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 20 Feb 2013
 


Apologies for the fact that the Sail-World Asia newsletters have been rather 'quiet' over the last two weeks. Oddly enough, a small island 8nm from the equator in the Riau Archipelago doesn't have any wifi, or any other ‘fi' for that matter! We sent a batch of stories and pictures on a flashdrive by courier to Nongsa part way through the week, but there was an upload problem there too. Next up, a 37-hr journey from Nongsa to Boracay which didn't help. And now here in Boracay racing has been cancelled on account of that rarest of Asian regatta commodities – too much wind! So it's catch up time.

In Asia there was of course the Mt Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta, a 70nm trip to the equator to meet King Neptune at 0 degrees 0.00 minutes, when the Trusty Shellbacks get to inaugurate the Slimy Pollywogs to the court of His Majesty. Some are still in recovery. A full roundup of stories below. The Neptune is an utterly unique regatta, more fun than a Friday night out on an expense account, and very much run ‘by sailors, for sailors.' SW Asia has now made the trip south to The Line three times, and we strongly advise you to book in for the 2014 edition. There will always be a cap on numbers for this event, because it involves accommodating and catering for 200+ sailors for four days on ‘Neptune Island' aka Pulau Sikeling. The logistics required to do that are huge – hence the numbers cap. Read the stories.

And then across to Boracay, where the fabled white sands and blue skies are suffering from some bad PR right now. No shortage of wind, though – the forecast yesterday promised 38kts+, and that was what caused the local Coastguard to stop all water activities for today.

Sail-World is delighted to introduce the Sail-World toolbar. Click to download and install, and never miss a breaking headline again. And Sail-World is also happy to have become multilingual overnight (well, there was some R&D, but you didn't have to see that). Languages like French and Spanish are relatively easy – they have recognisable sailing terminology – but Chinese will be more tricky. We know of one publication that translated ‘traveller' as ‘tourist', and we are keen to avoid such errors. We look forward to expanding our audience across Asia by publishing in different languages when as many wrinkles as possible have been ironed out. Watch this space.

For those interested in seriously fast stuff, Sean Langman's Team Australia, said to be the ‘fastest sailing boat in the Southern Hemisphere', is out to break the outright Sydney-Hobart record currently held by Mari Cha IV at 1d 18h 27m 10s. Crew are on alert for a departure to be called by Roger ‘Clouds' Badham.

There's a whole lot more in this newsletter from Vendee Globe finishers to Volvo Ocean Race announcements, so take a minute, make a cup of coffee, and get reading.

