ACWS in Plymouth, NYYC Invitational, Big Boats in Porto Cervo, Thailand Match Racing Nationals, more

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 13 Sep 2011

We have received a most remarkable press release from China Team competing in the recent America's Cup World Series event in Plymouth. The regatta itself was a spectacular success by all accounts, with winds gusting up to 27 kts, three capsizes on one day of racing, crowds of spectators on Plymouth Hoe – the lot. Three cheers, and I wish I had been there. Reports pictures and video below.

The press release in question reveals that China Team now has a former professional basketball player in the crew. We can only guess that they did not try to recruit one of the many recent Olympic and Asian Games hopefuls discarded by the national sports programme. The basketball player, Ma Jian, came up with some amazing statements at a quite breathtaking level of condescension. “I never realised how different this would be to basketball...” (Well yes, the floor moves for one thing). “This sport is a lot more complex than basketball...” (Correct. Judging by the score lines, basketball is far too easy.) “This sport requires more than discipline, it requires skills that most professional athletes do not have...” (sailors know that it is a ‘thinking' sport, more tactically demanding than running in a straight line.)

Presumably there is some pr value inside China in putting a recognisable face on the boat, but it certainly seems a shame that while there are, undoubtedly, sailors in China waiting in the wings, a plum job goes to someone from another sport. Now I understand why I never made it to the top in the world of sailing – I'm not 6' 7” and I never played basketball.

