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 27 Apr 2010

We have news stories from Oman, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and China here today, so the Asian regional flavour of Sail-World Asia is looking pretty good. Special mention to Tony van Thiel of the Ras al Hamra Boat Club (Oman) and Chris Holmes (Singapore) for their contributions – and we want to hear from more of you running events in the region. (Just hit the ‘Submit' button on the top right of the website and fill in the boxes).

Very occasionally the Hong Kong ‘cats and dogs' turns on a blinder, and last weekend was it. 20+ kts of breeze, sunshine on Saturday (and a little on Sunday) helped to make the RHKYC's Spring Regatta was an unqualified success.

It's Tuesday. You emptied the in-tray yesterday. So get a coffee and read about sailing... you know it makes sense!

Guy Nowell, Editor

Oman Open Laser Championship 2010 held at Ras al Hamra Boat Club
Tony van Thiel,
The VOLVO 2010 Oman Open Championship for Lasers was sailed for the 28th time last weekend at Ras al Hamra Boat Club (RAHBC) from the beach off the Ras al Hamra Recreation Centre. 32 sailors competed in the event.... [more]
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SB3s hot to trot in Singapore 25th April
Chris Holmes,
Yet another hot day with good breeze from the north, but a tad testing in direction at times. Seven boats took to the water to race over the usual short courses which demand a great start and slick handling at the marks, and with a strong tide and biased committee boat starts were going to be either entertaining (if you were in the right) or extremely challenging (if you were in the wrong)!... [more]
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America's Cup: Announcement in Rome next week
Richard Gladwell,
An announcement will be made in Rome, next week on arrangements for the 34th America's Cup. In a brief joint statement the Challenger, Club Nautico de Roma (ITA) and the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club (USA) advised that the Press Conference would be held on 6 May 2010.... [more]
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GBR's Shaw takes the RS:X lead on another light day in Hyeres
Olympic windsurfing bronze medallist Bryony Shaw was the best British performance on another testing day of racing at the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres on Monday (26 April).... [more]
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RHKYC Spring Regatta 2010 - 'Bright and breezy..'
RHKYC Media and Guy Nowell/,
The old sailors' song goes, 'Bright and breezy, free and easy,' and that was the order of business for the first day of the (two-day) RHKYC Spring Reatta, the Club's closing event for the sailing season, in Hong Kong harbour.... [more]
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RHKYC Spring Regatta 2010 - the visuals
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Alex Johnston, RHKYC Sailing Manager, said 'we brought the Spring Regatta, which is our 'Closing' regatta, forward by a month in order to take advantage of the available breeze. It's all very well finishing the season when the wind dies, but it makes the last event on the card a 'whimper' rather than a 'bang'.... [more]
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Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club - Spring regatta - Day two
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club,
A spring chill in the air brought out the waterproofs today, with boats enjoying 16 to 20 knots of predominantly easterly breeze for day two of the RHKYC Spring Regatta.... [more]
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Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club spring regatta – Faultless conditions
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club,
It was T-shirts, shorts and big smiles today for the first day of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) Spring Regatta, organized by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Hong Kong's dramatic Victoria Harbour.... [more]
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Sports Consultancy secures 10 Host Ports for Volvo Ocean Race 2011–12
The Sports Consultancy,
Coinciding with the announcement of the full route for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 The Sports Consultancy, the bidding specialists appointed by Volvo Ocean Race to manage the competitive tender process, announces the successful completion of the agency's brief to deliver what is, with over 80 initial bidders and 10 successful cities, believed to be the largest number of cities bidding...... [more]
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On board the Jewel of Muscat
Himal Kotelawala, the Sunday Times (Sri Lanka),
Retracing an ancient maritime silk-route, an Omani sailing ship, built as a replica of a Ninth Century model, sailed into Galle harbour with its Lankan crew member on board. Standing on the bow of a Navy Water Jet, a kind of motorboat, riding the waves a mile out in the seas off Galle, feeling giddy and hazy with my insides threatening to come out any second, I couldn't help but wonder how the boy... [more]
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Farr 40 Worlds - A great final day - all the details
Giles Pearman,
Massimo Mezzaroma's Nerone (ITA) ended the day lauded champion, for the second time (first in 2003), having fought tooth and nail in a gladiatorial arena worthy of a blockbuster film. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' Transfusion (AUS) were beaten at the last, but certainly not disgraced. The next Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be held in Sydney in February 2011. What a rematch in prospect.... [more]
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Another knock-down for Jessica Watson
Sail-World Cruising,
Jessica Watson, on the home stretch of her non-stop unassisted circumnavigation, has had another knock-down as the first of several forecast systems pass. Jessica is roughly in line with Ceduna in South Australia and heading to round the most southerly tip of Tasmania. A Customs aircraft flew over just after the knock-down. What did they say? 'Don't forget to check-in on arrival Ms Watson.'... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series – Final venue confirmed
OC Events,
OC Events has today announced the final venue on the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series circuit. Kiel, on the Baltic Sea in northern Germany will play host to the dynamic circuit for the third year running (26th -29th August) with the action, once again, being played out just metres from the shoreline.... [more]
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Sibex – China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show – November 2010
Yubo Exhibition Group and Grand Pavois Organisation joined forces with the major references of boating to promote, enhance and develop this rendezvous towards a population in search of a new recreational hobby: boating. The goal: make 'Sibex - China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show with GPO as Strategic Partner,' a benchmark for International boat shows in China and Asia.... [more]
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Sailing away: Simpson Marine sells dreams to super-rich
Global Times,
Beijing's luxury magazines like to run aspirational photos of tanned beautiful people draped across the deck of a yacht. China has been building new marinas for the yachts of the capital's tycoons and state sailing teams, according to Robin Wyatt, brand manager and senior broker for Azimut, an Italian brand yacht, at Simpson Marine.... [more]
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Bob Lavoo stands down as Nautor's Swan, Asia agent
Bob Lavoo,
Lavoo's primary countries of operation were Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Macao and PNG and he also held the post of Area Manager for Nautor's Swan in Asia/Pacific, covering the pan-Asia region from India to Japan and from Korea to New Zealand.... [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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Phang Nga Bay Regatta gets a new name,
Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi is the new name for the well-known Phang Nga Bay Regatta which has run for the past 13 years. A new name does not signify any major changes to the event, which will continue to run each year in early February through the three provinces now reflected in its new name. Including the names of all three provinces, not just one, is the real reason for the change.... [more]
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