from sailing Oppies to trashing VO70s, and Geelong Week too...




28 Jan 2009

Major Events


The Volvo Ocean Race has turned into a Demolition Derby as the boats slam, crash, crunch (and break) their way from Singapore to Qingdao. So you thought all the roughtie-toughtie sailing took place in the Solent or the Bass Strait? Think again! Ken Read (Puma Racing) even says they are "sailing where no one really should" - the China Sea!

On a calmer and warmer note we have update news on preparations for the Top of the Gulf Regatta, Oppie sail training in Phuket, and the Phang Nga Bay Regatta.

Learn to sail an Optimist in Phuket
Phuket Yacht Club,
These courses are for 7 to 15 year olds weighing up to 55 kg. The programme is done in Optimist sailing dinghies, a small and simple one-design boat that is used all over the world by juniors to learn sailing - and is even an international racing class... [more]

Phang Nga Bay: ‘The Photographer's Regatta'
Alan Parkhouse, The Bangkok Post,
The Phang Nga Bay Regatta is one of the world's most scenic sailing events, and while the racing is serious, it's also a lot of fun. The first of Thailand's six annual sailing regattas starts this week with a record fleet expected to set sail in the Phang Nga Bay Regatta, but this event is different from the other five - it was started by John Everingham, a photographer and not a sailor.... [more]

Getting ready for Top of the Gulf
Event Media,
Great news starting the year 2009: the piling is under way for the renovation and expansion of Ocean Marina. The replacement piles for the outer berth finger have been driven, and work on the piling for the new berths has commenced. We are awaiting the dredging schedule which will be done on several refurbished berths to allow 4 meter draft at low tides. These berths will be allocated on a firs... [more]

Phang Nga Bay Regatta 'round of applause'
Dawn Del Vecchio,
The opening party of the 12th annual Phang Nga Bay Regatta was a 'chilled out and relaxed' event said Simon Grant, Marine Manager of the new Ao Po Grand Marina, Phuket. Chilled out it was, but not at the expense of good spirits, great music and a record number of competitors.... [more]

Ericsson 3 on way to Taiwan after discovering cracks in hull
Ercisson Racing Team,
The crew of Ericsson 3, one of two Ericsson Racing Team entries in the Volvo Ocean Race, is making way for Taiwan after discovering cracks in the forward port side of the hull.... [more]

Sri Lanka to develop its marine industry
Lanka Times, Sri Lanka,
As an island nation Sri Lanka is determined to explore and harness its most valuable resource, the sea, for economic growth and expansion.... [more]

Volvo leader Telefonica Blue suffers damage after collison with object
Volvo Ocean Race media,
There is no respite for the six boats still racing in leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race. The storms are back with gusts of up to 45 knots for the leg leader Telef√≥nica Blue. Currently 56 nautical miles off Cape Sandiao on the northeastern tip of Taiwan, the team reported a collision with a submerged object, which damaged the ‘crash bow' of the boat.... [more]

Volvo: Puma makes steady progress as Ken Read suffers finger injury
Puma Ocean Racing media,
Puma are making steady progress northwards towards Qingdao, China during the ‘nightmare' fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. 'I am now starting to feel the effects of some serious pain killers. The exact time I went to hold the rope was the exact time it was being eased through a large titanium block'... Ken Read.... [more]

Virtual Eye breaks new ground in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Richard Gladwell,,
Animation Research Ltd will be providing their Virtual Eye coverage at the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. However for the first time in any sport, the computer will have almost completely replaced the video camera in a live outside sporting broadcast. here Sail-World looks at the development of graphics in sailing, and ARL's role in that development process.... [more]

Volvo OR - Green Dragon resumes racing uncertain if repairs will hold
Lucy Harwood / AUS,
The crew onboard Green Dragon have resumed racing to Qingdao. Yesterday Green Dragon reported suffering structural damage to the bow of the boat whilst sailing in plus 45 knots and an agitated six – ten metres sea state. The Dragon headed inshore to seek shelter and find a place to effect repairs, they pulled up in Salomague Bay in the Philippines. They are now in sixth place... [more]

Images from the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series - BMW Oracle Racing
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Gilles Martin-Raget presents a selection of images from the second day of practice racing between Emirates Team New Zealand and BMW Oracle racing using USA-87 and USA-98... [more]

Telefonica Black retires from Leg 4 of Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
This morning the bad news from the limping Telefonica Black became worse when the team informed the Race Office it would be retiring from the leg to Qingdao. At around 07:00 GMT yesterday, Telefonica Black turned back from the Luzon Strait after taking a hammering in the enraged sea state, whipped up by fierce winds and an opposing current.... [more]

Skandia Geelong Week images
Andrea Francolini images,
Andrea Francolini images from todays' racing at Skandia Geelong Week.... [more]

Images from Moth Nationals - Nathan Outteridge wins title,
Andrea Francolini's images from the last day of competition at the Zhik International Moth Nationals, being sailed in conjunction with Skandia Geelong Week, on Corio Bay.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Slamming, sheltering, suspension and fifty knots
Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors,
Quite a day for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. Onboard Ericsson 4, they thought it an odd day going upwind in 45 knots plus, Telefonica Blue is constantly slamming and onboard Ericsson 3 its uncomfortable in 50 knots plus. Green Dragon has suspended racing.... [more]

Volvo Race - Four Volvo yachts suspend racing
Volvo media,
Day seven of leg four has seen the Volvo Ocean Race bring out the pure seamanship of the fleet rather than the hard racing ability. Puma has been forced to suspend racing with a broken boom. Telefónica Black have pulled off the racecourse to investigate a crack in the hull. Delta Lloyd and Green Dragon have also stopped racing... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma breaks boom
Puma media,
In the early hours of this Saturday morning the Puma Ocean Racing team, who were leading leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race, broke their boom. Whilst sailing upwind in over 50 knots with waves of over 20 feet high, the PUMA team was forced to stop abruptly when the boom, which runs along the foot of the sail, snapped in two. All crew onboard are safe and well... [more]

Zhik Moth Australian titles - Outteridge pounces after Payne foiled
Lisa Ratcliff,
With just one race remaining, Australia's Nathan Outteridge has moved into first place on the Zhik International Moth Nationals pointscore thanks to consistent seconds, five all up from nine races. And his nemesis Simon Payne made the mistake Outteridge was waiting in the wings for.... [more]

Skandia Geelong Week- sports boats wet, wild and broken
Traci Ayris,
'It looks like being one of those 'sit down and hang on days!' remarked Bendigo Private skipper Cam Rae and reigning Bundaberg Sports Boat champion Cameron Williams agreed. 'Definitely fresh and frightening!' and they were right. Heading out for a start in a building 20-25 south westerly the drama was quick to unfold.... [more]

Skandia Geelong Week - Smiles All Round
Traci Ayris,
It's a long way from the mountains of Burma to the blue waters of Corio Bay and parents of the Karen community of Geelong were not quite sure how their children would take to dinghy sailing at Eastern Beach today but they needn't have worried.... [more]

Sinking and Dismasting - Day of drama at Skandia Geelong Week
Lisa Ratcliff/Skandia Media team,
Today's blustery conditions on Geelong's Corio Bay caused a few headaches for competitors with Tod Bartlett's Boatspeed 23 Bohica and Paul Davis' trailer boat Street Car requiring assistance from Skandia Geelong Week organisers, The Royal Geelong Yacht Club.... [more]


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