Sail World Asia: Rolex China Sea Race, Fireball Worlds, sailing 'love-in' in China, more...

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24 Mar 2008

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2008 Olympics Qingdao


The Rolex China Sea Race is the premium news item in Asia at the moment, with Neil Pryde and Hi Fi's line honours win (well done, Neil!) almost overshadowed by Strewth's losing her keel, NOT falling over, and making it all the way 170 nm back to Hong Kong. All the IRC A fleet have finished, and most recent positions are available at

The Fireball Worlds have recently concluded at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, Thailand, and the America's Cup hasn't concluded anything at all - except that it 'game on' again. BMW Oracle are sticking to their guns and are going for a Deed of Gift match in October 2008, and Alinghi are accusing them of leap-frogging the entire Challenger series and attempting to hi-jack the Cup itself. Sound familiar? Has Bertarelli heard that old thing about pots and kettles? Are we sorry for him?

The President's Cup regatta, arguably the Philippines' no 1 sailing event, takes place in Subic Bay next week.

Hi Fi takes line honours Rolex China Sea Race
Susan Maffei Plowden,
Neil Pryde's Wellbourn 52 Hi Fi crossed the finish line just before noon local time with an elapsed time of 71 hrs 35mins 42 secs, to take the line honours win in Rolex China Sea Race. Hi Fi held off Fortis Mandrake, 20 miles behind, which had a shot at the overall corrected win. In the end, Mandrake finished at 1438hrs today, missing the win by a mere 13 minutes.... [more]

Strewth 'rolls home': Rolex China Sea Race 2008
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
A very wet and weary Strewth crew appeared out of the murk at Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, at 1500hrs today, accompanied by the faithful guard ship Cloud, the RHKYC's Kellett VI, and RIB M69. It was easy to tell which of the two yachts motoring up the harbour was Strewth – the one with the pronounced roll. Just 36 hours earlier she had lost her keel approx 170 nm south east of Hong Kong, en route... [more]

Team Singapore Leads IFDS World Championship
Jeff Ang,
Jovin Tan & Desiree Lim (SIN) have dominated day one of official racing in the International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) Two Person Keelboat 2008 World Championship at the SAF Yacht Club, Changi, today. The Singapore team used their local knowledge and light wind experience to post two clear wins.... [more]

The Chinese Boat Industry report 2008/09
Marine Dragon Consulting,
China International Boat Show 2008 presents: The Chinese Boat Industry report 2008/09. In conjunction with the China International Boat Show (CIBS) 2008, the organiser, CMP Sinoexpo Exhibition Co Ltd., and its consulting partner, Marine Dragon Consulting, present a comprehensive update of the Chinese market for the boat industry.... [more]

Tacticians roll the dice - Rolex China Sea race
Susan Maffei Plowden,
Several of the lead boats in IRC Racing Division headed towards shore in an effort to find some wind, which seems to be paying off for the likes of Hi Fi and Fortis Mandrake, due at the finish early tomorrow morning. Jon Wardill's Australian Maid is leading IRC B division and in In IRC Premier Cruising Moonblue II is leading.... [more]

Strewth - drama in Rolex China Sea Race
Event Media and Sail-World Asia,
TP52 Strewth reported via satellite phone to race officials that they had lost the keel and bulb. All crew onboard are safe. The boat remained upright and watertight, and the crew have moved all heavy equipment down as low as possible in the bilge, and have filled their tanks with sea water to add stability. They have also unshipped the boom and stowed it below.... [more]

Mee and Wagstaff Fireball World Champions
Event media,
Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff are the 2008 Fireball World Champions. The British pair won the title after another fantastic days sailing at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club at Pattaya in Thailand. The day started with Mee and Wagstaff having a four point lead over Nathan Stockley and Sam Muirhead of Australia and 12 points ahead of David Wade and Ben McCrane (GBR)... [more]

