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 16 Feb 2012

Last week we were in Indonesia, where internet hasn't been invented in many places... and as soon as we got back to 'coverage' it was on a plane and off to China to talk to some VOR folks in Sanya, in China - but the hotel connection is a bit dodgy, and the media handlers have so many meetings and interviews programmed into the day that it's difficult to escape to the Media Centre to take advantage of the internet connection!

So there has been a lot of 'catch-up' going on - sorry about that. The next Sail World Asia newsletter will be bang up to date. Promise.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Teams battle against light airs
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet continues in stalemate against the light airs on their route through the South China Sea. Anxious to cross the Luzon Strait where they will be greeted by more favourable winds, the teams are doing all they can to make up the miles.... [more]
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Predictwind announces iPhone and Android app - Wind in your pocket!
Sail-World and PredictWind,
PredictWind have announced an iPhone and Android app which takes the use possibilities to a new level and you can now literally have a weather forecast in your pocket. Sail-World has been using this app for some months and Predictwind is probably the most used app on our iPhone. You can check the weather anywhere in the world and get a five day forecast, plus a variety of other features... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland Stopover News 10 - Hospitality Sold Out!
VOR Auckland Stopover,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has finished Leg 3 in Sanya (China), and are gearing up for the nest leg to Auckland. Read the latest news here on the Auckland Stopover It's now just 21 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village.... [more]
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Oracle Racing returns to San Francisco Bay for training session
Oracle Racing,
Oracle Racing, Team USA for the 34th America's Cup in 2013, returned to San Francisco Bay today, commencing the first of two training sessions. The team took its two AC45 wingsail catamarans out for practice with full crews. The wind strength built into the teens in the afternoon and the session was welcomed by the sailors.... [more]
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Mt Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta - Go south, you can't miss it.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The Equator, that is. It's not hard to find! But if you want to record a time in the Neptune Regatta's Race to Zero, the Equator Sprint, you'll have to find the right bit of it. And even that isn't so hard when you set off from Pulau Sikeling with 12kts of northeast breeze and perfect visibility in sparkling clear air. From the Equator Mark boat we could see the start, 8nm away... [more]
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Mt Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta – day2. Patience needed for cruisers
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
If it was a gallop from Nongsa to Karas Besar for the first half of the trip south to Neptune Island, it was never more than a trot for the second half of the trip. And for many it was even slower, and occasion to fire up the iron headsail. Neptune Rules allow Cruising and Classic classes to motor, but the penalty is severe – 1.5x the motoring time added to total elapsed time.... [more]
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BoatUS Top 10 boat names - list released
The 22nd annual list of top 10 boat names has been released by BoatUS, with 'Seas the Day' taking out top ranking.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Valentine's Day fun
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Valentine's Day and there's love in the air on the ten competing yachts but it's probably fair to say the leading teams are not feeling the love for the lack of wind they are experiencing at the moment. 'Nuclear strength coffee has helped Singapore just about keep moving in the last 24 hours,' reports Ben Bowley.... [more]
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Sailing Arabia The Tour - Courrier Dunkerque claim Leg 1 victory
Nicky Moore,
Sailing Arabia - The Tour 2012 first leg concluded in darkness in Doha, Qatar, last night with Daniel Souben's Courrier Dunkerque claiming a leg one victory for the all-French team. Souben's crew led the nine-strong fleet from start to finish, rounding the windward top mark in clear air ahead of closest rivals Bertrand Pace on Team Commercial Bank and Cedric Pouligny, Team BAE Systems... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Adam Minoprio making his mark offshore
Emirates Team NZ,
Adam Minoprio is widely regarded as a rising star in New Zealand yachting. Three years ago at just 24 he became world match racing champion the youngest ever and has an impressive string of titles behind him including the Monsoon Cup and New Zealand Sailor of the Year. Adam was only the fourth Kiwi to win the world match racing champs... [more]
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First Pattaya International Multihull Festival a huge success
Peter Cummins,
The First Pattaya International Multihull Festival was raced off the host club, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in South Pattaya last week and it was an outstanding success.... [more]
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Sea anchor - do you know how to use yours to save your life?
