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 23 Feb 2012

Here's the message: if you want to play in the major league, get your sponsors lined up, give them what they want, and give them value for money. This was what came over loud and clear from Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race when we spoke to him last week in Sanya. We had a 10-minute date with him which turned into 45 minutes of 'full and frank' discussion. It's worth a read.

Speaking of the VOR, the sailors were quaking in their sea boots at the thought of a trip through the Luzon Strait. But they seem to got away without either a pasting or a glass-out, and are now heading out into the big open spaces of the western Pacific where there's plenty of space to make decisions - and mistakes. Watch when they swing right and south - that's when the real fun will begin.

Knut Frostad talks about sponsorship, economics, China, and the VOR
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
While the VOR fleet are bashing their way towards Taiwan and the Luzon Strait, we were quite happy to have had a trip round the bay in somewhat lighter conditions, sun shining etc on board Camper during the Volvo stopover in Sanya. It was an interesting experience, getting up close and personal with not only the sailors but also the movers and shakers behind the scenes.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2012 - Act 1 in Oman
Extreme Sailing Series,
The first Act of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series™ is just under a week away. The circuit is now entering its sixth season and the ‘stadium racing' concept that sits at the heart of the Extreme Sailing Series is beating stronger than ever.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 day 4 images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
The Etchells Worlds day 4 was a summer day right out of the brochure with a light north easter blowing and flats seas. Andrea Francolini images from today's racing... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 Day 4 - Champagne sailing + results,
It's getting to the business end of the 2012 Etchells Worlds 2012 being sailed in the waters off Sydney Heads. There was a general recall for the first race of the day. The second start under Black Flag, was clear.... [more]
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Keerati set to hoist gold at Asian Sailing Championships
Malaysian Sailing Assoc,
Thailand's Olympic hopeful Keerati Bualong looks set to earn another Asian gold medal this week as he solidifies his first place in the Laser Standard class at the 15th Asian Sailing Championships 2012 being held in Langkawi, Malaysia.... [more]
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Top anchor producer Manson releases the Manson Boss - and more
Manson Anchors,
One of the world's leading anchor producers of new generation anchors, Manson, here brings you their latest news on everything to do with anchoring mechanisms, including the newly-released Manson Boss Anchor, the Bowmaster patented underwater Turning Mechanism, the Manson Submarine Anchor launch, completed projects in 2011 and updates for 2012, their Boat Show round up and - the Manson Olympics!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - New leader emerges as fleet exit Luzon Strait
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Camper team led the fleet through the Luzon Strait, passing within a mile of the lighthouse marking the southern tip of Taiwan at 1830 UTC tonight. Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) and Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) followed. But, at 2200 UTC tonight, a new leader had emerged and Telefónica was in back their customary position as leader of the pack.... [more]
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Asian Sailing Championships - Seven races completed at Langkawi
Ajay Narang,
The 15th Asian Sailing Championships have now completed seven races. There are a total of five different course areas within a two kilometre distance from National Sailing Centre, which is situated in the heart of Langkawi. The venue is 'abuzz' with racing each day and 42 medallists in 14 classes will be decided when the racing finishes on 25 Feb 2012.... [more]
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America's Cup: San Francisco Cup course is placed close to shore
The race course area for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco has been revealed, by America's Cup organisers. Stretching across the city shoreline from Piers 27/29 out to near the Golden Gate Bridge, the course will bring the action closer to shore than ever before in the 160-year history of the Cup.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Leading yachts spar for line honours
Louay Habib,
RORC Caribbean 600 - Last night the leading yachts were approaching Guadeloupe, rising to 1,467 m (4,813 ft) above sea-level, the island produces the most significant wind shadow on the racecourse. The 214ft Baltic ketch Hetairos was the first yacht to Guadeloupe at sunset, powering through the crystal blue waters at 18 knots.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet arriving in Qingdao
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The first teams to complete race 8 have started to arrive in Qingdao, China, today to a hero's welcome. De Lage Landen clinched first place as Geraldton Western Australia celebrated line honours. Meanwhile, Gold Coast Australia secured a podium place despite a medevac off Taiwan.... [more]
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Sailing Arabia - The Tour in-port race overall + Video
Oman Sail,
