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 22 Jun 2010

Lots of big-name events in the news these past few days, but most important for Asia is the announcement of the Qingdao Match Cup, a new stop on the World Match Racing Tour. Qingdao's continuing efforts to make itself China's pre-eminent sailing city make this a pretty obvious port of call for the WMRT.

There are now three major match racing events contested in Asia - Qingdao Match Cup (Qingdao, China), Monsoon Cup (Terengganu, Malaysia), and Korea Match Cup (Jeong-gok, Korea). Another event slated for Vietnam fell off the radar recently, but WMRT management are hopeful that it will resurface in due course. Along with the forthcoming Louis Vuitton Trophy event in Hong Kong (January 2011), further confirmation - if any were needed - that there are an awful lot of people looking in the general direction of Asia these days.

Hong Kong's Karl Kwok continues to 'tick the boxes' with his latest incarnation of Beau Geste, by knocking off the Bermuda Ocean Race, and the 'other' Round the Island Race (around the Isle of Wight, UK) again attracted a huge fleet. And there was a slightly smaller fleet - but no less enthusiasm - for the Summer Sailstice in Shanghai. Read all about it...

Guy Nowell, Editor

Beau Geste sets Bermuda Ocean Race mark
Bill Wagner, Hometown Annapolis,
Skipper Karl Kwok took his magnificent new boat Beau Geste to the USA this summer to capture line honours and set course records in two Bermuda races. It's one down and one to go for the Farr-designed 80-foot racing machine. Beau Geste has destroyed the Annapolis-to-Bermuda record and now will set her sights on the Newport-to-Bermuda Record.... [more]
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Qingdao Match Cup added to 2010 World Match Racing Tour
Qingdao Match Cup has been added to 2010 World Match Racing Tour. Qingdao Match Cup will be utilising 10 brand new Beneteau First 40 yachts to be delivered in mid July and the event will have as the new standard a total prize pool of USD$500,000.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour heads to Portugal
The ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) teams are back on European seas this week for the 2010 Portimão Portugal Match Cup... [more]
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Summer Sailstice in Shanghai
Alistair Skinner,
While some in Europe and the US were still thinking about going to bed the day before the Sailstice (the wonders of time zones!) a small but intrepid band slipped out of the marina at Saimeng Water Sports Club on Dianshan Lake, Shanghai, with nav lights glowing.... [more]
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Round the Island - more pictures from Richard Hampson
Round the Island 2010 - more pictures from Richard Hampson from the 79th J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race... [more]
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UAE sailor Adel Khalid hopes for a medal in Asian Games
Adel Khalid became the only sailor from the UAE to represent his country at an Olympic Games when he qualified through a series of regattas held in Europe in a run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The UAE's sailing champion is hoping for a timely sponsorship boost that will enable him to win a medal at this year's Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.... [more]
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ISAF International Judges and Race Officers Seminar in India
Yachting Association of India,
An ISAF International Judges Seminar (IJ) and International Race Officers (IRO) Seminar will be held in Chennai, India from 1-3 Oct 2010 and 2-4 October 2010 respectively, as part of the India International Regatta 2010 which is scheduled 3-10 October 2010.The ISAF Race Official Seminar programme aims to improve standards of officiating around the world... [more]
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IDEC first home in the JP Morgan AM Round the Island Race
Richard Gladwell,
The 30 metre trimaran IDEC (Francis Joyon) has crossed the finish line to be first home in the 2010 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. She took just over four and a half hours for the race, starting at 0500hrs and finishing just after 9.30am. Well outside the record of 3hrs 08mins 29secs for a multihull boat, also set by Francis Joyon in 2001.... [more]
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Britain's Round the Island Race has started
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Britain's favourite yacht race, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race has started. It's the 79th edition of this great event. Thirteen classes ranging from grand prix high tech boats such as ICAP Leopard and IDEC to a 20ft Jo Richards design started from 0500 through to 0640 covering a fleet of 1,754 yachts and some 16,000 sailors.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup - Crichton's Shockwave wins IRC Overall
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Giraglia Rolex Cup - in previous editions, Neville Crichton from New Zealand has committed his best efforts to winning line honours and breaking the course record. At this year's Giraglia Rolex Cup, Crichton made it clear that his intentions were the overall win in the distance race. That he achieved this aim at his first true attempt and so convincingly has impressed even this serial collector... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Quantum Racing kings under the Calanques
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Quantum Racing could be justified in claiming ownership of one of the most spectacular race tracks there is on the Audi MedCup Circuit after winning on this 36-mile circuit down along spectacular Calanques limestone cliffs to Cassis and back for the second year in a row.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - 30 years of Gulf Stream studies
John Rousmaniere,
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the marriage of two technological revolutions that brought the Newport Bermuda Race into the modern age. In 1980 for the first time sailors were allowed to use Loran-C navigation throughout the race. One of the first sailors to appreciate the implications of Loran was 30-year-old Richard Wilson.... [more]
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A new Round Australia Record for SOS Ocean Racing
Ian Thomson,
SOS Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Thomson from Airlie Beach, crossed the finish line off the Whitsunday Sailing club after 42d:5h:30m:2s to set the record for fastest solo circumnavigation of Australia. It has been a remarkable journey and has taken some 26d:2h:29m:58 seconds off the previous record.... [more]
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Win an Opti for the Kids and One for the Club
Sail-World.com & Powerboat-world.com,
The winner of the OziOPti Sail-World competition will receive an OziOpti ‘Regatta Mark IV' GRP racing boat complete valued at AUD$3,950 (or NZ$5,135). AND They will ALSO win for their chosen sailing club an OziOpti ‘Tacker' Poly training boat valued at AUD$2,395 (or NZ$3,200). There will also be prizes of 10 x $100 ‘The Boatyard' vouchers.... [more]
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Cape to Rio Yacht Race scheduled for January 2011 start
Cape to Rio Yacht Race - The Royal Cape Yacht Club and South Atlantic Race (Pty) Ltd are proud to bring to your notice the re-establishment of the legendary Cape to Rio Yacht Race with a scheduled to start in January 2011.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup race - Esimit Europa 2 takes line honours
Giraglia Rolex Cup race. At 11h05m09s CEST Igor Simcic's Maxi Esimit Europa 2, the former Alfa Romeo crossed the finish line of the 2010 Giraglia Rolex Cup race, to take line honours in the 58th edition of the 241 nautical-mile race from St. Tropez to San Remo... [more]
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Yacht Solutions launches super-luxury yacht venture in Thailand
Gareth Twist, Yacht Solutions,
RUEA YACHTS – Asia's leading luxury yacht company, Yacht Solutions, has unveiled a high-end superyacht division - Ruea Yachts - which will design and construct exclusive vessels to satisfy escalating demand among affluent individuals in Asia and across the world.... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 final day a stunner
Fiona Brown,
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 final day. Sun, wind, great competitors and a tense finish that went right down to the closing seconds of the final race made the final day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 an absolute stunner. Nine races in conditions that tested the competitors to the max... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup - More images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Giraglia Rolex Cup - More images of the day's action from photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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