Heading for the Equator, without hyperbole

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 03 Feb 2012

With the Volvo fleet now in the South China Sea, people really are looking at Asia. We were very amused by the words of Euan Ross, writing to our (polite nod) competition Scuttlebutt: "As a former long-term resident of South East Asia, I still receive my daily Asian yachting news through the e-mail. The contrast between the various hysterical accounts of the Volvo fleet's tortuous, nightmare voyage and the blasé race reports of the local offshore fleet, enjoying their sport routinely and without hyperbole in the same waters, couldn't be greater".

The Singapore Straits has just been and gone (last weekend), The Bay Regatta (Thailand) has just started, and this coming weekend Sail-World Asia will be joining the Neptune Regatta (www.neptune-regatta.com)as it heads south through the Selat Riau towards the equator. We can't promise to be blasé, and have even been known to indulge in a little hyperbole after a few Mount Guy Rums... but we absolutely promise that we will be be enjoying our sport!

It's easy to rely too much on your GPS - there are some sailors in New Zealand who did when it came to the crunch. Take heed. Of course, if Lightsquared goes ahead and messes up the GPS signals, we'll all be in the soup. Or on the rocks.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Mt Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta - ready for an adventure
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It's Neptune time again – the regatta that combines sail and power, racing and adventure, some of the archipelago scenery in the region, and a trip to the equator to ‘cross the line', meet King Neptune, and be admitted to his court.... [more]
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The Bay Regatta - Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi. A little bit of everything
Event Media,
'The regatta gave us a little bit of everything today,' said video cameraman Richard Valentine. 'Some sunshine with blue skies and wind early on, then the wind died and we were hit with full-on thunderstorms.'... [more]
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Singapore Yacht Show gears up for 2012 Edition
Informa Group,
The inaugural edition of the Singapore Yacht Show was deemed a great success by the industry and now, almost a year down the track, all the stakeholders, sponsors, exhibitors and organisers alike, are eagerly looking forward to the next show at the end of April 2012.... [more]
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The Bay Regatta - the party that sails around
Event Media,
‘The party that sails around...'??? That's how long-time Phuket sailor Barry Kennaugh describes the The Bay Regatta, and it's an appropriate moniker. This year's event, held from February 1-5, will see dozens of colourful spinnakers sail through some of the world's most famous cruising grounds, enjoying spectacular scenery and partying well into the night at some of the region's most beautiful resor... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet enter the South China Sea
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet were led around the Horsburgh Lighthouse and out into the South China Sea at 1605 UTC today by Iker Martinez and the crew of Telefonica. Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) was 3.4 nm behind and, in third, 10.8 nm further back, was Puma's Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA).... [more]
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Singapore Straits 2012 - across in Batam, Indonesia
Light variable wind with a strong incoming current forced PRO Richard Cai to raise AP over H flags, meaning the yachts should return to the marina and wait for further instructions. After a two hour wait the North Easterly breeze strengthened and crews returned to the racing area to prepare themselves for a long afternoon.... [more]
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Singapore Straits Regatta 2012 - an eventful first leg in Singapore
Singapore Sailing Federation,
After two days of intense racing along East Coast Beach, the Singapore Leg of the 18th Singapore Straits Regatta ended off with a prize-giving at ONE°15 Marina Club. The yachts will head over to Batam on Sunday morning for the final two days of racing, and social activities at Nongsa Point Marina.... [more]
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Use anchor drag bearings for worry-free anchoring
John Jamieson/Sail-World Cruising,
Anchoring, when you are close to shore, rocks or coral, has often been said by wise cruising sailors to be more dangerous than a stormy ocean. You lower your boat anchor, set it deep into the seabed, and neaten up the deck. But have you checked to make sure your anchor will not drag when the wind shifts? Better put these five sailing tips into play to make sure your hook--stays put!... [more]
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Thailand Catamaran Week preview
Peter Cummins,
Thailand Catamaran Week will be the very first international yacht racing event to feature sleek, super-fast, new catamarans and is set to take place on the waters off the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, South Pattaya, from the 3-10 February, 2012.... [more]
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Phuket International Boat Show spurs Andaman Marine Triangle growth
PIMEX Event Media,
Phuket Island is at the centre of Asia's growing marine leisure industry – one of the top five cruising destinations in the world – and is the centre of the emerging 'Andaman Marine Triangle'. Consisting of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi provinces, the Andaman Marine Triangle is home to some of the most stunning sailing grounds in the world, and the location for filming many international movies.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Windshift stalls Puma's hopes of a win
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
