Regional and International sailing news




16 Apr 2009

Major Events


It's a wrap... well, for this week, anyway. As of tomorrow we'll be kicking a few tyres at the China International Boat Show in Shanghai. Watch this space.

The Platus are coming. Top of the Gulf 2009
Kev Scott, Ferret News,
At the moment 14 Platus will contest this year's event but there are still some entries pending and we hope to have all 17 on the start line. At the Open in March, three races out of seven were decided by less than one second on the finish line. If you want the best One Design racing possible, in warm waters with good breeze, come to the Top of The Gulf Regatta in Pattaya.... [more]

Winners Decided at Asian Youth Games Sailing Trials in Singapore
Darren Choy (15) of the Singapore Sports School and Najwa Jumali (14) of Raffles Girls School topped the rankings after the five-day nomination event to select the Byte CII sailors to represent Singapore at the 1st Asian Youth Games which concluded today at the National Sailing Centre.... [more]

San Fernando Race - Strewth misses record
Lindsay Lyons,
Purplefinder tracking shows that fleet leader Strewth experienced a drop in speed around 0700hrs this morning, which has picked back up to the 8+ knot mark, but which looks to have put the Race record out of her grasp. At 12:30:00 (Hong Kong time) there were still 26nm to cover to cross the finish line at San Fernando, giving an ETA in the region of 16:30:00, well outside the target finish time of... [more]

Singapore's search for Asian Youth Games sailors begins
Ho Shu Fen, SingaporeSailing,
The AYG will be held from 29 June to 7 July 2009 in Singapore. The sailing events for 14 and 15 year olds will be held at the National Sailing Centre. With preliminary entries rolling in, organisers are expecting a good turnout of up to 70 sailors from 18 countries from throughout Asia.... [more]

Singapore make their mark on Toyota NZ Optimist Championships - Day 1
NZ Optimist Association,
Day One of the 2009 Toyota Optimist National Championships featured some great results by the team from Singapore. In race 2 they made a clean sweep coming in first second and third. They all say they like Wellington but it is just a little bit too cold. Also having a great day on the water were the Australian Sailors who are escaping from the heat.... [more]

China International Boat Show open for business
Jeni Bone,
The 14th CIBS will begin tomorrow, 16 April until 19 April, in the historic Shanghai Exhibition Centre, in downtown Shanghai, and despite a global recession, organisers are buoyant about sales prospects.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Ericsson 3 snaps top mast runner
Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors,
Latest news from the Volvo Ocean race fleet on leg 6 to Boston. Drama on Ericsson 3 as her top mast runner snapped. Quick thinking by the crew saved the mast from coming down. Delta Lloyd's navigator explains their roamings all over the course and on Puma they are trying to avoid that one big mistake. On Ericsson 4 its all about snacks........ [more]

San Fernando Race 2009 - first 24 hrs
RHKYC Event Media,
Strengthening conditions over the first night helped Geoff Hill's TP52 Strewth build up a commanding lead over a slightly battered fleet; with a current ETA in San Fernando of 1130 hrs tomorrow, Strewth threatens to smash the record of 49h 55m 12s held since 2001 by FfreeFire 70 – Geoff and his boys just need to finish before 14:15:12... [more]

America's Cup - Off the Record - 15 April: Postman's Knock
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
Much of what we have written since the Appeal Court Decision of 2 April has come from various sources close to the America's Cup action, who won't be quoted but are reasonably happy to talk off the record, on a 'not to be attributed' basis. The situation as we hear it today runs something like this... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race - All important Health and Safety offshore
Oliver Dewar,
In the Portimão Global Ocean Race, the double-handed and single-handed teams have to comply with an enormous number of rules applying to their boat and to the team members personally.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - The Champagne goes flat
Volvo media,
Now thoroughly into the south easterly trade winds, the Volvo fleet should be enjoying a fast transition to the scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha, 700 nm to the north, but instead, the trade winds are not living up to their reputation. In fact, champagne sailing this most certainly is not... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race- Fast reaching, squalls and keeping up the motivation
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Latest news from competitors on leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Rio to Boston. On Telefonica Black they are fast reaching, on Delta Lloyd its a minefield of squalls and on Ericsson 3 they are keeping the motivation up. Read on...... [more]

