VOR won't "go all the way..."

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 22 Aug 2011

A round-up of sailing news from Asia and the world to start the week. Rambler is now the right way up, China Team have parted company with Mitch Booth (or maybe it's the other way round), Australia is dominating the 'A' Class cat championships, and the Volvo Ocean Race is going part of the way by ship. Really.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Rolex Fastnet Race lives up to its reputation
Trish Jenkins,
Rolex Fastnet Race - Records tumbled in this year's event, living up to its reputation as the most gruelling and tactically challenging of the classic offshore races. As usual the 608 mile long course took the boats from the start line off Cowes, Isles of Wight towards the Fastnet Rock off southwest Ireland, back around the outside of the Scilly Isles off southwest England to the finish lin... [more]
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Mitch Booth leaves China Team
China Team Media,
China Team, the Chinese challenger for the 34th America's Cup, has decided to part ways with its skipper Mitch Booth after the first AC World Series in Cascais, Portugal, last week. China Team started the week on a strong note with many good results, notably coming third in the speed trial, and had some of the most magic moments of the event.... [more]
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Dubai to Muscat Race set for November 14-25
Ahmed Refai,
The Dubai to Muscat Race will this year take place from 14-25 November, the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation announced just this morning. It was also noted that classes would be starting from Dubai on Saturday 19th November and Sunday 20th November with the finish being planned to allow competitors to enter the subsequent 2011 Bank of Beirut Chairman's Cup Muscat to Khasab Race... [more]
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Matchrace Thailand Siam Winery Challenge (Grade 3) 2-4 September 2011
Apple A,
Matchrace Thailand Challenge sponsored by Siam Winery will kick off its last event of the year on 2-4 September 2011. The good and exciting news for this September event is that the all-Thai girls team will join us.... [more]
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Images of Barley Cove: Rambler100 righting and pumping out
Baltimore Sea Safaris,
Images of the righting and pumping out of the supermaxi Rambler 100 in Barley Cove, Co Cork, Ireland. The world's fastest supermaxi capsized just five miles away from Fastnet Rock during the Rolex Fastnet Race. All her crew were rescued.... [more]
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Qingdao: Marine Culture and the Olympic Spirit
Xie Chuanjiao and Dai Yan (China Daily),
Qingdao now has 28 professional sailing clubs and 165 sailing schools and clubs for young people. More than 5,000 teenagers have taken part in the city's sailing camps and more than 2,000 of them have become licensed sailors. In addition, more than 100,000 local people have had a chance to sail and the local government has said it will continue to promote the sport.... [more]
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Magic Marine RS500 Worlds event summary
Debbie Darling,
After the penultimate day of the Magic Marine RS500 Worlds, Alex Taylor and Bryan Mobbs (GBR) had already done enough to seal their win of the so, they decided to hand around and to watch the rest of the fleet battle it out to position themselves as high as possible on the overall leader board.... [more]
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Simpson Marine expands presence in SE Asia
Simpson Marine,
Simpson Marine, Asia's largest yacht brokerage company, is pleased to announce its expansion into Indonesia with a head office in Jakarta and a branch office in Bali. The Indonesian offices will join the existing nine sales offices across Asia and will be managed by Xavier Fabre who formerly served as the Managing Director for First Yacht in Dubai... [more]
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A-Class Catamaran World Championship winner decided
Thomas Capitani,
After eight successful races in weather conditions ranging from clear blue skies, with four to six knot breezes, to harsh, rainy days with up to 22 knot gusts, the 2011 Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship was finally settled today. The excitement of this last day's racing was further underlined by the fact that PRO Andreas Kuchler, following today's first race (the eighth overall), put th... [more]
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Magic Marine RS500 Worlds day 3
Debbie Darling,
The Magic Marine RS500 World Championships have now completed the third day of racing which began with rain, rain and more rain. The foul weather conditions didn't deter the competitors, even as the black clouds slowly turned in to thunder clouds and flashes of lightning appeared on the horizon.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - First double win in 50 years
The Rolex Fastnet Race has for the first time in more than 50 years witnessed a back-to-back handicap winner. Following on from her victory under IRC in 2009, this afternoon the Royal Ocean Racing Club has confirmed that Niklas Zennström's Rán (GBR) is once again the overall winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race and the prestigious Fastnet Challenge Cup.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Rambler owner and crew interviewed in Baltimore
Southern Star, Ireland,
Driving into Baltimore village on a bright and sunny Tuesday morning, it was hard to believe that the weather the day before was so gristly that the emergency services had difficulty locating the twenty-one sailors whose boat, the Rambler 100, had capsized during the Fastnet Yacht Race.... [more]
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Piracy threat forces Volvo Ocean racers out of the water
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The escalating security problem caused by piracy in the Indian Ocean has forced Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 organisers to redraw the second and third leg routes in the 39,000 nautical mile round-the-world challenge. The competing boats were due to have sailed through an East African corridor in the Indian Ocean on the second leg from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi and again in the third leg from Abu Dhabi... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Capsized supermaxi Rambler righted plus Video
The Irish Times is reporting that the capsized supermaxi, Rambler 100, owned by US businessman George David, has finally been righted in Barleycove Bay, Ireland. 'The hull was being pumped out yesterday evening before the yacht was towed into port without its mast and rigging,' says the Times. 'Seán Harrington of Atlantic Towage and Marine Ltd of Castletownbere, Co Cork, said the location of... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Cascais Reviewed
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Cascais, Portugal the the America's Cup World Series, in which Emirates Team NZ competed and won: We had the final winner take all fleet race in Cascais today to determine who would take the ACWS trophy. As was the case last Sunday we had one 40 minute fleet race to sort out the placings.... [more]
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Magic Marine RS500 World Championships day 2
RS Association,
The Magic Marine RS500 World Championships have now completed the second day of racing which brought totally different wind conditions and introduced a mix of top contenders. Around sixty boats started the two races that were held inside the harbour. The light, shifty conditions meant that it could have been any of the top ten boats making it over the finish line in first position.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race fleet slows down
In the Rolex Fastnet Race, the pace was brisk for the first forty-eight hours but, has now slowed due to high pressure encroaching into the Celtic Sea and towards the south of Cornwall, just west of the finish in Plymouth. Since yesterday afternoon there have been just been five finishers... [more]
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