Sail-World Asia: J/Boats in Xiamen, new Olympic classes, ISAF Sailors of the Year, Vendee start, VOR maintenance, more...




12 Nov 2008


Major Events

2008 Olympics Qingdao


It's a full house on the newsletter today, with VOR boats being repaired and getting back in the water, a storm-lashed start to the Vendee Globe, news from Auckland on the LV Pacific Challenge (yes, there IS a China Team), new records from L'Hydroptere, and much much more.

There's even (a very rare occurrence) a story from the Editor who got out from behind a desk AND put down the camera and went sailing - sadly, it doesn't happen too often, and it probably showed in the performance. But, hey, need to keep in touch with the subject matter somehow, and now I'm all fired up for some more! (Just don't get too close to me on a start line!)

Sail-World Asia is heading off to Kuala Lumpur today for the pre-amble and socials before the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta starts on Saturday - and then, 3G willing, we'll be bringing you stories from "Asia's most tactical regatta" all the way from Port Klang to Langkawi, via Pangkor and Penang.

Lastly, a small conundrum: the Monsoon Cup's motto is "Monsoon Cup - you wouldn't want to miss it!" So why is it on 3-7 December - at exactly the same time as the Phuket King's Cup? Search me...

Ainslie and Sensini win ISAF Rolex Sailor Awards
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Alessandra Sensini (ITA) have just been announced as the winners of the ISAF Roles Sailor of the Year Awards at a dinner in Madrid, Spain.... [more]

29erXX chosen by the Women's Committee at ISAF
Event media,
The 29erXX was chosen by the Women's Committee at ISAF by one vote over the women's 470 as preferred equipment for the women's doublehanded boat for the 2012 Olympics... [more]

UAE Enters a New Period of Marine Maturity
Jeni Bone,
With billions of investment dollars going in to marinas, residential developments and boating infrastructure, the Middle East is poised to become the international crucible of marine business.... [more]

ISAF Rolex World Sailors to be announced in Madrid
Giles Pearman,
Everything is set for the annual ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award ceremony, taking place tonight at the stunning La Quinta de Jarama in Madrid, Spain, where renowned sailing commentator Gary Jobson returns to host the Awards Dinner... [more]

Team Russia's Whales Tales
Team Russia media/Volvo Ocean Race media,
With Hermanus, one of the best land based whale watching spots in the world less than two hours from Cape Town, Team Russia's racing and shore team were invited to learn more about these fantastic animals yesterday in a trip to this whale watching hot spot.... [more]

What a difference a J makes! J/Boats Invitational
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Take nine teams and give them nine J/80s (most of us had never sailed one before), give them a quick briefing from Jeff Johnstone, President of J/Boats (who has definitely sailed one before). And send them out of Wu Yuan Bay, Xiamen, for a 5-race regatta.... [more]

J/World performance sailing coming to Xiamen
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Set to open in the next 30-60 days, Asia's first J/World sailing school. There are J/World performance sailing schools in San Diego, San Francisco, Newport, Annapolis and Stockholm, and soon there will be one in Wu Yuan Bay, Xiamen, China, the place that the President of J/Boats Asia, Jeff Brown, sees as “the future of sailing in China”.... [more]

Learn to sail in southern China
Michael Obolensky,
This is the best time of the year to go sailing in southern China. The weather is dry, cool and sunny with consistent wind. DSC offering you a unique opportunity to participate in offshore passages of 200 to 1,000 miles on board an ocean-going yacht.... [more]

Vendee Globe tally now eight skippers back to port
Veronique Teurlay,
Severe weather on the Bay of Biscay, with big, confused seas has hit the Vendee globe fleet. Alex Thomson is the seventh skipper to have been forced to turn back to the Vendee start port and Kito de Pavant's Groupe Bel has dismasted and is also heading back.... [more]

Six Vendee skippers return to start port
Veronique Teurlay,
As the Vendee Globe leaders head into a stormy evening and night, the Bay of Biscay is bearing its teeth, winds of 45-50 knots and big, confused seas are expected to give the skippers a serious test. Michel Desjoyeaux, is the third skipper forced to return within the first 24 hours of the race.... [more]

Butterworth explains America's Cup options
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Alinghi skipper. Brad Butterworth gave an impromptu and wide ranging media conference on the final day of the Desafio Trophy, in Valencia. The topics under discussion ranged from the multihull challenge, where Butterworth revealed that Alinghi's response to the BMW Oracle racing 90fter was close to having all its components complete and would then go through the assembly process.... [more]

Repairs for Puma, Delta Lloyd's surprise - VOR
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Their job list might not be huge, but PUMA Ocean Racing's general manager Kimo Worthington is keeping his staff busy until the fleet departs for Cochin, India on November 15. Team Delta Lloyd shore manager Jeff Condell admitted he was surprised by the lack of damage sustained by his boat during the first leg of the VOR.... [more]

WSSR ratifies two new world records
The WSSR Council announces the ratification of two new world records for the Yacht Hydroptère.... [more]

ISAF 2008 Women's match racing hot topic in Madrid
ISAF Media,
It was full steam ahead in the meeting rooms of Madrid as day four of the ISAF Annual Conference threw the spotlight on women's match racing at the 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]

