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18 Apr 2008

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Plenty of snippets of news from around Asia to wrap up the sailing week, with China taking honours in the Christofle "Who's Turn Is It This Year?" Awards.

China Cup International ramps up its fundraising efforts by appointing a sponsorship management company - so what happened to the USD16m they started with last year? Have they spent it all?

The World Match Racing Tour is about to start its 2008 season... last year we met Ian Williams and Torvar Mirsky at the Monsoon Cup - here they are again, ready for the off.

With Hong Kong's "second-earliest typhoon since WW2" and a No 1 Warning Signal up, grab another coffee and check out the sailing news on a Friday afternoon.

Asian Regattas Offer Hot Racing Competition
Trevor Joyce,
The Raja Muda, November 14 - 22 is a series of passage races from Port Klang, on the coast near Kuala Lumpur, to Langkawi via Pangkor and Penang followed by some racing around the buoys out of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. The regatta is endorsed by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and this is reflected in the quality of the entries from Hong Kong and Singapore.... [more]

Hanse goes to China!,
The Gold Coast Boat Show 2008 will take place 1-4 May in Hong Kong. For the first time a boat produced by Hanse Yachts, in Greifswald, will be on location in China - our trading partner Piercey Marine will be presenting the Hanse 370... [more]

Founding Editor appointed for MarineBusiness-World,
Tetra Media, the publishers of and, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gold Coast journalist Jeni Bone as the Editor of its newest publication [more]

China wins Asia's biggest boating awards
Qingdao was named Asia's Maritime Capital at the fourth edition of the Christofle Asia Boating Awards, held at Le Royal Meridien in Shanghai last night. This is the first time a Chinese city has been awarded such a sought-after accolade. It recognises the tremendous effort that has been put into turning that city into a sailing hub in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games.... [more]

High Modulus opens China office
High Modulus News,
High Modulus is pleased to announce the opening of its operation in Qingdao, China, well–placed to serve the company's growing number of Asian customers. Last month the company opened a Representative Office, which will focus on the sales and market development of customers in the region. High Modulus has also entered into a Joint Venture agreement with Sino Composites... [more]

Victory for Clipper Uniquely Singapore in Race 8
Event media,
Uniquely Singapore, steals line honours from Nova Scotia, crossing the finish line at 12:16 GMT Wednesday morning at the end of Race 8 from Hawaii to Santa Cruz in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race. In a nail biting finish in light airs the Singaporean team overtook Nova Scotia, the team representing the east coast province of Canada, crossing less than an hour later at 12:51 GMT... [more]

Sailhula signs sponsorship deal with CCIR
Event Media,
UK-based Sailhula has been signed up by China Cup International Regatta to become one of its global sponsorship agents. Sailhula will be handling sponsorship assets and strategies for the world's newest and most ambitious sailing event.... [more]

Sexagenarians take racing and cruising! seriously
Jody Ellem,
An eclectic bunch of guys south of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a living and breathing example of how yachting isn't a sport you need to be of any certain age to participate in and enjoy. The crew from L'attitude has been sailing together for over 30 years, and the average age is close to 70, putting them in an age category described as the Sexagenarian. From their home club of RMYC Port Hacking... [more]

Tomlinson appointed Volvo Ocean Race photographer
Lizzie Ward,
leading marine photographer Rick Tomlinson has been appointed as the official race photographer for the Volvo Ocean Race. Rick Tomlinson Photography was established in 1986 at the conclusion of the 1985-86 Whitbread Round the World Race. Rick had been a crewmember/boat builder aboard the Maxi Drum and had a keen interest in photography.... [more]

Chinese yachts at the Naval College Grand Prix
Kate Jennings translation,
The Naval College Grand Prix is fast approaching. In two weeks time, the start of 3 rounds of races off Brest, north-west Brittany. 600 racers are expected in the Naval College with this year's star guest a Chinese boat, the Longtze Premier.... [more]

Mascalzone Latino retains lead at Farr 40 Worlds
In the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, Mascalzone Latino is in first, with a three point lead, over Joe Fly in second. Two-time world champion Barking Mad (USA) climbed up from seventh place into third overall.... [more]

