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15 May 2008

Major Events

2008 Olympics Qingdao

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race


We try to be up-to-date at Sail-World Asia, but sometimes a blast from the past is just what's needed. While Sean Langman is tearing around in Wot Rocket, and RIBs are collecting 2,000 hp powerpacks, slow down for the artwork we found recently in a 1979 issue of Seahorse - before anyone had coined the term 'pc'.

The Artemis Transat is under way, led by Gitana 80 (and Gitana 13 is on her way to Hong Kong via Taipei) and they are still arguing about the date for the next AC. So what's new?

All this, and more. Read on...

Advertising just ain't what it used to be
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
A friend was ‘surfing' through some back numbers of Seahorse the other day – the Jan/Feb 1979 issue No 50 (price: 50p) to be precise. Seahorse we have always taken to a very right and proper and serious magazine, and the decorum and taste of the RORC is of course beyond doubt.... [more]

2,000 hp RIB
Sail-World Asia,
Is this the ultimate photo boat? Probably not, but it will certainly be able to overhaul any racing yachts that we know of!... [more]

RHKYC Spring Regatta to close 2007-08 season
RHKYC Event Media,
The Spring Regatta, the closing regatta of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's 2007-2008 sailing season, will take place this weekend in Victoria Harbour, a prime venue for yacht racing in Hong Kong since the first harbour regatta was held in 1849.... [more]

Halkes and Knight at RHKYC
HK49er Team,
Mike Halkes and Richard Knight will be will be presenting two talks about their recent Olympic selection campaign, in order to share the experiences gained. The talks will be held at RHKYC's main Kellett Island clubhouse - the Youth Talk (aimed at under-16s) will start at 4.30pm and the Adult Talk at 6.30pm on Saturday 17 May... [more]

Gitana Eighty leads Artemis Transat
OC Events,
Gitana Eighty leads the IMOCA fleet and Telecom Italia maintains its lead over the Class40 fleet in the The Artemis Transat. The leading pack is still amazingly tight in terms of distance to the finish, after more than 800 miles spent at sea. The 11 Class40 yachts in The Artemis Transat have made a general trend to the south, mirroring the IMOCA Open 60's, 260 miles further west into the North Atl... [more]

Heading for 50 knots Wot Rocket pictures
Sean Langman, Martin Thompson and the Wot Rocket team are preparing the half sail boat, half sail plane for their first sea trials. Their aim is the 50 knots 500 metre speed barrier.... [more]

PIMEX 2008: Phuket's boating showcase
Jeni Bone,
The Phuket International Marine Expo is taking exhibitor bookings for this year's event, predicting increased numbers.... [more]

Breezy start to IFDS Qingdao International Regatta
The IFDS Qingdao International Regatta is being held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre. France, Great Britain and Norway lead the overall standings after the breeze picked up on the second day of racing at the IFDS Qingdao International Regatta.... [more]

BT breaks away - Sébastien Josse takes 30 nm lead
Event media,
Sébastien Josse was convinced he had made the good choice in the South, and the first position update indicates he was right - taking over the lead of the Artemis Transat from Loick Peyron's Gitana Eighty just 30 minutes after the last position update. BT now leads Gitana Eighty by 32nm with PRB in third. In the Class 40 fleet, Telecom Italia has a 17nm lead from Brluga Racer... [more]

Tough sailing for Artemis Transat IMOCA fleet
OC Events,
Tough night for the IMOCA fleet in The Artemis Transat, caught under spinnaker by gusts up to 30 knots. High speeds but also high risks - aboard Safran, Marc Guillemot crash gybed and might be suffering from a broken rib. For Sam Davies (Roxy), making the right move at the right moment was quite obvious...... [more]

America's Cup E-Mailbag
Various correspondents,
Another letter as the life is slowly choked out of the 2009 America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to [more]

SNG appeals America's Cup date conflict
Alinghi Media,
Justice Cahn of the New York Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the required 10-month preparation period stipulated by the Deed of Gift for the America's Cup holder to ready its defence for the Match begins from the service of the order he issued dated 12 May 2008. SNG is obliged to seek further clarity from the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court.... [more]

Latest America's Cup ruling a drafting error?
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Sources close to the America's Cup told Sail-World today that they believed that the prescription of a 12 March 2009 date might have been a drafting error by a New York Supreme Court clerk, who was unaware of the 'no sail' period in the Deed of Gift.... [more]

