News from Langkawi - at last!

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 29 Feb 2012

We have been very disappointed with the media coverage provided by the organisers of the 15th Asian Sailing Championships that took place in Langkawi recently. In fact, as far as we can tell, there wasn't any. We received no press releases, there are no news stories on the event website, and there is no photo gallery from which media can download images. Which means that to all intents and purposes, the event was completely invisible - and if it is invisible, it may not have happened at all. Trees falling in the forest, and all that.

In fact, it involved more than 270 competitors from 19 nations, racing in Lasers, 29ers, 420s, 470s, Hobie 16s, windsurfers and Optimists. A veritable sail-fest, but one that has gone largely unnoticed by many. What a shame for the competitors, and what a shame for the sponsors, too.

When you do find the website ( it is practically unintelligible. There's no entry list, no class/division list, no race reports, no photos. Just a list of pdfs containing spreadsheets of results. So, well done the Malaysian Sailing Association, the Kedah Sailing Association and the Asian Sailing Federation for putting on what (apparently) was a great small-boats regatta – but, sorry, no marks at all for telling anyone about it.

Organisers of major events should take a look at websites that really work for the event, like the Phuket King's Cup ( or even the Volvo Ocean Race ( You wouldn't want your Club's flagship event or World Championship to disappear into the electronic mist without a trace, would you, now? And nor would your sponsors...

