China Team enters America's Cup, Thai Platus, RHKYC Middle Island Regatta, more

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 29 Mar 2011

505s busting out all over (except for the cancelled racing due to huge breeze and some pretty gnarly-looking seas). Still, some great pictures here of what must be one of the all-time 'classic' dinghy classes.

And a good sprinkling of news from Asia - Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore. Especially CHINA and the announcement of a new AC challenge from China Team, Read on...

Guy Nowell, Editor

34th America's Cup - China Team enters
America´s Cup / China Team,
The 34th America's Cup World Series begins its inaugural season July 2011. For the second time in the Cup history, China is back in the competition and has entered a team to challenge for the oldest sporting trophy in the world... [more]
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RHKYC Middle Island Regatta 2011
RHKYC Media,
The 11th Middle Island Regatta hosted by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) will be held this weekend on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April, 2011 at RHKYC's Middle Island site and on the waters off Deep Water Bay / Repulse Bay / Stanley.... [more]
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Platu 25 Alpen Cup 2011 and Platu 25 World Championship approaching
International Platu 25 Class,
The four legs of 2011 Alpen Cup Circuit will be placed, as the previous editions, in Italy, Austria and Switzerland. The first appointment with the Alpen Cup will be in Malcesine, on the North-East side of the Garda Lake (Italy) from the 29th of April to the first of May.... [more]
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One Design Platu Championship of Thailand 2011
Edited by Kevin Scott,
Some of the best crews around came to challenge the Platu Open Championship of Thailand held once again at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, just south of Pattaya (12-14 March). Proceedings started with a dead calm but this quickly changed as the sea breeze came in and the first race got underway after half an hour delay.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma preview
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is heading to Palma, Spain for the 2011 Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia Mapfre, the third stop of the seven regatta series, from 3 - 9 April. There is some top international sailing talent in the Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, Men's RS:X, Star and women's 470 ready to compete as the ISAF Sailing World Cup hits Europe.... [more]
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Rolex International Regatta day 3 more images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Rolex International regatta day 3 images by photographer Ingrid Abery. A fabulous sailing day at St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.... [more]
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SAP 505 Worlds Day 4 and another 'blow out'
Di Pearson,
At the SAP 505 World Championship 2011 for the third day in a row, the weather gods are not playing ball. Kevin Wilson said, 'We'll try to hold two races tomorrow and may move the course to the Whitsunday Passage.'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images of the Groupama 4 Volvo Open 70 build
Volvo Ocean Race,
Images of the Groupama 4 Volvo Open 70 build preparations for the 2011-2012 Volvo Open Race at Multiplast in Vannes, France.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race new rule forbids two-boat testing
Lizzie Ward,
According to a rule, which is new for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, from 16 March 2011, the teams entered in the race can now only sail their 2011-12 race boats. This now allows other potential syndicates to acquire these second generation Volvo Open 70s... [more]
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ISAF In-House Certification expands into Asia
An important part of the ISAF IHC scheme is the periodic audit of the manufacturers involved in the scheme and how they build equipment that is in compliance with the class rules. On 15 March it was the turn of China Sail Factory, situated just outside Dong Guan in the Guang Dong Province of China, to undergo their annual audit.... [more]
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Rolex International regatta day 3 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Rolex International regatta day 3 images by Ingrid Abery. A great final day of sailing at St Thomas, USVI. Ingrid captured all the sun, sea and action.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta equals three days of sun-drenched racing
Barby MacGowan,
International Rolex Regatta and on the final day 700 sailors on 77 teams mixed it up on Pillsbury Sound, completing distance courses off St. Thomas. 'This has been one of the best groups of boats and sailors we've ever had,' said Regatta Director Bill Canfield. 'Sailors came from around the globe, and each class had a good number of boats with impressive depth of competition.'... [more]
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SAP 505 Worlds 2011 Day 3 racing postponed - Wipeout weather
Di Pearson,
Wild wind and rain are playing havoc at Hamilton Island and once again Race Officer Kevin Wilson has been forced to postpone racing at the 2011 SAP 505 World Championship, conditions even worse on the course area than they were yesterday.... [more]
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Congressional Cup win to Williams of Great Britain
Rich Roberts,
Congressional Cup 2011 has been won by Ian Williams (GBR) and his crew. They defeated Francesco Bruni of Italy.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championships - Racing blown out day 2,
SAP 505 World Championship Day 2 Hamilton Island Queensland. Just 15 minutes before today's scheduled start time Principal Race Officer Kevin Wilson told 'I have just called racing off for today. We have south east winds averaging mid 20's, we have seas of a couple of metres and we have building wind and building seas. We have been having rain squalls every half hour.... [more]
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505 Worlds Day 2 Preview Crash and Burn expected
505 Worlds - There will be plenty of crash and burn on Day 2 of the SAP 505 World Championships if weather forecasters predictions of south east winds ranging from 18 to 30 plus knots for Hamilton Island come to pass. With a tidal low at 12:47 local time Race Officer Kevin Wilson has moved the start time of 2011 SAP 505 World Championship Race 3 forward from 2.00pm local time to 1.00pm to reduce... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Out of 'ghost mode' and gaining ground
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - This afternoon, after having emerged from ghost mode, second placed Mapfre made a net gain of some 33 miles on the race leaders Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron.... [more]
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505 World Championship 2011 images by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau,
SAP 505 World Championship 2011 day 1 images of the first two races at Hamilton Island by photographer Christophe Favreau... [more]
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505 World Championship Video highlights from day 1
SAP 505 World Championship - Want to gain some insight into SAP's integration, innovation and technology efforts? That is possible with highlights of gusty conditions on Catseye Bay from day one of the SAP 5O5 World Championship 2011 on Hamilton Island!... [more]
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505 World Championships 2011 day 1 mishaps and capsizes
Di Pearson,
SAP 505 World Championship day one, held at Hamilton Island today, was sailed in difficult gusty conditions. The defending champions Germany's Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner struck the first blow, winning the opening two races on Catseye Bay.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans prizegiving surprise guest
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - French legend Christophe Auguin, solo sailing royalty, made a surprise appearance last night at the ocean sprint three prize giving ceremony.... [more]
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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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Sodebo's amazing adventure circumnavigating the globe
Kate Jennings translation,
The sequence of events in Sodebo's circumnavigation of the globe details the amazing adventure of Thomas Coville... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week 2011 superb sailing and guaranteed fun
Louay Habib,
The 44th Antigua Sailing Week starts just one month from today and already sees an influx of over one thousand competitors and exactly 100 boats entered to date. The Caribbean's longest-running and most famous regatta will take place at Nelson's Dockyard and English Harbour.... [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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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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