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Sail-World Asia : 4 August 2009

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Over the weekend one of the most dramatic match races ever seen has taken place between two massive French trimarans, trying to break the Trans Atlantic record. Groupama 3 (Franck Cammas) has recovered from her capsize off New Zealand and is back in racing trim. She took on the longer Banque Populaire - which started two and a half hours behind, and caught up to be level pegging for most of the way.

Groupama 3 set one world 24 hour record, only to have Banque Populaire set a new one almost immediately on 907 nautical miles.

In this edition we feature regular reports from Groupama 3 plus don't forget to catch the YouTube video in this edition of Banque Populaire hoofing it across the Atlantic.

Onboard Maxi Banque Populaire V - North Atlantic Record attempt  Copyright : Team Banque Populaire / BFBP

Taiwan Strait - A Race or Rally? Predictably, an event going across the Taiwan Strait has given rise to plenty of comment, some of it is not suitable for publication here. More than one of our readers has pointed out that the recent first-ever Taiwan Strait 'Race' should more correctly be referred to as a rally. 'The participating boats were propelled by engine and escorted by coastguard all the way, so please don't call it a race!' said one Sail-World contributor. This is a subject that was always going to be fraught with political overtones, we have more commentary in our stories below.

No real news on the America's Cup scene, save for rumours that the America's Cup will be staged in United Arab Emirates. The official announcement will be made on 6 August, or very early Friday morning, Hong Kong time.

01 August Alinghi 5 Celebrations on Lake Geneva
Alinghi 5 in the midlle of the celebrative boat parade from Lausanne to Geneva
Guido Trombetta/Alinghi  Alinghi Team

No further news on whether BMW Oracle will Appeal last Friday's decision on the use of the engine, they have 30 days in which to do so. However it was pointed out to Sail-World by one Cup rules authority, that if one read the Deed of Gift carefully, it said that ONLY the Challenger had to be propelled by sails, and by omission the Defender could be propelled by a motor. However we don't think that will happen!

iShares Cup at Cowes Week - Round 3 , UK, 1-3 August 2009. Day 2.
Extreme 40" Groupama 40" (FRA) skipper Tanguy Cariou (FRA).

  ThMartinez / Sea & Co ©

This America's Cup is certainly headed into the Theater of the Absurd, with a Defending Club, landlocked and their home waters being a lake, sailing an America's Cup in United Arab Emirates, using multihulls, in a Deed of Gift Match, with the use of engines allowed!

Mark rounding action at the 2009 Int Contender Worlds  Event Media

On the readership front, many Sail-World readers across Asia are unaware of the overall World wide audience that Sail-World has across all its racing and cruising sites in North America, Europe, the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

In the month of July 2009, there were 165,000 unique viewers, who read over two million pages and not that its important because its an old fashioned measurement tool, but we received over 31 million hits for the month. If you are not sure what that all means you need to read our Internet 101 commentary.

Karatsu's unusual cool weather gave Sari Multala strong wind for her liking to win the Laser Radial Womens Worlds in Japan  K. Matsumoto 09 Karastsu Radial Worlds

Good sailing!

