Boat breaking VOR, Genuine Risk for Rolex China Sea, Top of teh Gulf coming up, more

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 22 Mar 2012

In case you missed it all, the Volvo fleet left Auckland en route for Cape Horn in ferocious conditions. Abu Dhabi ripped out a forward ring frame just five hours into the race, went back for a fix, and then declined to re-start as the weather and sea state had deteriorated even further. Stiff stuff indeed.

Back in Asia, and all eyes are on Hong Kong as the fleet gears up for the Rolex China Sea Race which starts on 04 April, with Geoff Hill's newly acquired Dubois 90, Genuine Risk, a good bet for line honours, and hoping for a crack at the race record. And of course right after the RCSR is the Commodore's Cup in Subic - definitely worth sticking around for.

And it's only six weeks to go to the Top of the Gulf Regatta at Pattaya, Thailand. Organisers are expecting a bumper fleet to fill up the newly-expanded berthing at Ocean Marina. If you count the beach cats, the Platu OD division and the Thai Oppie Nationals as well as the Big Boats, there should be 300 boats on the water. And it's not too late to join in what is always a first class event - just go to, wave your credit card or slip a few dollars through PayPal, and you're in. Can't say it's hard to enter, can you?

Sail-World Asia is looking forward to reporting from somewhere rather warmer and less grey than Hong Kong. Bring it on!

Guy Nowell, Editor

Rolex China Sea Race expects Genuine Risk
Koko Mueller,
The Rolex China Sea Race this year expects Genuine Risk, a Dubois 90 maxi owned by Geoff Hill, to compete in the race which gets underway on 4 April. She arrived by container last week and went straight to a yard to be commissioned and is being put into the water today.... [more]
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Asia's best head to 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta
Event Media,
The fleet line-up for the 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta, held 4-8 May off Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien, Pattaya, Thailand, is set to be one of the most competitive yet.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet crosses International Date Line
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet crossed the International Date Line into the western hemisphere. In a 40,000-mile circumnavigation in which the crews are people like you – from all walks of life and representing more than 40 nationalities – such milestones are to be celebrated, as much from a reflective viewpoint as a spur to overcome the challenges ahead.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race; Auckland Stopover all but a Hazy and Fond Memory
Crosbie Lorimer,
As the Volvo Ocean Race fleet finally reach their natural environment in the Southern Ocean, the hammering that the crews have taken in the three days since the Leg 5 start last Sunday must have rendered their recollections of that short but popular stopover in Auckland a distant and hazy memory.... [more]
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America's Cup Chairman to head AC World Series Development
Stephanie Martin,
The chairman of America's Cup marketing arm is switching roles to become its head of world series development, allowing him to focus efforts exclusively on finding new America's Cup World Series venues and generating increased broadcast revenues from the burgeoning growth of America's Cup competitive sailing.... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations - Skiffs and multihulls Day 4 + Video
Day four in Santander began with light winds which led to sailing being briefly postponed. Despite waiting for breeze, it was a productive morning for the female skiff sailors as they joined Evaluation Panel members Adrienne Cahalan (AUS) and Sylvia Vogl (AUT) in an informal session where they all gave feedback on the skiffs they'd sailed so far.... [more]
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Hainan Rendez-Vous announces sponsors for 2012 show
Sherry Ding,
Organisers of the Hainan Rendez-Vous today announced the names of the major sponsors for their upcoming 2012 edition in Sanya. The sponsors are: Chopard; Pernod Ricard; Mandarin Oriental, Sanya; UBS; and BMW.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: And a smashing good time was had by all
A dislocated shoulder, a broken bunk and a leaking boat are just some of the damages on a list that is fast growing as Telefónica continue to lead the fleet in challenging conditions. Overnight Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reported that new crewman trimmer Thomas Johanson had dislocated his shoulder in the violent conditions and bowman Casey Smith was bunk bound with a back injury.... [more]
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Anatomy of a rescue - from the helicopter
Mark Cannell,,
New Zealand helicopter crewman Mark Cannell has put fingers to keyboard to tell the story, from the helicopter crews' viewpoint, of a rescue on 3rd March. He wrote it to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service, and it provides a graphic insight into the lives of those that cruising sailors depend on in the hopefully unlikely event of needing to be rescued:... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: 'The hardest opening night I have ever done' + Video
Hamish Hooper,
Hamish Hooper blogs from on board Camper, after their first night at sea on Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race: 'As predicted that was, a particularly torrid night. At times it was blowing 43 knots and the guys on deck were trying to tame the beast under such chaotic conditions. In the bunk about an inch below the carbon fibre deck I could hear the guys yelling as loud as they could... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi leaves New Zealand coast in 55kt winds
Abu Dhabi, the Farr designed Volvo 70 appears to have cleared the Hauraki Gulf and resumed racing on the fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. She passed through the Colville Channel at around 2100hrs chasng the other five competitors who are now over 500nm ahead.... [more]
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Are Antarctic visitors introducing invasive alien plant species?
British Antarctic Survey,
Seeds attached to visitors' (including sailors') clothing and bags may introduce invasive alien plant species that could damage the Antarctic continent's ecosystems, according to information published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) this week.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series host venue bidding process commences
Extreme Sailing Series,
The tender and selection process for venues with interest in hosting an Extreme Sailing Series event between 2013-2016 has begun, with three new slots opening up in 2013. The bid process closes 18th May 2012, with Host Venue decisions made by 29th June. The Extreme Sailing Series is delivering ever increasing tangible, year-on-year, benefits for Host Venues... [more]
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RS:X World Windsurfing Championships - Who are the fans betting on?
Rory Ramsden,
RS:X World Windsurfing Championships are to be held in the Bay of Cadiz from 21 to 28 March 2012. Olympic windsurfing is big in Israel. Out the six medals won by athletes for their country, at least three have been in windsurfing so it's not surprising that windsurfing fans in Israel are so passionate about their stars.... [more]
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Images of the Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet hits the tough stuff
Paul Todd,
Volvo Ocean Race photographer, Paul Todd, flew over the the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as they hit heavy weather at the start of Leg 5, exiting the Hauraki Gulf - and captured the return of Abu Dhabi to Auckland... [more]
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