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 23 May 2010

As long as there's an internet connection, we can send you sailing news from anywhere. This time it's Ulleung-do, a volcanic island 90 nm off the east coast of Korea. What's going on here? Read on...

Guy Nowell, Editor

Korea Cup International Yacht Race - hello from Hoopo
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Hoopo is a small fishing village on the east coast of South Korea. It's not somewhere you immediately think of where yacht racing is concerned, but today is the first day of the third Korea Cup International Yacht Race, and this piscatorial backwater is covered in flags and bunting, and there is an unmistakable buzz in the air Or maybe a hum...... [more]
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Korea Cup 2010 – 50 boats on the start line - one start line...
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Bright and breezy was the order of the day, with an onshore breeze of 15 kts, and a windward/leeward course set just a matter of yards from the entrance to the regatta marina. The start line was substantially biased towards the boat end (although very few boats seemed to notice), and some observers were surprised to find that ALL boats would be starting together.... [more]
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Korea Cup 2010 – Ulleung-do Offshore Race
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It was a cooker down on the beach at Hoopo yesterday morning. Once again the sunshine and blue sky gave the place a distinctly Mediterranean feel, but instead of coffee and croissants it was 3-in-1 and sponge cake for breakfast.... [more]
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Korea Cup 2010 – Welcome to Ulleung-do
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It has to be admitted, dried squid for breakfast is quite a challenge. Not bad, but takes a bit of getting used to. One of the race management ladies cautioned us – “don't kiss girls after you've eaten this stuff.” Another of the island's specialities, pumpkin buns, went down a treat with the 3-in-1.... [more]
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2010 Beijing Sailing Center Ladies Cup - some cruising, some bruising
Kevin Liu, Beijing Sailing Centre,
The idea to put seven Chinese middle-aged female socialites on dinghies was a comical one to begin with. All were complete novices, but more importantly affluent women accustomed to glamour and luxury. The group included four CEOs, the wife of China's richest man, a bestselling author and one of China's most popular TV presenters.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - One week to 'kick-off'
Extreme Sailing Series Europe,
Whilst football fans around the world obsess about the selection of their World Cup national squad, all bar one of the Extreme 40 teams have now confirmed their 'squads' for the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series that kicks off in a week's time on the south coast of France at S├Ęte from 27th-30th.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Official draw decides early pairings
Louis Vuitton,
A cannon shot that rang out over the Porto Arsenale in La Maddalena, Sardinia, tonight signaled the opening of the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena. Competition starts tomorrow with six races planned and the possibility of two more if conditions are favorable.... [more]
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Olympic Commission Report analysis - Interview with Phil Jones Part 2,
Part two of our interview with Commission chairman Phil Jones, as he explains the Olympic Commission report, published earlier in May.... [more]
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Enter NOW to win a PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
Ten Sail-World readers will win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 per subscription. Enter NOW!! COMPETITION CLOSES SOON!! There are ten annual subscriptions of the just released new version of PredictWind's Professional Forecast Package top be won in Sail-World's competition.... [more]
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Extreme 40 Champions announce European Series crew line-up
Into the Blue,
Oman Sail's Masirah, current European and Asian Extreme Sailing Series champions, have announced a new line-up for the 2010 European Series. Two Extreme 40 teams will represent the Sultanate of Oman in the European series and both begin the series confident after The Wave, Muscat finished second only to Masirah in the Asian series.... [more]
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RC44 Class announces first officially recognised World Championship
MaxComm Communications,
The first official RC 44 World Championship will take place on October 11th - 16th 2010, in Puerto Calero (Canary Islands). The recognition by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is an important milestone for the Class.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Reading the America's Cup designers' minds
Richard Gladwell,
The Names of the America's Cup design world gathered around a table in the BMW Oracle Racing headquarters, in Valencia, earlier this week to consider options for a yacht for the 34th America's Cup. Such meetings are not new. Alinghi and the then Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve held several in their tenure, working down the options for a monohull that could be used in a multi challenger, mutua... [more]
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Bouncy castle makes record crossing of Lake Garda + Video,
A dream trip for some might be kayaking down the Amazon or hot air ballooning across Africa – but for one trio of young men it was paddling across Lake Garda in a bouncy castle, during the recent Olympic Garda 2010 regatta.... [more]
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Ian Thomson - Round Australia Solo record attempt – on Sat Phone,
Thomson's SOS Ocean Racing is running down the coast of Western Australia having departed Airlie Beach on the fifth of May. In the wee small hours of the morning, we talked to him by sat. phone from the North West of Western Australia.... [more]
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