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17 Jan 2008

Major Events


The Clippers have finished another leg, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has been votes Raymarine YJA Yachtsman of the year for the third time, and the 2008 edition of the Singapore Straits Regatta is under way.

Two marina devlopments in Phuket are now on hold, and Francis Joyon is hanging on to a massive lead in his bid to wrest the RTW Single-Handed record away from Ellen MacArthur - as long as he can persuade his mast to stay up for the last few hundred miles.

There's a modicum of new America's Cup news for those who are still interested, and for those who like chilly sailing - how about the Antarctic Cup.

It's all here, so read on...

RHKYC Tomes Cup 2008: 'a nice day for a sail'
By 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]

Singapore Straits Regatta 2008 – day 1
By, ed Sail World Asia,
Five to seven knots from the south west saw the yachts away on two windward / leeward races for day one of the regatta. The SW direction is not predicted this time of the year, but stayed long enough for both races to be completed. Several ships are anchored nearby for refueling, and a few movements took them directly across the course... [more]

Ever popular Fashion Show at London Boat Show
By onEdition,
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]

Malaysian yachtsmen taking on the big boys
By 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]

Thai government weighs Phuket marina development
By 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]

Chalong Bay Marina expansion to be scaled back
By 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]

Asko Crash images from 18ft Skiff Aust Champs
By 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]

The Battle for Olympic Qualification
By Jodie Bakewell-White,
Australia, Korea , Russia and Thailand are now assured of a place in the men's RS:X for the 2008 Olympic Games.... [more]

Today: Day 4, RS:X World Championships, Takapuna
By Sail-World,
On this the fourth day of racing at the 2008 RS:X World Championships, the first races are scheduled to get underway off Takapuna at 1200. The Men will start first, this time, and the Women are scheduled to start after 1400hrs... [more]

Jamaica and Qingdao head towards finish
By Clipper event media,
The final two of the ten internationally-backed yachts are still racing and are making good progress towards the finish line, 20 miles off the coast of Singapore. Jamaica and Qingdao both took a more westerly course than the rest of the fleet and fell behind, ground they were unable to make up.... [more]

Britain's Blondes in a Boat fly to Miami
By Neil Watson / The Daily Mail,
Britain's Blondes in a Boat fly to Miami next Monday to defend their world title, Sarah Ayton's hand will be on the tiller in Florida and in Chinese waters at the Olympics. Ayton calculates the year's costs amount to £360,000. The total bill is close to £700,000... [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]

Sail Melbourne's Asia Pacific Regatta heats up
By Di Pearson,
The Tornados were the first cab of the rank at Sail Melbourne's Asia Pacific Regatta today, starting just after midday. Bundock and Ashby hold top spot. Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving (USA) lead the 470 Women's, Page and Wilmot the 470 Men's, Ben Ainslie the Finn, Tom Slingsby the Lasers and Sarah Blanck the Lasers Radials.... [more]

Golding to receive CCA award
By Dana Paxton,
Mike Golding was selected by the Cruising Club of America to receive its 2007 Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship for his heroic rescue of Alex Thomson in the Southern Ocean during the 2006 Velux 5 Oceans Race. This is a perpetual trophy to recognize 'an act of seamanship which significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht or one or more individuals at sea.'... [more]

The latest thinking in small sailboats - The Bug
By Tom Rosoman,
At this year's London Boat Show and then at Chicago's Strictly Sail Show, LaserPerformance will be introducing the latest thinking in small sailboats – The Bug.... [more]

A little respite for Francis Joyon on IDEC
By Event media,
By veering more easterly, the trade wind blowing to the south of the Azores eased off significantly and became much steadier, making it easier for the red multihull to make her way north. Although with a touch of tiredness, Francis Joyon's voice also expressed a little relief.... [more]

Knox-Johnston Raymarine YJA Yachtsman of the Year
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston won the prestigious title of Raymarine/YJA Yachtsman of the Year – making it a double for the boys, following Laurence Greenough taking the title of Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year... [more]

Entries strong for Purvarna Phang Nga Bay Regatta
By Duncan Worthington,
The 11th Phang Nga Bay Regatta sees strong entries and sponsorship as the hotel and property development company, Puravarna, continues their title sponsorship of the regatta for the second year.... [more]

America's Cup challenge validity examined
By Alinghi media,
Today Justice Cahn decided against issuing a settlement order until after he has examined the arguments raised by Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) with regard to the validity of the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) challenge. He scheduled a further hearing for the 23rd January.... [more]

Antarctica Cup Ocean Race starts Jan 26 2008
By Bob Williams,
Russian adventure sailor Fedor Konyukhov will set out on his solo record attempt around Antarctica on January 26 – Australia Day.... [more]

Clipper New York beats Liverpool to Singapore
By Martin Silnevs,
Beating off fierce competition from the Merseyside entry, New York maintained their narrow lead over Liverpool 08 to cross the finish line off Singapore at 2112 local time (1412 GMT). Liverpool 08 finished four hours and ten minutes later at 1822 GMT (0122 Tuesday 15 January local time).... [more]

Hugo Boss gains on Paprec-Virbac 2's lead
By Barcelona World Race media,
At the front of the fleet, race leader Paprec-Virbac 2 has dropped 66 miles to Hugo Boss over the past 24 hours and is now just under 800 miles ahead. Temenos II has made good 358 miles over the last 24 hours, to add to their narrow lead over Mutua Madrileña.... [more]

Local Pub SOS before Abandoning Yacht
By Nancy Knudsen,
Yet another yacht is afloat in the Atlantic after a British yachtsman was rescued, curiously, by calling his local pub to raise the alarm. It raises again the question of whether one should scuttle a yacht when abandoning it, so that it doesn't become a potential hazard for other vessels.... [more]

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