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For a couple of years now, we have been hearing about the 5-star sailing conditions to be found in Boracay. And now that the 'barong curtain' has been drawn aside, and there is actually sailing news coming out of the Philippines, we were about to head off to Subic for this year's Subic-Boracay Race followed by the inaugural Boracay Cup, to find out what all the superlatives were about.

But here's the sad thing: the Boracay Cup has been cancelled. A member of the Organising Committee said, “It appears that there are now too many events in Asia all trying to attract the same few boats to make up an exciting Racing Class. So as not to detract from the Philippines' premier event, the Commodore's Cup event in Subic Bay in April after the China Sea Race, it has been decided that the Boracay Cup 2010 is cancelled.”

Anyone care to nominate a regatta or two to be discontinued, so as to make space in the calendar?

08 February: just a week until the America's Cup kicks off. Maybe we will get to see those Magnificent Monster Multihulls with the pedal to the metal after all. Sail-World will be bringing you full reports from Valencia.

Your club may not quite be running the America's Cup, but we are just as interested in your sailing events and activities: send race reports and photos to us via the "Submit News and Pics" button on the Sail-World Asia home page ( We look forward to hearing from you.

Inaugural Boracay Cup cancelled
Boracay International Regatta Committee,
The Boracay International Regatta Committee regrets to announce that the Boracay Cup event will not take place this year. It has become clear that there are now so many events in the Asian calendar that the top boats cannot attend them all. So as not to detract from the premier Commodore's Cup event in April after the China Sea Race, it has been decided that the Boracay Cup 2010 is cancelled.... [more]
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Americas Cup: Images from Valencia - More of USA-17 +video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Americas Cup There was a good breeze today in Valencia and both America's Cup sailing teams took full advantage of it. BMW Oracle's Gilles Martin-Raget was in the helicopter and took these shots. Points to note here are the clean wakes, and the amount of camber that is being induced in the wingsa... [more]
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Jessica Watson - Half way there and the book deal is done
Nancy Knudsen,
French-owned Hachette Publishers have announced that they will publish the story of Jessica Watson's solo sail around the world 'as soon as possible after her return'. ...and onboard Ella's Pink Lady, Jessica is already writing it, in spite of a recent admission by her mother that Jessica has severe dyslexia, which circuitously resulted in Jessica's desire to sail around the world... [more]
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Farr 30 World Championship going to Hyeres, France for the first time
Farr 30 Class Association,
The Farr 30 Class Association and C.O.Y.C.H. are pleased to announce the 2010 Farr 30 World Championship will be held in the sparkling Mediterranean city of Hyeres, France from October 23rd to 31st... [more]
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SAF Yacht Club Horsburgh Challenge 2010: NOR
SAF Yacht Club Media,
The first race (Day 1) will be conducted off the East Coast Park. On the Second day, The race will begin from SAFYC to the Horsburgh Lighthouse. This is a Category 3 race. On the Last day, race (Day 3) will be windward / leeward course Racing off the waterfront of SAFYC Changi Clubhouse.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia - A test on the final day of training
Extreme Sailing Series Asia,
Extreme Sailing Series Asia. It was a long and tiring day for the top international sailors in Muscat today as they had their final shakedown before the start of the final round tomorrow, 1 February 2010.... [more]
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Skandia Inter-School Sailing Festival in Hong Kong
RHKYC Media,
Over 120 young sailors aged between 12 and 18 enjoyed racing at Middle Island over the weekend, with mild weather and light breeze condition. The 8th Inter-School Sailing Festival took place over Saturday and Sunday at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's (RHKYC) Middle Island Clubhouse.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Second guessing the America's Cup Jury
Richard Gladwell,
The International Jury for the 33rd America's Cup is due to sit for the first time, in early February, to consider the five issues raised by BMW Oracle Racing on 19 January. We take a look at the scorecard from that first meeting.... [more]
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America's Cup: Stopwatches out for USA team / BMW Oracle Racing,