Guy Nowell
Asia Editor

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Taiwan Strait and the Cruise in Company?
Guy Nowell,
The brief history of yachting across the Taiwan Strait already appears to be a story of in-fighting and political manoeuvring. It seems a shame that a simple cruise in company (or a race, even) can fall victim to politicization and paranoia, but that's the way it is in China at the moment.... [more]
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International 420 World Championship: Final Series races begin today.
Antonio Sueri,
Riva del Garda...Sunday, August 2, 2009...Intense competition today for both the 420 Class Men's Championship and also the 420 Women's Championship.... [more]
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Hong Kong Hobie Club Hosts Asia's No 1 Hobie Event
HK Hobie Club,
This will be the fourth running of this successful and popular Asian regatta, and the third time it has been organised by the Hong Kong Hobie Club. Entries from Thailand, the Philippines, Japan and India, amongst others, will join local Hong Kong based sailors of a dozen other nationalities on the racecourse.... [more]
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Maritime online alert service launched
Marine Business News,
The bar continues to rise, as innovative new online services are being provided to improve boating safety. One of the leaders in this area is NSW Australia. NSW Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi today launched a first in Maritime safety – an on-line alert system to help boat owners and rock fishermen prepare and plan a day out on or near the water.... [more]
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Images from the UK round of the iShares Cup - Cowes
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery took these images of the Extreme 40s battling it out in the UK Round of the iShares Cup, being sailed during Cowes Week 2009.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week fleet likely to break record
Rob Kothe,
Tropical T shirt Regatta is just a week or so away - 20th Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week. Enter Now [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 First Leg victory for Eliès
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 first leg victory to Yann Eliès (Generali). Within the space of an hour he was followed across the finish line by no less than 15 of his rivals. Elies himself is in no doubt about the slight margin of his victory, and has no intention of resting on his laurels.... [more]
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Only one winner in Transatlantic Battle of the Trimarans
Cammas-Groupama 3 media,
Congratulations from Franck Cammas Groupama 3 to Pascal Bidégorry Banque Populaire V, the new Transatlantic record holder. 'We're happy to have crossed the line and it was nice to see Banque Populaire V over the last few hours of the course: it motivated both crews! We managed to really get Groupama 3 to cream along, which enabled us to make up a bit of ground on them...' Cammas.... [more]
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iShares Cup at Cowes Week Day Two
Emily Caroe,
Thousands of spectators as far as the eye could see lined the Cowes shoreline to watch the Extreme 40 fleet racing on day two of the iShares Cup at Cowes Week. The nine-boat fleet playing 'who dares wins' coming as close to the shore as possible to avoid the adverse Solent tide ensured the public had a ‘grandstand' view of the action.... [more]
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Cowes Week Day Two
Mary Scott-Jackson,
Cowes Week Day Two. Shortly after 10am the Laser SB3s started, heading east with the 60-strong fleet making a spectacular sight with their asymmetric spinnakers set. The remainder of classes again started heading west, giving a good beat for the first leg, in a much more solid wind for the start than the previous day's southerly.... [more]
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Brisbane to Keppel: Evolution Sails second across the line
Suellen Hurling,
At 2129 hours precisely on Sunday 2 August, Ray Roberts and his Evolution Sails crew sailed across the Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race finish line to place second in the 26 yacht fleet.... [more]
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Groupama 3 due to finish Transatlantic crossing
Cammas-Groupama 3 media,
Groupama 3 is set to cross the finish line of her transatlantic record attempt at around 1400 UT this Sunday. The Transatlantic reference time (4d 03h 57' 54') is set to be considerably improved upon this Sunday by Franck Cammas and his nine crew. However, it is likely that the new record will be awarded to Banque Populaire V which could cross the finish line around an hour before Groupama 3.... [more]
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Finland's Sari Multala wins 2009 World Laser Radial Womens title
John Parrish,
The conditions have been similar throughout the regatta and today was no exception. It has been tough but exhilarating sailing conditions with 15 to 18 knot NNE winds, choppy seas and a swell that increases during the day.... [more]
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Groupama 3 likely to break Transatlantic record
Frank Cammas- Groupama and Sail-World,
With building seas and easing winds, Groupama 3 is beginning her touchdown phase on the approach to the English coast at the end of this record attempt between New York and Lizard Point. The reference time to beat (4d 03h 57' 54') is still in the sights of Franck Cammas and his nine crew as their ETA is Sunday afternoon...... [more]
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World Youth Champion joins 18 footers
Frank Quealey,
17-year-old Jason Waterhouse, who won the Hobie 16 class Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Brazil earlier this month, is now preparing to sail an 18ft Skiff with the Australian 18 Footers League during the 2009-2010 season.... [more]
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420 World Championships, Lake Garda – Day 2 GBR and NZL lead
Miles Palmer/,
