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28 Jan 2010                                                  If you have trouble reading this email CLICK HERE

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Singapore Straits, Phang Nga Bay, Boracay Race, the Inter-Schools' regatta in Hong Kong, Asia-Pac superyacht association... who says there's not much happening in Asia? Add in the latest updates on the AC shemozzle (and the newly-announced free internet broadcast of the 08 Feb showdown at the Valencia Corral), Percy and Simpson winning the Star worlds and a chance to buy Ranger - and that's a pretty full set of news.

The new regatta 'season' is definitely under way - the Royal Langkawi has just taken place, the Singapore Straits is happening now, and Phang Nga Bay runs next week. Then there's a two-week break before the Subic-Boracay Race and the Boracay Cup (now under new management) - and then there's a breather. Watch this space for as much coverage as we can, well, cover! And if we can't get to you, then please send your news to us - just click on the 'Submit News and Pics' button in the top right corner of, and fill in the boxes. We look forward to hearing from you!

Meanwhile, don't miss Russell Coutts delivering a few home truths - transcript of his recent 'Meet the Media' show is here. Read it...

Guy Nowell, Editor

Singapore Straits 2010: Off to a windy start...,
A 15-kt knot north easterly tradewinds saw the 21-yacht fleet away to a feisty start and complete two windward leeward races in quick succession. Some crews looked a bit rusty after the lengthy New Year break with several wild broaches, gear breakages and indifferent crew work hampering their progress and not being able to recover despite initially holding a good place.... [more]
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Six Senses Phuket Raceweek gets sponsorship boost for 2010
Phuket Raceweek Media,
The organisers of Six Senses Phuket Raceweek (SSPRW) are excited to announce that both title sponsor Six Senses Resorts & Spas and co-sponsor Jaguar Cars have announced their renewed commitment for the 2010 event. Now in its seventh year, SSPRW combines four days of high-octane yacht racing with five nights of glittering parties. The 2010 regatta will be held from 21 to 25 July.... [more]
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Subic Bay to Boracay Race, 19 - 21 Feb 2010, Notice of Race
Boracay International Organizing Committe,
Subic Bay to Boracay Race, 19 - 21 Feb 2010, Notice of Race: There's a new look to the Boracay Race this year - for starters, it begins in Subic Bay. The race is now run by the Boracay International Regatta Committee and SAGS (Saturday Afternoon Gentlemens' Sailing), following the collapse of any recognisable competitive sailing at the Manila Yacht Club.... [more]
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Jewel of Muscat to set sail next month
Global Arab Network,
Jewel of Muscat, an 18-metre long reconstructed 9th century sewn-plank ship modelled on the wreckage of the old Chinese Tang dynasty treasure ship which sank in the Indian Ocean while carrying precious items, will set sail from the port of Muscat next month, heading for Singapore, with Omani sailors aboard.... [more]
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13th Phang Nga Bay Regatta setting sail next week
Phang Nga Bay Regatta Media,
The 13th Phang Nga Bay Regatta will be the scene for the region's yachting community from 3rd to 7th February as it sails its way through the spectacular scenery of Phang Nga Bay. With four days of racing and five days of partying that visits the three provinces of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi, the regatta surely is one of the most scenic regattas on the Asian racing calendar and always lives up to... [more]
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Interview Transcript: Russell Coutts meets the Media + Video
CEO and Skipper, Russell Coutts held a relatively impromptu Media session in the BMW Oracle Racing base last Wednesday. Following is a slightly edited transcript of that session.... [more]
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Skandia Inter-School Sailing Festival, Hong Kong
RHKYC Media,
The 8th Inter-School Sailing Festival will be held at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's (RHKYC) Middle Island Clubhouse this weekend. Royal Skandia is honoured to return for the second year as title sponsor of this popular event among youth sailing enthusiasts. The RHKYC's dinghy sailing centre at Middle Island will again be packed with young sailors, over 100 students entered...... [more]
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Boracay Action Starts the Sailing Year with a Bang
Jerry Rollin,
Boracay Island is just 45 minutes flight south of Manila and has one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines, as well as the most exciting social scene. The island plays host to three dramatically different sailing events at the start of 2010.... [more]
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Regional Asia-Pac Superyacht Association to be formed
Superyacht Singapore Association,
