International and Regional sailing and boating news




30 Jul 2009

Major Events

2008 Olympics Qingdao


Two more yacht clubs in China? Let's hope the Jumeira Group has asked the PLA navy whether they mind assorted yachties in close proximity to the rumoured new nuclear sub base near Sanya - always assuming there are lots of yachties to fill those clubs (which may not happen for a while yet, going by the current "development" of boating in China). Jumeira, suggest you don't hold your breath..

One for all you offshore sailors - don't skip the radio skeds (especially if you are racing Sydney-Southport) - unless you want to get penalised. It's 2009 for heavens' sake - the era of mobile phones, sat phones, the internet, and more initials associated with communications than you can even remember - DSC, INMARSAT, MRCSS, EPIRB, the list goes on. And you can't radio a position back to race control? Better try harder now.

Jumeirah to manage Agile resort on Clearwater Bay, Hainan, China,
With a site area of about 9,100,000 sq.m. and a gross floor area of about 9,860,000 sq.m., the Project will offer three 18-hole golf courses of international standard, six high-end hotels and two yacht clubs, together with large-scale commercial streets, shopping malls, a hot spring valley and other facilities, making it an ideal spot for tourists and travellers from around the world.... [more]
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Sensation in Sydney Southport Race as Radio sked penalties kick in
Jennifer Crooks,
The National Jury heard four protests and three statutory declarations. Rod Jones' Archambault 40 Algeria was given a 20% scoring penalty of their placing for failing to report during a radio sked. Ray Sweeney's Sydney 38 Mondo and Bruce Mackay's Sayer 12 Wasabi were also given the same penalty for failing to report during a radio sked.... [more]
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World O'pen Cup 2009
Benoit Tréguilly,
All the ingredients were in the mix for this 2009 World Cup that will live long in people's memories. In the heavy conditions of the first day, the future winners were making their mark: Kevin Berger (Ned), Junya Fuji (Japan) and Vianney Bergot. In the girls' category, Liede Lambriex (Ned) led the field.... [more]
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And we are off! Groupama 3 starts record attempt
Kate Jennings - Expression,
This Wednesday 29th July Groupama 3 is attacking the North Atlantic crossing (New York – Lizard Point), the oldest and fastest of all the oceanic records. After three weeks on standby in Gateway Marina to the south of Brooklyn, Franck Cammas and his men have today snatched what is a great opportunity to attack the North Atlantic record.... [more]
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Shared lead at OK Dinghy World Championship
Mary Reddyhoff OKDIA,
The penultimate day at the OK Dinghy World Championship in Kalmar, Sweden has set up a fascinating final day for Thursday. The sailors launched in blue skies and light winds, but all this was soon to change. By the time they had sailed across Kalmar Sound to the Oland shore, where the racing has taken place all week, dark clouds were gathering from the south.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for July released
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 29 July 2009 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 19 August 2009 including the Star World Championship in Sweden and the Laser Radial World Championship in Japan.... [more]
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First RINA Green Star Plus superyacht to be built in China
Kingship Marine Ltd,
The motor yacht will be of a radical form, propulsion, efficiency and style. It is intended to meet the needs of the client who seeks a world cruising yacht, ensuring that it is fuel efficient and the seas she cruises are less polluted. Green Voyager will leave little more than a wake behind her.... [more]
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420 World Championships and Ladies World Championships preview
Tony Mapplebeck,
426 sailors from 30 countries are gathering on Lake Garda for the 420 World Championships and Ladies World Championships. The high standard of 420 sailing was in evidence at the recent Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Buzios, Brazil. Most of the leading teams there will be racing here on Lake Garda.... [more]
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Scarlet Runner shows she will be a force up North
Rob Kothe,
Robert Date's 52 footer Scarlet Runner was launched in Melbourne three weeks before she faced the starter's gun in the 24th Audi Sydney to Gold Coast race last Saturday.... [more]
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Sydney Gold Coast - heartbreaking 30 sec from overall win
Brendan Maxwell,
Pittwater sailor Henk Welleman went to the 2008 Sydney Boat Show for a look and a unique Sydney 36CR cruiser racer with teak cockpit floor caught his eye. A year later he has two IRC divsional wins and yesterday was just 30 seconds from an overall win in the 24th Audi Sydney to Southport race.... [more]
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2009 OK Dinghy World Championship Day Three
Mary Reddyhoff OKDIA,
The flatter water and lighter breeze on day three at the OK Dinghy World Championship in Kalmar, Sweden was a welcome change to the previous two days of racing.... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championship 2009 Karatsu, Japan Day One
John Parrish,
US Olympic Gold Medallist Anna Tunnicliffe and Veronika Fenclova of the Czech Republic are tied at the top of the leader board after day one of racing at the 2009 Laser Radial Worlds in Karatsu, Japan.... [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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