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 05 Jan 2012

Asian Sailing & Boating Events Calendar 2012
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
A quick look at what's on for the coming year. Of course there are gaps in the list - if you think you've been left out, please email asiaeditor@sail-world.com and we'll put it right. Alternatively, click on the orange-and-yellow 'Upload News, Photos, Results, Events' button on www.sail-world.com/asia. We look forward to hearing from you!... [more]
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Boat Asia 2012 celebrates 20th birthday with new luxury charter sector
Boat Asia Event Media,
Boat Asia 2012 returns to Marina @ Keppel Bay from 12-15th April 2012 in what will be the 20th anniversary of the event. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, Boat Asia in conjunction with strategic partner Marina @ Keppel Bay is the showcase in Asia for luxury yachts up to 50 metres.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica not resting on it's laurels
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Telefonica have achieved two victories in two offshore legs and have dominated the race so far but, according to watch captain Neal McDonald, there is no chance of complacency creeping into their approach.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Fireworks light up Abu Dhabi
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race homecoming in Abu Dhabi was packed with family, fireworks, and fans which helped to take the sting out of coming in fifth place for the local Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in the second stage of Leg 2. Skipper Ian Walker said it was disappointing to have been at the back of the fleet while Groupama sailing team led the charge from the Sharjah coast to the Destination Village.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Australian teams continue to dominate
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Race - Five of the ten international teams competing have been racing close together over the last 24 hours, their varying fortunes showing just how localised the weather conditions can be. New York's skipper, Gareth Glover, says, 'We were all making the same way with some getting squalls passing over them and making some miles whilst others like us just had to sit there... [more]
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A well-kept secret: Peter Isler's Little Blue Book
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
One of the nicest things to land on my mantelpiece this festive season was Peter Isler's ‘Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets.' It is a delightful mix of wit and wisdom, bon mots, good advice and reflections drawn from enormous experience.... [more]
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A-Cat Australians - Flying at the front
John Cootes Furniture A-Cat Championships Media,
Race 3 of the 2012 John Cootes Furniture A Class Australian Championships started in a light, seven knot easterly after two general recalls, under a black flag. Tom Slingsby was first to the top mark, ahead of James Spithill, Nathan Outteridge, Bob Baier then Darren Bundock and Brad Collett.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Phesheya-Racing closes on Wellington
Oliver Dewar,
As Phesheya-Racing drew level with the latitude of Cape Foulwind on New Zealand's south island west coast, conditions changed and some inexplicable damage was discovered, stalling the South African duo of Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire.... [more]
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New research shows how much food is needed by seabirds
British Antarctic Survey,
It has been shown by an international group of scientists that numerous seabirds begin to suffer when the available food in the ocean declines beneath a critical level. The level is about one-third of the maximum measured amount of food available.... [more]
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Solo sailor circumnavigates the Americas- injured short of the Horn
Nancy Knudsen,
Matt Rutherford set sail from Annapolis last June in a 27ft Albin-Vega sailing boat, with an unimaginably difficult task ahead - to solo circumnavigate the Americas. As Christmas and New Year came and went, he was still going strong - through the North West Passage, down the Pacific and is now approaching Cape Horn - but it's not without some hiccups... [more]
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America's Cup: 'My mates call me Jimmy' - James Spithill profile
Paul Olivia,
He quietly, politely introduces himself as James Spithill. At 19, he was the youngest helmsman ever in an America's Cup campaign. At 30, the youngest helmsman to win the Cup. Now at 32, he is the man on whom software magnate Larry Ellison, the City of San Francisco and the US sailing community have pinned their hopes of keeping the Cup in North America.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Brian Thompson on course to smash current record
Vicky Pounds,
Jules Verne Trophy - Record breaking British sailor, Brian Thompson, is attempting to break the ultimate round the world speed record as helmsman on Banque Populaire V, the world's largest and fastest racing trimaran skippered by Frenchman Loick Peyron. Thompson is currently on course to smash the record.... [more]
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Invitation to Hemingway International Yacht Club's 20th birthday.
Nancy Knudsen,
Cuba, long denied to American citizen sailors, has been an alluring destination for all other nationalities. And in spite of the bar on American visitors, the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba has prospered, under the guidance of its commodore, Diaz Escrich. Now this venerated club is turning 20, and is inviting all cruising sailors in the world to share the celebrations... [more]
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Circumnavigating solo Polish sailor approaches Cape Horn
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Most stories of lone yachties taking on the oceans are of those from the English-speaking world, but then we watched the amazing exploits of Polish sailor and adventurer Natasza Caban, who sailed around the world from Honolulu between July 2007 and December 2009. Now there's another Pole who started in a more conventional manner from Europe - and, despite the privations, he is going strong!... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ/Luna Rossa deal gets a tick from Jury
Richard Gladwell,
The International Jury has answered the first of a two stage challenge to the joint development and training agreement between the two America's Cup teams, Emirates Team New Zealand and the new Italian Challenger Luna Rossa.... [more]
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Fun Police out to spoil New Year's Eve for Indian boat owners
Somendra Sharma, DNA,
Following tip-offs that yacht owners might organise New Year parties mid-sea on the night of December 31, the Yellow Gate police wrote letters to the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and Colaba police station on Friday, requesting them to deny any party-related permission to yacht owners for security reasons.... [more]
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Sailing into Rangiroa Atoll, a breath-stopping entry
Vincent Bossley,
Vince Bossley, the author of ebook '101 Dollar Saving Tips for Sailors' here tells the story of his adventures in the South Pacific, this time at Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia. It is an extract from his other publication, 'Sailing Adventures in Paradise'... [more]
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London Boat Show - the glamour, the glitz and so many boats...
Sail-World Cruising,
As boat shows go, it must be the most alluring of all. For ten excitement-packed days, the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show at ExCel will be on again from the 6th January, 2012. Fitting the glitz and glamour of the show itself, this year it will be officially opened by none other than Tamara Ecclestone, head-turning 'Billion Dollar Girl' star.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart – Its a cruel race says the winner
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 overall handicap winner Stephen Ainsworth first sailed his own yacht in the 1998 Hobart race. A tough initiation but things have improved since then, as Stephen explains to Sail-World.com.... [more]
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ORC Rules for 2012 available online
Offshore Racing Congress,
ORC Rules 2012 - The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) have today, 28th December, announced its rules for 2012 are now available for download These rules include the International Measurement System (IMS), the ORC Rating Rules (ORC International and ORC Club), the 'Green Book' of ORC Championship Rules, GP Class Rules, the ORC Speed Guide, and ORC Stability and Hydrostatic Datasheet.... [more]
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