Is La Nina affecting regattas in Asia?

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 19 Jan 2011

Just a thought – is La Nina affecting Asian regattas? While Eastern Australia is drowning, floundering under more water than they can cope with, we have just had three of the slowest Asian regattas for a long time. The Raja Muda, the Phuket King's Cup and the Royal Langkawi all suffered to a greater or lesser degree from not enough breeze. The King's Cup got far too much on the last day, and from the ‘wrong' direction, and the Langkawi event's bacon was saved by a decent last day's sailing.

A full set of reports and pictures from Langkawi, below.

Now we wait with bated breath to see if the same wind pattern continues through the Singapore Straits and the Neptune Regatta...

Meanwhile, the Barcelona and Velux fleets are busy circumnavigating, the Dragon Worlds have come and gone, and the new AC45 wing-masted cat has hit 20 kts on her maiden outing... and there's more. Read on...

Guy Nowell, Editor

Royal Langkawi, finishing on a high note and a growl
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
After two days of multi-hour ‘AP on shore' to start the day (and nobody but Aeolus to blame) yesterday's – Friday's – racing started with no AP and caught some of the competitors napping. Or at least having a second cup of coffee at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club before going afloat.... [more]
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Royal Langkawi: the end of the roll
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Just a few more pictures from a great day's racing in Langkawi.... [more]
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Dubai 43ft Dhow Racing - 'manoeuvres and charm'
Sharon Allison, DIMC Media,
Al Zeer swooped through the finish line next to the Burj Al Arab this afternoon (Friday) to score a win in the second round of the Dubai Traditional 43ft Dhow Sailing Championship organised by Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC). Dahees narrowly beat Al Adeed to take second and third places as the fleet seemingly descended from every direction at the finish line.... [more]
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Royal Langkawi: The cream always rises to the top,
After an hour's delay the decision was made to race inside Bass Harbour. Which proved to be the right move as the wind picked up to 10 knots and lasted long enough for three races to be conducted and complete the original schedule of races. In most classes there were two or three yachts vying for the overall title and very keen to get on with the job.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 ticks all the boxes on just her second day out
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was very privileged to get a look at the new AC45 sailing on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf, in conditions that were testing - a 20kts SW breeze, gusting to 26kts. It was very hard, or impossible to find fault with the AC45, which turned in a remarkable performance by any standard and particularly for a multihull.... [more]
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Optimist Launch Party & Beach BBQ
Kathleen Gooch,
Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron is celebrating the arrival of 12 new Optimist dinghies from China, giving us a fleet of 15 boats. We now have 15 children from Phuket Sunshine Village Home in our race training programme. This means that the sailors can compete and practice at the same time and have a chance to hone skills and be more competitive at events.... [more]
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Heineken 2011 Cape to Rio day four round-up report
Marcus Reuter,
Heineken 2011 Cape to Rio shows Prodigy, skippered by Durban's Chris Frost, has taken an early stranglehold in the yacht race by staying in the lead for line honours and also moving into first place on handicap.... [more]
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Landcorp 2011 Mirror Worlds - Gear used by the top ten
Grant Atherton,
With five different nations filling the top five positions in the Landcorp 2011 Mirror Worlds, it is interesting to see what different gear preferences exist. Naturally the biggest determinant of success is the human factor, but for those wishing to emulate their heroes, here is a potted summary of the top ten finishes.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 hits 20kts on maiden sail on Hauraki Gulf
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on hand to capture the first sail of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco.... [more]
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Dragon Worlds images by John Curnow
John Curnow,
John Curnow images from the Dragon World Championships in Melbourne... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Sprint Two - Brad Van Liew claims victory
Velux 5 Oceans,
American solo ocean racer Brad Van Liew today made it two wins from two ocean sprints as he sailed into Wellington, New Zealand, to claim victory in second sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race. For the 42-year-old from Charleston, South Carolina, it brought to an end a gruelling month-long slog alone on his Eco 60 yacht Le Pingouin.... [more]
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SpeedDream Prototype to be built
Brian Hancock,
SpeedDream design and engineering continues to advance, and a decision has been made to build a scaled down 35-foot version of the record setter monohull. Hundreds of hours of computer engineering and analysis has already been completed for the design, but there is nothing like a scaled prototype version out sailing in actual conditions to test the unique ideas and technical solutions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Principal Race Officer named
