Sail-World Asia: catching up on the last week's news




26 Sep 2008

Major Events

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

Gitana 13 Record attempts


Alert recipients of the Sail-World Asia newsletter will have noticed a deathly hush these past two weeks – with apologies, your editor has been in woolly parts of the world where internet communications are just not as readily accessible as in good ole Hong Kong. It makes us realize how spoiled we are there (and, actually, in Asia in general). Recent sojourns at hotels and even event sites show that not everyone thinks that a wifi connection is just part of the normal facilities. Once upon a time hotels charged an arm and a leg for an IDD phone call – they had to give that up when everyone started using mobile phones. Now they charge extortionate rates for wifi access – in one case, charged in 6-minute units! How many units would you like to buy, Sir? (Can't we just count them at the end? No.) Then there was the University ski lodge on Mount Buller (Australia) with no wifi at all, and the café next door with a hot spot that actually seemed to shut down remarkably early every day - ok, it's the end of the ski season in Australia, but... (Of course the real answer, everywhere, is access to the web through a 3G phone – we're getting to that).

So here's a catch-up of the last week, and a promise that we are now properly back on line. The Management regrets any inconvenience caused and assures readers that normal service has now been resumed.

Simpson Marine takes 'custom built' to a whole new
Simpson Marine,
With a history of over 25 years experience in the Asian markets and a number of regional network offices, Simpson Marine's new construction team, headquartered in Taipei, has the experience and awareness of regional business cultures to advise customers where to build, which designers to choose and how to achieve outstanding results.... [more]

HHYC Port Shelter Regatta 2008 this weekend
With around 40 keelboats expected to compete in 6 classes (IRC, Sportsboats, Cruiser, One Design, Beach Cats and Multihulls), the UK Halsey Port Shelter Regatta will feature four races set within the general vicinity of Shelter Island.... [more]

A few wise words from Gary Jobson,
'The sport of sailing is huge from a participant's point of view', he says. 'People can enjoy this sport throughout their life, whatever their level. It can be athletic or not, it allows you to travel and it is a very social sport that connects you with nature. It is a sport that combines all those values. However, sailing struggles to make it in the mainstream media and on TV. Why is this?'... [more]

Cooksons build Team NZ's TP 52 for Audi MedCup
Audi MedCup Media,
Team New Zealand sailors and ex-Team New Zealand sailors have been at the forefront of the MedCup Circuit on different boats since the first year of racing. In 2006 the core of the winning Mean Machine crew, and the second placed Warpath crew were both from Team New Zealand. That was part of the Kiwi America's Cup team strategy of battle hardening every aspect of their sailing team... [more]

50 yachts entered 100 expected Rolex Sydney Hobart
Jennifer Crooks,
Six weeks after the Applications for Entry opened for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008, applications for entry have been flooding in with the receipt of the fiftieth entry today. Race Organisers are now anticipating a bumper fleet of over 100 yachts.... [more]

ISAF supports better keel construction standards
ISAF Media,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is supporting the European Boating Association (EBA) in their commitment to complete the ISO standard for keel and rig attachments in small craft construction... [more]

Gitana 13 nears end of Tea Route voyage
Gitana 13 media,
After 41 days at sea, Gitana 13 is tackling the very last section of its epic Tea Route voyage. The last day at sea, especially when it's been a long voyage such as the Tea Route, always has a very special taste... Still in record mode the ten men of Gitana Team are maintaining their watch rhythm and still making headway in rather unfavourable conditions for their race against the clock.... [more]

Mirsky Racing Team's good Day 1 result
Kinley Fowler - MRT,
Kinley Fowler from Mirsky Racing Team, reports on Day 1 at the Troia Portugal Match Cup. 'You couldn't ask for better conditions than those delivered to us on the first day of racing here in Portugal. Flat waters and 12 knots of breeze settled in just after midday and stayed through until late in the evening. We finished the day on 4 wins from 5 races.'... [more]

Slingsby stumbled in Qingdao. What Happened?
Tom Slingsby,
Australia's Laser sailor Tom Slingsby was the gold medal favourite going into the Olympic regatta. But he had a shocker, finishing 22nd overall. Now Tom talks about what happened and the road ahead.... [more]

