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20 Dec 2007

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Guy Nowell
Asia Editor,

RHKYC Class Regatta 2007
By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Every year all the RHKYC Class fleets get together to sort out the bragging rights of the respective fleets. The Ruffians, Pandoras, Sonatas, Flying Fifteens, Etchells, Dragons, Impalas and Sportsboats race against each other on HKPN handicap. Windward leeward courses.... [more]

Countdown to Aussie Classic- Sailing-World Blog
By Herb McCormick,
There's but one U.S. entry in the fleet, but it's a formidable one. Roger Sturgeon's Farr-designed STP 65 Rosebud has been taking names and kicking butt since her arrival Down Under, racking up IRC handicap victories in both of the big round-the-cans events leading up to the main event, the SOLAS Big Boat regatta and the Rolex Trophy Series. With a win in the Hobart Race, Rosebud could register he... [more]

Malaysian Nationals 2007
By Daily Express, Mayasia,
Light winds severely tested the Race Management team in the first day of racing of the MYA-NSC/MILO National Sailing Championships 2007 at Kinabalu Yacht Club, Tuesday. The scene off Tanjung Aru Beach was awash with a sea of sails as the huge fleet of Optimists, International 470s, International 420s and Lasers battled out the season’s closing National Ranking Race series... [more]

British America's Cup team announce slowdown
By PR,
Team Origin, Britain’s Challenge for the America’s Cup, is modifying its plans to aim for competition in 2011. Originally planned for 2009 this date is now seen as the most likely date for an America’s Cup event with multiple challengers. 2009 America’s Cup Match that Team Origin could compete in is extremely unlikely... [more]

Ocean Hero Goss - coming to Oz in a wooden boat
By BBC/Sail-World Cruising,
Sailor and adventurer Pete Goss - the sailor who attracted world-wide admiration in 1996 (both for heroism AND ability) for turning his 50ft boat , designed for running, into a hurricane force wind in the Southern Ocean and beating back to windward to rescue his competitor, French sailor Raphael Dinelli - is getting ready to hit the water again; But...... [more]

Leech Lines and How to Make your Sails Last Longer
By Charles Ulmer , UK-Halsey Sailmakers,
Right leech line handling can add years of life to your sails - Adam Loory this week shares some secrets... [more]

Glenn Bourke resigns from Volvo Ocean Race
By Volvo PR,
Glenn Bourke has resigned from his position as CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race. Forty-seven-year-old Bourke’s decision, a very difficult one he said, was taken for family reasons. He has held the position since November 2002 and helped establish the Volvo as the world’s leading offshore ocean race... [more]

Day 4 SIRS: Ainslie rules supreme
By Di Pearson,
Ben Ainslie (GBR) has cleaned up in the Finn class at the Grade One Sydney International Regatta which finished on Sydney Harbour this afternoon.... [more]

Sailing kite saves 30% fuel–whales, dolphins happy
By Jesus Diaz,
The SkySails system, a huge computer-controlled kite that can tow cargo vessels and superyachts, reducing their fuel consumption by up to 30%, has been successfully tested this weekend... [more]

Buy a t-shirt, learn to sail
By The Economic Times,
The $2-billion brand Nautica is adopting new brand management strategies to gain greater traction in India. Owned by the US apparel major VF Corp, Nautica is present in India through a 60:40 JV with Arvind Mills, called VF-Arvind Brands.... [more]

Frenchman half way to breaking MacArthur Record
By Nancy Knudsen,
Every hour that passes allows Francis Joyon to bite farther into the solo round-the-world record set by Ellen MacArthur. In his giant red trimaran, IDEC II, with ever-present petrels and the occasional albatross following in his wake, Joyon has been eating up oceans like they were morsels... [more]

America's Cup E-Mailbag
By Various correspondents,
Another letter as the life is slowly choked out of the 2009 America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to [more]

MacArthurs Round the World record in danger
By Event media,
Francis Joyon continues to claim records: 'I hold the record between Good Hope and Leeuwin? I am amazed... This is the class, right?' With four records already in his pocket since the departure from Brest (Ecuador, Good Hope, 24 hours, Leuwin), Joyon is again at over 20 knots, on a daily average, which is almost 540 miles a day.... [more]

Hexagon Metrology to sponsor Qingdao stopover
By Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Ventures is pleased to announce that China-based Hexagon Metrology is on board as the Official Port Sponsor for the Clipper fleet's Qingdao stopover in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race.... [more]

Maximus out of Rolex Sydney Hobart race
By Rob Kothe,
New Zealand's super maxi Maximus, one of the favourites for line honours in this year's Sydney to Hobart yacht race, has pulled out with a badly damaged keel.Yesterday morning when the boat was sailing from Auckland the crew called a PAN PAN, after a diver had gone overboard and found the complex keel mechanism had been damaged. This morning the 30-metre maxi arrived in Sydney just after 4am... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart crews can help charity
By Di Pearson,
Crews racing in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race have an opportunity to help the worthwhile charity OzHarvest, which collects food from various areas, then distributes it to many charities.... [more]

X-41 - Boat of the Year 2008
By Robert McClelland,
Sailing World magazine announced today the winners of the biggest annual honors in sailboat building, the Boat of the Year awards. The X-41 One-Design took the award for Best Crossover, a boat that bestrides the gulf between racer and cruiser with aplomb.... [more]

Dubai Gold Cup goes to Coutts
By Event Media,
Russell Coutts’ Team Omega conquers the Dubai Gold Cup, whilst Chris Bake and Team Aqua are crowned RC 44 champions 2007. The Dubai Gold Cup ended up in style today, with two superb fleet races and an interesting coastal race through the surprising Dubai Palm.... [more]

Thais make waves at 24th SEA Games
By 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]

Russian Solo Sailor Pit Stop Delays Arrival Albany
Solo Russian sailor Fedor Konyukhov has pulled in to Cape Town to repair his 27m monohull Trading Network Alye Parusa after experiencing problems during his single-handed delivery voyage from Falmouth to Albany, Western Australia.... [more]

Clipper win for Durban 2010 and Beyond
By 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]

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