Guy Nowell, Editor

15th Asian Sailing Championships: 9 medals for Hong Kong, inc 3 gold.
Florence de Changy,
The event gathered 275 sailors from 19 countries and 60 technical officials (including international jury, measurement controllers and race officers). Participating countries included China, India, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Korea. Hong Kong entered the highest number of participants, 25 boats and 35 sailors, second only to the host country, Malaysia, which entered 32 boats. Hong Kong was pres... [more]
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Boracay Cup 2012 - Racers flying, cruisers confused,
15-20kts from ENE greeted sailors on the first day of the Boracay Cup. It never fails to disappoint, and as an increase is forecast over the coming days, we are in for another spectacular display of sailing. PRO Jerry Rollin chose lengthy passage races to suit the three classes that took them the length of Boracay Island, into the Carabao Channel, up to San Jose Point or Tablas Island and back... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Too tight to call in late running Leg 4
Richard Gladwell,
With around 3700nm to sail to Auckland, and nine days left to do it, not too many around the Auckland waterfront are picking a finish as scheduled on 8 March, In Auckland. Projections run by Sail-World using Predictwind's routing function have the fleet currently finishing at 11.00am on the 15 March - three days before Leg 5 is due to start from Auckland.... [more]
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15th Asian Sailing Champs, 2012: what the young HK competitors thought
Sue Tulloch, RHKYC Youth Sailing Class Chairman,
A fabulous Championship was had by all, with many challenges due to the very difficult and different sailing conditions from those we experience sailing in Hong Kong, with many new skills being learned along the way. Here are some comments from the Hong Kong Team over the course of the Championship.... [more]
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15th Asian Sailing Champs, 2012: a view from the shore
Sue Tulloch, RHKYC Youth Sailing Class Chairman,
It has been a fabulous Championship, with over 217 competitors and 17 nations participating, with challenging conditions such as sporadic wind shifts, very strong currents and extremely hot weather. It was frequently difficult for competitors to hold their place on the start line due to the strength of the current threatening to push them over, but of course everyone had the same conditions... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Global Party at the Auckland Stopover
Penny Dain,
There's a Global Party lined up for the Race Village in the Viaduct during the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. A rolling programme of entertainment for twelve hours each day - from 9am to 9pm - has been put together for the Stopover which runs from 8 - 18 March. And it's all free.... [more]
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HK 29er team steal gold from ex World champion in Asian championships
Florence de Changy,
Hong Kong sailors and windsurfers won nine medals, including two Gold from 15th Asian sailing championships. The event gathered 275 sailors from 19 countries and 60 technical officials (including international jury, measurement controlers and race officers).... [more]
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Subic-Boracay Race 2012: slow overnight passage,
Ten to twelve knots of Easterly breeze saw the yachts on a flying start out of Subic Bay but faded away at sunset and consequently turned the approaches and trip through the Verde Island passage into an overnight struggle. Navigators and tacticians were left pulling their hair out in the stop/start affair, trying to find the right path through the minefield.... [more]
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Asian Sailing Championships - three golds for Thailand
The Nation,
Among the gold-winners was Olympic hopeful Laser sailor Keerati Bualong who battled shifting winds to finish first in seven races and second in four, for a winning total of 15 points in the Olympic Laser Standard class. Malaysia's Kahirulnizam Bin Mohd Afendy was second on 24 points and China's Zhou Jinfu third on 36 points.... [more]
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Winners of Sailing Arabia race feted, Omani team placed 3rd
Ali Ahmed al Riyami, Oman Observer,
The French-flagged Team Courrier Dunkerque took top honours as all nine competing teams crossed the finish line for the final fifth leg of the Sailing Arabia competition and, together with second place Qatari-flagged Team Commercialbank and third place Omani-flagged Team BAE Systems, took to the podium after being handed their awards by the guest of honour, His Highness Sayyid Harub bin Thuwaini a... [more]
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Sailing Arabia The Tour – Superb competition
Tanguy Blondel,
Sailing Arabia The Tour - Winning four of the six races, Daniel Souben and his men, 2010 World Farr 30 Champions, four-time winners of the French Crewed Championship and double winners of the Tour de France à la Voile, sailed a superb competition and established themselves as the major protagonists in world crewed racing.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Danish team unveiled
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - A new team in the form of Team Trifork from Denmark can finally be unveiled today as the eighth team in the starting blocks for the first Act of the series in Muscat, Oman. The team will be co-skippered by Jes Gram-Hansen on helm and Rasmus Kostner, tactician, who both come from a World Match Racing Tour and America's Cup background... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour announces new title sponsor
World Match Racing Tour,
World Match Racing Tour - Alpari, a global association of companies providing online foreign exchange ('Forex', 'FX'), precious metals and CFD trading services, today announced a five-year title partnership with the World Match Racing Tour. Jim O'Toole, CEO of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, today joined David Stuart, COO of Alpari in the City of London to announce the title sponsorship.... [more]
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Video: Star sailing in a 40kt 'breeze'
Valentin Mankin,
After a two weeks stop for his honeymoon, top Star sailor Diego Negri a few days ago started training again in Loano (SV, Italy) with his bowman Enrico Voltolini. In this video, you can see how fast 'an old lady', like a Star, can sail with 40 kts of wind.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover: Up close and personal!
Penny Dain,
Spectators will have a great close-up view of the world's fastest monohulls in action as the Volvo Open 70s race in Waitemata Harbour during the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. Organisers announced the courses today for the Pro-Am Races on Friday 16 March, the In-Port Race on Saturday 17 March and the Departure and Start of Leg 5 on Sunday 18 March.... [more]
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Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan 2012, Race 7 another win for 7 - Video
Bob Killick,
The A team, with Jarvin, Babbage, and Newton brought the 'Red Rocket', Gotta Love it 7 home for their sixth bullet to complete their total domination of the 2012 JJ.... [more]
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Ice detection with FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras
Drew Valentine,
Thanks to FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras can help today's arctic mariners find the safest way through the ice. Ice detection tests were carried out by FLIR in Greenland using the FLIR models M-612L and M-625L. The FLIR M-Series thermal imaging camera is available with a variety of sensors and resolutions to meet a wide range of maritime needs.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 a sensational success this year
Trish Jenkins,
The fourth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 hosted by the Antigua Yacht Club, was a sensational success. The Caribbean's only offshore yacht race attracted some of the world's most stunning yachts in addition to the Corinthian entries. A total of 578 sailors from 36 different countries took part in a memorable race.... [more]
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Sailing Arabia The Tour - Leg 5 winner
Nicky Moore,
Sailing Arabia The Tour's penultimate leg was a slow upwind battle from start to finish, with waves over four metres high, container ships and fishing nets making it by far the most unpredictable leg to date. The teams set off from Dibba, Oman for the 135 mile leg to Mussanah.... [more]
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Dubai Traditional 43ft Dhow Sailing Championship 43ft champion crowned
Alice Ekonomou,
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's boat 'Al Zeer' was crowned the new champion at the end of the third and final heat of the Dubai Traditional 43ft Dhow Sailing Championships... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 final race images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Yesterday was the final day of racing at the 2012 Etchells Worlds, sailed in the waters off Sydney Heads... [more]
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Overwhelming interest in ISAF Kiteboarding Format Trials
Markus Schwendtner,
The ISAF and IKA Kiteboarding Format Trials in respect of a possible inclusion of kiteboarding inthe 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition has received overwhelming support by MNAs, National Class Associations and Manufacturers. Originally planned for 8-12 participants, within the application period more than 36 nominations were received from all parts of the world.... [more]
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Ancient barque to be reconstructed for museum
Renate Johns,
A Japanese University has provided a $10million grant to help see the reconstruction of one of the oldest known boats in the world near the Giza Pyramid. Archaeologists on Monday began restoration on the 4,500-year-old almost 43m barque, which was used during the life of its owner Khufu,(King Cheops), but was apparently also meant to carry him into the afterlife.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Qingdao arrive in home port
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After 22 gruelling days at sea Qingdao has made it to its home port - crossing the finishing line in Fushan Bay at 1828 UTC. It's been a rough journey for the Qingdao crew, being hit by the 'home port curse' and arriving in last place, but spirits were soon lit up, as a spectacular welcome in China's ‘Capital of Sailing' awaited them.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012: And the Podium Places go to ...
Tracey Johnson,
The podium places in the Etchells World Championship 2012 decided after an intense nine-race battle on the offshore courses.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds – The 2012 Champion is crowned
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The ninth and final race in the 2012 Etchells World Championship was scheduled to start on the Manly Circle at 12 noon, Saturday 25 February. The match up everyone was waiting for was between Tom King (Iron Lotus) and Graeme ‘GT' Taylor (Magpie), second on the leader board.... [more]
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Curiouser and curiouser - Why did super yacht Yogi sink?
Lee Mylchreest,
Eight days after the mystery sinking of the superacht Yogi off Skyros, Greece, the Turkish Shipyard that built the yacht admits they are no nearer knowing why it sank as they and their lawyers have been unable to interview the Captain and crew or obtain written statements. This is in spite of an earlier statement that they were to talk to the Captain and crew two days after the incident. .... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Winners announced
Louay Habib,
RORC Caribbean 600 - It has been a busy 24 hours at the Antigua Yacht Club. At dawn today only three yachts were still at sea vying to complete the course before tonight's Prizegiving celebrations and all of the class winners are now provisionally decided. The bar at the Antigua Yacht Club has been in full swing, buzzing with stories between the crews and songs in a myriad of different languages.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright,
RORC Caribbean 600 images from photographer Tim Wright/ [more]
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