Flying 15s in Hong Kong, flying bedsteads in Switzerland




16 May 2009

Major Events

2008 Olympics Qingdao


The Swiss have given up on hulls altogether (no, it can't possibly be a boat!), and Groupama and Sodeb'O are both on standby for record attempts.

A new season of iShares Cup is starting in Venice, and there will be not one, but two, boats there from Oman Sail.

The RHKYC closes down its official sailing season this weekend with their Closing Regatta, and the Royal Varuna will have a Big Boat division in the Firebird-Prince Bira Trophy next weekend.

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RHKYC Spring Regatta 2009 this weekend 16-17 May
RHKYC Event Media,
Spring Regatta, the closing regatta of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's 2008-2009 sailing season, will take place this weekend in Victoria Harbour, a prime venue for yacht racing in Hong Kong since the first harbour regatta was held in 1849.... [more]
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Crash course in Mooloolaba Etchells racing for Hong Kong's Thornburrow
Tracey Johnstone,
Hong Kong skipper Mark Thornburrow will be looking to current world champion mainsail trimmer Matt Chew to help ease him into a top placing in this year's Musto Etchells Australian Winter Championship.... [more]
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Firebird-Prince Bira Trophy to include big boats
OMYC Media,
The traditional Firebird - Prince Bira Trophy, organized by RVYC, will take place on Sunday, May 24th. This year a big boat section will be included, organized by OMYCsailing.... [more]
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If it doesn't float, is it a 'boat'?
Mirabaud LX/,
The 2009 version of the Mirabaud LX foiler has been presented to the public and media this morning during a press conference at the Société Nautique de Genève. Supported by Mirabaud & Cie, Banquiers Privés, Thomas Jundt's foiler has captivated the national and international sailing audience last year thanks to its revolutionary concept. But is it a boat?... [more]
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Over 200 sailors for YAI (Yachting Association of India) regatta
The Hindu,
“In all, there will be 11 classes that will be part of the Asian championship and Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou (China) in 2010. So the regatta here will be treated as a starting point of selection trials for the immediate international competitions,” said Farokh Tarapore, one of the participants and chairman of the jury for the competition that is being held to commemorate the 50th annivers... [more]
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Johal eyes 2012 Olympics medal
Sundari Iyer, The Asian Age,
After a disappointing show at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Major Nachhatar Singh Johal is working hard to get a sailing medal for India at the 2012 Olympics. He is off to Europe at the end of May and said he was happy that the Army Yachting Node — where he is currently employed — is finalising his long-term coach under the Indian Army's Mission Olympics programme.... [more]
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Sponsorship Is Not A Dirty Word
Chris Gill,,
What do sponsors want in return for their investment? Has anyone thought to ask? I know from my days at Rolex that I got a huge number of sponsor requests asking for money. In return for that, they would do 'whatever we wanted.' It was the usual spots to watch on a sponsor boat, tickets to parties, etc. Not what we needed. Our customers (jewellers) had no desire to go watch a sailboat race.... [more]
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Koh Samui Regatta promises to be better than ever
Thailand Marine Guide,
This year's regatta will of course be first class, with one of the best line-ups so far. Off the water we will continue to have exceptional parties for the crews, and for the first time we will be having spectator boats and a spectator bar... [more]
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Ericsson 4 skipper warns not to under estimate leg 7 Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is ready to face the North Atlantic for leg seven as the teams make their final preparations ahead of Saturday's start. Torben Grael, skipper of the overall race leader, Ericsson 4, cautioned that this leg could be a brutal one.... [more]
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iShares Cup Venice - BMW Oracle leads after five hotly contested races
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup Venice and the 10 Extreme 40s put away five races this afternoon, before the breeze died. With two consecutive second places and a win in race 3, Gitana Extreme - Groupe LCF Rothschild impressed by their speed, consistency and tactics, and with BMW Oracle and Renaissance (Oman Sail) having posted a win each, the leading boats were clearly identified early in the competition.... [more]
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Ingrid Abery images from iShares Cup Practice Day in Venice
Ingrid Abery images/iShares Cup media,
The three practice races that took place today in Venice confirmed what everyone predicted: the level of competition of the 2009 iShares Cup is very high! Gitana Extreme, Groupama and Oman Sail's Masirah each came ashore with a victory, the final race of the day having been particularly close-fought and spectacular. Photographer Ingrid Abery supplied these images from the day... [more]
