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04 Oct 2007

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A mixed bag of sailing news for the middle of the week, headed by reports on the HKSF International Open Dinghy Regatta and the Horwarth Hobie Asian Classic.

It's about to get busy in the sailing world here - next weekend is the Hebe Haven 24-hr dinghy race, followed the next weekend by the RHKYC China Coast Regatta and a week after that the China Cup International Regatta in Longcheer - China's first ever big-boat event. Then there's the Hainan Race, so we'll be burning up your broadband links a good deal in the near future!

Horwarth Hobie Asian Classic 29 Sep-01 Oct 2007
By Christian Wright,
The opening day of the Horwarth Hobie Asian Classic saw blue skies, warm temperatures and a steady breeze. The Force 4-5 forecast by the Observatory didn’t¿½t quite materialize giving the fleet more relaxing conditions although the occasional gust caught a few out on the course. Race Officer, Jerry Rollins set the buoys off Po Toi and kept everyone clear of the passing container ships... [more]

Blow by blow. HKSF Open Dinghy Regatta 2007
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
The Hong Kong Sailing Federation International Open Dinghy Regatta this year attracted 30 entries in the Open Division (470, 420, 29er, Laser, Europe) and 44 in the Optimist Division. The entry list included competitors from Macau, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taipei and Thailand, constituting the biggest overseas entry in this event for a long time.... [more]

Phuket Yacht Club Open Day
By Andaman News TV11, ed Sail World Asia,
The Phuket Yacht Club, at picturesque Ao Yon Bay near Cape Panwa on the south west side of Phuket, held an Open Day last Sunday 30 September. Despite the heavy rain quite a few residents, members and visitors, both foreign and Thai, turned up to watch and join in an informal and entertaining program of small dinghy sailing, canoe racing and especially international dragon boat racing being held for the first time ever in Phuket.... [more]

America's Cup goes on hold?
By Richard Gladwell,,
The Defender of the America's Cup, America's Cup Management (ACM) have announced that they are considering postponing the 33rd/34th America's Cup, which they had scheduled for August 2009... [more]

Test process queried in America's Cup drug hearing
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
The 32nd America's Cup Jury have published their decision following a hearing as a result of a positive drug test by Alinghi trimmer, Simon Daubney (NZL). One surprising aspect if the decision is that it sets out in some detail the passage of the samples from Valencia to Madrid. There being no courier available in the weekend.... [more]

Santorini - 16th Bavaria 42 Cruiser launched in NZ
By Jane Pares,
It’s that time of year again when sailors start looking out to sea with longing eyes and making regular checks on the weekend weather – summer is lurking round the corner and our thoughts are turning towards warm sailing days. With the... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart - News Update
By Lisa Ratcliff,
Exactly one month out from the close of applications for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, momentum is gathering amongst those preparing to take on one of the world’s most famous ocean classics.... [more]

Pindar entering second boat in TJV race
By Kate Fairclough,
Pindar, prolific supporters of British sailing, today announced that Jo Royle and Alexia Barrier will skipper Class 40 yacht Pindar 40 in this year’s Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV) transatlantic race.... [more]

New York Classic Week – This Week!
By Sail-World Cruising,
If you're anywhere near New York this week New York Classic Week will be a rare spectacle to watch, or you can even join in as a crew member on the Pride of Baltimore II.... [more]

World Team Race Championships
Silver Panda, also known as USA1, won the 2007 Team Race World Championship in Gandia, Spain. Clay Bischoff, Lisa Keith, Peter Levesque, Elizabeth Hall, Colin Merrick and Amanda Callahan capped off an unprecedented year of winning team racing championships - The 2006 Hinman Trophy (the US Team Racing Championship trophy) the 2006 ISAF World Sailing Games in Austria, and the 2006 and 2007 Wilson Trophy (for the British Open Team Racing Championships).... [more]

18ft skiff Update - Gotta Love It 7
By Andrew Palfrey,
Over the past 6 months team Gotta Love It 7 has had a break from sailing the 18 footer and used this time to go to university, go to work and of course do more sailing in other classes of boats.... [more]

Percy/Simpson go to Olympics - Ainslie on hold again
The RYA have announced that the British Star crew of Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson will be nominated for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. But, in a reversal of their earlier stance, the Finn spot will remain open until more sailing trials have been held - Ben Ainslie and Ed Wright will face off in Sydney and Melbourne this winter... [more]

Victory for GBR at Team Racing Worlds
The champagne corks were popping in Valencia on Saturday as Team GBR toasted double glory at the ISAF Team Racing World Championships. After light winds scuppered the medal contests on the final day at the Real Club Nautico Gandia, Team GBR were celebrating after being crowned the event’s first ever Under 21 champions as well as taking silver in the Open event... [more]

Forceracing: Foiling Moth arrives in New Zealand
By Andrew Brown,
Wow!!! Well how do explain the sensation that has just occurred? In 10 to 12 knots of wind out off Murrays Bay, my third time on the moth and first time foiling. To begin with I was scared, frightened, excited, astonished, amazed, and in a sense of bewilderment!... [more]

The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - set for a record
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) is on course for a record entry, with 240 yachts confirmed to take part in this year's transocean cruising rally from Gran Canaria to St.Lucia in November, topping the previous maximum of 234 entrants in ARC 1999. With more yachts currently on the waiting list, the final entry figure may be higher still.... [more]

Lone Russian Sailor - Irish Mystery
By The Independent,
Mystery surrounds the discovery of a Russian sailor found alone and drifting in a stolen yacht off the Irish coast. The sailor, who may be suffering from dehydration and malnutrition, may have been without food and water for three weeks while drifting in a tiny yacht in the Atlantic at a time when there were several severe weather systems.... [more]

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