We enjoyed the 'adam@home' comic strip in the Sunday Morning Post recently. The conversation went like this:
"Weather Station says we're in for 'Storm of the Century'”.
"How can they say that? We're barely into 'The Century'. Do you think if they could predict 89 years into the future, they'd be wasting time on the weather? I'm tired of the hyperbole and the marketing spin. Why must everything be declared in such extremes? 'Storm of the Century'. 'Worst Episode Ever'. 'Best Burger in the Universe'. We're numbing ourselves to reality."
Does that sound a bit like some sailing events that we all know? 'Longest RTW Race'. 'World's Toughest Race'. 'Best Regatta in Asia'. 'Biggest Regatta in Asia'. Maybe we need to think about this a bit more. After all, what's wrong with 'Well-Run Regatta, Worth Turning Up For'? Or - from an objective point of view - 'Not As Good As the Press Releases Claim'?
Going to have to think about that...
Guy Nowell, Editor
Platu Championships Pattaya, Thailand Sabrina Bonaiti, After the success of the 2009 and 2010 'One Design Platu Championships of Thailand ', everything is ready in Pattaya, Gulf of Thailand, to begin the 2011 edition. It will start in a few days, from the 12 to the 14th of March with the Platu OPEN Championship, and crews from all over the World are expected.... [more] Share this story
Kiteboarding on the Olympic menu? Here's why... International Kiteboarding Association, Neil Pryde (Managing Director of Neil Pryde Ltd.): 'Kiteboarding today represents the cutting edge of sailing. The Olympic Games stand at the pinnacle of sailing and it is therefore logical and natural that Kiteboarding has a place in Olympic Yachting.'... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Veteran Grinder tunes into the multihull AC Media, Craig Monk, the experienced grinder on Artemis Racing, says the new America's Cup boats are more physically demanding than what's gone before - and he can't wait to face up to the challenge. New Zealander Craig Monk is busting to get his hands on an AC45. New to catamaran sailing, like many of his America's Cup brethren, Monk had a taste at the first Extreme 40 event of the season in Oman. Now,... [more] Share this story
Prestige 60 launches in China Guy Nowell, Powerboat-World.com, Prestige Yachts, a key member of the well-known Jeanneau family, yesterday launched their flagship flybridge 60-footer in Asia. In town (Da Mei Sha, Shenzhen) were Jean-Paul Chapeleau, Jeanneau CEO; Jean-Francois de Premorel, Prestige Director of Product Development; and Vittorio Garroni, Designer/Architect.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race skippers due to pass Cape Horn Barcelona World Race, Of the five who are due to pass the lonely rock with around 28 hours between Renault Z.E. Sailing Team and their Barcelona sister-ship Estrella Damm, due on Wednesday evening, only really Renault Z.E. Sailing Team and Groupe Bel, which stopped in Wellington, have been approaching Cape Horn at close to their optimum.... [more] Share this story
Katusha closes Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego Dobbs Davis, The Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego ended with a victory by the Russian team Katusha, after five days of feverishly competitive sailing off Broadway Pier. Bob Little was on the helm and Paul Cayard calling the shots to almost close out the overall win in the first two races of the day. It left them sailing defensively in the final race, watching others wrestle it out for the remaining places on the podi... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour - Tiller targets rankings climb with wildcard World Match Racing Tour, With his sights firmly set on becoming a full time Tour Card Holder on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), William Tiller, NZ (Full Metal Jacket) is aiming to use his victory at the Musto Wellington Match Race Cup and subsequent wildcard for May's Match Race Germany to help fulfil his match racing dream... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race contrast in fortunes Barcelona World Race, Not for the first time in this Barcelona World Race, and almost certainly not for the last, has the contrast in fortunes between the pacemakers and the back markers of the fleet been vast.... [more] Share this story
RC44 Cup San Diego down to the final day RC44 Class Association, t took a little longer to get racing going today. The westerly sea breeze must have been out late but when it did turn up, it came on strong at 8 to 14 knots for most of the day. The third and final race of the day belonged to Ceeref. Owned and steered by Igor Lah, they sailed beautifully to win their first race of the 2011 season.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: The Freo Files - 'Bye 'Bye Birdie - Eagle exits Sail-World Archive, The Newport Harbour Yacht Club's Challenger Eagle fluttered rather than soared at the 1987 Louis Vuitton Cup. Designed by Johan Valentijn and skippered by Rod Davis, the Challenger from California exited the 1987 America's cup before the Semi-Finals. TVNZ's Jane Dent goes behind the scenes to talk with her design and skipper and other crew.... [more] Share this story
