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 02 Sep 2011

The first three Clipper boats are docked in Rio de Janeiro after the second race of their circumnavigation, and their first 'proper' ocean crossing. Somehow the Clipper Round the World Race has a sort of 'homespun' feel to it - less oompapa and palooza, and more getting on with it. After seven races, and now with a third fleet of boats about to be built, the race 'for people like you' is showing no sign of slowing down (as it were). Tickets are already selling for the 2013-14 edition, and what used to be an almost entirely UK-based clientele is becoming ever more international. Looks like Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's idea of 'letting everyone have a go' has an enduring appeal. Three cheers.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Boracay Race and Boracay Cup 2012 - NOR
The events will be run in conjunction with the Saturday Afternoon Gentlemen Sailors (SAGS), the Lighthouse Marina Resort, Watercraft Ventures and the Government of Aklan under the auspices of the Philippine Sailing Association.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012: Notice of Race is out, Sydney here they come
Tracey Johnstone,
The world's finest one-design sailors will converge on Sydney in February 2012 for the Etchells World Championship. Conducted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in conjunction with the Sydney Etchells Fleet, racing will be held on the open waters of Manly Circle. The publication of the Notice of Race heralds the start of the road to the Sydney Worlds, to be held from 16 to 25 February... [more]
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Thailand Platu Nationals 12-14 August 2011
Kev Scott, Ferret News,
The Thailand Platu National Championship Regatta was held in waters just off Ocean Marina, Pattaya. Day one saw the eight Platus competing in ideal conditions of 8-10 kts of breeze. This suited the Quantum Sails and crew aboard The Ferret, and they scored three wins from the three races.... [more]
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Nautica Typhoon Series final race
Simon Blore,
Nautica Typhoon Series 2011 - For the final race of the series on Saturday 27 August there was all to play for in the overall series places in all divisions, but with Red Kite 2, St Happens, J-Chi and Brace having their divisions won, some of the final competition was for podium spots.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 2 podium complete
Haether Ewing,
The only English entry in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, Welcome to Yorkshire crossed the finish line in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Mountain last night at 2210 local time. Singapore has taken third place in Race 2, crossing the finish line this morning at 0320 local time.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Cup - The Wave Muscat on the move up
Kinley Fowler,
A new wind direction meant tactician Kyle Langford had his work cut out navigating his way through the endless maze of wind shifts.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds - West Kirby atop pecking order
Vincent Ahern,
The ISAF Team Racing Worlds have completed another day of competition on Schull Harbour and the top ranked British team, the West Kirby Hawks, have finished first in the pecking order. In an exciting head to head they smashed the early challenge of second ranked fellow countrymen, the British Universities Sailing Association (BUSA) team.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race - Another step closer for Williams
World Match Racing Tour,
The St. Moritz Match Race is the sixth stage of the World Match Racing Tour and is currently taking place on Lake St Moritz in the Engadin Valley. During the day's competition, Ian Williams took another step closer to qualifying directly for the semi-finals after dispatching his joint overnight leader Johnie Bertnsson in a tie-break match in the second Qualifying Session.... [more]
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Region of Murcia Trophy - Bribon's impeccable Series
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Region of Murcia Trophy - As the Audi MedCup Circuit returned to Cartagena for the fourth time it was one of the ‘founding fathers' of the TP52 MedFleet and Circuit which lifted the Trophy. The Bribon crew sailed an impeccable series, finding a winning level of consistency on a race course which is considered one of the most challenging of the year.... [more]
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Maxi trimaran IDEC flips in record challenge but solo sailor stays put,
Greater love hath no sailor but that he refuses to leave his sailing boat even though it's capsized in the Atlantic Ocean. Francis Joyon, standing on the keel of his upturned boat IDEC, in which he was trying to break a record across the Atlantic, refused to abandon ship, and spent an incredible 36 hours in its tiny cabin bobbing up and down in the rough waters off Long Island until a tow arrived... [more]
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China Team announces Skipper and Helmsman for Plymouth AC World Series
China Team Media,
Charlie Ogletree is China Team's new Skipper. Charlie has been with China Team since its start, in the role of tactician, and will now take on the lead as Team Captain/Skipper. Charlie is a legend in the world of multihull sailing, as an Olympic medallist (2004), World Champion, as well as numerous 1 rankings worldwide and in the US.... [more]
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Mobility Cup 2011 day 2 racing
John Kernaghan,
Genevieve Wickham of Sailability/Royal Perth Yacht Club of Perth, Australia won two of three races Wednesday to consolidate her lead in the Access Liberty Fleet on the second day of the 2011 Mobility Cup... [more]
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Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association announces 45 Founding Members
Tamsin Edenbrow, APSA,
The Founding Members of APSA come from 14 countries across the world, from Fiji to Japan, from Australia to the United Kingdom. The primary objective of the Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association is to promote the Asia-Pacific region to the global superyacht community both as the world's 'most exciting cruising destination' and as a superyacht construction, refit and services location.... [more]
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