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 11 May 2011

There's nothing like some seriously close racing to get the pulse racing. It wasn't done in 40 kts of breeze, and it wasn't the Southern Ocean, but the narrow squeak win in R4 to Peter Backe and his crew in the BNP Paribas Match Racing finals last weekend was a showstopper. Sailing in second place all through the race, and then coming from behind to win by a lurch and whisker... bring it on! Wish there was more of this match racing stuff here in Asia...

Four years ago ISAF threw the Tornado out of the Olympic line-up. Now they've binned the Keelboat class - the Star. They could have just changed the bathwater, but no, they had throw away the baby too. Amazing - plenty of comment (below).

Guy Nowell, Editor

RHKYC Spring Regatta
RHKYC Media,
Open to entrants from all of Hong Kong's sailing clubs, and with over 100 keelboats expected to compete in ten classes, the Regatta will feature three races over two days and is set against the stunning backdrop of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour.... [more]
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BNP Match Racing Series at RHKYC. Backe wins nip-and-tuck final
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
For the first time, this year the Club abandoned its two trusty Platus in favour of a whole fleet of J/80s recently arrived in Hong Kong – which made life a great deal easier on the scheduling front. Back in December 2010, 12 teams went through Qualifiers. The series then went to Round Robins, a split into Div and B, Petit Finals and then, yesterday, Finals.... [more]
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Dubai Traditional 60ft Sailing Dhow Race win to Dalma Marine
Dalma Marine, skippered by Mohammed Rashid Bin Shaheen and owned by Khalifa Rashid Bin Shaheen powered through the top corner of the finish line to win in the Dubai Traditional 60ft Sailing Dhow Race on Saturday... [more]
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Royal Varuna Yacht Club hosts ISAF National Judge programme workshop
The Royal Varuna Yacht Club successfully hosted an ISAF National Judge Program Workshop in Pattaya, Thailand Twenty five representatives of race management, coaches and skippers representing the cream of Thailand's fraternity attended the course which was held in English and Thai.... [more]
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Phuket Tasar Champion crowned at Bel Air Panwa Tasar Series
Duncan Worthington,
A recent resurgence in dinghy sailing and junior sailing is seeing a diversification in Phuket's sailing choices. The Bel Air Panwa Tasar Series was organised by the Phuket Yacht Club and consisted of three events over two months, sailed off Ao Yon.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour teams primed for action
World Match Racing Tour,
The long awaited start to the 2011 World Match Racing Tour is nearly over as the twelve teams competing in Match Race France took to the water at Yacht Club Pointe Rouge in Marseille on Practice Day where conditions look favourable for a week of enthralling match racing.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Dalton's Crusade + Video
Anendra Singh, Hawkes Bay Today,
Clad in his signature seafaring jacket, Grant Dalton sat in the foyer of the majestic Napier Sailing Club with Emirates Team New Zealand media wallah Warren Douglas. Considering it's the day after the big flood in Hawke's Bay, a road block and detour near the Port of Napier along the Marine Parade meant I was running half an hour late.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: CAMPER sails on 2000-mile qualifier + Video
Emirates Team NZ media,
The Volvo Ocean Race yacht CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand sailed this morning from Lyttelton on a 2000-nautical mile voyage to qualify for the Volvo Ocean Race. Wrapping up successful shakedown voyage off the east coast on New Zealand, which included visits and public open days at five ports, the 70ft yacht and crew of 11 are now in 'race mode'.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: The Shooting of the Star
Andrew Campbell,,
In what seems like yet another major oversight by the ISAF Council, the two keelboat classes: the Olympic Star and the Women's Match Race formats were both dropped from the next Games in 2016 in Rio. This happens to some class or another every time there is a vote for classes at the Olympics.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup 2011 Regional Final Oceania at CYCA
Jennifer Crooks,
ISAF Nations Cup 2011 Regional Final Oceania. Three teams representing Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia will compete in the open division, with three teams from Australia, New Zealand and Japan competing in the Women's division.... [more]
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American Windsurfing Tour Santa Cruz action shots by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
The American Windsurfing Tour visited Santa Cruz, May 5th to 8th and photographer Eric Simonson took these great action shots on day 2 of the event.... [more]
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America's Cup: First glimpse of new TV package from Media Trials
Richard Gladwell,
The first video images from the America's Cup Media Trials have been released, showing clips from the much vaunted enhanced television coverage. A key part of the new offering will be the on-screen virtual lines overlaid to show laylines, which boat ahead and behind and by what margin, and other on-screen information.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presents a new approach
Jan Harley,
The proactive approach is the common thread that extends to The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex, scheduled for September 10-17, which has announced that extensive on-the-water umpiring will be used for the competition.... [more]
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ISAF saved from chaos, when it all came down to a single vote,
Extracts from Andy Rice's latest Sailjuice expose. ' It all came down to one vote. In a tense face-off around the ISAF Council table, the 37 members voted in favour of keeping skiffs on the Olympic sailing roster, at the expense of the keelboats.'... [more]
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2016 Olympics: ISAF Council rebuff Executive on Olympic class choice
Richard Gladwell,
The International Sailing Federation Council has started the Final Day of its Mid-Year Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia. While temperatures outside the venue, the salubriously named Winter Garden and Ballroom of the Hotel Astoria, was a modest 13 degrees, inside the temperatures and stress levels were a lot higher.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Sailors of the World - Hang your heads and weep!
Richard Gladwell,
The latest news out of the 2011 Mid-Year Meeting of the International Sailing Federation in St Petersburg, Russia is that the Executive Committee has met and decided not to support the recommendation of the Events Committee made yesterday.... [more]
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Boards in the Olympic Sailing regatta - mixed, team, and, or, and-or ?
Markus Schwendtner,
A mixed - or 'team' medal - in the boards category means two competitors from one country fighting for one medal. This can either be two kiteboarders (man and woman) for one medal, or one kiteboarder and one windsurfer of the same gender, again fighting for one medal. Examples of other Olympic sports are team ski jumping, team dressage and the recently introduced team luge, amongst others.... [more]
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IRC52 Highland Fling XII in construction at McConaghy Boats
Reichel Pugh Yacht Design,
Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design is pleased to announce that construction is underway for their latest generation of 52' IRC optimized racing yacht at the McConaghy Boats facilities in Zhuhai, China... [more]
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Asian Regatta Forum at Top of the Gulf
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The Asian regatta calendar is a full-on affair - there's something happening practically every month of the year. The principal events are loosely referred to as the ‘Asian Regatta Circuit', even though there are no formal organizational link between the events.... [more]
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Around Australia World Sailing Record start date announced
Mainsheet Media,
Save Our Seas Ocean Racing will be setting off on Wednesday 11th May 2011 from Sydney on board the iconic Australian maxi-yacht Brindabella to break the World Sailing Speed Record for the fastest monohull Around Australia.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup - Its a wrap
European freestyle enjoys a spell in the limelight after Belgium's Steven Van Broeckhoven secures his first ever PWA Surf World Cup victory on the waters of Lake Neusiedler.... [more]
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