Guy Nowell, Editor




Boracay Cup Regatta 2013 - racing abandoned due to high winds
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Another grey, wet and much-too-blustery day in Boracay – what happened to the slue skies and perfect sailing breeze that we were promised? The reason is Tropical Depression 02W Crising which 'is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by early morning tomorrow, Thursday, 21Feb2013. Tropical Depression (TD) Crising slowed down as it crossed the Sulu Sea before noon Wednesday... [more]
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Boracay Cup Regatta 2013 – Karakoa takes the lead
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The sun always shines on Boracay, right? Sorry, not today. A bit of a case of ‘you should have been here last week,' no doubt, but the wind blew – 25kts from an unusually northerly direction. It was great weather for yacht racing, even if it did look like the English Challel, but not quite so good for the RO Jerry Rollin, fresh from the Neptune Regatta in Indonesia via a change of clothes... [more]
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Mount Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta – it all ends up in the pool
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
With all boats home safely, it was time for the Neptune fleet to wind down and have some fun. To congratulate themselves on another trip from Nongsa Marina to the equator and back, to reminisce about the good the bad and the ugly of the last week, and to congratulate the organisers on a logistical tour de force successfully executed.... [more]
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Mt Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta – last day, last gasp
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
One more day on the water for the IRC and Multihull Racing classes, and bearing in mind that they were all ‘fresh' from the long race up from Neptune Island, 70nm to windward. First arrival last night was Walawala at 2124h, and last was The Dash at 0520h this morning. A splash and a shave and out on the water again – even if the scheduled start time was 1200h.... [more]
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Mt Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta. The long beat north.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
A 70nm reach and run is one thing. A 70nm beat back again is quite another. After an all-classes start at 0900h in bright morning sunshine in front of Camp Neptune, and adjudicated by POSH (PRO On SHore) Jerry Rollin, the Racing classes started the long haul back to Nongsa while the Cruisers began the slightly shorter trip to Pulau Karas Besar.... [more]
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Mt Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta. Pause for breath.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
A torrential tropical downpour to start the lay day at the Neptune Regatta. The sort that fllls up dinghies in five minutes, and makes sure that the islands stay green. Lay day around here doesn't mean a round of golf or a shopping trip – there are no golf courses on Pulau Sikeling and no shopping malls.... [more]
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Mt Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta - the Garmin Race to Zero
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
We all know where the equator is – ‘down there' if you live in the northern hemisphere or ‘somewhere north' if you are any sort of Antipodean. For as long as people have been making charts of the oceans of the world, the line that marks equidistance from the poles has exercised the imagination of sailors.... [more]
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Mt Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta – sunny, black, white
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
While the Cruising divisions were making their way south from an overnight stopover at P. Karas Besar, the Racing divisions were on the water for a day of windward-leeward races, after a relaxed start to the morning. Arriving at the island late last night, and taking the opportunity to unwind at the Equator Bar over a few Bintangs and maybe a rum or two, a 1200h start time was definitely in order... [more]
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Mt Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta – cruising the Riau Archipelago
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Race day 1 ended at Pulau Karas Besar (Big Stiffy Island) where the 13-strong fleet parked for the night after a pleasant cruise and an uneventful sail down the Selat Riau. All boats were tucked up in the anchorage before 1630h, leaving plenty of time for dinner and social preparations. An impromptu driftwood bonfire on the beach was capped off by a spectacular fireworks display... [more]
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Mount Gay Rum Neptune Regatta - racing south from Nongsa to Sikeling
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Opening strokes for Indonesia's one and only adventure-yacht-race-cruise are a nonstop 70nm south trip to Pulau Sikeling (aka Neptune Island) for the Racing divisions, and the same for the Cruisers but split by a halfway stopover at Pulau Karas Besar, overnight.... [more]
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Mount Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta – gathering momentum
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Last year's Mount Gay Rum Neptune Regatta moved away from its inaugural slot over Chinese New Year, and suffered a drop in numbers as a result. There's an awful lot packed into the Asian regatta calendar at this time of year (Raja Muda, Phuket King's Cup, Royal Langkawi, Singapore Straits and the Boracay Cup between mid-November and the middle of February)... [more]
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Wow! That was the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
Honestly, how much fun has the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup been, and I have not even been sailing it. True, some may have liked more wind and it was certainly not as consistent as Melbourne's Port Phillip is known for, but Race Management did manage to get all eight races in, which in turn allows for the one drop from the series scores.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Lisbon set to vote
Lisbon News,
The Volvo Ocean Race, considered one of the biggest five sports events in the world, could be staged in the beautiful city of Lisbon as its officials prepare to vote over the issue on Tuesday.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup Team Beau Geste holds out local challengers
Lisa Ratcliff,
TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 - The Gavin Brady master class in match racing continued on Port Phillip today, but hot on Team Beau Geste's stern and chalking up their first bullet in race five was Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan.... [more]
