Sail World Asia: Raja Muda, Ian Williams in China Team, ISAF Olympic strategy, more...




18 Nov 2008


Major Events


The Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta 2008 is under way, and Neil Pryde is firmly in the driving seat with two wins from teh first two races.

Ian Williams has signed for China Team for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Challenge in January, and Ericson4's 24 record has been ratified. ISAF have agreed that an Olympic Strategy is a good idea (amazing), and decided that the 29erXX is not a good thing (amazing).

There's more. Read on...

HiFi on fire - Raja Muda 2008 - Pangkor-Penang
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Of course, straight-liners are never straight lines, and nowhere more so than along the coast of Malaysia. The trip from Pangkor to Penang involves crossing the end of the notorious Kra Bank, a huge shifting sand bar guarding the finish line. Obviously, bigger boats with bigger draught will have to sail further ‘round the end' to get past the bank, and smaller boats can cross it earlier.... [more]

World Match Racing Champion lead China Team at LV
Rob Kothe/LV Media,
China Team have announced that 2007 World Match Racing Champion Ian Williams has signed on to be the new skipper of China Team America's Cup program for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2009.... [more]

Raja Muda - up and running
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There was a ferocious stream running down the river, an ebbing tide of 6 or maybe 7 knots was the figure quoted, giving the fleet a ride on a brown conveyor belt down to the sea. PRO Jerry Rollin had everything in position in good time, and was obliged to reposition the Committee Boat more than once due to a dragging anchor... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race Under Threat of Pirates
Jeni Bone,
The eight yachts taking part in the grueling round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race are poised to challenge new seas in a bid to avoid pirates off the coast of Somalia.... [more]

Ruthless Pirates Seize Saudi Supertanker
Jeni Bone,
Somali pirates have hijacked a Saudi supertanker, Sirius Star, carrying up to 2 million barrels of oil worth around $100m.... [more]

Ericsson's 24 Hour Monohull World Record ratified
Victoria Low,
The World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSRRC) confirmed today that Ericsson 4 were the holders of the new Monohull 24-hour record. The previous record 562.96nm was held by ABN AMRO TWO, skippered by Sebastian Josse in the 2005/96 Volvo Ocean Race. Ericsson 4 recorded 596.6 nautical miles in 24 hours between a start position at 290 49.21 S; 230 42.41 W at18:55 on Monday, October 28,2008.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Loick Peyron regains lead
Vendee Globe media,
Leaving the tricky Cape Verde Islands astern, it appears to be business as usual for Loïck Peyron on Gitana Eighty as he emerges back at the top of the Vendée Globe fleet with 24.3 miles over Jean Le Cam on VM Matériaux... [more]

SailRocket on Speed Record standby
Paul Larsen,
Vestas SailRocket will make its first WSSRC ratified attempt on the outright world speed sailing record for a 28 day period commencing on the 23 November. The radical UK designed and built boat is currently based in Walvis Bay, Namibia... [more]

Outside Images at the Volvo start in Cape Town
Paul Todd,
Paul Todd of Outside Images was at the start of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean race in Cape Town and filed the following images from the start.... [more]

Exciting Match Racing Finale off Xiamen, China
Alistair Skinner,
Match Racing came alive on the waters off Wu Yuan Bay in Xiamen today during the finals to select the challenger for the China Club Challenge Match. The second day of racing saw a much improved performance due in no small part, I am sure, from the coaching of International Umpire Nev Wittey the day before. Race 1 and 2 saw penalties handed out for start line incidents, one against SBYC for n... [more]

Last competitor restarts Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe media,
At 16h17'33' GMT Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty became the final competitor to re-start. Having repaired small cracks in the deck and hull of Maisonneuve, he set off more than 400 miles behind Derek Hatfield, CAN, (Spirit of Canada).... [more]

First two in Cape Town -Portimao Global Ocean Race
Brian Hancock,
Beluga Racer took line honours to win Leg 1 of the Portimao Global Ocean Race. Three hours later Desafio Cabo de Hornos arrived. The German team of Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme did a superb job all the way to the finish line coaxing everything they could out of their stunning blue and white Class 40.... [more]

ISAF votes for Olympic strategy overhaul
A major overhaul for ISAF's approach to Olympic sailing looks set to come into fruition after the Council accepted the need for an overall strategy towards the Olympic Sailing Competition. - This decision is by far the most important to come from the 2008 Madrid Conference and as far as Olympic sailing probably one of the the most significant of the last decade. Submission 082-08 in full here.... [more]

Monsoon Cup field confirmed
Monsoon Cup Media,
The confirmed skippers line-up for Monsoon Cup 2008, the final round of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour has been announced. The Monsoon Cup will be raced in Terengganu Malaysia from December 3-7th 2008... [more]

ISAF elects President and Vice-Presidents
Goran Petersson of Sweden has today been re-elected to serve a second term as President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) at the ISAF General Assembly in Madrid, Spain. The seven Vice-Presidents for the next four years were also elected.... [more]

Elaine Chua - vegetable sailor?
Ong Chong Ern, npTribune,
“I think I'm like a carrot,” she said. “Brightly coloured, yet tough as a nut. When it comes to racing, I'm raw, hard, and uncooked. With people, I can be a soft, boiled carrot.”... [more]

World Sailor Ainslie targets Monsoon Cup Crown
Tracey Johnstone,
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year and Olympic champion Ben Ainslie has world match racing's Monsoon Cup trophy firmly in his sights as he heads to Malaysia in three weeks.... [more]

29erXX falls at final hurdle,
The women's 470 beat the 29erXX 19 to 16 in the final ISAF Council vote for the 2012 Olympics. After the 29erXX gained support from all of the specialist committees over the past week, the ISAF Council voted to stick with the 470.... [more]


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