Sail World Asia: Qingdao Clipper leads, new RTW record, get ready for the crowd at King's Cup, more...

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05 Nov 2007

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After a month of frenetic activity, it feels as if the last week has been rather quiet! Never mind, it will soon be all action again in Asia with the Asia-Pac Sportsboats champs, then the Raja Muda and on.

Sail World Asia is now ‘accredited’ for the Qingdao Olympic Regatta – which means that a full team of Sail World journalists (and a photographer) will be covering the event next year. We will have writers from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the UK and Asia reporting from on site, which will enable us to bring you some serious coverage of the event. Earlier this year’s daily newsletter from the Louis Vuitton Cup/America’s Cup went out to more than 50,000 subscribers – we’ll be aiming for even bigger circulation during the Olympics.

Down in the South Atlantic, Qingdao Clipper is hanging on to a slim lead on the way to Durban, and we have news of a saucy new ‘Round-the-World record’, done in a Moth! The Transat Jaques Vabre is up and running – fast – and the 2007 Phuket King’s Cup is looking at another huge entry list.

To keep abreast of what’s happening in this part of the (sailing) world, read on…

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]

Rudderless, heavy seas and a lee shore - Loki
By Rob Kothe,
Disaster struck Loki, the Australian Reichel-Pugh 60 owned by Stephen Ainsworth, during the 2007 Rolex Middle Sea Race. Leading on corrected time, Loki, with a number 6 jib and two reefs, was approaching Golfo di Castellamare when the rudder broke. Ainsworth relates the tale of the crew's rescue and of Loki's demise.... [more]

Qingdao Clipper leads to Durban
By Clipper Ventures,
The high pressure is certainly upon the fleet as they reported lighter winds and lower runs overnight. The top half of the fleet has compressed and Qingdao now holds the lead over New York by just 19 fragile nautical miles. 'We have been watching the rest of the fleet take advantage of the better winds slightly to the south'... [more]

Ocean Race start time 0130
By Rob Kothe,
Almost anywhere in the world, if you read that an Ocean race start time was 0130, you’d laugh and figure the dumb race organizers meant 1130 or 1330. Not so in Melbourne Australia. Last Saturday morning at 0130, when all sensible sailors are either still at the bar drinking rum and boasting of race tales tall and true, or tucked up in bed, the 45 ocean racers were on the startline.... [more]

Gitana 80 and Generali lead TJV Sunday morning
Loick Peyron and Jean Levaillant on Gitana Eighty, Yan Elies and Sébastien Audigane on Generali, together with Bernard Stamm and Tanguy Cariou, Chiminee Poujoulat, are the three boats leading the Transat Jacques Vabre on day two for the monohulls... [more]

Clipper fleet records good 24 hour runs
By Clipper media,
The fleet has recorded some good runs over the last 24 hours, with Jamaica topping the list, recording 140 nautical miles and reporting some great spinnaker surfing overnight. Durban 2010 and Beyond was averaging speeds of 14-16 knots whilst Hull & Humber reported a maximum speed of 17.4 knots.... [more]

Caffari gets flying start -Transat Jacques Vabre
By Caroline Ayling,
Dee Caffari and Nigel King get off to a flying start in the Transat Jacques Vabre. The skipper of Aviva, racing alongside experienced campaigner Nigel King, will be making her penultimate voyage onboard her ten-year old yacht before she takes delivery of her brand new Open 60, currently being built in New Zealand.... [more]

Ecover leads from line at TJV start
Ecover led across the starting line of the 8th Transat Jacques Vabre, as 47 monohulls headed for Bahia (Brazil) from Le Havre. After two hours racing Groupe Bel of Kito de Pavant and Sebastien Col lead a close pack... [more]

Olympic Truce Resolution wins UN support
By International Olympic Committee,
With 10 months remaining until the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 62nd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York City has adopted the Olympic Truce Resolution.... [more] Crew weights in the Olympic classes
By Andy Rice,
This is Part 4 of a series of articles running on looking at the Events and Equipment that will be contesting the Olympic Sailing Regatta in Weymouth in 2012.... [more]

90 boats nominate for Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
By Lisa Ratcliff,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is delighted to announce a larger than anticipated fleet of 90 yachts has been nominated for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2007, Australia’s premier bluewater event.... [more]

Rohan Veal World Record - the Jo Verne Trophy?
By Rohan Veal,
And so of course the yachties here have an 'around the world' sailing record, or known locally as the 'Jo Verne Trophy' (named after the guy invented it), not to be confused with the 'Jules Verne Trophy' which is the award offered to the fastest lap of the planet (not the world).... [more]

Skandia heads record fleet for Melbourne-Stanley
By Peter Campbell,
The super maxi Skandia, one of four major contenders for line honours in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, will return to offshore racing in this weekend’s race across Bass Strait from Melbourne to Stanley on the north-west tip of Tasmania.... [more]

Record fleet expected for Phuket Kings Cup
By Kings Cup Media,
The 2007 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is set to kick off to another spectacular year, 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.... [more]

GGYC outlines America's Cup compromise deal
By Jane Eagleson, BMW Oracle media,
The American team has told challengers it is ready to agree to wide-ranging new compromise proposals on remaining protocol issues as covered in meetings last week once it can confirm for itself that the design rule developed by Alinghi is fair for all competitors.... [more]

America's Cup rule - AC90 - is published
By ACM & Sail-World,
AC Management, as scheduled, published the AC90 Rule on Thursday. The new rule has been put together over the past six weeks through a design consultation process with all entered challengers, the Defender, and headed by Tom Schnackenberg as the class rule and competition regulations consultant for ACM... [more]

Etchells sailors prepare for QLD Championships
By Ian Grant,
Many of the crews who tested the depth of the class competition during the 2007 Australian Winter championship off Mooloolaba over the June weekend have nominated for the Australian Etchells championship on Brisbane’s Moreton Bay from January 11-18.... [more]

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