Regional and International sailing news




29 Apr 2009

Major Events


Plenty of Asia regional stories here today, and the latest on the VOR, Portimao and AC as well. Sail World Asia is happy to be back in Hong Kong for five minutes (where if feels more like October than April), but will be heading to Top of the Gulf shortly. Ray Roberts has had some 'engine trouble' on his DK46 Quantum Racing, so will be competing in a Platu instead. ("You hold a tiller like this... and don't shout at the foredeckie, on this boat he's close enough to hear you...")

Boat Asia 2009 - a very 'hot property'
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Boat Asia 2009 wrapped up at Singapore's Marina at Keppel Bay yesterday after four days of visitor-melting heat and a tropical rainstorm of epic proportions. We don't have the official numbers yet, but the ‘quick-look-down-the-dock' measuring system suggests that visitor numbers might have been down a little on 2008.... [more]

Grand Pavois to co-partner Shenzhen International Boat Show
Grand Pavois Organisation (GPO),
Grand Pavois Organisation (GPO) organises the international in-water boat show the Grand Pavois in La Rochelle (France). This benchmark show has been held annually in September since 1973, and brings together more than 700 boats each year. 103,000 visitors and 870 international exhibitors attended the boat show last year, which covered 100,000 m2 of display space.... [more]

China Coast Guard closes Xiamen recreational boating
China Boating Intelligence (CBI),
Xiamen's Coast Guard office has placed new regulations on recreational boat usage which limit/prohibit use of sail and powered boats. Credible sources report that the Coast Guard now requires official boat registration/certification, licensed skippers/pilots, and 48 hour notice prior to use of all recreational boats. The new requirements apply to all recreational boats from family dinghy sailbo... [more]

China Cup promises another exciting event
CCIR Media, ed Sail-World Asia,
The 3rd China Cup International Regatta (CCIR) will be held 30 Oct to 2 Nov 2009 in the waters of Daya Bay, Shenzhen, China. Preparation for the regatta is well underway. Organisers expect 'stronger challengers and more countries represented. So far, teams from UK, Japan, Norway, France, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Korea, Russia, Turkey, Spain and Israel have expressed their intention for... [more]

Fairline welcomes new Singapore dealer
Fairline Boats,
Leading luxury performance motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Boats has further cemented its market presence in Asia with the dealer appointment of SGBoating Pte Ltd, trading as Fairline Singapore. The company joins the dealer network as the sole official dealer for Fairline in Singapore, operating from its premises at Raffles Marina.... [more]

Annual Singapore Inter-Schools Sailing Championship Wraps Up
Ho Shu Fen, SingaporeSailing,
Organised by Singapore Schools / Primary Schools Sports Council (SSSC & SPSSC) and Singapore Sailing Federation, a total of 423 sailors representing 23 primary, 31 secondary schools and four junior colleges raced in the event off the National Sailing Centre.... [more]

Boat Asia 2009 anchors at Marina at Keppel Bay
Boat Asia Media,
This year's Boat Asia show will also see the Asian and local debut of exciting new luxury boats. These include the innovative Four Winns SL262, the elegant Princess 42 Flybridge, and the contemporary Riviera 4400 Sports Yacht, which emerged as the '2008 Australian Boat of The Year'. The classy Fairline Targa 38, voted '2007 European Powerboat of the Year', will also be showcased at Boat Asia for... [more]

Replica Chinese sailing junk sunk by freighter
News Hawaii/Sail-World Cruising,
A Chinese sailing junk which was on the last leg of a journey to prove how Chinese sailors could have visited America 600 years ago, has been sunk after a collision with a freighter off the coast of Taiwan. Sail-World had been following the progress of the Princess TaiPing, a faithfully recreated sailing junk of the Ming Dynasty period... [more]

Pre-TOTG Pattaya raft-up
TOTG Event Media,
The upcoming raft up on Tuesday 28 April represents the unofficial start of the Top of The Gulf Regatta. We expect Bill Gasson to be on hand to give us the latest insight in the details of the regatta, which starts with registration on Thursday 30 April.... [more]

Measuring up at Top of the Gulf
TOTG Event Media,
Measurer Phil Harper will be available on Saturday April 25 and Sunday 26th from 2:00pm onwards to measure sails. The measuring location will be at D deck in Ocean Marina tower. Access to this area is via the service elevator in front of the San Marino condominium entrance.... [more]

China International Boat Show Charity Regatta 2009
Alistair Skinner,
The second running of this event broke records once again. Last year's event, the first charity regatta in China had 28 entries, at the time the biggest grass roots inland regatta in China. This year the figure was surpassed with 35 crews competing on the water, from Optimists to Quarter Tonners.... [more]

America's Cup - Off the Record - 28 April: It's back to Court we go
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. Today we look at the issue of the Contempt of Court proceedings filed with the New York Supreme Court... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race - German Team hunting for the lead
Oliver Dewar,
The Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet passed south of Rio de Janeiro with the double-handed boats separated by just 15 miles and solo sailor Michel Kleinjans mixing in with the fleet, ten miles behind the leading Class 40.... [more]

Green Dragon finishes in Boston to complete Volvo fleet
Event media,
Green Dragon finished leg six of the Volvo Ocean Race at 16:08 GMT, after 15 days, 22 hours, 8 minutes and 10 seconds at sea. 'We've been looking forward to Boston for a long time,' said skipper Ian Walker, 'It's the first step to Galway if you like. What a perfect day, spinnaker up all the way down the river, the sun's out, there are worse things in the world.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica Black wins fight for fifth place
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The fight for fifth place in leg six of the Volvo Ocean Race went down to the wire today. After a tremendous battle, Telefónica Black crossed the finish ahead of Delta Lloyd and claimed the four points on offer for fifth place, finishing at 0948 GMT (0448 local). Delta Lloyd crossed at 1010 GMT (0510 local). She adds three points to her overall tally.... [more]

Images of Semaine Olympique Francais at Hyeres
Richard Langdon,
Top international sailing photographer, Richard Langdon presents this gallery from Semaine Olympique Française at Hyeres... [more]

Ferretti back in the water
Ferretti Group S.p.A.,
Ferretti S.p.A have announced that their debt restructuring proposals have been accepted by The Royal Bank of Scotland for the senior loan and the financing pool of mezzanine lenders. The agreement is the first step in the implementation of the Plan aimed at strengthening the Ferretti group's financial situation.... [more]

Gladwell's Line: America's Cup likely to return to NY Supreme Court
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
The America's Cup seems to be destined to return to Court as a result of the action of Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve rejecting the offer of a Multi Challenger event sailed in yachts to the AC33 rule, made by the Challenger of Record, Golden Gate Yacht Club. At a meeting in Geneva, on Thursday, SNG/Alinghi did not accept the Multi Challenger proposal... [more]

Is there life after an around the world race?
Oliver Dewar,
For the seven skippers in the Portimão Global Ocean Race, the 23 day, Leg 3 stop over on the tropical, Brazilian island of Ilhabela was a chance to rest, recover and repair after the major hurdle of 7,500 miles of racing through the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn.... [more]

Alinghi opts for a May 2010 America's Cup Match in Multihulls
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
Societe Nautique de Geneve and the new Challenger of Record,Golden Gate Yacht Club met for the first time in Geneva overnight NZT. Various proposals were considered and discussed, however the position of the Defender was much as expected, and they announced a Match in May 2010 in 90ft Multihulls.... [more]



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