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Groupama 3 go to Code Green for Friday record attempt
Cammas/Groupama 3 media,
Code green for Groupama 3 and Franck Cammas' crew - departure from Marseilles scheduled tomorrow morning, in a bid to break the Mediterranean record. Franck Cammas, skipper of Groupama 3, and Sylvain Mondon from Météo France, have just confirmed the presence of a favourable weather window to tackle the Mediterranean crossing record held by Bruno Peyron for the past five years... [more]
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No help from the breeze on Day 2 of Audi MedCup in Alicante
MedCup Media,
Capricious early season breezes off Alicante refused to co-operate to allow any racing today on the Audi MedCup Circuit where the GP42 class were due to make their debut on the world's leading regatta circuit.... [more]
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America's Cup Court decision again goes in favour of BMW Oracle
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Societe Nautique de Geneve, the club Defending the America's Cup has lost all the decisions handed down in the New York Supreme Court today. For the first time in a almost two year legal saga, Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich ruled from the bench of the Court rather than reserving her Decision.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet - An Open and Shut Case
Key Partners (KPMS),
Applications for the 2009 Rolex Fastnet opened on 1 January and effectively closed two months later when the 300 cap on entries was reached. Organisers, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, immediately set up a waiting list, which currently stands at seventy... [more]
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Four fleets to contest Rolex Capri Sailing Week
At Rolex Capri Sailing Week this year four fleets will be competing on waters of the Gulf of Naples. Farr 40s, Swan 45s, Club Swan 42s and Comets take to the racecourse in a week's time. The current entry list shows seventeen Farr 40s including current and three-time world champion, Vincenzo Onorato and Mascalzone Latino... [more]
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Ray Davies and Paul Cayard join RC 44 Class
RC 44 media,
The third event of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2009 will take place in Austria on May 27 - 31. Team New Zealand's Ray Davies joins the RC 44 Class on board Pieter Heerema's No Way Back, whilst Paul Cayard steps onboard Igor Lah's Ceeref. The four leaders of the Tour are separated by four points only.... [more]
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Oman Sail debuting second team at iShares Cup in Venice
Oman Sail,
Masirah and Renaissance, with both sporting the branding of Oman as well as Omani sailors at the iShares Cup. Masirah is the flagship of the Oman Sail project in the iShares Cup and successfully competed last season and took fourth place overall in the season finale in Amsterdam. Renaissance is the second Extreme 40 representing Oman and has Loick Peyron as skipper.... [more]
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Portimao Global Ocean Race - Chilean team down but definitely not out
Oliver Dewar,
T he Portimão Global Ocean Race leaders have left the Trade Winds. Meantime Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz have been attempting to find a solution to their damaged rudder reported on board stricken Class 40 Desafio Cabo de Hornos.... [more]
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Sodeb'O on standby for Discovery Route record attempt
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Whilst the skipper of Sodeb'O put in a tremendous effort last winter sailing around the world single-handed, Francis Joyon showed great talent in squeezing the record between Cadiz (Spain) and San Salvador (Bahamas), which comprises a transatlantic crossing spanning nearly 4,000 miles, that the skipper of IDEC covered on his large trimaran at an average speed of over 16 knots.... [more]
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Win a Laser sailing boat!! - value AUD$9,200 - NZ$11,495,
What would you do with a new Laser? To celebrate the 2009-2010 season Performance Sailcraft Australasia, the ‘down under' Laser builder has teamed with Sail-World to launch an online competition.!Enter_online_now!new to win a choice of a Laser 4.7, a Laser Radial or a Laser Standard sailing boat, built by Performance Sailcraft Australasi... [more]
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America's Cup espionage reported in Alinghi affidavit - photos
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Lucien Mesmejan, General Counsel for Societe Nautique de Geneve and Team Alinghi has revealed that an employee of BMW Oracle Racing was caught undertaking espionage activities around the team's building facility in Villenueve, Switzerland and was interviewed by police in connection with the incident. The revelation comes in papers lodged on 12 May by SNG and Alinghi in defence of their Contempt... [more]
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