Extreme 40s in Asia?




13 Jul 2009

Major Events


Recent news that Louis Vuitton want to hold a 'Pacific Cup Mk II' in Hong Kong gives cause for a good deal of cheer. An event of that calibre would be great in its own right, but it might also indicate that the powers-that-be in Hong Kong might be becoming a little more receptive to ideas of other high-profile sailing events happening on Victoria Harbout - a Volvo stopover springs to mind, as does an Extreme 40 event or an RC44 regatta. We live in hope...

And speaking of RC44s - it's always good to see someone from this part of the world step up to the international plate, and now Frank Pong is part of the RC44 fleet, and Team Jelik has just completed the Malcesine Cup on Lake Garda. There's a great summary of the regatta on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dxHfAILgy4), in which Frank Pong features strongly, and we have a wrap report in this newsletter. Frank has some very gracious comments about his competitors and the class in general - worth a watch. The HHYC Typhoon Series may have missed having Jelik tearing round the racetrack yesterday, but we wouldn't mind betting that the the learning curve in Italy was a great deal steeper!

Read on...

Extreme 40 Sailing Series planned for Asia Pacific
OC Group media,
Over 70 venues around the globe have already expressed their interest in staging an Extreme 40 event, either as part of the expanding European iShares Cup circuit or as part of the planned Extreme 40 Sailing Series in Asia Pacific and the Middle East regions, the latter following the success of the inaugural Arabian Extreme 40 circuit held in Dubai and Oman.... [more]
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Team Jelik completes first RC 44 event - Malcesine Cup 09, Lake Garda
RC44 media,
Everyone knew this morning - as the teams were getting ready on the pontoons - that this last day would be a tough one. Indeed, four teams were merely separated by seven points ahead of race 6 and everything remained possible with four more regattas to complete.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup Regatta NOR published
Phuket King's Cup media,
The Notice of Race for the 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta has been now published and is available on the regatta's official website at www.kingscup.com. The regatta will take place from 28 November to 5 December 2009, with 5 days of sailing, one reserve day, 2 registration days and six social functions.... [more]
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Green Dragon - one of only four boats to complete the VOR
The Irish Times,
There's a famous old saying in sailing that weight is only useful in a steamroller. For the Green Dragon, weight wasn't the problem – it was where they put it. The story of how Green Dragon got around the world without ballast or money is truly unique.... [more]
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A marathon sail - for charity - can one man make a difference?
Robert Dowling/Sail-World.com,
Rob Dowling is a man who believes 'one man can make a difference'. Driven by his passion and desire to help the children of the Amazon River basin and his love of sailing, Rob undertook on the 3-4th July, a marathon sail around an estuary in Northern Ireland. This is part one of his story.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup a resounding success
Event media,
The 2009 Finn Gold Cup attracted 89 entries from 31 countries as far afield as Australia and New Zealand, the USA and India, along with Russia and of course nations throughout Europe and the Baltic. A poll among the competitors has given the 2009 Finn Gold Cup the thumbs up for nearing that elusive ‘perfect regatta' status.... [more]
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European Laser Radial Championship Day 1
Dansk Sejlunion,
The first day's racing at the European Laser Radial Championship in Charlottenlund, Denmark, called for a cool head and a steady nerve. In the 96-boat women's division, France's Sarah Steyaert defied the odds.... [more]
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Images from the Laser Radials - Day 1 Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds
Dave Kneale,
Top international sailing photographer, Dave Kneale, presents a gallery of images from the first day of racing in the 2009 Volvo ISAF Youth World Championships in Brazil.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart favourite Alfa Romeo smashes Transpac Race record
Edward Rowe,
Alfa Romeo, the Australian-built super maxi owned and skippered by Kiwi yachtsman, Neville Crichton, has smashed the race record in the TransPac race by more than a day, arriving in Hawaii in the fastest time in the 103 year history of the event, further confirming Alfa Romeo as the yacht to beat in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart race in December.... [more]
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Nail biting finish to 2009 Star European Championships
Andreas Kling,
A nail-biting final day at the 2009 Star European Championships title on Saturday (11 July). Topping a world-class fleet of 89 boats, Scheidt/Prada went into the last day's racing with just a one-point lead over early leaders and Olympic gold medallists Iain Percy/Andrew Simpson (Great Britain).... [more]
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Fairy tale ending as Jonas Høgh Christensen wins Finn Gold Cup
Robert Deaves,
Sailors competing at the Finn Gold Cup in Vallensbaek, Denmark knew he would be dangerous, but not even Jonas Høgh Christensen really thought he would win the world title in his home waters after taking nine months off since the Games last year.... [more]
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Elvstrom 2009-2012 available now
McGraw-Hill PR,
Known to the sailing industry simply as 'Elvstrom', the next issue of 'Paul Elvstrom Explains the Racing Rules of Sailing' is out now and the essential handbook for serious racers.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo breaks its own 24-hour Transpac record
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Alfa Romeo has been averaging 16.5 knots, which is over 2 knots faster than the Los Angeles to Hawaii Transpacific Yacht Race previous monohull record pace set by Morning Glory in 2005.... [more]
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Will the Tornado be at Olympics 2012??
Nick Dewhirst , the Chairman of the United Kingdom Catamaran Racing Association says ‘. It now seems highly likely that, if IOC grants sailing an 11th medal, it will be for an Open Multihull Event, raced in Tornados, as in China, and that the chances of a favourable IOC decision are good, but that may not be known till October. ‘... [more]
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Alinghi lift and splash in Geneva
Daphne Morgan-Barnicoat, Alinghi Media,
At 16:00 this afternoon, Alinghi 5, the Swiss America's Cup Defender's new catamaran, was lifted out of the tent where it was built in Villeneuve, Switzerland, and into the air by a Mil Mi-26 helicopter, the biggest and most powerful in the world, to be launched on Lake Geneva.... [more]
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New leader in fight for World Match Racing Tour crown
WMRT media,
Match Cup Sweden signified the half way stage of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour. The new leaders are the French Match Racing Team of Mathieu Richard. Adam Minoprio's (NZL) ETNZ/Black Match team lost the top spot after failing to gain point at Match Cup Sweden.... [more]
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America's Cup: Steve Clark on Bows, Stress and Weight
Richard Gladwell,
Over the past two days, the sailing world has glimpsed some of the most advanced sailing technology ever seen. Sail-World asked multihull and high performance sailing guru, Steve Clark for his take on the two giant multihulls what he believes to be the issues the designers must resolve to win in February.... [more]
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2011 Around Australia Race - Bob Williams talks about the race
Media Services,
Bob Williams talks about the first race Around Australia in 1988 and the plan for the 2011 race. The 2011 Race event is for monohull and multihull yachts (Category 1). The event format is designed to allow yachts from all around Australia, and overseas, to compete. You can listen to Bob here... [more]
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