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 06 Dec 2010

Congratulations to Ben Ainslie and the Team Origin boys for lifting both the World Match Racing Tour Championship and the Monsoon Cup – that's an awesome achievement. But take note that Torvar Mirsky took Big Ben to 2-2 in the five-race final... and with Adam Minoprio's Black Match Team and Team Origin effectively disbanded there's a power vacuum to be filled in 2011. Watch out, there are some Western Australians on the loose...

Moving from Malaysia to Thailand, the Asian regatta circuit has made the same country switch. Last week the Raja Muda ended, and this week the Phuket King's Cup begins. For some it is probably feeling like ‘same faces different bar'. There are 101 boats on the entry list for the first race tomorrow. Asia's biggest regatta launched into its 24th edition tonight with an Opening Party and a Candlelight Ceremony to honour the Regatta Patron – His Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej, King of Thailand. Today 05 December is the King's birthday and that, of course, is what the King's Cup is all about. will be posting daily stories and race reports throughout the event.

Plenty more news too, and please don't miss what some of us (I'm not the only one!) rate as The Best Sailing Instructions – ever!

Guy Nowell, Editor

King Ben takes the Monsoon Cup 2010
Monsoon Cup 2010 Media,
A thrilling five race final at the 2010 Monsoon Cup. Coming into this event a lot was a stake – the Monsoon Cup 2010 and the ISAF Match Racing World Championship.... [more]
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Phuket Kings Cup 2010: last minute jobs, with no more time to spare
Tracey Johnstone,
Less than one day out from the start of the 24th Phuket King's Cup and nerves are showing as the teams finalised registration and headed out on the water for last-minute training. Ony half of the cup fleet chose to take up the chance to shake out some of the nerves by competing in this afternoon's practice race.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup: Ainslie wins the slugfest of Terengganu
Richard Gladwell,
Newly crowned World match racing champion, Ben Ainslie added the Monsoon Cup to his bulging trophy cabinet with a win in the 2010 Monsoon Cup off Terengganu River, Malaysia, today.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie is the new ISAF Match Racing World Champion
Monsoon Cup 2010 Media,
Ben Ainslie and TEAMORIGIN - Iain Percy, Christian Kamp, Matthew Cornwell and Mike Mottl showed world-class match racing skill in the tricky conditions presented by the Terengganu River this morning, to win the coveted 2010 title.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup: Ben Ainslie wins the 2010 World Match Racing Championship
Richard Gladwell,
Triple Olympic Gold medallist, Ben Ainslie, and TeamOrigin have won the 2010 World Match Racing Championship after winning their semi-final over wild card Bjorn Hansen (DEN) off Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia today.... [more]
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Phuket Kings Cup 2010: fully loaded for cup assault
Tracey Johnstone,
Phuket King's Cup Racing Class challenger, Ray Roberts's Evolution Racing, is loaded up with new sails, a keel change and some fairly heavy-weight crew as they head into the first race tomorrow. Roberts has had a fearsome 11 months leading the racing class to overall wins at most Asian regattas. The only blimp has been last week's Raja Muda where the Evolution Racing team fell back to second.... [more]
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Moth vs 49er vs Kite
Markus Schwendtner,
Moth vs 49er vs Kite. Patrick Rynne had an epic afternoon a few days ago, having the ultimate showdown between some of the fastest sailing craft in the world. Here is a quick preview.... [more]
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ORC and RORC work together towards a common goal for offshore racing
Offshore Racing Congress - Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and Union Nationale pour La Course au Large (UNCL), joint owners of the IRC rating rule, have been in discussion with the ORC about the possibility of creating a unified organisation to govern yacht ratings worldwide. This initiative to bring the world offshore rating systems together was endorsed by ISAF following its AGM in 2009 in Korea.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010: Who's who in the near record fleet
Tracey Johnstone,
The Phuket King's Cup has bought together the ‘who's who' of racing and cruising in Asia in a regatta mixed with great day racing and enjoyable after-race celebrations. In its 24th year, the Cup has again attracted a strong fleet of 109 boats, sizes ranging in size from the little eight metre sports boats up to the elegant 50 metre Premier fleet entrant, S/Y Perseus. With the regatta starting off... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2010: Registration for teams as dinghies race
Tracey Johnstone,
The international teams have started to arrive into town for the 24th Phuket King's Cup and the paperwork war has begun. Crews are pouring over the sailing instructions, volunteers are being briefed, sails measured and old sailing mates greeted as the 109 teams start to sort out the finer details of this premier Asian sailing regatta.... [more]