Guy Nowell, Editor

America's Cup World Series : Full replays from Day 2 at Plymouth
Full replays of the second day's racing at the America's Cup World series in Plymouth, England - covering the the only fleet race and a speed trial. Today we have the full replay of the fleet race and speed trial, and two on-board commentated video and audio. Welcome aboard!... [more]
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Ayaz Shaikh (IND) Wins the Thailand September Match Race Challenge
Match Race,
The continued enthusiasm at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Thailand for match racing was in evidence again at the ISAF Grade 3 event held over the long weekend, second to 4th September 2011.... [more]
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China Team member says sailing 'more complex than basketball'
China Team media,
Ma Jian's reaction when he got off the boat was one of amazement and surprise. 'I never realised how different this would be to basketball. I thought that being a strong athlete would be enough, but now I relies that this sport is a lot more complex than basketball, as the nature elements (wind, water...) are all very unpredictable and play a big role in the strategy of sailing.... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup World Series Day 2 – Screamin' Sunday
Bob Fisher,
The Race Committee found that with the wind from the south-west – the prevailing direction – it needed to shorten the length of the legs from the already diminutive 0.8 nautical miles to 0.6 nautical miles. 'We are having to make a compromise between top-class yacht racing and a Dog & Pony Show,' laughed one of the race committee.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup set for start
The 22 teams, representing yacht clubs from 16 nations and six continents, have traveled far and wide to get to Newport for the second biennial New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex. Racing will run from Tuesday, 13 September through Saturday, 17 September.... [more]
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Farr 30 Worlds - A decade's journey for new female World Champion
Farr 30 Class Association,
Southern California's Deneen Demourkas won when it mattered, becoming the first female skipper to win a big boat one-design World Championship in decades – if ever. With her first lead of the entire regatta, nine-time Worlds skipper Demoukas could finally use her dominant boatspeed and flawless starts to clamp down on the competition.... [more]
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Veteran Big Boat Rally in Porto Cervo preview
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda,
Veteran Big Boat Rally fleet of seven classic sailing yachts gathered in Porto Cervo has attracted several curious onlookers, drawn not so much by the size of the fleet, but by the size of each individual yacht. With four of the participating veteran yachts boasting an overall length of more than 40 metres, the sight of these sailing giants of bygone days is one not to be missed.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – De Lage Landen into lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – De Lage Landen managed to pull into the lead overnight as the teams opting for a more easterly course extended their gains. But with two boats within five miles of the Dutch team, the pressure is on as Qingdao and Visit Finland are within striking distance with more than 3,000 miles to go in race three from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town.... [more]
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East Asia Composites launching projects and winning new business
Greg Boller,
East Asia Composite 'EAC' will soon launch the first boats for two high profile projects. Two FRB13 VIP mark boats commissioned by America's Cup Race Management will be launched with four more to follow closely behind and the first of the newly designed Soto 30 racing yachts will be leave the EAC factory.... [more]
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Fisher's View: The Plymouth Cat and Pony Show pulls local fans
Bob Fisher,
The Race Committee found that with the wind from the south-west – the prevailing direction – it needed to shorten the length of the legs from the already diminutive 0.8 nautical miles to 0.6 nautical miles. 'We are having to make a compromise between top-class yacht racing and a Dog & Pony Show,' laughed one of the race committee.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center Autumn Open B Event win to Macgregor
Chicago Match Race Center,
British Olympian Lucy Macgregor led her team to victory in the Autumn Open B Event. Macgregor took three losses in the second round robin, but was still able to sneak in to the Semi's with seven points. The Finals moved quickly with the breeze picking up to 15 knots.... [more]
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America's Cup: Coutts moves up, second Australian helmsman comes in
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Oracle Racing have announced that multiple World Champion and Australian double Olympic silver medalist Darren Bundock will be given the helm of their second boat, Oracle Racing Coutts. Bundock will com aboard for the third round of the America's Cup World Series in San Diego. Current helmsman Russell Coutts will stay onboard. It has not been announced who will move off the boat... [more]
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PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup day 1 radical wave action
The PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup is now officially underway. On day one, Klitmoller burst into life for the world's most radical wave riders allowing a dramatic start to the opening round of competition as the sailors ripped, slashed and turned their way through each heat.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup preview
Jan Harley,
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - One of the most anticipated sailing events of the year the organizers are set to deliver another sensational event as the second running of this international competition gets underway. Competitors have been steadily arriving in Newport, throughout the past week and many, through two practice races, today had their first opportunity to sail on the Swan 42s... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series Finale - A piece of cake
Barby MacGowan,
A single 'Bay Tour' distance race showed seven classes (IRC A, B, C, D J/105, J/120, Express 37) the four corners of San Francisco Bay. Spectators, too, were treated to the true beauty, emotion and power of sail when, before racing, all boats paraded in honor of 9/11 victims.... [more]
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PWA Kia Cold Hawaii World Cup event preview
Vivienne Masters,
The PWA KIA @coldhawaii World Cup has some of the world's best windsurfers preparing for what will be an exciting and action-packed competition on the waters off of Klitmoller, Denmark. The competition is set to take place from the 12th-18th September.... [more]
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America´s Cup World Series Plymouth images - Team Korea capsize
Sander van der Borch,
America´s Cup World Series Plymouth 2011 images from photographer Sander van der Borch.... [more]
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Wildwind - Giving back to the Community
Simon Morgan,
Wildwind Holidays, recognised as one of the top sailing holiday companies in Europe, was established nearly a quarter of a century ago by Simon Morgan, at that time well known on the Hobie cat International circuit – in fact Simon is a former British National Champion and his father, Tony, crewed Keith Musto to an Olympic Silver medal in the Flying Dutchman class in 1964... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series images day 3 by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson,
Just when you thought you had seen all mean nastiness the Bay could dish out, along came Day 3 of the Rolex Big Boat Series... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup's decisive final day
Jill Campbell,
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2011 concluded today with the victory of Claus Peter Offen's Y3K (GER) in the Wally division, Danilo Salsi's DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA) in the Racing/Cruising division, Nilaya (GBR) in the Supermaxi division and Sir Irvine Laidlaw's Highland Fling (GBR) in the Maxi Racing fleet.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup more images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup more images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race test tips Telefonica + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 entrant Telefónica was tipped on one side today as she was put through the mandatory pull-down test as part of a series of safety checks.... [more]
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Steinlager 2 wins another offshore race
Stefan Detjen,
Steinlager 2, the big red Whitbread maxi-ketch of late Sir Peter Blake is still sailing strong. This year, the Farr-designed 'Bidg Red' did even better and established a new race record for the 750 nm Atlantic regatta from Huelva (Spain) to La Gomera (Canary Islands).... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 returns to hunt the 'limit'
Paul Larsen,
The team behind the Vestas Sailrocket 2 program are returning to Walvis Bay in Namibia to continue their quest to set the outright world speed sailing record. The months of September through to December typically provide the best winds for speed sailing and the team have been keeping their powder dry in anticipation.... [more]
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Swedish boat builder Hallberg-Rassy warns of possible job cuts.
Des Ryan,
One of the world's most respected boatbuilders for cruising sailors and Sweden's largest sailing boat builder, Hallberg Rassy, has warned that further job cuts are likely in the future. Having made a similar warning to 25 workers only in May this year, the new cuts are sign that the economic malaise in Europe is cutting deep, even to the best of firms.... [more]
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All about ropes - on your iPhone
Sail-World Cruising,
If you're the kind of sailor that likes everything to come on the iPhone, then you might be interested in the latest App that Marlow Ropes has just introduced to the market, Version 1!... [more]
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Yes, that seabird off your bow probably has plastic poisoning.

They might look happy and free, but those seabirds off your bow are probably suffering from plastic poisoning. The vast collections of plastic in our oceans have long been reported by roving sailors and the number of investigations as to their effects on fish and birds are growing. Now there is a new one in waters near Australia, conducted by a Tasmanian researcher, with alarming results... [more]
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