It's the week before Christmas, so that means there are a lot of serious sailors in Australia getting ready for the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race, which starts on Boxing Day. Grant Wharington is hoping he'll have a mast in his boat (Etihad Stadium) and local hopeful Drew Taylor from the RHKYC, on board Chutzpah, will be hoping that this time they won't be the bridesmaids – again.
We don't usually get a great deal of sailing news out of the Philippines, but that looks like changing. Sailing activities have shifted from the Manila Yacht Club to the Subic Bay Yacht Club, and the SAGS (Saturday Afternoon Gentlemen's Sailing) group, and all of a sudden the communications have opened up. Hooray! Check below for the prelim NOR of the Subic Bay Commodore's Cup and the Subic-Boracay Race... which is followed by the Boracay Cup and the WestPac Hobie champs. All of a sudden it's all happening in the Philippines – keep the info coming, chaps!
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There's plenty more in this newsletter, from the forthcoming Horsburgh Challenge to the inaugural Muscat Khasab race and the current state of the America's Cup soap opera, so take a moment to get up to date with the sailing news from Asia and around the world.
Guy Nowell, Editor
Subic Bay Commodore's Cup 2010 - preliminary NOR Subic Bay Yacht Club, Jun Avecilla, Commodore of the Subic Bay Yacht Club, has announced that the 2010 China Sea Race from Hong Kong will finish in Subic Bay and that it would be followed by four days of inshore racing in Subic Bay under the banner of the Commodore's Cup 2010. This regatta will replace the President's Cup, formerly organised by the Manila Yacht Club.... [more] Onsend this story
Subic Bay to Boracay Race, 19-21 February 2010 Boracay International Regatta Committee, 9. Course The course will be from the Start in Subic Bay to the Finish off the West Coast of Boracay Island. Boats intending to pass West of Mindoro are required to inform the Race Committee before starting or by text message after starting.... [more] Onsend this story
Paraw Regatta Festival - Iloilo, Philippines
One of the major festivals in Iloilo City held annually is the Paraw Regatta Festival. The Paraw Regatta is a 36.5-kilometer race among native outriggers in the strait between the island province of Guimaras and Iloilo City. It was inspired by history which dates back in 1212 A.D.... [more] Onsend this story
Englishman dies in Phuket boating accident Phuket Gazette, An Englishman died on Saturday after the Hobie catamaran he was sailing in with two friends capsized off Koh Hei. Chalong police identified the deceased as UK national Kevin Corrigan, a retired former employee of AIG Insurance.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Prelude to a Boxing Day Classic Susan Maffei Plowden - KPMS, The two near sister Reichel/Pugh designs Alan Brierty's Limit and Stephen Ainsworth's Loki, finished first and second, just one point apart, in the Rolex Trophy Rating Series regatta. Both are Sydney-based, from the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race's host club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Limit is 63ft in length overall, Loki is 62ft, by virtue of a more plumb bow profile.... [more] Onsend this story
International Optimists Asian Championship Langkawi, Malaysia, International Optimists (IODA) Asian Championship full event reports. The event ran from December 12 to 20 in Langkawi, Malaysia. Apart from an OCS in race 10, Noppakao Poompat sailed flawlessly to continue her dominace of the fleet. After discards, she had an incredible 18 point lead over her closest rival.... [more] Onsend this story
More Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas announced Louis Vuitton media, The World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA) and Louis Vuitton today announced more Louis Vuitton Trophy for 2010 and early 2011.... [more] Onsend this story
Movable feast - Louis Vuitton Trophy Hong Kong moves to January 2011 All4One Media, The World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA) and Louis Vuitton today announced more Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas for 2010 and early 2011, the new international events to follow the successful regatta held in Nice, France, last month.... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: Swiss fail to back latest America's Cup moves Richard Gladwell, In the 'He ran, she ran' crazy world of the America's Cup, it seems that the deal to change the dates on the America's Cup and run with an extended regatta are no more, and that Societe Nautique de Geneve have backed away from undertakings given earlier today.... [more] Onsend this story
