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 10 Mar 2012

Rolex China Sea Race 2012 - Golden Anniversary
Fifty years have passed since the inaugural Rolex China Sea Race - Asia's principal blue-water classic. This anniversary merits celebration and with the 2012 edition now only one month away, event organisers the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC), in cooperation with the Manila Yacht Club and the Subic Bay Yacht Club, are anticipating a memorable chapter in the history of this biennial meet.... [more]
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2012 RHKYC Nations' Cup - the Sevens, on water!
RHKYC Media,
With a strong emphasis on fun and participation, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Nations' Cup is looking to better last year's impressive entry list of 58 boats from 19 nations and are already welcoming two ‘new' nations to the the line up - Spain and Singapore.... [more]
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APSA to exhibit at PIMEX and Singapore Yacht Show
Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association (APSA) will be exhibiting at this year's Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) and Singapore Yacht Show. APSA members will be on hand to offer comprehensive information about the Asia-Pacific region, the association, its work and its member companies.... [more]
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4th Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference - 25/26 April 2012
Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference,
Run in association with the Superyacht Singapore Association, the conference will once again offer an opportunity to be part of the world's most exciting and emerging superyacht cruising and building destination, and will ensure you get a real insight into the emerging market of the Asia Pacific region.... [more]
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Strategic thinking in Korea through to 2015
Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (,
The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) of Korea announced a plan to develop superyacht marina industry. The government´s main aim is to establish Korea as a leading superyacht marina country in Northeast Asia by 2015. The Korean government has decided to expand the basis for marine leisure sports including yachts, and building upon which, to develop marina industry... [more]
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Boat Asia 2012 set to build on 2011 success
Boat Asia,
'Over S$30 million worth of yacht sales were transacted on over 10 yachts at Boat Asia in 2011,' said Mr. Ho. 'Including the sale of a Horizon EP105 luxury Explorer-type yacht worth over US$11 million [pictured below]. This beautiful tri deck, long-range explorer super yacht was sold to a Chinese customer with business interests in Singapore. The deal was clinched during the 4-day show... [more]
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World premieres announced for PIMEX 2012
Princess have an exciting line-up at PIMEX this year with Asia Premieres for the V52 – a sports yacht, and sister-ship to the award-winning V62 enclosed sports yacht – the P60 – a brand new model for Princess with features typically found on much larger yachts – and the 72MY. Princess will also be making their World boat show debut with the special edition Princess 78MY.... [more]
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The world descends on Phuket for 2012 Phuket International Boat Show
Duncan Worthington,
Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) will take place 29 March to 1st April 2012. The leading consumer boat show in Asia, PIMEX has the largest in-water boat display. Over 50 boats representing the leading boat brands from around the world, will be on display.... [more]
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AC China Team setting up shop in Sanya
China Team ACWS Media,
China Team, the sole Chinese challenger for the AC 34, to take place in San Francisco in the summer of 2013, is delighted to announce that they will set up a training base in Sanya, at the Serenity Marina. Serenity Marina will host China Team's boats and sailing requirements for the upcoming training of China Team.... [more]
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Simpson Marine reveals line up for Singapore Yacht Show
Simpson Marine,
Simpson Marine, Asia's leading yacht dealer and broker, has revealed a stunning line up eleven yachts for this year's Singapore Superyacht Show (SYS) at ONE15 Marina from April 27-29. They include a good mix of power boats, sailing boats as well as superyachts and represent the full range of Simpson Marine's business in Singapore.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 16 - Follow the Race
VOR Auckland Stopover,
As the fleet battle it out on the way into Auckland, the Race Village is open in the Viaduct. The Global Party begins with twelve hours of entertainment every day from 9am to 9pm. Today's line up includes five live bands as well as race highlights and action on the big screens. Then there's the Volvo Experience with the Grinding Challenge, the Race simulator and Air Balls on water... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland finish - Rolling Updates
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World will be covering the finish of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race from our Takapuna office, the Media Centre at the Viaduct Harbour and on the water. We expect to have two correspondents covering the finish - and will be covering the finish of all boats, at this point. This story will have the rolling updates of the situation as we know it, and will continue to the finish of the leg.... [more]
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Italy saw the light, but Greece drives visiting yachts away
Sail-World Cruising/Southeast Europe Times,
Italy may have just seen the light and eliminated a proposed berthing tax on foreign yachts, but Greece, among all its other problems, is still suffering from a bureaucracy which is driving would-be visiting yachts away to easier and cheaper countries like Turkey and Montenegro.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series gets new date and commitment + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
In 2012, Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series will get underway on 30 August and run through to 2 September, which is a week later than previously announced. The UK round of the 8-venue global circuit will now coincide with the Cardiff Harbour Festival and whilst the Extreme 40 fleet showcase their skills on the water over the three public days, spectators will also be able to take part... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 leader heads for New Zealand coast
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race leaders of the fourth leg of racing, Groupama Sailing Team, gave the fleet a masterclass in strong wind big wave sailing overnight as they slogged towards the New Zealand coast in truly hideous weather conditions. Despite constant slamming from mountainous waves up to eight metres and screaming headwinds over 30 knots the French team averaged speeds around 13 knots... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Iron rations in the carbon fibre prison
Hamish Hooper,
After suffering a delayed start, and then doing the Tour de Taiwan as the fleet found the east was best in opening stanzas of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, food is now running short as the Leg takes three or four days longer than expected. Hamish Hooper describes life aboard Camper, as they punch into heavy seas and strong winds in the final stages of the leg to Auckland.... [more]
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2012 Laser Masters Worlds preview - Hot fleets and breeze expected
Laser Masters World Championships media,
The 2012 Laser Masters World Championships will be sailed from of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron at Manly (Queensland, Australia) on Brisbane's Moreton Bay. With many world champions amongst the 233 sailors competition is expected to be tight and titles hotly contested.... [more]
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Maserati record attempt thwarted
Meaghan Van Liew,
The Maserati crew have returned to Charleston after their rudder was damaged while sailing toward Cape Hatteras last night. Maserati's windward rudder sustained significant damaged after hitting a chunk of wood in the Atlantic. Once in Charleston, the rudder will be immediately replaced with a spare.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams frustrated
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race entry Edinburgh Inspiring Capital have been racing to close the gap on the rest of the fleet since suspending racing yesterday to medevac an injured crew member. Alan Stewart is recovering after receiving hospital treatment for a fractured leg while the crew gets back to the business of racing across the Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race founder made an honorary ambassador
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race founder and chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, has been made an honorary ambassador for Qingdao Sailing Sport. The award was made this week by the Chinese Olympic sailing venue following the departure of the Clipper 11-12 Race fleet from Qingdao for the notoriously challenging Pacific Ocean leg.... [more]
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Rena Disaster: Interim report released citing combination of factors
Richard Gladwell,
The first interim report into the grounding of the 230metre containership, MV Rena, on the Astolabe Reef near Tauranga, off the East Coast of New Zealand has been released today. The incident occurred at 2.14am on 15 October 2011, and is New Zealand's biggest environmental disaster, an as yet incomplete recovery operation has cost over $130million and killed over 2000 sea creatures... [more]
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