Sail-World Cruising,
A sea anchor, like an EPIRB, is something one hopes never to have to use. However, it can save your life, so it's not much use having it take up valuable stowage space unless you know how to use it. Zack Smith is one of the world's foremost experts in sea anchors and heads para-anchor manufacturer Fiorentino's Research and Development Team. He here espouses his 'constant rode tension' theory.... [more]
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RC44 Puerto Calero Cup final day images from Carlo Borlenghi
The Sail-World Team,
On the final day of the RC44 Puerto Calero Cup, Team Aqua sailed to their first victory of the 2012 season. Renowned Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on hand to capture this stunning gallery of images which he now shares with us.... [more]
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Class Regatta Port Shelter at the Royal Hong Kong YC
Koko Mueller,
This year, the Class Regatta Port Shelter, organized by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and presented by Jeanneau, got off to a slow start, with Race Officer Andrew Taylor struggling to find sufficient breeze to set the two races the fleet was expecting.... [more]
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RC44 Puerto Calero Cup victory to Team Aqua
Jo Grindley,
The RC44 Puerto Calero Cup has now wrapped up the final day of competition. After a three hour wait for the breeze to fill in, AEZ took their second race win in Lanzarote, but Team Aqua were not far behind giving them their first event win of the 2012 season.... [more]
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GME – An Australian company taking the search out of Search and Rescue
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Having activated an Australian made GME 406 EPIRB and listened to the throb of an Australian Navy Seahawk as it approached in the darkness towards our stricken boat in huge seas in the 1998 Sydney Hobart race, this writer is very favourably inclined towards GME EPIRBS and these days even more so with GME producing EPIRBS with GPS.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: Big increase in global media exposure reported
Extreme Sailing Series,
Havas Sponsorship Insights final media evaluation for the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series confirms a near three-fold increase in value from €9.5m in 2010 to €25.7m – putting the relevance of the absolute numbers aside, the increase in coverage year on year is an important result for this event as it goes in to its sixth season.... [more]
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Why not 'sail' the coast of Turkey in a gulet?
Des Ryan,
For those who love the idea of a sailing holiday in the Med but don't want to sweat and grind your own way through precious holiday time or navigate through unknown waters, a sailing holiday on a gulet off the coast of Turkey could be just the answer. What's a gulet? Read on...... [more]
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Italian, Greek taxes send yachts to Turkey, Croatia, Montenegro
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Yachts heading for the Med would be well to research the country they intend to spend most of their time or berth for the winter. Italy's recent tax on yacht berthing is likely to have the same effect as the 2009 tax on yachts in Greece. It has compelled about 4,000 Greek yacht owners to pull their yachts out, not including the foreign yachts which instead chose Turkey Montenegro or Croatia.... [more]
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America's Cup - Ben Ainslie joins Oracle Racing for 34th edition
America's Cup,
34th America's Cup - Britain's most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Ben Ainslie, is all set to become a full time member of Oracle Racing for the upcoming edition on Francisco Bay in 2013. Before then, Ainslie will compete with his new team, Ben Ainslie Racing, on the America's Cup World Series circuit.... [more]
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Olympic contender Viper strikes ahead of evaluation trials
Viper International Class Association,
At the Pattaya International Multihull Festival, multiple Olympian Carolijn Brouwer and crewmate Brett Goodall sailed their Viper to victory with the boat outperforming its rivals for a spot on the 2016 Olympic program at the week-long event.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Academy set to welcome youth groups in Sanya
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The VOR Academy is set to welcome two groups of Chinese youth sailors this weekend in Sanya. The first visiting squad is made up of four teams of Optimist dinghy sailors who have travelled from the National Training Centre in Haikou to take part in the Team Racing Clinic starting February 10 and running through to February 12.... [more]
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Mt Gay Rum 2012 Neptune Regatta – the fleet heads south
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
This year's edition of Asia's unique adventure race took off on Monday 06 Feb with a combined start for all divisions in 10kts of northeasterly breeze, out in front of Turi Beach on the north shore of Batam – just across the Strait from Singapore.... [more]
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RYA Tribunal rules no further penalty for Ben Ainslie
Louise Nicholls,
The RYA Tribunal met on 9 February 2012 to consider a report dated 14 December 2011 received pursuant to the Racing Rules of Sailing Rule 69.1(c) from the International Jury at the ISAF Sailing World Championships held in Perth, December 2011.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Korea sign two current Olympic World Champions
Team Korea have announced that their America's Cup sailing team has been joined by two current World Champion sailors. Australian Nathan Outteridge comes aboard as new skipper and helmsman,looking to continue the success that the team has had with its policy of using young skiff talent to lead its challenge for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper calling in the coaches
Skipper Chris Nicholson is keen Camper set themselves up well for the fourth leg with a strong showing in the Sanya In-Port race and Coach Rod Davis and team video analyst Joey Allan are flying to Sanya to work with Chris Nicholson's crew on their short course racing.... [more]
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ISAF Match Race Rankings – Williams and Tunnicliffe remain on top
ISAF Match Race Rankings - Anna Tunnicliffe and Ian Williams have retained their place at the top of the Rankings. The top 25 rankings places remain unchanged since the last release with World Match Racing Tour Champion Ian Williams remaining well in front ahead of Francesco Bruni (ITA) and Jesper Radich (DEN).... [more]
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