An unexpected change in wind direction today dealt a cruel blow to Puma Ocean Racing's plans to rocket to the head of the fleet on the home strait to Sanya. While the leg leaders shot towards the shore of Vietnam yesterday to escape strong currents that sweep south along its coastline, Puma surrendered third place in the rankings to stay offshore in the hope of better wind, calmer seas, a favourab... [more]
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Warren Jones International Youth Regatta – Gilmour undefeated
John Roberson,
Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - David Gilmour and his crew went undefeated today to win the round robin stage of the event. Gilmour finished with a 16 win, two loss score line, which gives him the privilege of choosing his opponent for the quarter finals, and he had no hesitation in selecting eighth placed Jay Griffin from Sydney's Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.... [more]
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Sunbird invests RMB750 million in Yacht Manufacturing Base
Sunbird Boats,
Sunbird has signed 'investment contract' and 'complementary investment contract' with Changsha High Tech Development Zone to invest 7.5 billion Yuan in a yacht production base, 'Sun Bird LUGU Industrial Park', to break through the production bottlenecks predicament.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - The Pacific's Roaring Forties
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race Class40s have dropped deeper south through the Pacific's Roaring Forties led by Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron with Campagne de France. The distance between the leading trio of boats has compressed rapidly from thirty miles on Tuesday evening GMT, to just six miles on Wednesday morning.... [more]
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RC44 Championship Tour preview
Jo Grindley,
RC44 Championship Tour - New faces and one new team are confirmed in the line-up for the Tour, which kicks off in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote next week. Each of the 14 competing teams will be hoping to emulate the success Chris Bake's Team Aqua (GBR) saw in 2011.... [more]
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America's Cup: Unique compilation of Decisions now available
The America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. There have been thirty-three matches for its possession since 1851, and no challenger was successful until 1983. By 2007 the Cup had only changed hands four times. Disputes around the thirty-third match generated judicial and arbitral decisions that will be influential in all areas of international sporting law.... [more]
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Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - Gilmour top of leaderboard
John Roberson,
Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - Local skipper David Gilmour and his crew have taken sole possession of the top spot on the leaderboard winning all but one of their races. 'It's been pretty good,' commented Gilmour at the end of the day, 'in some of the races we sailed as well as we wanted to, and everything has gone to plan, we won all our races but one so we're pretty happy about it.'... [more]
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GPS navigation blamed for midnight collision
Sail-World Cruising,
Once again the potential for inaccuracy by GPS equipment has been illustrated. Three sailors who were using GPS for night navigation were forced to abandon their boat when it hit rocks not far from Nelson on the South Island of New Zealand this week. They 'thought they were in the middle of the bay by the GPS' but weren't and hit the rocks.... [more]
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Alarm and anger grow as LightSquared threatens USA GPS system
Nancy Knudsen,
GPS-enabled devices could be compromised if a plan to expand the United States' broadband system goes forward, yet the company that proposes to build a broadband cell-phone communications network it calls LightSquared, 4G-LTE wireless broadband, seems to be as yet completely undaunted by marine industry concern that the vital GPS system is under threat... [more]
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New 177ft barque launched by India, to sail South East Asia
Mailonline/Sail-World Cruising,
The Indians are doing it in style - there's a new very glamorous tall ship just launched by the Indian Navy, and she's scheduled to carry out a 'Friendship Mission' by sailing through South East Asia later this year.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Ainslie in fear of being banned
Daily Mail UK,
Ben Ainslie, 35 on Saturday, will not discover whether he is to be robbed of the chance to go for his fourth Olympic gold on the water at Weymouth until a Royal Yacht Association inquiry to be held by the end of next month rules... [more]
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Marquis Yachts joins JV for China distribution
Marquis Yachts,
Marquis Yachts, LLC (Marquis Yachts) with manufacturing and offices located in Wisconsin (wholly-owned subsidiary of J&D Acquisitions, LLC) has formed an exclusive partnership in China with one of China's largest and most important state-owned companies, the Poly Technologies Inc. (Poly) for the sales and distribution rights for Marquis Yachts throughout China.... [more]
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One Week Later - Images of the Costa Concordia accident + Video
Anna Parker,
The Costa Concordia is a cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Giglio, Italy, after smashing into a reef and partially sinking on the 13 January. There was number of passengers that survived while deaths were reported, and others are still missing. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi journeyed to Giglio Island to snap these images.... [more]
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