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 01 Jan 2011

Here we are at 01 January - 1.1.11 and the beginning of a new year. Sail-World Asia wishes sailors everywhere a very Happy New Year, fair breezes (and may you always be on the right side of the shift).

They've made up their minds about the America's Cup at last - San Francisco is the venue. Actually we never quite understood the horse-trading in the first place... the AC is held by the Golden Gate Yacht Club, so you defend on your home waters, right? Simple. But they got there in the end.

News has been dominated these last few days by the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race - you can't have missed it! Wild Oats XI took Line Honours and survived a protest, Secret Men's Business 3.5 collected the handicap win, and the very last boat home, Illusion, made it to Hobart in time for the QLD on New Year's Eve. It was a toughie of a race. Illusion's owner, Jonathan Stone, described the race as 'dangerous, but beautiful.' If you missed any of the stories, just scan down the Sail-World Asia website - our stories stay 'up' permanently, even if they fall off the bottom of the page, so to speak. Just use the Search button.

Closer to home, and the Optimist Worlds are happening in Langkawi right now. Next week is the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) 6-9 January, and straight after that is the Royal Langkawi International Regatta, 12-15 January.

Sail-World Asia looks forward to seeing you on the water, or on a boat, or through a camera lens, sometime in 2011. Cheers!

Guy Nowell, Editor

America's Cup 2013 - San Francisco wins hosting right - its official
Stephanie Martin,
The world-famous San Francisco Bay will be home to the 2013 America's Cup Finals and the Challenger Selection Series for the Louis Vuitton Cup, as well as an America's Cup World Series event in 2012. This will be the first time the America's Cup has been hosted in the United States since 1995.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand welcomes Venue Decision
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton said the team was pleased to finally know where the 34th America's Cup will be held. 'We have always said we favoured San Francisco in 2013 and that's what we've got.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race early lead to Foncia
Barcelona World Race,
Breezes are very light round through this first night at sea, Desjoyeaux and Gabart making the best speed of the fleet at 5.2kts.... [more]
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Newsflash: America's Cup venue confirmed for San Francisco
Richard Gladwell,
In a statement just seven hours before the expiration the deadline set in the Protocol for the 31st America's Cup, it has been announced that San Francisco will be the Host Venue for the 34th America's Cup. The deal is understood to be within the boundaries set by the Board of Supervisors, so will not need confirmation by them. However that will have to be confirmed once the full agreement... [more]
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New Zealand Team report from Day 2 of Optimist Worlds in Malaysia
Robert Burn,
New Zealand Yachting Trust Optimist Team report form the Optimist World Championships being staged in Langkawi, Malaysia: Today's forecast was not so encouraging but the promised lack of wind didn't eventuate ...a nice breeze came up and steadily built from around 7-9 knots to 15 knots plus. The wind increased as the cloud cover came over and settled in to the best wind we have seen here so far.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Groupe Bel leads start
Emily Caroe,
It was Kito de Pavant (FRA) and Sebastien Audigane (FRA) on the red hulled Groupe Bel who put their battle to be race ready on time behind them and broke away from the 1300hrs start gun best, building speed in a light NNE'ly breeze, which could never quite muster double figures.... [more]
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29er World Championship competitors arrive in Argentina
Jerelyn Biehl (amended by ISAF),
29er World Championships 2011 - The sailors have arrived in beautiful Mar del Plata, Argentina to contest the 2011 29er World Championship. Twelve nations are representing all continents with over 65 entries in what will be a highly competitive fleet.... [more]
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Juan Yacht Designs on designing winners for the Volvo Ocean Race
Andi Robertson,
Volvo Ocean Race - Argentinian designer Juan Kouyoumdjian has designed two Volvo Ocean Race winners, and is looking for another. Andi Robertson talks to the head of Juan Yacht Design.... [more]
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IODA 2010 World Championships - Thai sailors on top after day 2
This was going to be another tough day where consistency would be so very important. After five races, two sailors have begun to edge out in front – Jirawat Jadklay and Noppakao Poonpat both from Thailand.... [more]
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420 Worlds day 1 - Spain and Germany lead
420 Class Association,
420 World Championship and Ladies World Championship Provisional results were posted by the organisers at around 22.30 UTC... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - And they are off!
Barcelona World Race,
The 14 IMOCA 60s have started in the Barcelona World Race. Foncia and Groupe Bel each got off with pace to pull away into the lead, while Gaes Centros Auditivos got a good start at the inshore end of the line.... [more]
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ASBA Sports Boat National Titles - Photographs from RQYS,
ASBA Sports Boat titles - perfect conditions - RQYS's Suellen Hurling is the photographer... [more]
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Abu Dhabi sailors ride wave of optimism into Volvo race
Eugene Harnan, The National,
Ian Walker, the skipper of Abu Dhabi's entry in the Volvo Ocean Race will guide his boat through the Strait of Hormuz and into the Indian Ocean next week. It is the same journey that Walker will make during the race, one year from now. But next year, he won't turn back.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - All in for New Year's Eve
Lisa Ratcliff and Jim Gale,
Not since 2004 has a Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet finished beyond New Year's Eve and the 15 yachts still at sea look like they will keep that tradition going.... [more]
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Optimist World Sailing Championship - Mixed bag on day one
Once afloat the competitors were met with a mixed bag of conditions. With the breeze continuing to ease, the first three races were completed and the fleet headed home to contemplate the days racing.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Temporary skipper for Hugo Boss
Barcelona World Race,
The team will announce today the name of the temporary substitute skipper who will partner Andy Meiklejohn on board Hugo Boss from the start... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart – Secret Men's Business 3.5 Overall winner
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
South Australian Geoff Boettcher has sailed his Reichel Pugh Secret Mens Business 3.5 to victory, winning the Tattersall's Cup in his 22nd attempt.... [more]
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America┬┤s Cup - Vincenzo Onorato replies to Salvatore Sarno,
Salvatore Sarno, owner of Team Shosholoza, the first ever America's Cup challenger to come from Africa, stated in a recent interview in the Italian newspaper Quotidiano Nazionale that the 34th America's Cup was very expensive and as a result Shosholoza wouldn't be taking part.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Sensation- Wild Oats XI, RAN protested by Race Committee,
At the beginning of this afternoon sked, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Radio Relay vessel's David Kellett announced to the fleet that the race committee was protesting both Wild Oats XI and Ran under Sailing Instructions 44.1A and 44.2 which pertain to the Mandatory Report of Declaration of ability to continue at Green Cape.... [more]
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America's Cup - Shosholoza will not take part,
Captain Sarno: This America's Cup is very expensive; Shosholoza will not take part. Sarno spoke to the Italian newspaper 'Quotidiano Nazionale' about Shosholoza, the America's Cup and why there won't be any South African entry in this edition.... [more]
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Earthquake 7.3-magnitude near Vanuatu,
A significant 7.3-magnitude quake struck near Vanuatu in the western Pacific overnight, generating a small tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) in Hawaii has advised.... [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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