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27 Feb 2008

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Seems that nobody received a newsletter on Monday - it must have slipped through the cracks in the Taiwan internet. Sail World Asia was at the launch party for Horizon Yachts' new 132-ft power cruiser. Well, more of a small ship, actually. We know this isn't much to do with sailing, but anyone interested will find a report on our sister publication,, shortly.

Meanwhile, Singapore has scooped the inaugural Youth Olympics in 2010 against stiff opposition from Moscow at the last fence. Comgratulations, Singapore! That has to be great for Singapore sports' visibility, and will be good for the rest of the Asia region, too. Come on, boys and girls, get your sailing shoes on and let's go to te Olympics!

Groupama 3 is safely in Dunedin, NZ, and the right way up - albeit in more bits than when she left France. The Tornado Worlds in Takapuna was 'blessed' with some pretty nasty weather for starters, but is now on track - fast (well, what do you expect from Tornados?) and the Clippers have set off on the longest leg of their RTW race, Qingdao to Hawaii.

And for any aspiring match racers out there, World Match Racing Tour has announced a Qualifying Series - so if you fancy a stab at the Monsoon Cup (formerly the richest prize in sailing) or the newly-announced Korean match racing event, the richest event in sailing - then get Qualified.

Read on...

Singapore To Host 2010 Youth Olympic Games
IOC (ed Sail World Asia),
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have announced that Singapore will host the first Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010. The result was unveiled by the IOC President, Jacques ROGGE, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Singapore beat Moscow in the final by 53 votes to 44.... [more]

WMRT launches Tour Qualifier Series
World Match Racing Tour media,
The ISAF World Match Racing Tour is pleased to announce its new ‘Tour Qualifier Series', a group of nineteen events which will act as official qualifier regattas to the ten stages of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour.... [more]

Durban 2010 and Beyond leads Clipper fleet
Clipper event media,
Only 24 hours ago the Clipper fleet were struggling to make headway against the current with little wind and snow falling on the decks. Since then, the predicted northerly wind has increased and the fleet is tearing down the Yellow Sea covering nearly 250 nautical miles per day. Overall race leaders, Durban 2010 and Beyond, have been pushing hard.... [more]

ABN AMRO North Sea Regatta 08 attracts OD classes
Event Media Release,
The ABN AMRO North Sea Regatta 2008 (Netherlands) attracts more and more one design classes. In the last couple of months, interested class organisations received an invitation for participation. As a result so far, the Olympic Star and former Olympic Dragon were added to the sailing program... [more]

2008 Tornado Worlds Results after Race 4
Janet Watkins, TBC,
Here are the full results set for the third race, fourth race and overall in the Tornado World Championships being sailed at Takapuna, Auckland.... [more]

Clipper fleet start China to Hawaii leg
Event media,
The ten-strong international fleet crossed the start line in approximately ten knots of breeze from the south west, flying their Yankee One headsails at the start of the 4,400-mile race across the Pacific from China to Hawaii. Hull & Humber managed to sneak across the line first followed by Liverpool 08, the only boat that approached the line on a port tack... [more]

SB3's at the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
Tom Rosoman,
SB3's are already beginning to arrive in Sydney for the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta on 1st and 2nd March. Teams are trying to keep their training secret as the racing at the inaugural SB3 national championships held during Skandia Geelong Week was so close. Sailors are now focusing on trying to get the upper hand as the fleet in Geelong was often only separated by seconds at the finish.... [more]

Bad weather hits Opening of Tornado Worlds
Inclement conditions at Takapuna beach, New Zealand, forced the Opening ceremony for the 2008 Tornado World Championships indoors, yesterday evening. Over 100 sailors from 22 countries are attending the World Championship which begins with a Practice Race, today Sunday, however strong winds may call that too, into question.... [more]

Images of Groupama 3: Return to Dunedin
Martin Balch,
Martin Balch took these images of Groupama 3 as she returned to Dunedin this afternoon... [more]

Groupama 3 alongside in Dunedin
Martin Balch and Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The 32 metre French multihull, Groupama 3, is alongside a wharf in Dunedin harbour. She was towed into harbour by a Port tug, after having taken 23 hours to reach the safety of harbour after her capsize 80nm off the coast of Dunedin on Monday. All major components have been recovered except for a small part of her mast and part of the port hull which had sheared off on Monday afternoon.... [more]

Skiff images from Race 5 - Giltinan International,
Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Robert Bell on Gotta Love It 7, currently lead this year's SLAM-Winning Appliances J.J.Giltinan International Championship. Asko Appliances (Hugh Stodart) is in second place with defending champion Fiat (Michael Coxon) in third.... [more]

Groupama 3 - so near but so far
Richard Gladwell,,
The 32metre trans-oceanic multihull remains outside Otago harbour tonight, apparently not allowed to enter by port authorities. Sources in Dunedin told Sail-World that Groupama 3 had arrived outside the harbour at around 1630hrs today, Friday, but was prohibited from entering due to container ship movements. The giant multihull was still inverted, and prepartions have been made by her salvag... [more]

Tim Jeffrey: Rocket Rod Davis
Tim Jeffrey,
Meet Rod Davis, the man with most unenviable job in Olympic sailing at the moment. New Zealand has qualified for Beijing 2008 in the Yngling class and Sharron Ferris' crew is the designated team. It now falls to Davis to tell Ferris whether she will be going to China or not. Ferris finished 9th at the recent Yngling Worlds, comfortably beating the last four nations (Norway, France, Greece an... [more]

Sydney sets sail for spectacular regatta
Susan Boyd,
The Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta will feature around 250 glamorous yachts racing in 20 divisions. The regatta hits the harbour on the weekend of March 1 and 2.... [more]

Groupama 3 reported recovered and back in NZ today
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
News sources in New Zealand are reporting that the giant French multihull, Groupama 3, as being recovered and is under tow back to New Zealand. The reports say that she is due to arrive sometime this morning, under tow from the Clan MacLeod. Groupama 3 capsized 80nm off the coast of Dunedin early Monday afternoon, NZT.... [more]

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