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup Regatta Management have announced that John Craig (USA) has been appointed Principal Race Officer of the 34th America's Cup. A native Californian, and a resident of San Francisco, Craig will be responsible for conducting the races of the America's Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup Finals.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - The race against the clock on land has begun
Team Foncia,
Michel Desjoyeaux and Fran├žois Gabart arrived in the commercial port of Recife (Brazil) at 00:30 (local time). The two sailors were towed into port and greeted by FONCIA's shore crew, who are now racing against the clock to repair the boat's sacrificial bow. The aim is for the sailing team to get on their way again as fast as possible, so as to take up where they left off in the... [more]
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Dubai Traditional 43ft Sailing Dhow Championships
Sharon Allison,
Dubai Traditional 43ft Dhow Sailing Championship organised by Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) had Al Zeer swoop through the finish line next to the Burj Al Arab this afternoon (Friday) to score a win in the second round. Dahees narrowly beat Al Adeed to take second and third places as the fleet seemingly descended from every direction at the finish line.... [more]
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Etchells Australian Championship - Top ten images from Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds images,
Geelong photographer Teri Dodds has sent this gallery of her favourite action shots of the week. The Etchells Australian Championship took place on the waters of Corio Bay, Geelong and was hosted by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.... [more]
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GBR's Lawrie Smith takes Dragon World title by closest of margins
John Curnow,
Apparently, not since 1978, when he was sailing a Fireball, has Britain's Lawrie Smith won a World Championship. Today on Melbourne's Port Phillip, the sun came out finally with enough of a Southerly breeze and the crews were very much ready for the last on-water action of their World Championship. It is little surprise then that there was no one taking bets on whether there would be a clean st... [more]
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Royal Langkawi: Welcome to the Langkawi sports lottery..., photos Guy Nowell,
Skippers and crew have become all to familiar with the glass like conditions and the postponement flag onshore that they were a little hesitant to leave this morning. The only flag on the pole indicated that racing would be offshore. The Police start boat tied up along side further compounded their late departure, but PRO Mark Pryke was hell bent on starting on time at 0930 hrs.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships - Bids invited
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) invites bids from parties interested in hosting future editions of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships.... [more]
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Moth Worlds images from Howard Wright
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography,
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, presents this gallery of images from the Moth World Championship.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Outteridge wins on home pond
Lizzi Roundtree,
Hugs and Champagne welcomed the newest Moth World Champion Nathan Outteridge (AUS). Samantha England (AUS) beat out American Lindsay Bergan by one point for the title of leading lady at 47th and 48th place.... [more]
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Royal Langkawi: hot and bothered and still hoping for some real breeze
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
In the aftermath of yesterday's protests, all was calm. HiFi's protest against Evolution Racing and Jelik 5 finishing incorrectly was denied, and protests against the Race Committee for calling (and setting) dodgy short finish lines were rejected too. Even the ‘N' flag query went the RO's way, so it was a clean and virgin sheet with which to start the day.... [more]
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Extreme 40 Edmond de Rothschild Group 2011 version
Kate Jennings,
Extreme Sailing Series involvement by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild and the Financial Group he presides over, are continuing for the third consecutive year by entering a one design in the colours of the Edmond de Rothschild Group. Ranking among the major protagonists, the Gitana Team will this year be the only competitors to race under a French flag in this most promising of international line-ups.... [more]
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PWA calendar 2011 released
Vivienne Masters,
PWA World Tour 2011 calendar is unveiled boasting 14 events, and three confirmed new destinations.... [more]
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Royal Langkawi: where IS the finish line?
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It was a long wait this morning, with picturesque Bass Harbour glassed out in front of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. The AP on shore hung limply, and the few boats that had left the marina before it was hoisted – and didn't know that it HAD been hoisted – spent a long time wondering why everyone else didn't come out to play, ghosting around where the racing ought to be...... [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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