Outside Images: Day 1 2011 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Tom Zinn, Outside Images, Top international photographer, Tom Zinn, from OutsideImages.com is at the 2011 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta along with the equally talented Bob Greiser. Here Tom Zinn presents some images from Day 1 of the biggest regatta in the Caribbean.... [more] Share this story
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam climactic final day PWA, Vietnam PWA Grand Slam final day and the trusty Mui Ne thermal breeze was back in full effect for the slalom competition in winds gusting up to 25 knots. The women's third elimination saw Offringa continue her run of form right through to the winners final.... [more] Share this story
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam day 8 on hold Vivienne Masters, Vietnam PWA Grand Slam - A promising start to competition's eighth day had the race crew scrambling to set the slalom course, and seize the afternoon's thermal wind. While the slalom fleets patiently waited for the required minimum of 7 knots to fill the race course, it became apparent that the wind wasn't following its usually clockwork cycle.... [more] Share this story
Superyachts raise $55,000 for Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Ellie Brade, On the 22nd of February at 12.51pm, a shallow earthquake of 6.3 magnitude, rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, leaving the city devastated. With the need to help the many affected by the disaster apparent, the superyacht community in New Zealand rallied. On Thursday night in Auckland a fundraiser, organized by YachtAid Global and Superyacht Support Ltd saw around $55,000 raised for the cause.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: A day in the life of KZ-7 Sail-World Archives, TVNZ's America's Cup anchor, PJ Montgomery follows the New Zealand America's Cup Challenger KZ-7 as she goes through her daily race routine, today against one of the French challengers. Here he talks to mastman, Jeremy Scantlebury on the nuances of wooling spinnakers, chats with weatherman Bob McDavitt, gets the run-down from tender driver Peter Vandersloot, and then chats with sail-boss Joy Al... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: The Freo Files - Heart of America goes home Sail-World Archives, Heart of America were one of the character challengers in the 1987 America's Cup, they were headed up by the incredibly successful, hugely respected and universally admired, Buddy Melges all the way from Zenda, Wisconsin. Although they didn't make the Challenger Semi-Finals, Buddy and his team gave it a very serious try, and like most America's Cup Challengers just ran out of time. Here PJ Mo... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Closest ever finish in solo ocean racing history Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - The third ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans came to the most incredibly thrilling climax today with Polish ocean racer Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski beating British rival Chris Stanmore-Major to second place by just 40 seconds. It is the closest ever finish in solo ocean racing history.... [more] Share this story
McConaghy Ker 40 - the next 40-foot performance benchmark? John Curnow, Without doubt, 40 feet, is the new everything, as builders aim to serve this burgeoning market with better, faster and more exciting products. The new, high-performance Ker 40 IRC Racing Yacht, manufactured by McConaghy Boats, is definitely one that people have been watching closely... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Virbac Paprec 3 past The Horn Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - At 1020hrs this Thursday morning Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron on Virbac-Paprec 3 lead the BWR fleet past Cape Horn only four hours and 20 minutes ahead of Spain's double Olympic medalists Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez. With just under 7000 miles to sail to the finish in Barcelona, the lead of Virbac-Paprec 3 was only 72 miles.... [more] Share this story
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam day 7 almost but not quite Andrew Buchanan, Vietnam PWA Grand Slam update on day 7. Marginal conditions left the slalom fleet teetering on the edge of competition, but ultimately left the standings unchanged on competition's seventh day.... [more] Share this story
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