Sail World Asia makes no apologies for any Australian influence in this newsletter. The simple fact is that shooting Skandia Geelong Week and the 470 Worlds in Melbourne is a lot more photographically productive than Hong Kong harbour. And there's not a lot of news reaching us from the Asia region, so here's some news (and pics) from Down Under. Enjoy.
470 Worlds - pictures By Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia, One of the great delights of a visit to Australia is the clean air. I know an Australian yachting photographer who teases me relentlessly about the images I shoot in Asia. 'Wow! That's impressive!' he says (occasionally) 'I didn't know you could shoot in sunshine'. Sad but true. Almost all the images I shot of the China Coast Cup in 1993 look better than the ones I shot in 2008... [more]
AC Greats to coach Warren Jones Regatta Youth By John Roberson, In a training seminar held this weekend, prior to the start of the Warren Jones Youth Regatta on Monday, legendary names like Peter Gilmour (AUS) and James Spithill (AUS) will coach the competitors both ashore and afloat.... [more]
Asher and Willis talk about second 470 Mens Worlds By Rob Kothe, Sail-World Australia, Recovering from a major collision mid regatta Britain's Nic Asher (23) and crew Elliott Willis (24) blasted to a win in the 470 Mens Medal race at the 2008 World Championship on Port Phillip Bay yesterday. It was their second World title.... [more]
6th Bowne Inter-Schools Sailing Festival By Event Media, Wet and chilly weather on 26/27 January did has not put off the enthusiasm of 75 young sailors competing in the 6th Bowne Inter-Schools Sailing Festival at Middle Island, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's dinghy sailing centre.... [more]
Size does matter. 10cm of headfoil and the AC. By Sebastien Destremau, Remember the surprising defeat of BMW Oracle in their match against China Team during the second qualifying round of the 32nd America Cup? This terrible faux pas put BMW Oracle on equal points with two other favourites: the Italian Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand. A loss to the latter for China Team virtually qualified the Kiwis for the Challengers' final... [more]
USA Maxwell and Kinsolving on their 470 Worlds Win By Rob Kothe, In the US Sailing Team trials last November, Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving missed out, they finished second behind Amanda Clark and Sarah Mergenthaler. After failing to win selection, most crews just fold their tents, but they said, ‘we are in pretty good shape, let's go to Australia and find out just how good we are. And they did.'... [more]
470 Gold for Asher and Willis By Sail-World.com/uk, Nic Asher and Elliot Willis (GBR) won the Medal race and took Gold at the 470 World Championships in Australia. Second place went to Álvaro Marinho and Miguel Nunes of Portugal, with Gideon Kliger and Udi Gal from Israel in third place... [more]
Maxwell and Kinsolving (USA) are 470 World Champs By Sail-world.com, Erin Maxwell and Isabella Kinsolving from the USA win the Women's 470 World Championship. Second were Giula Conti and Giovanna Micol of Italy and in third Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson of Australia... [more]
Baby Boomers et al - Learn Classic Boat Building By Nancy Knudsen, Do you love messing around building boats? Maybe you have an old classic boat you'd like to restore, but don't know where to start? Or maybe you're looking for a career change. Whatever your reason, why not consider visiting Newport Rhode Island, one of the most charismatic yachting ports of all time, and do a short or long course with the International Yacht Restoration School?... [more]
International Fireball Nationals 2007-8 Report By Chris Payne, This year the International Fireball Association of Australia's National Championship sponsored by Carlton Draught was sailed at Largs Bay, just outside of Adelaide in South Australia. Day one saw a light southerly come in over the race course to make for some light but pleasant sailing, Macfarlane/Payne went onto win from R.Inns/Coultas and P.Inns/Went. The second race saw the same three... [more]
Walk on the Wild Side - 60th Bunbury Race By John Roberson, Garth Curran's ageing Ingliss designed Walk on the Wild Side took line honours in the 60th Bunbury and return race, crossing the finishing line off Fremantle just after 5:00 am on Monday morning.... [more]
Ainslie takes fifth Finn Gold Cup By Bob Ross, Britain's freakishly talented single-handed Finn sailor Ben Ainslie with a second placing in the medal race of the Finn Gold Cup today won the class' world championship for the fifth time... [more]
Wilmot and Page announce Aust racing retirement By Clare Murray, Three time world 470 Men's champions Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page, today announced they have just one more race left in Australia before retiring. The Regatta leaders are Alvaro Marinho and Miguel Nunes of Portugal. The pair has been sailing together for the past 11 years but hasn't quite managed a podium finish as yet at a world titles.... [more]
More images from Skandia Geelong Week By Media Services, Andrea Francolini has been busy covering the Docklands Invitational and Skandia Geelong Week. Be sure to check out his website afrancolini.com for more great images of these two events.... [more]
ARC Yacht Rescues Fisherman after 20 days Adrift By World Cruising Club/Sail-World, In a grim reminder of how easily things can go wrong at sea, World ARC yacht Tillymint, an Oyster 82 taking part in World Cruising Club's round the world rally, has been involved in the dramatic rescue of a stranded Caribbean fisherman whilst on route to Panama. Three other fisherman were lost in their last tragic efforts to be saved after 20 days drifting at sea.... [more]
A fine day for Cruisers at Skandia Geelong Week By Traci Ayris, With their collection of colourful kites, the Cruising with Spinnaker fleet were graceful on the bay. A 3 to 5 knot Nor'easterly land breeze filled the ballooning spinnakers and, even in race mode, they appeared to literally cruise around the course.... [more]
Silly Season in the America's Cup - Keels 'n Barge By Richard Gladwell, After Christmas, the silly season seemed to strike the America's Cup. The antics started soon after Justice Herman Cahn's decision on 27 November, which declared that Club Nautico Espanol de Vela (CNEV) was not a legitimate challenger on a couple of grounds – both of which involved the interpretation of a couple of simple words.... [more]
One wave does it for Ainslie in Finn Gold Cup By Bob Ross, The remarkable British sailor Ben Ainslie, propelled by a gybe onto a wave in the last few seconds that sent him past New Zealander Dan Slater, snatched the point score lead in the Finn Gold Cup world championship on Port Phillip Bay today.... [more]
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