Sail World Asia: mid-week after a quiet weekend in the region




03 Sep 2008

Major Events

Extreme 40s

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

Gitana 13 Record attempts


We weren't aware of too much going on this last weekend in Asia, so here are a few news items from around the globe. The Asian 'Silly Season' starts soon - China Coast, Vietnam Race, China Cup, Raja Muda, King's Cup, Monsoon Cup - so hold you breath just a little longer.

(And of course, if you know of something newsworthy going on that we are not reporting - please let us know!)

Thailand Platu National Championships 2008
Kevin Scott,
Let's hope for good winds to provide us with the close and exciting racing which only a one design class can give! And many thanks to Raimon Land for their generous support which makes this all possible...... [more]

Macau Race dates up for grabs
HK Cruiser Owners' Association,
The Public Holiday in this year's calendar does not fall favorably for a 3-day weekend for the annual COA National Day Race to Macau (and back) starting 4th October. Without totally rescheduling the race we are stuck with a 2-day weekend.... [more]

Get Set for the Beijing Boat Show
International Trade Show Management,
The countdown is on for the Beijing International Boat & Marina Development Show 2008 at the New China International Exhibition Center (NCIEC), Beijing, 20-22 November 2008.... [more]

Bribón triumphant in Cartagena
Audi MedCup,
Bribón took the final winning gun in Cartagena to win the Region of Murcia Trophy, their first regatta win this season. Bribón win the regatta by two points and regain second place overall on the Audi MedCup Circuit 2008, behind Terry Hutchinson and the crew of Quantum Racing (USA) who leave Murcia and head for the final regatta in Portimao having extended their overall lead to 41.2 points... [more]

Queensland - Korea yacht training deal
Queensland Government,
Trade Queensland helps to deliver major Queensland-Korea yacht training deal. Southern Cross Yachting has sealed a joint venture deal with Korean partners Yacht n School to open a major sail training centre in Korea.... [more]

Gitana 13 midway through Tea Route record attempt
Gitana 13 media,
Gitana 13, in headed back out onto the racetrack yesterday in its bid to secure the Tea Route record. They are bound for the Agulhas Cape and the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa. Forecasts suggest they are likely to experience some harsh passages.... [more]

All set for start of Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2008
YCCS Press Office,
Forty Maxi yachts are lined up along the quays of the Marina Nuova in Porto Cervo, awaiting the start of racing in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2008.... [more]

Top sailors gather for King Edward VII Gold Cup
Talbot Wilson,
Some of the world's best match race sailing October 7-12 on Bermuda's Hamilton Harbour in the King Edward VII Gold Cup. Mathieu Richard will be back in Bermuda in just over a month to defend his title. Great Britain's Ian Williams, winner of the 2006 Gold Cup, will be on hand sailing hard, this year's event also welcomes Ben Ainslie and Sally Barkow, the only female skipper.... [more]

The Green Dragon arrives in Alicante
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The Green Dragon Volvo Open 70 has completed her passage from Dublin to the start port of the 2008-09 race in Alicante. Skipper Ian Walker reflected on the 1,500-mile delivery – an easier task than the wet and wild 2,000-mile race qualifier the boat covered earlier this month.... [more]

Williams defeats Col to win Danish Open
WMRT media,
The Danish Open ended today with Ian Williams (GBR) of Team Pindar taking 1st place in a best of three final against Sebastien Col (FRA) French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge. A fully pumped Team Pindar attacked the finals with gusto sailing a faultless series to win 3-0.... [more]

Team Origin sink, Alinghi wins at iShares Cup
Helen Fretter,
The fourth round of the iShares Cup put on a fantastic spectacle, and today's conclusion proved the perfect finale. In glorious sunshine a perfect 10-15 knots of breeze all day had the Extreme 40s powering off the startline and soaring into the shore on one hull.... [more]

Earthrace sunk by red tape at Torquay,
Earthrace, a 540bhp speedboat which recently broke the world record for circumnavigating the globe, was told it did not have the correct licence to carry passengers around Tor Bay.... [more]

Cool heads required on water at iShares Cup Kiel
Helen Fretter,
Racing at the iShares Cup in Kiel kicked off in around 10 knots of breeze, with the gybe mark set just off the seawall so the Extreme 40s hurtled towards the crowds. Team Aqua have been on great form this regatta and got off to a great start by taking an early lead, while behind them four boats - BT, iShares, Alinghi and Tommy Hilfiger - rounded the first mark abreast.... [more]

Product of the Week: 'One-Touch' Winch Handle
Nancy Knudsen,
Having to use two hands for removing a winch handle from a winch can pose a problem for the cruising sailor who is likely to be sailing short-handed or alone - you may need the other hand for steering, for holding on in a bucking sea, for controlling another line, in fact any number of scenarios.... [more]

Day of surprises at iShares Cup Kiel
Helen Fretter,
A few surprises on Day 2 at the iShares Cup in Kiel. The 10 teams competing at the 4th round of the iShares Cup didn't fail to put on a great show, with some of the closest racing ever seen in the 2008 series. The final race of the day saw the biggest breezes, making for some high-speed runs. America's Cup defenders Alinghi got back into their winning stride, to finish the day in first overall... [more]

Musto Skiff World title goes to extra day,
After yesterday's rest day at the Musto Skiff World Championships on Lake Silvaplana in Switzerland, the final three races were planned for Friday. But, it was not to be. No wind early in the day and after lunch the waiting continued while the wind went from north to south and finally the races were postponed until Saturday morning.... [more]


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