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27 Nov 2008


Major Events


The sheer volume of information coming from the Volvo boats is staggering - and we are only passing on a small percentage of it here. It's been a tough leg up to Cochin, and they aren't there yet, but there are several reports here to amaze, amuse and delight.

The 19th Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta wrapped up last Saturday with Neil Pryde lifting the Raja Muda Cup for the fourth time. Race reports and pics here.

In Hong Kong the annual Around the Island race suffered from a paucity of breeze, but we understand that a good time was had by all anyway - especially the VIP visitors from Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Yacht Club Italiano. Overseas visitors are always welcome, at any regatta. has some fancy new statistics-monitoring systems in place, and now we know that if a headline says FREE BEER then everyone clicks on it. Surprise! Add in 'naked sailing' and what more could you want? So read on...

Raja Muda 2008 - Happy Endings!
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The last day of the Raja Muda 2008, Saturday, dawned with some patches of blue sky and plenty of promise on the met front. Race Officer Jerry Rollin was determined to run three races for Classes 1, 3 and 4 to make up for the missed race in Penang last Wednesday (good grief, was it that long ago?) And sure enough, some slick and efficient race management allowed the three races... [more]

Woman Skipper wins Malaysian Qualifiers
Audrey Lakai,
Nurul Ain Md Isa, received the loudest hurrah when she skippered Perak Sailing Team to a surprise win in the 2008 Malaysian Match Racing Championships – Malaysian Qualifiers Finals, at Pulau Duyung, today.... [more]

How not to take a shower on Team Russia - Volvo OR
Mark Covell,
From Mark Covell on Team Russia during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. As I write this, the sold 20-knot trade winds are becoming less and less stable. The dreaded doldrums must be just up ahead. We have already had our first onset of heavy tropical rain, warm, refreshing and forcing a sail change.... [more]

A Doldrums horror movie for Ericsson 3? - Volvo OR
Mark Chisnell,
Mark Chisnell asks 'Is it going to be another Doldrums horror movie for Anders Lewander and the crew of Ericsson 3? Can the eastern promises of Team Russia be kept? Overnight, the fleet had taken up a three-pronged formation, with the centre still led by the Ericsson twins – 4 ahead of 3. Tucked in behind these two were PUMA and Green Dragon, with Delta Lloyd following.... [more]

PIMEX 2008 - no room at the inn!
PIMEX Event Media,
Luxury motor yachts afloat in 2008 include Sunseeker; Gulf Craft, Chris Craft, Formula, Princess, Riviera, Pershing, Maritimo, Crownline, Cranchi, Sunnav, Horizon, Posillipo, Rodman, Tiara, Mustang, Bondway, X2K, Sea Ray, Seatboat, and Silkline International.... [more]

A Blonde named Tiffany and The Pied Piper
Jardine Media,
‘There's this guy' said my newspaper editor, dragging on his Havana cigar and puffing out an enormous cloud of black smoke ‘who's like the Pied Piper of Melbourne. He's getting the kids into Optimist dinghies, and then when they're too big for them he helps them make the transition into other classes, like the RS Feva...'... [more]

Kiteboarders welcome but not wanted in Record Book
Richard Gladwell,
When is an Outright Sailing Speed record not an Outright Sailing Speed record? When it's set by a Kiteboarder, that's when. Or so, the World Speed Sailing Record Council would have us believe, following a vote by the Council of the International Sailing Federation.... [more]

Ainslie tops Skandia Team GBR Awards
Lindsey Bell,
British sailors capped off a historic year in style at the third annual Skandia Team GBR Awards Dinner and Presentations at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, on Friday (21 November) with triple Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie picking up the top prize of the evening.... [more]

Carbon crunching, high speeds and more - VOR blogs
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
The highs and lows of life onboard during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Cochin, India. Ericsson 4 is travelling at a very high average speed, it;s bumpy on Team Russia and on Telefonica Blue its the crunching of carbon the crew is hearing. Delta LLoyd has a problem with it's water maker ... read on.... [more]

Day One of Malaysian Qualifiers for Monsoon Cup
Audrey Lakai Rurrum Communications,
Competitors began racing today in the 2008 Malaysian Match Racing Championships in Pulau Duyung. The Malaysian Match Racing Championships serves as one of only two qualifying regattas in the lead up to the prestigious Monsoon Cup, to be contested in here next week.... [more]

Volvo Race - Helmets and goggles are back on
Volvo event media,
The eight-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet is cracking along now at a steady 20 knots, broad reaching in the southeast trade winds and clicking off the miles towards the finish in Cochin. The helmets and goggles are back on as the waves crash over the boat, but the motion is better and the water is warmer... [more]

Kiteboards are not Sailing Boats - it's Official!
Nancy Knudsen,
'Rubbish! That's not a sailing boat!' said the Skipper with his usual diplomacy as we sailed along in the afternoon breeze doing a very brisk 7 knots on the 4th October this year. I had just told him that a kiteboarder had the day before broken the world speed record at over 50 knots. The members of the World Sailing Speed Record Council(WSSRC) must have been listening... [more]

Loro Piana half-way Around the Island Race
RHKYC Event Media,
Less than ideal conditions did nothing this morning to dampen the enthusiasm of the 200 boats entered for the 2008 Loro Piana Around The Island Race. In a classic pursuit race, entrants departed Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour from Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Kellett Island clubhouse, with staggered start times on two start lines to try and chase down their ‘slower' rivals.... [more]

