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18 Aug 2007
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It was a hairy Fastnet Race for those who stayed the course, a complete contrast to the slow-motion stuff in Qingdao. Reports on both here. In the southern hemisphere the action is all presently at Hamilton Island.

And here's news of Rolex expanding their sponsorship coverage into Asia - next year's China Sea Race will be the Rolex China Sea Race. This will undoubtedly raise the bar for the organisation of offshore events out of Hong Kong - let's hope it also attracts a few of the international entries that have been so lacking in recent years.

ROLEX to sponsor RHKYC events
By Rolex Media,
In Hong Kong, Rolex have started a long-term partnership with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC), one of Asia’s premier sailing and rowing clubs, which over its rich 150-year history has been a focal point for active and competitive oarsmen and sailors through to the present day. The initial four-year partnership will feature Rolex as the Official Timepiece for all of RHKYC’s activities, with the China Sea Race and the San Fernando Race, the Club’s biennial races to the Philippines, becoming part of Rolex’s distinguished portfolio of international offshore races.... [more]

Provisional Results for Hamilton Island Posted
By Lisa Ratcliff,
Provisional results for the Lindeman Island Race have been posted and early celebrations are underway for the divisional winners while for South Australia’s Hardys Secret Mens Business, their campaign is over.... [more]

10 seconds at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
By Rob Kothe,
South Australian Geoff Boetcher has been campaigning at Hamilton Island for eight years. His Reichel Pugh 46 Hardys Secret Mens Business was amongst the favourites to win the IRC crown in this 24th Audi Race Week, after finishing second last year. Today he had just 10 seconds of racing, then it was all over –red rover.... [more]

Class Winners announced at Rolex Fastnet Race
By Trish Jenkins,
Five boats were still tenaciously heading to the Fastnet Rock today. Skipper Tom Sperry on the Sigma 41 Nightlife called in to report that they were three miles from the Fastnet Rock at 1215 local time, with three boats ahead in sight and one behind.... [more]

'We'll take a bit more Safety Gear next time'
TWO men who survived 15 freezing hours lost at sea say the most terrifying moment was when something went bump in the night. Joel Wilson and Scott Warren, both 26, were airlifted to safety yesterday morning when their catamaran was found 12km off Brunswick Heads on the northern coast of New South Wales. They did not have safety jackets, an EPIRB or a torch. The pair were lucky to suffer only mild hypothermia and dehydration. They had no food or drink on board.... [more]

Day 3 Qingdao International Regatta - No Racing
By Nicole Browne,
Day Three of the Qingdao International Regatta was spent waiting for wind that never arrived at the forecast strength , meaning no races were held today.... [more]

'I didn't want to be rescued'-Says Rescued Sailor
By Sail-World Cruising/Daily Mail,
A recent story in London's Daily Mail again illustrates an issue which is constantly bubbling below the surface in sailing and non-sailing circles. Should good taxpayer's money, which finances rescue organisations, be used to rescue sailors who deliberately put themselves in danger, whether they be racing or simply adventuring where others would not dare?... [more]

No wind so no racing at St Moritz
By Yvonne Reid,
The changeable weather brought cooler temperatures, along with periods of rain, but not very much wind to Lake St. Moritz, forcing the Race Committee to hold off from starting any races on Friday at the St. Moritz Match Race, the latest stop on the World Match Racing Tour.... [more]

Day 3 Qingdao International Regatta - No Racing As Conditions Fail To Fulfil Forecast Fri 17 August
By Nicole Browne,
Day Three of the Qingdao International Regatta was spent waiting for wind that never arrived at the forecast strength , meaning no races were held today.... [more]

Summary of ISAF mid-year meeting: Keelboat options
By Bill Allen, ISCYRA President,
International Star Class President, Bill Allen, provides this insight into the Mid-Year meetings of the International Sailing Federation, focusing on the Mens and Womens Keelboat options and Match Racing vs Fleet.... [more]

Qingdao Olympic Test Event Preview for Friday
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
The weather forecast for Qingdao Olympic Test event today is similar to that of yesterday. Sailors love wind and they don’t mind rain. If we have similar conditions on the water today expect the sailors to have a little more spring in their step tomorrow before racing. Two days in a row of good racing conditions will make them happy.... [more]

Chieftan wins Fastnet on corrected time
By Trish Jenkins,
O'Rourke, the first Irish trophy winner, will be awarded the Fastnet Challenge Cup and a Rolex Yacht-Master timepiece at the prizegiving on Friday, 17 August at the historic Royal Citadel in Plymouth.... [more]

An Absorbing Interest - last 50 books remaining
By South Atlantic Publishing,
Last 50 books remaining - Order now to ensure a copy of this coveted limited edition!! This 2-volume limited edition has proved to be the publishing success of 2007. Launched in April, just 50 copies remain of this 2000 limited edition.... [more]

Better breeze for second day at Qingdao!
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Lumpy seas and 6-8 knots of wind from the south east made for a difficult day at the Good Luck Beijing 2007 Sinopec Qingdao International Regatta. Needless to say there were some big shifts out there and the current played a major issue at the starts and in calling lay lines.... [more]

All the Race leaders at Qingdao - Day 2
All the Race leaders at Qingdao - GBR lead 5 events - NZL 1 - SWE 1 - BEL 1 - FRA 1 and AUT 1 after the second day of racing. Racing was held in 6 to 12 knot breezes with big waves... [more]

Qingdao Olympic Test Regatta Day 2
The USA's Sally Barkow, Carrie Howe and Debbie Capozzi have won the first race in the Qingdao Olympic Test event in the Yngling Class today. Second is Sarah Webb (GBR), third is Maria Klemetz (FIN)... [more]

ICAP Leopard leads across finish of Fastnet
Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard 3 beats the old record by almost 9 hours - ICAP Leopard 3 led Rambler across the finish line of the Rolex Fastnet at Plymouth early this morning (Wednesday). Elapsed time of 44:18:53. Rambler (USA) was second to finish also inside the old course record... [more]

90 boats retire from Rolex Fastnet fleet
Strong winds and short steep seas are taking their toll on the 271-boat Rolex Fastnet fleet, with approximately 90 boats retired as of 11:00 BST. Boats have been streaming into Plymouth the race finish and other ports along the Devon and Cornwall coastline after they elected or were forced to retire and head for shelter... [more]

Honda’s ‘green dream’ a reality
By Ben Sandman,
Honda’s BF75/90 four-stroke engines have been officially recognised as having the lowest carbon monoxide rating of any outboard engine sold in Australia... [more]

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