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 13 Apr 2012

The breeze is in for the AC45 in Naples, but we have the sunshine in Subic Bay, Philippines! The Korea International Boat Show is 'all sold out' and L'Hydroptere looks amazing. Read all about it!

Guy Nowell, Editor

Commodore's Cup 2012 – Hi Fi leads in fair weather sailing
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Out on the blue waters of Subic Bay today it was ‘business as usual' – meaning 10kts of breeze and plenty of sunscreen, please. Race Officer Jerry Rollin rolled out two sausage courses for the IRC Racing and IRC Racing/Cruising classes, and a 13nm scenic tour for the PY Cruisers taking in places with interesting names such as Barretto and Mayanga and ending up back at the marina entrance.... [more]
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Korea International Boat Show 2012 - all sold out
KIBS Media,
A total of 181 companies – 94 domestic and 87 overseas - have taken all the available space. The pattern this year has been for larger space bookings underlining the quality of the show and the growing confidence in this emerging market. With a waiting list of over 20 companies, Special Adviser to the show Tim Coventry said, 'We are a victim of our own success!... [more]
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Fisher's View: Barker is twice victorious on America's Cup WS + Video
Bob Fisher,
The first race of the day proved a triumphal march for Dean Barker and the ETNZ crew. They led around every mark to finish 2:27 ahead of Chris Draper in Luna Rossa - Piranha. More importantly, Jimmy Spithill was way back, in seventh place; it put the Kiwi team six points clear in the overall standings.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race - Spirit and determination know no bounds
The Rolex China Sea Race is an offshore racing classic that in 2012, will mark its 50th Anniversary race and 'fifty years is a significant milestone for any sailing event,' explains Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) Commodore Ambrose Lo.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series Naples - Images of the action from day two have been provided by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Emirates Team New Zealand class of the fleet
America's Cup,
America's Cup World Series Naples is currently underway. On the second day of racing leading skipper Dean Barker showed his Emirates Team New Zealand remains the class of the fleet by winning both fleet races on Thursday. In scoring two victories, Barker now sits clear ahead of his rival James Spithill by a whopping nine points on the Naples leaderboard.... [more]
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Commodore's Cup 2012 - Hi Fi opens the batting
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Yesterday, Opening Night at the Commodore's Cup, Subic Bay, Philippines. Skippers' Briefing followed by a party with fire dancing, live bands and and singing in the gardens in front of The Lighthouse. All afternoon the breeze had been blowing a pleasant 8-10 kts out in the Bay, although Hi Fi managed to find some stronger puffs that put paid to one of their spinnakers during the practice race... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet find stable breeze
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race Class40s have found relatively stable breeze, after ten days at sea, and the race is on to the Celox Sailing Scoring Gate off Natal on the coast of Brazil. GOR leader, Cessna Citation, dug into the easterly breeze early on Wednesday morning and around 24 hours later, Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo on Financial Crisis began to pick-up speed at midnight Wednesday/Thursday... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race 2012 - 50th anniv. is true offshore challenge
The 2012 race saw a clean start just off the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, with winds of 12-15 knots propelling the fleet out of Victoria Harbour. Genuine Risk led the fleet the first evening followed by Neil Pryde's Hi Fi. Almost 24 hours later, the surge in the monsoon, which was responsible for the race's strong Harbour start, receded and was replaced by a south-easterly... [more]
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AC World Series Naples opens in spectacular fashion + Video
America's Cup,
The America's Cup World Series Naples opened in spectacular fashion as strong winds and big waves created thrilling racing conditions. The AC45 catamarans, powered by their powerful wing sails, were leaping out of the water, launched into the air by the heavy sea state.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Opening Day, Naples - The unexpected breeze + Video
Bob Fisher,
It seems almost ironic that wing extensions were designed and constructed especially for the light and fluky winds of the Bay of Naples . . . not the conditions that the competitors found on the opening day of the AC World Series regatta. Instead the first race began for the nine boats in 19 knots of south-westerly that blew from a grey sky causing a lumpy sea.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf Regatta training ground for Olympic stars
Infinity Communications,
Asia's largest multi-class regatta, the Top of the Gulf Regatta, will take place in Thailand 4 – 8 May 2012 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya. Eight years young, the 2012 Regatta will attract over 600 sailors and 300+ boats and boards, to take part in what has become a 'Festival of Sail' in the Gulf of Thailand, and a key date on the Asian sailing calendar.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper passes the landmark of ocean sailing, at last
Hamish Hooper,
Finally we have reached and rounded one of the Holy Grails of ocean sailing- Cape Horn... without as much as a glimpse of it. Unfortunately when we rounded it was dark, no moon to even lighten it for a slight sighting. Includes Video... [more]
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Hydroptère at her home in La Ciotat
Words: Fred Eagle Images: Christophe Launay,
Enjoy these photos from our visit to the legendary Hydroptère DCNS trimaran at her home in La Ciotat to have a look at her stylish and apropos ‘flying fish' livery which began application on the main hulls over the winter season thanks to the creative design process by the agency Dragon Rouge.... [more]
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Video selections from,
For your enjoyment, the Sail-World team world-wide is bringing you a mixture of interesting recent clips and some historic footage each week. This week we have clips of Team Oracle USA getting ready for the ACWS Naples, lsten carefully to the accents of the US crew.... [more]
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The sinking of the Titanic - what has it taught today's sailors?
Boat US/Sail-World Cruising,
One of the most infamous ocean tragedies of all time is being remembered this week, the sinking of the Titanic, just 100 years ago, on April 15, 1912. America's Boat US Foundation asks - what have ocean travelers of today learned from the Titanic tragedy?... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Kiwi bowman slashes wrist during mast cut away
Volvo Ocean Race,
Groupama bowman Brad Marsh needed five staples in his wrist, as well as treatment for shock, after accidentally plunging a knife in his wrist in the immediate aftermath of the team's dismasting on Leg 5. Marsh revealed the extent of his injury for the first time in a video from the boat, released after the team -- with a recovered Marsh on board -- resumed racing under jury rig on their way to... [more]
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Indonesian sandeq sets sail for France
Jakarta Globe,
Between 7 meters and 11 meters long, the sandeq is the traditional fishing vessel of the Mandar people, although variations of the boat's design can be found in several tribes. The word 'sandeq' means pointed, referring to the sharp, sweeping bow of the boat, which enables it to slice through heavy seas and places it among the fastest traditional vessels in the world.... [more]
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