Sail World Asia: back at the desk after the Big Trip to China




30 Aug 2008

Major Events

Extreme 40s

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

Gitana 13 Record attempts


A combination of the Olympic regatta and a laptop that died on the last day in Qingdao has left Sail World Asia a little breathless – but here we are again. There is still a lot of ‘digesting' to do in the aftermath of what turned out NOT to be a fortnight-long light air drifter, and we'll be delivering some of the products of that digestion shortly. Meanwhile, for the regular diet of international and regional news, read on...

Sail-World's Olympic Sailing coverage continues
Rob Kothe,
Sail-World‘s Olympic coverage is far from finished. We have another five Sail-World Olympic newsletters to be published, which will finish at the end of the Paralympic regatta.... [more]

Singapore at Byte Worlds, Weymouth
Ho Shu Fen, SingaporeSailing,
In Weymouth, the sailing venue for the 2012 London Olympic Games, six Singapore sailors are competing in the 2008 Byte World Championship.... [more]

Frank Pong says time to be Sensible
Frank Pong,
Asia's scion of big boat racing, Frank Pong, observes that its time Larry Ellison and Ernesto Berterelli should come to a compromise and not go to Final Appeal.... [more]

Singaporeans go for Gold (and silver and bronze)
Ho Shu Fen, SingaporeSailing,
Singaporean Elizabeth Yin, 17, is currently chasing a second world title. Having won the 2006 Byte World Championship in the girls division, Yin is close to securing another world title at the Laser 4.7 World Championship after leading the fleet of 116 competitors on the penultimate day of racing... [more]

Olympic Games Final Report - Clark & Mergenthaler
Amanda Clark & Sarah Mergenthaler,
We've just returned home to the USA from the Olympic Games. The last four weeks in China was the experience of a lifetime. The 470 racing took place in the earlier part of the sailing competition, which turned out to be the light wind week.... [more]

India, Yemen Act to Combat Pirates,
If a proposal by the Indian Navy to its government is accepted, soon the Indian Navy could be patrolling the dangerous pirate zone in the Gulf of Aden, the critical pathway to the Red Sea for cruising sailors, and Yemen has announced extensive cooperation with other countries to end piracy.... [more]

Ian Williams leads after Day 1 - Danish Open
WMRT media,
At the Danish Open Ian Williams ended the day 4-1 with his match against Torvar Mirsky his only loss. Mirsky however, finished the day with a disappointing 2-3. 'We made 2 or 3 key mistakes which really hurt us. Being shown the penalty flag 5 times didn't really help either but we felt we sailed well and are confident that we can bounce back tomorrow.'... [more]

Mirsky defeats Williams on Day 1 of Danish Open
WMRT media,
At the Danish Open Ian Williams ended the day 4-1 with his match against Torvar Mirsky his only loss. Mirsky however, finished the day with a disappointing 2-3. 'We made 2 or 3 key mistakes which really hurt us. Being shown the penalty flag 5 times didn't really help either but we felt we sailed well and are confident that we can bounce back tomorrow.'... [more]

Skandia sticking with Team GBR to 2012 Olympics
Karenza Morton,
Skandia has confirmed that it is continuing to support the British sailing team up to the 2012 London Olympics. As Skandia Team GBR, were being honoured at London County Hall, Giles Elliott, Skandia's Marketing Director announced - 'I'm delighted to confirm that Skandia will continue to support the British sailing team in the Olympic and Paralympic classes over the next four years'... [more]

Francolini's Pix from Hamilton Island - Day 5
Andrea Francolini has been on the water at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2008. Here is a selection of his images, you will find more on his website at [more]

Gilles on Qingdao: BMW Oracle Racing in the Stars
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Gilles Martin-Raget presents images of the NZL and BMW Oracle Racing Star boat crew of Hamish Pepper and Carl Williams (NZL) competing in the Star class racing at the 2008 Olympic Regatta in Qingdao... [more]

