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07 Mar 2008

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Wow! The editorial cup overfloweth today! China Cup announce the purchase of 20 more Beneteau 40.7s, which (added to the 10 they have already) must surely make the OD fleet at the next China Cup the biggest one-design division in any regatta on this side of the world.

Then there's the official announcement of the Hong Kong - Qingdao race, organised by the RHKYC and the CYA, timed to arrive at Qingdao just in time for the Olympic Regatta.

AND then there's Team New Zealand throwing their hats into the legal ring, seeking compensation from Alinghi for not running an AC in 2009 as originally agreed...

Day by day news from the Dubai RC44 Cup - match racing followed by fleet racing, both to count for overall points, AND news of one of the Clippers, snapping her stick in the Pacific.

And more, of course. This is going to take two cups of coffee. Off you go, then read on...

China Cup buys 20 more Beneteau 40.7s
Event Media,
China Cup International Regatta, (CCIR) the world's newest and most ambitious sailing festival, today (Friday 7 March) announced the purchase of 20 new Beneteau First 40.7s for this year's October event.In a deal signed in Paris, France, CCIR said that the purchase signalled its intention to make future years' racing in Shenzhen, Southern China even bigger and better by attracting more experienced... [more]

SYC dinghy regatta in Vietnam
Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
We've been hearing about promised regattas in Vietnam for quite a while now. The Da Nang Regatta has tried to happen twice but not quite got off the ground, and the Saigon Yacht Club (which has a Commodore and a Committee, but no boats or premises and meets at Vasco's in HCM City) would definitely find it difficult running a regatta on the Saigon River!... [more]

Hong Kong to Qingdao Yacht Race 2008
Event Media RHKYC,
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) and the Chinese Yachting Association (CYA) are proud to unveil their plans for a major international yacht race of historical significance. To commemorate the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, the RHKYC and the CYA are organizing an offshore yacht race from Hong Kong via Xiamen to Qingdao, PRC - the site of the 2008 Olympic Sailing Event.... [more]

Mumbai International Boat Show doubles in size
IBI Magazine,
The second Mumbai International Boat Show closed this weekend having attracted almost double the number of exhibitors as last year and over 20,000 visitors, according to the British Marine Federation, which supported the show.... [more]

Kochi set to have India's first marina
Priyanka Joshi, Business Standard,
Ever wondered where Vijay Mallya, the proud owner of three luxury yachts, docks his boats? Not in India, for sure, as India does not yet have a marina for private yachts. But he may soon reconsider. The foundation stone for the country's first full-fledged marina, to house around 50 yachts, was laid at Bolgatty Island in Kochi on 01 March by Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan.... [more]

Team NZ sues to break out of Alinghi seige
Richard Gladwell,
This morning, New Zealand time, Emirates Team New Zealand announced they had engaged the top New York legal firm of Boies, Schiller and Flexner to pursue the America's Cup Defender in regard to the staging of the 33rd America's Cup. spoke with Emirates Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton earlier today, from New York.... [more]

Emirates Team NZ takes Alinghi into New York SC
Media Release,
Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), holders of the America's Cub sailing trophy from 1995-2003, today filed lawsuits in New York Supreme Court and United States District Court charging current Cup defender Alinghi, the Swiss team owned by Italian businessman Ernesto Bertarelli, with deliberately delaying the next America's Cup challenge to crush competition.... [more]

Team Hiroshi confirms lead, Dubai RC44 Cup day 4
Event Media,
With Armando Giulietti at the helm and Sébastien Col calling the shots, the Italian team took a decisive advantage over the rest of the fleet. With only two more races on the programme, it sits in an enviable position ahead of Patrick de Barros and Russell Coutts' Team ES Bankers Dubai.... [more]

Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano leads - Day 4 RC 44
Bernard Schopfer,
With Armando Giulietti at the helm and Sébastien Col calling the shots, the Italian team took a decisive advantage over the rest of the fleet. With only two more races on the program, it sits at an enviable position ahead of Patrick de Barros and Russell Coutts' Team ES Bankers Dubai.... [more]

Dubai RC44 Cup, new leader day 3
Event Media,
Fairly strong winds and big waves: the conditions could not have been better for the first day of the fleet racing event of the Dubai RC 44 Cup. Already a brilliant second of the match racing event, Armando Giulietti's Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano leads the fleet race after four races.... [more]

