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16 Dec 2007

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Good morning, Asia. Monday. You've read the newspaper, but there wasn't any sailing news in it. Never mind - here it is.

The 24th SEA Games have come to a close, with Thailand cleaning up the sailing medals. Reports here.

The RC44s are having a grand time in Dubai, in a regatta which includes both match racing and fleet racing. (When will we see one of these events in Asia?)

The RHKYC ran their annual Class Regatta this weekend - story and photos tomorrow.

And Kimball Livingstone wonders out loud about racer/cruisers - the boats, and the people.

2009 SEA Games to reduce number of Olympic sports
Associated Press,
Cycling, basketball, gymnastics, hockey, rowing and weightlifting are among Olympic sports at the current SEA Games that will be absent in Vientiane, Laos in December 2009.The cutback is partly due to the landlocked country — with no sailing, windsurfing or triathlon — and also lack of facilities in the Laotian capital... [more]

Thais make waves at 24th SEA Games
Preechachan Wiriyanupappong, The Nation,
Well-acquainted with local wind and sea conditions, Thai sailors yesterday wiped out their regional rivals, capturing six gold medals in the 24th SEA Games sailing competition off the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Chon Buri.... [more]

Rolex Sydney to Hobart build-up Maximus Update
Rob Kothe,
The Maximus crew initally contacted Taupo Marine Radio and Sydney Maritime Authories. A merchant ship the ANL Yarrunga was first boat on the scene and stood by, while Sydney Water Police sent out a Police Launch in case the keel broke away and the boat capsized. The Police Launch 'Alert' has been in company with Maximus for the last few hours. Maximus is now around 60 miles from Sydney Heads... [more]

Team Aqua on top at the Dubai Gold Cup
Event Media,
With two fleet race bullets and an epic match against Russell Coutts’ Team Omega, Chris Bake and his boys are clearly back at the top after a difficult start in the Dubai Gold Cup. The third day of the Dubai Gold Cup proved to be another intense day, with the last three fleets of the match race event followed by three fleet regattas... [more]

Day 2 SIRS: Wright stages Finn fight back – storms
Di Pearson,
The Ben Ainslie versus Ed Wright for British Olympic selection in the Finn class took a rather interesting turn this afternoon at the Sydney International Regatta when Wright won Race 3 and Ainslie finished fourth.... [more]

First ever podium position for Qingdao
Event Media,
The race across the Southern Ocean did not deliver the strong surfing conditions that the teams were expecting due to a lack of the prevailing winds and big seas that the region south of 40 degrees is renowned for.... [more]

Breaking News – Maximus PAN PAN
Rob Kothe,
One of the 2007 Rolex Sydney to Hobart contenders, New Zealand’s super maxi Maximus is in trouble 115 miles from Sydney on her delivery voyage ahead of the big race. One of New Zealand’s top offshore sailors Ross Field and owner Bill Buckley are on the 30 metre boat with the delivery crew and they advised New Zealand and then Sydney marine authorities that during the night, a loud crack was heard... [more]

Hobart - flight of the butterflies and 60 knots
Trevor Walkley,
So what is it like when dawn breaks on race day, Boxing Day , when the gun will go at in 7 hours time at 1300? First thought when the alarm goes off is 'oops' , reach for the Berocca's (TM), ahh thats better, now for breakfast. Hmm well toughen up lad, eat! Last moment items packed into the car (bump huh? apparently next door neighbours damn cat is always under the car)... [more]

Will the Leopard catch the Gazelles
Rob Kothe,
Mike Slade’s Super heavy super-maxi City Index Leopard, will be hoping for a different Boxing Day weather forecast to her three 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart 98 foot, 30 metre super maxi rivals.... [more]

Storm in a paperback - The Storm Prophet
Gerald New,
Moses, a young South African foresees the future and is whisked away to Australia by a rich bank owner and top off shore sailor, to unwittingly aid the launch of her new bank. The Storm Prophet is set during the running of the Sydney Hobart race, recalling the storm that struck the race of ´98... [more]

Hugo Boss gains dramatically on Paprec-Virbac 2
Barcelona World Race media,
Hugo Boss, the second placed boat in the Barcelona World Race fleet has made a dramatic gain over the past 24 hours. Paprec-Virbac 2 has sailed up to a slightly warmer latitude, decreasing the odds of seeing another iceberg.... [more]

Clipper win for Durban 2010 and Beyond
Event media,
Durban 2010 and Beyond has won the fourth race of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race from Durban, South Africa to Fremantle, Western Australia. In second place were local team [more]

Images from Rolex Rating Series Day 3
Crosbie Lorimer,
By comparison with the frenetic activity of the SIRS regatta in the harbour today, life offshore was a deal calmer. Racing on the Manly Circle, the Rolex Trophy Rating Series fleet enjoyed two commodities that have been rare over recent weeks; sun and a northeaster.... [more]

Malaysian medallists at 24th SEA Games
New Straits Times,
Mohd Romzi Muhammad and Nurul Elia Anuar salvaged a disappointing sailing outing for Malaysia in the Platu class by winning two gold medals in Laser and Optimist at Pattaya yesterday.... [more]

Plastic bag denies Malaysia medal at SEA Games
Dave Moxey, RSYC,
With the Gold medal already tied up by Thailand, the three other nations all left early to prepare for the final day of racing. Singapore had the silver medal in their sights and with the overnight 2nd placed boat, Philippines, pushing to retain their placing it was bound to be hot on the start line.... [more]

Malaysia on course for two sailing golds
Malaysia Star,
Malaysia are in contention for two gold medals from sailing after the penultimate day of competition at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya yesterday. Mohd Romzi Mohamad has a three-point lead over Singapore's Koh Seng Leong after 11 races in the International Laser event.... [more]

Ouzo Incident: Ships and Yachts-What's the Answer?
Steven Morris, Guardian Unlimited/Sail-World,
What are your strategies on a yacht for avoiding collision with ships? Do you keep strict watch 24 hours a day? How do you avoid the problem of the dozing watchkeeper? Do you have an AIS? What would your strategy be if you lost engine and wind at the same time and were on a collision course with a ship?... [more]

Father and son to share Rolex Sydney Hobart start
Lisa Ratcliff,
At 80 years of age, Michael is the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s longest serving member, joining the fledgling club in 1945. Making his Rolex Sydney Hobart debut in 1946, Michael has contested 15 bluewater classics and has also been heavily involved in a number of America's Cup campaigns, including being the bowman on Gretel in Australia’s first challenge in 1965.... [more]

America's Cup hit by Perfect (legal) Storm
Richard Gladwell,
Overnight came re-confirmation that the Defender of the America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG) had engaged a new legal team to both Appeal the decision of Justice Herman Cahn, and also seek a Delay in the settlement order he is about to sign.... [more]

What Makes a Racer/Cruiser?
Kimball Livingstone, SAIL magazine,
At the King's Cup in Thailand, Frank Pong's maxi, Jelik, cleaned up at the top end of IRC, but that's no cruising boat. On a completely different wavelength in the exotica of tropical regattas in 2007, there were charter boats from Sunsail that raced, but those are not race boats.... [more]

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