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 22 Dec 2010

Only six weeks to go before the inaugural Neptune Regatta (starts 01 February) – the first regatta that we know of to lay a finish line on the equator. Organisers have completed another recce down towards 0┬░ 0' 0', and came back with news and photos – below. If you are not yet signed up for what looks like the most ‘inclusive' event in Asia, involving racing boats, cruising boats and even power boats, then take a look at the website and the info to date, and be there at Nongsa Point at the end of January... it's going to be fun!

There's another fairly major race on the horizon – and even sooner. The Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race takes off on Boxing Day 26 December, and the ‘cats and dogs' people are predicting a big blow. The ‘Hobart' is generally reckoned to be the most-covered and most-followed of all the ocean classics, and will be contributing to that coverage. There's loads of news on our website, and you can sign up for an exclusively-Hobart-newsletter as well (it's free, of course!)

And speaking of coverage... a good slice of it will be enabled through Skype (see story). How on earth anyone survives without Skype these days is beyond me, but believe it or not there are still a few steam-driven communicators who view it with great suspicion! So remember this – the man that started it all, Nicklas Zennstrom, is a sailor – the owner of Ran. So it must be a good thing, right?

Today is the shortest day of the year, so we'll have to start the rum and cokes early in order to get through the ration before nightfall! Christmas is coming, splice the mainbrace!

Sail-World Asia wishes all our readers a very Merry Christmas, fair breezes, sunshine, and plenty of opportunity to get out on the water over the festive season.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Neptune Regatta 2011 - preparing the way for the Race to the Equator
Guy Nowell, Neptune Regatta Media,
The Neptune Regatta 2011 is growing by the minute, and now has 17 boats on the entry list - four in IRC, six in PY, one multihull and no less than six motoryachts. And as is usual on these occasions, there are a fair few who have ‘expressed interest' and are going to be there but just haven't got round to signing up yet... [more]
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Ainslie back on top as Brits score Melbourne World Cup hat-trick
Triple Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie saw a return to winning ways on Saturday, (18 December) claiming one of Skandia Team GBR's three gold medals at the opening event of the 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup series in Melbourne.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - On the snotter!!
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Bureau of Meteorology's regional director NSW, Barry Hanstrum, presented the race outlook to a panel of skippers and navigators. Talk of robust headwinds has put a stop to race record prophesising, today's panel admitting their strategy is going to be focused on keeping boats and crew in one piece.... [more]
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Singapore SB3 fleet looks forward to 2011
Marcus Tehan,Singapore SB3 Fleet Captain,
It has been a great 2010 for the SB3 Singapore fleet, with many highlights. Our newly established Committee would like to thank our previous committee members Fab, Wallace, Chris, and Jamie, and Raffles Marina for their sensational efforts and commitment in 2010. We would not be where we are today without their help.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) 2010 - What a season
2010 edition of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) and on the water, the script could not have been given a more thrilling twist. The Monsoon Cup was a final that went down to the wire. Having led the Tour standings all season, Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team arrived at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia as one of five skippers still in with a chance of winning the World Championship.... [more]
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Skype - key event communication tool for Rolex Sydney Hobart race
TetraMedia's IT Team,
Two Swedish techno-nerds Niklas Zennstr├Âm and Janus Friis spent the noughties revolutionizing music distribution and telephony in the 21st century.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Fruit a non starter
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Having no valid, up-to-date IMOCA certificate, 'Fruit' team is not allowed to start the race. The 'Fruit' team has now missed the 17th December deadline for IMOCA Open 60's entrance requirements by four days.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2010 - Heavy Weather Race
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
As the 2010 Hobart start creeps closer the weather models have still not converged. There might be or might not be a spinnaker start for the 89 boat fleet in the 65th annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. At least two models agree there will be a building southerly on Sunday afternoon. with very solid Bass Strait weather on Monday.... [more]
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America's Cup: Letter released inviting Rhode Island Venue Bid
Richard Gladwell,
A letter, dated last Friday 17 December 2010 from Stephen Barclay, lead negotiator BMW Oracle Racing to Keith Stokes Executive Director, Rhode Island Economic Development Corp has been released. The polite note would seem to be just a welcome mat for a response from the 113 year home of the America's Cup which hosted Defences from 1870 to 1983, when the trophy was held by the New Yo... [more]
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Doyle Sails NZ signs up VOR vet Justin Ferris
Guy Waddilove,
Doyle Sails has bolstered its internationally respected design team in Auckland, New Zealand, signing up renowned helmsman and trimmer Justin Ferris. He has been involved with three Volvo Ocean Races, racing with Pirates of the Caribbean and Puma Ocean Racing as well as some of the worlds top racing programmes including Wild Oats XI, Speedboat, Rambler and Konica Minolta amongst others.... [more]
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International Kiteboarding Association 2010 final rankings
International Kiteboarding Association,
International Kiteboarding Association final rankings for 2010 in all disciplines have been published after the last events of the season. The overall world cup winners are: Andy Yates / Gisela Pulido (Freestyle), Bruno Sroka/Steph Bridge (Course Racing) and Guilly Brandao/Gisela Pulido (Wave Riding).... [more]
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IRC Rules change for 2010 and 2011
Jean Sans/Mike Urwin,
IRC Rule Changes - Following consultation and agreement with the IRC Policy Steering Group, the IRC Technical Committee has decided that the following changes to IRC Rules for 2010 and 2011 will take effect from 00:01 on Monday 20th December 2010.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans announces new South American stopover
Velux 5 Oceans,
Clipper Ventures, organisers of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race, today announced a change to the 2010/11 race route. Ocean Sprint 3, which will see the fleet of Eco 60s depart Wellington, New Zealand, on February 6, will now finish in the Uruguayan city of Punta del Este, rather than Salvador in Brazil.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - First female team announced
Oliver Dewar,
British yachtswoman, Hannah Jenner, has confirmed that her co-skipper for the double-handed, Class40, Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) is German sailor, Anna-Maria Renken. Between them, the duo has sailed over 200,000 nautical miles including valuable ocean racing and shorthanded sailing experience.... [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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