On 08 January this year over 25 superyacht industry professionals met during Thailand's PIMEX boat show to discuss the possibility and need for the creation of a superyacht association for the Asia-Pacific Region. While there are a number of existing country level superyacht associations (notably Australia, Singapore and Indonesia) there is no single body promoting the region as a whole.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Skipper's Notebook: Ken Read, skipper Puma il mostro
Volvo Ocean Race/Ken Read, skipper Puma il mostro,
Being asked to write about my Volvo experience is nearly impossible without taking up about 500m pages. But, like all stories, this one has a beginning, middle and an end, or maybe not an end. Not yet anyway. I'll get back to that in a bit.... [more]
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The J Class ‘Ranger' and Mothership MY ‘Vita' – for sale or charter
Titch Blachford,
Ranger has a proven racing record, having won the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Antigua Classics. She is available fully race prepared or ready for luxury cruising.... [more]
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America's Cup Umpire team announced
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today announced the Umpire team who will officiate the races on the water of the 33rd America's Cup Match. The Umpire team for the 33rd America's Cup will follow the racing on the water and immediately adjudicate in a racing rule infringement raised by one of the teams... [more]
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Television coverage of 33rd America's Cup announced
33 America's Cup Media,
The Société Nautique du Genève (SNG), trustee of the America's Cup, has delegated the responsibility for organising the media and event activities for the 33rd America's Cup to Consorcio Valencia 2007. The 33rd America's Cup promises to be a regatta unlike everything which has been seen so far.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Asia - Muscat countdown
OC Events,
In just ten days time the final of the Extreme Sailing Series Asia will kick off at The Wave, Muscat. Six teams, racing radical 40-foot catamarans, started their battle for the inaugural title in Hong Kong at the end of November, before heading to Singapore mid-December.... [more]
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OceansWatch needs a Skipper for the 2010 season in the SW Pacific
Jane Pares,
If you want to help the ocean environment, and have yachting skills, here is an amazing opportunity. OceansWatch is looking for an experienced skipper to run their flagship, Magic Roundabout. Someone with a love of the ocean and a proven conservation background. Minimum qualification is the RYA / MCA Ocean Yachtmaster and PADI Open Water diver.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger responds to Swiss assertions, Match on hold?
Richard Gladwell,
Golden Gate Yacht Club has, not unexpectedly, refuted the claims made by the Defender of the Americas Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve, in the Swiss club's response filed in the New York Supreme Court on Friday. The depth and disparity between the parties on the issue could put the proposed Match for 8 February 2010 on hold, until this fundamental issue is resolved.... [more]
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Alinghi ups ante in America's Cup origin of construction dispute
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve have upped the stakes in the simmering Constructed in Country dispute, to the point where both teams could now be ineligible to compete in the 33rd Match for the America's Cup.... [more]
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Stars Worlds 2010: Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson take gold in Brazil
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Iain Percy and Andrew 'Bart' Simpson (GBR) are crowned the 2010 Star World Champions. The reigning Olympic Gold Medalists continue to add treasures to war chests. Percy's sterling collection of championship titles includes the 2002 Star World Championship and an Olympic Gold Medal in the Finn in 2000... [more]
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Lights and Moths! There's more than Mach 2's at McConaghy's in China
John Curnow,
In talking with McConaghy co-owner, Jono Morris recently, a lot more became apparent about how they got into China in the first place and what they're up to, now that they're fully established. Since 2000, which was when Jono and Mark Evans took stewardship of the McConaghy brand, it became apparent to them that the cost structures they were dealing with wouldn't make some things cost effective.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 to leave Lorient bound for Brest
Franck Cammas - Groupama 3,
At first light tomorrow morning, Thursday, the maxi trimaran Groupama 3 will be leaving her home port of Lorient bound for Brest. From here she will set off on her latest attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy as soon as a favourable weather window presents itself.... [more]
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2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe open for Official Entries
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Notice of Race for the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe has been issued, effectively opening the official entry period for the European series - closing date for entries is midnight on 15th March... [more]
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