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27 Jul 2007

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2007 America's Cup

2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships


Just when we thought the America's Cup was over - bar a few after-shock-rumbles - the legal threat from Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts' joining Oracle, announcement of more details of the 33rd Protocol, the new Two-Waka rule and so on has put us all back on notice. It's all here.

Evason Phuket Raceweek wrapped up at the end of last week, with change in the leading positions on the last day. It was a real cooker, with the Race Committee and sailors waiting 10.00 hrs until almost 14.00 hrs for a half way decent breeze. Guy Nowell's pics of the regatta are now all up at Enjoy some of the heat and stillness!

Theres a new event on the horizon - the Asia Pacific Sportsboats Championship. It will be hosted by the RHKYC in Hong Kong come November, and Maersk are on board with some real deals for shipping. If you have a Platu, a Fremantle 8, a Miri Magic, a Beneteau First 7.5 or any other boat that carries an SBR rating - sign up now for what promises to be a really top-notch event.

Sail World Asia is presently in UK, and with slightly less than perfect internet connections. Never mind, we will still be sending newsletters out just as often as we can.

RHKYC to host inaugural AsiaPac Sportsboats Champs
By Steve Bourne, HK Sportsboats Assoc,
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club will host the inaugural Sportsboat Asia-Pacific Championships from November 10th -18th, 2007 in Hong Kong. Over 30 local sports boats will complete and 8 brand new sports boats from the China America’s Cup team will make a minimum of 40 boats lining up at the start. Generous shipping is sponsored by Maersk Line to attract many overseas competitors to a superb championship.... [more]

Sydney 36CR to debut in Adelaide this weekend
By Martin Thompson,
The first Sydney 36CR into South Australia and 20th sold since the boats launching will be launched and christened at the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia this weekend at a function from 2-4pm on Saturday 28th July.... [more]

Dean Barker explains America's Cup Challenges
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
Just over seven hours after Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton stated in a live television interview in New Zealand that his team would have to move very carefully in regard to the next America’s Cup; didn’t want to make mistakes and realised that they were something of a Kingmaker in the current dispute; it was announced in Valencia that Emirates Team New Zealand had entered the next America’s Cup... [more]

America's Cup details revealed by Defender
By ACM Media,
Just 22 days after the magnificent outcome of the 32nd America's Cup, with Alinghi's victory in Valencia, the Swiss Defender led by Ernesto Bertarelli, together with the Société Nautique de Genève and ACM, have made public most of the details for the 33rd edition of the oldest trophy in the world of sport.... [more]

Russell Coutts signs with BMW Oracle Racing
By BMW Oracle Racing Media,
BMW ORACLE Racing team owner Larry Ellison announced today that three-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts will lead his AC 33 team. 'Russell and I are both looking forward to competing in the next America’s Cup,' said Ellison. 'But it is essential that the challengers act together to force Alinghi to agree to a fair and equitable protocol.'... [more]

Quadriplegic Hilary Lister conquers Around the IOW
By Kate Fairclough,
Hilary Lister, 35, the first quadriplegic to sail solo across the English Channel exactly two years ago, today became the first female quadriplegic to sail solo around the Isle of Wight... [more]

Hong Kong one step closer to Volvo Ocean race
By Event media,
Hong Kong has moved a step closer to becoming a port of call for 2008-09 following a round of meetings this week between Volvo Ocean Race organisers and government representatives... [more]

Mean Machine withdraws from Volvo Ocean Race
By Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The Ray Davies (NZL) skippered Mean Machine have announced the withdrawal of their entry for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 after failing to secure the full funding for their campaign.... [more]

TeamOrigin challenge accepted for 33rd America's Cup
By Media PR,
Today, Monday 23 July 2007, the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), represented by Alinghi, received a challenge from the Royal Thames Yacht Club (RTYC), represented by TeamOrigin, for the 33rd America’s Cup. AC Management (ACM) has now informed the RTYC and TeamOrigin that its challenge has been accepted... [more]

Announcement imminent on 33rd America's Cup venue
If one is to believe the various reports that appear this morning on Valencia's newspapers and the local state television channel, the announcement of the final agreement between the city and the organization of the 33rd America's Cup is imminent and could take place as early as next Wednesday.... [more]

Billionaires battle over Cup's future
By Bob Fisher, The Observer, UK,
Billionaires are battling over the future of the America’s Cup, and while there is nothing unique in this, it is a bitter struggle that could see the event delayed to await courtroom decisions. One billionaire’s club holds the trophy and another’s doesn’t like the way in which the event is threatened to be run.... [more]

Coutts takes Double Points in TP52 Coastal Race
By Event media,
Torbjorn Torqvist's Artemis crew, lead by a virtuoso performance from skipper Russell Coutts, scored maximum points from today's 33.7 miles coastal race in the Breitling TP52 MedCup Regatta Illes Balearia, which spanned the Bay of Palma and provided a comprehensive test on all points of sail... [more]

Waiting for the Fat Lady to sing in Phuket
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
It was another long wait for the breeze to arrive this morning, with the stalwarts in the press corps hiding under the palm trees at the Evason Resort, watching the fleet doing absolutely nothing. After almost two hours on the grill, respite arrived in the form of a 5-kt breeze from the south west, and RO Simon James lined up windward-leeward courses for all divisions except the Classics, who went on a trip round the islands.... [more]

All good things come to those who wait
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
At 1000 hrs this morning it looked as if the breeze had permanently abandoned ‘Asia’s Windiest Regatta’. The combined fleet took off on a coastal course from a start line in front of the Evason Phuket Resort, heading north (slowly) past Koh Lon towards the port channel marker off Ao Chalong and then back towards the Evason. It was light and shifty off the start line, but when the leading boats passed Koh Lon a modicum of breeze kicked in and the spinnakers came down for a white sail fetch to the ‘top’ mark.... [more]

Yachting World has more on America's Cup Challenge
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Top UK yachting correspondent, Matthew Sheahan reports on the Yachting World magazine website on further developments post the 32nd America's Cup: 'One theory is that perhaps Ernesto Bertarelli has lent/given the South African team the money to get started in turn for an early entry. Such a move would not be without precedent.'... [more]

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