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 23 Apr 2010

Andrew “Dog” Palfrey's story of getting from Palma back to England is a classic. It's funny – with some not-so-funny moments – but it is also a tale of real perseverance. Read it, and weep (or laugh!).

There's news from the next Louis Vuitton Trophy, an end to Bruce Kendall's 8-year legal saga, SB3s “sweating it out” in Singapore, the recent stage of the Indian Ocean Five Capes - and what must qualify as the most confusing press release we have ever seen, concerning the Shenzhen International Marina. I think...

Grab a coffee and read on – but put it down when you read Palfrey's story or you might spill it!

Guy Nowell, Editor

An Epic Tale - Andrew Palfrey's journey to the UK from Spain
Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey,
Professional sailor and coach and raconteur Australia's Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey tells a great story- grab a coffee and enjoy this... Currently moving across the European continent, dealing with the volcanic ash interruptions to air travel. Have been reflecting on how I got into this 'sitchie'. One thing I have is time. So I started jotting down some thoughts.... [more]
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Hong Kong holds 470 selection trials
Sailors are now invited to the Trials which will take place over 22-23 May 2010 at the Sail Training Association's Dinghy Centre at Little Palm Beach, Clearwater Bay, Sai Kung, Hong Kong. The results of these trials will be used as one of the indicators to selecting the sailors for the Asian 16th Games.... [more]
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Ras al Hamra Boat Club 2010 Truckoman Four Points Challenge Race
Dave Clark,
This year's Four Points Race was eagerly awaited by the teams that had assembled from the Ras al Hamra Boat Club, Oman Sail, Castaways, and a lone team just returned from the Cape Point Challenge Open in South Africa from Dubai, in all 23 teams had registered for this event and where preparing themselves for a 23 nautical mile challenge race.... [more]
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International Yacht Club Will be Built in Shenzhen Bay
Lanbo Jiang,,
Another Sail-World competition? Some one please tell us what this means... it's probably just another property development with a 'marine lifestyle', but you can never be sure. We particularly like the 'shovel the size of the island' and the fact that this place is 'north of Shenzhen, south of Hong Kong' - I must check my chart, but recall Shenzhen being north of Hong Kong, so...... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2010 - Day 1 started hot
Regatta News,
After an hour and a half delay, the fleet was sent out to the race area just a mile out from the marina entrance and racing was underway by 1pm. But the tropical Caribbean – temperatures in the 90F temperatures coupled with the high humidity, tested crewmembers' concentration and focus.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - First night of racing to Panama is a fast one
Clipper Ventures,
'So far, it looks like there are three distinct game plans being played out. Team Finland, Spirit of Australia and Qingdao are taking the shortest route possible and have pulled out a lead over the other teams. Hull & Humber have opted for the offshore rote which despite costing them early miles....' - Race Director Joff Bailey... [more]
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Ten teams line up for Louis Vuitton Trophy in Italy
Louis Vuitton Trophy and WSTA Media,
The Louis Vuitton Trophy is coming to Sardinia in May, with 10 elite sailing teams set to race for two weeks on the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea off La Maddalena. With just one month to go before racing begins on May 22nd, the host team, Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, is eager to extend a warm welcome to teams, sponsors and guests alike.... [more]
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Eight year legal saga comes to an end for US boardsailor
TVNZ News,
American boardsailor Kimberly Birkenfeld has lost her nearly eight-year bid to get $15 million damages from Olympic gold medallist Bruce Kendall and Yachting New Zealand. Once the United States' top female boardsailor, Birkenfeld suffered severe brain and spinal injuries in 2002 when her windsurfer collided with a Yachting New Zealand-owned motorboat driven by Kendall in Greece.... [more]
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Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association – the next step
Superyacht Singapore Association,
A meeting to discuss the formation of an Asia Pacific-wide Superyacht Association took place during the recent Singapore Boat Show (Boat Asia) on 16 April and was kindly hosted by the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club. Attracting 40 people from more than 16 countries, the outcome of the meeting gave unanimous support for the immediate formation of the Association.... [more]
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Seven SB3's sweat it out in Singapore
Chris Holmes,
Living on the equator so close to the sun, it gets hot. This last Sunday the sun was out with a vengeance and woe be to anyone who touched a bit of metal with something tender.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championships 2010 - just one sleep away
Giles Pearman,
The docks of the Casa de Campo Marina were buzzing again today as competitors completed sail measurement, weigh-ins and registration in advance of the start of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, which begins tomorrow, Wednesday, April 21 and continues through Saturday, April 24... [more]
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World Match Racing - Lake Constance heats up for Match Race Germany
The 13th edition of Match Race Germany, Stage two of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), will be starting on May 19th and running through to May 24th. Match Race Germany is one of the longest running events on the infamous World Match Racing Tour that encompasses a massive 10 regatta series during 2010, over a nine month period. The racing will be live on the internet this year, a first for M... [more]
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Indian Ocean Five Capes Race - Fremantle-Singapore - A warm welcome
OC Events,
The international crew on board Oman Sail's A100 trimaran ‘Majan' have celebrated their arrival in Singapore on the penultimate leg of the Indian Ocean Five Capes Race. Majan left Fremantle (Australia) on the 9th April for the 2,700-mile leg to Singapore which has proved to be a ‘mild affair' compared to the storm-fuelled leg from Cape Town to Fremantle with Majan surviving 70-knot winds... [more]
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