"And then there were three..." Puma breaks mast in South Atlantic.

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 22 Nov 2011

Some while back, when old fellers like me were still messing about in dinghies, we were all shocked when boats started to fall apart in races like the Fastnet and the Hobart. Backstays pulling out of transoms. Accusations of boats built with inadequate scantlings. Duff design, stretching the envelope a tad too far, and so on. I guess that there are a few people out in the South Atlantic right now who are listening to every creak, groan, and carbon-fibre crackle with extra-anxious attention.

Puma's mast has come down, and they are limping to Capetown under jury rig. So three out of six of the starters are down and out. 'Decimated' is a strong and scary word, but it only means one-in-ten. We need a much scarier word for mishaps that have cut the Volvo Ocean Race in half.

(But you know what? This stuff makes great headlines. As long as everyone gets home in one piece, Volvo will be just lapping up the additional exposure. It makes the crews look like Christians waiting to be thrown to the lions).

Closer to home, the 2011 edition of the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta is making its way up the coast of Malaysia, and has already produced its share of upsets, when Hi Fi took line honours for the first race but ended up at the bottom of the division. Read all about it, below.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Volvo Ocean Race: Puma breaks mast in South Atlantic
Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reported that they had suffered a broken mast on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, which began 17 days ago from Alicante, Spain. The crew are unhurt. The rig onboard Pumas Mar Mostro failed at around 1500 UTC in the southern Atlantic Ocean, about 2,150 nautical miles from Cape Town, South Africa.... [more]
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Raja Muda 2011: ‘Inshore, inshore, inshore'
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It's 90nm up the coast to the entrance of Pasir Bogok, very much the home of the regatta fleet hereabouts, but do not be deceived by the fact that you can connect the start and finish with one straight line. The two things that complicate the first leg of the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta are the tidal currents in the shallow inshore water, and the highly unpredictable local weather.... [more]
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Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta 2011 – welcome aboard
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It's Raja Muda time again: Asia's unique regatta that combines passage races up the west coast of Malaysia from Port Klang to Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi, with inshore racing in Penang and Langkawi. Along the way, there's breakfast with the hornbills at the quaintly scenic Seaview Resort at Pangkor, rickshaw racing at Straits Quay... [more]
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Zoke Around the Island Race overall
Koko Mueller,
Zoke Around the Island Race - Over 240 yachts took to the water in one of Hong Kong's best loved and most inclusive sailing events. One-design class boats were on the inner start line and Cruisers and Beach Catamarans on the outer start line. The starts took a full hour and 20 minutes to complete in front of RHKYC's Kellett Island Clubhouse... [more]
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Top Dog Trophy Series - Lipton Trophy overall
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club,
Lipton Trophy - 54 boats signed on for the first pursuit race of the Top Dog Trophy Series, designed to find Hong Kong's most successful helm over the course of the season. Race Officer Brenda Davies scoured the Victoria Harbour early to find some breeze, but with nothing on offer at the Eastern marks, she was forced to use the 7 knot northerly and a Hung Hom start to send the fleet off on course... [more]
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PIB Customs Bond for visiting yachts to Indonesia eliminated
Linda Cartlidge,
PIB Customs Bond for yachts visiting Indonesia has been eliminated by the Indonesian Customs Department and will be replaced with a new and more amicable system next month. Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia was officially given the news in a meeting in Denpasar, Bali on 16 November 2011.... [more]
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Close racing brings the 2011 Phuket Dinghy Series to an exciting end
Event Media,
The final weekend of the three-event Phuket Dinghy Series was held off Panwa on Phuket's East Coast recently.... [more]
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Record fleet expected at 25th Anniversary Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Event Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, welcoming a record fleet of boats and over 1,000 sailors from around the world... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Camper crew member suffers injury
Thomas Pryor,
Camper's bowman Mike Pammenter has sustained injuries after being thrown into the boat's shrouds while moving forward to do a sail change. Mike suffered a broken tooth, gash to the face and various bumps and bruises in the fall. He was stabilised immediately by onboard medic Tony Rae (Trae)... [more]
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Sailrocket Sailing World Record attempt - Last time I dare this place
Paul Larsen,
The wind was filling nicely. It was 25 at the timing hut so we went straight to the top of the course. We had changed a few things and wanted to make sure things were right. Vestas Sailrocket 2 was released but once again struggled to bare away from the wind. Something about the wind and waves makes her weathercock in stronger winds. I tried a few tricks but she just sat there head to wind.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica continues her course
Sophie Luther,
At 1900 UTC this evening, the Volvo Ocean Race crew aboard Telefonica were continuing their reach south at 18.5 knots amid the easterly trade winds whilst Puma's Mar Mostro trailed behind at a limping pace of 2.3 knots under a jury rig of storm trysail and staysail.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Multi 50 Maitre Jacques second
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre duo Loïc Fequet and Loïc Escoffier, onboard Maitre Jacques, finished as the second Multi 50 into Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. They never let up, but there were up against the odds. They endured one long final night of calm conditions to get to the line, struggling slowly to cover the final 100 miles to the line.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series heads to Singapore for final Act
Shu Fen,
Extreme Sailing Series™ ninth and final Act is being held between 7th and 11th December in Singapore, where ten Extreme 40 teams will take to the water of Marina Bay. The iconic Singapore Flyer will provide a stunning backdrop to what will be a dramatic end of season match to claim the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series Overall Championship.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Tight at the top
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - An intense battle is underway for the coveted podium with just 32 miles separating the five boats vying for the second and third spots. De Lage Landen, currently in fourth place, is one of the teams gunning for a top-three finish and skipper, Stuart Jackson, acknowledges that it is set to be close call with so many of the boats bunched together... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Korea now 4th in World Championship
Cliff Webb,
‘Super Sunday' it was, with a thrilling fleet race in the America's Cup World Championships San Diego, that set the adrenaline pumping as Team Korea pushed the world's top stars for the lead around the race track. A superb effort from Chris Draper and the crew lived up to the mantra of the ‘best sailors on the fastest boats'... [more]
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Fisher's View: Fleet Race Final - The End at San Diego
Bob Fisher,
Just as he had promised the boss, Larry Ellison, Jimmy Spithill delivered the double championship victory in San Diego when he added the winner-takes-all Fleet Racing Championship to the Match Racing Championship that he had won the previous day... [more]
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2011 Neptune Regatta
Nongsa Point Marina 01/02/11
Combined rally/race, inc powerboats, from Nongsa Point Marina (opposite Singapore) to the Equator and back....
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2011 Royal Langkawi International Regatta
Langkawi 11/01/11
Inshore big boat regatta, racers and cruisers....
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