2008 Star World Championships – The Winners
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
First, second and third in the 2008 Star World Championship standings went to Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominick Zycki, Diego Negri and Luigi Viale, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, respectively. As long as you weren't blackflagged at the start of the final race of the 2008 Star World Championships, it almost didn't matter in what place you rounded the first weather mark.... [more]

Mirsky Racing Team revs up for World Match Tour
Kinley Fowler,
Torvar Mirsky's MRT has been training in the Victory Challenge base over the past week in preperation for the upcoming Brasil Sailing Cup, the first event of the World Match Racing Tour, where they are looking to impress the Tour organisers in order to secure their spot amongst the World's best for the 2008 season.... [more]

Williams fast starts bid for second world title
Jo Gawith,
As the start of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) fast approaches, reigning champion Ian Williams of Team Pindar has made a promising start to 2008, including another win at the Grade Three Ice Breaker Cup in Sweden on April 13. This year's series is shaping up to be one of the most competitive ever. Ian will face tough competition from a world class line up including America's Cup talent... [more]

Sanctuary Cove Show promises world class event
The 20th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has drawn 107 world and Australian marine product releases in an exciting lead up to the May event. The 2008 Show, from Thursday, May 22 to Sunday, May 25 has 439 confirmed exhibitors booked for on-water, pavilion and open-air displays.... [more]

New racing yacht from Hanse Yachts
Hanse Yachts,
Hanse Yachts is aiming to leave its mark on the international regatta scene once again. The design team of Judel, Vrolijk & Co have developed a gem of a competitive racing yacht based on the Hanse 430e for the GER 5969 regatta team, which will not have to take cover from other yachts of its size – the Hanse 430e Competition.... [more]

Bikini corals recover from atomic blast
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
Half a century after the last earth-shattering atomic blast shook the Pacific atoll of Bikini, the corals are flourishing again. These are the findings of a remarkable investigation by an international team of scientists from Australia, Germany, Italy, Hawaii and the Marshall Islands. The expedition examined the diversity and abundance of marine life in the atoll.... [more]

SB3 Worlds Sell-out - Entry limit reached
Katie Ashworth,
Many of the world's top sailors are among the 120 entries received for the SB3 World Championship where entry capacity for the event has been reached six months before the event date. The National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, has confirmed entrants from twelve countries – including New Zealand, Australia, USA, Dubai, France, Italy – as well as large entries from Ireland and the UK... [more]

Images of Speedboat
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The new Juan Kouyoumdjian, designed 100ft maxi, Speedboat, was launched in Auckland's Viaduct Basin on Monday. The product of Cookson Boatbuilders and Southern Spars, the supermaxi represents the latest in sailing technology and innovation.... [more]

Solo Sailor Wife Rescues - Solo Sailor Husband
Nancy Knudsen,
When two solo sailors cross paths during their separate circumnavigations, meet in New Zealand and then get married in the Solomons, it makes for a very special marriage, especially when they both continue to sail solo. So when, Tony Curphy's clipper Galennaia was in trouble in the Southern Ocean off the coast of New Zealand, he didn't radio a Mayday, he phoned his wife, Susanne Huber-Curphey!... [more]

South African boat builders on a roll
Chris van Gasse, Cape Correspondent,
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Longtze Premier at China International Boat Show,
The Longtze Premier team was at the 13th edition of the China International Boat Show, 10-13 April. A production series boat was on display and the Longtze Class Rule were officially unveiled... [more]

The Swinging Pedestal - Making life easy
Des Ryan,
When the boat is heeling past 30 degrees and you're steering by you toes or stretching uncomfortably, have you ever longed for a second steering wheel? But the boat's too small? Well, have we got a deal for you! Danish company Jefa have developed a swinging pedestal system, which seems too simple to be true – but isn't that so with all the best ideas?... [more]

Olin Stephens 100 years old - a few designs
Trevor Walkley,
April 13 marks the 100th birthday of American design doyen Olin Stephens. Olin retired from the design business in the 1980's, after designing over 2,000 boats, including eight America's Cup winners, in career lasting more than 50 years. To celebrate the work of this designer with few peers has put together a few pictures covering some of his major design successes... [more]

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