Top prospects for Top of the Gulf

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 18 Apr 2012

This year's Top of the Gulf Regatta is shaping up to be something really special. The entry list already includes 65 names. Add in the huge fleet of Optimist contesting the Thai Nationals, and then the beach cat fleet - and now there will be 20-30 world class windsurfers in the NeilPryde Racing Series – a one-design windsurfing class world tour, racing the Olympic-standard ISAF RS:One (story below). And we are even promised the possibility of an exhibition night race with LED sails. Blimey! Bill Gasson will be feeling well pleased, we are sure.

And still on the subject of Top of the Gulf - there is still one, just one, Platu available for charter. The Coronation Cup, raced in Platus, is a highlight of the regatta and undoubtedly one of the most seriously-contested divisions on the water. If you like small keelboats, warm water, sunshine and cold beer, pick up the phone now and grab the last boat (story below). It would be a shame to miss it. My bags are packed already.

Guy Nowel, Editor

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 - Camper finally arrive in Itajai + Audio
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race entry Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand's marathon Leg 5 journey, that started in Auckland 30 days ago, is over. Camper finally arrived in Itajai, Brazil at 12:35:44 GMT on Tuesday (April 17). The crew had to sail an estimated 3000 plus extra miles compared with their rivals – meaning a total of over 9,000 miles for the leg... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper finishes, Leg 5 is completed
VolvoOcean Race,
After 31 days racing Camper finally crossed the Leg 5 finish line in Itajaí, Brazil, just after noon, at 12:35:44 UTC, having sailed an average of 1,400 nautical miles further and 11 days longer than their counterparts on the podium. Relief was visible on the faces of the 11 crew as they claimed fourth place in the race from one of their home ports, Auckland, New Zealand to Brazil, earning them... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: To Squid or not to Squid? That is the Question.
Join the team from Puma Ocean Racing as they exercise their minds around the squid graphics aboard Puma's Mar Mostro - the Monster of the Sea. She is covered in hand painted tentacles. But are the octopus stripes attracting other monsters of the sea? And what of the Sea Cat? What will the Southern Ocean bring with whales that eat squid. Should they fit a fish finder as an early warning system?... [more]
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NeilPryde Racing Series to join Thailand's Top of the Gulf Regatta
Infinity Communications,
The NeilPryde Racing Series – a one-design windsurfing class world tour – will race in Thailand for the first time at the 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf Regatta: training ground for Olympic stars
Top of the Gulf Media,
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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Coronation Cup. Boats available (just). Sign here
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The Coronation Cup is an exceptional event - a division within the fastest-growing regatta in Asia - sailed in Platu ODs. If these two boats are re-leased, there will be 15 crews on the water in what is quite possibly the most nail-biting division in the regatta. Past winners have included Ray Roberts, Rolf Heemskerk and Scott Duncanson, and every one of those has been a hard-fought victory.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Azzam heads for Itajai
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, whilst the Camper crew are battling through the South Atlantic towards Itajai, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Azzam is also making her way - on a transport ship - towards southern Brazil while two members of her shore crew work flat out on repairs.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Third Class40 division announced for 2013-14
Oliver Dewar,
The double-handed Global Ocean Race 2011-12 Class40s are currently picking up speed off Brazil in the 5,700-mile Leg 4 from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to Charleston, USA, having completed around 23,000 miles of racing since the start in Palma, Mallorca, last September and have, so far, visited three stopovers in South Africa, New Zealand and South America.... [more]
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Adastra - controllable with the touch of an iPad
Lee Mylchreest,
The problem with my iPad is that it just can't make me a cup of coffee when I need it - but it can do almost everything else, including operating the extraordinary new trimaran super yacht, just in the water, the Adastra. With its shiny body and smooth curves the unusually shaped yacht could be confused for a spacecraft if placed on a runway.... [more]
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ISAF Presidency – Candidate Kellett explains his plans
‘I have received overwhelming support from ISAF MNA's to continue my campaign to be the next President of our great sport. ‘I now take this opportunity to outline the direction, which I feel ISAF must follow during the next four years. - I have identified four principal goals: Leadership, Governance, Service and Development... [more]
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Philippines' Commodore's Cup 2012. Hi Fi wins. Speeches. Fireworks
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Today it didn't happen – the sea breeze, that is. Instead, two races went away in a solid 10kts, even if it was a bit left-right shifty, but never enough to demand an actual mark change. ‘Challenging', someone called it, but then if there were no challenge every Tom, Dick or Harry could win a yacht race, right? Hi Fi took off at great pace, and was still leading at the second top mark when a susta... [more]
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AC45 Designs - Lines and sail plans - first time published on the web
Jacques Taglang,
French designer, François Chevalier , has kindly provided a set of lines planes for the AC45 - the first time these have been published. Also included are the two sail plans for the stock wingsail and with the five metre extension.... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup - Extensions left on shore + Replay Video
Bob Fisher,
'In case there's a change in the weather ' . . . the management of the America's Cup decided to design and build wing mast extensions - Naples was a named target for this improvement - and today was ideal for these to be deployed, but . . . they were not in evidence as the breeze wavered around seven to eight knots from the east at best. Includes 23 minutes of Video highlights from Day 3... [more]
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Rise and rise of sailing in India - the magic of Lake Vembanad
Jimmy Shallet/Sail-World Cruising,
Sailing is on the verge of exploding in India, and there's no surer sign than the number of children that are discovering the sport. The state of Kerala is ideal for such activies, with its vast 'backwaters' full of waving palms and gently flat waters. Adjoining Vembanad Lake is the longest freshwater lake in India and was home this week to some young trainee sailors, as Jimmy Shallet describes:... [more]
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Commodore's Cup 2012 – Phew! What a scorcher!
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
So under blue skies and with 10kts of breeze in the bag (and a big shift expected with the incoming sea breeze, but who knows when?) all divisions went off on a grand tour of Subic Bay. From the shipyards up towards the marina, across to Baretto, all the way down to mark no. 4 beyond Grande Island and then back up to the marina. Subic Centennial Did Not Start, with a damaged steering quadrant.... [more]
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