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 12 Aug 2011

You've always wanted to visit all those beautiful Pacific islands, right? Well, give Graham Hughes a lift, and make the trip for a reason. Hughes is trying to set foot in all the countries in the world, and is almost there, but all the remaining bits have lots and lots of water in between them - so he needs a boat. This modern-day adventurer's plight was brought to our attention by a reader who has met Mr Hughes, and described him as "the right sort of barking". So that's all right. Sign here for an adventure and a contribution to WaterAid, a seriously worthy charity. Graham, we wish you well.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Aussie Skipper required for High Adventure
Graham Hughes,
Hi, my name is Graham Hughes. I'm currently in the midst of a rather epic challenge – one that I hope you might be interested in joining me in: I'm trying to step foot in every country in the world, and attempting to do so without flying. I'm doing this to raise funds and awareness for the international charity WaterAid.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Cascais - Paradise Lost and maybe Regained?
Bob Fisher,
Some days one has to take a break from the pursuit of pleasure – not that I have tired of it, far from that, but I am on another promise and I await developments in that direction with acute interest. Besides, I went to the 'wrong' party in search of rides last evening... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Full replay of Race Day 4 now available
Richard Gladwell,
Full replay coverage is now available of the fourth day of racing is now available on the YouTube America's Cup channel. Includes plenty of on board footage and audio including coverage from on board the race committee boat. Expletives have not been deleted.... [more]
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Laser Masters Worlds day 4 - It's not over 'til it's over
Paige Brooks,
Thirty sailors 65 years and older, make up the Great Grand Masters Fleet, and they started their first race a little later today. In the Grand Master fleet, the racing started really tight today with American sailors Bill Symes and Bruce Martinson just one point apart.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 day 6 - Hold on to the beast
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5, Cowes has reached the penultimate day six in which The Wave, Muscat has managed to hold on to their lead. In the late afternoon, the wind dropped below twenty knots and the turning tide flattened out the sea to allow racing to begin.... [more]
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Snipe Class World Championship day 2
Anders Kristensen,
The Snipe Class World Championships fleet enjoyed a great day of rainy sailing in which three races took place leaving Mario Urban and Rafael Sapucaia from Brasil on the top of the leaderboard.... [more]
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Cowes Week - Big winds and blistering speeds on day 6
Rupert Holmes,
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week has now completed its sixth day of racing which took place amid big winds that powered the biggest yachts to blistering speeds approaching thirty knots. Most dayboat classes were set short courses that ensured they had finished racing before gusts to thirty eight knots were encountered in the afternoon.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta gold medals claimed
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the Olympic Test event, has now witnessed Dorian Van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands, Zofia Klepacka of Poland and Silja Lehtinen of Finland claim the first gold medals after a gripping day of sailing on the Nothe in winds in between fifteen and twenty knots.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta images
Ingrid Abery,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the Olympic Test event, is taking place at the same venue where the London 2012 Olympics will be held. Photographer Ingrid Abery shares with us a gallery of images from all of the on the water action.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day Six – Belle jour with Loick Peyron
Bob Fisher,
The smile is back, and full-on too. I managed to obtain my fix early in the day, and a belle jour it was too with Loick Peyron and the aptly named Energy Team. It was the first of the three fleet races with the wind still patchier than a tramp's trousers, but therein lies the skill of sailing the AC-45s.... [more]
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AC China Team attracts a new generation of support
China Team Media,
China Team, the Chinese challenger for the 34th edition of the America's Cup to take place in San Francisco in the summer of 2013, is delighted to announce that a number of Chinese entrepreneurs, along with their millions of young fans, are joining the China Team adventure by partnering and sponsoring the first World Series in Cascais.... [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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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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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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The largest ever Airlie Beach Race Week
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week media,
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week, now in its 22nd year, has set a new record with 130 entries entered. Sailors come from every state in Australia and from New Zealand attracted by the warm winter weather and the fleet just keeps getting better and better.... [more]
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