Wishing all sailors everywhere a very Happy New Year




02 Jan 2009

Major Events

2009 Skandia Geelong Week


Sail-World Asia wishes sailors and readers everywhere a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. May the wind always fill your sails (from a little aft of the beam), may your anchors never drag, may your foulies stay in the locker, and may your instruments be safe from lightning. May your strainers and your heads never clog. May your beers always be cold, and may the rum never run out. Welcome to 2009!

Here's to a great new year of sailing events and entertainment, comments and questions, stories, reports, and of course photographs! Here's to reagatas and races all around Asia, and all the news that's fit to print from the rest of the world.

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Open Letter to Ernesto Bertarelli from Vincenzo Onorato
Another stylish broadside from Onorato, straight at Bertarelli's waterline. Which rooms near the sea have I visited in the last decades in Naples? Where have I had dinner hundreds of times - when I thought I was at my yacht club? Should I now question whether my club exists?... [more]

America's Cup: Damning statement filed by New York Yacht Club
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
In a surprise move, the New York Yacht Club has filed an 'amicus curiae' brief with the Appeal Court In New York. The brief is damning on the role and validity of the Club Nautico Espanol de Vela, which is the current Challenger of Record, subject to an Appeal by Golden Gate YC.... [more]

British Olympic Sailors celebrated in Queens New Year's Honours
Karenza Morton,
Britain's history-making sailors have had their astonishing feats in 2008 recognised in the New Year's Honours List. All Britain's gold medal winning sailors at Beijing 2008 have been honoured along with RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park... [more]

1998 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Remembered
Jennifer Crooks,
Threatening skies complemented a somber mood as skippers, crews and volunteers gathered together dockside to pay tribute to the six sailors who have lost their lives during the Sydney to Hobart ocean racing classic ten years ago.... [more]

Five times World Champion Glenn Ashby wins A-Cat Pre-Worlds
Rob Kothe,
Five times A-Cat World Champion Glenn Ashby reminded everyone just why he is the A-Cat King today. He has produced a dominating display in the five race Australian A-Cat titles on Lake Macquarie. His scorecard was 1, 1,3,3,1 – an impressive result in an 85 boat fleet.... [more]

Budel rescued from disabled yacht deep in Southern Ocean
Brian Hancock,
Budel, a 69 year old grandfather of five was racing the second leg of the Portimão Global Ocean Race when the lead bulb of his keel separated. At 11:45GMT today there was a dramatic rescue deep in the South Indian Ocean. The 17,000 tonne bulk carrier CSK Radiance located the stricken yacht Hayai.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Calm between Storms
Rolex Sydney Hobart Media,
An eerie calm in Bass Strait and light and variable winds along the Tasmanian coast split the smaller and slower boats in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race fleet from the fast-finishing 50 to 55 footers, which have dominated the overall corrected time placings.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Trying to lose weight
Kate Laven,
Giant dockside scales are looming large for the Volvo Ocean Race shore crews who are frantically trying to calculate whether their boat repairs over the first 15,000 nautical miles of the race may have taken them over the permitted weight limit.... [more]

Both Josse and Hatfield officially retire from Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe,
After suffering damage which they cannot repair at sea Sébastien Josse and Derek Hatfield, CAN, confirmed today that that have retired from the Vendée Globe. Josse sustained rudder damage as well as cracking to the coachroof and a bulkhead on BT when he was capsized on Boxing Day. Hatfield is heading towards Tasmania with broken spreaders, also the victim of a capsize by huge seas.... [more]

Coville rounds the Cape of Storms
Kale Jennings,
Thomas Coville rounded the legendary rock nicknamed the Cape of Storms on his attempt to break the round the world record under sail held by Francis Joyon. This nickname is well deserved as this evening there were - very big seas with winds increasing sharply from 12 to 30 knots... [more]

Vendee Globe: Generali considered Lost at Sea
Vendee Globe media,
Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) leads at 88.1 miles ahead of Roland Jourdain, while Sam Davies, GBR, (Roxy) is top international skipper in eighth place.... [more]


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