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 21 Nov 2012
 


If it makes you hold your breath - just for a moment - it's exciting. The Vendee Globe leaders are pressing ahead of the pack, and Alex Thomson demonstrates how to carbon repairs at 20kts. The Raja Muda is coping with rather less wind, but at least the Penang Rickshaw Racing didn't need any breeze. Sail Rocket, on the other hand, is making the most of every knot she can get her hands on - 59 knots ratified, and they haven't stopped yet.

Check below for some more breath-holding moments.

Guy Nowell, Editor



Vestas Sailrocket 2 achieves new PB and smashes nautical mile record
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen of Vestas Sailrocket 2 discusses the crew's latest record setting achievements. Just in after the most incredible run. A whole nautical mile dipping well into the 60's on each gust. We peaked near or over 64 knots and beat our previous 500 meter average. I don't think we cracked 60 knots as a 500 meter average though. But anyway... we smashed the nautical mile record.... [more]
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Raja Muda 2012 – Penang Rickshaw Races
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Just because the annual rickshaw races aren't part of the Raja Muda pointscore, doesn't mean they aren't taken seriously. Men between the shafts, girls sculling beers, arguments at the mark, on-water (well, on-the-quayside) penalties... this little add-on to the Raja Muda has all the ingredients for some serious mayhem.... [more]
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Raja Muda 2012 – Race 2, Pangkor to Penang
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
An unpromising start to proceedings in very light breeze, but there was a big band of heavy grey cloud approaching from the west, and RO Jerry Rollin decided to get things going. ‘There might be some wind under that cell – which is good – and there might be nothing at all behind it.'... [more]
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Raja Muda race 1 - sail changes, anchors, and rain
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Of course, being tropical, it didn't last forever. By the time the first start at 1100h came due it had become just ‘regular' rain spattering the coffee-coloured river and giving everyone cause to wonder what breeze would be left when it stopped. The answer was a perfectly sensible 6-8 knots as classes 5 and 6 were swept broadside towards the line by a 4-knot current and headed up the coast... [more]
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Raja Muda 2012 - subtly different
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
If you live in Asia and sail, this is not news. But here is the update anyway. The 23rd edition of one of the region's most unique events starts tomorrow (Saturday 18th).... [more]
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Sinking of the Bounty: A survivor tells his story
Katrina Koerting, Nelson County Times/Sail-World,
Of all the nightmares that a cruising sailor might have about misadventures at sea, one of the most vivid is watching your boat sink while you face a very uncertain future in a life raft in a raging storm. What would it be like, how would you feel. Here a survivor from the sinking of the HMAS Bounty tells his story to Katrina Koerting:... [more]
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America's Cup: First AC72 Practice Race happens in Auckland + Video
ETNZBlog.com,
Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa went racing off Auckland this afternoon. It was not so much a spectacle as an historic encounter as the two AC72 catamarans met on the water. It was the first AC72 race – practice or otherwise – to take place.... [more]
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Yachtstyle 21 on the newsstands now
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Yachtstyle, Asia's no 1 upmarket boating lifestyle magazine, is on the street and in the Clubs now. 'Superyachts, Regattas, People and their passion for the sea' is the tagline,... [more]
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Chinese and Indian sailors vie in non-stop solo circumnavigations
Nancy Knudsen,
Is it competition or coincidence? Earlier this month, Abhilash Tomy set off sailing an Indian-built boat aiming to be the first Indian sailor to sail solo non-stop around the world. Now Chinese sailing star Guo Chuan has set off from Qingdao in China's northeast, attempting to be, yes, you guessed it, the first Chinese sailor to sail solo non-stop around the world.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Rudder scare on board Hugo Boss + Video
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe fight continues for the remaining skippers. Alex Thomson was faced with a broken rudder bar on board Hugo Boss as the hydro generator ripped off whilst Gutek is heading north-west on board Energa. If Alex Thomson ever retires from sailing he might be able to open a mechanic's workshop after unveiling the result of seven hours handiwork with his grinder.... [more]
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America's Cup: Confessions of a Wingsail Trimmer - Glenn Ashby
ETNZBlog.com,
Emirates Team New Zealand wing trimmer Glenn Ashby recalls only one anxious moment while sailing the AC72. It was the time a squall hit them on Auckland Harbour just as they were about to round North Head. 'We had been in squalls before but never when we either had to tack the boat or commit to bearing away. We were in close to 30 knots true wind speed.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Advancements made as skippers' fight continues
Vendee Globe,
The 20-strong fleet that set off in the Vendée Globe has already been reduced to sixteen and the trauma of this toughest of sailing race continued on the eighth day, with the news that Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) had suffered a broken hydraulic jack in his keel. With a sudden clean break causing his boat to lurch his canting keel was left swinging loose beneath the boat.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 sets new speed record of 59kts
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket Project Leader and Pilot, Paul Larsen, discusses how he and the crew have now achieved a record setting pace of 59.01kts - yet to be ratified. During the run the team exceeded 62kts. The new mark was set in Walvis Bay, Namibia this September with a new hydrofoil package. The ratified record stands at 55.65 knots (64 mph) and is held by American Kite Surfer Rob Douglas.... [more]
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