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24 Oct 2007

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It's been a busy weekend for the Sail World team, covering the inaugural China Cup International Regatta at Longcheer, Shenzhen, China. There were a few glitches in the organisation - which is probably to be expected when an event is being run for the first time, and the organisers have no prior experience - but the on-water race management courtesy of RHKYC was first class and there were plenty of happy faces at the end of the final night (and one who had to ask later, 'Er, what exactly did we win?') With a fleet of 10 Beneteau 40.7s to 'seed' a One Design fleet, and the strong possibility of another 10 being added next year, this regatta is well on the way to making a real mark on the Asian sailing scene. Now, if I could just remember where I left the camera boat...

There was drama and tragedy at the Rolex Middle Sea Race, with Loki possibly lost (but all crew safe) and Rambler destroying the race record. The Clippers are all in Bahia, Salvador, by now and the Hobie Worlds have taken place in Fiji.

Plenty of news from the Courtroom concerning the America's Cup legal wrangles - read Bob Fisher's comments - he always makes sense.

Pour another cup of coffee and get up to date with the Asian and world sailing scene.

Oh, and there won't be another newsletter this week as the Editor is sailing in the Hainan Race starting tomorrow. See y'all next week!

China Cup International Regatta makes waves
By Rob Kothe,,
The newest keel boat regatta on the world sailing scene, the China Cup International Regatta is making waves. The inaugural China Cup International Regatta was sailed from October 19 to 21 2007 in Shenzhen, China just a few hours north of Hong Kong.... [more]

Loki destroyed?
By Media Services,
The 2007 Rolex Middle Sea Race has ended tragically for the crew and owner of Loki, one of the Australia’s best ocean racing yachts. Loki’s 16 man crew was forced to abandon ship during severe gales off the north coast of Sicily last night. Reports indicate that their rudder was damaged in 35 knot northerlies and terrible seas. Before leaving the vessel the crew deployed two anchors.... [more]

Fisher's View - America's Cup - The Court Rules
By Bob Fisher,
Judge Herman Cahn of the New York State Supreme Court heard verbal evidence from both sides in the America’s Cup dispute and adjourned the court for a few days before making his decision, at the same time urging both to continue the process of negotiation on which they have already embarked.... [more]

Images from the finish of the Coastal Classic
By Steve Western,
Steve Western of Kingfisher Yacht Charters provides several great images from the finish and morning after, of the 2007 Coastal Classic Race. He comments: 'The long pictures are the view we enjoy from our bed and breakfast ‘Villa Russell’. 'The wharf had a lot of activity and the wind disappeared for Saturday morning.... [more]

A rescue and a record for the Rolex Middle Sea
By Rolex Event Media,
Two stories of dramatically contrasting fortune have unfolded over the past 24-hours of the 2007 Rolex Middle Sea Race. Both stories ended happily. Both could have ended quite differently. In one, an American crew defied the elements to destroy a seven-year old course record. In the second, an Australian crew were rescued from their yacht as she threatened to founder on the wind-lashed northern co... [more]

Valencia Sailing: Hamish Ross on the Court hearing
By Valencia,
Hamish Ross: 'The focus of the judge was purely a technical, legal analysis of the Deed of Gift. It does not concern the protocol at all, it does not concern Oracle’s objections to the terms of the protocol. It is purely and simply whether the CNEV (Club Nautico Español de Vela) is a valid challenger under the Deed of Gift and it focuses on two major issues. '... [more]

America's Cup Pre-Hearing and In-Court Video
By Richard Gladwell,
According to Alinghi: 'Talks between Alinghi and BMW Oracle this morning were useful and constructive and the two parties will meet again in court at 14:00 before continuing to talk after that.' In discussions with BMW Oracle Racing yesterday the final mediation session between representatives from Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing Alinghi’s were downplayed by the San Franciscan team.... [more]

Alinghi will continue to seek resolution
By Alinghi Media,
Over the past few months Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, has been engaged in dialogue with BMW Oracle Racing (BOR) at various levels in an attempt to find a solution to the law suit filed by the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) against the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG).... [more]

PIMEX Marine Expo Royal Phuket 6th-9th Dec 2007
By Oliver Drew,
The 5th Phuket International Marine Expo is being held in Asia¡¯s maritime capital of Phuket 6th-9th December at a new and prestigious location, the five Gold Anchor Award winning Royal Phuket Marina... [more]

Sydney 32 Nationals
By Andy Kearnan,
The Sydney 32's will hold their Nationals from 5-8 Nov on Sydney Harbour in a twilight event, two races a night, out of RSYS. This one design class offers exciting, close and cheap racing. Why not consider chartering a boat for the event.... [more]

Epic Battles at 2007 China Cup Regatta
By Rob Kothe,
The final battle in the Grand Prix fleet for the 2007 China Cup International Regatta resumed this morning on Daya Bay, Shenzhen China.... [more]

Phuket King's Cup Regatta set for new record
By Event Media,
The 2007 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is set to be another spectacular event, bringing record numbers again this year to Phuket for a week of sun, sailing and celebration. This year’s event, from December 1 to 8, will be held to celebrate His Majesty the King of Thailand’s 80th Birthday. Another exciting year of races is expected.... [more]

China Cup International Regatta - Day 3 images
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
The fleets went off in moderate breeze for a quick trip round the cans this morning, and then on an Islands course in the afternoon. In the morning Ffree Fire 52 eased over the finish line for a notable Line Honours win in front of Jelik, and there was some interesting action on the Div B start line for the afternoon's race.... [more]

