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 14 Nov 2011

If you look at nothing else in this newsletter, please check out the below-decks video tour on VOR (suspended) entry, Sanya. More than scary - terrifying. Thank goodness for watertight doors. One-third of the Volvo fleet is now being shipped to Capetown, but we look forward to seeing all six boats back in action for the Magical Mystery Tour to Abu Dhabi. Let's hope it doesn't involve any Yellow Submarines.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Volvo Ocean Race: Video tour below decks on Team Sanya damage
Richard Mason takes us below deck on Team Sanya to reveal the gaping hole that nearly sank them after striking an unidentified object on the opening night of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Shows the extent of the damage inside the hull, and the realisation of how close the VOR70 must have been to sinking.... [more]
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RHKYC Dragon Class Championships 2011
RHKYC Dragon Class,
The annual Hong Kong Dragon Championship took place over last weekend 5-6 November off Lamma Island where the competitors enjoyed near-perfect wind conditions with 10-12 knots NE wind on Saturday increasing to 12-16 knots on Sunday. There was an all time record participation with 17 boat entries and 55 crews, reflecting the strong growth of the Hong Kong Dragon fleet.... [more]
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ACWS San Diego - Last to arrive but first to the line
Emirates Team New Zealand won the Port Cities Challenge, on the preliminary weekend of the America's Cup World Series. But it was Aleph with new skipper Pierre Pennec at the helm, who took a win in race four. But not to be outdone, Energy Team sailed a flawless race six with skipper Yann Guichard to claim their first team win.... [more]
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: Sunshine adds sparkle to the racing
Bob Fisher,
In a complete contrast to the previous day, there was a regular, albeit light, breeze in San Diego Bay for four races to complete the Ports Cities Challenge, the prequel to the upcoming America's Cup World Series. It proved a triumph for Dean Barker and his crew of Emirates Team New Zealand with a 1-7-2-2 set of finishes to top the leader board.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey launches yacht business in India
Princess, a UK-based company which was bought by LVMH in 2008, is also designing a 39-footer yacht, which will be its smallest. It will help attract more buyers in a price-sensitive geography like this, Barrow said. When asked if the entry into India is a strategic decision, considering the slowdown in Europe and elsewhere, Barrow avoided giving a direct answer... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper's Doldrums opportunity + Latest positions
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand are eying an upcoming opportunity to finally close the gap on their three rivals as the fleet approaches the windless Doldrums zone. Roughly five degrees of Latitude either side of the Equator, the heating effect of the sun, combined with the convergence of the northern and southern hemisphere trade winds. Includes latest position graphics... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Virbac Paprec 3 extend lead
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Virbac Paprec 3 and Hugo Boss, are sliding fast towards the Caribbean and the final 1000 miles stage to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. Both continue to open up on a tightly matched pack which are desperately trying to keep up. With close to 500 miles to the passing mark of the Dominican Republic, Dick and Beyou had 240 miles in hand over the third placed Banque Populaire... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet powers towards Ocean Sprint start
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - As the rest of the fleet powers towards Tasmania and the start of the Ocean Sprint at 150 degrees east, Singapore is making good speed of seven to eight knots under secondary steering towards Queenscliff at the mouth of Port Philip Bay where they will be able to pick up the specialist tools required to repair their steering system.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro snatches the lead
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race fleet left Alicante eight days ago, bound for Cape Town, on the first leg of the race. Eight days that the black cat, Puma's Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA) has been crouching, waiting to pounce and at 2200 UTC last night she bounded past Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) and snatched the lead.... [more]
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UNESCO warns Barrier Reef could lose world heritage listing
Media Services,
UNESCO and The Australian Greens warn Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be in danger of losing its world heritage status.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 - Last big push before record attempt begins
Paul Larsen,
We did two runs today. I wanted to get back in the swing of sailing in punchier conditions. The first run was a little uneventful with a peak around 46 knots.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Fourth leader in a week as Groupama hits the wall
For the first time since leaving the Mediterranean Ken Read's crew on PUMA Ocean Racing lead the fleet on the 6,500 nautical mile first leg to Cape Town South Africa. The US flagged entry is the fourth leader on the first leg, which has been running form just over a week... [more]
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: 'It never rains in California?'
