AUDI ultra misses Vietnam record, a very quiet China Coast Regatta, kiteboarding at the King's Cup

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 21 Oct 2011

STOP PRESS - VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2011 - AUDI ultra misses record by a whisker

AUDI ultra crossed the finish line in Nha Trang, Vietnam, this morning at 0939h and 24s – leaving Grant Wharington's record of 42h 45m 41s intact by a margin of 59m 17s. More news as soon as we have it.

We published a piece recently called 'The Longest Regatta Bar in the World', having a general moan about over-blown PR claims, and inaccuracy. Evidently it was not read by the PR company retained by Team Korea. Chris Draper and his merry men have done exceptionally well in the first two AC45 World Series regattas, and we take off our collective editorial hat to them.

The relevant story appears below. Draper has just participated in the Admiral Yi-Sun Cup in Korea, helming a J/24. Having had recent experience of Korean regattas (badly organised, poorly run, and abysmally sailed) we reckon that entering someone of Draper's calibre in such an event is nothing more than shameless pot-hunting. That's the Breathless Exaggeration part.

The press release then goes on to describe him as an 'America's Cup helmsman' - which he isn't, yet. That's the inaccuracy part. Need to keep these people honest...

Guy Nowell, Editor

VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2011
RHKYC Media,
'After a careful start, she settled down offshore and the crew has been seeing a lot of bird life, a lot of reefs and a lot of fishing boats'. Ingvall went on to say went on to say what a great experience the young Singapore sailors on board were having, with one, Sam, admitting that it was the first time he had been sailing out of sight of land.... [more]
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VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2011 - LAUNCHED!
RHKYC Media,
Organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and postponed from 2010 due to the track of super typhoon Megi, the VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race finally got underway at 1355hrs today, off the south east of Lamma Island. From there, the nine competitors will round Wenwei Zhou before passing a series of island marks on the 656nm journey to Nha Trang in Vietnam.... [more]
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China Coast Regatta day 3 - What a difference a day makes!
RHKYC Event Media,
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's China Coast Regatta third and final day dawned sunny and still, but by 0900hrs a 030 degree breeze had been spotted at Tai Tam Bay. A notice to competitors had been issued overnight allowing the Race Officer more flexibility in the area selected for the race start and this allowed Steve Bourne to set up the first windward/ leeward for the day just off Beaufort Island... [more]
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RHKYC China Coast Regatta 2011 - a slow day at the office
RHKYC Event Media,
The wind gods served up yet another day of light northerly breeze to plague the fleets off the south east of Lamma Island in Hong Kong and with less than 3 knots of northerly breeze on offer at 1025hrs this morning, the AP was raised in anticipation of the breeze filling in.... [more]
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RHKYC China Coast Regatta 2011 - grey skies, sunshine later
RHKYC Event Media,
Competitors in the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's China Coast Regatta gathered at this morning's start line in an overcast 14 knot easterly, which encouraged Race Officer Steve Bourne to set a 1.8nm course for the Racing 0 and 1 Divisions, and 1.4nm for Division 2.... [more]
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Puma's Volvo 70 - 'il mostro' - for sale!
PUMA's il mostro is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The auction started on September 30 and concluding on October 30, we will accept bids for one of the fastest VOR boats in the world. Puma's il mostro is the perfect platform for a racing owner wishing to compete in offshore racing both under handicap and as a course record breaker. Auction ends October 30th 2011... [more]
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America's Cup: Italian Challenger 'invites' Prada sponsorship of E40m
Richard Gladwell,
An announcement on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has triggered further speculation that the Italian based Luna Rossa team will make a late entry for the 34th America's Cup. In the notice filed with the exchange Prada SA has advised that it has been 'invited' to come in as a sponsor of the the Luna Rossa team.... [more]
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Kiteboarding Joins Phuket King's Cup For First Time
Event Media,
Phuket King's Cup Regatta announces the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) will host an invitation-only event at this year's King's Cup to celebrate 25 years of the legendary sailing regatta. The Phuket King's Cup recognise the developing nature of the sport; kiteboarding is an exciting and popular new sailing discipline under consideration as a future Olympic sport.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race preview - Warm up coastal race
Rolex Middle Sea Race (RMSR)- Today was a warm up of sorts, as 16 boats from the RMSR fleet, in two IRC classes, competed in a coastal race, a chance for visiting crews to experience some of the prevailing conditions, for the locals to fine-tune their boats and get a last chance for crew practice – prior to the offshore race start on Saturday.... [more]
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Oman Sail launches Women's Sailing Programme
Oman Sail,
