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05 Apr 2010                If you have trouble reading this email CLICK HERE          To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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Neil Pryde has claimed Line Honours on HiFi for the second Rolex China Sea Race in a row, and now it is the waiting game, as the smaller boats arrive, trying to pick up the handicap win.

China authorities are promising ‘yacht licences' in Xiamen – we'll believe it when we see it, this sort of thing has been on the Promise List for ever. And meanwhile, why only Xiamen? Why not all China as a whole? That's like issuing a driving licence for Melbourne that is not valid in Sydney. Che?

The Clipper Race is rolling into San Francisco after taking a major pasting across the north Pacific. There's an event that has changed over the years – it used to be a glorified cruise-in-company, but is a much more pumped-up racing affair these days. And Sir Robin Knox-Johnston tells us that the next generation of Clippers will be much more race-oriented... SO how about some port racing to test the crews on short courses?

And don't miss the local boy in the next Velux 5 Oceans Race - Oscar Mead has done the OSTAR, and is now opening his campaign for the Velux at the tender age of 19. “It's not about being the youngest – that doesn't interest me. This is not just a piece of adventuring, this is me wanting to have a full crack at the Velux with a proper, viable, race campaign programme.”

And talking of sailing around the world, do check out the story about the proposed trophy race for the ‘oldest' crew. Sir Robin's (assumed) comments about The Fish are nothing short of priceless!

