Regional and international sailing news




06 Aug 2009

Major Events


In the latest instalment of the America's Cup soap opera, Alinghi want to hold the next match in Ras al Khaimah, UAE, a well-known hotbed of yachting tradition. You can bet that the Ellison camp won't take that lying down! We also hear that next year's Melbourne Gold Cup is being run in Bangkok, the US Masters will be played in Lusaka and the Tour de France is moving to Montevideo.

But rest assured that the Phuket King's Cup 2009 will take place in Phuket, as per normal schedule. Some traditions are too good to mess around with. Entries are now open, see below.

Keep sailing! Keep reading!

Guy Nowell
Editor, Sail-World Asia

Alinghi confirm Ras al-Khaimah as the venue for the America's Cup
Alinghi Media,
The America's Cup Defender, Alinghi, and its yacht club, the Société Nautique de Genève, today announced the venue for the 33rd America's Cup in February 2010. 'We are pleased to announce that Ras al-Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates, will be the Host Country for the 33rd America's Cup,' said Fred Meyer, Vice-Commodore of the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG).... [more]
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Entries now open for 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Event Media,
The 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta will take place 28 November – 5 December 2009, off Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand, and already entries are coming in. The online entry system allows skippers to complete entry and payment online with a secured facility, and thus minimise the time needed to register at the opening weekend.... [more]
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1st Superyacht Singapore Conference launched
Superyacht Singapore Media,
The Superyacht Singapore Association (SSA) has today launched its initial conference programme for the 1st Asia Superyacht Conference to be held in Singapore on October 13-14 2009. The conference, sponsored by MTU, features over 20 international speakers from 12 countries including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Australia, the USA and the UK.... [more]
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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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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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Cowes Week 2009: Beau Geste readies for the Fastnet Race
Kate Laven, Daily Telegraph,
Beau Geste swept in from Hong Kong and flexed her muscles ahead of the Rolex Fastnet Race by taking line honours in its first Cowes Week race, missing out on the round-the-island record by just over two minutes.... [more]
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Oman Sail Masirah clinch iShares Cup UK Round at Cowes
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup at Cowes Week. It was a battle to the end for Yann Guichard and Loick Peyron with Gitana Extreme – Groupe LCF Rothschild. Celebrities from the world of music, Formula 1 and TV joined the iShares Cup to ride shotgun on an Extreme 40.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Strong opposition for Berntsson
Talbot Wilson,
Argo Group Gold Cup and Johnie Berntsson (SWE) will return to Bermuda October 6th to defend his 2008 title. Three other previous champions also return in 2009, Mathieu Richard (FRA), Ian Williams (GBR) and three-time winner Peter Gilmour (AUS).... [more]
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Changes at the top in World Match Racing Rankings
ISAF Media,
New Zealand's Adam Minoprio hits the top spot in the Open ISAF World Match Race Rankings whilst French skipper Claire Leroy remains at 1 in the Women's Rankings but there are lots of other changes.... [more]
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Chris Cameron at 28 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre - Day 2
Chris Cameron,
Top international sailing photographer, Chris Cameron is at the 28 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre regatta and provided this image gallery from Day 2... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Security a major issue at 33rd America's Cup?
Richard Gladwell,
The car bombing on the Spanish island of Mallorca, a very popular sailing venue, staged just before the start of the 28th Copa del Rey Audi Sailing Cup, has bought the topics of terrorism and sailing into sharp relief.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Dana Paxton,
New York Yacht Club Invitational - while Newport is set along America's East Coast on Aquidneck Island, three of the visiting yacht clubs – Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Royal Canadian Yacht Club and Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club – also can claim their place as notable island yacht clubs tethered securely to the Corinthian spirit of competitive sailing.... [more]
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'Discover the Fun on Water' with China Cup
CCIR Media,
Bénéteau, Simpson Marine and China Cup International Regatta presented a relaxing Day of Discovery for some 60 distinguished guests such as luxury car owners, bankers, investors, and entrepreneurs. Participants couldn't hide their excitement for the newly discovered pleasure on water, which also reflected the growing demand for yachting and high-end coastal tourism in mainland China.... [more]
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America's Cup 33: Venue announced as Ras-Al-Khaimah
Sail-World JPJ,
SNG has selected one of the United Arab Emirates and it is Ras-Al-Khaimah, roughly 60 miles north-east of Dubai. It is a light wind selection which is in line with the design parameters of the Swiss catamaran. Meanwhile Alinghi 5 is been prepared to be airlifted to Genoa on Friday... [more]
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The superyacht crowd get that sinking feeling
Tara Loader Wilkinson, Wealth Monitor,
Superyachts are joining private jets and entering a lean period of sales and demand as the ultra-high net worth love affair with yachting is hit by the credit crunch. Laurent Perignon, director of marketing at yacht builder Camper & Nicholsons International, said: 'The overnight market collapse at the end of September 2008 triggered a change, and most probably an irreversible one, in the large-yac... [more]
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Mike Perham still on target
PPL media,
Mike Perham, the teenager from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire who has high hopes of sailing into the record books at the end of August. He and his Open 50 yacht left Panama last Tuesday, but says he has not been able to sleep for more than two hours a day, sometimes down to one and never longer than 15 minutes at a time.... [more]
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Double Glory at iShares Cup UK round for Oman Sail Teams
Oman Sail media,
The sun was shining, the wind was blowing and the crowds were cheering as both Oman Sail teams took control of the six races sailed on Monday at the UL Round of the iShares Cup at Cowes Week.... [more]
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Chris Cameron at 28 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
Chris Cameron,
Top international sailing photographer, Chris Cameron is at the 28 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre regatta and provided this image gallery... [more]
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Images from the final day of action at the iShares Cup Cowes Week
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was in the thick of the action on the final day of the iShares Cup UK Round at Cowes Week. Here's a selection of her images - Enjoy!... [more]
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North Atlantic battle belongs to Banque Populaire V
Banque Populaire V media,
The North-Atlantic in 3 days 15 hours 25 minutes and 48 seconds* for the Maxi-Trimaran Banque Populaire V. Pascal Bidegorry and his crewmen have made history. Pascal Bidégorry and his crewmen just made history by setting an incredible new benchmark time on the Transatlantic record.... [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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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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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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