Simon Minoprio wins inaugural Detroit Cup
Skipper Simon Minoprio of New Zealand and crew won the inaugural 'Detroit Cup'. A second place standing was earned by Brian Angel of Manhattan Beach, California with his team winning 7 points in the final series among the top four teams for a trophy. Taking the third spot is team Andrew Arbuzov of Russia.... [more]

PUMA Ocean Racing's new racing boat christened
Robert Penner,
PUMA Ocean Racing had its new racing boat christened 'il mostro'. The evening included the ceremonial breaking of a bottle of champagne across the Volvo Open 70's bow by Hayek, the boat's ‘godmother' and short speeches by Chairman and CEO of PUMA, Jochen Zeitz, Chief Marketing Officer Antonio Bertone and PUMA Ocean Racing Skipper Ken Read.... [more]

The World Yacht Racing Forum Gets The Thumbs Up
Event media,
The launch in January this year of the World Yacht Racing Forum has received an extraordinarily positive reaction from almost every sector of the Yacht Racing industry world-wide.... [more]

Discover more about Magnetic Island Race Week
Rob Kothe,
The second annual Sunferrries Magnetic Island Race Week at beautiful Magnetic Island off Townsville in tropical North Queensland will be sailed from Friday 5th to Tuesday 9th September 2008, under the auspices of the Townsville Cruising Yacht Club.... [more]

Quantum Racing wins Audi MedCup practice race
Audi MedCup media,
Fifteen starters sail the Audi MedCup Circuit practice race off Alicante. Terry Hutchinson (USA) and the crew of Quantum Racing won the practice race. After a wet and breezy weekend the Audi MedCup Fleet had an easy first day of racing with gentle conditions and warm air blowing over their sails....sunshine, 8-10 knots of Southerly wind, and flat water.... [more]

How to film yourself sailing, in one easy lesson
Sail-World Cruising,
Asking a passer-by to photograph you when you pose for an instant in front of the Eiffel Tower seems simple enough. Asking a passer-by to film the family plus young Fred blowing out his birthday candles is a tad more difficult. But asking a friend to follow you for the day to film you in all your different modes of sailing might be pushing the friendship a little far - but there IS a solution.... [more]

Singapore Lost – to the Cruising Sailor?
Des Ryan,
Singapore's recent Boat Asia 2008 , held at the new Keppel Bay marina was blessed by hot sunshine and blue skies, and judged successful. However, avid sailors regret the passing of the era when large numbers of sailing yachts made Singapore a stop on their way through Asia... [more]

Gitana 13 sets new time for Yokohama to Dalian
Gitana-Team media,
At 02h14'56' UT this morning, Lionel Lemonchois and his seven crew crossed the finish line of the Yokohama – Dalian record. In so doing Gitana 13 and her men have established a new reference time by making the Chinese port in 3 days 20 hours 19 minutes and 11 seconds.... [more]

BT leads Artemis Transat fleet
OC Events media/BT Team Ellen,
Light winds requiring constant attention on deck, thick fog and heavy traffic making for a stressful ride/ As the front of the fleet has now crossed the longitude of the Fastnet rock, the skippers - led by Sébastien Josse's BT - are facing a new challenge, expecting a shift...... [more]

Final day of ISAF Mid Year Meeting
ISAF media,
On Sunday 11 May, the 2008 ISAF Mid-Year Meetings, hosted by the Chinese Yachting Association, concluded in Qingdao, China. The location enabled the delegates to have a first hand look at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre which will host the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition in less than 100 days, with a tour of the venue on Sunday morning.... [more]

Subic2Hebe Challenge abandoned in freak weather
Paul Brownless, Subic2Hebe Challenge,
It is with great sadness that I have to report that as of 1100 hrs this morning the Subic2Hebe ops team have initiated a marine rescue of Sunny and her crew. The Hong Kong Marine Rescue Coordination Centre has initiated an ‘all-shipping, immediate rescue' for the vessel.... [more]

Moving day at McConaghy's
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
After last weekend's grand 'Thank You, China' party thrown by Green Team at McConaghy Boats' yard in Zhuhai, China, a couple of days later it was time to get the shrink-wrapped VO70 out of the shed, onto a low-loader and down to the docks... [more]

2008 Olympics Qingdao
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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