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 15 Mar 2011

We live on the waterfront in Sai Kung, Hong Kong, and last Friday our houseguest was worried that the tsunami generated off the coast of Japan might come roaring ashore in our front garden. No chance, but subsequent nuclear accidents are rather more of a worry - depending on which way the wind blows. Meanwhile, we extend our condolences and sympathies to all those whose lives have either been damaged or lost in this terrible natural disaster, and we salute all the rescue professionals pouring in to Japan from all over the world.

Phoenix Cup Hong Kong 2011
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club,
Phoenix Cup Hong Kong to be held on Saturday 19th March 2011... [more]
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Abu Dhabi Yacht Show Superyachts create international waves
Celine Fenet,
Abu Dhabi Yacht Show - Two of the largest superyachts built in the UAE have made this year's list of the world's top 100 largest superyachts, according to, the online resource for the international superyacht community.... [more]
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Neil Pryde withdraws support for Olympic kitesurfing
Bruce Spedding,
'... it is my view that Kitesurfing has not yet developed the rules of competition and disciplines that must be demonstrated to qualify Kitesurfing as an Olympic Event.' With a foot in both camps, and a big investment in Olympic windsurfing, Neil must have been caught a bit off balance by the move to choose either windsurfing or kitesurfing rather than both.... [more]
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Matchrace Thailand Open National C'ship March 18-20 at Royal Varuna YC
Morten Jakobsen,
The fifth Match Race to be held at Royal Varuna Yacht Club is a Grade 3 event , the highest grade of Match Race that has been organized by Matchrace Thailand since it was founded in May 2010. There will be 5 home teams and 5 challengers coming from as many nations. The competitions are expected to be fierce as most of the teams are ranked in the top 500th of the Match Race World Ranking.... [more]
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Vietnam PWA Grand Slam action wrap
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam - Vietnam cements its reputation as a world-class competition location, following nine days of super charged freestyle and slalom action from Binh Thuan province's, Mui Ne Bay.... [more]
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Gill Tri-Club Regatta
Koko Mueller,
Gill Tri-Club Regatta, to be sailed on 12 and 13 March 2011 is organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.... [more]
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Second ISAF submission announced for Kiteboarding Olympic Event
Richard Gladwell,
Yachting New Zealand has announced a second submission made to the International Sailing Federation regarding the 2016 Olympic Events. Following the May2010 Olympic Commission report there has been little initiative shown by the ISAF in the discussion, although both the incumbent discipline, Windsurfing, and Kiteboarding have each been frequent in their statements as to which event should prevail.... [more]
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New Alliance to save whales AND sailors
PR Log,
London-based campaigning organisation the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the organisation running the Global Ocean Race 2011-2012 (GOR) announce a unique partnership to seek ways to prevent collisions between whales and yachts. The partnership between a race organisation and an environmental organisation will benefit all cruising sailors, not only those who race... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan International 2011 final race video
Simon Brown,
It was Gotta Luv It 7's emphatic JJ Giltinan victory in the end. A penalty turn to execute in tight company let Thurlow Fisher Lawyers get away...... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing are the first team AC45 to sail
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Oracle Racing team became the first America's Cup squad to sail its own AC45 when it went for a short shakedown sail in Auckland on Monday afternoon. For the first time out, the team was on the water for about 90 minutes, checking systems and ensuring everything on the newly branded AC45 was 'shipshape'. More serious testing and training will take place later this week.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing - assembly of the team's first AC45
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Oracle Racing's new AC45 has come together over the past few days in a shed in Viaduct Basin in Auckland. Quick assembly of the AC45 was a priority in the design process, it's quite a simple process. Bolt the crossbeams in place, add the center spine, plant the wing, string the tramp and off you go. OK, that's a bit simplistic, but it doesn't take an army to assemble the craft.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan World Championship more images - Final Day
Christophe Favreau images,
The JJ Giltinan International is the World Championship for 18ft Skiffs. Photographer Christophe Favreau presents a second gallery of action images from the Final Day of the event on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Mirabaud rides out the storm
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race competitor Mirabaud is under engine as Dominique Wavre and Michèle Paret ride out the worst of a storm which dismasted them. The storm should pass over them in the next few hours.... [more]
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Andhøy refutes Berserk criticism: 'She was my little floating tank.'
Nancy Knudsen,
Norwegian sailor Jarle Andhøy, skipper/owner of the Berserk, the yacht missing presumed lost in the Ross Sea since 21 February, strongly refutes most of the claims made recently by other Antarctic seafarers in an interview with Sail-World. Experienced Antarctic sailors Skip Novak and Don McIntyre have been quoted recently criticising many aspects of the Berserk expedition... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour's Ian Williams learning from the past
World Match Racing Tour,
World Match Racing Tour - Having won back-to-back Match Racing World Championships in 2007 and 2008, Ian Williams of Team GAC Pindar has since had a comparatively disappointing run of form on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) however, as his team's preparations get underway for the 2011 world series Williams is looking to learn from past lessons to scoop a third title.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI to be upgraded
Rob Mundle,
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Bob Oatley's record breaking supermaxi yacht, Wild Oats XI, is about to undergo an upgrade following news that the 30-meter long sloop is to face a powerful foreign challenger in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race later this year.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Keel repairs begin for Operon Racing
Velux 5 Oceans,
Volvo Ocean Race - Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski's Eco 60 Operon Racing has been lifted out of the water in Uruguay for keel repairs ahead of ocean sprint four of the Velux 5 Oceans. A composite part surrounding the keel pins broke during ocean sprint three allowing the keel to move several millimeters.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Puma Ocean Racing Team includes world's racing elite
Bridgid Murphy,
Volvo Ocean Race – Puma Ocean Racing Powered by Berg Propulsion announced today the complete roster of crew members for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. Skipper Ken Read has amassed 10 of the most elite off-shore sailors from across the globe to compete in the 'Mount Everest of sailing,' a 39,000 nautical mile ocean race stopping in ten ports of call over the course of nine months.... [more]
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America's Cup: Erle Williams on the AC45
Richard Gladwell,
Erle Williams is one of those sailors who has done pretty well everything in big-boats. After a few years roaring up and down Auckland's harbour on 18ft skiffs, he moved over to be a watch captain aboard the Dutch yacht Flyer at the ripe old age of 22. We caught up with Erle Williams after he had his first sail aboard the AC45 and asked for his comparisons and comments.... [more]
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Interview with Nathan Wilmot, 2008 470 Olympic Gold Medalist
Christine Hansen,
Nathan Wilmot and Malcom Page won the Gold medal for Australia in 470s at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They sailed 470s for 10 years under the guidance of coach Victor Kovalenko, winning three World Championships, as well as two seconds and a third. Nathan recently visited Auckland and took part in an interview when he talked about his future plans, his experience of and views on Olympic sailing.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: Readers comments from the last week or so
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on America's Cup and other pressing matters... [more]
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Keel problems for Groupe Bel
Barcelona World Race,
Groupe Bel was approximately 280 miles west of Cape Horn at 2100hrs UTC with the crew remaining on course. Groupe Bel lies in sixth position in the Barcelona World Race after 66 days since leaving Barcelona. The two co-skippers have significantly reduced their speed to preserve the safety of the boat and themselves.... [more]
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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]
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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]
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