Volcanos, Dhows, a sideways keel and Greg Elliott

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 31 May 2011

The toughest decision of the last five minutes was which story to put at the top of the newsletter - the Rolex Volcano Race (now that has to be a shirt worth having!) or 60' dhows racing in Dubai - all 100 of them, although we can only count 60-odd in the aerial photo. Magic. And AED500,000 (just over USD136,000) for the winners.

Greg Elliott has something to say about dropping Keelboats from the 2016 Olympics, the Platu 25 Worlds have kicked off in big breeze on Lake Traunsee, and the first Ker 40 in the water is burning up the race course.

Then take a look at Q's keel, rub your eyes, and look again!

Guy Nowell, Editor

Al Gaffal 60ft traditional dhow race
Sharon Allison,
Dalma Marine's ace skipper Mohammed Rashid Bin Shaheen won the race on Saturday proving that he had the right tactics to master the historical race... [more]
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Rolex Volcano Race 2011 line honors to Alegre
Andres Soriano's Mills 68, Alegre crossed the finish line of the inaugural Rolex Volcano Race on Thursday 26th May at 10h 18m 40s CEST.... [more]
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The flying Q capsizes in Sydney Harbour - images
Ian Oatley's Q, the radically designed Reichel/Pugh 42 capsized yesterday in Sydney Harbour, after a keel malfunction.... [more]
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McConaghy Ker 40 jumping onto the World's stage
John Curnow,
Keronimo has had her maiden sail. This boat's sea trials on the Solent in the UK is especially important, as she is the first of the new Ker 40 IRC Racers to come out of the McConaghy Boats factory.... [more]
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Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Rolex Volcano Race spectacular final day
The Rolex Volcano Race 2011 is taking place within the Bay of Marina Piccola which is considered to be a stunning and famous locale.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Chris Stanmore-Major second in sprint five
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans British ocean racer Chris Stanmore-Major 'CSM' has crossed the finish line of the final sprint. The British skipper finishes in second place to secure at least fourth place overall in his first solo circumnavigation of the globe and becomes only the 182nd person to race solo around the world... [more]
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America's Cup: Competitors Forum breaks up on a promise
Richard Gladwell,
The competitors in the 2013 America's Cup met by teleconference today. Sail-World is informed that the meeting broke up without any decisions being reached. That is somewhat surprising given that there is currently a Protocol in place for the event, a number of teams have purchased AC45's and have active design teams for the AC72 program, and a regatta management and media test event has just b... [more]
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Designer Greg Elliott on the eviction of the Olympic Keelboat in 2016
Richard Gladwell,
Greg Elliott, designer of the Womens Olympic Keelboat, is understandably not pleased with the decision by the International Sailing Federation to drop the Womens (and Mens) Keelboats from the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. He is even more surprised that a boat and event into which so much effort has been dropped before even sailing in the Olympics.... [more]
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Koh Samui Regatta - Team Premier opens the batting
Koh Samui Regatta Media,
10 knots from the south saw the fleet briskly away on windward/leeward courses, but the breeze started to fade as Race 1 was coming to its conclusion. Then there was a two-hour wait before the race committee could get Race 2 underway.... [more]
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Platu 25 World Championships day one
International Platu 25 Class,
The Platu 25 World Championships saw three highly competitive races in Gmunden.... [more]
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Myth of Malham (Round Eddystone) Race - Ker 40 Keronimo takes IRC One
Myth of Malham (Round Eddystone) Race is a qualifier for the upcoming Rolex Fastnet Race and has seen three of the top four spots taken by the French with 125 yachts in total braving a windy forecast to compete.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 event preview
The PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 is set to start on 31st May. The event will be the first of the European slalom venues and will be featuring the men's racing fraternity do battle on the waters of Spain's elegant Bay of Roses.... [more]
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Two Canadians at The Korea Cup Yacht race
Sail-World Canada,
Nova Scotia sailors Matt Stokes and Mike Evans are in Pohang, Korea as Canadian representatives in the upcoming Korea Cup Yacht Race. They arrived safely in Seoul a few days ago and met with their Korean host, Andrew Cho, and their American colleagues Ike Babbitt and Alex Sachs. After a short flight to Pohang on Saturday, they have spent the last two days meeting with race organizers.... [more]
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Kite Course Racing World Championships attracts international fleet
Markus Schwendtner,
With only a little less than one month to go until the first competition day of the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships in Sylt, Germany, and 60 of the worlds finest course racers from 23 nations representing five continents have already registered so far.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 close battle for The Wave Muscat
Nicky Moore,
For Australian Skipper Torvar Mirsky and his team on The Wave, Muscat it was a battle for fourth place until the final race of the day with Luna Rossa (ITA). Mirksy, who is the youngest skipper of the fleet, held his nerve and finished in fourth place.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta - Wright wins Finn gold
Robert Deaves,
Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011 came to a close much like the way it started with strong winds and fighting. Gaspic and Wright battled on another for the overall honours which resulted in victory for right from the very start.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 skipper Derek Hatfield takes third place
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans Canadian skipper Derek Hatfield secures an overall third place in the race, arriving into La Rochelle, France today. His arrival completes the 2010-11 edition of solo round the world race... [more]
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Reichel-Pugh and McConaghy's MC-R 35
Reichel Pugh Yacht Design,
The MC-R 35 is hot off the Reichel Pugh drawing board and is a cruiser/racer that will be coupled with the latest McConaghy Boats construction technology.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Istanbul - Collisions and close calls
Extreme Sailing Series,
Luna Rossa had to take a break in order to inspect damage after first colliding with Team GAC Pindar and again with Artemis Racing. Luna Rossa and Team GAC Pindar will be back tomorrow and will no doubt come out swinging as Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul continues.... [more]
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