Laser Class rule changes, RHKYC HKRNVR Pursiut Race, Qatar Match Race, more...

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 06 Apr 2011

There's plenty of news here, but the most contentious item is probably the proposed changes to Laser Class rules. There are more Lasers sprinkled around the world than any other dinghy class, and whilst the changes for this well-loved Olympic class are subtle, they are far-reaching.

Add in SB3s racing in Singapore, the RHKYC's annual HKRNVR Pursuit Race, front line news from an explosion of entries for the next America's Cup and fast finishers in the Barcelona World Race, and there's plenty of reading material here.

Guy Nowell, Editor.

HKRNVR Memorial Vase - Saturday 09 April
RHKYC Media,
This final pursuit race of the National Australia Bank Top Dog Trophy Series is held in honour of the Hong Kong Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (HKRNVR), a defence force originally formed by members of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. The trophy was gifted in memory of all HKRNVR amateur sailors who engaged in regular patrol duties around the waters of Hong Kong to help ensure its security.... [more]
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Laser Rule changes – Major issues for World's largest sailing Class,
This year, 40 years after Canadian designer Bruce Kirby launched the most successful boat ever, the 200,000 Laser dinghy has been sold. You'd be forgiven for thinking that all would be rosy in the Laser World, but it's not.... [more]
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Laser Class major rule change – A disaster says Bruce Kirby
Rob Kothe and the Team,
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. In this interview Kirby gives his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explains why it would be a disaster.... [more]
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McConaghy's MC2 is redefining speed and luxury
McConaghy News,
McConaghy has teamed up with racing multihull specialist Banuls Design to launch a new range of semi-custom high-performance catamarans.... [more]
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How Albatrosses fly such vast distances - tacking upwind
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
The answer, says Philip L. Richardson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), lies in a concept called dynamic soaring, in which the large bird utilizes the power of above-ocean wind shear while tacking like an airborne sailboat.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 and a new venue
Extreme Sailing Series,
The 11 Extreme 40 teams will by vying to win Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series for the Double Star Cup organised in association with the Qingdao Yachting Association.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans fleet heading for the Doldrums
Velux 5 Oceans,
The leading boat in the Velux 5 Oceans fleet has reached the first major milestone of ocean sprint four. At the 1200 UTC position report Brad Van Liew's Eco 60 Le Pingouin was 79 nautical miles ahead of nearest rival Canadian Derek Hatfield on Active House as the pair prepared to take on the fluky, unpredictable weather of the intertropical convergence zone, better known as the Doldrums.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Spanish Olympic duo finish second
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race skippers Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernadez crossed the finish line n second place at 0917hrs (UTC) today. This is an ideal situation for us. Until 14 months ago we had never sailed an IMOCA 60 and so we could not aspire to very much. But the race was very good, much better than we expected. We've made a huge step.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis conclude buildup; Oracle Racing dunked in 25kts
Check out these two video clips to see Artemis Racing finish their build up in Auckland with some great boat to boat combat shots. Then see Oracle Racing caught in a 25kt squirt with too much sail on - it's close and the crew cheer at the end.... [more]
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42 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre Finn class early lead to Scott
Robert Deaves,
After winning both races Giles Scott (GBR) took the early lead. Other race wins went to Tapio Nirkko (FIN) and Pieter-Jan Postma (NED). The large entry meant that the fleet was split into two groups – yellow and blue. Top Russian sailor Eduard Skornyakov (RUS) had problems with halyard lock on his mast and had to stop just after start.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Big breeze sailors triumph on day one
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
ISAF Sailing World Cup third event, the 42 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre is underway in Palma. The 2.4 paralympic fleet, sailing out of Calanova Yacht Club, was the first to complete two races. Giles Scott (GBR), enjoyed the strong wind in Palma and won today's both races in his group. Tom Slingsby (AUS) also claimed two races.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race highlights - Winners press conference
Barcelona World Race,
Did Virbac-Paprec 3 win the Barcelona World Race in the Saint Helena High by going west?... [more]
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Zoke Kiwi Match - Qatar Match Race
Logan Fraser,
The 2011 season is finally starting to get underway for Zoke Kiwi Match as we make our way to Qatar for our first international event of the year. The team arrive in Qatar on the back of a successful Nations Cup Qualifying regatta held in Auckland, New Zealand which we won convincingly, only losing one race over the course of the entire weekend.... [more]
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ADOR's Emirati stars embark on international training programme
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Emirati sailing stars, Adil Khalid and Butti Al Muhairi, who will represent the emirate in the gruelling, 39,000 nautical mile Volvo Ocean Race beginning in Spain this October, have embarked on a testing, four-phase multi-country training programme to get them into top shape for the ultimate round-the-world sailing race.... [more]
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America's Cup entries soar, World Series venues announced + Audio
Richard Gladwell and America's Cup Media,
With the passing of the entry deadline for the 31st America's Cup passing on the 31st March 2011, event organisers have announced that five more teams have entered plus two being 'vetted' and the first three venues for the new America's Cup World Series has also been announced. Also features PJ Montgomery's interview with Iain Murray at end... [more]
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Singapore SB3 weekend - French Fancies do the Business
Robin Young,
The Singapore SB3 Fleet is the biggest One Design fleet racing in Singapore. All boats are based at Raffles Marina on the west coast in Tuas.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championship happy ending - Video
505 Worlds,
An exciting conclusion for yesterday's seventh and final race in the SAP 5O5 World Championship 2011.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championship 2011 win to defending World Champions
Di Pearson,
Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner (GER), the reigning champions, have taken out the 2011 SAP 505 World Championship.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - Setting the standard
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - While a light snow decorated daffodils breaking through the ground around New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court, the realization that the 2011 sailing season in the northern hemisphere is not far off has been confirmed by the announcement of two skippers who will lead their yacht club teams in the upcoming Cup.... [more]
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ISAF Match Racing World Championship 2011 - Is it Richard's time?
World Match Racing Tour 2011. Mathieu Richard has refused to introduce wholesale changes ahead of this season's competition in a bid to go one better. Last year we had a great season - we were very close to the title and finished second which, was a great achievement. For 2011 we are changing little details to improve and be better this year but we haven't changed a lot.... [more]
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It's over - Thomas Coville about to finish, but not with a record
Sail-World Cruising,
Thomas Coville set off on 29 January offshore of the Créac'h lighthouse on Ushant, a French Island in the English Channel to try, for the second time, to best the solo round world record of Francis Joyon, set in 2005 at 59+ days. In 2008, he had his first failed attempt. Since then he had worked on his boat Sodebo, making her faster, stronger. Finally in January, he thought he had a chance.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans sprint four sunshine and steady breeze
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - The fleet has been relishing champagne sailing conditions after two days at sea in ocean sprint four, which is a stark contrast to the grey, cold and wet Southern Ocean environment of the previous two sprints.... [more]
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