Australian Glen Ashby, the six times A-Cat Class Catamaran World Champion has been a regular coach for the USA skipper and fellow Australian James Spithill, the BMW Oracle helmsman and skipper over the last few seasons, as Spithill began to come to grips with multihull sailing. Ashby is running the BMW Oracle sailing program and the pace is stepping up as the first race nears... [more]
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Singapore Straits 2010: Evolution Racing by a whisker...,
Once again it came down to a final day showdown in the Racing Class. Both crews on Ray Roberts TP52 Evolution Racing and Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi were pumped up and raring to go. Some old fashioned America's Cup style circling started the sequence, then they broke away and headed for the startline with speed.... [more]
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Singapore Straits 2010: passage race reshuffles the results...,
Clear blue skies and 10kts of north easterly breeze saw all classes comfortably depart on respective passage races. The Racing Class briskly set sail on a 35nm triangular course across the Singapore Straits, round Stapa mark in Southern Johore, Malaysia then down to a common rounding mark off Bintan and back to the Batam finish line.... [more]
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Franck Cammas interview: Multi-Talented
Dominic Bourgeois, Course Au Large,
Franck Cammas is a pragmatic, rigorous, passionate guy, who enjoys all forms of sailing. After 12 seasons marked by a number of outstanding victories on the 60-foot circuit, Groupama is passing a new milestone with its investment in the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Volvo project dates back to summer 2009, when Cammas presented the idea of taking part in the race to Groupama.... [more]
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Americas Cup: Images from Valencia - USA-17 from the air + Video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Americas Cup There was a good breeze today in Valencia and both America's Cup sailing teams took full advantage of it. BMW Oracle's Gilles Martin-Raget was in the helicopter and took these shots. Plus there are video clips from the chopper and on-board USA-17 (sorry about the engine noise) Points to note here are the clean wakes, and the amount of camber that is being induced in the wingsa... [more]
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Dubai Traditional 22ft Dhow Champs: good competition for Muzahim
Sharon Allison, DIMC Media,
The dhows crossed the starting line in a good steady ten-knot breeze. Heading south along the coast from Port Rashid to Jumeirah One, the 48 boats fanned out over the water, and it was Al Iz who took an early lead. But Muzahim who was covered closely for much of the race by former winner Dahees caught up and then was dominant.... [more]
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America's Cup: New York Supreme Court declines to rule before Match
Richard Gladwell and Alinghi Media,
According to a new release by America's Cup Defender Societe Nautique de Geneve, the New York Supreme Court has declined an expedited Hearing on the Constructed in Country issue, and has ordered to two competitors to race now, and argue later.... [more]
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'For the Record: Fred Meyer' + 'SNG tries to re-write the rules again'
SNG Media; GGYC Media,
In the latest round of 'You said; Oh no I didn't', America's Cup Defender Societe Nautique de Geneve's Vice-commodore, Fred Meyer, commented on Challenger Golden Gate Yacht Club's previous statements on Court actions, and Golden Gate Yacht Club responded:... [more]
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Wright extends lead in Finns at Miami
Robert Deaves,
Some clear gaps are beginning to emerge in the Finn class after day four at the 2010 Rolex Miami OCR. The final two qualifications races are scheduled for Friday, with the medal race for the top 10 on Saturday.... [more]
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ValenciaSailing reports break on US America's Cup Challenger
Valencia Sailing,
Spanish sailing website was on the water today in Valencia for the Race Committee practice day to which the America's Cup Challenger and Defender were invited to attend, and report that the US Challenger suffered apparent significant breakage in the vicinity of the Race Committee boat:... [more]
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Singapore Straits 2010: Steady as she goes..,
If you want to know what is happening in the Racing Class, all you have to do is look for two boats that seem to be joined at the hip. As they gybe and tack to cover each other, they appear to be dancing instead of going hammer and tongs at each other.... [more]
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