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07 Feb 2008

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Sail World Asia is now back in Hong Kong, and rather wishing he was in Australia - where the air is a great deal cleaner and the temperature a good deal higher!

Or maybe in Thailand at the Phang Nga Bay Regatta? Read on...

'The Mast Has Gone!'- Story from South China Sea
By Victor Mallett,,
It was the moment every sailor dreads. Paul Bayfield, an experienced crew member aboard Purple X, a 49ft Oyster yacht on passage from the Philippines to Hong Kong, had just settled into his berth after a spell on watch when there was a horrible noise above followed by a sharp change in the boat's motion... [more]

The ‘Fun in the Sun' regatta
By (ed Sail World Asia),
Thailand's rapidly growing sailing season gets underway in spectacular fashion this week, when a fleet of 50 boats set sail on the annual Phang Nga Bay Regatta in picturesque southern Thailand. This regatta, now in its 11th year, is even more famous for its parties than it is for its sailing and this year promises to be no different.... [more]

Coutts on the new RC 44 Championship Tour
By PR,
The RC 44 Class has announced its regatta programme for 2008. The RC 44 Championship Tour 2008 will comprise six regattas in three different countries and this year the class will have DHL as Official Logistics Partner... [more]

Arriving US Yachties Fined $19,000 by Australians
By Thornton Reese, Sailing,
An Australian court has upheld the conviction and large fine levied against a yachtsman who was convicted by a customs magistrate of failing to announce the intended arrival of his vessel and crew into Australia. The magistrate assessed a fine of $4,000 and $15,000 in court costs. The yachtsman appealed the lower court's conviction, but last week a District Court dismissed the appeal and upheld th... [more]

Olympic sailing lottery fears dismissed
By Ollie Williams and the BBC,
Jerome Pels, secretary general of the International Sailing Federation, told BBC Sport the Qingdao venue had performed well in test events. Pels said conditions were not ideal but he insisted 'fair' racing was possible.... [more]

BlackMatch hold lead after Day 2 of Warren Jones
By Adam Minoprio,
The second day of racing saw the completion of the first round robin and some extremely tight racing. We came out in second place after some very close losses to fellow kiwi Laurie Jury and local team Torvar Mirsky, finishing the round with a record of 9 wins and 2 losses.... [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]

Medal Races Determine Champions at Rolex Miami OCR
By Event media,
After the short 30-minute Medal Race in each of four Olympic classes (Laser, Laser Radial, Star and Yngling), US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR officially concluded. After the final Medal Races, Paige Railey (USA) won Radial Gold and Maciej Grabowski (POL) the Laser. Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau (FRA) won the Star class and Mandy Mulder, Mary Faber and Merel Witteveen (NED) took the Yngling Gold... [more]

Steep learning curve for Yngling sailors
By Sail-World,
Australia's new Yngling combination is doing it tough at Miami OCR. Krystal Weir last week received the phone call every athlete dreams of when she was selected for her Olympic debut in Beijing. She replaces experienced sailor Nicky Bethwaite who has been ruled out through injury after breaking both arms in a cycling accident last September. Weir joins Karyn Gojnich and Angela Farrell... [more]

A parking problem looming—on India's seafront
By Anik Basu, Livemint New Delhi,
Rising sales of luxury boats could spell big business across India. In yet another sign of the rich getting richer, an increasing number of people are buying pleasure boats, and according to a yachting association official, have spent Rs400 crore (US$100 million) since Mumbai hosted India's first international boat exhibition last year... [more]

Relive Sydney Hobart Race at post-race function
By Lisa Ratcliff,
Crews from the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and interested followers will have the opportunity to re-live the highlights of last year's historic race when the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia hosts a post-race dinner on Friday 15 February 2008.... [more]

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