Sail-World Asia: China Coast Regatta starts, VOR almost starts, 505 Europeans, more...




11 Oct 2008

Major Events

Extreme 40s

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race


All aboard for Hong Kong's no 1 Big Boat regatta - China Coast race reports here, and watch for regular reporting over the weekend. There's also an update on a (slightly) bigger event, the Volvo Ocean Race, and Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Ian Williams (GBR) are in the hunt at the Bermuda Gold Cup. Rule Britannia!

Read on...

'Bright and breezy' start to China Coast Regatta
RHKYC Event Media,
A bright and breezy day off Lamma Island, to the south of Hong Kong, offered competitors ideal conditions for the first day of the 2008 Total Lubmarine China Coast Regatta. While conditions at 0930hrs looked a little soft, the breeze filled in to a 10 knot northeasterly by the first start, and further strengthened to 15 knots during the first race of the day.... [more]

It's all about looking good at the China Coast 08
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There was a seriously 'quality' fleet out there today for the opening races of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's flagship event, the Total Lubmarine China Coast Regatta. Just six boats contributed 325' LOA to the IRC Div A, from Frank Pong's evergreen and much-optimised RP75 Jelik down to Chris Meads' impossibly shiny Corby 43, Full Metal Jacket. And in between there two TP 52s (Highland Fling and... [more]

Picture-perfect at China Coast 2008
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
More images from a sunny day on the water in Hong Kong...... [more]

Foredeck circus show at China Coast Regatta
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
With absolutely no apology for giving you a pure picture story, check out this sequence of the bowman on Dexter who discovered that the lifelines are NOT designed for sitting on! For the record - he did stay on board, and didn't go for a swim. AND Dexter scored a 2nd place in this race, the opener for the China Coast Regatta 2008.... [more]

Coutts speaks out on America's Cup
Golden Gate YC,
Following are excerpts from the comments made by BMW ORACLE Racing's Russell Coutts at an October 7 press conference at Friuli Venezia Giulia RC44 Cup. 'Ernesto ... pointed out that they would like to have a one boat America's Cup, each team in one boat, we would agree with that. In fact, we would agree with some of the other cost cutting measures for sure.'... [more]

America's Cup Principals miss the Boat
Richard Gladwell, & Stuart Alexander,
An expected meeting, the second between the principals of the two estranged America's Cup teams failed to take place over the weekend, and an out-of-court settlement in the bitter dispute, now seems unlikely. Meanwhile reporting in The Independent (UK), leading yachting writer Staurt Alexander was far more optimistic... [more]

Green Dragon Racing reviews Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1
Green Dragon Racing media/SW,
Green Dragon Racing reviews Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Alicante (Spain) to Cape Town (South Africa). Estimated days at sea: 23, Nautical miles: 6,500. Estimated arrival in Cape Town: 3rd November 2008.... [more]

Ainslie leads Round Robin at Bermuda Gold Cup
World Match Tour media,
With only one match remaining in the Round Robin, Ben Ainslie's (GBR) Team Origin, Ian Williams' (GBR) Team Pindar, and Johnie Berntsson's (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team are the only three teams of 24 which have definitely qualified for the next Quarter-Final stage.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race Leg One starts Saturday
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race Leg One starts this Saturday at 1400 local time in Alicante (Spain) and finishes after 6,500 nautical miles of racing in Cape Town, South Africa. The Volvo Ocean Race is a high scoring event. That is, the team with highest score is the winner. There are three different areas where the eight teams can score points: in-port racing, scoring gates and offshore legs.... [more]

Louis Vuitton Series doubles after BMW Oracle help
Jane Eagleson, BMW Oracle Racing; and Sail-World,
Russell Coutts, BMW ORACLE Racing's CEO/Skipper said today, 'BMW ORACLE Racing is delighted to be able to provide a pair of race yachts for the upcoming Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland, New Zealand.... [more]

Tough competition for Mirsky RT at Gold Cup
Kinley Fowler,
King Edward V11 Gold Cup Day 1 report from Mirsky Racing Team. MRT finished the day 2-1. (We) .. 'started well in the afternoon finishing the day on 2 wins and 1 loss. The IOD boats are very different to any others on the match racing circuit, so we knew that we were going to have some difficulties with the manoeuvring when we first stepped on. '... [more]

505 Europeans - First results available,
505 results from the European Championship show Jens Findel and Johannes Tellen of Germany in first place with Ian Pinnell and Carl Gibbon of Britain second and Jeff Miller and Mike Smith of the USA third... [more]

Volvo boats Stealthplay option lets them disappear
Volvo media,
Since the 2001-02 Volvo Ocean Race the fleet has been actively monitored with nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. But today that changes again, as StealthPlay is introduced, giving each boat competing in the 10th edition of the race, the chance to hide once more. A team can opt to use StealthPlay and ‘disappear' for 12 hours, adding a new tactical dimension to the race... [more]

High-speed training sessions for l'Hydroptère
l'Hydroptère media,
l'Hydroptère was put back in the water on Monday 29th September after a complete check-up at La Ciotat. After the summer sailing sessions, l'Hydroptère was placed in dry dock. Every centimetre of the boat was carefully verified. The central hull and the floaters were streamlined, the foils optimized, and the sails were reinforced by Incidence in Brest.... [more]

Counting Down to the Volvo Ocean Race
Southern Spars Media,
The Volvo Ocean Race, described by some as the ‘Everest of Sailing', is undeniably the world's premier global race, and one of the most demanding team sporting events in the world. Eight competing teams will sail across 37,000 nautical miles of the globe, crossing the start line in Alicante, Spain on 11 October - the teams will visit 11 ports around the world.... [more]

Ingrid Abery images - Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez
Ingrid Abery images,
Ingrid Abery images from the recently completed Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.... [more]

Sailing at 50 Knots - World Speed Record
Umit Deniz,
As I meander along in my small sailing boat, doing four knots with just the headsail up and the sun rising in a blaze of yellow, over there in Namibia in Africa someone has just sailed at a speed of over 50 knots.... [more]

Volvo - There is more to come in 2011
Volvo media,
Before even the 2009 version of the Volvo Ocean Race has headed out of Alicante on the ninth running of the race, Volvo have announced that the 10th edition of the race will start in 2011. No details, but they say that pressure from potential sponsors made the announcement essential - 'If you want to develop the race and move it forward then this is the time to do it.'... [more]

The Yacht Club that Won't Say Die - Bendigo
Bendigo Advertiser/Sail-World Cruising,
IT is not exactly plain sailing, but Bendigo Yacht Club is determined to make the best of a bad situation. Just last year their yacht club burned down (See!Sail-World_Story!new ). Today the lake they sail in, Lake Eppalock, is at just seven percent of its capacity.... [more]


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