Team Ceeref wins Dubai RC 44 Cup match racing
Event Media, Dubai RC44 Cup,
Only half of the second round robin took place today Dubai (4 March 2008) due to the light winds. The Slovenian Team Ceeref wins for the second consecutive time in Dubai, ahead of Team Hiroshi – Citta de Milano (Sébastien Col) and Team ES Bankers Dubai (Russell Coutts).... [more]

Bacardi Cup - a special regatta
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Every single one of the 234 sailors registered in the regatta can tell you stories about how special the Bacardi Cup is to them, but to some it means “over 36 years of sailing in a wonderful event,” said Harry Walker who, at 87 years young, he broke his wrist just days before the regatta. “Not sailing hurts more than the broken wrist,” said Harry.... [more]

Fast conditions to Hawaii for Clipper fleet
Clipper event media,
Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper experienced a spectacular ‘wipeout' last night with a ‘Chinese gybe' under spinnaker which is usually caused by the helm over-correcting the boat's track down a huge wave. Thankfully the spinnaker was recovered with no damage to sail, boat or crew.... [more]

CYCA's Great Veterans Race eligibility extended
Peter Campbell,
The Great Veterans Race, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's annual tribute to those classic Sydney Hobart Yacht Race yachts that sailed south in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960 and 1970s, will be held on Sunday, 6 April... [more]

Icebergs may force closure of Racetrack lanes
Bob Williams,
Icebergs could force Antarctica Cup organisers to close two lanes of Racetrack course. 'I have now seen 10 icebergs during the past week. How many more have I missed? I am on constant alert and getting very little sleep'.. Fedor Konyukhov reports.... [more]

New Sail Speed record verified at 49.09 knots
Markus Schwendtner,
Antoine Albeau and Patrik Diethelm have broken the existing speed sailing records Wednesday in Saintes Maries de la Mer, France - After months of waiting for the big mistral winds, the speed canal at the shores of the mediterrean sea came to life again. Strong mistral winds with 45-50 knots hit the speed strip in a perfect angle, and new speed record was verified at 49.09 knots... [more]

Images from the dismasted
OnEdition Images,, one of the ten yachts competing in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race, has been dismasted during the race from Qingdao to Hawaii.... [more] dismasted in Pacific
Clipper event media,
Skipper Martin Silk said: “At 0600 GMT the starboard cap shroud [one of the wires supporting the mast] lower fitting sheared on our rigging and our mast folded at the mid point. Nobody was hit by the mast or rigging. We have now detached the rigging and cleared the lines and although darkness has stopped us from continuing to jury rig at this stage, we will continue at first light.”... [more]

Bernard Stamm wins IMOCA World Championship Title
Véronique Guillou (RivaCom),
Bernard Stamm (Switzerland), on his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' boat has won the IMOCA* 2007 world championship title at the end of a cliff-hanging sea... [more]

505 Australian Championships Form Guide
505 media,
With the 50th International 505 Australian Championships a few short weeks away, the state titles for the three major states are complete and the form guide is in.... [more]

Velux 5 Oceans wins Esa International Award
Tim Kelly,
The VELUX 5 OCEANS celebrated last night at the annual Hollis Sponsorship Awards in London as it won the prestigious ESA International Sponsorship Award.... [more]

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Trophy for Europe in 2009
The European 18 foot skiff class association has announced that the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Trophy will be held in Europe in 2009. The famous trophy is the effective World Championship of the 18ft Skiff class and normally sailed for in the home of the class - Sydney Harbour.... [more]

Can you Cant at Cowes or not?,
In what is looking more and more like the Event That Never Was, Stuart Quarrie, Chief Executive of Cowes Week, has issued another press release outlining the organisers view of canting keelers taking part in this years Cowes Week, if any had wanted too! - Quarrie had earlier deflated the claims of Chieften owner, Ger O'Rourke, that the canters were being unfairly treated... [more]

Geelong Wooden Boat Festival 8th, & 9th March
Bob Appleton,
The 2008 Whyte Just & Moore, Geelong Wooden Boat Festival this weekend 8th, & 9th March. Over 50 entries have been received promising to make this year's event bigger and better than ever before... [more]

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