Sail-World Asia: the regional calendar, real AC news, Mach 2 Moths, the 'Tea Route', more...




29 Sep 2008

Major Events

Extreme 40s

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race

2009 Skandia Geelong Week


Asia's racing fleet is getting ready for the regional busy season, starting next month. The Hong Kong big boats line up for the RHKYC's China Coast Regatta 10-12 October, and then the blue water fleet heads for Nha Trang on the Vietnam Race on 15 October. After that it is the little boats' turn in Hong Kong, with the Hebe Haven 24-hr Charity Dinghy Race over the weekend 18/19 October. The 2nd China Cup International Regatta takes place 24-27 October – plenty of fireworks, for sure. 14-22 November are the dates for the annual Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta, and the Phuket King's Cup takes over 29 November – 06 December. Meanwhile, there is the Lipton Trophy pursuit race in Hong Kong (22 November) followed by Hong Kong's biggest fleet turn-out for the year, the Loro Piana Around-the-Island Race (2 November).

The final event of the World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup, is going to be tricky to see for some of us, as it has recently moved itself into an overlap (03-07 December) with the King's Cup. And the Volvo Ocean race fleet arrives in Singapore in December too, complete with PR hoop-la, in-port racing, and Extreme 40s in tow.

And we haven't even mentioned January 2009...

Two major news items on the America's Cup – first, the newly-announced Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, to be sailed in Auckland, immediately attracted interest from 23 entrants, making us all wonder if it might instantly eclipse the America's Cup itself. Same teams. same people, same boats, same racing. And then, as if in reply to all that other interest, Ernesto Bertarelli called a private one-on-one meeting with Larry Ellison. Who wouldn't like to have been a fly on a wall for that pow-wow? Although no settlement was reached, at least the principals of the Defender and the Challenger of Record are meeting and talking for the first time in over 12 months.

By contrast, in New Zealand one of the Sunday papers carries a story of a former Team New Zealand member being 'cash-strapped', due to the America's Cup impasse, and forced to put some of his sailing crew uniform up for auction.

Maybe, just maybe, there is a real risk that peace will have broken out by the end of 2008, and maybe the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series will be the first step in the on-the-water reconciliation.

Col wins Troia Portugal Match Cup
Dobbs Davis,
Sebastian Col has won the Troia Portugal Match Cup defeating Magnus Holmberg. Getting past Magnus Holmberg (SWE) and his Victory Challenge team 2-0 in an exciting Final series, Col and crew have taken the top prize of US$30,000 of the $125,000 purse and earned 25 points on the 2008 World Tour leaderboard.... [more]

Maltese Falcon enters San Francisco -
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson ( took these images of Maltese Falcon as it passed through San Francisco Bay yesterday (Saturday). Owned by American Tom Perkins, a legendary Silicon Valley figure, this is the first time that the yacht has entered a port in the USA. The 289-foot Maltese Falcon had to sail under the monstrous Golden Gate Bridge during low tide so the masts could squeeze under the bridge.... [more]

America's Cup talks inconclusive but continuing
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The first face to face discussion between BMW Oracle Racing's Larry Ellison and Team Alingi principal, Ernesto Bertarelli has broken up in San Francisco without any conclusion being reached. Sail-World spoke to BMW Oracle's Racing's Head of External Affairs, Tom Ehman, in New York, who advised that the talks had been cordial, but no agreement had been reached.... [more]

When is The Tea Route not 'The Tea Route'?
Peter Marsh, on Scuttlebutt Europe,
About That Tea Route Record...?Like many sailing fans, I have followed Lionel Lemonchois and the crew of Gitana 13 on their stop-and-go voyage around the world. I think it is wonderful that a big sponsored boat has finally gone around the world on a route off the beaten track and actually had the panache to break minor records, stop in exotic ports and enjoy the sights! Mon dieu, next they will be... [more]

Morning Light the movie dawns in October in US
Rich Roberts,
The high-definition film presents a real-life, unscripted account of the year-long recruitment, tryout selection and training of young sailors ages 15 to 23 to sail a high-performance Transpac 52 called Morning Light in last year's Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii.... [more]

McCongahy China build for new Mach 2 Moth
The hot news is that Australian boat builder McConaghy has teamed up with Moth design guru and owner of KA Sail Andrew McDougall to produce a new foiler Moth at their China facility... [more]

High seas race (VOR) is not for sissies
Art Thiel, Seattle Post Intelligencer,
The temptation is to describe the Volvo Ocean Race as the Super Bowl of offshore yacht racing, except the football championship is just three hours of dull thudding, and everyone goes home. No sissies are allowed in the 37,000 miles of the VOR... [more]

Vendée Globe start 45 days away for Josse and BT60
Jocelyn Blériot/BT Media,
Last week the BT Open 60 was in Port la Forêt in Southern Brittany (France) taking part in a special training programme with some of the other top-runners for the Vendée Globe. The team then sailed BT back to their base in Lorient (France) to continue working on the boat and will return again to Port la Forêt next week for the final training session.... [more]

Richard Langdon images - SB3 World Championship
Richard Langdon images,
Richard Langdon has sent these images from the SB3 World Championships. Enjoy!... [more]

Has Australia Lost the America's Cup?
Peter Edwards Vice Commodore RANSA Sydney,
Crowded around a 12 inch Rank Arena colour television set in the early hours on the 26th of September 1983 my family and I watched the greatest race in Australia's history. It was race 7 of the America's Cup with Australia II taking on Liberty. And we won. But what's happened to the footage?... [more]

23 teams respond for Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Keith Taylor,
Louis Vuitton confirmed today an overwhelming response to the international match racing regatta to be sailed in Auckland, New Zealand, in February next year with 23 teams spontaneously expressing interest and seven teams which have already registered and paid the entry fee. With eight berths available in the regatta, the entries are almost closed only one week after announcing the new event.... [more]

Gitana 13 claims new Tea Route record time
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Lionel Lemonchois and his nine crew on Gitana 13, have thus erased the reference time held by Philippe Monnet since 1990, to become the new holders of the Tea Route record with a time of 41 days 21 hours 26 minutes 34 seconds.... [more]

Simpson Marine takes 'custom built' to new level
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]

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]

Weymouth feels the Olympic effect
Jon Land,
Weymouth seafront is to be given a multimillion-pound new look in time for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The South West Regional Development Agency is investing £6 million in the regeneration scheme for the esplanade at Weymouth - the Dorset town which with nearby Portland will host sailing events at the Games... [more]


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