Regional and international sailing news




18 Nov 2009

Major Events

2008 Olympics Qingdao


In Hong Kong the local news is that the RHKYC boatyard is stuffed to the doors with F1 racing cars - sorry, boats. This afternoon there were two Extreme 40 cats in the water, two on the hardstanding, and two more waiting to slide out of their boxes. The (air) temperature is dropping like a brick, and if there were any oysters on the rocks in Hong Kong harbour they'd be hanging on tight. AND it's the RHKYC's 1010 Next GTM Around the Island Race this weekend (with Extreme 40s). It's going to be a cold and busy few days... watch this space...

Extreme Sailing Series Asia (ESSA) - China Team entry
Jaap Buma, Sailing Events Asia,
Three members of China's original 2007 America's cup crew return to test their mettle in the first Extreme Sailing Series Asia, taking place in Hong Kong on 20-24 November. Participation in the event marks the first step towards the creation of a new generation of top Asian sailors for high-performance events including the Volvo Ocean Race and the America's Cup. ??... [more]
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1O1O Next GTM Around The Island Race 2009
RHKYC Media,
Hong Kong's finest will be given an opportunity to pit their wits and local knowledge against the global names taking part in the Race on the six-strong fleet of Extreme 40s, recently arrived in Hong Kong for the first leg of the inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia.... [more]
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You get what you wish for...
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Barry Hayes at the UK-Halsey Sails (Hong Kong) loft reports that one of his customers must (surely) have read the story, and has now sent us the layout for a recently-ordered asymmetric spinnaker. 'You want colour?' asked Hayes. 'You got colour.'... [more]
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Raja Muda 2009 - trying conditions continue,
There was no let up in the blustery stormy conditions yesterday. The racing class starts had to be delayed as the wave action on the beach in front of the Seaview Resort made it almost impossible to get out to the moored yachts. When racing did get underway, 20 knot Westerly rain squalls were recorded for half the race and then it dissipated leaving the crews struggling... [more]
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Oman Sail's trimaran ‘Majan' docks in Doha to promote sailing
Oman Sail Media,
'What Oman Sail had achieved in a short time is phenomenal. It's a great opportunity for the youngsters of the region to take up the sport. Now that there is a professional training academy we also can look forward to train with them in future and compete in various tournament,' said Sheikh Salman.... [more]
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Luderitz Speed Challenge - 50 knots but no new records
Luderitz Speed Challenge media,
The Luderitz Speed Challenge today began a couple hours later than yesterday as riders waited for the tide to drop and the wind to peak. The fastest time of the day went to Rob Douglas (Cabrinha) who again managed to hit 50 knots - a dream for most riders, but not good enough to be the fastest at this year's Speed Challenge.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur - Four Semi-Finalists confirmed
Louis Vuitton Trophy media,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur - There's one match outstanding to complete the round robin, but the four semi finalists are confirmed. After the morning northerly blew itself out today the wind shifted to the east and built. Synergy ensured its advance to the semis with the win over Azzurra in a classic match race.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 damaged and abandon record attempt
Cammas-Groupama 3,
Jules Verne Trophy. At around 1200 UT this Monday, a big cracking sound dashed the hopes of Franck Cammas and his nine crew in their bid to break Orange 2's round the world record from back in 2005.... [more]
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Varuna Cup, 21-22 November 2009
The Royal Varuna Yacht Club's signature event takes place this coming weekend, and as usual all visiting yachts are invited to participate.... [more]
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SIBEX – China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show 2009
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
This was the 3rd edition of SIBEX, this time with Grand Pavois Organisation (GPO – La Rochelle, France) along as 'strategic partners'. The declared aim is to make SIBEX the 'reference boat show for China and the region'. That means they are competing with CIBS Shanghai, Boat Asia (Singapore), Phuket (PIMEX) and two shows in Hong Kong – the Gold Coast and Marina Cove.... [more]
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Swiss will race America's Cup in Ras al-Khaimah if Appeal successful
Richard Gladwell,
The current Defender of the America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve, today revealed that it wants to return to race in Ras al-Khaimah (UAE) to contest the 33rd America's Cup in giant multihulls. Far from trying to get the heat turned down on the legal action, the Swiss club have appointed a new firm of lawyers to represent them on the various actions, engaging Sullivan & Cromwell... [more]
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ISS Mumbai International Match Race 2009
The event will be conducted this year under the aegis of Indian Naval Waterman Ship Training Centre and the Match Racing Association of India. For the first time the event has attracted top-level competition: nine countries namely Russia, Estonia, Sweden, Korea, Bahrain, France, Ireland, Thailand and of course – India.... [more]
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Interview with Bruce Kirby – the designer of the Laser - Part Two
Rob Kothe,