The Role of the Media Crew member in the Volvo
Volvo media,
Training begins again Wednesday in Alicante for the Media Crew Members – the embedded reporters who will, for the first time in the history of this race, sail on board each boat in the fleet racing in the Volvo Ocean Race, which starts from Alicante on 4 October... [more]

Gitana 13 two days from the goal
Gitana 13,
Setting out from Hong Kong on 14th August 2008 in a bid to establish a new reference time for the Tea Route, the maxi-catamaran in the colours of the LCF Rothschild Group is a few hundred miles from its goal, 385 miles away late this morning to be precise.... [more]

Images from Day 2 of the SB3 Worlds
Richard Langdon,
Images from Day 2 of the SB3 Worlds by Richard Langdon... [more]

Regates Royales – skipper killed
Soazig Guého,
The Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai, which started Tuesday, is in mourning after the sad loss of a skipper this afternoon. The 8 Metre class yacht, Safir, owned and skippered by Wilfred Tolhurst, was competing in the coastal race. Shortly after midday Safir entered into a collision with Rowdy causing Safir to be dismasted... [more]

British Olympic success just not all about money
Richard Gladwell,
Many are quick to assert that the British record of being the top nation for the past three Olympics is just about spending money - and lots of it. To find out the reasons behind the British success, Sail-World's Olympic Editor, Richard Gladwell spoke to Rob Andrews, 1992 British Olympic coach and now Competition Manager for the 2012 Olympic Regatta... [more]

Images from the 2008 SB3 Worlds
British photographer Richard Langdon is at the SB3 Worlds in Ireland. Here is a selection of his latest pix.... [more]

Gitana 13 nearing end of Tea Route attempt
Gitana 13 media,
Gitana 13, the maxi-catamaran in the colours of the LCF Rothschild Group made its entrance into the Bay of Biscay on Sunday afternoon and is this Monday sailing at the latitude of Bordeaux. At 1315 UT they were 550 miles from their goal.... [more]

ISAF World Sailor of the Year Nominees announced
ISAF and Rolex are proud to announce the Nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2008. ISAF received nominations from across the world representing all aspects of the sport in two categories - male and female - and the following 10 nominations have been shortlisted.... [more]

Images from the European 18ft Skiff Grand Prix
Christophe Favreau,
Christophe Favreau took these images of the European 18ft Skiff Grand Prix - Final Round - Lake Como, Italy... [more]

Raimon Land extends Kings Cup Sponsorship
Peter Cummins,
Following a signing ceremony, held recently between Henri Young, Director of Sales & Marketing, Raimon Land PLC (R) and Kevin Whitcraft, President of the 2008 Phuket King's Cup Regatta Organizing Committee, Thailand's leading property developer agreed to under-write the Phuket King's Cup Regatta for a further five years, from 2008-2012.... [more]

Pirates of the Gulf of Aden- Growing World Crisis, The National/Sail-World,
Cruising sailors may find it challenging and dangerous, even in escorted convoys, to transit the Gulf of Aden on their way to the Red Sea this year. However, this is merely a small inconvenience compared with the international crisis caused by more and more daring and demanding pirates. It has long been suspected that, far from being criminals in their own country, 'pirates' are hailed as heroes... [more]

BT with Bundock at helm finishes 3rd - iShares Cup
BT media,
The iShares Cup ended this weekend in Amsterdam. Nick Moloney's BT, helmed in Amsterdam by Darren Bundock, finished in third place overall, thereby fulfilling the team's objective.... [more]

Speedboat renamed ‘Virgin Money' - aims for record
Zoe Hawkins,
Speedboat has been renamed Virgin Money and is looking to set a new Transatlantic record, with Sir Richard Branson, Mike Sanderson, Alex Jackson and a crew of 20 onboard. The Cookson built supermaxi was rigged Southern Spars and has a full inventory of sails from North Sails' Auckland loft. She has now been sign written and branded in Virgin Money's distinctive red and white livery.... [more]

25 years ago Australia II won the America's Cup
Aleisha Preedy,
Almost 25 years have passed since they sailed into Australian folklore by snatching the America's Cup from its long-held reign, but the memories were as vivid as ever for the Australia II team as they gathered in the port city of Fremantle .... [more]

