A mixed bag of dinghies, 22ft dhows, AC45s, and the China market.

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 23 Sep 2011

Sailors will be more interested in the Olympic Regatta, down at Weymouth. And if you can't get tickets for there either, you'll be in good company - even Ben Ainslie's Mum and Dad can't get tickets. Ainslie was quoted in one of the UK newspapers as saying, "just watch from the beach - and have an ice cream at the same time."

Berthing in Asia for the Next Wave of Luxury Yachts
Sonia Kolesnivok-Jessop, New York Times,
By Mediterranean and Caribbean standards, luxury yacht owners in Asia are a small community. In the whole of last year only 80 superyachts berthed in Singapore, and in the first half of this year the number fell to 29, down a quarter from a year earlier. 'Worsening piracy in the Gulf of Aden has put off potential cruising from the Mediterranean to Asia,' said Jean-Jacques Lavigne... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya arrive in Alicante
Volvo Ocean Race,
Mike Sanderson's crew, who used the trip from the UK as their 2,000 mile qualifying sail, are the second of the entries to arrive in Alicante for the Volvo Ocean Race, which starts on October 29. 'This was our Volvo Ocean Race qualification trip but we have also been able to put the boat and the crew through its paces on the way.'... [more]
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ISAF request proposals for Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull
ISAF have released the initial request for proposal of equipment for both evaluations with trials likely to take place at a suitable venue in Southern Europe in early spring 2012. Full details on the venue and dates will be announced nearer the time.... [more]
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PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam preview
The PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam will get underway on September 23 and the tension is rising on the island of Sylt as the greatest windsurfing event on the planet and the dramatic conclusion to the 2011 slalom, wave and freestyle competition season draws ever closer.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper arrives to a christening in Palma
Emirates Team NZ's entry in the Volvo Ocean Race CAMPER's unmistakable bright red livery turned more than a few heads as she sailed into her home port of Palma for the first time yesterday. The team will now enjoy a few days of downtime before making the short trip from Mallorca to Alicante next week ahead of the first In-Port Race on October 29.... [more]
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America's Cup: ACRM's Iain Murray reflects on the way forward
Top Australian sailor, Iain Murray, is Regatta Director and CEO of the America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) organization. CupInfo checked in with him last Sunday on the final day of racing in Plymouth. Murray talked about ACRM's focus going forward, plans for changes at the next ACWS stop in San Diego and for 2013, and the possibility of new teams joining up:... [more]
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Traditional 22ft Dhow Sailing Race - DIMC watersports season opener
Sharon Allison,
Traditional 22ft Dhow Sailing Race - Fifty five entries will take part in the first of four races in the 2011 - 2012 calendar. Al Zeeb, Al Wasf and Al Iz who ended last season with 20, 21 and 27 points consecutively are favourites having each won a race during the last four round championship.... [more]
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The China Market: just a passing craze for Nouveau Millionaires?
Angela Giuffrida, New York Times,
As European yacht builders wooed potential buyers at the Cannes boat show this month, the conversation repeatedly turned to the market opportunities emerging among the growing band of affluent Chinese — people like Lan Lu-Chen, a young businessman eyeing the merchandise bobbing at the quay side.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Telefónica arrives in Alicante
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Telefonica are the first team to arrive into Alicante ahead of the race start. 'This is a big moment for us,' said Telefónica's Spanish skipper Iker Martínez. 'Our training time is finished and we now need to just do the final preparations for the race.'... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race–Welcome to Yorkshire separates from fleet
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Rupert Dean, skipper of Welcome to Yorkshire, said his team is aware that they have chosen a high risk strategy by heading out on a limb and have taken a 'big hit' in terms of their distance to the finish and position in the fleet.... [more]
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First race of 2011 Phuket Dinghy Series attracts 32 sailors
Event Media,
The Phuket Dinghy Series was established by the Phuket King's Cup Regatta in 2010 to promote and encourage sailing in Thailand by involving young people in the sport. The 2011 series will take place over three weekends in successive months (September 17-18, October 15-16 and November 19-20).... [more]
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Ben Ainslie amongst sailors named in Team GB for 2012 London Olympics
Matt Carter,
London Olympic Games - The road to 2012 glory has just got one step closer for some of the nation's top sailors who today (20 September) became the first British athletes to be officially selected to compete for Team GB. Ben Ainslie, the triple Olympic gold and silver medallist and Britain's most successful Olympic sailor, heads the list of 11 athletes confirmed by the British Olympic Association... [more]
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WSSR Council ratification of two new World Records
John Reed,
The World Sailing Speed Record Council announces the ratification of two new World Records, both administered and claimed by the RORC.... [more]
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