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28 Jul 2009

Major Events


This newsletter is heavy on pictures, but no apologies. Phuket Raceweek turned out to be a cliff-hanger, and was raced under blue skies, fluffy white clouds and sunshine, which made for good pictures. There are also pictures of the new Alinghi 5 'spider', the MedCup in Cagliari, a (non-fatal) disaster San Francisco, the iShares Cup at Cowes Week, and the 29er Worlds.

Six Senses Phuket Raceweek is one of 'Asia's Finest'
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Phuket Raceweek first-timer Ray Roberts and his regular crew – sailing the same trusty DK46, but now re-named ‘Evolution Sails', today raced well enough to deny the Racing Division title to another PRW ‘novice', Neil Pryde. But Roberts didn't have it all his own way – in sparkling sunshine and no more than 8 knots of breeze, Hi Fi and Team Pryde scored two bullets... [more]
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Wish You Were Here. Six Senses Phuket Raceweek
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
We have great racing in Hong Kong, but so often we can't see the scenery at all. The atmospherics just don't cut the mustard. I have to bring my camera to Phuket on regular visits (hooray!) just to make sure that the clever electronics inside can still see blue stuff. They can, and here's the proof.... [more]
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Alinghi 5 - from A to Zee
JPJ - Sail-World,
Sail-World's Swiss correspondent gives his impressions of the America's Cup Defender, Alinghi 5, launched just last week in le Bouveret: 'Alinghi 5 have been out sailing four days now and although the wind hardly ever reach above 10 knots, we have a pretty good idea on the boat itself and how things work in its actual configuration. Let's review the boat starting with a few design comments.... [more]
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Images of Alinghi: Light airs on Lake Geneva
Carlo Borlenghi,
Top international sailing photographer, Carlo Borlenghi presents a gallery of images from around le Bouveret as Alinghi 5 searches for wind to undertake further test sailing.... [more]
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Sydney Gold Coast - Wild Oats X heads for finishing line
Jennifer Crooks,
Bob Oatley's Reichel Pugh 66 Wild Oats X, skippered by Mark Richards has maintained their strong position, leading the fleet in the 24th Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. She is currently four nautical miles SE of Cape Byron and is expected to finish around 1430.... [more]
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Images from 'Frisco: Savage Beauty ravaged
Erik Simonson,,
The Flying Tiger, 'Savage Beauty' cut it a little fine while racing in San Francisco on Saturday, doing a 'Telefonica Blue'. Sadly this one did not have as good an outcome as the incident involving the Volvo Ocean Race competitor, and Savage Beauty was lost. Her crew were taken off safely.... [more]
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'Travel brochure' images from Six Senses Phuket Raceweek
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
What would you rather be doing right now: bashing your way to windward all the way from Sydney to Southport, or cruising (sorry, racing...) through these picture postcards? Yes, this is Six Senses Phuket Raceweek, the Sea-Sail-Spa regatta hosted at the Evason Phuket Resort. Pics by Guy Nowell.... [more]
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You can't have too much of a good thing: Six Senses Phuket Raceweek
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The palm trees were awake and waving before 0800 hrs this morning, and the view from the breakfast terrace at the Evason Resort was nothing short of glorious. Blue sky, sunshine, breeze – heck, putting away the camera and going sailing seemed like a great idea. But that would have made this report a little tricky to write...... [more]
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Fleet away in 24th Sydney to Gold Coast Race
Rob Kothe,
Brilliant sunshine and a light east south easterly, around five knots for the start of the 384 nautical mile race from Sydney to Southport.... [more]
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Wind and more wind at the 2009 29er World Championship
Antonio Sueri,
2009 29er World Championship - Some very strong winds today: southerly, and with gusts up to 14 meters-per-second. (30 knots) Many crews experiencing difficulties: not only on the regatta courses, but also while returning to shore. Extraordinary levels of drama today.... [more]
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'Shooting the splash' at Phuket Raceweek
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
We over-ran the 'pix limit' on today's race report - but the sun was out and we didn't want to waste these. Enjoy!... [more]
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Flat out and full on at Six Senses Evason Phuket Raceweek
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Today's racing at the Six Senses Phuket Raceweeek fell firmly into the file marked It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This! Breeze on the water, plenty to start racing on schedule (10.00 hrs) and enough rays to dig out the sunblock and make everyone happy. The wind was out of the south and south west, so it was monsoon stuff, but it didn't bring in the heavy duty rain squalls that we saw yesterda... [more]
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Images of Cagliari: Juerg Kaufmann shoots the MedCup Coastal Race - 2
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann, of presents Part 2 of a superb gallery of images taken during the Coastal Race of Round 3 of the Audi MedCup off Cagliari, Sardinia. Don't forget to click on the 'view large photo' option to truly appreciate these magnificent shots which cross the boundary from realism into art.... [more]
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Alinghi 5: 'A tribute to the team'
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Alinghi, the Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, held a press conference today in Le Bouveret, Switzerland, to present Alinghi 5, the Swiss team's giant catamaran. The boat was held ashore for the day as the weather turned foul on Lake Geneva, but the first trials held earlier this week were extremely successful: 'Being able to sail Alinghi 5 on the Lake for the very first time and seeing her perf... [more]
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iShares Cup at Cowes Week Round 3 of the European circuit
iShares Cup media,
There's just one week to go until the iShares Cup at Cowes Week for Round 3 of the European circuit from August 1-3. The infamous Solent chop and strong tides will provide the crews with a fresh set of challenges.... [more]
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Win a Laser sailing boat!! - value AUD$9,200 - NZ$11,495,
Have you entered this competion yet?? 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 Australa... [more]
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Artemis wins, Emirates Team NZ extends in Audi MedCup
MedCup media,
As the Audi MedCup Circuit 2009 reaches its theoretical mid-point Artemis won the Coastal race and only one point separates the top four GP42 Series teams after today's three races. Second place on the passage down to picturesque Poetta, the next bay to the south east of the Sardinian capital, and back was enough to ensure Emirates Team New Zealand extend their regatta leading margin... [more]
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Monsoon breezes kick in at Six Senses Phuket Raceweek
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
New faces in the crowd included Neil Pryde and the crew of Hi Fi, keen to defend their AYGP crown right from the beginning of the season, with Ray Roberts (Evolution Sails, formerly Quantum Racing) there to keep them honest (and try to knock them off the perch). Henry Kaye appeared in the 'new boat, familiar name' category, with his super-go-fast carbon Sea Cart 30 trimaran, Thor.... [more]
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