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 13 Apr 2010

Today's newsletter is stuffed to the bulwarks with information, so there's just no time to delay you with an Editorial. Read on...

Guy Nowell, Editor

China (Shanghai) International Boat Show – needs water.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Many exhibitors expressed the opinion that there were fewer visitors to the Show this year than in 2009, but that the ‘quality' of those visitors was better. 'Five years ago we were being asked where the life jackets were stored,' one motor yacht dealer told us. 'Now we are being asked about power trains and fuel range. That's progress.'... [more]
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Darren Choy (SGP) wins 2010 Byte CII World Championships in Cannes
Singapore Sailing,
Darren Choy has on Sunday secured his second Byte CII world title, winning the 2010 Byte CII World Championships in Cannes, France, defending the title he won last year in Canada.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Volvo Ocean Race beckons America's Cup teams
Richard Gladwell,
Today's joint announcement, in New Zealand and Spain, is maybe the first of several from established America's Cup teams entering the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race. Two things have caused substantial America's Cup teams to jump the Volvo fence.... [more]
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Peter Gilmour visits YANMAR's Engine Plant
Tomoko Murata,
YANMAR is the official sponsor of YANMAR Racing, a professional sailing team led by Peter Gilmour. renowned around the world as a Match Racing skipper. Since 2009, YANMAR Racing has been participating in the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), a series of international match racing regattas certified by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) along with America's Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Australian companies positive about China International Boat Show
A number of Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) members exhibited at the recent China International Boat Show (CIBS) 8-11 April, several with their local distributor. Given the GFC and the slow down worldwide it was refreshing to feel the buzz of activity at this show.... [more]
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Online advertising- fastest and cheapest way to reach marine audiences
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Around the world more sailors, boaters and marine industry readers obtain their news information online than in all the yachting and marine industry magazines combined. Event organisers and Clubs, brokers, agents, manufacturers, and suppliers should look at allocating significant promotional and advertising budgets to on-line marine media.... [more]
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China opens up for Marine Industry
The 15th China International Boat Show held recently in Shanghai certainly made an impression on foreign exhibitors and visitors, according to AIMEX.... [more]
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China (Shanghai) International Boat Show 2010 exceeds RMB300m sales
CIBS Media,
The 4-day China (Shanghai) International Boat Show 2010 closed on Sunday in the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. More than 400 brands took part in the show with 252 boats displayed plus 126 boat models. The trade value broke the record of RMB300m.... [more]
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Mid Tasman Match Race for Solo Sailors
Lindsay Wright,
The ultimate challenge for the two Queenslanders was to be the 2010 Fitzroy Yachts Solo Tasman Challenge from New Plymouth to Mooloolaba. 'We figured it'd sort the boys from the girls,' Hill joked. But yesterday, after seven days of hard out singlehanded yacht racing in a variety of weather conditions, the two old foes were coasting along in light air about 20 metres apart with about 400km lef... [more]
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China (Shanghai) International Boat Show Charity Regatta
Alistair Skinner,
All classes were racing on the same piece of water and one unusual instruction in the Notice of Race was that the Optimists, the children's class, were to be given right of way, even if they should be the 'give way' boat. The youngsters were incredibly unfazed by boats sometimes much bigger than them passing very close to them, often holding their course determinedly even when a boat many times th... [more]
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Beaufort Scale - wind and sea conditions
Nancy Knudsen,
' there we were in a Force 8..' 'A what?' '..a Force 8, and the winch jammed...' 'What's a Force 8 mate?' 'It's a bloody big wind - where do you come from?' 'Australia.' 'I see old chap - that explains it. Now can I get on with my story?'... [more]
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Seven sailors, missing two months, sail into Coquimbo, Chile
Nancy Knudsen,
Seven sailors, missing on the sailing yacht the SS Columbia for nearly two months in the eastern Pacific, have turned up in Coquimbo. This includes the skipper Boguslaw 'Bob' Norwid and his wife, and their five student sailors - Canadian woman, Josee Chabot, an Australian Mitchell Westlake and three others.... [more]