Phil Sparks and Ben Gratton (GBR) lead the Open fleet. Second is the Italian pairing of Francesco Falcetelli and Gabriele Franciolini, with Antonios Tsimpoukelis and George Karonis (GRE) in third place. In the Ladies division New Zealander Alexandra Maloney and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher lead the series wih a 5,3 result, while two Italian teams thold second and third .... [more]
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2009 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam - Day 10
David Swift,
2009 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam - Day 10. After a day full of expectations, the two best freestylers in the world have held firm in Fuerteventura. The wind, once again, refused to blow enough to run a contest.... [more]
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iShares Cup at Cowes Week - Day One
iShares Cup media,
Day 1 of the iShares Cup at Cowes Week firmly belongs to Pete Cumming and the crew of Oman Sail Masirah. Six races were held in total on day 1 of the iShares Cup at Cowes Week – the UK round marking the halfway point of the six-stage European circuit. The first two races were straightforward reaching upwind and downwind legs but as the wind veered west, the game changed dramatically.... [more]
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Cowes Week underway
Rupert Holmes/CWL,
2009 is set to be a classic year for the Cowes Week regatta, with strong support for the older classes. A weak but wide occluded front which moved over the Solent from 0900 onwards gave rain for competitors and spectators alike, while a shifty Force 3-4 forecast to veer erratically by 90 degrees over the day promised to be challenging for course setters and competitors.... [more]
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Australian Nicky Souter wins World Women's Match Racing 2009
Event Media/,
The last day of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2009 was full of surprises. The big sensation of the day was Australian Nicole Souter's impressive dominance.... [more]
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Multala retains lead at Laser Radial Women World Championships
Event media,
Laser Radial Women World Championships and Karatsu in Japan turned on another fabulous sailing day with NNE winds of 12 - 16 knots. There were more oscillations today and good gains were made on the downwind legs. Racing was tense with the sailors pushing the start line... [more]
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Transatlantic Battle of the supersonic trimarans
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Franck Cammas and his Groupama 3 crew are still within the reference time to beat her own Transatlantic record. The duel is well and truly on in the Atlantic Ocean: Groupama 3 and Banque Populaire V set out from New York on Wednesday evening and are on target to devour the 2,925 miles to the UK in under four days.... [more]
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New 24 hour record set by Banque Populaire V - 907 miles translation,
With 907 miles covered in 24 hours, maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V is the new holder of the record with an average speed of 37.79! The Maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V has just acomplished an incredible performance; Pascal Bidégorry and his crew pulverize the record established by Groupama 3 in 2007 and have... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Championship
RS:X media,
RS:X Youth World Championship: Day 5 Report - Friday, 31 July 2009. The wind peeked at 23 knots. Close to the limit for RS:X Youth Windsurf racing at World Championship level. All three races were full on. The first set of sequences kicking off in 15 -18 knots.... [more]
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Laser Radial Womens Worlds – Final Day will decide
John Parrish,
The 2009 Laser Radial Women World Championships are set for an enthralling last day to decide the new world champion. Karatsu in Japan turned on another fabulous sailing day with NNE winds of 12 – 16 knots. There were more oscillations today and good gains were made on the downwind legs. Racing was tense with the sailors pushing the start line to cause a general recall for each fleet in race... [more]
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Laser 4.7 Worlds - Final day
Murillo Novaes amended by,
Laser 4.7 Worlds in Búzios, Brazil. The rainy and windless day didn't let the completion of races this Friday in Brazil and yesterday's leaders celebrated the world title in Búzios Vela Clube.... [more]
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Internet 101 - Hits are not people - understanding basic web stats
Rob Kothe,
While the internet is now 20 years old, confusion still abounds about the basic recording of visits to websites. When you are being told about the wonderful traffic a website receives, check to see if the claimant has been impressed by the hits, the page views or the unique visitors.... [more]
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Groupama 3 breaks 24 hour distance record
Cammas/Groupama media,
Propelled along by a disturbed system coming across from Canada and heading towards Great Britain, Groupama 3 has benefited from some ideal conditions to break the 24 hour distance record.... [more]
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Sailors float plans for regular race after first Taiwan Straits event
Xinhua News Agency,
All 15 sailing boats from the both sides of the Taiwan Straits competing the first Cross-Straits Cup Sailing Competition arrived at their destination port of Tainan in Taiwan Friday.... [more]
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iShares Cup Cowes - Three races, three winners on Practice day
iShares Cup media,
The UK Round of the iShares Cup could not get any closer! Tricky conditions in the light and shifty breeze, and some over-zealous starts, has not provided a clear form guide but a good shakedown for the Extreme 40 crews ahead of the serious business that starts tomorrow at 2.00pm.... [more]
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420 World Championship - GBR and NZ crews in the lead
Antonio Sueri,