TEAMORIGIN skipper Ben Ainslie wins Olympic Gold
It was an historic day (Sunday 17 Aug) for Great Britain's sailors as Ben Ainslie sealed Finn class gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Regatta in Qingdao. Five-time Finn World Champion Ainslie, who is also Skipper and Helmsman of TEAMORIGIN, successfully defended the title he won at Athens 2004 to become Britain's most decorated Olympic sailor of all time.... [more]

ThMartinez images Day 3 Carthagena, Audi MedCup
Thierry Martinez images,
Thierry Martinez images of Day 3 in 2008 Audi MedCup/Carthagena (Spain).... [more]

Andrew Campbell's final Olympic regatta report
Andrew Campbell,
The final day of racing was a phenomenal day of sailing. Uncommon westerly breeze filled steady across the course while big puffy clouds floated off the shore and 80 degree sunshine satiated all the fleets' desires to get some decent racing in.... [more]

Andrew Palfrey's blog after Star Class - Olympics
Andrew Palfrey,
The racing concluded in the Star class for the Olympics for Iain Murray and I three days ago. We finished the event in 14th. To finish anywhere other than the top three at the Olympics is all ultimately the same - IE: not a medal winner. To finish behind the best sailors in the world (and to compete as one of them) is not something to be negative about.... [more]

Thierry Martinez images Carthagena, Audi MedCup
Thierry Martinez images,
Thierry Martinez images from Region of Murcia Trophy Day 1 racing, Carthagena, Audi MedCup Circuit 2008.... [more]

Bribón make flying start at Audi MedCup
Event media,
Bribón made their best start to an Audi MedCup Circuit regatta since the start of the season in Alicante, when they won the first race of the Region of Murcia Trophy Regatta and followed up with a strong third place to take an early two points advantage over the ever consistent Audi MedCup Circuit leaders Quantum Racing... [more]

TP52 Ran dashes to win RORC Cowes to Dieppe Race
Louay Habib,
Niklas Zennstrom's turbo charged TP52 RAN, was the first yacht to finish the Cowes to Dieppe Race by a massive margin: it was nearly five hours before the second boat was home. RAN averaged over 10 knots in a rapid crossing of the English Channel... [more]

Images from Anacortes: Launching of BMW Oracle
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from Anacortes (USA), site of the building and launching of BMW Oracle Racing's 90ft multihull challenger for the 33rd America's Cup... [more]

First applications for Rolex Sydney Hobart 2008
Jennifer Crooks,
Within hours of the release of the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2008 Notice of Race, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia had received its first two applications for entry and this figure has now climbed to 13, surpassing the number of entries received this time last year.... [more]

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Overall Results D3
Rob Kothe,
Ray Roberts Quantum Racing leads the Grand Prix Division at Hamilton Island after a win today. Full Results set after the first three days racing of the 25th Audi Hamilton Island Race Week..... [more]

Britain raises the 2012 Olympic flag
Cailah Leask,
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the Official 2012 sailing venue, marked the official Beijing to London hand over with the unveiling of a new 2012 flag, given to the Academy by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games... [more]

Olympics: ISAF says Qingdao Regatta roaring succes
China Daily,
'The Olympic sailing competition has been a tremendous success,' Goran Petersson, chairman of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), said at the farewell party for the Olympic sailing competition.... [more]

Boats debut at British Motor Show
The Marine Experience's debut at the British International Motor Show sponsored by Zurich Connect has exceeded all expectations.... [more]

Images Day 3 & 2 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week,
Plenty of breeze, plenty of sunshine and plenty of big boats at 2008 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Images by Jack Atley.... [more]

High fuel costs? Try ‘tugging' it
Bob Wonders,
High fuel costs have proven a bonanza for Ranger Tugs importer John Smale.... [more]

Weather Day 3 Hamilton Isl. courtesy North Sails
Kenn Batt,
Weather Forecast - for Monday 25th August 2008 Hamilton Island Race Week supplied courtesy of North Sails... [more]


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