Sail-World Asia: Green Dragon keel - ouch!, Thai Platu Champs, Busan match racing, more...




06 Nov 2008


Major Events

Extreme 40s

Vendee Globe 2008-2009


The Volvo fleet isnow complete in Cape Town, and here are pics of what happened to Green Dragon's keel after she hit an unidentified object - no structural damage, but boy that looks slow!

The Thai Platu National Champs Series has wound up (read all about it) and the Vendee Globe is about to start.

Sail-World Asia is in Xiamen, China, for the weekend, doing some sailing (for a change). This is the J-Boats Asia Invitational, slated as "a gentlemanly weekend in J-80s". Hmmm, we know some of the other competitors! Report in due course.

Thailand's Platu Champions crowned
Kipsan Beck,
After five gruelling events, The Lofts Southshore helmed by Scott Duncanson are the winners of Thailand's inaugural Platu Championship. Starting in March with the Platu Open, and finishing in October at the Finals, 20 teams competing in the one design Platus have highlighted the strength of one of Asia's largest OD fleets.... [more]

Barkow wins inaugural Busan Cup Match Race
Eleven skippers from Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania competed in Busan, but the competition was dominated by Sally Barkow (USA) and Claire Leroy (FRA).... [more]

Sportsboats seminar in Hong Kong
HK Sportsboats Assoc,
Are you tired of getting shouted at from the back of the boat? Do you want to know more about why the boat goes fast (or not, as the case may be)? Are you a glutton for punishment? If the answer to any of the above is ‘Yes', then the HK Sportsboat Assoc has the solution for you!... [more]

YACHTstyle magazine wins design award
Asia's newest and smartest boating magazine, YACHTstyle, continues parent company Edipresse Group's tradition of winning awards by taking first place for Design and Layout Excellence at the Asian Publishing Awards for 2008.... [more]

Ao Po Open Day a 'splashing success'!
Simpson Marine,
What a Boat Show! Ao Po Marina in Phuket proved to be the centre of attention during the inaugural Open Day event – 23 to 25 October – which drew in a catching crowd over the three days resulting in two immediate sales, and a number of sea trial bookings in the coming weeks for Simpson Marine.... [more]

Elections For ISAF President and Vice-President
Full details of the candidates for elections for the President and Vice-President of the International Sailing Federation. The elections for the Officers of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), that is the President and the seven Vice-Presidents, will take place at the ISAF General Assembly on 15 November, held in Madrid, Spain.... [more]

Boost for RS:X sailing down under
David Mead, Pryde Group,
Neil Pryde Limited (Pryde Group) designed and developed the RS:X Olympic Windsurfing Equipment and is the exclusive manufacturer. In a boost to the RS:X class 'down under' CEO Neil Pryde announced that Performance Sailcraft Australasia has been appointed Australasian distributors for RS:X... [more]

Vendee Globe - Four Oceans explained by experts
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe. To each ocean its own music. Four experienced sailors explain their views and what is ahed for competitors. And Michel Desjoyeaux press conference.... [more]

Green Dragon assess keel damage
Lucy Harwood. Green Dragon Racing,
The Green Dragon has been stripped, the sails, boom, bunks, kit bags, rubbish, spare supplies and mast have been removed. This morning at 1000 local time (GMT + 2), Green Dragon was craned out of the water and into her temporary home. The first job was to assess the damage to the keel. Last Thursday (30/10/08) Green Dragon was stopped in her tracks.... [more]

Damian Foxall on Green Dragon and Leg 1 of the VOR
Green Dragon media,
Extract of an interview with Damian Foxall from Green Dragon. 'It's absolutely fantastic, you know. Here we are with an Irish international entry in the Volvo Ocean Race and we are doing it justice. First, around the Fernando mark and fourth across the line, but we'd liked to have done better.'... [more]

Four teams are ready for the Desafío Trophy,
What a difference a day makes. While Port America's Cup looked haunted yesterday afternoon, it was buzzing with activity on Monday. All four teams that were officially announced, or rumoured, to take part in the 2nd edition of the Desafío Trophy were very busy preparing their yachts... [more]

Delta Lloyd arrives in Cape Town
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Ireland's Ger O'Rourke's last minute Irish/Dutch entry, Team Delta Lloyd safely crossed the finish in Cape Town to night at 2303 GMT (0103 local time), to finish the leg in seventh position. Ger O'Rourke said, 'It's been a big learning curve and it's not going to come overnight. I'm looking at this as a stepping stone for 2011. We're learning how to improve every day. '... [more]

Mascalzone Latino states their position on 33AC
Vincenzo Onorato,
With reference to the last meeting held on October 30th in Geneva among the Société Nautique de Geneve, Alinghi and the challengers to the 33 America's Cup, Mascalzone Latino apologizes for not having attended due to previous commitments and confirms its participation to the next meeting scheduled on next November 11th.... [more]

Team Russia's Kosatka sixth into Cape Town
Volvo media,
Unshaven, exhausted and five places behind the leader, Andreas Hanakamp stepped off Team Russia entry Kosatka at the end of the first leg this evening and declared: 'I loved it.'... [more]

Telefonica Blue finishes Leg 1 Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Telefonica Blue crossed the finish line in Cape Town at 11:18:37 GMT to take fifth place on leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]


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