Bob Fisher,
'It never rains in California, but girl, don't they warn ya? It pours, man, it pours.' And so it was today on the AC World Series race course in San Diego inside the harbour where it was held for the benefit of the spectators and despite the inclemency of the weather, there was a goodly sprinkling of spectators.... [more]
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Team Korea back in action at the America's Cup World Series
Cliff Webb,
Team Korea was back in action for the start of the third regatta in the America's Cup World Series in San Diego today, competing in the Port Cities Challenge, the warm up act for the main event which begins next week with both Fleet Racing and Match Racing contests.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference 2011 - major decisions from San Juan
International Sailing Federation,
Over the course of the week, the sailing world gathered in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Annual Conference. Meetings took place for three days with the ISAF Council drawing to a close today as final decisions were made which will affect the sport moving forward.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Singapore heads to port for repairs
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race - Today's skipper reports are filled with varying fortunes of the ten-strong Clipper Race fleet as they continue in the marathon race through the Southern Ocean. Singapore is continuing to stay north of the fleet in order to avoid the worst of the weather associated with the frontal system that is forecast to reach the yachts in the next 48 hours.... [more]
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Xiamen Boat Show bigger and better
What's On Xiamen and Sail-World Asia,
The four-day China (Xiamen) International Boat Show 2011 has successfully closed. The Show has altogether attracted 157 enterprises to attend, increasing by 17% compared with that of last year, among which, there are 27 foreign exhibitors from Italy, France, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc., increasing by 23% compared with that of last year. The scale is really unprecedented.... [more]
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Pete Melvin: What Emirates Team NZ are learning from the SL33 program
Pete Melvin,
Top multihull designer, Pete Melvin blogs from the design office about what Emirates Team NZ has learned from the SL33 programme: The twin SL33s are getting a relentless workout at the hands of the Emirates Team NZ sailing crew that far exceeds anything anticipated during the design process. They are revelling in winds up to 30 knots and sea states... [more]
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Sentosa Cove Singapore wins international accreditation
Colin Bransgrove MIAA,
Sentosa Cove has been accorded the world's first accreditation for a Residential Canal Estate Marina, even as it scored for being a Clean Marina.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Tough call to buy time for Abu Dhabi
Justin Chisholm,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper, Ian Walker says making the call to pull out of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race has been one of the hardest decisions of his life. Having been forced to return to Alicante within a few hours of the start when their mast was destroyed by the impact of a massive wave, Abu Dhabi had been in an all out race against the clock to get back on the water and complete... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup – Tight racing at Sail Melbourne
Roger McMillan,
Sail Melbourne 2011 - With just the medal races to go tomorrow most of the eight Olympic events being contested are still wide open. A day of light winds saw some champions make decisive moves, but others will have a nervous night. Only one class has already been decided. Triple world Laser champion, Tom Slingsby, has a 19 point lead and can therefore finish last in the Medal Race and still win.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne images by Teri Dodds
Geelong photographer Teri Dodds was on water capturing all the action at Sail Melbourne.... [more]
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Asia Pacific Superyacht Assoc welcomes superyacht crews to Asia
Asia Pacific Superyacht Assoc,
On Friday 4 November the Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association (APSA) threw a party to welcome the latest superyachts and yacht crew to arrive in the region. The party was held in the Haven Restaurant at Yacht Haven, the popular superyacht-capable marina. Yacht Haven is located in the northeast of Phuket, Thailand's major superyacht hub.... [more]
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Yachts in Asia Get Million-Dollar Makeovers
Ansuya Harjani, CNBC Asia,
A 45-year-old owner of an investment firm in Hong Kong recently bought a $4 million-plus super yacht from Spanish yacht builder Astondoa, and then spent nearly 15 percent of the cost on jazzing it up. The owner outfitted his new 76-feet four-cabin boat with a jacuzzi, a Ferrari driving seat and interiors designed by celebrity Italian architect Cristanto Gatto, according to brokerage Asia Boating... [more]
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Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year winners announced in Puerto Rico
Olympic Gold medalists Anna Tunnicliffe and Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez have been announced as winners of the Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year at an awards dinner in San Juan, Puerto Rico today.... [more]
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First Chinese sailor completes Charente-Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50
Charente-Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50,
Chuan Guo (487 – Vasa) the first Chinese in history to have participated to the Charente-Maritime / Bahia Transat 6.50, crossed the finish line of the second leg on Monday at 9 hours 24 minutes 08 seconds UTC.... [more]
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Austal Acquires Philippines Shipyard
Leading global shipbuilder and defence prime contractor, Austal has acquired a shipyard in the Philippines as part of its strategy to regionalise its manufacturing base for commercial vessels.... [more]
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2011 Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta
Port Klang 16/11/11
Mixed coastal distance and cans racing...
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