Thank You, Roy - Lynn Fitzpatrick reflects Lynn Fitzpatrick, I was driving down the Long Beach Freeway when I heard the news that one of the greatest benefactors to sailing in the United States, Roy E. Disney, had passed away. Before I knew it I was in front of Gladstone's, practically a shrine to Disney's Pyewackets and their string of yachting victories. Numerous Pyewacket models decorate the bar and restaurant, which has become home to the Los Angeles... [more] Onsend this story
Jessica Watson - 60 days, 7000 miles and UP THE MAST Nancy Knudsen, This is the view of Jessica Watson's yacht Ella's Pink Lady, taken by Jessica when she climbed the mast this week to check the rigging. The photo was taken when she was passing the 60-days-at-sea mark (about 25% of the planned journey), having covered 7,000 miles since she left Sydney in her attempt to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world non-stop and unassisted.... [more] Onsend this story
Boat builder wins Excalibur Manslaughter Appeal Rob Kothe, An Australian boatbuilder has won his appeal against a manslaughter conviction over the deaths of four people when their yacht lost its keel and capsized at sea. Melbourne boat builder Alex Cittadini 51, was sentenced in July 2009 by the NSW Supreme Court over the deaths of Christopher Heyes, 51, Peter McLeod, Anne-Maree Pope, 30 and Tracey Luke, 32.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Can Alfa Romeo spoil the party for Wild Oats XI? Susan Maffei Plowden, Race record-holder Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI, chasing her fifth consecutive line honours win, faces strongest competition from Neville Crichton's near sister Reichel/Pugh designed Alfa Romeo, and Mike Slade's Rolex Fastnet Race record holder ICAP Leopard, a Farr design from the UK.... [more] Onsend this story
Etihad Stadium supermaxi mast on its way Etihad Stadium Media, The replacement mast for Grant Wharington's Etihad Stadium Supermaxi has been secured and paid for, then cut in half for ease of transport, and 50% of the cargo plane puzzle has been solved ... now it's just a case of hurry up but wait, until the mast arrives in Australia... [more] Onsend this story
ICAP Leopard's attempt at prestigious treble Henry Foster, ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar PLC chief executive Mike Slade, is about to land in Australia. Whilst ICAP Leopard will be hoping for more moderate conditions than those of the '98 race, Slade and his crew will still be eyeing the forecasts and praying for a stiff breeze.... [more] Onsend this story
Inaugural Muscat Khasab race voted outstanding success Louay Habib, Muscat Khasab race The first ever sailing regatta held at Marina Bandar Al Rowdha last weekend was voted an outstanding success by the hundreds of visitors and participants that turned out to give their support. After three days at sea, the crews of Al Uqab, Susan Margaret and Musandam won respectively the IRC, Rally and Multihull Classes.... [more] Onsend this story
Fourteen top Singapore Youth Sailors experience Life at the Extreme Extreme Sailing Series Asia, Extreme Sailing Series Asia. In Singapore fourteen young sailors got the ride of their life this morning as they stepped onboard two Extreme 40s with some of the world's best sailors at the Marina Reservoir. It wasn't just fun for the youth sailors, the opportunity to take the stars of the future out sailing was also a treat for the professional crews.... [more] Onsend this story
6th Horsburgh Challenge 2010 Sharon Tan, SAF Yacht Club, The Horsburgh Challenge, a major keel-boat event in Singapore sailing calendar, is scheduled from the 5 to 7 February 2010, the week after the Singapore Straits Regatta. Organized by the SAF Yacht Club and sanctioned by the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF), the race will be held in full-blown north east monsoon conditions, with four divisions.... [more] Onsend this story
BMW Oracle Racing packs up and leaves San Diego bmworacleracingblog.blogspot.com, From bmworacleracingblog.blogspot.com: Friday was a bittersweet day in the BMW Oracle Racing team campaign. Our time in San Diego is coming to a close, and during the afternoon, one hour ahead of schedule, the BOR 90 was moved from the team base to on board the cargo ship the Ocean Lady, which will transport it to Valencia.... [more] Onsend this story
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