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24 Nov 2007

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Your editor is just about to run out of the General Manager's office at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, and get on a boat for the last day's racing at the Raja Muda regatta. There's a small breeze building out there beyond the window, and boats are heading out into Bass Harbour.

There's a full collection of the Raja Muda stories in this newsletter, plus plenty of other Asian and International sailing news, of course.

More later - running for the dock...

Raja Muda 2007 - Split the wind, split the fleet
Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
There was absolutely no waiting for the breeze for the start of race 5 of the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta 2007 - the 55nm passage race from Penang to Langkawi - as the fleet motored out of Tanjung City marina into 12 kts of wind from the north west.... [more]

Raja Muda 2007 - Penang Inshores
Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
Maybe it was last night's downpour during the Trishaw Races, maybe the breeze just needed a holiday, either way, at 1200 hrs the racecourse just off the northern coast of Penang was a complete glass-out... [more]

Sailors on wheels - Penang Trishaws, RMSIR 2007
Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
The Penang Trishaw Race is now very much an established part of the Raja Muda regatta programme. It�s the one race in the regatta where Dave �The Brave� Richards (Official Measurer) doesn�t have to use his imagination and a splash of creativity come up with a TCF for anyone at all.... [more]

Raja Muda Selangor Int Regatta 2007 - race 2
Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
Opening choice was whether to stay close to the shore, inside the tide, or offshore in what looked like more breeze, but either way it was a slow beginning in no more than 8 kts of breeze. But the sun was shining, and who was it that said that sailing is the only sport that gets cancelled by good weather?... [more]

RMSIR race 1, as slow as treacle in January
Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
You can read that as July if you live in the southern hemisphere, as RO Jerry Rollin sent all classes away on a one-mile leg to a windward mark in the mouth of the Klang estuary, and then the combined fleets were off on the 90nm haul up to Pangkor.... [more]

Phuket Raceweek signs Title Sponsor for 2008
Phuket Raceweek media,
In a move that is sure to be welcomed by Asian-based regatta participants, Six Senses Resorts and Spas have yesterday confirmed that they will take the top spot in 2008 as Title Sponsor of Thailand’s monsoon season regatta, Phuket Raceweek, now gearing up for its 5th year.... [more]

PIMEX 2007 - the biggest boat show in Asia
Image Asia,
With only three weeks to this fifth year of the PIMEX Show in Phuket, the Exhibition Hall is now virtually sold out. A few spaces are left in the in water display but with 35 yachts already confirmed, they are expected to be filled. Over seventy exhibitors and over one hundred brands make PIMEX the biggest Boat Show in Asia.... [more]

RHKYC Loro Piana Around the Island race 2007
RHKYC Event Media,
After a week of extraordinary conditions promising great sailing and blue skies for today’s Loro Piana Around The Island Race, the grey and humid conditions at 0700hrs on Sunday were a slight disappointment. However, with a starting line up of 191 boats, competitors were undaunted and were up early to prepare all sizes and specifications of boats... [more]

Barcelona World Race - Paprec Virbac 2 leads
Kate Jennings,
No big upsets for the skippers in the Barcelona World Race on this the 11th day of racing. The race continues, still as intense as ever and bitterly contested. Paprec Virbac continues to lead with PRB in second and Veolia Environnement third... [more]

Caffari completes first Transatlantic race
Caroline Ayling,
The British crew on Aviva finished the 4,340-mile race despite suffering damage to the top section of the mast in the closing stages. Caffari’s first transatlantic crossing onboard an Open 60 has been a huge learning curve for the inspirational yachtswoman. The co-skippers faced difficult conditions throughout the race.... [more]

Aviva suffers mast splinter in TJV
Caroline Ayling,
Aviva was within 20 miles of Cervin EnR, Dee and Nigel’s race-rivals, when the top section of the mast splintered due to the Gennaker halyard block exploding... [more]

Monsoon Cup to decide World Match Racing Champion
Yvonne Reid,
Mathieu Richard is in prime position to be the second Frenchman to win the ISAF Match Racing World Championship at the Monsoon Cup in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia which starts next week, November 28 – December 2nd. However, there are still five teams that could win the World Championship title in Malaysia.... [more]

America's Cup E-Mailbag
Various correspondents,
Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to [more]

Sail-World Journalist Wins Seamanship Award
Des Ryan,
One of Sail-World's seven world-wide editors has won a coveted annual seamanship award. Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen with her husband Ted Nobbs on their yacht Blackwattle had just completed a five year circumnavigation, arriving back into Australia two weeks ago, when they learned of the award.... [more]

Mascalzone Latino sign up for third America's Cup
Sail-World NZL,
Mascalzone Latino have announced that they they are challenging for the 33rd America's Cup. They will sail under the burgee of the Real Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia. The Italian Challenger was one of the stars of the 33nd America's Cup and will be returning for their third tilt at the regatta.... [more]

Two new Challengers for the 33rd America's Cup
America's Cup Management,
Two additional yacht clubs have presented the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) with their challenge for the 33rd America's Cup, bringing the current number of Challengers eager to face the Swiss Defender Alinghi, in Valencia, to seven. One of the new Challengers accepted by AC Management is the newly created Spanish team Ayre.... [more]

Yacht Tourism ''Lags Behind'' in Turkey
Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor,
After extolling the virtues of yachting in Turkey for many years now, it ruined my day to read that Turkey's ambitions are to emulate those greedily oriented, over crowded, unfriendly destinations that much of Europe has become. Yachties in the know already return year after year to the magical and (mostly) unspoilt shores of Turkey.... [more]

Clipper fleet berthed in Durban
Clipper Event media,
Nine of the Clipper fleet are now berthed in Durban Marina having completed Leg 2 in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race. Overnight crowds welcomed who arrived just ahead of the home favourite, Durban 2010 and Beyond at the end of the gruelling race across the south Atlantic.... [more]

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