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 30 Apr 2010

Sail-World Asia will be heading for the airport en route to Pattaya and the Top of the Gulf Regatta, and we'll be bringing you stories and pictures from TOTG for the next few days. After the unremitting grey skies of Hong Kong, a bit of Thai sunshine is something to look forward to!

What do you think should be the format for the next generation of IACC boats? Everyone got excited about the multihulls just recently, and Extreme 40s are very exciting to watch, but do we still want to go back to monohulls for the America's Cup?

And don't skip the story of the Brit 'circumnavigator' who never got out of the Thames Estuary - it's wonderful! That's it, just keep the land on your right...

Running for a plane now, see you in Thailand!

Guy Nowell, Editor

Top of the Gulf 2010 unaffected by political unrest in Bangkok
TOG Media,
Now in its sixth year, the Top of the Gulf Regatta continues to go from strength to strength. Having established itself initially as an event providing junior sailors with international-standard competitive racing, the regatta has seen rapid growth in the keelboat and multihull fleets, making the Top of the Gulf Regatta a truly multi-class regatta.... [more]
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America's Cup: Announcement in Rome next week - Updated
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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Indian Ocean Five Capes Race - Final Leg, final cape and home beckons
OC Events,
For the crew on board Oman Sail's A100 trimaran ‘Majan' the departure from the penultimate stopover in Singapore, proved a poignant moment as they set out on the final leg to cover the final 3,200 miles (5,900km) of this new Indian Ocean Five Capes Race course.... [more]
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A novice sailor? Boy, they got that right
Bob Wonders,
His name has not been made public, but his chances of winning a role as a navigator are down to two – incredibly slim and none!... [more]
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National Australia Bank – Top Dog Trophy Series 2009-2010
RHKYC Media,
The final race of the National Australia Bank Top Dog Trophy Series 2009-2010 will take place this Saturday, 1 May. The HKRNVR Vase will get underway at 1100hrs, with Race Officer Gareth Williams checking out the weather conditions before selecting the course.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Myth of Monohulls,
The multihulls we watched in America's Cup 33 were amazing, well, at least one of them. The boat that won. BMWOracle's trimaran USA. Now the yacht club that sponsored BMWOracle Racing, Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco (GGYV), with an assist from its challenger partner, Club Nautico di Roma (ITA), has apparently formulated the protocol for America's Cup 34, and will be announcing it soon.... [more]
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RHKYC celebrates the start of a new Class
RHKYC Media,
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) is celebrating a new chapter in the already strong history of class racing at RHKYC with the arrival of two new J/80 boats, part of a larger order of 16 boats being built by Hudson Yachts in Xiamen under an agreement with Jim Johnstone of J-Boats Asia.... [more]
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Gill ABC Tri-Club Dinghy Regatta - blowing dogs off chains
Kevin Lewis, ABC Dinghy Sailing Manager,
Aberdeen Boat Club, Hebe Haven and the Royal HK Yacht Club have been running a number of Tri-Club Dinghy Regattas over the past two years, with the aim of providing more inter-club competition and also further bringing the dinghy sailing community together. April was the first time that ABC hosted the regatta, and we approached the weekend with 47 entries in three divisions - and a forecast of win... [more]
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Plans for PIMEX 2011 now under full sail
Andy Dowden,
PIMEX 2010 was a great success and plans are now in full swings for the Phuket International Boat Show 2011, Asia's Favourite Boat Show.... [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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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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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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Phang Nga Bay Regatta gets a new name,
'The Bay Regatta - 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... [more]
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Massive Southern Ocean current discovered
A deep ocean current with a volume equivalent to 40 Amazon Rivers has been discovered by Japanese and Australian scientists near the Kerguelen plateau, in the Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean, 4,200 kilometres south-west of Perth.... [more]
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