What a shame that there wasn't a bigger fleet sailing to Hainan this year - the five stalwart crews enjoyed Grade A ocean sailing conditions, nothing less than 15 knots (well, except round that notorious corner and into Sanya Bay) and 20-25 knots nearly all the way. Ffree Fire had a cracking run at it (32h 05m) but didn't quite beat her own record (29h 55m). However, the first four boats home all beat Ellen Macarthur's fizzer of a run (46h 53m) for the 'Asian Record Circuit', and Walawala was only 5 mins shy of it too, which says plenty about laying on spurious 'record tours' at the wrong time of year.
There may be light at the end of the AC courtroom tunnel, and Qingdao Clipper has really picked up her skirts in the South Atlantic.
After five regattas/races over the last five weekends, Guy Nowell is slaving over a hot keyboard to update the image galleries on his website. Promise! Watch this space.
Meanwhile, read on...
Total Lubmarine Asia Pac Hainan Race 2007 By Lindsay Lyons/RHKYC and Guy Nowell/Sail World Asia, In a steady 15 knot North Easterly, Race Officer Jimmy Farquhar chose to lay a windward mark at the start of the Total Lubmarine Asia Pacific Hong Kong to Hainan Race, which started at 1200 hrs last Thursday 25 October.... [more]
America's Cup - Hamish Ross debates Alinghi's line By Richard Gladwell, email@example.com, After a weekend of Challenger Meetings, some behind the scenes negotiations, and several radio interviews, and even a plea from a hospital bed, in South Africa, it seems that the respective parties are still at loggerheads in the 33 America’s Cup. As one party told Sail-World over the weekend 'it sounds like two old ladies arguing over who split the soup!'... [more]
The Cost of Olympic Boats: Not a Simple Formula By Andy Rice, On 9th November, just a few days from now, the International Sailing Federation will vote on which 10 Events will constitute the Olympic Regatta in Weymouth 2012. An interesting task, considering that there are currently 11 Categories, so ONE MUST GO. This is your opportunity to have your say, by taking part in the SailJuiceBlog.com Olympic Classes 2012 Survey.... [more]
ISAF Launches 'ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame' By International Sailing Federation (ISAF), As part of its Centenary year celebrations, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is launching the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame.... [more]
SingaporeSailing appoints CEO By SingaporeSailing, The Singapore Sailing Federation (SingaporeSailing), in its acceleration towards taking sailing to a higher level, has created a Chief Executive Officer position. Mr Andrew Sanders, the incumbent Executive Director, has been appointed to the post of CEO until 2012.... [more]
Fierce competition expected at the SB3 Nationals By Tom Rosoman, Momentum is growing in the run up to the inaugural SB3 National Championships to be held during Skandia Geelong Week, 25 - 27 January. Heads are being turned in Australia and throughout the world’s sailing community. There are 12 confirmed teams for the event which feature some of the country’s top sailors and who all are looking forward to a slice of the action.... [more]
18ft Skiffs - Asko Appliances wins Race 1 By Frank Quealey, Hugh Stodart, Niall Kinch and Paul Schulz again showed their light wind skills when they steered Asko Appliances home an easy winner in Race 1 of the Australian 18 Footers League's Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
Qingdao leads Clipper Race - Hull and Humber back By Event media, The Chinese Clipper, Qingdao has extended its lead in the leg from Salvador to Durban. Qingdao had a 37 mile lead at the 06:00hrs check, ahead of Uniquely Singapore with Glasgow in third place, 43 miles behind the leader... [more]
Pindar 40 first Pogo 40 in TJV Prologue Race By PR, Pindar 40, the Class 40 skippered by Jo Royle and Alexia Barrier was today the first ‘Pogo 40’ Class 40 and 11th overall to cross the finish line in the Transat Jacques Vabre Prologue Race... [more]
New 90ft AC rule released Wednesday By PR, The America's Cup stand-off continued with a statement from ACM following a Competitor's Meeting on Friday to discuss the new 90ft Class rule. ACM indicated that they welcomed any other challenger to come and join the process for the last few days of Class Rules development - which is to be released Wednesday... [more]
Ffree Fire wins Hong Kong to Hainan Race 2007 By Lindsay Lyons, Line Honours was claimed by Sam Chan's 'Ffree Fire 52' after a 32 hour downhill slide in 18 to 22 knots of breeze. The TP52 was also to claim 1st Overall with 'Fortis Mandrake' arriving at midnight after an expensive trip, having trashed all her kites in the first 250nm.... [more]
An epic race draws slowly to a close By Event Media, The Rolex Middle Sea Race 2007 just refuses to draw to a close. This exceptional race that has witnessed many different stories of success and misfortune has almost taken on a life of its own. Windsong (GBR), Nord Star (RUS) and Muzyka (ITA) all finished last night between 2AM and 2.50AM.... [more]
Pindar Open 60 dismasted before Transat JV By Kate Fairclough, Pindar, the Open 60 built and owned by print and electronic media company Pindar, last night dismasted off the coast of Le Havre, France. It is the second time she has been dismasted.... [more]
Clippers fast progress in first night of racing By Event Media, During the first night of racing of Race 3 of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race the fleet has made very fast progress down the Brazilian coast. Several of the boats reported 12-hour runs of more than 120 nautical miles in a moderate easterly breeze that is predicted to continue for the next 24 hours.... [more]
Ultimate comfort - X-Yacht all new cruising range By X-Yachts Australia, At the X-Yacht production development facility in Haderslev Denmark, work is fully underway; the 5 axis milling machine is busy making plugs for the hull, deck, inner liners, keel and rudder for the new Xc-45.... [more]
Pirates in Indonesia caught in two separate raids By Rob Kothe, During the raid of his home, Abdul Gani resisted arrest and was subsequently shot and wounded before police rushed him to a local hospital in Cirebon, West Java. Abdul Gani claimed he only attacked fishing boats and sent the loot to GAM (LM: Jakarta Post, Antara News).... [more]
Transpacific Tahiti Race 2008 its on again By Rich Roberts, 'If your boat's faster than a Cal 40, come on, race to Tahiti,' said race co-chairman Dale Nordin, who will succeed Al Garnier as TPYC commodore next year. 'We're trying to open it up to as many people as possible who want to do the race.'... [more]
British Airways bans windsurfers and surfboards By RYA, With effect from 6 November, 2007, British Airways has announced that it will no longer carry certain items of sporting equipment – including windsurfers... [more]
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