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14 Jan 2008

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Maybe someone is having second thoughts about all those marina projects in Phuket we hear about from time to time... here's not one, but two, news items about marina development delays.

Never mind: the weather was glorious for the Tomes Cup in Hong Kong last weekend, Francis Joyon just seems to get faster and faster, the Clippers are past Krakatao, Ben Ainslie is officially in the GBR Olympic Team (tough call, that one), and Ray Roberts won the Royal Langkawi.

There's more, so read on...

RHKYC Tomes Cup 2008: 'a nice day for a sail'
Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
It was one of those unreasonably good-looking days that Hong Kong occasionally manages to pull out of the bag. Blue skies, sunshine, and even breeze enough for some hugely enjoyable racing. The day before had been a complete clag-out of mist (or fog, but I can’t remember the precise definition of when one becomes the other) and the day after was back to January-standard grey and uninteresting.... [more]

Malaysian yachtsmen taking on the big boys
Loganoth Velloo, Malaysia Star,
The just-concluded 6th Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) produced good results for some of the Malaysian sailors in the racing class categories. Although the local sailors are more comfortable competing in the smaller dinghy, optimist and sports boat events, the ability to take on the big boys in the racing classes has begun to take root.... [more]

Chalong Bay Marina expansion to be scaled back
Phuket Gazette,
The second phase of the Chalong Bay Marina project is now being redrawn, following complaints from local fishermen to the National Human Rights Committee that its construction could harm the local environment and destroy their livelihoods.... [more]

Thai government weighs Phuket marina development
Phuket Gazette/IBI Magazine,
The Thai government's Human Rights Commissioner is leading an investigation into whether a marina should be built at Cape Yamu on Phuket, according to a story in the Phuket Gazette. Human Rights Commissioner Wasan Panich said the marina will be a 'test case' for future marina development on the island.... [more]

Asko Crash images from 18ft Skiff Aust Champs
Frank Quealey,
The conditions were tough as the fleet took on mounting seas in yesterday's Race 2 of the 18ft Skiff Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour. Images of Asko pitchpoling from Frank Quealey from the Australian 18 Footers League [more]

Day one of RS:X World Championships
Jodie Bakewell-White,
After a postponement due to light winds, racing started and two races were sailed in both the men’s and women’s fleets in a NNE breeze of around six to eight knots. With just two races to count the points table is tight at the top. There is a three way tie on the leader board for the men’s title after day one. Tom Ashley NZL, Shahar Zubari ISR & Ivan Pastor Lafuente ESP are all on four points.... [more]

Ever popular Fashion Show at London Boat Show
That essential and ever popular Boat Show feature, the Fashion Show, brightened the opening day at the 2008 London Boat Show. Useful for the skipper looking for something to kit his stalwart crew in . . . . . .... [more]

Yacht Sails 2500 miles alone - Skipper missing
H.G. Reza, Los Angeles Times/Sail-World,
A yacht recently discovered floating off the coast of Hawaii appeared to have travelled from the Californian coast to Hawaii on its own. The previous owner of the boat said that he had sold the boat to Darrin Bunker three months ago in Dana Point Harbour, and Bunker had told him he was heading for San Diego.... [more]

Another mast climb for Joyon on IDEC2
Event (translation),
Fancis Joyon has climbed the mast on IDEC for a third time. After resting and getting some instruction from his shore crew, Joyon went aloft again. A little ointment and some pain killers for his injured ankle and the bruises from the earlier climbs.... [more]

Quantum Racing wins Langkawi regatta
Capt Marty Rijkuris,
Ray Roberts on Quantum Racing narrowly won the event making it three in a row. Phoenix won the overall combined IRC class title, Navy 1 won the Sportsboat class, Moto Inzi the Firefly's, Xcatriot the Premier Multihull class and Sofa So Good The Club Cruising class.... [more]

America's Cup: Valencia docking concession ends
Valencia Life,
Following the end of the ACM concession on the America's Cup bases in Valencia Port in December 2007. The Valencia Mayoress, Rita Barbera, has been meeting with the local Economy Conseller to study the possibility of returning the dock to its normal function... [more]

China's Super-Rich Buying Yachts
Claudia Blume, China Confidential,
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. Claudia Blume reports from Hong Kong.... [more]

ONE°15 Marina Club - membership by invitation only
IBI Magazine/Mike Derrett,
Singapore's ONE°15 Marina Club has exceeded its membership targets in less than three months from the grand opening of the Club. Membership growth has outstripped expectations and both individual and corporate memberships have now reached a total of 3,850.... [more]

Krakatoa welcomes the Clipper fleet to Indonesia
Clipper event media,
Liverpool and New York continue their slow-mo battle for the lead after passing Nova Scotia. Watching the leading four boats is proving to be very exciting. With a new leader almost every schedule as they each try different tactics and are affected by the numerous rain clouds typical of the Monsoon trough... [more]

49er Worlds 2008 - the view from Hong Kong, day 6
Richard Knight/Mike Halkes,
as has been the pattern for most of the week the morning breeze started to ease and by the time racing was due to start it had dropped to 5 knots. With 30 seconds to go there was a 30-40 degree wind shift and Race Officer only let the race continue another 5 minutes before abandoning it.... [more]

Tom Schnackenberg on the nuances of barge design,
Sounds like a bit of a barge to me? 'Well if you use the same process to determine the waterline beam, then you go down at one point and you continue under water until you come up at another point and that’s 90ft away, so yes I suppose ‘barge’ would probably be the best single word to describe what we are talking about.'... [more]

Joyon now 12 days ahead of MacArthur record
Des Ryan,
After some slower sailing due to lower wind speeds, Francis Joyon on his giant trimaran IDEC, is now travelling north up the Atlantic Ocean, heading for home. All going well, he will reach the equator sometime tomorrow, making it in about 48 days.... [more]

Bundock and Ashby win Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta
Di Pearson,
Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby (AUS) today won both races to take out the Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta at Somers Yacht Club on the Mornington Peninsula. Tornado - 1 Bundock/Ashby AUS 25pts - 2 Kirilyuk/ Ushkov RUS 30pts - 3 Echavarri/Paz ESP 38pts... [more]

Last Chance . . . Thailand + Your Fireball = World
Event media,
You thought it was to late! well this is your final chance to grab a container spot for the 2008 Fireball Worlds Championships. Just two spots remain in the final UK container for this years Championship. Taking place in March at the fabulous Royal Veruna Yacht Club, Pattaya, Thailand. If you haven't a boat we also have a helm who is looking for a crew!... [more]

Phuket sails upmarket
Phuket's postcard-perfect beaches once welcomed masses of backpackers, but the island is rapidly turning into an upmarket holiday spot by becoming Asia's premier sailing destination.... [more]

Ainslie joins Team GB for Beijing Games
Double Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie will have the chance to defend his Olympic crown in Beijing, as the 30-year-old is one of nine sailors to have today been officially selected by the British Olympic Association to compete at the 2008 Games... [more]

Raimon Land to sponsor Thai Platu Champs
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]

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