Cowes collision, Xiamen and Macau Boat Shows, Clippers, The Fish

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 10 Aug 2011

Probably we've all done it at some time or other - "yes, I can sneak across in front of that ship, there's breeze, and I am moving well..." but for a sober reminder of what CAN happen, check out the video of the yacht that got clobbered by a supertanker at Cowes. Rumour has it that might cost someone a GBP10,000 fine...

A Macau Yacht Show - that's something new, and it sounds like a good idea. We can guess that it will be more power than sail oriented, but purely from a boating point of view it sounds like a good idea to run a boat show right where there is lots of money. Win a few of mill on the roulette table, then pop outside and buy a big boat! Unlike the Hong Kong boat shows, this is being run by an Exhibition company rather than a marina, and unlike Hainan it is in a place with a lot more to offer than just a marina (and there's a new Macau marina on the cards, north shore of Taipa). If they get it right, this is a venue that really could work very well.

For the Brits, there is good news from Weymouth (Ben Ainslie in the driving seat), and for everyone who enjoys a little dry humour there are Bob Fisher's uncharacteristically animated reports from Cascais. Sounds like someone is having fun!

Guy Nowell, Editor

Macau announces International Yacht Import and Export Fair
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Last Wednesday 3 August a press conference at the Rocks Hotel, Macau, announced the Macau (China) International Yacht Import and Export Fair to be held at the presently-being-renovated Fisherman's Wharf Marina right in front of the Rocks Hotel and no more than a stone's throw from the Macau ferry terminal.... [more]
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China (Xiamen) International Boat Show, 4-7 November 2011
China (Xiamen) International Boat Show 2011,
'A wonderful experience for both boat industries and consumers. The excellent environment and innovative exhibition modes have drawn attention from boat industries, service industry, consumers and expert home and abroad and nurtured the influence of Xiamen Boat Show'.... [more]
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Nautica Typhoon Series – Mirs Bay Weekend
HHYC Media, Simon Blore,
This week-end the fine sunny weather created perfect conditions for the annual races up to Mirs Bay and back, in the north of Sai Kung Country Park. With 77 boats taking part this year, the overnight stop and BBQ party at Wong Shek normally attracts a good numbers of cruisers as well as racers.... [more]
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Hebe Race Week 2011
Dion Houghton,
Happening right now (8-12 August) Hebe Haven Yacht Club is running the only family regatta in Hong Kong. This is the third year of running this fun-filled family-oriented event.... [more]
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Finn images from Weymouth and Portland International Regatta
Robert Deaves images,
Finn class images by Robert Deaves from racing at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta.... [more]
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Ian Williams chasing third World Match Racing Tour title
After five stages of the World Match Racing Tour, the world's premier monohull match racing series, British skipper Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar is currently lying third in the overall standings.... [more]
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Two sailors rescued after collision with tanker in Cowes Week + Video
Jasper Copping, Telegraph UK,
Two sailors had to be rescued from the water at Cowes Week sailing regatta after their yacht collided with an oil tanker, The yacht, which normally has nine crew members on board, became entangled in the larger vessel's anchor and had its sails torn off and mast snapped. See HD Video of the incident... [more]
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Fisher's View: Sustainable lunch and the next AC World Series ride
Bob Fisher,
Day 5 another lay day - America's Cup World Series - Cascais, Portugal: I attended the subsequent lunch with TVNZ's Martin Tasker and we reasoned that we were doing our bit for sustainability by eating food that might otherwise have been thrown away.... [more]
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SMU and RM swing into action with the Western Circuit,
Ever since the Singapore Management University (SMU) and Raffles Marina came together to stage the Western Circuit, it has gone from strength to strength. The youthful enthusiasm and vigor of the SMU sailing fraternity, both on and off the water combined with the splendid facilities at Raffles Marina and their desire to hold racing events has added a new dimension to sailing in Singapore.... [more]
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America's Cup Emirates Team NZ calls for vote on website dispute
Warren Douglas,
Following a mediation session convened yesterday between the parties, Emirates Team New Zealand wants all challengers for the 34th America's Cup to be given a say on whether or not they should be allowed to maintain their own internet sites containing America's Cup content mirrored with the 34th America's Cup site.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - A new beginning in the Celtic Sea
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro has certainly been an incredible race so far but, the efforts invested in the past forty-eight hours could come down to very little for the forty-six skippers participating on the second leg of the famous single-handed race.... [more]
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Clipper 11-12 Round the World Race - Gold Coast Australia victorious
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia, one of two Australian teams competing in the race, has secured victory in the first race from Southampton to Madeira, crossing the finish line at 1337 local time (1237GMT). For the final part of the 1,340-mile leg it has been a two-way battle for supremacy between the Gold Coast entry and Visit Finland.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing: Cartwheels at Cowes - the full sequence
Ben Gladwell, Sail-World,
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell stepped off the foredeck of one of the IRC Class Zero racers at Cowes, after the conclusion of racing for the day at Cowes Week, and raced around the seawall to catch this sequence of shots of Aberdeen Asset Management's spectacular cartwheel, literally at the feet of thousands of fans gathered to see the third day of racing in the Extreme 40's.... [more]
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Fisher's View: On the Lay Day prowl - and more of the AC World Series
Bob Fisher,
Way back when . . . there used to be something special associated with lay days at a regatta. If you were lucky . . . but times have changed and the whole scene has changed with them. Today the action is in the hangars where the boats are stored and primped to perfection, but that doesn't help this junkie in need of a fix. I want to go sailing again in an AC-45.... [more]
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Ainslie takes over at Weymouth and Portland International Regatta
Robert Deaves,
Ben Ainslie (GBR) returned to winning form in the Finn fleet on the third day of the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011 to take a three point advantage into Tuesday's lay day. Jonathan Lobert (FRA) won the first race of the day to stay firmly in contention while two solid results from Pieter Jan Postma (NED) leaves him just one point further back.... [more]
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Fisher's View: The junkie gets another fix - AC World Series
Bob Fisher,
This junkie had another fix today; well not one but three, and then some. Meeting the right people at the right time (Jimmy Spithill at the welcoming party last evening) and asking the correct question (Got any space for a passenger tomorrow?) resulted in the sixth-man spot on Oracle Racing No.4 for the three speed trials.... [more]
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