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 25 Mar 2011

After a very short breather, it is almost time for Asia's big boat sailors to get back into racing mode. Singapore Straits, Royal Langkawi and the Neptune Regatta started the year, and at the end of this month it's back to Thailand for the increasingly popular Top of the Gulf Regatta at Ocean Marina, Pattaya. It's a grand conglomeration of big boats, Platus (racing for the Coronation Cup), Oppies and beach cats - last year they counted a total of 246 boats and over 500 competitors. Preview story below. Sail-World Asia will be there... might have a camera to hand... and looking forward to some blue skies and sunshine!

After victory at the recent Thai Match Racing Champs, Team Singapore will be looking for another good score at the inaugural 'Battle at the Barrage'. And although the Philippine Hobie Challenge has been and gone - take a look at the pictures - enough to make you sign up for 2012 right now...!

Guy Nowell, Editor

Top of the Gulf Regatta: The Home of Champions
TOG Event Media,
A springboard for many past and present World Champions, the Top of the Gulf Regatta continues to offer sailing competition at the highest level. World Champions, Asian Champions and Thailand Champions to compete, with sailors from around Asia raising the competitive bar year-on-year.... [more]
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Match racing at the Singapore Barrage - oh so close to shore
Low Lin Fhoong,,
Eight four-men teams have signed up for the season's first race, aptly named 'Battle at the Barrage', including familiar faces such as 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games bronze medallist (Hobie 16 Open) Teo Wee Chin of the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, former Optimist world champion Griselda Khng (SAFYC) and 2006 Asian Games gold medallist Maximilian Soh (SAFYC).... [more]
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Runaway victory to Team Singapore in Thailand Open National Match Race
Morten Jakobsen,
The third and final day of the Thailand Open National Match Race Championship brought clorious weather, including plenty of sun and bright skies to the relief of the competitors. The resolution to the outstanding questions from the first two days of the event happened when the teams of Jaray Tipsuk and Team Hong Kong battled it out for the remaining spot of the semi finals bracket.... [more]
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505 World Championship - Hong Kong team's mid life crisis
Di Pearson,
The SAP 505 World Championship will start at Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia on Saturday 26th March. Two Hong Kong sailors, Mark Thornburrow and Laurence Mead, who usually sail against each other have joined forces for this championship.... [more]
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Philippine Hobie Challenge - Aussies rule after five days' sailing
Monchu Garcia,
If you enjoy sailing fast and furiously on a reach for 4 hours straight this is The Phil Hobie Challenge- an extreme sailing event that every year takes sailors across a different 250 nautical mile route around the islands. Five days, five islands, 13 teams, eight nationalities.... [more]
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Congressional Cup day 3 - Four way fight
Rich Roberts,
Congressional Cup, Long Beach (California) is being sailed from March 22nd to 26th. If Bruni, the defending champion, stays alone on top, he'll have the privilege of choosing which of the other three he meets in the semifinals.... [more]
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505 Pre-Worlds 2011 day 1 mixed results
Di Pearson,
Stumping up with a solid performance on Day 1 of the SAP 2011 505 Pre-Worlds at Hamilton Island appeared to be a prerequisite to getting a psychological advantage for the upcoming SAP World Championship, starting from 1300 hours on Saturday local time at Queensland's beautiful resort island in Australia... [more]
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America's Cup: Ten teams now entered with a week to entry close
America's Cup Media,
With the entry deadline of 31st March fast approaching, two more teams have been accepted as competitors for the 34th America's Cup. Formal, public announcements by these two teams, revealing their identities, nationalities and plans are expected as early as next week. (Three teams are now undisclosed)... [more]
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Barcelona World Race skippers facing intense conditions
Barcelona World Race,
The Barcelona World Race skippers aboard We are Water prepare for the worst as they face a severe Southern Ocean storm while Virbac-Paprec 3 enter 'stealth' mode. The GRIB files show stronger winds near the coast so by tacking early towards North Africa they will reach better pressure soonest, but will be sailing an unfavorable angle for longer.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45's together as a fleet on the Hauraki Gulf
Ivor Wilkins,
Four of the five AC45's were together as a fleet on the Hauraki Gulf today, with Emirates Team NZ remaining in the shed. This is the first time that the AC45's have been together as a fleet, two boat training is expected to start in the next couple of days, with Defender, Oracle Racing, expected to do their own thing with their two boats and the Challengers, Artemis Racing (SWE) and Emirates Team... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings March 2011 release
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 23 March 2011 have been released. Spain and Great Britain top the rankings, followed by France.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Sprint 4 Sustainability Award focuses on Power
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans Sprint 4 skippers will discuss sustainable power generation, management and preservation while alone at sea. Power will be the theme for the sustainability award for ocean sprint 4 of the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more]
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Sodebo forced to make massive detour
Kate Jennings translation,
Having set off to tackle the solo round the world record some 52 days ago, the skipper of Sodebo is having to face another meteorological barrier on his journey back to Europe. Due to the 'anticyclonic swamp' sprawling across the North Atlantic, Thomas Coville is being forced to make a massive detour via the West... [more]
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HAWC 11M building in Hong Kong
Guy Nowell,,
And now for something completely different. Well, a little different, at any rate. Boat designers and naval architects are always looking for ways to increase speed and fuel efficiency. There's a fairly simple equation that says the more boat there is in the water, the bigger the engine you need to push it along at a given speed. And big engines drink lots of fuel.... [more]
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Windsurfing for 2016 voting
Rory Ramsden,
Windsurfing has launched its campaign to retain two sets of medals - men and women - in the Olympic sailing events ISAF will select to take part in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil... [more]
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