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 10 Apr 2010

In the aftermath of the Rolex China Sea Race, it's all over bar the shouting and the home deliveries. But there's been plenty of shouting at the Commodore's Cup, as the Manila Yacht Club sought to squash the regatta with a court action that smelled strongly of Swiss hard cheese.

A little further north, in Shanghai, the 15th China International Boat Show kicked off, with a Gala Dinner on opening night to present the 1st Asian Marine & Boating Awards, an awards programme aiming to set "a new standard for recognizing excellence in the ever-growing marine industry in China".

Guy Nowell, Editor

Inaugural Asian Marine & Boating Awards at CIBS
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The AMB Awards were described by the organisers as 'designed to be a thank you to all our loyal exhibitors, and an attempt to set a new standard for recognizing excellence in the ever-growing marine industry in China'. With a panel of judges drawn from local and international marine, boating and lifestyle media, and marine industry professionals, awards were made in 14 categories.... [more]
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Special categories at the CIBS Asian Marine & Boating Awards
The Hurun Report,
As yachts surge in popularity amongst wealthy Chinese, the Hurun Top 10 Marinas with Greatest Potential Awards recognise the Chinese Marinas with the most potential to develop into truly world-class facilities. They form part of the Asian Maritime & Boating Awards, which single out a range of domestic and international industry leaders for recognition.... [more]
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CIBS Asian Marine & Boating Awards at Four Seasons, Shanghai
Alistair Skinner, AMBA Media,
The ‘great and good' of the Chinese boating industry gathered in the Four Seasons Hotel Ballroom in Shanghai on Thursday evening for the Louis XIII-sponsored China International Boat Show (CIBS) Gala Dinner to honour the winners of the Inaugural Asian Marine & Boating Awards. The combination of a quality venue and a quality sponsor ensured that it was – undoubtedly – a great success... [more]
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Sailling boat knockdown caught on Video - this could happen to you
Kym Pasqualini,
The founder of The Sail Through Cancer Foundation, Dick Drechsler, accompanied by his wife, Sharon, battled serious waves that nearly turned their Catalina 470 sailboat upside down while crossing an extremely shallow bar to get into the estuary of San Blas, on the western coast of Mexico.... [more]
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The 28th Edition of the Lake Garda meeting comes to an end
Elena Giolai,
Welcome to Riva Del Garda and the 28th edition of Optimist Youth Regatta. This is a Guinness world record holding event, being the most numerous Youth Optimist Regatta in the world.... [more]
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Battered Majan sails on
Will Carson, Sail Solent,
This weekend Majan heads back out to sea for the next leg of a groundbreaking voyage on a state-of-the-art 105ft trimaran. He has already been faced with hurricane-strength winds, mountainous seas and has hit boat speeds of more than 45mph.... [more]
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Adventurous Chinese ladies 'man' the helm
Tan Weiyun,,
She turns her nose up at female sailors who so cherish pale skin that they shroud themselves in trousers and long sleeves and wear big sun hats. 'I even saw a woman wearing a black face mask, it was ridiculous,' she recalls. 'If you really enjoy the sport, don't worry so much. If you open up to the sun, the sea and sky, they will open up to you and show you their beauty.'... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Helms Challenge the Bay of Marseille
World Match Tour,
Day Two of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) in Marseille has produced a range of results that has highlighted not only match racing experience but also local knowledge as top running variables that can make or break a professional sailing series.... [more]
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Commodore's Cup takes off, despite legal action
Jeremy Simpson,
Subic's beautiful Bay served up a cocktail of frustration and delight. A steady six knots of breeze bode well for the first day at the start of four days racing. Ten boats in the IRC Racing Division had a clean start and headed to the windward mark off the Marina hoping for the wind to build. By the time they reached it they had suffered a dozen 90 degree windshifts... [more]
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Commodore's Cup: more legal action than the America's Cup?
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The inaugural Commodore's Cup at Subic Bay Yacht Club starts today, but only after a flurry of legal action almost fit to rival the America's Cup – even if the dollar value is a little less.... [more]
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The New York - Barcelona record begins, 3,750 nautical miles to go
New York - Barcelona Event,
The boats left North Cove Marina at 11:00 local time and headed to Ambrose Light, where the New York - Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record began at 14:33h. It is expected to establish the first sailing record between both cities within 14 to 16 days... [more]
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Puma enters Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
Volvo Ocean Race Press Office,
Puma announced today that it will participate in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 after finishing second overall in the 2008-09 race, which ended in June 2009. The PUMA Ocean Racing team will once again be under the leadership of skipper Ken Read.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf just three weeks away
Top of the Gulf media,
We are now just three weeks from the "Top of the Gulf Regatta", starting April 30. Skippers or Owners who wish to have their boat weighed or measured are asked to contact Bill Gasson as soon as possible to plan a 'Weigh day'.... [more]
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Enter -Sail-World competition - Prize value over AUD$300,000,
Since 2000 we've been running Sail-World online competitions. These have been very popular, with our audience. Sailors have won everything from charter holidays, to offshore wet weather gear, inshore jackets and this year we broke new ground with our Win a Laser competition. Now we have a very different prize from those in our previous competitions.... [more]
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Commodore's Cup sets sail at Subic
According to SBYC Commodore Ricky Sandoval, the event is usually held in June but with the failure of the President's Cup Organizers to hold their regatta this year, the Commodore's Cup, organized by the Saturday Afternoon Gentlemen Sailing Club, is to be held earlier to fill the void.... [more]
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China International Boat Show poised for business
Media Services,
China (Shanghai) International Boat Show will be held from April 8-11 at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre in Puxi, Shanghai. The organizer expects more than 400 exhibitors and 17,000 local and international visitors to visit the maritime four-day event. The Shanghai Yacht Club will await the visitors of CIBS with more than a dozen on-water displayed boats and yachts for trial sessions and events.... [more]
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Hi Fi adds IRC Overall to her Line Honours win

Neil Pryde's Hi Fi (HKG) held off several strong challenges from two TP52s for the IRC Overall win in the 2010 Rolex China Sea Race. This was after the boat clinched the Line Honours win yesterday morning.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Queen of Sydney Harbour 2010 is Elizabeth Walsh
Frank Quealey,
The Australian 18 Footers Queen of the Harbour for 2010 is Elizabeth Walsh, who teamed with Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton in Gotta Love It 7 to win the coveted title on Sydney Harbour last Sunday.... [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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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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