Regional and international sailing news




09 Nov 2009

Major Events


Our competition to win a ‘5th Man' slot on an Extreme 40 racing in Hong Kong or Singapore is still open – have you entered? Interestingly, among our entrants so far are Olympic Tornado sailors Darren Bundock and Carolijn Brouwer – so that should tell you something about how much fun a ride on an Extreme 40 can be!

Pics here of the new wing ‘mast' rolled out for BMW Oracle at Anacortes. WOW! You really can't call this a mast – it's just a straight out wing standing on end. Takes your breath away – go look.

There's plenty of Asia-region news at the top of the heap – SIBEX and PIMEX, 22' dhows in Dubai, the ISAF Conference in Busan, match racing in Busan, and the build-up to Monsoon Cup. Check it out.

Then move onto the start of the Louis Vuitton Trophy series in Nice, the TJV taking off across the Atlantic, Groupama hitting marginally subsonic speeds in their new Jules Verne attempt, and all the latest shenanigans from the AC soap opera.

You'd rather be reading this stuff than answering all those Monday emails, wouldn't you? So go, go, go...

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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SIBEX - China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show
The 2009 edition of SIBEX (China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show) is a coordinated event involving Shenzhen Yubo Exhibition Group, Exposalons and Grand Pavois Organisation (GPO), organizer of the International Afloat Boat Show the Grand Pavois in La Rochelle (France). GPO will be supporting commercial, logistical and communications for the International development of SIBEX.... [more]
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King's Cup Japanese friends to defend Bareboat division title
Tracey Johnstone,
Age has not wearied the band of Japanese warriors, led by Toru Inoue, who will return to Phuket next month to defend their King's Cup Bareboat division title. The team of eight friends, some of them Inoue said are 'quite old', will come together on board TAG, a Feelimg 10.9m yacht to contest the 23rd Phuket King's Cup being held from 28 November to 5 December.... [more]
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22' Dhows - Eight qualifiers at Mina Seyahi
Sharon Allison, DIMC,
The next event of the RC44 circuit in is Dubai, and starts in just over two weeks' time. The boats are arriving, but in the meantime the traditional 22' dhows are still battling out their own series – a magnificent mixture of old and new on the Mina Seyahi waterfront.... [more]
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Asian Qualifiers key to World Match Racing Tour door
Monsoon Cup media,
One of the twelve crew positions in this year's Monsoon Cup, the final round of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour, will be decided next week at the Asian Match Racing Championships, on the Pulau Duyong course in Terengganu.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference begins in Busan
Every November, the Annual Conference of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) brings together the Committees and Sub-committees of ISAF to discuss, debate and ultimately decide upon the key issues of the day. Between them, the ISAF Committee cover the broad spectrum of the sport, from Olympic sailing, to youth events and training, offshore sailing, race officials and more.... [more]
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PIMEX Bangkok Preview
PIMEX Event Media,
The Phuket Marine Expo (PIMEX) brings a taste of the Phuket marine lifestyle to the city with a PIMEX Bangkok Preview from the 6th to 8th November at the 5-star Pan Pacific Hotel in the central Business District.... [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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Pulau Duyong busy as Asian Match Racing Championships draw closer
A hive of activities returns to Pulau Duyong as preparation for the Asian Match Racing Championships (AMRC) gets underway here.... [more]
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NewsFlash: First pictures of wingmast for America's Cup Challenger
BMW Oracle racing and Gilles Martin-Raget,
BMW Oracle Racing have just released the first pictures of the wingmast to be fitted to their America's Cup challenger in San Diego. A wing of this scale has never been built for a race boat. In terms of size, the wing on BOR 90 dwarfs those on modern aircraft. Towering nearly 190 ft (57 m) above the deck, it is 80 percent bigger than a wing on a 747 airplane (102 ft / 31 m).... [more]
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Three teams undefeated at Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur
Louis Vuitton Media,
By virtue of its second win in as many races Emirates Team New Zealand today grabbed the early lead at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur. Team New Zealand leads overall with 2 points. Sweden's Artemis and Great Britain's TeamOrigin each have 1 point on 1-0 records. The day's second match, between Sweden's Artemis and TFS – Pages Jaunes was similarly one-sided.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 covers 708 miles in 24 hours
Cammas-Groupama media,
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 has sailed 708 miles in the last 24 hours. Franck Cammas' crew, haven't had as easy a day as all that despite the supersonic speeds this Sunday: the trimaran has managed to rack up nearly 708 miles in 24 hours!... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ and TeamOrigin gain first wins at Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton Media,
Half of the opening day's scheduled matches at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur were completed in conditions that challenged race officials and tended to favour the leading yachts. Emirates Team New Zealand and TeamOrigin share the top spot on the leaderboard after scoring triumphs in light and shifty winds. Team New Zealand defeated TFS – Pages Jaunes by 59 seconds and TeamOrigin won... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama picking up speed and due to gybe
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 has been able to lengthen her stride since the latitude of Porto. A regular following sea, a NE'ly wind enabling her to sail under full mainsail and gennaker, temperatures which are already summery and above all a direct course southwards... Off Madeira, the trimaran will be reaching average speeds which are likely to exceed thirty knots.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur - Four matches to begin series
Louis Vuitton Media,
The Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur, the inaugural event of the World Sailing Teams Association, is scheduled to begin tomorrow with four matches featuring all eight teams planned on the Baie de Anges, or Bay of Angels, off Nice.... [more]
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America's Cup in suspense as parties meet over weekend
Richard Gladwell,
Both the warring parties will hold meetings over the weekend to discuss venues for the 33rd America's Cup and try to reach an agreement. After another Hearing in the New York Supreme Court this morning, Justice Shirley Kornreich called the two principals for the Societe Nautique de Geneve and Golden Gate Yacht Club, who were present in the Court, into her Chambers for a five minute discussion,... [more]
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Australia puts out the Welcome mat for the America's Cup
Rob Kothe,
Swiss America's Cup defender Alinghi has proposed an Australian solution as a southern hemisphere venue to US team BMW Oracle as the two year old bitter legal battle continues.... [more]
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Alinghi offers Australian venue to unlock 33rd America's Cup - UPDATED
Richard Gladwell,
Societe Nautique de Geneve have handed a thorned olive branch to the Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup, Golden Gate Yacht Club. The Swiss Defender of what was the premier trophy in sailing has offered to stage the event 'on the east coast of Australia' in return for the cessation of all legal action. However inquiries with Australian contacts revealed nothing about the specifics of any venue... [more]
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Images of San Diego: BOR90 heads into the sunset + onboard Video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget provided this gallery of images from BOR90's recent test sail off San Diego.... [more]
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The Best of YouTube: America's Cup Perspectives
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World is pleased to present a selection of video taken from YouTube. We have two with an Alinghi theme, including one clip from the very talented George Johns. We hope to make this a regular feature in Sail-World... [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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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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