Regional and International sailing news roundup




05 Nov 2009

Major Events

2008 Olympics Qingdao


Whew! The 3rd China Cup has been and gone, and there was some great racing out there on Daya Bay. You can't fault putting thirty 40-footers on a start line, but we still reckon there is room for improvement before the China Cup is as good as it claims to be.

BMW Oracle dropped her rig, estimated cost USD10m, and the official line is that "it only had one or two more days usage left anyway..." That makes the current AC spat even more expensive in both gear and R&D than most of us can even imagine... it really makes the eyes water!

If you haven't yet signed in to our competition to win a '5th man' spot on an Oman Sail Extreme 40 in either Hong Kong or Singapore - why not? Just wander across to the appropriate box and click! You've got to be in it to win it, as the saying goes.

Sail-World's Richard Gladwell provides his usual elegant "cut to the chase" commentary on the state of the AC, and (in case you need to know this) Sail-World is now on Twitter.

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Guy Nowell
Editor, Sail-World Asia

Race an Extreme 40 in Hong Kong or Singapore – Sail-World competition
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
This has got to be the best offer in town – or on the planet- or anywhere for that matter! We are giving away two '5th man' slots to race on one of Oman Sail's Extreme 40 catamarans when they participate in two legs of the newly-formed Extreme Sailing Series Asia – coming to Hong Kong 20-24 November and to Singapore 11-15 December.... [more]
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CCIR 2009 - the view from the rail
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Thirty 40-footers on the start line is always going to be a goodly sight, whether they happen to be Farr 40s or - in this case – Beneteau 40.7s. Last weekend's third China Cup International Regatta, run at Longcheer Yacht Club in Daya Bay and ably supported by 5-star race management from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, made a lot of sailors very happy... [more]
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Watermark Marine seeks immediate buyout to avoid bankruptcy
Watermark Marine,
Watermark Marine, the first wholly owned British boat builder in China, has been in negotiations with investors for some months. Unfortunately time has run out for the company and its management have decided to offer the company to interested parties for its debts which stand at £95,000.00.... [more]
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Busan Cup win to Lucy Macgregor and team
Lindsey Bell - RYA,
Busan Cup - Lucy Macgregor and her team clinch the ISAF Grade 1 Busan Cup Women's International Match Race title in Korea on Wednesday. Macgregor's team got their regatta off to a flying start, notching up straight wins in all of their round-robin matches... [more]
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Lost Cup rig 'only missed two or three days of sailing in its life'
Richard Gladwell,
BMW Oracle racing blogmeister, Peter Rusch, reports on the morning after the America's Cup Challenger dropped her mast off San Diego, yesterday, while sea trialling the 110ft trimaran, which had just been the subject of a five week modification program. He spoke with BMW Oracle racing designer Ian 'Fresh' Burns (AUS)... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama switches to Code Green
Vincent Borde,
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama is announcing the switch to code green for the attempt. On stand-by in Brest since 1st November, will set off on Thursday 5th November on her bid to conquer the Jules Verne Trophy, a round the world record attempt under sail.... [more]
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BMW Oracle dismasting - Video report from San Diego
Jenifer Musa, Fox-5, San Diego,
Fox5's Jennifer Musa reports on the dismasting of BMW Oracle Racing, including video footage of the 100ft trimaran sailing and close ups of the damage incurred. 'The 200-foot mast on the monster trimaran that will represent the United States in the America's Cup came crashing down during a sail on the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, snapping in two as it hit the rear beam.... [more]
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Expert Jurists to skip America's Cup Hearing
Richard Gladwell,
The Expert Jurists advising the New York Supreme Court on the Five Questions posed by Justice Shirley Korneich in her decision of last Friday, will not now attend the the Court Hearing scheduled for Friday morning. Instead the panel will meet on Saturday morning and will consider their responses, and will advise the Court directly. After receiving that advice Justice Shirley Kornreich will deci... [more]
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Traditional Sailing Dhows - A Match for the 22ft
Sharon Allison,
The top twenty Traditional 22ft Sailing Dhows from last seasons Championship league will compete in two races this Saturday 7th November in a play off to find out who will go forward to take part in the very popular match racing series.... [more]
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OC Events launch two new professional events in Arabian Gulf - Asia
OC Event Media - Sail-World,
The growth of competitive sailing in the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean has today taken a further step forward as the sailing events company, OC Events (Asia), launches two new premier racing circuits, the Tour of Arabia and the Indian Ocean 5 Capes Race... [more]
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A few minutes ago this message went out via the ether - SailWorld News Newsflash: BOR 90 has dismasted off San Diego Immediate Sailing News just became even more so as, the largest online marine network has just begun its Twitter service... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta - TeamOrigin announce sailing line-up
Henry Foster,
TeamOrigin announced today the sailing team line-up for the forthcoming Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in Nice, Côte d'Azur which commences at the weekend. The team includes eight sailors from Great Britain, four from New Zealand, three from Australia, and one each from France, Denmark and Poland.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Justice Shirley's America's Cup questions answered
Richard Gladwell,
On Friday 6 November at 0930hrs the New York Supreme Court will reconvene once again to hear submissions from lawyers representing the America's Cup Defender and Challenger. But centre stage will be three expert Jurors appointed following Justice Shirley Kornreich's remarkable decision of just a week ago. Here we look at the questions and the likely answers...... [more]
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Optimists in Noumea - Training Day 1
Brian Haybittle,
Eight parents got down to the club at around 9am to sort out the boat charters and suss out the lay of the land. All the boats were in good condition.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta images from Carlo Borlenghi and Carlo Borlenghi images,
Carlo Borlenghi is a 'Master of the Lens' as his images from the China Cup International Regatta reflects.... [more]
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Swiss to appeal decision on Ras Al Khaimah for 33rd America's Cup
Alinghi Media,
The Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG), is to appeal New York Supreme Court Justice Kornreich's decision of 30 October rejecting Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates as the venue for the 33rd America's Cup. SNG has applied for an expedited appeal to avoid any delay to the February 2010 Deed of Gift Match.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta - South African team's victory
Andy Robertson,
China Cup International Regatta - Peak windspeed today was a muscular 26 knots but most of the time it was a settled 21-22, to produce some blissful racing conditions, imprinting great memories for the crews of the 30 First 40.7 Beneteau One Design fleets from 13 different countries and regions.... [more]
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More China Cup International Day 3 images from Carlo Borlenghi,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi is in Shenzhen at the China Cup International Regatta and presents a gallery of images from day 3 of the event.... [more]
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China Cup International Day 3 images from Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi, world renowned photographer is in Shenzhen at the China Cup International Regatta and presents this gallery of images from day 3 of the event.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta – Whiskey Jack, giant-killer
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Star of the show all day was Nick Southward's J/109 Whiskey Jack, scoring 1-1-2 in IRC B, and leading the combined A and B fleets over the line in the second race of the day... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta images from Carlo Borlenghi and Carlo Borlenghi images,
Images from the China Cup International Regatta from renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Malaysian marinas in troubled waters
New Straits Times,
The plan was ambitious - build public marinas in several locations across Malaysia to encourage marine recreational and sporting activities, and attract international yachting communities to Malaysian shores. But seven years and more than MYR263 million later, only five of the ten proposed public marinas are operational.... [more]
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