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04 Dec 2007

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For a couple of weeks, Asia is feeling like the centre of the sailing universe. First it was the Raja Muda, then the Monsoon Cup, and now the King’s Cup. Every one of them attracts international competitors of the highest calibre, and in this newsletter are all the reports on the Monsoon “You wouldn’t want to miss it” Cup – just in case you missed it.

After three days of round robin matches and quarter-finals sailed in 20 knots of breeze and with the start box mere feet from the dock, the wind eased on finals day. But that didn’t stop Ian Williams (GBR) defeating Peter Gilmour (AUS) 3-1, taking the last race by 10 boat lengths, and adding the Monsoon Cup to the World Championship he earned the previous day by beating Paolo Cian (ITA) in the semi-finals.

Over in Phuket the wind has been blowing old boots for ages, according to the residents, and now the first two days of racing have been conducted in good, solid breeze of up to 20 kts, bright sunshine and clear air.

Over in Valencia, 24 representatives of the challengers for the 33rd America’s Cup have been at the table, talking, and trying to get another cycle of the AC back on track. In Sydney Mike Slade’s ‘Leopard’ (shortly to be ‘City Index Leopard’) is going to have to squeeze under the Sydney Harbour Bridge by canting her keel, and out in the Atlantic the leaders in the first edition of the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup are 2,000 nm down the 2,600 nm track to the Netherlands Antilles.

Sail Rocket’s continuing attempt to break the 50 kt-barrier has reached 42.4 kts without disintegrating, so click below for stories from around the world that are either fast, furious, fun, or fantastic.

Motley Crew better than a discard
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
At 1500 hrs yesterday Ray Roberts was to be found in the lobby of the Kata Beach Resort, scooping up likely passers-by to make up the stack on the rail... [more]

The Dubai Gold Cup to conclude RC 44 Tour
RC 44 Class Association Media Release,
Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), the dynamic club from the United Arab Emirates, organises the eighth and last event of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2007 on December 13-16. The Dubai Gold Cup is also the first overseas regatta for the RC 44 fleet. All RC 44’s have been transported together, on their custom-made containers, saving a lot of manpower, effort and extra costs to the teams.... [more]

Record fleet for Phuket King’s Cup
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
For the 101 boats starting today in the 21st annual Phuket King’s Cup regatta, blue skies and 10-15 knot north easterly winds provided postcard conditions for the first day of the largest keel boat regatta in Asia.... [more]

Many surprises at Challenger Meeting in Valencia
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
Golden Gate YC, the Challenger of Record for the 33rd America’s Cup have announced that various Challenger representatives met on Monday evening in Valencia in a joint effort to move forward the process for the next America’s Cup.'It was a very good meeting. The challengers agree that certainty is needed to return to a conventional America’s Cup regatta and we are committed to working together.'... [more]

Tactics to count in Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex,
The first edition of the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup sees Morten Bergesen’s Nariida (NOR), a Wally 105 launched in 1994, leading the fleet of seven maxis across the Atlantic Ocean. The Maxi Yachts left Tenerife in the Canary Islands on 26th November at 13.00 UTC with the final destination of St Maarten in the Netherland Antilles... [more]

Leopard arrives for Sydney Hobart Race
ICAP Leopard, the 100 foot super maxi yacht run by Ocean Marine, the British sailing team owned by Mike Slade, will be known as City Index Leopard for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. City Index Leopard arriving in Sydney early yesterday morning had to cant her keel to one side to allow her towering 154 foot mast to pass under Sydney Harbour Bridge... [more]

Sailrocket hits 40 - actually 42.4 knots
Paul Larsen,
The aim of the Sailrocket project remains the same, to set the outright world speed sailing record and become the fastest sailing vessel ever. Our backs were hard against the wall on that last run. Four days earlier we were standing on the same beach with our dream lying broken at our feet with the wing-sail in the water... [more]