Sailing Arabia - The Tour - The Crown Prince, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Saud Al Qasimi, honoured the sailors with his presence, presiding over the nine-boat fleet as they raced off the waters of the Al Hamra Marina and Yacht Club. Hosted at the Royal Yacht Club of Ras Al Khaimah, the stopover in Ras Al Khaimah is supported by the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Investment and Development Authority... [more]
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Oyster sold to two Dutchmen
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Oyster goes Double Dutch. For the second time in four years, British luxury boat builder Oyster Marine, probably the most respected name in boat building in Britain, has been sold - this time to two Dutchmen. This is the first time the famed UK company has been out of British hands.... [more]
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Bravery Award for volunteer who rescued seven
RNLI/Sail-World Cruising,
A British volunteer is to be awarded a Silver Medal for Gallantry, one of the highest honours of the Royal National Lifesaving Institution (RNLI) for his bravery in rescuing the crew of a yacht, the sail-training owner of which has since had its accreditation removed by the Royal Yachting Association.... [more]
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McConaghy's Ker 46 - Faster!!
Blue Robinson,
When Ker Design received multiple requests to develop a yacht in the 45 foot range, which would perform well inshore and offshore on IRC and ORCi, they knew they had a formidable prototype to work from - the Ker 46 Tonnerre.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan capsize images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
There was plenty of action for the 18ft Skiffs at the JJ Giltinan regatta. Maybe even a bit too much for some to handle! Andrea Francolini images from an interesting day at the office.... [more]
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BarzOptics worldwide vision for 2012
Jeni Bone,
2012 is another busy year for Barz Optics, this week a proud sponsor the World Etchell Titles, held off Manly Sydney 20-25 February.... [more]
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Greece and Italy tough on yachts but Bermuda makes it easier
Renate Johns,
While Greece and Italy are putting up barriers to visiting yachts by charging berthing taxes and other fees Bermuda is making it easier for visiting yachts by streamlining their visa process, allowing it happen while the yacht is still enroute. This comes after last year's lengthening of the maximum period of time that yachts can visit.... [more]
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Stan Honey on navigating Groupama 3 to Jules Verne record in 2010
Vincent Casalaina,
Here's what Stan had to say about guiding Groupama 3 around the world in 48 days 7 hours and 44 minutes shaving two days off the previous record circumnavigation. He talks about how the navigator plays a crucial role in getting the boat in the optimum wind and wave pattern.... [more]
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European Yacht of the Year, Performance Cruiser: Pogo 12.5
Sail-World Cruising,
The Pogo 12.5 was voted as the European Yacht of the Year in the 'Performance Cruiser' category. It is manufactured by French company Pogo Structures. It is no ordinary cruising sailing boat, having a carbon mast, a pivoting keel if you want it, no backstay and a roached main.... [more]
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Experienced sailor's body never found after MOB incident in Thailand
Des Ryan,
They lived a sailing life, even owned and operated a sailing business, then sailed off from Australia's Whitsundays inside the Great Barrier Reef to live and sail in the waters off Malaysia. So how did experienced sailor Carmel Brookes, from Brisbane in Queensland, come to fall off her boat in comparatively calm and pleasant waters and be lost to the sea, her body never found?... [more]
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Al Tharaya, all female crew fire into action in Sail Arabia The Tour
Hannah Morris - Race Crew on board Team Al Tharaya,
Al Tharaya, the all women's team representing Oman in the Sail Arabia The Tour, has now finished the first two legs. Our international team, spanning five countries including France, Britain, America, New Zealand, and of course Oman, left the shores of Bahrain in style, blasting out to the start line in 25 knots.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Images of Sanya: The In Port Race
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman (GBR) presents this gallery of images from the In Port Race at Sanya, China - part of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012... [more]
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RS:X Class test event for equipment evaluation
Rory Ramsden,
The RS:X Class is pleased to announce their test event, to be held in Cadiz during March 9 to 14, to evaluate possible changes to the current RS:X equipment for the next quadrennial. After consulting ISAF and Neil Pryde and taking due account of the world economic situation, the class has decided to withdraw the lightweight hull from the process and focus on granular testing fins and sails only.... [more]
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Roots of Olympic Sailing Competition firmly planted in 1912
In retracing the roots of Olympic Sailing Competition, we reach back to when Nynäshamn, Sweden was selected above Gothenburg to host the 1912 Olympic Sailing Competition due to its proximity to Stockholm and its vantage points that allowed racing to be viewed from the land.... [more]
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