America's Cup back in Australia
In September 1983, the crew of Australia II broke the United States' 132-year grip on the America's Cup.... [more]

Green Dragon Team unveils new colours
Lucy Harwood,
The Green Dragon team has unveiled their new livery, and Chinese sponsors. The Chinese syndicate is made up of three companies; Shandong Lingong, Weichai Power and Triangle Group who are all part of a consortium of Chinese industrial companies based in Shandong Province, China.... [more]

Gitana 13 reads low and heads for Cape Finisterre
Gitana 13 media,
Aboard the maxi-catamaran Gitana 13, equipped by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, there's more of a festive spirit than yesterday. By dint of patience and perseverance, Lionel Lemonchois and his nine crew have managed to switch across to the correct side of the stormy low, which is currently reigning supreme off Madeira.... [more]

Thierry Martinez images from Day 4 Portugal Trophy
Thierry Martinez images,
Thierry Martinez images from Day 4 of the 2008 Audi MedCup/Portugal Trophy.... [more]

MRT second at ACI Match Cup after Day 3
Kinley Fowler - Mirsky Racing Team,
ACI Match Cup Day Three report from Kinley Fowler, Mirsky Racing Team. 'We managed to win our race against local Frane Barbieri, taking our total score to 11 wins and 2 losses, putting us in second place just behind Sebastian Col.'... [more]

Australian Tornado sailor to helm BT Extreme 40
Julie Royer,
For the BT Extreme 40 this is it - the final round of the iShares Cup - and the BT crew will be gunning for a place on the podium starting today (Friday, 19th September) and concluding on Sunday, 21 September.... [more]

PUMA Ocean Racing completes Safety Training
Rick Deppe - Puma Ocean Racing,
PUMA Ocean Racing successfully completes Safety Training School. 'I couldn't say with any certainty how much time had passed since the MAYDAY and subsequent ABANDON SHIP call had gone out.'... [more]

Final Shakedown - iShares Cup practice races
Helen Fretter,
The iShares Cup fleet had their final shakedown before the final of the 2008 series today. The 10 Extreme 40s took to the IJ-Haven canal, a narrow strip of water just a few minutes away from Amsterdam city centre, off Java Island.... [more]

Brain-teaser for Gitana 13 crew
Gitana 13 media,
Gitana 13 was slowed considerably by a long passage across the Doldrums late last week. Lionel Lemonchois and his men are now faced with a meteorological brain-teaser off the Canaries. This will be a tricky section, as will the Bay of Biscay and the last few miles along the English Channel... [more]

Letter from Qingdao: Closing thoughts and goodbyes
Denis Kiely,
Some people have asked what I meant when I referred to my 'wind speed monkey'. When I arrived in Qingdao I bought a monkey in a local market - christened him Mikey. He had been traded in by the Brits after the able-bodied Olympics and has passable English. He is my personal weather expert and tactician. He sits on my right shoulder when we are on the race course and whispers the wind speed... [more]

Alinghi prepares for the iShares final,
The Swiss X40 team is up against last year's champions TeamOrigin at the finals in Amsterdam this coming weekend... [more]

Mascalzone Latino confirmed for Louis Vuitton
Mascalzone Latino Media,
'Mascalzone Latino will go back to Auckland to sail the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series': Vincenzo Onorato has confirmed accepting with great enthusiasm the invitation to participate in the new event presented on Monday 15th August. 'Since 1983 Louis Vuitton has done a lot for sailing, maintaining the spirit of sport in the America's Cup' - has declared Onorato - 'the America's Cup wouldn't become... [more]

Shosholoza to race in Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Di Meek, Team Shosholoza Media,
Team Shosholoza is one of the first of the 2007 America's Cup challengers to accept an invitation to compete in a new international match racing regatta, the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, to be held in New Zealand early next year. The South African's have also mooted the idea of a similar follow-up event to be held in home waters off Durban .... [more]

Volvo launch new Ocean Race website
Volvo media,
Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race has launched of a ground-breaking web site aimed at taking visitors closer to the heart of the action in the next edition of the Race - due to start in October. The Race Data Centre's unique features include predicted positions based on weather routing, a form guide that builds performance tables for the boats as the race progresses and historical data graphing.... [more]


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