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27 Dec 2008


Major Events

2008 Olympics Qingdao


The Volvo fleet is in Singapore taking a break – they all got there in time for Christmas but oh boy it was slow work to the finish. Some of the boats were kedging in the southern part of the Malacca Strait. “Throwing dice” was one description of the racing that came from on-board. For those interested in the fleet, the Race Village opens on 08 January.

The Sydney-Hobart race started on Boxing Day in ideal conditions, and the leaders were busy setting record-breaking times for the first part of the game, but the wind has eased off a little now. One sinking, but no casualties. Story below.
PIMEX, the Phuket-based boat show that ran during the King's Cup, took a battering in visitor numbers but came up smiling. Strategic planning has now moved the show to January, when it is estimated there are more “high net worth” visitors in Phuket.

The “Three Blondes in a Boat” have called it a day, l'Hydroptere flipped over, and Mumm 30s no longer exist – that's official. Read all about it...

Sail World Asia hopes that everyone had a very Merry Christmas, wishes you a Happy New Year, and looks forward to receiving your news, stories and images from Asian events for distribution around the region.

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PIMEX to move to January show slot
PIMEX Event Media,
Organisers of the Phuket International Marine Expo (PIMEX) are planning to move the next event to early January 2010 in an effort to capture more quality visitors, says show director Andy Dowden. The decision comes in the wake of the industry's battering by the global economic slowdown and political unrest in Thailand.... [more]

Down but not out - Boxing Day drama for Josse and BT in Vendee Globe
Seb Josse and BT media,
The BT shore team received a call from skipper Sébastien Josse today at 11:47 GMT, reporting having been knocked down by the raging seas generated by the storm the leaders have been negotiating overnight.... [more]

Vendee Globe: BT suffers damage after knockdown
Vendee Globe media,
The French skipper Seb Josse on BT was knocked down with the mast in the water for several minutes and has since found ‘considerable damage': cracking to the coach-roof which is letting in water at a ‘manageable rate' but he now plans to head north to see what kind of repairs he can make.... [more]

Sydney Hobart Race leaders enter Bass Strait
Lisa Ratcliff & Jim Gale,
For most of yesterday the top six boats in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race chewed up the miles, the 30ms maxis peaking at 20 knots of boat speed before the winds lightened off considerably just before midnight. This morning frontrunners Wild Oats XI and Skandia are virtually side by side, but are off record pace.... [more]

Sebastien Col leads K-Challenge crew for Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Stephanie Nadin,
FRA93, K-Challenge's V5 ACC boat which was built for participation in the last America's Cup, will be back to operations for training in 2009. Before the European season the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 1-14 February 2009 and Helmsman Sebastien Col will arrive in Auckland on January 23, in order to start the training... [more]

Sydney Hobart : Georgia sinking - all crew rescued
Drama this evening in the 64th Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, when Victorian yacht Georgia, the New Zealand built Farr 52 belonging to two Sydney to Hobart veterans John Williams and Graeme Ainley who between them have sailed 49 Hobart races, this evening issued a MayDay at 21:25, when the vessel was around 34 miles east of Ulladulla.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Lead yachts setting breakneck pace
Rolex Sydney Hobart media,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet are enjoying a quick ride down the coast this evening. We have a beautiful breeze, we have our large spinnaker up and we are slowly heading out to sea as the wind is moving towards the north. We are doing 16 knots and the world is a wonderful place, says veteran Bruce Taylor on Chutzpah.... [more]

2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Images by Andrea Francolini of the start
Andrea Francolini images,
Andrea Francolini was in the air and captured the boats in action at the start of the 2008 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Here are a few of his images.... [more]

Vendee Globe: Tough, unrelenting conditions hit back of the fleet
Vendee Globe media,
As the leaders climb to pass the New Zealand gate leader Michel Desjoyeaux has slowed in recent hours, encountering awkward cross seas and changing conditions. Tough, unrelenting conditions for those towards the back of the fleet, little time for Christmas festivities.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Delta Lloyd against the odds cross finish under sail
Kate Laven,
To end Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, the beleaguered Delta Lloyd, against the odds, crossed the finish line under sail to add a single point to their overall tally. They finished with engine failure just 20 minutes after dropping the sails.... [more]