International 420 Class World Championship, Riva del Garda, Italy. The Mens' 420 Class sailors ran three action-packed races today. A total of 206 crews have arrived at Riva for this important event: 122 for the Mens' 420 Championship and 84 for the Womens' 420 Championship.... [more]
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Broome stopover port for 2011 Around Australia Race and Rally
Media Services,
Broome, located in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia will be an important stop-over port for both the Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally. The Broome to Fremantle Ocean Race will be a part of the 7,500 nautical mile Around Australia Race and Rally event.... [more]
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Laser Radial Womens World Championship - Gold and Silver fleet racing
Karatsu, Japan turned on another great day of sailing for the first day of the Gold and Silver fleet racing in the World Laser Radial Women Championship. The course moved slightly west today to counter the apparent right hand advantage. With some port end bias, the fleet was more spread down the line today at start time and all starts were clear. However there were still some who banged the rig... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World titles, quarter final blow out
Event media,
ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2009. Winds gusting to 50 knots prevented quarter finals being held. Tomorrow the semi finals start directly... [more]
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Gold and Silver racing underway at Laser Radial Worlds
John Parrish,
Karatsu, Japan turned on another great day of sailing for the first day of the Gold and Silver fleet racing in the World Laser Radial Women Championship. In the first race of the gold fleet, race 7, Evi van Acker rounded mark 1 first ahead of Annalise Murphy from Ireland. Sari Multala from Finland came from behind with some good downwind sailing to finish in first place... [more]
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Olympic hopeful, Mathew Mee to race at Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Event Media,
British youngster, Mathew Mee and fellow British Olympic team hopefuls are planning to enter the 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta, held 28 November to 5 December 2009 at Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand.... [more]
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Beau Geste slated for Fastnet Race
Kate Laven, Daily Telegraph,
The Fastnet Race has attracted a fleet of big-boat contenders from overseas, most notably Beau Geste, the new Farr-designed IRC 80 built earlier this year for Hong Kong businessman Karl Kwok, with New Zealander Gavin Brady helming, and the Italian Luna Rossa, Patrizio Bertelli's STP65 which will boast a selection of America's Cup sailors.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds Day Four
Murillo Novaes amended,
Day 4 of the World Laser 4.7 Youth Championship was another day of light winds on the Brazilian ‘Sun Coast'. With fickle and weak winds from the east with speeds from four to six knots, the Race Committee managed two races and the favorites began to appear on the Manguinhos racecourse.... [more]
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First Cross-Taiwan-Strait Sailing Competition
Xinhua News Agency,
A slightly different 'take' on the Taiwan Straits Rally from official Chinese media: The first Cross-Strait Cup Sailing Competition, co-organized by the Chinese Yachting Association and the Chinese Taipei Sailing Association, started here on Thursday.... [more]
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Laser Radial Women's World Championship Day Three
Event Media,
Japan turned on superb sailing conditions for Day 3 of the Laser Radial Women World Championships. Two races were sailed for each fleet in 12 to 15 knots and a constant NNE breeze. There were enough waves and swell for the better sailors to show their skills and stamina.... [more]
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Footnote to History: sailing the Taiwan Strait
CBI (China Boating Intelligence),
In may pass unnoticed as a SAILING event, but it is truly a sailing EVENT. At 1330 on Thursday 30th July a flotilla of sailing yachts numbering around 20 left from Wu Yuan Bay in Xiamen on the first ever Taiwan Cross-Straits Rally. Formed from an idea by local grass roots Xiamen and Taiwanese sailors, this ‘Friendship' event was subsequently adopted by the Chinese Yachting Association.... [more]
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America's Cup: Kornreich gives big tick to Alinghi on Engines
Richard Gladwell,
In the New York Surpeme Court, Justice Shirley Kornreich has released her decision which permits the use of engines to sheet sails and perform other sailing functions in the America's Cup. She has also called a hearing for 10 August (allowing six hours) to hear submissions on the question of BMW Oracle Racing being required to produce their Customs House Registry document 'as soon as possible' and... [more]
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America's Cup: You've got more mail

As the date for the announcement of the venue for the 33rd America's Cup draws near, Golden Gate YC let fly with another Open Letter anticipating issues expected to be announced on 6 August on the venue for the 33rd America's Cup. For its part Societe Nautique de Geneve confirms, in a letter a week previously, the points its lawyer let slip during the New York Supreme Court Hearing on 21 July.... [more]
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The King's Cup trophy
Event Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta trophy is special in many ways. Designed by architect and entrepreneur ML Tridhosyuth Devakul, the trophy was royally bestowed upon the regatta.... [more]
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Perth 2011 Emerging Nations Programme - ENP
Andrew Bousfield,
It was another early start today for the ten athletes on the inaugural Perth 2011 Emerging Nations Programme. In the gym the athletes worked their abdominal and oblique muscles as they kept balance kneeling on Swiss balls between bridging exercises.... [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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