28th Rolex Middle Sea Race underway
By Event Media,
The 2007 Rolex Middle Sea Race set off today from Marsamxett Harbour with the crews apprehensive about what may lie ahead but displaying a quiet confidence that they are prepared for tough race and some tough decisions... [more]

China Cup International Regatta Day 2
By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
On the water it was a challenging day for the China Cup international fleet on Shenzhen's Daya Bay. On corrected time Quantum Racing won both races today and now is the clear leader in the regatta. In the Beneteau 40.7 fleet the 'Boys from Brazil' are leading this fleet. Marcos Soares, 1980 470 Olympic Gold Medallist is skippering the Brazilian entry... [more]

Results from Day 1 of the China Cup International
By China Cup International Regatta,
The official Day 1 results from the China Cup International Regatta being held at the Longcheer Yacht Club, Shenzhen, China.... [more]

Pictures from China Cup International Regatta
Photographer Guy Nowell was on the water for the first passage race in the China Cup International Regatta. Here are some images.... [more]

China Cup International Regatta Day 2 pictures
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
Very light conditions in the morning, with quite a few non-finishers in the first race of the day. But the breeze kicked in for the afternoon... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Fleet gathers
By Event Media,
This time last night only 41 of the 70 yachts on the entry-list for the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2007 had completed their formalities. At 4.00pm today that number stood at 55 with more expected, a whole host of yachts arriving during Thursday... [more]

Ian Williams (GBR) leads into final events
By Yvonne Reid,
Going into the penultimate event on the World Tour, the points race for the Match Racing World Championship is wide open. There are only 100 points available at the next event, the Brazil Sailing Cup, in Vitoria, Brazil - then it's on to the final event the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia... [more]

Close up Finn racing using stern mounted cameras
By Robert Deaves,
The advent of the lightweight on-board camera has produced some remarkable footage from many of this years Finn events, providing, for the first time, a unique angle on the race from the sailors viewpoint. Heres the full story...... [more]

China Cup fleet arrives in Shenzhen
By Rob Kothe,
Famous Hong Kong sailor Frank Pong sailed his maxi yacht Jelik, a Reichel Pugh designed 76 footer (23 metre boat) to victory in the first race of the China Cup International Regatta today.... [more]

Images from the start of the 2007 Coastal Classic
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
The 2007 Coastal Classic from Auckland to Russell, Bay of Islands, got underway this morning at 1000hrs in a 15kt south-easterly breeze. Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell was at the start and shot the following images. More to follow... [more]

Drop anchor in Port Fairy for history with bite
By Lisa Monk,
This fascinating town bears many reminders of its colonial past, including many white washed cottages, grand buildings, boarding houses and inns. Yet this is also a thoroughly modern port, home to one of the largest fishing fleets in Victoria and a great stopover for the recreational sailor.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Fleet gathers
By Rolex Middle Sea Race, Valletta, Malta,
Someone doing his first ever Rolex Middle Sea Race, but undoubtedly one of the most experienced sailors in the fleet, is Peter Isler racing as part of the afterguard on Tom and Dottie Hill's Titan XII. Isler has Transpacs, Rolex Fastnets, T... [more]

Clipper Liverpool take fourth ahead of Hull & Humber
By Event Media,
Both Liverpool 08 and Hull & Humber have finished and the battle between the two teams from the north of England was decided with Liverpool taking fourth place ahead of Hull & Humber. It was a slow finish for Liverpool 08 but they crossed yesterday at 15:50 local time (1950 GMT) nearly ten hours ahead of Hull & Humber who crossed in the early hours of this morning at 01:32 local time (04:32 GMT)... [more]

China Cup International's international entries
By Rob Kothe,,
The IRC racing fleet is approaching 50 yachts, with boats and crews with winning track records from around the world. Sailing on the ten supplied Beneteau 40.7s will be teams from Denmark, France, New Zealand, Australia and Taipei. In addition international crews from Malaysia, South Africa and France will be competing on the China-built one-design sportsboats - the 10m Flying Tiger - built by Hansheng Yachts in Xiamen, China... [more]

World's Fastest Sailing Woman - New Record
Sjoukje Bredenkamp, 19, from Langebaan, South Africa has broken the outright women's speed sailing record in Luederitz, by sailing her Helix kite at an incredible speed of 42.35 knots, beating the previous record held by windsurfer Karen Yaggi of Switzerland... [more]

Fiji Hobie 16 World Titles, Wind, Rain & No Sun
By Nick Price,
The titles are well and truly underway with 4 races completed on day 2 of the Open Semi Finals. The Aussies are doing well overall with 4 in the top 10.... [more]

'Boys from Brazil' at the China Cup International
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
The China Cup International Regatta has attracted an impressive entry from around the world, in particular in the Beneteau 40.7 One Design class. Earlier this year the event organisers purchased ten 40.7s in order to seed a one-design racing class at Asia’s newest and China’s very first keelboat regatta.... [more]

UK-Halsey on standby for CCIR sailors
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
Barry Hayes, Sales Manager of the Hong Kong loft, reports that UK-Halsey will be providing sail repair services for the duration of the China Cup International Regatta taking place at Longcheer, Shenzhen, China over next weekend.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Rambler (USA) treble win
By Event media,
As three more yachts crossed the finish line of the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2007 to rapturous applause from the crowd gathered at the Royal Yacht Club, the big news is that George David's Rambler (USA) has added Overall Winner on handicap to the Line Honours trophy and Course Record secured yesterday... [more]

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