Ericsson first into Cape Town on the VOR is obviously top story, but...
Very important here in Asia is the fact that the Top of the Gulf people are making sure that real big boats can get into Ocean Marina for next year's regatta (2, 3, 4 May 2009). There will be a limited number of 4m draft berths available, to attract any of the big fellers heading for Koh Samui. TOTG is now also on the list for the AsianYachting Grand Prix, so it's a point-scoring regatta, too... do the maths!
2009 Top of the Gulf Regatta news. TOTG Event Media, The 2009 edition of the popular Top of the Gulf Regatta will be held at Ocean Marina Jomtien from April 30 to 4th May 2009. The major sponsor is again Raimon Land with Ocean Marina as the Hosting Sponsor. The regatta is expected to draw at least 450 competitors ranging from Optimist dinghies to ocean keelboats. The Ocean Marina will be providing limited berths with a 4 meter low tide draft to all... [more]
RS:X Youth Worlds 2008 in Pattaya, Thailand RS:X Event Media/AsianYachting.com, The Youth Worlds will take place from 6-14 December, immediately after the RS:X Asian Champs which finish on 05 December. This is the first time that the International RS:X Class Association has staged a Youth World Championship outside Europe.... [more]
Coming up - 10th Philippine Hobie Challenge Philippine Hobie Challenge, The Philippine Hobie Challenge consists of two series of races. The Challenge Series which consists of 5 day races with competitors sailing up to 10 hours each day between island campsite locations. The Inshore Series consists of 5 races, each lasting approximately one hour. These races will take place in Romblon and in Boracay at the end of the Challenge Series.... [more]
Ericsson 4 wins first Volvo Ocean Race Leg VOR Media, At 05:54 GMT or 07:54am local time, Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael, drifted across the finish line off Cape Town to win Leg One of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
Puma second to Volvo finish in Cape Town VOR media, At 17:44 GMT Sunday, PUMA, skippered by America's Ken Read, a first-time skipper in this event, crossed the finish line today in Cape Town to take second place in leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race, after 22 days, five hours, 44 minutes and 50 seconds (22:05:44:50)... [more]
Thai sailors do well at IODA Asian Championship Robert Wilkes, The 19th IODA Asian Championship in Qatar was an oustanding success for the Thais who for the first time in the history of the event won the IODA Asian Team Racing Championship and, through Noppakao Poonpat, girls' gold and over-all bronze.... [more]
Bahrain Team Pindar named, Hugo Boss's night move Véronique Teurlay, With one week to go before the start of the Vendée Globe, Hugo Boss left the dock not long after dawn this morning for a full day of sailing with a seven strong crew on board. Bahrain Team Pindar was officially named ‘King Hamad' with carbonated rose water. Steve White's Spirit of Weymouth has been relaunched.... [more]
Images of the Volvo OR: Action in the Sth Atlantic Volvo Ocean Race media, Images from the last stage of Leg 1 in the South Atlantic as the fleet head to the off Cape Town... [more]
Volvo Ten Zulu Report - What about the rest? Mark Chisnell, Skipper Torben Grael and his team aboard Ericsson 4 are sipping cold beers and downing some burgers in the Race Village in Cape Town – hot showers, dry clothes and warm embraces all round after a great performance - Puma set for second - then it's anybody's guess... [more]
18 footers tangle on Sydney Harbour Frank Quealey 18 footers league, Yet another North-East wind (the fourth from as many races) greeted the 23-boat fleet for the Mick Scully Trophy 3-buoys race on Sydney Harbour today. For the former Australian champion Micah Lane and the Macquarie Real Estate crew of Paul Schulz and Niall Kinch it was a great result for the newly formed team.... [more]
Records tumble as Sailing Speed season continues sail-world.com/uk, The speed sailing season continues with Paul Larson's Vestas SailRocket and Alain Thébault's l'Hydroptère both posting improved speed figures.... [more]
Team NZ not clear of legal woods on America's Cup Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, Emirates Team New Zealand's move back into the accepted Challengers' fold has drawn some interesting reaction and comment over the past few days. One of these was the remark on Radio Sport, by Alinghi skipper, Brad Butterworth, that they (Team New Zealand) 'have their problems with the Arbitration Panel, and still have, when they sued Ernesto and the Yacht Club when they realised the Cup was n... [more]
Volvo Ten Zulu report - Ericsson 4 charges on Mark Chisnell, The stakes are being cut, trenches dug, bayonets sharpened and ammunition stacked as a wall rises around Cape Town. This is not an impregnable wall, not the thousand years of primacy of Constantinople sort of wall, more your thrown together, desperate-last-stand kind of hasty defensive position.... [more]
New RYA multipurpose facility for Portland Sail-World UK, RYA is to build a multi-purpose facility in Portland that will be the hub of UK performance sailing in the lead up to and during the 2012 Olympic Games and an investment in the long-term future of the sport - The venue for the 2012 Olympic sailing events is at the nearby Weymouth and Portland Sailing Centre... [more]
Puma in StealthPlay mode for Sunday finish Volvo media, As Ericsson 4, racing in leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race, continued her record-breaking dash towards the finish in Cape Town, - At 01:00 GMT Friday morning, the black cat, PUMA went into StealthPlay, and hid from the rest of the fleet for 12 hours - ETA for Cape Town is now around 09:00 GMT on Sunday... [more]
Two new speed records for l'Hydroptère l'Hydroptère media, Holders of the absolute speed record over one nautical mile and of the 500-meter record in Category D since April 2007, Alain Thébault and his crew have just improved their performances and established two new records/... [more]
Beach Balls and Bumper Cars - 2nd China Cup Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, The leaders in the Beneteau 40.7 division were finishing windward/leeward races around the 1h 20m mark, and the back markers were barely making the 2h cut-off, suggesting that some of the local entries could probably do with some sailing practice before next year's event.... [more]
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