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Team entries wanted for Governor's Cup International Junior Match Race
Nancy Mellon,
The Governor's Cup - the oldest junior match racing championship - will take place at Balboa Yacht Club July 16-21, 2013. The event has many alumni who have gone on to be victorious in sailing competitions throughout the world, including the America's Cup and the World Match Race Tour.... [more]
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Team Australia aims to shatter long-standing Sydney Hobart record
Lisa Ratcliff,
The fastest yacht in the southern hemisphere, Sean Langman's imposing 60-foot trimaran Team Australia and its six adrenaline-fuelled crewmembers are gearing up to try and break the first of a number of South Pacific course and race records. World-renowned marine forecaster Roger ‘Clouds' Badham says conditions this coming Friday, February 22, could create the perfect weather window to break Mari C... [more]
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Sail-World.com goes multilingual
Jeni Bone,
Sail-World.com is the largest sailing news network in the world, with an audience last year of over 2.2 million readers across 13 marine sites. But for all of its 16 years, its content – some 106,000 stories – have all been viewable only in English, although it has readers in 40+ countries.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Fifth edition underway with a bang!
Louay Habib,
The fifth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 got underway with a flash of smoke, high above the 'Pillars of Hercules'. Before the start, 25 knots of trade winds, gusting close to thirty, provided feisty conditions. 53 yachts blasted into action, crashing to windward through the surf in the starting area.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Pirates on pause as latest stopover/boat announced
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi will return to the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15 with a team once again skippered by Britain's twice Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker and a stopover in the United Arab Emirates capital. Monday's double announcement gives the race a third confirmed team for 2014-15 more than 18 months before the start and sets up a massive challenge for the sailors on Leg 2... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Tanguy de Lamotte crosses finish line + Video
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012-13 skipper Tanguy de Lamotte crossed the finish line on Sunday at 10hrs 58min and 10 seconds (French time). He finished in 10th place with a race time of 98 days 21 hours 56 minutes and 10 seconds. He has travelled 28,160 miles on the water at an average speed of 11.9 knots.... [more]
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Hearing: Bounty that sank had 'decaying frame and undetermined rot'
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The replica 18th-century sailing ship Bounty that sank off North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy had a decaying frame with an undetermined amount of rot in it before leaving port. This is what a Maine shipyard worker has told federal officials Wednesday at an investigative hearing.... [more]
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Sail-world.com expands customised toolbar for serious sailors in Asia
The Sail-World.com Team,
Sail-World.com the largest sailing marine news network in the world has an extra-ordinary amount of sailing content, currently 106,000 stories, with images and result stretching back 16 years. This is easily the largest sailing database in the world. For serious sailors there is an Asia customised Sail-World toolbar that you can use now... [more]
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After Phang Nga Bay Regatta, Lady Sevenstar team vouch to do it again!
Lady Sevenstar,
After their first try-out, a succesful participation in the Bay Regatta, Lady Sevenstar aims to get two women's Firefly teams into the regular ACYC yacht races starting in March and the next regatta, the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week in July. Sevenstar Yacht Transport, keen to support women's sailing, has already agreed to continuing sponsorship.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race 2013 - Wavre seventh across the finish line
Bernard Schopfer,
Dominique Wavre, the skipper of Mirabaud, crossed the finish line at 16:16:42 this afternoon having completed his third Vendée Globe and a record-breaking eighth round the world race.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Dominique Wavre takes seventh in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe skipper Dominique Wavre crossed the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne at 15 :16 :42hrs (UTC). He takes seventh place in the race behind Mike Golding. His elapsed time is 90 days 3hours 14minutes 42 seconds. His average speed on the course is 11.3 knots. He has sailed 27,395.82 miles on the water at an average speed of 12.7 knots.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Images from Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds,
The TP52 fleet today made history on Port Phillip in Melbourne, with the commencement of their inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup. Teri Dodds was on the water and presents these images from Day One.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA foils again in San Francisco
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA's rebuilt AC72, USA-17, has sailed for two days in San Francisco, and the team have released some images and video showing her in foiling mode. Some changes have clearly been made to the boat - most obvious being removal of the former steering system, now replaced with a wheel, the same as Emirates Team NZ.... [more]
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Shackleton news, solo sailing adventurers, whale tales
Nancy Knudsen, Editor,
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Vendee Globe - Brit Mike Golding 6th in historic third race finish
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, when British skipper Mike Golding on Gamesa crossed the finish line at 18h 38m 26s UTC this Wednesday 6th February he took sixth place. He became the first sailor ever in the iconic race's 24-year history to finish three times and completed his journey just 6 hours 23 mins and 28secs behind his French rival Jean Le Cam.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Jean Le Cam takes fifth place
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Jean Le Cam crossed the finish line at 12h:14m:58s UTC (local time France minus one hour) this Wednesday 6th February to end a gale stricken final passage across the Bay of Biscay and secure fifth place overall after a long, protracted battle with English skipper Mike Golding, an adversary which he has enjoyed many previous encounters with.... [more]
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