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24 Dec 2009                                                  If you have trouble reading this email CLICK HERE

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It's Christmas Eve, and first of all we'd like to wish all our readers, subscribers and (very importantly) advertisers a very Merry Christmas. It'll be ‘a warm one' for most of you around the region, and even in Hong Kong the sunshine is hanging in there.

Down Under they are all getting frightfully excited about the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race – as well they might, with no less than seven 98ft+ monsters on the start line, including Grant Wharington's Etihad Stadium which now has a new mast in place having snapped the previous just one ten days ago while on delivery from Melbourne to Sydney. Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard is having another crack at the race, but Slade is on record as saying “I can't afford to go on doing this for ever”.

The Sail-World team down in Sydney is already posting out a Hobart-dedicated newsletter, and Australia Editor Rob Kothe will be ‘calling the start' live on ABC Grandstand Radio from 1250 to 1315 (Australian time) on Boxing Day. The Cats and Dogs people still haven't quite made up their collective minds about the weather, but it does rather look as if it's going to be a fast race.

The AC is heading back to Court for a decision on the “country of origin” of Alinghi's sails, and in a press release today the SNG and Alinghi said “We thank Golden Gate Yacht Club and BMW Oracle for their Christmas gift and their wishes for further litigation in the New Year!” It goes on: “Having disqualified all other Challengers for the 33rd America's Cup through their legal strategy, Larry Ellison's team is now trying to do the same with the Defender and continues to pursue its attempt to win the America's Cup in court rather than on the race course." (Fred Meyer, Vice-Commodore SNG).

We don't necessarily agree with this view. On the contrary, we believe that the BMW Oracle camp are only too happy to go racing, but only on a fair and level playing field, and one that complies with the terms of the AC Deed of Gift. We have long held that any three random Old Salts (with no vested interests) in any yacht club bar in the world could have the whole AC thing sorted out in half an hour over a couple of beers and a large whisky. Given Alinghi's track record of tortuous legal manoeuverings since ever since AC32, BMW Oracle's being “careful” doesn't seem unreasonable. As the saying goes, “when you sup with the devil, it is wise to use a long spoon.”

Closer to home, and there's another Thai Platu Champs Series up for grabs. Kev Scott's hard work in resuscitating the Platu fleet in Thailand, and organising some great racing, is nothing short of fantastic. Anyone who fancies themselves at OD racing on clean blue water in good breeze needs to take a look at the Thai Platu scene.

Singapore scored good at the recent Sail Melbourne, with lots of Top Ten finishers, and Koh Seng Leong scooping the Gold in the Laser Radial. Full report below.

Once again, wishing you and yours a great and happy festive season.

Guy Nowell

Thailand Platu OD Championship 2010... all the news
Ferret News,
For Thailand and Asia region Platu sailors – and any OD enthusiasts, come to that, or maybe ALL sailors who like close racing and a good fight on the water – it's time to to get sorted for 2010 so here are all the details you need to make decisions .... [more]
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PIMEX 2010 Ready To Set Sail
PIMEX Event Media,
The Phuket International Boat Show 2010 (PIMEX) will kick off from January 7-10, 2010 with 45 leading boat brands displayed on the water at Royal Phuket Marina, Phuket, Thailand.... [more]
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America's Cup: SNG respond on Construction in Country issue
Richard Gladwell,
The Defender of the America's Cup, Société Nautique de Genève (SUI) have responded to the Constructed in Country issue raised by the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club via an Open Letter issued yesterday. That letter queried whether the Defender was using sails that were built on Switzerland, or if they were built in USA... [more]
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33 ORCi entries for Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
ORC Tech,
First-ever use of ORCi ratings in the 628-mile Rolex Sydney Hobart offshore racing classic. Results for the ORCi Division will be decided by the application of the Time-on-Time Simplified Scoring Option, using the ToT Offshore rating as printed on each boat's ORCi Certificate, as a multiplier of elapsed time.... [more]
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Singapore sailor wins Laser Radial gold in Melbourne
Ho Shu Fen, Singapore Sailing,
Singapore's Koh Seng Leong dominated the Laser Radial Men fleet to win gold while Elizabeth Yin and Victoria Chan scored a seventh and eighth in the Laser Radial Women's fleet. 15 sailors represented Singapore at the recent 2009 Sail Melbourne regatta which is the concluding event in the ISAF World Cup series.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Etihad Stadium has a mast again
Jody O'Brien,
Thirteen days after dismasting in Bass Strait on the delivery sail from Melbourne to Sydney, the Etihad Stadium Supermaxi is now looking like a 98 foot ocean racing machine again. The 44 metre mast was successfully installed just after 3am this Christmas eve morning with a very large crane and all hands on deck at Sydney City Marine.... [more]
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Battle of the Supermaxi - Is this a Swansong for Britain's Leopard?
Rob Kothe,
As the Rolex Sydney Hobart weather models keep throwing up different scenarios, British property developer Mike Slade, owner of the 100 footer ICAP Leopard, the 2009 Rolex Fastnet line honours winner has mixed feelings about what could be the last Sydney Hobart for his supermaxi.... [more]
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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]
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Gladwell's Line: Positive progress on 33rd America's Cup negotiations
Richard Gladwell,
Despite the apparent silence since last Thursday's meeting in Valencia, discussions are believed to be proceeding positively with the Spanish authorities over arrangements on the 33rd America's Cup. At this stage the Match is still as the New York Supreme Court ordered - for a best of three Match starting on the 8 February 2010.... [more]
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PredictWind Long Range Forecast for Sydney to Hobart
Nathan May,
PredictWind is forecasting Southerly winds for the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. With stronger winds of 18Knts at start time decreasing to around 10Knts as the race progresses. The images displayed are using PredictWind's High Resolution GRIB files displayed using Expedition Software.... [more]
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RORC announce change to class bands for the 2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup
J2 Communications,
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) today announced a change to the class rating bands for the 2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup which runs from the 15 to 21st August. The lower limit of Class 1 has been lowered by 10 points from 1.120 to 1.110. The rating bands for classes 2 and 3 remain unchanged.... [more]
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Midnight manoeuvres for Wild Oats XI to repair keel damage
Rob Mundle,
There was plenty of unscheduled activity at Woolwich Dock, on Sydney Harbour, around midnight last night when Bob Oatley's Rolex Sydney-Hobart race record holder, Wild Oats XI, was lifted from the water so repairs could be made to the yacht's keel.... [more]
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