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14 Mar 2008

Major Events


Sail World Asia apologises for having been 'off the air' recently - some techie stuff to do with servers that I really don't understand.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the China Cup Beneteau fleet has grown from 10 to 30, another Clipper has been dismasted in the Pacific, McConaghys in China are starting to build Melges 20s and the Rolex China Sea 2008 is getting ready to roll.

To catch up, 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]

Boat Asia 2008 returns to Singapore
Tracy Goh,
Boat Asia 2008, Asia's premier leisure boat and luxury waterfront lifestyle event, will take place in Singapore from 24 April to 27 April 2008. To be held at the newly opened Marina at Keppel Bay, the event will showcase an impressive array of luxury motor yachts, sail boats, keel boats and catamarans. For more information visit or call 6820 2220.... [more]

Hyde Sails under new ownership
EADT 24,
Former Essex car dealership owner Nigel Grogan has acquired a majority stake in Hyde Sails, a sailmaking business formerly based in the county but now carrying out its manufacturing overseas. The business was formed in Essex in 1965 by Keith Musto - who left in 1980 to focus on the development of the Musto outdoor clothing business, based in Laindon - and Edward Hyde, who has continued to develop... [more]

AC in Limbo Casts Long Shadow on WMRT
Herb McCormick, Sailing World,
Last fall, during a swing through Southeast Asia, I found myself in Malaysia covering the Monsoon Cup, the season finale for the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (and the subject of a feature story in April's Sailing World). I'd never attended a tour event and the wild Monsoon Cup was not only otherworldly, it was incredibly entertaining.... [more]

Al Masaood Marine to manage UAE boatyards
IBI magazine,
Al Masaood Marine and Engineering, an Abu Dhabi-based marine workshop operator, has signed a deal with the Federal Ministry of Environment and Water to manage the government's 10 boat maintenance facilities on the UAE coast.... [more]

McConaghy Boats in China to build the Melges 20™
Andy Burdick,
'McConaghy shares our passion for providing products and services of superior quality at a fair price to our customers' said Harry Melges, CEO of Melges Performance Sailboats.... [more]

Gulf Boating Conference opens in Dubai
IBI Magazine/Bransom Bean,
The fourth Gulf Boating Conference opened yesterday at the Dubai International Marine Club in the UAE, in conjunction with the Dubai International Boat Show. Subjects on the programme include the Lusail Project, presented by keynote speaker Magdy Youssef of Qatari Diar, and Dubai's marina developments, discussed by Chris Ahern of Island Global Yachting. Dr Mohammed Hamdan is the conference's chair... [more]

Clipper Race Halted - Second boat dismasted
Clipper media /,
The Qingdao to Hawaii leg of the Clipper Race ahs been stopped after a second boat was dismasted. Durban 2010 and Beyond was dismasted 780 miles from the finish line in Honolulu, Hawaii. There are no injuries onboard.'s suffered a rig failure on Wednesday 5 March and has been continuing under a jury rig.... [more]

ValenciaSailing: Cammas training with BMW Oracle,
The Spanish website! have confirmed ealier news mentioned in Sail-World that the skipper of Groupama 3, Franck Cammas (FRA) and crew are training with BMW Oracle Racing:... [more]

Leisure Boating Business Set for a Boom in India
Armstrong Vaz,
For many Indians, owning a luxury yacht is one dream they cherish. Jeriton Dias, an Indian from western state of Goa is one of them. He is sailing on the Queen Mary 2. He has not bought a cruising holiday, but he is one of the 1,200 odd staff. For him the cruising holiday does not entice him and his family anymore. He is looking to own a yacht, both for leisure and business purposes... [more]

Companies sign up for Dubai Maritime City
IBI magazine,
Dubai Maritime City, a purpose-built maritime centre being built on a manmade peninsula in the UAE, has announced that over 1000 firms have pre-registered to be involved in the development.The project claims that its infrastructure and long-term sustainability are among its key draws.... [more]

Fedor Konyukhov plays Russian Roulette - Cape Horn
Robert Williams,
Day 46 of the inaugural Antarctica Cup: Position: 56,12.33S 67,13.11W Speed: 12 knots, Course: 89° Cape Horn certainly lived up to its reputation today as Russian adventure sailor Fedor Konyukhov swept through Drake's Passage, pushed by 50-65 knot westerly winds.... [more]

Team Russia reveals true colours
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The Russian entry has finally revealed its true colours with the unveiling of a new identity and a new look for the 2008-09 race.... [more]

Rolex China Sea Race 565nm Asian offshore classic
Susan Maffei Plowden & Betty Chan,
With the start of the Rolex China Sea Race just a week away, a competitive group of yachts is ready for the tactical challenges that this 565-nautical mile Asian offshore classic offers up every other year.... [more]

505 titles set for Hamilton Island Spencer,
World-class sailors from all over Australia will converge on Hamilton Island in a few weeks for the 2008 Australian 505 Championships from 29 March to 4 April.... [more]

Waiting for the wind - Cabo Verde PWA World Cup
© PWA / Brian McDowell,
Scouts were left in key positions, and several checks made throughout the day, but the forecast for small waves and light wind stayed true. The forecast shows positive signs for more wind and surf at the weekend when the final 8 competitors will slug it out for the event title.... [more]

No wind or surf - Cabo Verde PWA World Cup Day 4
© PWA / Brian McDowell,
Early checks around the island's breaks bore no fruit, and the organizers kept the final 8 competitors on-hold throughout the day. The forecast for tomorrow is marginal, but the chances of a big swell at the end of the week are good.... [more]

Mee and Wagstaff lead Fireball Pre-Worlds
Chris payne,
The Fireball fleet, in Thailand for their World Championships, limbered up with the first two races of a Pre-Worlds regatta. After much preparation and hard work finally the first day of racing came with the 70 boats taking to the water in a beautiful 12 knots, ideal conditions for the Fireball class. The racing was intense - 4 general recalls before the fleet started cleanly under a black flag... [more]

Butterworth comments on the Team NZ Lawsuit
On Sunday morning (NZT), Alinghi skipper, Brad Butterworth was interviewed by Peter Montgomery on Newstalk ZB. At the time, Butterworth was competing in the SORC aboard Numbers. Following is the full audio of the broadcast.... [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]

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