The sailing news channels are absolutely saturated with America's Cup info at the moment... seems like the sailing world has pretty much stopped to watch what's going on in Valencia. We have tried to leave it out of here as all subscribers to the Sail World Asia newsletter are receiving the AC newsletter anyway, so here's a snapshot of other happenings around the world (with just a little bit of AC stuff!).
Sentosa National Optimist & Byte Championships 07 By SingaporeSailing, With the conclusion of the Sentosa National Optimist & Byte Championships 19 to 23 June 2007, the overwhelming response is testimony to the growing popularity of sailing in Singapore.... [more]
Indy on the water returns to the Gold Coast By Gary Nash, It all comes down to the series decider this weekend with the ACME Racing Team and defending Champions SIMRAD set to do battle on the Gold Coast waters for the 2007 crown, with ACME holding just a 300 point lead over the SIMRAD crew.... [more]
Australians prepare for Rolex Farr 40 Worlds By Sam Crichton, Denmark’s capital Copenhagen is where teams will fight it out for the title of 2007 Rolex Farr 40 World Champion. Racing will take place from August 29 through to September 1 and will be hosted by the Royal Danish Yacht Club at their newly opened Tuborg Harbour facility in Hellerup, located just north of Copenhagen.... [more]
Bang, Crash, Wallop . . . its the Etchells World Championship By Fiona Brown, Even though the regatta has yet to begin it was a day of drama here at the 2007 Etchells World Championship in Cowes. Whilst preparing for the start of today's practise race GBR1353 Arbitrator, helmed by Graham Bailey with Stephen Bailey and David Heritage crewing, was seriously damaged in a port/starboard collision with GBR987 Bedrock... [more]
Exploring the Marquesas - Sail-World's Blackwattle By Nancy Knudsen, The Marquesas ARE a little difficult to get to. Most sailors visit there on their way across the Pacific from East to West, sailing with the wind. You can fly from Tahiti, of course, but then those who do so are usually headed for sailing in the Tuamotus, where chartering a yacht is possible and the coral atolls fulfil many a sailor's dream of the South Pacific at its best.... [more]
Letter from Valencia: Opening day By Penny Roberts, 'It’s Race Day. We look out the window and check to see if there’s any wind. We can actually see the large flag at the New Zealand base from our apartment and there it is waving in the breeze. From where we are it’s about a ten minute walk to the port.'... [more]
Images from Race 1 of the America's Cup By Media Services, Images from Race 1 of the America's Cup from photographer Ingrid Abery. Alinghi defeated Emirates Team New Zealand and Ingrid captured the action on and off the water... [more]
Stenhouse takes Musto Skiff World title By Media/SW, Britain's Richard Stenhouse took the title at the first Musto Skiff World Championship held at Fraglia Vela Malcesine on Lake Garda. An excellent entry of 86 competitors from twelve countries including long distance travellers from Australia, New Zealand and the US enjoyed typical Garda conditions.... [more]
Gold Roman Bowl goes to Madelaine By Flavia Bateson, Provisional results show the top IRC boat on handicap and winner of the Gold Roman Bowl is Edward Donald’s Folkboat Madelaine. The 2007 JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race broke the record for the highest number of finishers in the history of the race. In the past ten years, 2001 saw 1,493 finishers.... [more]
Fisher's View: First Blood to Alinghi By Bob Fisher, It came as no surprise to the majority in the Media Centre that Alinghi beat Emirates Team New Zealand, but the manner in which it occurred was foreign. Even the most casehardened observers admitted that what happened was unexpected. But Dean Barker did not agree.... [more]
Environment Friendly Fuel Cell - Sailing Trials By Cruising Editor, Just when we on Blackwattle have decided that the best idea is to go Simple Simple Simple.... Just when we have decided we don't want any more problems in remote areas where you can't get complicated systems fixed...... Just when we have come to the conclusion that even in sophisticated sailing areas of the world the level of installation expertise out there is suspect........ [more]
Fisher's View: Runners on or off By Bob Fisher, Just when you thought it was all settled . . . the Measurement Committee published Public Interpretation 46 (but has yet to release PI 45) that graphically shows just what it meant in words as to what (and what not) the sailors can do with their leeward running backstays... [more]
And they’re off! - Round the Island Race underway By Flavia Bateson, The JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race got underway on time at 5am on Saturday 23rd June 2007. Of the 1,800 boats entered, Mike Slade’s brand new ICAP Leopard, top of the handicap list in Class IRC0, established an early lead... [more]
Bullimore looks for sponsors By Rob Kothe, British sailor Tony Bullimore is looking for new sponsors to keep alive his campaign to set a new round the world record aboard the 102 foot catamaran Doha 2006.His Hobart-based spokesman, John Brierley, said Bullimore was flying to Britain in an attempt to drum up sponsorship deals. 'The next challenge very much hinges on money. If Tony cannot find backers, he will not be going anywhere.'... [more]
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