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04 Mar 2008

Major Events


It seems that there's plenty of sailing action in Asia this week, from the RC44s racing in Dubai all the way across to the Clippers departing China on their trans-Pacific leg to Hawaii. And of course there is news from the rest of the world. Get another cup of coffee... read on...

Platu Open 2008 About to Kick Off in Thailand
Kipsan Beck,
The 2 day regatta held off Ocean Marina in Jomtien will feature short course racing and sunshine with moderate shifting breeze to challenge competitors. As the first regatta of the 'Raimon Land One Design Platu Championship Series 2008”, competitors will race in 5 major regattas including The Coronation Cup in May and an event finale in October, to find Asia's best Platu sailing team.... [more]

Blue-water Rolex China Sea Race starts 20 March
Susan Maffei Plowden,
The Rolex China Sea Race is a biennial, 565-nautical mile race, organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club with Manila Yacht Club and run under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), is considered to be the ultimate Asian blue-water offshore sailing event. The 24th China Sea Race will finish in Subic Bay, northwest of Manila, the Philippines.... [more]

From the Shetlands to Thailand
Shetland Times,
John Manson and Ivan Fraser are heading off today from Lerwick, Shetland Islands, to Thailand for the Fireball Worlds. The Fireball dinghy class, which held its European Championships in Lerwick in 2003, is holding the 2008 World Championships in Pattaya 9-12 March.... [more]

The Luzviminda Philippine Hobie Challenge 2008
Event Media,
The 9th Philippine Hobie Challenge really lived up to its billing as a Challenge, not only for competitors, but for the event organizers as well. The event was dominated by a low pressure area which provided 20 to 25 knot winds gusting to 35 knots and 18ft seas at the beginning of the event and intermittent squalls and dead calm conditions towards the end.... [more]

Team Sea Dubai leads after Day 1 Dubai RC 44 Cup
Bernard Schopfer,
Day 1 Dubai RC 44 Cup. After a complete round robin, the new team from the UAE, with Marcus Wieser at the helm, shares the lead with Team ES Bankers Dubai (Russell Coutts), Team Ceeref (James Spithill) and Hiroshi – Città di Milano (SébastienCol). He is however the day's winner thanks to the matches against his direct opponents.... [more]

Matt Allen wins Maktoum Trophy
Event Media,
Ichi Ban, Westin Mina Seyahi and Rush Knot emerged at the top of the pile in Division 1, 2 and 3 respectively at the end of the 2008 Emirates Maktoum Sailing Trophy that concluded yesterday off the Mina Seyahi waters at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC).... [more] makes radical move north
Clipper event media,
The Clipper fleet continues the race east across the mighty Pacific Ocean towards the finish line off Honolulu in Hawaii. One team that cannot see any of their competitors is They have made a massive move north over the last 24 hours which should see them get better winds but the question is, will it be worth the extra miles? Only time will tell.... [more]

Hydroptere is getting ready for Speed,
Alain Thébault and l'Hydroptère team now have set their sights on the highest step of the podium, the ultimate prize, becoming the fastest speed vessel on the planet.... [more]

AIMEX Attends China International boat Show
Kate Duryea,
A group of Australian marine exporters is attending the China International Boat Show 2008 in Shanghai next month. Led by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX), the Australian manufacturers and marine service providers view the 13th China International Boat Show as an important marketing opportunity. The event is held at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre April 10 to 13, 2008.... [more]

Weather brings new challenges for Clipper fleet
Clipper Event media,
Today is no exception as the leading eight boats have sailed into the southern edge of a small, locally-generated secondary high pressure cell which has given them light headwinds overnight, slowed them down considerably and caused all eight to lose miles to the south.... [more]

Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta winners announced
Di Pearson,
267 crews contesting the annual Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta faced a more relaxed day as conditions were more user friendly and tonight the winners of each division were decided. The IRC Divisions sailed on the slightly more difficult offshore course off South Head.... [more]

Audi Race Week at Hamilton Island -Accommodation
Kristie Kaighin,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week accommodation available. Privately owned apartments, villas and houses still available for Race Week. All the best properties are the first to go so it is best to book well in advance. Some of the most popular properties have already been booked but still some good options left. View full range of options on Book on line or call 13... [more]

Images from Day 1 Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta,
Andrea Francolini's images from Day 1 of the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta.... [more]

Carbon Challenge aims for Volvo start line
Volvo Ocean Race media,
A syndicate with environmental issues at the heart of their campaign has emerged as a potential eighth entry. Known as Carbon Challenge, the objective of the campaign is to raise awareness of the harmful effects of global warming as the team travels the globe by significantly reducing their carbon footprint.... [more]

Bundock and Ashby win 2008 Tornado World Champions,
Building winds with gusts approaching 40 knots and driving rain on the Hauraki Gulf today. When the abandonment signal sounded at Takapuna Boating Club this afternoon, Australian's Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby became the 2008 Tornado World Champions.... [more]

Gitana 13 smashes record for Route de l'Or
Gitana Team (amended by ISAF),
After over 43 days and 38 minutes at sea, including a forced five and a half day stand-by at Cape Horn, Lionel Lemonchois (FRA) and his nine crew improved on the reference time held since 1998 by Yves Parlier and his men by 14 days, 2 hours and 43 minutes, subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC).... [more]

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