Guy Nowell, Editor

2010 Rolex China Sea Race - Hi Fi repeats line honours win
Regatta News,
Neil Pryde's Welbourne 52, Hi Fi was a familiar sight leading the fleet again and taking the Line Honours victory, crossing the finish line off Subic Bay, Philippines at 07:36:11 local time. Hi Fi's elapsed time of 67hrs, 26mins shaved close to four hours off their previous record, set in the 2008 race... [more]
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Oscar Mead launches Velux RTW Solo campaign
Team Oscar Mead,
Although he's not ready to hit the start line yet, 19 year old Oscar Mead has today confirmed his intention to enter the 2010 Velux 5 Oceans Round the World singlehanded yacht race. The Velux, which starts in October 2010 from La Rochelle, France and will finish six months later after stops in South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil and the USA has been won by some of the worlds leading solo sailors... [more]
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Yacht licenses: coming soon in Xiamen,
Next month, Xiamen Maritime Safety Administration will establish a representative office at Wuyuan Bay, to help regulate yachting industry of Xiamen, according to Mr. Xiao Yuehua, Director of Xiamen Maritime Bureau. Xiamen issued the first regional yacht management regulations in China this January to regulate the marine navigation and berthing of yachts, as well as to encourage and guide the busi... [more]
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Dubai sailor bows out after 60 years
Alaric Gomes, Gulf News,
Andy Wilkins has decided that he has had enough of sailing. Something that started back in 1952 when he was a Sea Scout in Barry, Wales, turned into a passion for the affable 73-year-old member of the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC). And now after more than six decades of pursuing this passion, Wilkins has decided he wants to 'ease out'.... [more]
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Top of Gulf Regatta all set for Jomtien Beach from April 30-May 4
TOTG media,
In its sixth year, the event has attracted a number of participants from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.... [more]
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Al Kooheji races to victory in Dubai laser league
Gulf Daily News,
Racing in a fleet of 28 boats among some of the GCC's best sailors, Al Kooheji finished first in all three races. The event took place at the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club in Jumeirah, UAE, on Saturday. Sailing conditions were difficult for all the sailors with moderate shifty winds through out the day.... [more]
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BlackMatch Racing looks forward to 2010 - plus Video
BlackMatch Racing,
Current World Match Racing Champions, BlackMatch Racing, report on the upcoming season and report on some new developments since their win in the 2009 World Match Racing Championships: '2010 will see BlackMatch hit the water with the same same five crew, Adam Minoprio, Dan McLean, Tom Powrie, David Swete and Nick Blackman, all with the same goal of retaining the World Title.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Singapore finish, California and escorts make progress
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race Leg 7 Qindgao to Singapore. Easter Saturday has dawned bright and cold in San Francisco. Uniquely Singapore has crossed the finish line and the team is now making best speed towards the iconic span of the Golden Gate Bridge and the cold beers that await them at the Golden Gate Yacht Club.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race - Frontrunners close on the finish line
Rolex China Sea Race fleet has been making the most of a strong northeast breeze, force 6-7 (21-30 kts), ticking off the miles as they make their way toward the Philippine coast.... [more]
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Fore!! Dramatic images of satellite plunging into the Tasman Sea?
Peter Idoine,
Photographer Peter Idoine, took these images around 1930hrs this evening NZT of what is believed to be a satellite re-entering Earth's atmosphere and plunging into the Tasman Sea, an estimated 75kms off the coast. These images were shot from Auckland's Piha coast at a point about 150metres above sea level. The disintegration was observed over an eight minute period right on dusk... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race - Down the rhumbline to Subic Bay
By 9:30am local time (Hong Kong) all of the Rolex China Sea Race fleet was into the South China Sea. The frontrunner was making eight knots and enjoying leading the fleet with approximately 450 miles to go. The fleet can expect a change in conditions, as the forecast calls for east to southeast winds, force 4 -5 (13-19 kts), becoming east up to force 6-7 (24-30 kts).... [more]
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Clipper RTW: Images as Cape Breton Island wins Leg 7
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson presents a gallery of images as Cape Breton Island sails the last few miles to the finish in the San Francisco on Leg 7 of the Clipper Round the World Race.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race 2010: heading for clear skies and blue water
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It was another of those lack-lustre days that have become all too familiar in Hong Kong. Smog? Fog? Respiratory particulate pollution? Whatever it is called, it ruins the scenery in Hong Kong harbour. No wonder 30 boats loads of sailors opted to high tail it to the Philippines – these days anywhere and everywhere looks better than Hong Kong.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race fleet sets off for the Philippines,
The gods were shining on the Rolex China Sea Race fleet today, sending them off in a light southeasterly breeze and a fair tide towards the finish off Subic Bay, Philippines, 565-miles distant. Earlier in the day, conditions were not so promising, but the breeze eventually filled in and the fog burned off to produce a colourful start just off the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Victoria Harbour.... [more]
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Oldest attempt to sail Round the World,
Yachting journalist Bob Fisher and circumnavigator Sir Robin Knox-Johnston have announced their plan to attempt to be the oldest combined age to sail round the world.... [more]
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Race crews ready for Rolex China Sea Race start
More than a few boats took to Victoria Harbour today to practice in advance of Thursday's start of the 25th edition of the Rolex China Sea Race. The fleet is divided into five divisions including IRC A, B, C, IRC Premier Cruising, and IRC Cruising.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race 2010 starts tomorrow
RHKYC Media,
The 2010 Rolex China Sea Race, organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) with the assistance of the Subic Bay Yacht Club, will start in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour at 1210hrs on Thursday 1 April 2010 and finish in Subic Bay, northwest of Manila in the Philippines.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race announcement: Live from Auckland + full Audio
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World is coming to you live from the Viaduct Basin ahead of the announcement of the Auckland stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race. We hope to present a live commentary on what is happening.... [more]
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The World Match Racing Tour announces Annual Awards programme
World Match Racing Tour,
The 'WMRT Awards' comprise eight different categories for Best Overall Event, Best Team, Best Spectator Experience, Best Hospitality, Best Still Image, Best Innovation, Best Branding and Best Race Officer. This is the first time that the Tour has introduced an annual awards programme that recognises the full infrastructure required to run high quality global match racing events... [more]
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Indian 5 Ocean Capes - Seven men in a boat and one angry Indian Ocean
OC Events,
Oman Sail's A100 trimaran ‘Majan' arrived in Fremantle the 24th of March 2010 at 10:00 (Local Time - 2:00 am GMT), after having crossed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, the third cape of the Indian 5 Ocean Capes Race and the finish line of Leg 3 on Monday, 22nd of March at 04:10 GMT. It has been yet another eventful leg for the A100 trimaran as they trace out this new race course... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Something in the sky, big and bright, yellow and hot
Zoe Williamson,
The crew of Uniquely Singapore made an urgent call for their skipper to come on deck yesterday. Initially alarmed, Jim Dobie rushed up from the nav station to see his team pointing skywards. 'Skip, skip,' they said, 'There's something in the sky, it's big, bright and yellow and it feels quite hot!'... [more]
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