Sail-World Asia: Soriano line honours in Middle Sea, IODA Champs in Doha, more...




23 Oct 2008


Major Events

2008 Olympics Qingdao


Andy Soriano and Alegre just took Line Honours in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, 8 hours ahead of Rosebud, but only after an epic struggle. It was a tough race, and the calls were not easy - read the full report below.

India have made the Granf Final of the Nations Cup, and the IODA Asian Champs are starting in Doha. Oh, and the China Cup takes place this weekend - more later.

Before leaving for a sailing weekend, get
a coffee and catch up with this week's news. Read on...

Alegre takes line honours in Rolex Middle Sea Race
Regatta News,
At 07.20.16 CET Andres Soriano's Mills 68 Alegre crossed the Marsamxett Harbour finish line of the 2008 Rolex Middle Sea Race, to take line honours in the 29th edition of the 607 nautical-mile race.... [more]

The Beach Race, Nha Trang
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There aren't so many sailing yachts in Vietnam, but nine arrived in Nha Trang from Hong Kong over the last few days – the VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. And in bright sunshine (mostly) and a useful 12 kts of breeze, five of the boats took on board invited guests and VinaCapital staff for the ‘Beach Race', a brisk trip round two triangles and a sausage in front of Nha Trang beach, watched... [more]

9th IODA Asian Sailing Champs start tomorrow
Gulf Times,
Asia's top young sailors have converged on Doha for the 19th edition of the International Optimists Dinghy Association (IODA) Asian Sailing Championship which gets underway tomorrow at Doha Sailing Club.... [more]

Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet heads to Doldrums
Brian Hancock,
Portimão Global Ocean Race. On a 7,000 nautical mile leg from Portugal to South Africa there are a number of legs within the leg. It's clear from the race tracker that Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer feeling the first effects of the doldrums. Their speed has dropped to 4.6 knots, the slowest of the fleet by a large margin.... [more]

India into Grand Final of ISAF Nations Cup
MRA of India amended by ISAF,
India is the latest country to earned their place in the Grand Final of the ISAF Nations Cup after a convincing win in the Regional Final for Asia. Racing for the ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final for Asia was held in Mumbai, India from 14-19 October. Five open and two women's teams competed for the Regional Final titles and a place in the Grand Final of the ISAF Nations Cup,.... [more]

Images from the Volvo OR: Life onboard
Volvo Ocean Race,
Images from Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet head towards the Doldrums to reach the first gate on Leg 1 off the coast of Brazil... [more]

Malaysia hosts World Champions at Monsoon Cup
At the Monsoon Cup, the International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) best teams will fight it out to be ISAF Match Racing World Champion at the last event on the World Match Racing Tour schedule (WMRT) in Terengganu, Malaysia this December 2008.... [more]

Green Dragon leads Volvo across equator
Event media,
One by one, the eight boats racing in leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race popped out the other side of the Doldrums and hooked into the south-easterly trade winds. In a drag race south, the fleet is steadily clicking off the miles towards Fernando de Noronha - Green Dragon was first to cross the equator... [more]

Cribb and Albeau windsurf across English Channel
Guy Cribb,
Guy Cribb and Antoine Albeau have successfully crossed the English Channel in a storm and all for charity! 'We left Cherbourg at 10am (9am UK time) in a south westerly wind with Antoine Albeau on 6.7m NP RS Racing and 111 Starboard iSonic and myself on 5.8m North Sails Ram on 110 litres Mistral Slalom board.'... [more]

Branson sets sail on Cross-Atlantic Challenge
Event Media,
Virgin Money set sail from New York and passed the official start line at Ambrose Lighthouse at 04:00 EST on 22 October 2008. The yacht will have to make the target of Lizard Point, the most South Westerly point of the UK, no later than 21:39.52 EST on 28 October 2008 to break the record.... [more]

Intensive Oppie courses at Phuket Yacht Club
National News Bureau of Thailand,
Phuket Yacht Club, based at Ao Yon near Cape Panwa, ran an intensive 10-day beginners Optimist sail training course 10-19 October during the Thai school holidays. The last two days of the course included a regatta for the students, which was open to other Optimist sailors to enter. The course was free of charge and open to all Thai speaking children living on Phuket between the ages of 7 and 15.... [more]

Kazimir Partners hits whale - Portimão GOR
Brian Hancock,
It's prefect trade wind sailing for the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet as they eat up the miles on a quick romp to the equator. Skipper Lenjohn Van Der Wel sent through a curt message. 'At 13h20 local time at position 21:45N and 18:43W Kazimir Partners hit a whale,' he wrote.... [more]

BMW Oracle Racing continues San Diego testing
Following two weeks of productive testing and scheduled maintenance, BMW Oracle Racing continues the San Diego testing with BMW Oracle Racing 90. The 90-foot multihull yacht is still in the sea trials phase, with sensors and cameras collecting data from across all areas of the boat - sails, mast, keels, and rudders.... [more]

Volvo fleet escaping the Doldrums - slowly
VOR media/Various Volvo OR competitors,
Over the past 24 hours PUMA (Ken Read/USA) and Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael/BRA) have gained on the leader Green Dragon (Ian Walker/GBR). The two yachts are currently positioned 65 nautical miles to the east of Telefónica Black (Fernando Echávarri/ESP) and slowly overtook the black boat over the hours of darkness as they tracked south. They now sit in second and third respectively.... [more]

Mutua Madrilena leads TP52 Championship
Pierre Orphanidis,
It was another tricky day on the Lanzarotean waters for the 14 crews taking part in the TP52 World Championship – Islas Canarias Puerto Calero. The race committee had to move the starting line a mile further offshore, trying to get a better breeze but had to fire the gun with no more than 7 knots of a northeasterly... [more]

Pete Goss Departs on Classic Adventure
Stuart Elford,
British sailor and adventurer Pete Goss and the intrepid crew of Spirit of Mystery have begun their epic voyage to Australia. Taking advantage of a change in the wind, they slipped lines yesterday evening(Monday 20 October), waved goodbye to the gathered crowd and set sail from Newlyn for the long journey south.... [more]

Alegre and Moneypenny breakaway from fleet
Regatta News,
In the Rolex Middle Sea Race, a potentially decisive break appears to have been made by Andres Soriano's Mills 68 Alegre (GBR) and Jim Swartz's STP 65 Moneypenny (USA). Archrival, the STP 65 Rosebud appears to have got stuck at Capo san Vito during the night.... [more]

Hugo Boss lifted out of the water for repairs
Alex Thomson Racing,
The team from Alex Thomson Racing have been working around the clock since the collision with a French fishing vessel on Friday (17/10/08). Hugo Boss was lifted out of the water into the commercial dock in Les Sables d'Olonne on Saturday and the keel removed.... [more]

Team Gromit at the 24 hr Race
HK Sportsboats Assoc,
This year the Hong Kong sportsboaters made up Team Gromit SBR in a bid to win this race, and they nearly did - leading for over half of the race. We would like to give special thanks to all who competed in such a chivalrous manner and to Sara Houghton for her wonderful organization and Di White for organising some great Team shirts. Everyone put in good stints...... [more]


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