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 05 Oct 2010

The cards are starting to fall for the next America's Cup, and it's going to be interesting to see how the deck is shuffled. Team Origin and Azzurra have bowed out, but there are others waiting in the wings. We'll keep you posted. And in case anyone ever told you that monohull racing is nothing but boring, then take a look at this:

China's no 1 home-grown event, the China Club Challenge Match, ran up to and over the weekend - we have the opening shots here. And also a wrap-up of the new Phuket Dinghy Series (part of the Phuket King's Cup) and the Optimist Gulf Trophy in Qatar.

Read on, MacDuff...

Guy Nowell, Editor

China Club Challenge Match – A game of Two Halves
Alistair Skinner,
The China Club Challenge Match consists of two discrete parts. The first part of the regatta is fleet racing in two flights, with the second half a change of pace as the top four teams from each flight go head-to-head in a knockout match racing series to decide a challenger to sail against the defender (who, naturally, won the title on the waters off Xiamen in 2009).... [more]
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The 6th China Club Challenge Match - Preview
Alistair Skinner,
The boats are prepared, the sailors are starting to arrive, the marks are inflated and the umpires are recruited. The China Club Challenge Match is all geared up for its sixth annual running. The event disproves the somewhat exaggerated claims of other events to be ‘the first keelboat regatta in China' - the pride of the grassroots sailors who started the event and helped it develop is palpable, a... [more]
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Phuket Dinghy Series - fluky winds at the first event of the series
Phuket King's Cup Media,
Having supported sailing in the kingdom for many years, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta decided this year to take a grass roots approach and have established the Phuket Dinghy Series. The event consists of four weekend events (25-26 September; 30-31 October; 27-28 November; 4-5 December), the last event coinciding with the 2010 Phuket King's Cup Regatta.... [more]
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Optimist Gulf Trophy Qatar - Successful edition at Doha Sailing Club
A successful edition of the Gulf Trophy came to an end last Saturday 25th of September. Hosts to the multiclass event for the fifth time, the Doha Sailing Club welcomed 15 Optimist sailors from six countries, including Iran and Sudan, first time attendants.... [more]
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America's Cup: Sir Keith Mills reflects on the TeamOrigin withdrawal
Richard Gladwell,
British America's Cup team principal, Sir Keith Mills had given an extensive interview with Yachting World's Matthew Sheahan covering the reason behind the cessation of action to Challenge for the 34th America's Cup. Entries open for the event on 1 November 2010 closing in the first quarter of 2011. TeamOrigin was formed after the 32nd America's Cup and was a leading participant amongst challen... [more]
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Brit's Golden Team turn their back on America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,
TeamOrigin, the yacht racing team established by Sir Keith Mills, and skippered by triple Olympic Gold Medallist, Ben Ainslie, have announced that it will not be challenging for the next America's Cup scheduled for 2013. Over the next couple of months TeamOrigin will be considering whether it will compete in other yachting events over the next few years.... [more]
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Official Game set to be another winner for the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The extremely popular online game will be back for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Over 220,000 players participated in the game during the course of the 2008–09 Volvo Ocean Race, with prizes being given on every leg. The overall race winner was Dutch player Powerof7, whose hard work won him a Volvo C30. Sign up for the beta edition.... [more]
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World shrinks for online marine suppliers: Sydney Rigging
Bruce Clark,
The world is becoming smaller and smaller for online marine stores, and Sydney Rigging is finding a bonanza in selling to sailors round the world. Now, with competitive prices and mailing getting cheaper by the minute, it's who can offer the best fastest service at the best price. Sydney Rigging is so encouraged, they've added new lines to their already wide online range... [more]
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Derek Hatfield describes his worst moment at sea
Velux 5 Oceans,
In a video interview, Derek Hatfield describes his worst moment at sea during the 2002-2003 Around Alone. In a storm off Cape Horn his boat pitched polled causing a near catastrophe.... [more]
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Cutting, sewing, stitching: Ocean racers get hands on medical training
Velux 5 Oceans,
It is not every day you are asked to cut open a pig's trotter with a sharp knife then stitch it back together again. But that's exactly how the VELUX 5 OCEANS skippers Brad Van Liew, Derek Hatfield, Zbigniew Gutkowski and Chris Stanmore-Major spent an afternoon as they learnt how to cope with medical emergencies at sea.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was - Olympic Decisions
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on the Olympic decisions for November... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint Tropez – Fantastic week of racing finishes
Regatta News,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2010 edition concluded today with the prize-giving at La Citadelle, the 16th century fortress set imposingly overlooking the white-capped Golfe de Saint-Tropez. More than 1000 competitors and supporters gathered on a sunny, windy, beautiful fall day... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Minoprio ups the pressure on Richard
Reigning ISAF Match Racing World Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing has stepped up the pressure on series leader Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team. Richard will have cause for concern with Minoprio's young Kiwi team having launched a devastating end of season run last year.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère in Saint-Tropez
l'Hydroptère for now three weeks, has landed on the shores of the Cote d'Azur, where she performs the last leg of her 2010 European loop. Since Monday, she has been sailing close to the classic regattas of the 'Voiles de Saint-Tropez'.... [more]
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SB3 World Championships 2011 in Torquay, UK - Entries Open
Katie Ashworth,
The SB3 Class Association is pleased to announce the publication of the Notice of Race for the 2011 Laser SB3 World Championships, to be hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club in Torquay, UK. Entrants will enjoy 14 championship races from Monday 16th May to Friday 20th May 2011 in Torbay under the jurisdiction of Principal Race Officer, Robert Llewellyn.... [more]
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J/80 Worlds 2010 - The most competitive event to date
Stuart Johnstone,
(Newport, RI- Sept 25th)- The 2010 J/80 World Championship, hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and Sail Newport, promises to be one of the most competitive J/80 events to date. Sixty-three boats from nine countries are currently registered including boats from Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and USA. Seven past World Champions are participating.... [more]
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TP52 World Championships - Matador carry the winning momentum
TP52 World Championship,
TP52 World Championship has a very different flavour, a unique atmosphere. That is not to say that any team drops their guard or relaxes any more when they are on the Worlds race course.... [more]
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