Neanderthals were great sailors, and more...

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 02 Mar 2012

Further to our comments about event coverage (or lack of) at the beginning of this week, we now have the Quick Guide, aka Sailing Sponsorship Proposals 101. Event organisers please note - a short read, but important, and to the point.

Of course we are great believers in the internet here, but if you are looking for some quality print, get hold of a copy of YACHTstyle. You may not be able to afford all the boats, but they look good! And you'll definitely recognize the regattas. This used to be published by Edipresse in Hong Kong, but has just been acquired by new owners who say that their very first project is to make the ‘picture book' easier to find. Better distribution in other words. Next issue, June.

The Volvo boats are hitting 500nm days as they charge towards the equator. Remembering what it was like wandering around the bay in 2-3kts on board Camper in Sanya just a couple of weeks ago, it's hard to imagine! And they are worrying that the breeze might drop to a mere 10kts as the approach the Pacific Doldrums? Mmm... we've done plenty of sailing in 10kts of breeze, so not a lot of sympathy there!

Guy Nowell, Editor

Volvo Ocean Race - Into the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race sleigh ride of the past two days is coming to an end and Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) is the clear victor. With 2,532 nautical miles (nm) to run to the finish the teams are now setting up for their entry to the Doldrums, where luck will play a big part.... [more]
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New Helm for YACHTstyle magazine
Yachtstyle Asia Ltd,
YACHTstyle, Asia's premier boating magazine, has a new hand on the helm. Edipresse, who launched YACHTstyle in 2007, has decided to sell the magazine and it will no be longer be part of the Tatler Group. Managing Editor Suzy Rayment has taken over the role of Publisher of the publication.... [more]
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America's Cup: Major America's Cup TV deal announced
Richard Gladwell,
A major announcement has been made on the TV broadcast in the US of the 34th America's Cup. There was no further detail on the arrangement at this mornings weekly international media conference on America's Cup matters. However the arrangement at this stage covers only the America's Cup itself, and not the Louis Vuitton Cup and whatever is conducted as a Defender Selection Series.... [more]
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New theory: Neanderthals were great sailors
Sail-World Cruising/,
Last week Sail-World published a story about a 4,500-year-old Egyptian felucca being restored from a burial site. But that story pales considerably if the findings of an archaeologist, George Ferentinos of the University of Patras in Greece, are found to be true. He says that Neanderthals sailed the Mediterranean possibly hundreds of thousands of years ago, long before humans.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - Head to head battle
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - Groupe Edmond de Rothschild lead going into the final day of Act 1 but Oman Air are just one point off first place. Tomorrow's finale sees at least five teams in contention for the podium.... [more]
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Boracay Cup 2012: increasing the WOW! Factor,
Some skippers exclaimed 'That's the fastest my boat has ever gone!' while others felt bruised and battered after a rough and tumble ride in the Carabao Strait and the windward side of Boracay. Clocking over 20kts, Frank Pong's Reichel/Pugh 76 Jelik III looked like a bullet train as it surfed downwind and charged across the finish line. On the leeward side of Boracay, wind gusted at 35kts... [more]
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Sponsorship Proposals for Sailors 101,
Despite an increasing professionalism in the sport of sailing and yacht racing, many sailing rights holders' presentations are inferior to those prepared by 20 year old motor-racing drivers.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: A sleighride through the 500nm a day barrier
Volvo Ocean Race,
It has been a thrilling night on the racetrack when half the fleet racing in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race broke through the magical 500-nautical mile (nm) barrier. As the high-speed chase to Auckland continues to test the crews to the full, the leg leader board has a new look today.... [more]
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America's Cup - San Francisco's Pier 80 a major player
Erik Simonson,
34th America's Cup - Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) have announced a consolidated venue plan, removing Piers 30-32 for use during the America's Cup events, consolidating all racing teams at Pier 80 and build a race village at Pier 27-29.... [more]
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Hong Kong Inter-School Sailing Festival 2012
RHKYC Media,
Over 140 students making up 20 teams from 16 of Hong Kong's local and international schools and one school from Macau will be competing on the water at the tenth installment of the annual Inter-School Sailing Festival held at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Middle Island Clubhouse this coming weekend, 3-4 March.... [more]
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The onboard briefing - is yours good enough?
John Malatak/Sail-World Cruising,
John Malatak, Chief of Program Operations, US Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, offers a reminder about how important safety briefings are on board a sailing boat, and what should be included:... [more]
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15th Asian Sailing Championships: Nine medals for Hong Kong
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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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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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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