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17 Nov 2007

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As soon as the Editor has sent out this newsletter he'll head down the road to the Royal Selangor Yacht Club and hop into a black 30' RIB with 600 horses on the back watch (and shoot) the start of the Raja Muda Delangor International Regatta - first leg, Port Klang to Pangkor. I'll be with the fleet all teh way up to Langkawi, and will be posting daily reports and pictures from Asia's most 'different' regatta.

Pics and reports on the Asian Sportsboats Champs as well, and the latest news on the international scene, Barcelona Race, AC arguments (what would a newsletter be without something on the state of words in the AC?!). So before you head on out for your weekend's sailing, read on...

Raja Muda 2007 - long legs and long nights
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
There’s no doubt about it, the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta is different. This is the only regatta in Asia that offers three offshore passage races, two days of cans racing, a trishaw race and stopovers in four different ports. More than half the entries this year have been here before – some of them many times – and that’s a compliment to the status and popularity of the event.... [more]

Asian Sportsboats Champs - day 2
By Steve Bourne, HK Sportsboats Assoc,
Day 2 of the Maersk Lines-sponsored Asian International Sportsboat Championships was held in near perfect conditions with 15 kts of breeze, clear blue skies, and 25 degrees with a 2-3 m swell. The fleet started race 3 in a short chop on a triangle-sausage course... [more]

Asian Int Sportsboats Champs - opening races
By Steve Bourne, HK Sportsboats Assoc,
Competing in the Asian International Sportsboat Championship regatta are an amazing array of boats from the winged Shaw 7m to conventional J80s to a canting-keel 31' Hick and multiple trapeze boats... [more]

Splash and crash: Asia Int'l Sportsboats Champs
By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
There were 19 boats on the start line for the 1st Asia International Sportsboats Championships, out on the 'Lamma Patch' on the south side of Hong Kong. It was bright and breezy, with enough swell to get them up and surfing. Looks like everyone enjoyed the conditions - although Longtze Premier was unlucky enough to be right next to the camera boat when the rudder snapped. 'Right place, right time'... [more]

Late withdrawal from Youth Match Racing Regatta
By Jenni Bonnitcha,
A late withdrawal by the Selangor Yacht Club from Malaysia from Bavaria Yachts International Youth Match Racing Regatta allows a second team from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron to compete.... [more]

Longtze Premier's crash test in Hong-Kong
By Leo Yang,
A steady twenty knots, 25 knots in the gusts, a good sea, a few breaking waves and sailing in a big swell seven miles outside the Hong Kong bay: The Asian International Sportboat Championship, which started Sunday November 11th is a good test for the Prototypes 2 and 3, entered into the competition.... [more]

Global Warming Alarm for Caribbean Sailors
By Jasmin Garraway,
The Director for Sustainable Tourism for the Association of Caribbean States has sounded an alarm on the effects of global warming and rising sea levels on yachting in the Caribbean.... [more]

Perfect Start for Blue Water Round World Rally
By Peter Seymour,
The 34 yachts of the Blue Water Round the World Cruising Rally 2007-9 enjoyed perfect conditions for the first leg of their voyage from Gibraltar to Lanzarote. Strong north-easterly winds and a good sea state meant fast passages and for the last two weeks yachts have been safely berthed at Puerto Calero Marina in the southeast of the island.... [more]

America's Cup deadline passes in New York
By Richard Gladwell,
The deadline from the Defender Societe Nautique de Geneve, requiring the withdrawal of the lawsuit by Golden Gate YC has passed in New York, with no announcement yet of further action by SNG. The deadline passed at 1100hrs NZT which was the time set by the Defender of 1700hrs in New York on 16th November.... [more]

Slow passage into South Atlantic for Ecover 3
By Lucy Harwood,
The pain of the doldrums is not over for Mike Golding and Bruno Dubois onboard ECOVER 3, conditions are 'much the same' this afternoon as they try to push south and onto the home strait for Bahia.... [more]

Barcelona fleet heads to the Atlantic Ocean
By Lou Newlands - Oc Events,
The question facing the skippers is how far west to go as they set up for the next scoring gate at the Canary Islands. The 'rhumb line' (shortest distance to next mark) is not necessarily the fastest route. The current forecasts seem to be enticing the bulk of the fleet further west. Paprec-Virbac 2, the lead boat, is positioned furthest west and that seems to have paid as it leads PRB by 11 miles... [more]

Hull & Humber first but New York win Durban leg
By Event media,
After 23 days and 4,200 miles of thrilling ocean racing, line honours in Race 3 of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race go to Hull & Humber. They crossed the line just six minutes ahead of New York... [more]

America's Cup - That's a No then!
Alinghi has turned down the joint proposal issued by the GGYC, BMW Oracle and three challengers: Team Origin, Team New Zealand and Team Shosholoza, covering all outstanding points on the rules so that the event could go ahead in 2009. The proposal covered all outstanding points on the rules, including the dropping of the call for two-boat testing... [more]

ISAF - We have to stop meeting like this
By Gerald New,
It was great while it lasted, the wining and dining, the fleeting alliances, the highly charged meetings with the sailing world's media hanging on their every vote and there were plenty of those. The forty members of the ISAF Council held the future of sailing in the Olympic Games in their hands... [more]

'Missing' Lunatic Found after Two Day Alarm
By New Zealand Herald/Sail-World Cruising,
A solo yachtie who failed to show up as promised and failed to let anyone know what he was doing led police and the New Zealand coastguard a pretty chase for two days before being located today. The yacht is (somewhat aptly) called Lunatic, and sailed by a Slovenian man... [more]

Nautica Signs Apparel Sponsorship for 21st Phuket
By Event Media,
Nautica, a leading apparel brand from the USA, has agreed to support the 21st Phuket King’s Cup Regatta for this year’s exciting week of races, to be held from December 1 – 8, 2007 in Phuket.... [more]

Alinghi claim five new points scuttled negotiation
By ACM Media,
On the evening of the 12th November, during settlement discussions, BMW Oracle Racing unexpectedly announced five new demands (since denied by BMWOR) that directly affect fundamental arrangements that have been recently agreed by all entered competitors in the 33rd America's Cup. Alinghi has lost confidence in BMW Oracle having any intention of negotiating a settlement in good faith.... [more]

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