Ainslie clinches victory - Princess Sofia regatta
RYA media,
Ben Ainslie, who has clinched victory at the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma, Majorca, with a day to spare. The RS:X windsurfing fleets fulfilled their scheduled two races with Nick Dempsey firing in 2,1 to extend his lead heading into Good Friday's final showdown. Paul Goodison and Nick Thompson top the tables for Skandia Team GBR in the men's single-handed Laser event.... [more]

BMW ORACLE Racing Announces Core Sailing Team
BMW Oracle Racing site,
BMW ORACLE Racing today announced its core sailing team for the 33rd America's Cup. Joining skipper Russell Coutts in the accomplished afterguard are American John Kostecki and Australian James Spithill. Spithill will share helming duties with Coutts, and Kostecki has been named tactician.... [more]

Breezy start for Rolex CSR 08. Pics by Guy Nowell
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Cool pics from Asia's No 1 marine photographer, Guy Nowell. For a moment it looked as if there was going to be bright sunshine for the start of the 2008 Rolex China Sea Race, but Hong Kong quickly reverted to its usual livery of March Grey and dirty air – but did provide plenty of breeze to get the fleet off the start line and away east up the harbour towards the Lei Yue Mun gap.... [more]

Mid-ocean rudder repairs for Fedor Konyukhov
Bob Williams,
Fedor Konyukhov, on the first trailblazing circumnavigation around the Antarctica Cup Racetrack, has successfully repaired the damaged rudder on his Open 85 yacht Trading Network Alye Parusa. After 10 hours of repair work yesterday, Fedor finally reported some good news.... [more]

Mee and Wagstaff lead Fireball Worlds - day 4
With one more day of racing to go at the Fireball Worlds, the top three are clear ahead and only 4 points separate the top 2. Mee/Wagstaff are still in the prime position and one more solid race should could seal it... [more]

K-Challenge enters America's Cup fray
K-Challenge Media,
Court decision makes it possible for K-Challenge to come up as a French challenger for the 34th America's Cup... [more]

Good weather report for Rolex China Sea Race start
Susan Maffei Plowden - KPMS,
Race officials updated the fleet on the latest weather forecast for the 565-nautical mile Rolex China Sea race. A monsoon crossing the area will produce an east-northeasterly breeze at race start of Force 5 (17-21 knots), and possibly higher. This bodes well for a harbour start just off the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong.... [more]

Day 3 2008 Fireball Int'l World Championship
Chris Payne,
The first race of the day started under a black flag on the second attempt with four boats being disqualified for being over the line. The second race was again a little windier getting up to 15 knots at times, and a lot more from the left hand side, which put the gybe mark close to shore for the spectators to watch the excitement.... [more]

Beijing 2008 Harmony Olympics and Love Journey
Enrico Zanella,
This is a rally, not a regatta or race. Event organisers are looking for interest for this event in Hong Kong and Macau. 'We are looking for sailing boat owners who want to join this important and unique event', says Enrico Zanella, President of the Sailing Boat Administration for 'Harmony Olympics and Love Journey'... [more]

Xu leads, Van Acker within striking distance
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Lijia Xu of China continues to lead the Women's Laser Radial World Championships, being sailed off Takapuna, New Zealand, going into the final day of the regatta tomorrow. Xu is four points clear of Evi Van Acker of Belgium in second with Sarah Steyaert holding on to third place a further nine points behind Van Acker.... [more]

'Let's settle this on the water,' says Alinghi
Alinghi Media,
'Let's settle this on the water,' says Alinghi boss Ernesto Bertarelli, in response to New York Supreme Court Justice Herman Cahn's order today designating Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) as America's Cup Challenger of Record replacing Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV)... [more]

Cahn rules in favour of BMW Oracle Racing
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Sail-World is receiving reports that have been confirmed that Justice Herman Cahn has ruled in favour of BMW Oracle Racing, by denying the motions bought by Societe Nautique de Geneve.... [more]

Gulf Craft claims record sales in Dubai
IBI magazine,
Gulf Craft Inc. said in a statement that it achieved record sales at last week's Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS). In just two days, more than 100 Silver Craft boats were sold...... [more]

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