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 20 Apr 2010

Can you afford NOT to enter our competition to win a lifetime's free marina berthing in Australia? Regardless of where you happen to be right now? Think about it...

Of course, if you are in Europe - and trying to get to the marina - it might be a problem at the moment, what with ash clouds and all that! Take a look at Paul Cayard's ‘adventures' trying to move around at the moment. Enough to drive you nuts!

And talking of nuts, here's a piece on the developMENTAL class, the foiling Moths.

Asia-based sailors are getting ready for the Top of the Gulf Regatta in Pattaya, Thailand – we'll be bringing you reports and pictures from there – and, quite honestly, are looking forward to some Thai sunshine and warmth. The weather in Hong Kong continues lousy...

Guy Nowell, Editor

Strong entry list for Top of the Gulf
Bill Gasson/TOTG Media,
Entries for the big boat classes are up on last year, and the bar has been raised substantially. Ray Roberts is bringing his big boat - the TP52, Evolution Racing, instead of competing in the Platu-division Coronation Cup (which he raced and won last year). HiFi (Neil Pryde) is as yet unconfirmed, but really needs to be there...... [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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Volvcanic Ash Clouds and Air travel -Paul Cayard reporting from Lisbon
Paul Cayard,
A few more airports in Europe are open today than yesterday, mostly in the South; Northern Europe still closed. Luckily, I tacked to the Southwest! My original route was through Frankfurt, which is a no go zone.... [more]
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Foiling Moths – the DevelopMENTAL class - Part One
John Curnow,
Simon Payne is the new 2010 Moth World Champion. He loves the fact that the class is all about development and is equally clear about just how much of the winning factor with a foiling Moth, is purely mental. Strap in and come for a blast, as he takes us through his life and the interesting things he has to say, from his observations after some 30 years of sailing.... [more]
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A busy year ahead for Britain's Ben Ainslie
Ben Ainslie,
It was an amazing spectacle, the boats were incredible feats of design and engineering and it was a fascinating learning experience seeing some of the technology involved up close. As a competition BMW Oracle's use of the 'wing' technology meant it was something of a mismatch but it was just such a relief to finally see the event staged and now we can start looking forward to what BMW Oracle...... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht race - Team Finland in San Francisco
Clipper Ventures,
It was an early morning arrival in to San Francisco for Team Finland, and although the sun had yet to rise, the crew were treated to a warm welcome by a crowd of family members and fellow crew. The Finnish entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race sailed under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge at the end of an eventful North Pacific race having left Qingdao, China, two weeks after the rest... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing returns to competition this month
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW Oracle Racing will return to competitive sailing at the end of the month following its win in the 33rd America's Cup in Valencia in February.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 – Schedule announced
Volvo Ocean Race,
The course and dates for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 have been officially announced today. This edition of the race will see a new format for the racing programme in the host cities, including the start city of Alicante, Spain and finish city of Galway, Ireland. For the first time, the Volvo Ocean Race will finish with an In-Port race in Galway.... [more]
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America's Cup wind system predicts ash cloud to remain until weekend
Richard Gladwell,
An analysis undertaken by Sail-World using the the wind prediction software PredictWind in conjunction with the Expedition Lite package shows that the continuing Icelandic volcanic ash cloud will probably remain over Europe until the weekend.... [more]
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Volcanos- Planes, trains and automobiles!
Paul Cayard,
I could never explain well enough what the situation is like over here in Europe for anyone who wants to travel somewhere or get a hotel room.... [more]
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Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club - Middle Island regatta
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club,
The 10th Middle Island regatta hosted by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) was held on 17 and 18 April 20, at RHKYC's Middle Island site and on the waters off Deep Water Bay/Repulse Bay/Stanley.... [more]
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Asian Sailing Championship enjoys smooth media operations
Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee,
The 14th Asian Sailing Championship was a Test Event for the Guangzhou Asian Games and Shanwei is a co-host city of the forthcoming gala.... [more]
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2010 ORC International World Championship open for entries
ORC Press,
The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) and Flensburger Segel Club (FSC) are pleased to announce the 2010 ORC International (ORCi) World Championship is now open for entries. This is the only ISAF-sanctioned offshore World Championship, and will be held in Flensburg, Germany over 5-11 September 2010.... [more]
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US Sailing announces new Protest and Redress Hearing rules
US Sailing and Sail-World,
'These new prescriptions establish practices that are good for the sport, racing sailors, event organizers and race officials,' said US Sailing President Gary Jobson. 'Many event organizers, from local to the highest level, have been following these practices for years. For those events that may not presently follow these practices, US SAILING is confident that they will be able to do so... [more]
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