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21 Jan 2009

Major Events

2009 Skandia Geelong Week

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series


Hong Kong Wins RS:X Youth Title
Competitors in Pattaya awoke on the final day of the 2008 RS:X Youth World Championships, postponed because of the sit in at the main international airport in Bangkok last December, to a calm sea and for the first time, a light breeze blowing directly on shore. The boy's fleet race were scheduled to start first, followed by the girl's fleet and the boy's Medal Race last. The postponement flag went... [more]

Battling against the odds... Singapore Straits Regatta 2009,
In the Racing Class Neil Pryde's Welbourne 52 Hi Fi has consistently won the starts and led around the top mark to go on and win the race. Today was no exception and together with near faultless crew work bagged another two wins, making it six wins out of six races and rap up the series with a day to spare.... [more]

Philippine Hobie Challenge set to launch
Business World OnLine,
Now on its tenth running, the PHC presented by Villa Maria & Margarita, is dubbed as the country's extreme adventure sailing event because of its challenging routes, gorgeous island destinations, blue waters with rich marine life, and breath-taking scenery.... [more]

Jaguar Cars join Six Senses for Phuket Raceweek 2009
Event Media,
As preparations get into full swing for Six Senses Phuket Raceweek 2009 – comprising four days of first-class yacht racing and five nights of glittering parties – organisers and rights holders IMAGE asia are delighted to announce that Six Senses Resorts & Spas have signed up as Title Sponsor for the second consecutive year, while Jaguar Land Rover Asia Pacific have come on board for the first time... [more]

More images - Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Team NZ vs BMW Oracle
Richard Gladwell,,
More images from today's practice between BMW Oracle Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand, showing the two yachts in their new graphics and sails, plus new Louis Vuitton Series spinnakers... [more]

Images of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - Team NZ vs BMW Oracle
Richard Gladwell,,
Images from today's practice between BMW Oracle Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand, showing the two yachts in their new graphics and sails, plus new Louis Vuitton Series spinnakers... [more]

Kochi, a future hub of water sports
Juhan Samuel,,
With plenty of water to play with, Kochi has become a popular boating and yachting hub for the tourists from India and abroad. After the shocking terror attacks in Mumbai, investors and sailors are turning their attention towards southern India.... [more]

Sportsboats spank Etchells for Loveboat Trophy - again
Ingmar Jense, SBR Class,
Most importantly though was the 'friendly' rivalry of the Loveboat Trophy which was the six best sportsboats against the six best Etchells on the overall result. It was a great day with blue skies and a warm breeze of 5-8 knots and a prompt 1400 hrs gun for the first start.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Green Dragon closes the gap
Lucy Harwood,
After a long night onboard Green Dragon, the day is looking brighter as the fleet begins to compress and Ian Walker and his crew make valuable gains on the boats ahead of them.... [more]

Vendee Globe: Has Desjoyeaux escaped the Doldrums?
Vendee Globe media,
Vendee Globe: Has Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) escaped from the Doldrums even before crossing the Equator? It may not be the Doldrums, but for Samantha Davies (Roxy), to the south of Rio, the effect is the same. Struggling in light winds her average speed over 24 hours has dropped to 6.5 knots.... [more]

SAFYC Horsburgh Challenge 2009
Event media,
The Horsburgh Challenge, the major event in Singapore's sailing calendar, is synonymous with SAFYC. It is also the most challenging keel-boat event in Singapore. The boats will be racing to Horsburgh Lighthouse, located 35 nautical miles east of Singapore, in full blown North East Monsoon conditions.... [more]

COA Chinese New Year Macau Race 2009 - reminder!
HK Cruiser Owners' Association,
Monday 26th January, 1st Leg, Hong Kong to Macau Tuesday 27th January, Lay Day and Prizegiving Party Wednesday 28th January, 2nd Leg, Macau to Hong Kong... [more]

Youth Hobie 16 'Challenge' grows into an international event
Anthony Duchatel,
The Youth Hobie 16 'Challenge' to be held off the water's of Palm Beach in Sydney from the 23rd to the 26th January has grown into a major international event. Forty of the worlds best Youth sailors from across Australia and the South Pacific have signed up for the 'Challenge', which has attracted the the current Open, Youth and Grand Masters Hobie 16 World champions.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race boat blogs on Day 2 of Leg 4 to China
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Latest Volvo Ocean Race news from the boats on Day 2 of Leg 4. Telefonica Blue is settling into the upwind leg, Green Dragon recognises tough leg ahead, Puma finding it not easy to get back into the swing of things, Telefonica Black plan for the new waypoint and not much has changed on Ericsson 3, except the skipper! Read on........... [more]

Coville achieves feat but not record
Sodeb'O media/Thierry Martinez images,
On Saturday at 1041 hours UTC, Thomas Coville and Sodeb'O completed their circumnavigation of the globe in 59 days, 20 hours, 47 minutes and 43 seconds. An hour and a half later, the skipper made landfall. Images from Thierry Martinez of the finish.... [more]


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