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07 Jan 2008

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49er Worlds 2008: the view from Hong Kong (day 4)
By Richard Knight/Mike Halkes,
With a forecast of 10 to 15 knots we were hoping that it would be ideal weather conditions and that there would be no need to mention the wind in today's report. With light winds shifting up to 60 degrees with big lulls on the race course we can't help but talk about it!... [more]

Raimon Land to sponsor Thai Platu Champs
By Kev Scott,
Property developer Raimon Land, already well-known for their sponsorship of sailing events in the Asia region, have offered to sponsor the Platu class championships series in Thailand through 2008. The series will now be known as the Raimon Land Platu One Design Championship 2008.... [more]

New marina 'soft opens' in Singapore
By IBI Magazine/Y P Loke,
Singapore's latest marina offering — Marina @ Keppel Bay — 'soft launched' in mid-December and will officially open when the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race berths there in mid-January for the Singapore stopover. The pontoon system — by Bellingham Marine — has 75 berths in the current phase, with capacity to more than double in the future as occupancy increases.... [more]

49er Worlds: the view from Hong Kong (day 3)
By Richard Knight/Mike Halkes,
The breeze arrived for day three, and as we were drawn in the red fleet we had the added bonus of racing second which allowed the wind to go from just plain windy to REALLY windy!... [more]

‘Tahiti Sounds Nice' When You're Under Sail
By Sail-World Cruising,
Like to feel the thrill of sailing but don't want to bareboat charter? Here's the solution for you... More than 3300 square metres of sail will take 170 sun-seekers on a romantic cruise through the alluring Tahitian islands when the majestic clipper, Star Flyer, goes sailing this August. You could be one of them - for a dollar or two.... [more]

Longtze Premiers at Langkawi
By Longtze Premier (ed Sail World Asia),
Two Longtze Premier sportsboats will be on the start line for the 2008 Royal Langkawi International Regatta, 05-11 January. The Longtze Premier team arrived in Langkawi on 3 January to prepare prototypes 2 and 3. 'The day went very well and we are anxious to start the competition', declared Pierre Mas at the end of the day.... [more]

Liverpool 08 extends slight lead over New York
By Clipper event media,
As the winds across the (CClipper) fleet slowly but surely reduce in strength the 12-hour runs are starting to drop well below 100 nautical miles and the talk of the day is the heat on deck.... [more]

Onwards to Cape Horn for Barcelona fleet
By Barcelona World Race media,
Paprec-Virbac 2 didn't get to enjoy too much time in the relative comfort of the balmy latitude of New Zealand. No sooner had Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall left New Zealand in their wake than they were diving back down to the extreme southern latitudes, in search of the wind that will bring them to Cape Horn in first place. But it's cold, wet and hard slogging as they go.... [more]

Thomas Colville abandons Record attempt
By Event media,
Thomas Coville discovered last night shortly before 00:02 hrs, that the starboard float of Sodeb'O had lost its crash-box, perhaps following a collision with a growler. - I felt the boat slow. I immediately went up on deck and I saw a plume of water, which was 3 metres above the starboard float... [more]

Aussie retain 49ers World's lead
By Di Pearson,
Qualification races finished at the 49er worlds today and tomorrow the fleets will be divided into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets; the top 25 sailors going into the gold fleet to race of for the Championship title over the next three days.... [more]

49er Worlds: the view from Hong Kong (day 2)
By Richard Knight/Mike Halkes,
The second day of the 49er Worlds, and we were greeted by similar conditions to yesterday. The wind was northerly rather than north-east, but it was dropping off at a similar rate, from 20 knots at 0800 hrs to 15 knots by race time (1000 hrs).... [more]

Images from the 2008 49er Worlds
The 2008 49er Worlds are being sailing at Sorrento in Melbourne as part of Sail Melbourne. Here is a selection of images from event photographer Jeff Crow of Sport The Library... [more]

Hugo Boss back after successful pit stop
By Harry McGougan - Operations Manager,
Harry McGougan, Operations Director explains, the help and support they received in New Zealand was tremendous and ensured that they were able to leave the dock as soon as their 48 hour penalty expired.... [more]

Coville - 'Northerly ice shows Global Warming'
By Event media,
Thomas Coville, in north-drifting ice: 'At 48° 45 South and 10° 19 East, I am an eyewitness to this infamous global warming. As far as I can remember, I've never seen ice so far North during this season.'... [more]

America's Cup: Impact on the Valencian Economy
By Valencia Life,
Gerardo Camps, the Economy Conseller, yesterday gave a press conference during which he outlined the financial results of the America's Cup in a 27-page report from the Valencian Finance Institute. Overall, the impact of the Cup was ten times that of the previous time it was staged in New Zealand... [more]

Bundock and Ashby win opening Tornado races
By Di Pearson,
The Aussie pair beat Tino and Niko Mittlemeier (GER) and Andrey Kirilyuk/Valery Ushkov in Race 1, then in Race 2, it was Olympic medallist Mitch Booth and his crew Pim Nieuwenhuis (NED) second and the Mittlemeier brothers third.... [more]

Status symbols of China's ultra-rich
By Claudia Blume,,
For boat manufacturers, the yachting market of the future is China, where luxury sailing yachts and motorboats are becoming the ultimate accessory of the super-rich. New marinas are being developed, and the government is promoting sailing ahead of next year's Olympics... [more]

49er Worlds 2008. The view from Hong Kong
By Richard Knight/Mike Halkes,
[Ed: Richard Knight and Mike Halsey are trying to qualify in the 49er class for the Olympics, representing Hong Kong. The 2008 Worlds are the last qualifying regatta, and there are just five places left on the qualifying sheet. To make the cut probably requires a finish in the Gold Fleet, and there's everything to play for. Read on…]... [more]

Handicap Results for Pittwater to Pittwater Race
Here are the provisonal divisional results for the inaugural Pittwater to Pittwater Race. Steven David's Wild Joe, the former Wild Oats IX was the clear IRC handicap winner, ahead of Bill Ebsary's Beneteau First 44.7 Le Billett and Chris Lancasters Beneteau First 40.7 First Priority..... [more]

Francis Joyon -Seven Day Slash from Record?
By Nancy Knudsen,
With less than 6000 miles to go before he finishes his solo round the world journey, Francis Joyon has the potential to take an incredible seven days from Ellen MarArthur's record, set just under two years ago.... [more]

Pittwater to......Pittwater
By Andrea Francolini,
Sailing instructions: Leave Pittwater, go out to sea, chuck a U-turn and come back – well sort of…... [more]

New Commodore at Royal Langkawi YC
By K P Waran, NST Online,
Debonair, handsome, down to earth and likeable is how I would describe Tunku Yaakob Tunku Abdullah, but a sailor he is not, and he admits that stepping into the shoes of his father, Tunku Abdullah Tuanku Abdul Rahman, as Commodore of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC) is a daunting task... [more]

Victory for Singaporean pair at Aussie 29er Champs
Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng from Singapore won the 29er Australian Nationals held at Mordialloc Sailing Club, Australia. Byron White and William Ryan (AUS) were second and Alexandra Maloney and Blair Tuke (NZL) third... [more]

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