How Telefonica Blue won Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race
Bouwe Bekking,
Telefonica Blue has won a thrilling Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09. Skipper Bouwe Bekking is happy to let everyone in on the secret of how the battle was won, shortening the gap on the leaderboard to Ericsson 4 to just 4.5 points... [more]

Team Russia retire from Volvo - out of Money
Team Russia,
Team Russia today announced it has suspended racing upon arrival in Singapore at the end of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race due to insufficient funds to continue the campaign... [more]

America's Cup: Yachting NZ signs up for betting on yacht racing
Zoe Hawkins and Sail-World,
It is now possible to bet on yacht racing through a deal signed between Yachting NZ and the NZ Racing Board. The move is expected to allow New Zealanders and international punters the opportunity to bet on the outcomes of yacht races. The move has been announced by Yachting New Zealand, however no comment has yet been made by the Racing Board, which is known to have been pursuing an agreement... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: In-port reflections and Delta Lloyd still sailing
Various Volvo OR competitors/Sail-World,
Latest news from the Volvo Ocean Race. All of the fleet, except the injured Delta Lloyd are now in port at Singapore. Delta Lloyd battles on, determined to finish this leg - sailing.... [more]

Volvo: Green Dragon and Kosatka Team Russia fight to the end
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Green Dragon (Ian Walker/GBR) and Kosatka Team Russia (Andreas Hanakamp/AUT) have been fighting their own private battle for the minor placings.... [more]

PIMEX 2008 reports good sales despite the Bangkok Airport closure
PIMEX Media,
The Phuket International Marine Expo, PIMEX 2008, ran from December 4th through to December 7th after an eventful week leading up to the opening. It took place at the new Royal Phuket Marina Exhibition and Conference Centre.... [more]

Three blondes in a boat call it a day
British sailing's golden girls, Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, have confirmed that they've raced for the last time as a trio following the removal of the Yngling class from the 2012 Olympic Games. They will announce their future plans in the New Year, but Elliot 6m match racing event has been ruled out... [more]

World B Class Record by Sailrocket ratified
John Reed - Secretary to the WSSR Council,
The WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record - World B Class Record by Sailrocket. Yacht: Vestas Sailrocket. Solid wing sail. Name: Paul Larsen. AUS.... [more]

l'Hydroptère hits 61 knots!
'Hydroptère media - Marlène Colegrave,
l'Hydroptère has just recorded a speed peak of 61 knots this morning. Wind conditions were pretty though with an established wind at 35-38 knots and gusts at over 45 knots off Napoléon beach at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, which is the speed base of l'Hydroptère, certified by the WSSRC.... [more]

Gilmour's focused pathway to Match Racing success
Tracey Johnstone,
Peter Gilmour's pathway to Monsoon Cup champion in the ninth and final event of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour was littered with distractions and surprising results... [more]

Volvo in Malacca Strait with their eyes wide open
Volvo media,
Ericsson 4 led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet through the scoring gate at Palau We yesterday, followed by Telefónica Blue and Ericsson 3. The entire fleet, except Delta Lloyd, has now passed the scoring gate at Palau We, and are now negotiating the Malacca Strait with their eyes wide open... [more]

Britain to set up Womens Match Racing Academy
Rob Kothe,
Following the International Sailing Federation's adoption of the Elliott 6m for the women's keelboat match racing event for 2012, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is now calling for expressions of interest from British women to be considered for its new Women's Olympic Match Race Academy to be run by the Olympic Steering Group as part of the RYA Olympic programme.... [more]

Mumm 30 becomes Farr 30
Bunny Wayt - International Class Secretary,
The M30 International Class Association announced today its Owners have voted unanimously to change the name of the Class Association to the Farr 30 International One Design Class.... [more]


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