the return of the joint Spanish and New Zealand flagged boat, marks the end of a round the world adventure that started with the yacht's baptism at the RCNP in September 2011 and the race start from A... [more]
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l'Hydroptère.ch breaks one-hour record around Lake Geneva
Bernard Schopfer,
Whilst attempting to break Lake Geneva's Blue Ribbon record last week the experimental catamaran l'Hydroptère.ch, crewed by Daniel Schmaeh, Stéphane Dyen, Gaël Ledoux, Guillaume Coyon and Cédric Pochelon, broke the one-hour speed record with an average speed of 25.25 knots.... [more]
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'Nerves of glass' will one day warn you of a yacht's breaking points
Heinrich Hertz Institut,
One scary thing about sailing oceans is if something vital breaks - like the rigging - and you don't have the equipment, or the expertise, to repair it. Now, believe it or not, some technology is emerging which one day could mean you would get a warning about an approaching breaking point, not only in the rigging, but in hulls, masts and sails. Sensor technology is the answer:... [more]
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Phuket Raceweek 2012 - under new title
Phuket Raceweek Media,
On Wednesday July 18, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2012 opens its doors with a first night party, followed on Thursday morning by the first day of racing in what is forecast to be perfect ‘champagne sailing' conditions.... [more]
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Hong Kong Sailors competing in ISAF Youth Worlds
ISAF,
This is the first time Hong Kong has qualified to attend the ISAF Worlds in the 29er class and is the result of Hong Kong clubs investment in world-class coaches and a new fleet of 29ers. 'It shows just how well top-class dinghy sailing in Hong Kong is progressing' writes Kevin Lewis, the Dinghy Sailing Manager at Aberdeen Boat Club,... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Ben Ainslie Racing team announced
Sail-World,
America's Cup World Series 2012-13 gets underway in San Francisco on 23rd August. Ben Ainslie Racing have confirmed the team that will race with Ainslie. The team are no strangers to racing on the wingsailed multihull. Ainslie will be switching from his 15ft singlehanded dinghy to a 45ft catamaran, and with only four days training between the Olympics and the first America's Cup World Series... [more]
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PWA Tenerife World Cup event summary
Chris Yates,
The opening day of the 2012 PWA Planet Win 365 Tenerife World Cup saw the sailors registering for the event in the morning, before the competition began shortly after lunch. By the end of the first day, 13 fantastic heats were completed. Omar Sanchez (Simmer) produced a sparkling performance to knock out Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC), and in doing so he created the upset of the day.... [more]
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