This is part two the in depth interview Sail-World recently did with now 80 year old Bruce Kirby, the Canadian born Olympic Finn sailor who designed the Laser in 1969, in collaboration with Montreal based industrial designer and boat builder Ian Bruce. 40 years on the numbers of Lasers built is closing on 200,000.... [more]
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Rain, rain and more rain... RMSIR 2009,
Reminiscent of the early regattas, lengthy downpours were experienced throughout the first passage race from Pt Klang to Pangkor Island. A heavily laden overcast sky and 6 to 8 knots of SW breeze at the start had crews grappling with close reaching sails and rapidly disappearing off into the distance. By mid afternoon the SW breeze built to 15 knots and began to make its presence felt.... [more]
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Success for Maqasas in Dubai
Sharon Allison, DIMC,
‘The race started at the Palm Deira, passed Dubai Dry Dock, Burj Dubai, Burj Al Arab, and World Islands, Palm Jumeirah and finished in front of the Fattan Towers,' he explained, and added, ‘as the towers on the land increase so will the masts of the traditional boats on the sea.'... [more]
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French yacht Adriano seized in Kochi, India
Juhan Samuel and Sai-World Asia,
'They didn't have any valid travel documents except passports,' said Lovely Chan, an official with CISF. The vessel was given security clearance and allowed to go after repairs, the Commissioner said, adding that the travel documents too have been verified.... [more]
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Hong Kong's Thornburrow takes out Etchells Queensland title
Tracey Johnstone,
It took until the final race in the Wharf Tavern Etchells Queensland State Championship for the winner of the 30-year-old coveted title to be finally decided. The leading contenders fought every mile in the remaining race to go one better on each other. Three teams went into today's racing on equal ten points; Vaughan Prentice, Noel Paterson and Mark Thornburrow.... [more]
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One owner chasing two quite different titles in Phuket King's Cup
Tracey Johnstone,
He has two boats entered in the 23rd Phuket King's Cup, can only helm one, but is chasing two quite different division titles in the one regatta.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: Wingsails in the Sunset - 1
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Gilles Martin-Raget was out on the water for what proved to be a long day for BOR90, testing her new wingsail off San Diego, and took these images before and after the sun went down.... [more]
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ISAF President sets out the challenges ahead
ISAF President Göran Petersson delivered his President's Report during the first day of meetings for the Council of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) held in Busan, Korea today at the ISAF Annual Conference. The first recommendation the President referred to was athletes' representation with full voting rights in the decision-making bodies of the Olympic Movement.... [more]
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Asian Match Racing Championship - Robertson takes keys to Tour door
Rob Kothe,
In a thrilling series, New Zealand's Phil Robertson and his WAKA Racing Team beat Australian Michael Dunstan and his SLAM Racing Team, to win the Asian Match Racing Championship. As a result Robertson will be sailing in the final round of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup to be held in Terengganu, Malaysia from December 1st to 6th 2009.... [more]
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l'Hydroptere smashes World speed record over one nautical mile
l'Hydroptere media,
l'Hydroptere's record campaign in the Mediterranean ended in great style last Sunday as Alain Thebault and his ten crew smashed the record over one nautical mile, exceeding 50 knots.... [more]
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Round the World Jessica Watson in the doldrums
Nancy Knudsen,
It was bound to happen, and it's going to happen again. Australian 16-year-old Jessica Watson, setting off to be the youngest circumnavigator non-stop and unassisted, is in the doldrums. As most ocean-going sailors know, the doldrums - or, as it is nattily known these days, the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) - is an area of confused wind conditions on each side of the equator.... [more]
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America's Cup challenger's giant wingsail raised for the first time
Sail-World sources,
The giant wing sail on the Golden Gate Yacht Club's team BMW Oracle Racing's America's Cup Challenger, BOR90/USA was raised for the first time off San Diego today. Currently the crew are doing final fitting out and pre-flight checks before going in the first test sail.... [more]
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Grael and Tunnicliffe named 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year
ISAF Media,
ISAF and Rolex are proud to announce that the male and female winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009 are Torben Grael (BRA) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA). Torben Grael (BRA) received his award tonight, and in his winning speech said, 'It's an honour to be here. It's not the first time I've attended this award ceremony, but it's truly a different feeling to stand here,'... [more]
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Fiesta time at Punta Fuego
Jerry Rollin,
The annual Sailing Fiesta, which takes place at the start of the Philippine sailing season, has become a major event on the local sailing calendar. The regatta has always attracted the Hobie fleet, which makes the Fiesta a part of its seven-part Traveller Series that visits seven different locations during the year. The keelboat fleet has gradually expanded... [more]
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