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 05 Dec 2011

There's a story doing the rounds that someone sailed into Kata Bay a couple of days ago, saw Ichiban on the beach, and said "good grief, she's still there." Followers of the Phuket King's Cup will remember that Ichiban was one of those that ended up on Kata Beach at the end of last year's regatta. Well, the ground holding at Kata hasn't improved since then. See story below.

The 25th edition of the Phuket King's Cup starts today with 91 boats on the entry list. Add in the adjunct dinghy regatta and the kiteboard invitational, and that's a lot of sailors. There's breeze in the palm trees. Let the fun begin.

Phuket King's Cup – A truly international regatta
Phuket King's Cup Media,
The 25th annual Phuket King's Cup regatta, which will run from December 3rd to 10th in Phuket, Thailand has attracted one of the most diverse international fleets in the world. Thailand is a perfectly located sailing paradise and in the year the event celebrates its quarter century, it has attracted skippers from 15 countries in the keelboat class of the regatta alone.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2011 - Ichi Ban, number one at running aground?,
With the start of the 25th annual Phuket King's Cup just two days away, the action is hotting up. At dawn this morning early walkers on Kata Beach saw former CYCA Commodore's Matt Allen's Beneteau 44.7 Ichi Ban, sitting bolt upright aground in the shallows on the northern end of the expansive beach.... [more]
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Second GTS43 Walawala II gets ready for Kings Cup
Crosbie Lorimer,
Like all the top regatta's around the world, the Phuket King's Cup is a deadline for the delivery of new boats. Barely three weeks after delivery of his new GTS43 Walawala II (the second boat of this new Jason Ker designed production racer cruiser from Sydney Yachts), Steve Manning is preparing to give his new yacht its first hit-out at the 25th anniversary running of the King's Cup in Phuket this... [more]
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Phuket Kings Cup Sailing Instructions ONLINE NOW
Event Media,
The 2011 Phuket King's Cup Regatta Sailing Instructions are now available online for viewing and can be downloaded to view at your leisure.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Stopping over in Cape Town - Video Gallery
Volvo Ocean Race,
As the teams rest, repair and prepare from the travails of the first leg and gear up for the start of the second leg in about a week, preceded by the Pro-Am Race and Inport Race, we check out what is happening ashore with this round up of team and official video... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 reviewed - 60 minute Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
An epic first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 had just about everything, more than even experienced observers might have imagined. Watch events unfold in this 60 minute documentary.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships Day 3 preview
Perth ISAF Sailing World Championships,
At the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, the world's best sailors are vying to become world champions and to earn the right to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games. With racing coming up for the Women's RS:X, Men's 470, Laser Radial and Finn fleets, it should be close.... [more]
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Maxi Banque Populaire V shatters 'Cape' record in Jules Verne Trophy
Charline Hamonic,
Jules Verne Trophy - Around 7:20am (Paris time) on Sunday morning, the 11 day 21 hour 48 minute and 18 second* point was reached since leaving Ushant for the crew of Maxi Banque Populaire V when they sailed across the Cape of Good Hope.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Sensational capsizes on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team of Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas won a sensational Race 3 of the N.S.W. 18ft Skiff Championship. Yandoo (John Winning, Andrew Hay and Dave Gibson) were recalled but the day got worse later for this top team when they capsized near the Shark Island mark and ‘Woody' Winning was knocked unconscious.... [more]
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Kiteboarders making history at Phuket King's Cup
Phuket King's Cup Media,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has decided to include kiteboarding course racing as an evaluation sport in the 2016 Olympics. This year the 25th Phuket King's Cup Regatta, the largest sailing event in Asia, is including a kiteboarding division, which will be run with the cooperation of Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma steams towards South Africa + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross reports: Puma's easterly progress has resumed. At about 14:30 UTC yesterday afternoon our Puma's Mar Mostro and it's splintered mast were pulled from the waters of Tristan and placed on the deck of the freighter ship the Team Bremen. It is our new home, and we're now steaming towards South Africa and the starting line of leg two at 14 knots.... [more]
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Perth 2011 Opening ceremony images by Shauna McGee Kinney
Shauna McGee Kinney,
Perth 2011 Opening ceremony images by Shauna McGee Kinney... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet enjoy quality time in New Zealand
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet have completed race five, from Western Australia to New Zealand, and are enjoying their downtime in Tauranga to the maximum during the biennial event's historic first visit to New Zealand. All ten yachts were safely berthed in Tauranga Bridge Marina by Sunday lunchtime, a full two days ahead of schedule... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - Near perfect conditions
Paul Larsen,
Walvis Bay rose to my challenge today and delivered a near perfect speed sailing day for us. This is why we come here. Vestas Sailrocket 2 is in the best shape of her life. The whole boat is starting to feel like a finished piece and I am really happy with her. The first run today went well and was very smooth.... [more]
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Perth 2011 – Britain's Laser Gold Medallist takes the long view
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Leading up to Beijing 2008 Olympics, British Laser champion Paul Goodison had a dominant 18 months, winning both test events and finishing off that campaign with an Olympic Gold Medal. Already selected for the London Olympics 2012, Goodison has a different focus to the rest of the Laser fleet heading into Perth 2011.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Brutal onboard Groupama 4
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The struggle to Cape Town continues for the beleaguered Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA). Overnight the team made little or no progress, covering just 140 nautical miles in 24 hours and averaging 5.9 knots, but at 1000 UTC today, as the team hooked into a new low-pressure system, it was a question of slowing the boat down as she raced towards the finish at over 18 knots.... [more]
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Insurance Leader AIA Thailand Sponsors Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Event Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta Organising Committee welcome trusted insurance specialist, AIA Thailand, as a key sponsor of this year's Regatta... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race preview
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 starts from Sydney Harbour on 26 December at 13.00 AEDT. 26 December is normally a day of rest for those that celebrate Christmas wholeheartedly, using the opportunity to relax from the feasting and excess. Not so the crews of the 93 yachts currently aiming to be on the start line of the 67th Rolex Sydney Hobart.... [more]
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Third generation Clipper Race fleet takes shape
Anna Wardley,
The very first of a new 12-strong fleet of Clipper 70s has now been released from its mould as the construction of an expanded fleet for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race makes progress on schedule ahead of its completion in the coming year. This is the first of an order for twelve identical new Castro-designed yachts, with an option on four more.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Puma Ocean Racing try for par on Tristan +Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM onboard Puma Ocean Racing reports on the crew's progress: Today's sport outing was offensive. The Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg team was invited to play at the Tristan Golf Course, a beautiful nine-hole establishment built into the side of a volcano. And while the scenery certainly lived up to it's reputation, we were insulted by some of the on-site manners.... [more]
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49 Nations entered for the Opti Worlds 2011 at Napier
Nathalie van Dort,
Optimist World Sailing Championships organisers were today thrilled to receive an entry from the Nigerian team taking the total number of countries coming to Napier to compete up to 49! The most popular sailing event worldwide – the Optimist World Championship is only 38 days away.... [more]
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