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 12 Feb 2011

Talking point of the moment, and definitely flavour of the month, was last week's inaugural Neptune Regatta. This trip from Nongsa Point Marina on the north shore of Batam, just eight miles south of Singapore, took a small fleet 80 nm south to 0'0", 'the Race to Zero', stopping at the delightfully-named Big Stiffy Island, and then Pulau Buaya and the Equator. And it wasn't a Doldrums drifting match either - good breeze all the way there and all the way back again made for a great event. Expect a bigger fleet next year!

Here's a roundup of all the Asia news, with the 'good stuff' from the rest of the world as well. Welcome to the weeekend.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Neptune Regatta 2011 – from Nongsa to Zero to Hero
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The concept was simple enough – a race to the equator and back. Heck, it's only 72 nm from Singapore as the crow flies. Or 83 nm through the islands of the Riau Archipelago, starting at Nongsa Point Marina. How hard can it be? Well, quite hard actually. There are no support facilities of any sort, let alone a marina, on the islands near the equator - it's a real challenge.... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2011 - what does it take to lose a second?
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Two windward-leeward races for the IRC Racing boats, a welcome home for the PY Cruisers, and best news of all, a welcome amendment to SIs in the form of a 1400 hrs start for the cans racing. Sailors were grateful – yesterday had been long, very long.... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2011 - Heading south to the Equator
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The Neptune Regatta fleet is now safely back in the Nongsa Point Marina after a trip to the Equator. It has been an action-packed three days since we left Batam and headed south. For almost everyone it has felt like a week – at least. And that's a compliment.... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2011: the Race to Zero has started
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
RO Jerry Rollin sent the PY boats away at 1000hrs off a reaching start to the east, with the course then taking the fleet south and east down the Riau Strait towards a finish line and first night's stopover at Pulau Karas Besar, 34 nm away. It was spinnaker reaching all the way in 9-15 knots of breeze, and first to finish after six hours' sailing was Simon Piff's Rainbow Dream.... [more]
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Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Class Regatta
Koko Mueller,
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Class Regatta will take place this weekend at Port Shelter under the watchful eye of Race Officer, Drew Taylor.... [more]
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America's Cup: Second Italian Challenger comes to light
Richard Gladwell,
A second Italian Challenger for the 34th America's Cup has announced that they have selected a club - a very preliminary step to reaching fully fledged and funded Challenger status. In contrast to some other teams who have chosen to be very secretive about their intentions, Venezia Challenge have announced that they have signed an agreement to challenge for the 34th America's Cup... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - A sting in tail from Indian Ocean
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - The Indian Ocean is not giving up the leaders of the Barcelona World Race to the Tasman and Pacific without one final scrap. The final twenty-four to forty-eight hours in the Indian Ocean look set to be the toughest for Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron in first place on Virbac-Paprec 3, for Mapfre and Estrella Damm.... [more]
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Extreme 40: Alinghi launch new boat in Oman, start two boat program
Extreme 40 and Alinghi Media, edited by Sail-World,
The new Alinghi Extreme 40 has been christened by the crew during their pre-season training camp this week in Oman. The team are training for the first Act of the Extreme Sailing Series at The Wave, Muscat in just over a week, where they have been blessed with perfect sailing conditions.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Groupe Bel on the charge
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - So far it looks like more straightforward, plain sailing over coming days for the pairs of Hugo Boss and Gaes Centros Auditivos and for Mirabaud and Neutrogena.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Just ten days to go
Trish Jenkins,
The RORC Caribbean 600, now in its third year, has attracted competitors from all over the world. When the gun goes at Fort Charlotte, Antigua on the 21st February to mark the start the racing crews will be pumped up with adrenalin to begin a high-speed adventure in arguably the best sailing grounds in the world.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Full team line-ups unveiled
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - World Champions and ocean racing record holders, will be squaring up against Olympians and America's Cup hotshots, in the impressive roll call for the Extreme Sailing Series this year.... [more]
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America's Cup: Bob Fisher reflects - Video Interview
Richard Gladwell,
Top international yachting journalist and America's Cup commentator, Bob Fisher, was at the blessing and launch of the prototype AC45 in Auckland this morning and took the time out to reflect on the early days of wingsails on catamarans, the AC45's and AC72's... [more]
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Sailing Arabia - The Tour watched over by royalty in Ras Al Khaimah
Oman Sail Media Team,
Sailing Arabia Match-racing was held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohamed bin Saud Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Silk route
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race fleet will arrive in Sanya, China, the third stop on the 2011-12 route around this time next year. The third leg of the 39,270 nm race will be one of the most difficult legs in the upcoming edition.... [more]
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Sailing Arabia sailors welcomed by Ras Al Khaimah
Oman Sail,
Sailing Arabia leg three's top three boats were separated by just 19 minutes after 12 hours of racing as they crossed the finish line.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Wet and wild start to sprint three
Sarah Hames,
Velux 5 Oceans third sprint ride solo round had a wild, wet and windy start at the world yacht race today as the four ocean racers blasted out of Wellington Harbour. Grey, drizzly conditions with strong 25 to 30 knot winds greeted the skippers as they set sail on the sprint to Punta del Este Uruguay, the third of five legs that make up The Ultimate Solo Challenge.... [more]
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Sailing Arabia - The Tour : Sailors set sail for their third leg
Oman Sail Media Team,
Sailing Arabia has perfect sailing conditions in Abu Dhabi greeting the fifty international sailors as they prepared for the third leg of the race. Blue skies, sunshine and a fresh breeze blew across the capital's waterfront, giving the sailors a boost in morale as they head into tricky waters at night.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie - Important time on the water
Ben Ainslie,
Ben Ainslie latest blog entry: I hadn't competed in the Miami OCR regatta for 15 years but it felt very familiar and it was great to get some more good training time on the water in a good climate with fellow Brits Giles Scott and Andrew Mills before racing got underway.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from On-Board and Sail Auckland
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, has been on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf again, shooting the prototype AC45 ahead of her handover to America's Cup Regatta Management next week, and the training by entered teams shortly thereafter.... [more]
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The Mother of all Tropical Cyclones!!
Bureau of Meteorology/Marine Business News,
Tropical cyclone advice number 11 top priority issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane at 5:01am EST on Wednesday the second of February 2011.... [more]
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