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The 'Asia' action at the moment is in Dubai where the RC44s are hammering it out. (And if you ever wondered how come Dubai is in Asia, we use the ISAF geographical categorisations. So Dubai comes under Sail-World ASIA).

Hong Kong's Karl Kwok notched up a Line Honours (Monohull) win in the Caribbean 600 with his new Beau Geste. It's an impressive-looking beast.

We are delighted to be running a story from the SB3 fleet in Singapore, and look forward to receiving more stories from local/regional events: please, just click on the 'Submit story and pics' button on the top right of the Sail-World Asia home page ( and fill in the boxes. We look forward to hearing from you.

Guy Nowell, Editor.

RC44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy - Team Aqua back on top
RC44 Class Association,
Chris Bake and his Team Aqua dominated the first day of the fleet regatta with two victories and two second places. The team from the UAE sits seven points ahead of Torbjorn Tornqvist's Artemis and Igor Lah's Ceeref after four races. The conditions were absolutely fantastic today for the first day of the fleet regatta, with 15-18 knots breeze and very warm sunshine.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton series expected to be scene-setter for America's Cup
Richard Gladwell and Louis Vuitton,
Details of the upcoming Louis Vuitton Trophy were announced in a media conference this morning at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. The regatta will be the first for the America's Cup teams since the 33rd Match was won by BMW Oracle Racing in Valencia, two weeks ago, and as such will take on a new urgency as positioning for the 34th America's Cup begins. Already some hiring of key people is... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 ahead of reference time
At 52° S and 172° E, Groupama 3 is positioned at a point which is practically antipodal to the finish point off Ushant! Still behind a depression circulating at 60° S, Groupama 3 is making headway in a slightly irregular breeze, both in terms of strength and direction, though the sea is undulating in an increasingly harmonious manner.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Beau Geste takes monohull line honours
Beau Geste has taken monohull line honours finishing the RORC Caribbean 600 on the 25th February 00 01 13 in an elapsed time of 2 Days 11 Hours 21 Minutes 13 Seconds. Helmsman Gavin Brady was very impressed with the race course.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: How long will the America's Cup 'Love-In' last?
Richard Gladwell,
The lyrics of Scott McKenzie's '60's hit seem strangely poignant, now that the America's Cup has been won by a San Franciscan club. Will the 34th America's Cup be the 'Flower-Power' Cup? Is it possible to align the Defender's commitment to a 'Love-In'/wide consultation with all parties - and at the same time observing the basic tenets of the Deed of Gift of the America's Cup?... [more]
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Puerto Galera YC Easter Regatta 2010
Martyn Willes, GetWetAsia,
Ever since the Puerto Galera Yacht Club was founded, in 1991, there has been an Easter Regatta held every year whereas the America's Cup is only held once the current America's Cup holder has deigned to offer it up for competition. Puerto Galera Yacht Club racing events are like the America's Cup without the delays or the legal costs.... [more]
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IRC division classes join the Dubai Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy
Sharon Allison,
Dubai Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy. Two distinct elements form Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy this year; the first has already begun with the RC 44 Match Race and concludes today, and the second, the IRC classes race will start in conjunction with the RC 44 fleet racing tomorrow on a separate course in Mina Seyahi.... [more]
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A strong Tiger Fleet in action for the Thai Hobie Nationals
Richard van den Heuvel,
Splendid weather for this year's Hobie Nationals, good steady wind, not too much, so the four races each day could be sailed without interruption.... [more]
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RORC 600 start and sunset pictures from Carlo Borlenghi,
RORC 600 Caribbean start from Antigua and sunset in Barbuda pictures from world renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Shifty Sunday for the SB3 fleet in Singapore
Chris Holmes,
The Singapore Laser SB3 enjoyed some extremely close racing on Sunday 21 February. A competitive fleet of 8 boats were on the water and sailed a series of four races in a pleasant, if variable, light wind.... [more]
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Cape Town first Stopover Port for Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
Volvo Ocean Race,
The racetrack for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, due to start from Alicante in Spain in the autumn of 2011, is now set and the first port of call will be Cape Town, South Africa, making its eighth appearance as host to this premier ocean race.... [more]
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2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe adds Trapani, Sicily
OC Events,
Trapani, on the west coast of Sicily (Italy), will be one of the new venues for the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe. The event will take place in the very heart of the port of Trapani, right in front of the public and VIPs and just metres from the shops, bars and restaurants of the town.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 sets new sectional reference time
Groupama - Cammas,
Jules Verne Trophy - On crossing the line marking the longitude of Cape Leeuwin (115° 08' E) at 04h 17' 47' UTC this Monday 22nd February, Groupama 3 has obtained the best time over the section of course between Cape Agulhas, which marks the entry into the Indian Ocean, and the SW promontory of Australia: 6 days 22 hours 34 minutes.... [more]
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The America's Cup in America
Kimball Livingston, Blue Planet Times,
Ellison learned to sail on San Francisco Bay in a Lido 14 (Like the one shown here). That's enough to settle a man's mind, but our deep-pockets software guy also sees what others see: the bay as a natural amphitheater; the backgrounds that are a cameraman's dream... [more]
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