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Match Race France ISAF World Match Racing Tour Stage 1 Final results
WMRT- amended by,
Match Race France, Stage 1 of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) full results. The beach based prize giving closes Stage 1 of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour and leads us into the nine remaining Stages around the globe. Stage 2 of the WMRT will be run in Langenargen, Germany 19 – 24 May where Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team will again be racing.... [more]
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First yacht finishes - Tasman Race Record stands unbroken
Lindsay Wright,
When Bruce Arms sailed his 14m catamaran, Big Wave Rider, from Queensland to New Plymouth in six days and five hours, taking almost four hours off the existing 24 year old solo Tasman yacht race record, some people thought he had it sewn up. Arms, who lives aboard with wide Suzanne, built the five tonne yacht in time for the 2007 singlehanded Tasman race ..... [more]
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Commodores Cup 2010 - Subic Bay - Day 4
Jeremy Simpson,
As the Boats left the Subic Bay Yacht Club to motor out to the start, the wind showed promise for another day of great sailing in the Bay. In four days there were four different patterns of weather. On the fourth day the wind was already set from the East when the fleet left for the start in the middle of a Bay shrouded in haze from the previous day's high temperatures.... [more]
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Cruising in Ketoro: Chagos Archipelago
Rolfe and Irene Fricke,
Rolf and Irene Fricke are cruising the Indian Ocean in their 40ft Admiral Catamaran, Ketoro. From the Seychelles, they have sailed to the almost legendary sailing world of Chagos - that isolated archipelago about half way between Sri Lanka and Madagascar, seven uninhabited atolls - uninhabited that is, except for the sailing boats:... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup Regatta voted 'Asian Regatta Of The Year'
Event Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta, Asia's largest keel boat regatta, was recently announced 'Asian Regatta Of The Year' at the inaugural Asia Marine & Boating Awards, held in Shanghai, China.... [more]
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Chinese yacht firms set sail in the domestic market
Wang Ying, China Daily,
During the financial crisis that eroded international yacht orders, shipbuilder Zhangzhou Yihong Yacht Industrial Co Ltd turned adversity into advantage by transforming itself from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for an Italian yacht brand into a manufacturer of its own brand, the Sea Stella.... [more]
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Ferretti Yachts presence at China International Boat Show
Ferretti Group,
The Ferretti Group, a world leader within the sphere of the design, construction and sale of luxury motoryachts encompassing a unique portfolio of some of the most exclusive brands in the nautical world, will be present at the upcoming 15th China International Boat Show in Shanghai from the eighth to 11th April.... [more]
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CIBS Asian Marine & Boating Awards, special categories
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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The World Match Racing Tour switches on mass market appeal
World Match Racing Tour,
Match Race France, Stage 1 of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has demonstrated to competitors, organisers, fans and media why this style of 'boat on boat' sail racing is soaring in popularity... [more]
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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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Jessica Watson - victory closer as the pink lines converge
Nancy Knudsen,
While round-the-world teen solo sailor Jessica Watson has been having a few down days and rough weather, the thought of passing under south west tip of Australia will doubtless be enough to sustain her for the 'home run' back to Sydney.... [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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Australia nearly in sight for Jessica Watson
Jeni Bone,
Solo teen sailor, Jessica Watson is expected to enter Australian waters within the next week. On her most recent video blog, Jessica has been reflecting on her huge achievement.... [more]
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Mount Gay Rum confirmed as supporting sponsor for Cowes Week of Cowe
J2 Communications,
Mount Gay Rum, with its rich heritage dating back to 1703 has joined forces with Cowes Week, one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events.... [more]
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'Mutiny on the Bounty' party leaves Sydney today for Tonga
Nancy Knudsen,
He's sailed around the world single-handed and he's wintered with his wife in the Antarctic, but the adventure that has him leaving Sydney today is bound to eclipse both. Two crew have backed out, Pete Steir and teen circumnavigator Mike Perham with complications after appendix surgery, but April 28 Don McIntyre will recreate Captain Bligh's incredible journey after the famed Mutiny of the Bounty... [more]
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