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 20 May 2011

Tomorrow a small fleet - five boats - sets off from Hong Kong to Khaosiung in the inaugural Taiwan Straits Race, something that would have been almost unthinkable just a few years ago. Some of the Hong Kong fleet will join in the Dapeng Bay Regatta that follows, along with local competitors, boats from Xiamen, and an expected contingent from Japan. Sounds like good news for 'regional' sailing...

Plenty of other news here, from an impressive super-fast long distance delivery by Doyle Sails to Artemis's appointment as new Challenger of Record for AC34.

Just for a change, the sun is shining in Hong Kong (can we re-run last weekend's regatta, please, just for a few photos?). Must be time to get out on the water this weekend - beginning with the Taiwan Straits start tomorrow.

Guy Nowell, Editor.

Inaugural Taiwan Strait Race - Hong Kong to Khaosiung
RHKYC Media,
In 2008, the Club began to explore new, nearby venues for offshore racing. Taiwan Strait Race Chairman, Andy Lam, recalls ' the north, the Club already had a race to Xiamen, west to Macau and St. John and south to the Philippines, Hainan and Vietnam. We therefore thought that we should do something to the east and so it was agreed that we would race to Taiwan.'... [more]
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Doyle Sails Australia delivers dhow sails in record time
Guy Waddilove,
In United Arab Emirates they take dhow racing seriously; seriously enough to offer over $1 million prize money for a race. When they need sails in a hurry they turn to Doyle Sails Australia. On Tuesday morning Doyle Sails in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney received an email from a customer in UAE requesting a mainsail for a 60 foot dhow with the instruction that it needed to be shipped by Thursday.... [more]
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Mr Skype brings new dimension to Audi MedCup racing
Richard Gladwell and Stuart Alexander,
Stuart Alexander, yachting correspondent for the English daily, The Independent caught up with the skipper of Rán after he had helmed the TP52 on the second day of the Audi MedCup circuit. He is the only owner-driver on the circuit - hopefully he will encourage other owners to reclaim the handlebars and put a new dimension on this event.... [more]
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Majid Bin Mohammed Watersports Championships finale
Sharon Allison,
Majid Bin Mohammed Watersports Championships 2011 commenced on the 8th May and will conclude with the grand finale this Saturday 21st May. After a month of sports activities including eight events, over two thousand competitors, five disciplines, one hundred and ninety nine boats and skis the Championships will draw to a close with two rounds of the 22ft traditional sailing dhow races... [more]
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34th America's Cup: New Challenger of Record appointed
Richard Gladwell,
Following the announcement last Thursday by Mascalzone Latino principal Vicenzo Onorato, that he was pulling out of the 34th America's Cup for financial reasons, a new Challenger of Record has been appointed. While Mascalzone Latino, the team of the Challenger of Record, Club Nautico di Roma, had raised some sponsorship it was not sufficient for them to mount a competitive (read 'winning' ) cha... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship battle for second
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas day four. Brian Porter on USA 749 Full Throttle turned in a 6,4, scoreline today, which was good enough to move him into second place overall.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit Cascais Trophy - Fulfilling expectations
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Spain's Iberdrola Sailing Team fulfilled expectations in the new Soto Class 40. As for the TP52s, over four races there have now been four different winners. Quantum Racing's win in the second race was momentarily in jeopardy when two of their ultra-faired stanchions snapped, almost plunging their crew into the water.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Ulsan - Dunkerbeck to the fore
PWA World Cup Ulsan saw Bjorn Dunkerbeck edge just ahead of Antoine Albeau to lead the men's standings by a fraction of a point. During that same time, Arrighetti furthered her lead by displaying more of her near flawless sailing on the penultimate day in Korea.... [more]
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Zhik SB3 World Championship day 4 - Lead maintained
Katie Ashworth,
Zhik SB3 World Championship day 4. The wind was late arriving and the 'AP' was raised for over an hour. Craig Burlton (GBR) found form today. One Design Sailing's performance was back, but their luck is yet to be found. They were called OCS, did not hear the call and return, won the race but were disqualified.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Istanbul ready
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 opening day is fast approaching and has less than a week to the start in Istanbul, Turkey. Act 3 will take place from the 25th to 29th May, and will open to the public from the 27th May.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans 24 hour speed record to Chris Stanmore-Major
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans British solo sailor Chris Stanmore-Major (CSM) has set the 24-hour speed record for the current edition of the solo round the world yacht race onboard his Eco 60 yacht Spartan... [more]
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Match Race Germany - Richard returns
World Match Racing Tour,
Match Race Germany is the second event of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour and will be underway next week in Langenargen. This event marks Mathieu Richard's renewal of his quest to land the World Champion title that has eluded him to date.... [more]
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PWA World CUP Ulsan - Extending on fifth day
Antoine Albeau and Valerie Arrighetti continue to be defiant and further extend their event leads on the fifth day of competition in the PWA World CUP Ulsan at Korea's Jinha beach.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2011 a true test of human endeavour
Trish Jenkins,
The Rolex Fastnet is more than just a race. When the British Isles weather conspires to deliver conditions typical of the time of year it becomes a true test of human endeavour. It is for this reason that the 608-nautical mile race consistently attracts a large and varied fleet... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 hits 20 knots
Paul Larsen,
We hit just over 20 knots so that means two bottles of Pol Roger champagne are history (the 10 and 20 knot bottles). Vestas Sailrocket 2 is setting up for an attempt on the Outright World Sailing Speed record. In the latest trial run the boat hit 20 knots. Paul Larsen 'We are very excited by this. The boat felt great, the rudder was steering, the back float was lifting on the foil... it was sim... [more]
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PWA World Cup Ulsan - Josh Angulo's secrets
Professional Windsurfers Association,
Amid the presence of a teasing thermal wind that never quite blew in sufficient measure to resume racing, we had a chance to catch up with PWA World Cup Ulsan entrant Josh Angulo to find out all the secrets behind some of his finest racing to date, Angulo boards, his move to Boston and more...... [more]
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