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 31 Jul 2010

We are occasionally surprised at the claims made by events in this part of the world. And if not the claims, then the ambitions. The Korea Cup (not to be confused with the Korea Match Cup) actually said in its regatta programme that it was aiming to be "the biggest offshore race in the world". Another event, even closer to Hong Kong, says it aspires to be "one of the world's top ten regattas."

Starting this Saturday is Cowes Week, when "the largest sailing regatta of its kind kicks off for its 184th year. This year Cowes Week welcomes a number of new classes and has made several improvements to ensure that 2010 is the best regatta yet. At the current time, entries are in great shape at 893, with more still coming in."

184 years. 893 entries. Just want to get things into perspective...

Guy Nowell, Editor

New OD class for China Cup 2010 - the FE26
CCIR Media,
The Far East 26 is a keelboat made by Shanghai Far East FRP Co., Ltd., one of the largest sailboat builders in China. This year, six FE26s will compete in the CCIR, following on from the FE26's presence at the China City Clubs Regatta in Qingdao in June, when a fleet of 11 FE26s made up the racing fleet.... [more]
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13th Western Circuit - Singapore's Largest Keelboat Event is Coming!
Christopher Lim,
The 13th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta (WCSR) will be launched on Saturday, August 15, from Raffles Marina. The largest club regatta in Singapore, it will be held over three weekends with the scheduled dates as: 15, 21, 22, 28 August 2010.... [more]
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Sail Banda yachts brave rough seas, more to come
M Aziz Tunny,
Waves reaching about 5 meters high had 25 yachts taking part in the Sail Banda international maritime event trail behind 21 others, which had reached Banda Neira, located around 132 kilometers southeast of Maluku capital of Ambon. The yachts, flagged off at Darwin's Cullen Bay in Australia on Saturday to mark the start of the event, were earlier scheduled to reach Banda Neira... [more]
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Six Senses Phuket Raceweek - All hell breaks loose on the final day
Six Senses Phuket Raceweek media,
Six Senses Phuket Raceweek - At the sumptuous Six Senses Evason breakfast overlooking the racing area, the warning signs for a tough day ahead were already in full view. White caps and lumpy seas, stirred up by 20 to 25 knot South West Monsoon winds.... [more]
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Beau Geste 'claimed the prize it came for' in 2010 Mac Race
Kathlin F Sickel, www.suite101.com,
The 102nd Chicago to Mackinac Race concluded Tuesday, July 27, 2010, as tradition dictates, with the party and awards ceremony in the Tea Garden of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Line honours went to the 80-foot Beau Geste for being the first of the 300-plus racing boats to cross the finish line. Karl Kwok, owner of the big sloop from Hong Kong, had made clear his intent to secure... [more]
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Global Ocean Race new home confirmed - Viva Mallorca!
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 organisers have great pleasure in announcing they have contracted with the Spanish island of Mallorca to host the start and finish of the circumnavigation. Situated in the Mediterranean, Mallorca will provide a stunning backdrop for the start and finish of this double-handed, round the world race: an event that is on target to attract 20 entries from over 11 nations.... [more]
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TeamOrigin takes issue with role of America's Cup Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
Increasing disquiet in the established America's Cup community over the 34th America's Cup surfaced in an interview with the British America's Cup team, Team Origin, now directed by former Alinghi design boss, Grant Simmer (AUS). In the published in TheDailySail.com Simmer and team boss, Sir Keith Mills say they are not happy with the lack of response and role of the Challenger... [more]
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Oman Sail out in force at Cowes Week
Into The Blue,
Back again in Cowes are the two Oman Sail Extreme 40's, Masirah and The Wave, Muscat. The duo finished second and third in the first event in France and will be looking to improve their positions over the six days of racing in round two of the European Extreme Sailing Series.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championships preview
Peter Kaergaard,
SAP 505 World Championships Preview - Aarhus, Denmark - Having just won the 505 Pre-Worlds Regatta in Aarhus, Denmark, Jorgen and Jacob Bojsen-Møller are looking to continue their winning ways in the SAP 505 World Championships which start tomorrow.... [more]
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RC44 Valencia Cup fleet poised for fleet racing
MaxComm Communications,
RC44 Valencia Cup has seen competitors bashing about for two days in a match racing regatta held in winds of up-to 20 knots. Today is an off day. In sailor's parlance an off day is a practice day, which means the fleet took to the water this afternoon for a bit of practice ahead of the fleet racing portion of the regatta. Up to four races a day are planned Friday through Sunday.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Edmond de Rothschild Group back to business
Kate Jennings,
Extreme Sailing Series update: Two months after their victory in Sète, Yann Guichard and his crew aboard Edmond de Rothschild Group are back on the Isle of Wight to compete in the Extreme Sailing Series circuit for the second event of the season.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Showing the America's Cup Story
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
A lot of time and effort is being spent over the past few and coming weeks on what makes for good sailing television. The exercise is underway for both the Olympic sailing regatta and America's Cup. Currently there is a large amount of sailing video being broadcast and replayed. A small portion of it is very good. Most of it is average to dreadful. Technology seems to have overridden the basics.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - I've never been a dead cert, says Ben Ainslie
Ben Ainslie,
I was in two minds about competing at Sail for Gold since I am about 8kgs below my ideal weight for Finn racing and my Team Origin commitments have restricted my training schedule so I had to weigh everything up. If it is windy, being this light will be a big disadvantage and I'll be off the pace.... [more]
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McConaghy 36 – The new Bench Mark in one design yacht racing
Media Services,
What are the top Americas Cup designers and engineers doing with their time whilst waiting for the button to be pushed on the next AC?... [more]
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