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 17 Sep 2011

Sail-World Asia has been visiting boatyards in China for the last couple of days - not all sailing boat builders, alas, but we have to look after the readers over at our sister publication Powerboat-World.com as well.

We'll be writing a short report on that trip asap, but right now it is tome to run out the door in the direction of the RHKYC Autumn Regatta, so just can't stop. Story later...

Guy Nowell, Editor

RHKYC Autumn Regatta starts the 2011 season - this weekend
RHKYC Media,
This weekend, the Opening Regatta of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's 2011-2012 sailing season will welcome over 100 keelboats from all of Hong Kong's sailing clubs to compete on the waters of Victoria Harbour, a prime venue for yacht racing since the first regatta was held there in 1849.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup Regatta Extends Invitation for Phuket Dinghy Series
Event Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta will host the 2011 Phuket Dinghy Series. The Phuket Dinghy Series was created by the Phuket King's Cup Regatta Organising Committee to offer an accessible means of competition for young sailors.... [more]
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Sail-World.com plans 3.5 million newsletters in Olympic Coverage 2012
Brendan Maxwell,
The 2012 London Olympic Sailing Regatta in Weymouth is now just 10 months away (29th July -11th August 2012) Sail-World.com with large audiences around the world will have its largest ever Olympic media team and it will break new ground with a record 3.5 million event newsletters.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Action images by Chris Schmid
Chris Schmid images,
Fast and furious action from the America's Cup World Series by photographer Chris Schmid.... [more]
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Spectacular Green Comm Racing wins first match race ever
Pierre Orphanidis,
Green Comm Racing's match races start with a bang. The Spanish America's Cup challenger finish their first ever match race with a victory against France's Aleph and will now focus on Saturday's race against China Team for seventh place in the America's Cup Plymouth Match Racing Championship... [more]
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America's Cup: Korean Giant Killers through to ACWS Match Race Semis
Clifford Webb,
Three straight wins have propelled Team Korea, the White Tiger Challenge, into the semi-finals of the Plymouth Match Racing Championships as they proved themselves the team of the day in the second America's Cup World Series regatta. Having finished as sixth seed in the qualifying races yesterday, Korea went into the all Asian battle against China Team where there was certainly more on the lin... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 5 – Upsets aplenty seen from the Committee Boat
Bob Fisher,
Aboard the Committee Boat for the America's Cup World Series: The invitation to join PRO John Craig and his worthy number two, Harold Bennett, was not to be missed. It was eye-opening. I was prepared for the racing to be anticlimactic, but it was far removed from that. The bookies would have made a fortune because the upsets were more regular than the predicted results most of the time.... [more]
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PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup day 5 fierce winds back off
The PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup competition has now completed day five which witnessed Kauli Seadi and Danny Bruch show that they have got the skills in the KIA @coldhawaii community SUP session but it wasn't enough to fend of local hot shot Casper.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crews face brutal conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – A third of the way into this 3,300-mile race between two continents and Mother Nature is baring her teeth and reminding the crews that she is in charge. Conditions have been testing and the teams are proving they have what it takes to race through them in the extreme sport of ocean racing.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - Closing the gap
Twenty-two yacht club teams from 16 countries are here in Newport to contest the second edition of this biennial event. Yesterday after six races were completed, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club team had a solid lock on the top of the leader board with a 13-point advantage over the New York Yacht Club team.... [more]
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Laser Class Fundamental rule change – All over with Kirby move
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team,
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. Six months ago Bruce Kirby gave his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explained why it would be a disaster. Now Kirby is retaking his design rights.... [more]
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The race for the most worthless trophy in International sailing
Ian Thomson,
This season has seen the Americas Cup and the Admirals Cup appear in the magical Whitsunday Islands but last Saturday saw a race for another trophy, one that has a reputation unlike any other. Yachts came from all over Australia to race for this trophy yet it has no sports car sponsorship or TV accolades. Yachts of all types enter.... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup World Series Day 4 – Seeding complete
Bob Fisher,
The technology surrounding the AC World Series never ceases to amaze. And it's not just the technology associated with the boats, but that which concerns the racing. Electronic positioning of the boats, marks and course limits has been the concern of Stan Honey from the outset and there is no one better qualified to deal with all the problems.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup day 4 insane action
The PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup has now completed the fourth day of competition in which there was plenty of action including insane jumps, monster loops, and massive crashes from the world's best jumpers in the SURF Magazine super-session.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'An Absorbing Interest' goes into limited reprint
Top America's Cup and yachting journalist, Bob Fisher, will have his definitive work, 'An Absorbing Interest' reprinted in a limited edition of 500 copies only. All copies of 'An Absorbing interest' were quickly snapped up and now, due to constant demand, the decision has been taken to reprint a further 500 copies.... [more]
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China Team, ready to sail the day after their major capsize
China Team ACWS Media,
The impact of the rig on the water was so hard that the rig just folded. The boat was battered, but the whole crew was safe and uninjured. The wing was destroyed and the extent of the damage on the wing was very visible as the boat sailed back to the base, while the damaged hull only came into light after thorough inspection.... [more]
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PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup Day 3 breaks the scales
The PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup has now completed the third day of competition which witnessed scale breaking wave rides and colossal jumps that put Philip Koster in the top spot in Klitmoller, and with three event wins under his belt, he walks away as the 2011 men's world wave champion.... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup World Series Day 3 – Nursing the wounds
Bob Fisher,
There is no doubt that all the crews at the AC World Series are in need of practice, but this can prove counter-productive. Last night some of the teams were working round the clock to have their boats ready for today. China Team, after a spectacular series of cartwheels on what was a day off, needed to replace its wing.... [more]
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More images of San Francisco: Rolex Big Boat Series
Daniel Forster,
Top international sailing photographer, Daniel Forster, was on the water off San Francisco for the 2011 Rolex Big Boat Series and presents this second gallery of the best images of the regatta.... [more]
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ACWS - China Team Capsize + Video
China Team has capsized during a training sail on Tuesday. All crew are safe, although their wing is damaged. When China Team sailed back into the harbour in Plymouth there were sharp intakes of breath as sailors, shore crew and spectators gathered round to survey the damage on the broken wing of the AC45.... [more]
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Asia provides fertile ground for the luxury market - including boats
Informa Group,
Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private banking group, has just published its first ?Wealth Report', focusing on Asia, providing a comprehensive and exclusive analysis of the High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) landscape in the region.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12: Walker on taking on the Southern Ocean
Volvo Ocean Race,
Walker said he and his crew on board Azzam would be sure to have their wits about them during Leg 4 of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Despite the fear-factor Walker said there were moments in the world's toughest and longest professional sailing race when he wouldn't want to be anywhere else.... [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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