Oman Sail have officially launched the next phase in its unique project – a sailing programme aimed exclusively at the Sultanate's female population. Oman Sail's guest of honour at the launch of the Women's Programme, Her Excellency Dr Madeeha bint Ahmed al Shibaniyah, the Minister of Education, unveiled the Farr 30 boat, which the women will be competing in during Sailing Arabia – The tour.... [more]
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A Royal Invitation - Kiteracing at Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Markus Schwendtner,
Kiteboarding has been given a unique opportunity to take part in one of Asia's oldest sailing regatta's, the world renowned Phuket King's Cup.Kiteboarding is a demonstration class at this year's Regatta and entry registration will be limited to a maximum of 20 racers as a mixed class event.... [more]
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Full Metal Jacket reports on the Asian Match Racing Championships
William Tiller,
Latest qualifier for the Monsoon Cup is the New Zealand crew of Full metal Jacket led by William Tiller. He reports form the qualifiers: After four days of racing in Terengganu, Malaysia, Full Metal Jacket Racing have won the Asian Match Racing Championships and with it an entry to the Monsoon Cup. The team sailed consistently in the qualifying stages of the Asian Match Racing Championships to... [more]
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Nai Yang Beach Challenges Sailors at Phuket Dinghy Series
Event Media,
The first time at Nai Yang Beach, organisers of the Phuket Dinghy Series have this year selected three different racing areas allowing sailors to experience different sailing conditions and ensuring seamanship is tested over the three event series.... [more]
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TetraMedia's report card: Video and Feature stories increasing
Brendan Maxwell,
While conditions continue to toughen for traditional print media, the world's largest online marine news group reports ongoing growth.... [more]
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Dean Barker: 'We're about winning the America's Cup'
Michelle Slade,
Emirates Team NZ's skipper, Dean Barker talks with Michelle Slade on the America's Cup World Series and how Emirates Team NZ is positioned going into the 34th America's Cup. Barker covers where the world's most successful professional sailing team is with its preparations and has a few broadsides for the Defender.... [more]
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Womens Match Racing Olympic Qualifying Regatta Notice of Race
The Notice of Race for the 2012 Women's Match Racing International Country Olympic Qualifying Regatta has been released. Just 12 places are available for the Women's Match Racing at London 2012 so competition for places is fierce.... [more]
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Simpson Marine expands in South China
Simpson Marine,
Mike Simpson commented 'We are the only dealer with a coherent approach to the luxury yacht market in China - and the wider region - to cater to the growing number of high net worth individuals. Simpson Marine is ready to serve the fast expanding Chinese market, and specifically its southern part, which is transforming itself into the yachting hub of China.... [more]
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In too deep - Behind the Race to Mackinac tragedy
Dawn Reiss,
At 333 miles, the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world. Before the 2011 race, the event had never seen a racing-related death in its 103 years. Experienced sailors Mark Morley, 51. and Suzanne Bickel, 40, both of Saginaw, Michigan, were among the 3,500 competitors. Chicago journalist Dawn Reiss researched this detailed article for six weeks... [more]
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Yi Sun-Sin Cup International Yacht Race - Team Korea in action
Clifford Webb,
Yi Sun-Sin Cup - Following on from the success of the last America's Cup World Championship Series in Plymouth, Team Korea was back on the water today, competing in the famous international yacht race. It's the first time that the team has sailed on Korean waters, and as expected, the news that Korea's own America's Cup entry would be represented in the regatta was greeted with excitement... [more]
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Asian Match Racing Championship - Tiller qualifies for the Monsoon Cup
Monsoon Cup Media,
Asian Match Racing Championship has been won by William Tiller (Full Metal Jacket Racing). Performing consistently during the qualifying rounds and semi-finals, Tiller took the championship title after defeating arch rival David Gilmour (Team Gilmour), son of four-time World Match Racing Tour champion, Dato' Peter Gilmour.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 joins the 50 knot club + Video
Paul Larsen,
We just got back in from a great session and I'm happy to say that Vestas Sailrocket 2 is now in the 50 knot club. We did three runs culminating a great final sprint where she just surged over the 50 knot mark recoding a peak of 50.53 knots. On the previous run she hit over 46 knots.... [more]
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Asian Match Racing Championship – Thumbs up from Datuk Peter Gilmour
Monsoon Cup Media,
Asian Match Racing Championship - Fresh from competing at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Hamilton, Bermuda which ended on October 9th, Datuk Peter Gilmour is happy to be back in Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu, home of the Monsoon Cup. The four-time World Match Racing Tour champion managed to catch a few exciting matches during the AMRC held at Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort and Spa.... [more]
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Gilmour versus Gilmour on the World Match Racing Tour?
Monsoon Cup Media,
Might the sailing world be seeing history unfold as 20 year old West Australian match racer David Gilmour edges closer to a possible Monsoon Cup berth?... [more]
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