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The Best Sailing Instructions - ever?
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
About one hour later, or when the Race Officer has finished his sandwiches, and regardless of whether any/all yachts have completed the first race, another race will be sailed, finishing in the vicinity of the Kapar Power Station. At this point the wind will die completely and the Race Officer will head off at high speed to the Club to restore himself to his usual comforts.... [more]
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Ao Chalong Yacht Club to organise The Bay Regatta 2011
The Bay Regatta media,
Uncertainties over the future of the 2011 Bay Regatta (formerly Phang Nga Bay Regatta) were resolved recently when the Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC) stepped in, albeit late in the day, to organize this massively popular ‘roving' regatta. The Bay Regatta regularly attracts 40-50 yachts and 400-500 people from around the world. It is scheduled for 09-13 February 2011.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds has 112 entries but will we see a solid wing sail?
Pat Langley,
With just over a month to go before race one of the Zhik Moth Worlds, regatta organizers have received a talent filled 112 entries from ten countries who are all ready to test themselves and their boats on Lake Macquarie NSW, Australia in January 2011.... [more]
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Canadian sail team could challenge for America's Cup
Dave Perkins,
Toronto may be closer to the World Series than we all think. No, not that World Series. I mean the newly created America's Cup World Series, the pinnacle of big-time yacht racing, for which a Canada-wide challenge, to be put forth by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club at a cost of $30 million to $45 million, is being discussed.... [more]
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SingaporeSailing announces appointment of new Chief Executive
Singapore Sailing,
Wearn Haw, 32, is a product of Singapore's pioneer junior sailing programme under the then Optimist Dinghy Association of Singapore (ODAS). The first Singaporean to win the Optimist Asian Championships and multiple ASEAN titles then progressed through the various youth classes to the Olympic 470 class.... [more]
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All new Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket sponsors Phuket King's Cup
Event Media,
The all-new 5-star Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket has signed as an official co-sponsor of the 2010 Phuket King's Cup Regatta (PKCR). Held between the fourth and 11th of December, the Regatta is Asia's largest sailing event.... [more]
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Hong Kong Laser Class Championships
Richard Knight,
After two days of racing David Early, Class President said that the weekend had seen the best sailing conditions for these Championships in at least eight years that he has raced in Hong Kong. With 12 to 18knots from ENE in Stanley Bay, it really was champagne conditions for those at the front and somewhat challenging for the rest.... [more]
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Raja Muda 2010. All the way down to The Wire and The Room
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
After an evenly matched start, and running level down the first leeward leg of the race, disaster struck Evolution Racing in the form of a fish trap on the keel – not unknown in these waters, but not so common inside Langkawi's Bass Harbour. ‘It definitely wasn't a lightweight carbon fibre streamlined fish trap,' said one crewmember, ruefully, ‘more of the max heavy agricultural variety'.... [more]
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Phuket Kings Cup 2010: HiFi changes herald return to form
Tracey Johnstone,
Neil Pryde's HiFi win in last week's Raja Muda Regatta has put Ray Robert's Evolution racing on notice as they head towards Thailand for the start of the 24th Phuket King's Cup. Keel changes and new sails in the last few months have given Hi-Fi the narrow edge they needed to finally move aside Evolution Racing taking out first place on a count-back.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Cape Town superstition
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - A year from now, the Volvo Open 70 fleet will be arriving into the first port of call in the 2011 - 12 Volvo Ocean Race, Cape Town. ‘The tavern of the seas' will be a safe haven after the proving ground of the first 6,500 nautical miles of the race.... [more]
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2011 Neptune Regatta
Nongsa Point Marina 01/02/11
Combined rally/race, inc powerboats, from Nongsa Point Marina (opposite Singapore) to the Equator and back....
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2011 Royal Langkawi International Regatta
Langkawi 11/01/11
Inshore big boat regatta, racers and cruisers....
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