VOR and the Theatre of the Absurd

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 21 Dec 2011

It's the run up to Christmas – we know that, because we just went to Phuket to dip our toes into the very comfortable world of superyachts. OK, so only two of the fleet of ten were actually sailing yachts, but we did find out that a 40m San Lorenzo motor yacht makes a nice stable platform by way of a camera boat!

The Volvo boats are on the way to... well, we don't actually know, as they are presently headed for a mystery destination in order to be shipped to another mystery destination in order to avoid the Somali/Gulf of Aden/Indian Ocean pirates. All except, that is, the ill-fated Team Sanya who are en route to a port in Madagascar with rig damage. We noted during the opening leg of the VOR, when three boats out of six were down and out, that the UK's Daily Telegraph ran a headline that said ‘VOR fleet decimated. We pointed out to them that ‘decimated' means one-out-of-ten, and this a great deal worse...

Whether you are in warm southern climes or chilly northern ones, whether you are hanging off the racks of a 49er or chillin' in the cockpit of a cruiser, and whether you are reading this in Hong Kong or Hua Hin, Sail-World Asia wishes all our readers a very Merry Christmas.

Guy Nowell, Editor

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Asia Superyacht Rendezvous: super occasion, super parties, super fun
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The Volvo Ocean Race according to Ken Read
Volvo Ocean Race,
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Tracey Johnstone,
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Sydney to Hobart 2010 photos by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
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Sinsupa Wannasuth,
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper crew undergo four days of nautical torture
Chris Nicholson,
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Volvo Ocean Race: Rig issues force Team Sanya to nearest port + Video
Team Sanya suffered damage to part of their rigging early on Monday and are heading to a port in southern Madagascar in order to assess the damage and make a repair plan. No one has been injured and the crew are all safe. Sanya noticed the damage to one of the stays on the mast during a sail change on Leg 2 and contacted Race Management. Features on board interview with skipper Mike Sanderson... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships come to a 'golden' end in Perth
Perth 2011,
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Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
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America's Cup: Chris Draper makes surprise exit from Team Korea
Cliff Webb and Sail-World,
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Etchells Nationals: Notice of Race available, online entry open
Tracey Johnstone,
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the African Coastal Cruise + Video
Volvo Ocean Race MCM's,
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - World champion Iain Percy injured
Lindsey Bell,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships eleventh day of racing was a mixed day for Britain's sailors, with some stand-out performances for some competing crews coupled with injury blows to others. The day started with the news that Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes had been forced to retire from the 49er event following a rib strain to Rhodes on Monday... [more]
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