Alinghi wins AC event at CNEV's annual regatta
Neus Jordi,
Alinghi won again both races in the ACC regatta and this means that the Swiss team is the overall winner of the 2nd Desafío Español, CNEV's annual regatta... [more]

Images from the Vendee Globe start
Thierry Martinez images/Media,
Thierry Martinez images of 2008 Vendee Globe start in Les Sables d'olonne France.... [more]

Vendee Globe start
Event media,
With one minute to go it was Foncia who was closest to the line, but at the gun Mike Golding on Ecover 3 was ahead — too early of a few seconds, he was called OCS and returned. Algimouss was then the 1st Open 60 to cut the line in this 6th edition of the Vendee Globe.... [more]

AIS - One Cruiser's Experience, Part 3
Neil Langford,
Neil and Ley Langford have been cruising in South East Asia on their yacht Crystal Blues for many years now, and entertaining Sail-World readers with their adventures. Here Neil gives us Part 3 of their personal experiences with obtaining, installing and using an Automatic Identification System (AIS).... [more]

Advertising and Youth Worlds - ISAF Conference
ISAF Media,
The ISAF Annual Conference got into full swing on day three in Madrid, with the ISAF Classes Committee and Youth Worlds Sub-Committee meetings taking centre stage.... [more]

12 teams named for Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Keith Taylor,
Louis Vuitton announced today that 12 teams from 11 countries will compete in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland starting on January 30 2009. Making the announcement at the New Zealand embassy in Paris, New Zealand ambassador Sarah Dennis joined the chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton in welcoming the participating teams.... [more]

Baptism of fire awaits Vendée Globe newcomers
Vendée Globe media,
For the Vendée Globe veterans start day will be a heady cocktail of déjà vu rushing into an immediate test of seamanship and brinksmanship. Those old hands, the likes of Wavre, Golding, Desjoyeaux, Peyron, may be better equipped mentally to deal with the inevitable flood of dockside emotions.... [more]

Alinghi and Origin tied in first place on Day 1,
Regardless of what one might opine about the CNEV, it was great to see the 4 America's Cup boats racing this afternoon off the Malvarosa beach in Valencia. Not only did we get the chance to see some nice sailing, unfortunately in light winter conditions, we watched Team Origin maker its fist official appearance as well as the return of a new Luna Rossa with Peter Holmberg at the helm.... [more]

Conner: Alinghi is trying to shanghai the Cup
International Herald Tribune,
Mr America's Cup, Dennis Conner after seeing the BMW Oracle Racing's BOR 90 sailing off San Diego says: 'The whole sailing world will benefit by having this out on the race course in a lot of different ways,' Conner said. 'I applaud Larry Ellison for building this boat. I'd like to see it race and I'd like to see Larry win because Alinghi is trying to shanghai the event.'... [more]

Coutts: 'Louis Vuitton a big boost for sailing'
BMW ORACLE Racing Media Team,
With the action underway on various fronts in the America's Cup, the BMW Oracle Media Team conducted a debrief with their CEO and skipper, Russell Coutts on the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series and his views on the on going debate between his long time friend, and Alinghi counterpart, Brad Butterworth over the 33rd America's Cup.... [more]

Team Origin wins first ‘Cup' race
Annabel Merrison,
Team Origin won the first ‘Cup' race in the CNEV regatta in Valencia and took third place in race two to share the overnight leaderboard with Alinghi who finished third and first... [more]

Dee Caffari ready to attempt new World Record
Caroline Ayling,
British yachtswoman Dee Caffari to attempt new world record. Caffari is attempting to become the first woman to sail solo and non-stop both ways around the world. The solo skipper, sponsored by the world's fifth largest insurance group Aviva since her first world record voyage in 2005/06, will start the Vendée Globe yacht race at 12:02 (GMT) on Sunday 9 November... [more]

Racing teams ready for CNEV Regatta in Valencia
Neus Jordi,
The second annual regatta of the Club Nautico Español de Vela (CNEV) was presented Thursday in Valencia. Four teams on board ACC yachts and over 70 RN cruisers and Platu 25 will race at the 2nd Trofeo Desafí­o Español in Valencia this weekend. The fourth team to officially enter the ACC regatta is Luna Rossa... [more]

Crew changes for next leg of Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Puma Ocean Racing have announced that veteran duo Jerry Kirby and Jonathan McKee will be rested for the forthcoming leg to India. Martin Stromberg has recovered from a hand injury in time to take his place onboard Ericsson 3 and Team Russia today announced that Nick Bubb (29) takes on the role of Watch Leader for Leg 2.... [more]

Wild Oats XI returns to ocean racing tonight
Peter Campbell,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours favourite Wild Oats XI will return to ocean racing this weekend when she sets sail tonight in the CYCA's 180 nautical mile Cabbage Tree Island Race.... [more]

Monsoon Cup 2008 – World Championship Final Round
Rob Kothe Sail-World,
The climax of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour is the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, which will be sailed from 3rd to 7th December 2008. The Monsoon Cup is the last stage of the 2008 Tour and is shaping up to be the most exciting event of the year.... [more]

2008 Phuket King's Cup Regatta
29th November - 6th December, 2008. The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta. More than a regatta, the week long event consists of great parties, great sailing and lots of fun....
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