20 boats entered for Royal Langkawi event
New Straits Times, nstonline,
The Royal Langkawi International Regatta(RLIR 2009) to be held at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club from Jan 4-10, has attracted more than 20 teams already. RLIR Technical Director Ahmad Zailani Bashah said among sailors who have confirmed their participation are from Australia, England, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, France, Belgium, Hong Kong, Holland, Korea, China and Malaysia.... [more]

Monsoon Cup on Television
World Match Racing Tour,
The week of the 1st of December sees the final event of the World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia where the ISAF Match Racing World Champion will be crowned. Extensive TV coverage is planned with four daily highlights shows going out on 2, 3, 4, 5 December plus 2 hours of live coverage from 2-4 pm local time (GMT +8) each day on 6 and 7 December.... [more]

Mark Chisnell sets the Doldrums crossing point
Mark Chisnell,
Torben Grael and Ericsson 4 stumbled into the traffic last night, grinding to a halt and forced to watch as Anders Lewander and his Ericsson 3 boys found an alternative route to the west and pushed their advantage into double digit mileage for a while. The next three days is going to be about picking and having the right sail for hitting the Doldrums sweet spot... [more]

Malaysian Qualifers ahead of Monsoon Cup
Audrey Lakai,
The Malaysian Match Racing Championship (MMRC) that doubles up as the Malaysian Qualifier for the Monsoon Cup 2008, sets sail at the venue for the Monsoon Cup, tomorrow with an exciting field of experienced and aspiring local sailors, eager to stamp their mark on the international sailing stage.... [more]

Ainslie and Minoprio race hard ahead of Cup
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
In the last week before the 2008 Monsoon Cup, the final event in the 208 World Match Racing Tour two of the competing skippers, the triple Olympic Gold Medalist Ben Ainslie and the rising star of the World Match Racing Tour New Zealand's Adam Minoprio will be racing in the 2008 New Zealand Match racing Championships... [more]

Sailing From Phuket to Langkawi - the Rally
Maggie Joyce Mariner Boating,
Snorkelling in warm clear water, swimming ashore to white, sandy beaches, pulling a meal for ten out of the water, grabbing a lift with a local to the market or shopping for a bargain in the tiny stalls in Phi Phi, these things are all equally important.... [more]

The Wounded Dragon fights on
Lucy Harwood,
It has been a dramatic week for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet but it has been the Dragon and the Cat who took the brunt of the damage. Green Dragon first broke her steering gear, which caused the boat to Chinese gybe and culminated in the boom breaking in two.... [more]

Raja Muda 2008 – Penang to Langkawi
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The breeze built gently all through the afternoon, reaching some 16-18 knots all over the racecourse with occasional patches of stronger stuff – Happy Endings reported a sustained period of 27 knots near the finish line, stern stuff for a Mumm 30! With owner Frank Pong away on business, Jelik stormed up the rhumb line at a steady 12-13 knots with everybody bar none stacked on the rail.... [more]

Dramatic wind drop as Volvo fleet heads north
Volvo Ocean Race media,
As the northernmost boats in the Volvo fleet leave the effects of the deep low pressure system they've been riding for the past several days, wind speeds are already beginning to drop and the forecast is that this is only the beginning. Overnight, PUMA tucked in behind the race leader, Ericsson 3, at one point crossing over her track.... [more]

Finally Peyron leads Vendee fleet out of Doldrums
Vendee Globe media,
Loïck Peyron on Gitana Eighty leads the vendee Globe fleet out of the Doldrums into more settled, building winds. Seb Josse (BT) is 16 miles behind in second place as Vincent Riou (PRB) moves slightly east and lies third,... [more]

Keppel Bay (Singapore) launches RYA sail training
Keppel Bay Sailing Academy,
Keppel Bay Sailing Academy (KBSA), a premier training facility for recreational and professional sailing launched today at Marina at Keppel Bay, has become the first in Singapore to provide courses accredited by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).... [more]

ISAF Recognises Int'l Melges 32 Class Association
International Melges 32 Class Association,
The International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) is proud to inform it has been awarded ISAF (International Sailing Authority Federation) Recognized Class status. With this esteemed honor, the class can truly validate the strength, fleet growth, popularity and longevity of the Melges 32.... [more]

Taiwan Strait to Open for Cruising Sailors
Shelley Shan,Taipei Times/Sail-World,
The Taiwan Strait is a body of water more known for its military tension than for its appeal to cruising sailors, but in a welcome move, yachts from Taiwan and China (as well as cruise ships) will be soon able to travel across the Taiwan Strait for the first time in recent history.... [more]

Sometimes I sail naked – Sailor grabs headlines
Sailing sponsorships are providing a new trend. British Sailor Samantha Davies has started a new trend and its working for sponsors and for the sailing audience too, because Sex Sells... [more]

Green Dragon and Team Russia through scoring gate
Green Dragon media/Team Russia media,
Volvo Ocean Race. It was a good day onboard Green Dragon as Ian Walker and his crew stormed over the scoring gate picking up three valuable points along the way. Team Russia, skippered by Andreas Hanakamp, crossed the scoring gate at longitudinal 58 degrees east on the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 in fourth position this morning at 09.36 GMT to pick up 2.5 points.... [more]


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