Time is running out for Vestas Sailrocket's record attempt
Paul Larsen,
The Sailrocket Team is attempting to break the record for the Outright Fastest in the world of speed sailing at Walvis Bay in Namibia. 'Once again a great looking forecast has evaporated away from us like a mirage. This morning when I checked out the forecast I was left feeling sick. Our record period runs out on the 16th i.e. in a few days... [more]

World's largest solar boat under construction in Germany
Gaea News,
A team of scientists, engineers, and yachtsmen are making what they say will be the largest solar boat ever built, with a view to making a trip around the world.Planet Solar is being built at the Knierim Yacht Club in Kiel, Germany. The $13m revolutionary vessel will be 98 feet long and 50 feet wide. That climbs to 114 feet and 82 feet when the solar panels are fully unfurled.... [more]

Eco-warrior sets sail to save oceans from 'plastic death'
Robin McKie, The Guardian,
In a few weeks, the heir to one of the world's greatest fortunes, David de Rothschild, will set sail across the Pacific - in a boat, the Plastiki, made from plastic bottles and recycled waste. The aim of this extraordinary venture is simple: to focus attention on one of the world's strangest and most unpleasant environmental phenomena: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch... [more]

Ray Roberts Cookson 50 Quantum Racing wins Brisbane to Gladstone race
Ian Grant,
Champion Sydney blue water yacht racing skipper Ray Roberts successfully steered his high performance Cookson 50 class sloop Quantum Racing to an outstanding win in the Brisbane to Gladstone race. Full results here.... [more]

Green Dragon's skipper admits Volvo Ocean Race is exhausting
Interviewed by Riath Al-Samarrai,
Riath Al-Samarrai interviewed Green Dragon skipper Ian Walker 'It really is an exhausting race. I don't feel as strong as I was. Performance in that respect must decline and you can see it in boat handling, hoisting sails and that. I think that's why you will increasingly see a strategy of crew replacement as you go along.' - Ian Walker... [more]

Classic Club-line start for San Fernando Race 2009
RHKYC Event Media,
In spite of unpromising conditions early this morning, Race Officer Joachim Isler was able to give the 19 entrants in this year's Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) San Fernando Race a Victoria Harbour start off Kellett Island in 6 to 8 knots of easterly breeze.... [more]

BANG! Warning gun signals launch of Clipper Race Yacht Club
Clipper Ventures,
The idea of forming a Clipper Race Yacht Club (CRYC) was floated at the International London Boat Show in January 2009. The Club's aim is to bring together all those that have been involved in the six Clipper Round the World Yacht Races to date and, in time, those on future Clipper Races. Over 340 members have signed up for the Club so far and it is expected this number will grow significantly by... [more]

PIMEX 2010 on track
PIMEX 2010 is now in the advanced planning stages, following the successful relocation to the stunning Royal Phuket Marina and the opening of the waterside Exhibition Hall last year. Now part of the Informa Yacht Group, promoters of the world-leading Monaco and Abu Dhabi Yacht Shows, PIMEX returns in 2010 with a new look and a new format.... [more]

America's Cup dates locked and loaded by Supreme Court Order
Richard Gladwell,
The dates for the 33rd America's Cup, if it is to be a Deed of Gift Match have been determined by the New York Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has also determined that the venue should be Valencia, Spain, or some other venue nominated by the Defender, no less than six months before the first race.... [more]

Beau Geste has Southern Spar stepped in Auckland
Richard Gladwell,
Beau Geste had her mast stepped in Auckland this morning. She was launched yesterday at the Gulf Harbour marina, North of Auckland and motored down to Auckland for her mast to be stepped. The spar is deck stepped and features a five spreader cathedral configuration, with EC6 rigging using clamp tongs.... [more]



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