Quantum Racing crew in transit
Rob Kothe,
This morning, the crew racing on the King's Cup Regatta favourite, Ray Roberts Quantum Racing today met for the first time. Most of them have never been on the DK 46.... [more]

Barcelona World Race - Day 22
Event Media,
The weather pattern in the South Atlantic isn't doing the bulk of the Barcelona World Race fleet any favours, as it is distinctly advantaging the leaders in the fleet. PRB and Paprec-Virbac 2 have added over 40 miles to their lead over third placed Veolia Environnement over the last 24 hours and nearly twice that over most of the rest of the fleet as well... [more]

SEA Games starting at Pattaya, Thailand
Dave Moxey, RSYC,
All four nations, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines, competing in the Keelboat division of this year’s South East Asia Games have now arrived at the regatta venue, Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand.... [more]

Ian Williams wins Monsoon Cup
Lynn Fitzpatrick Sail-World USA Editor,
The Malaysian kettle drums thundered as Ian Williams and Team Pindar – Bill Hardesty, Mark Williams, Mark Nicholls and Simon Shaw paraded from the dock to the awards podium after winning the final match of the Monsoon Cup in Terengganu, Malaysia by defeating immediate past World Champion, Dato’ Peter Gilmour.... [more]

Williams defeats Gilmour for the Monsoon Cup
Images from this afternoon's final matches of the Monsoon Cup. Ian Williams and his team Pindar crew has just defeated Peter Gilmour and his PST crew, 3 - 1.... [more]

Monsoon Cup Petit Finals
Lynn Fitzpatrick Sail-World USA Editor,
It was young bulls and old bulls at the Monsoon Cup today, as Torvar Mirsky and Adam Minoprio fought for valuable points on the Match Racing lists.... [more]

Qingdao first Clipper into Southern Ocean
Clipper event media,
The Chinese team is also the most southerly boat and the first to enter the infamous Southern Ocean by crossing the 40 degree south line last night. Even though they are only about 30 nautical miles further south than Durban this southerly position has benefited them significantly... [more]

PRB reclaims Barcelona World Race lead
Event media,
PRB has reclaimed the lead in the Barcelona World Race over Paprec-Virbac 2 overnight. Since the doldrums, the two boats have been alternating holding the lead, with neither able to stretch away from the other... [more]

World Championship decided in Semi final race
Lynn Fitzpatrick, US Editor,,
Going into the 2007 Monsoon Cup a handful of teams could have laid claim to the World Championship title. Only one, Sebastien Col, was eliminated in the round robin series. The quarter finals brought the elimination of the World Match Race Tour leader coming into the Monsoon Cup, Mathieu Richard and his Saba Sailing Team.... [more]

Peter Gilmour makes Monsoon Cup final
Lynn Fitzpatrick Sail-World USA Editor,
Sailor extraordinaire and former World Match Racing Champion Dato’ Peter Gilmour defeated a young field of sailors over a course of three days to storm into the Monsoon Cup final, to face Ian Williams in the battle of the Champions.... [more]

Williams takes ISAF World Match Racing Title
Rob Kothe,
Two flights each to Paolo Cian (ITA) and Ian Williams (GBR) as they sailed into the starting box for the fifth race in the second semi-final of the 15th event in the 2006-2007 World Match Racing Tour, the third Monsoon Cup, on the Terengganu River in eastern Malaysia.... [more]

Monsoon Cup Quarterfinals
Lynn Fitzpatrick, US Editor,,
Sunny skies, breeze on and a little to the left of the norm and a swift current flowing out of the river set the stage for the quarter finals of the world’s richest regatta, the Monsoon Cup at the Heritage Bay Club on Mermaid Island in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. Winds dropped to 15 knots prior to the third flight and the crews added more sail area and switched to genoas.... [more]

Williams new ISAF World Match Racing Champion
Ian Williams is the new ISAF World Match Racing Champion after defeating Paolo Cian in the semi-finals of the Monsoon Cup. Images from the semi-final action.... [more]

