International and Regional sailing and boating news




23 Nov 2009

Major Events

Extreme 40s


Busy busy busy in Hong Kong with the Around the Island Race, and Extreme 40s flying all over the harbour. And the Raja Muda just finished - which means get ready for Phuket King's Cup. Sorry, no time for elegant editorials, have to go and lie around on a trampoline at 45 degrees, 15' up in the air, and going 20 knots... more later...

Guy Nowell
Editor, Sail-World Asia

BT snatches line honours in 1O1O Next 3G Around the Island Race
OC Event Media,
BT snatched victory by just 14 seconds in the annual Around the Island Race in Hong Kong this morning, following a 27 nautical mile marathon. The six Extreme 40s battled their way around the Island with every boat taking the lead at some point during the race. It was an amazing day for not only the sailors, but also the VIP guests onboard, who raced in the coveted 'fifth man' spot, including the Q... [more]
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1O1O Next 3G™ Around the Island Race - Extreme 40s hunt in packs
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
'Up!' would have been a gutsy call, but we were too far away to hear - and then he was swallowed by the pack of sharks cruising in from behind. One of those moments made in heaven when it all happens in front of the camera, in perfect synch, and all the photographer has to do is be there. And keep the finger on the button. Bliss.... [more]
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1O1O Next G™ Around The Island Race 2009 - Sky's the Limit provisional
RHKYC Event Media,
Hong Kong's largest and most inclusive sailing event got underway this morning, spiced up with the six visiting Extreme 40s currently in town for the first leg of the inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia - BT leads after Day 2
OC Events,
The inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia racing on day two in Victoria Harbour for saw the six Extreme 40s challenged in a shifty 4 – 12 knot wind. The inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia is in Hong Kong to demonstrate the potential of bringing a full scale series, with public shoreside activities, to the region in 2010/2011.... [more]
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Azzurra shuts out of Emirates Team NZ to win Louis Vuitton Trophy
Louis Vuitton Media,
Even before the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur began, Azzurra skipper Francesco Bruni spoke of his passion and honour to be leading an iconic sailing brand back into the fray after a long absence. This afternoon he could barely describe his joy. Bruni and his Azzurra crew, including tactician Tommaso Chieffi, defeated Emirates Team New Zealand 2-0 in the Grand Final to win this match race r... [more]
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Fireflys to light up Phuket King's Cup sports boat competition
Tracey Johnstone,
Fast, exciting, competitive racing is expected in the Firefly 850s with the class returning for a third year to contest the Phuket King's Cup starting next weekend.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race 4 Dramatic collision at the start
Heather Ewing,
Race 4 of Clipper 09-10 - Eight of the boats crossed the start line for the 4,700-mile race to Geraldton, Western Australia. California was followed by Spirit of Australia, looking for a win on this race to their home port, and Team Finland.... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC44 Gold Cup - A new challenge
Sharon Allison,
Sea Dubai RC44 Gold Cup - Two teams, Aqua (UAE) and Ceeref (SLO) have raced in Dubai before and it is the home of Team Sea Dubai but to the other seven competing teams it will be a totally new platform and challenge.... [more]
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211 Entrants and growing - offshore yachting event organisers dream
Ocean Events Media,
It's not often that a yachting event organiser is dealing with a potential fleet in the several hundreds rather than tens of entrants – and many months before entries close. Such is the case with the ‘2011 Around Australia Ocean Race and the ‘2011 Around Australia Ocean Rally'. Two major circumnavigations of Australia events overlapping.... [more]
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Raja Muda 2009 - Neil Pryde wins damp squib finale,
Eventually PRO Jerry Rollin had to call it a day and everyone returned to get ready for the final dinner and prize giving at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club.... [more]
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Dubai Muscat Offshore Sailing Race starts November 26th 2009
Gulf News,
The annual Dubai-Muscat Offshore Sailing Race, organised by the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, is set to start next Thursday 26th November... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2009 heading for a record fleet
Rob Kothe,
The 2009 Phuket King's Cup fleet list is now heading towards 105 boats, a new record for this 23rd annual regatta. The latest entry list released last night by Regatta Director Simon James includes draft entries from a number of boats currently in transit. Notable amongst these is the new racing class GP42 owned by the King's Cup President Kevin Whitcraft and Sam Chan's TP52.... [more]
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Grant Simmer on progress and modifications to Alinghi 5,
The America's Cup Defender Alinghi is completing its current phase of the Alinghi 5 development programme today in Ras Al Khaimah and over the next few days will wheel the giant catamaran into the boat shed for some modifications. The next phase will keep the team busy up until it ships out to Valencia to continue developing towards the February 8 2010 America's Cup Match.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Aviva closes on Veolia Environnement
Transat Jacques Vabre - Instead of the expected initial compression, in fact Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier slipped away another 20 miles overnight on Safran.... [more]
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Bruni aims for semi-finals of Monsoon Cup 2009
Fransceso Bruni has only one aim for the Monsoon Cup 2009 - get to the semi-finals and then take it from there.... [more]
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What to do with an expired sailor?
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Sign seen today at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. If you have any past-the-sell-by-date sailors lying around taking up space, send 'em over.... [more]
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Brad Butterworth speaks with Peter Montgomery on America's Cup issues
Brad Butterworth and Peter Montgomery,
Alinghi skipper, Brad Butterworth was in Auckland and Wellington recently and took the time to talk to the world's foremost yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery, about the next America's Cup, scheduled for next February. Butterworth talks about the extent of the current legal issues, what it is like sailing on one of the multihull America's Cup multihulls and other issues.... [more]
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Tour Of Arabia: Majan continues ‘tour of discovery'
OC Events,
Since the start of the inaugural five-leg Tour of Arabia on the 10th of November from Kuwait, Oman Sail's A100 trimaran continues with what is effectively tracing out these new routes for the very first time.... [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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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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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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