Quantum Racing favourite for 21st Kings Cup
Rob Kothe,
Good fleet and good winds for the premier Asian keelboat regatta, the 2007 Phuket King's Cup, says Chairman of the Race Committee Simon James. Racing will start on Monday morning, with a record race week fleet approaching 110 boats to face the starter.... [more]

Quarter finals Monsoon Cup
Rob Kothe,
Two mistakes by the World Champion Peter Gilmour and young Kiwi Adam Minoprio pounced. An unforced error in the starting box from Gilmour. Minoprio was five seconds ahead at top mark, Gilmour gybed away, Minoprio covered but Gilmour sailed through his young rival and lead up the second beat, but the gap was not enough to allow Gilmour to execute his penalty turns and retain the lead.... [more]

Firefly Frenzy at 2007 Phuket Kings Cup
Roger Kingdon,
Eight Pescott designed Firefly cats in their very colourful livery will be lining up on the start line this coming Monday in the best of seven races at the 21st Phuket Kings Cup.... [more]

Three things required for a good regatta
Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
Sunshine and breeze. (def: two things needed for a good regatta). Quality sailors helps too. Got all three here at the Monsoon Cup at Kuala Terenggganu. Believe your eyes.... [more]

IRC – Growth and Continental Championships
IRC media,
IRC is having its most successful season yet. By 31 August, 6742 boats held current IRC certificates, 20% up on a year earlier and already more than in the whole of 2006. Growth was not confined to ‘new’ IRC countries such as Argentina, Germany, Greece, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand and Uruguay.... [more]

Three way fight for World Match Tour title
Lynn Fitzpatrick Sail-World USA Editor,
The breeze was on when sailors arrived at the Heritage Bay Club in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia for the last six flights of the round robin series to determine who would qualify for the quarter finals of the final stage of the 2006/07 World Match Racing Tour.... [more]

Magnificent M's at Monsoon Cup
Rob Kothe,
22 year old New Zealander Adam Minoprio and 21 year Australian Torvar Mirsky has some significant scalps hanging from their sailing belts after the round robin series of the final round of the 2006-2007 World Match Racing series, the Monsoon Cup being sailed in Terengganu, Malaysia.... [more]

Monsoon Cup – Day Three Highlights
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
The breeze was on when sailors arrived at the Heritage Bay Club in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia for the last six flights of the round robin series.... [more]

Ocean Racer of the Year nominations closing
Lisa Ratcliff,
Nominations for the 2007 Ocean Racer of the Year Awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of achievements in ocean racing by Australians at national and international events, close next Monday.... [more]

2008 Takapuna Worlds: Coach boat launching limits
Denise Parris,
Due to security, weather conditions, and a 'no anchoring zone' there will be NO boat storage overnight directly in front of or next to Takapuna Boating Club. During the day, however there will be a clearly marked buoyed area northeast of the Boating Club where a coach boat can be anchored for short-term day use only on a first come first serve bases.... [more]

Close calls at the Monsoon Cup 2007
Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
Down on the pontoon was the place to be (again) for the pre-starts, with plenty of grunt and shove happening on the water just feet away, and the occasional big wash from an umpire boat to liven up the media types lined along the... [more]

Clipper fleet heads for the Southern Ocean
Clipper media,
The most northerly yacht, Liverpool 08, jumped into the lead overnight but this has been at the cost of sailing closer to the centre of the high pressure system with lighter winds. This has meant that in the 12 hours to the 0600 GMT schedule they had a run of just 39 nautical miles. This is in comparison to the most southerly boat, Durban 2010 and Beyond, which also improved in position overnight... [more]

Nariida leads Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
Jill Campbell, Vincenzo Frigo,
The seven maxi yachts in the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup are progressing westward across the Atlantic. The fleet set off from Tenerife in the Canary Islands on Monday 26th November bound for St Maarten in the Netherland Antilles. As of 16.45 UTC Morten Bergsen’s Nariida (NOR) continued to hold a lead that she has not relinquished from the start.... [more]

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