Abu Dhabi's VO70 Azzam completes second 'ship-trip'. The future of the VOR? Mike Sanderson speaks...

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 21 Apr 2012

Regatta organisers everywhere have the same problem - getting people to sign on. They say they're going to, they are going to, and eventually do. But not before there has been a great deal of tearing of hair. It's not just that they are after your money, chaps, it's more a case wanting to know who is competing so that they can organise boats into divisions, instead of doing it all in a lather, five minutes before the first warning signal.

We received a message from the people at Top of the Gulf a couple of days ago: "Many of out anticipated local entries have not yet signed up for the Top of the Gulf. To help us with planning, your entry should be made without delay. Payment can be made on line via the website, or to the Simpson Office (Khun Ann), or at registration, but we do need your entry details so we can complete preliminary classes and confirm social and catering arrangements."

Heck, they can't make it any easier, can they? So come on, fellers, do the paperwork. And then get ready for another first class regatta out of Ocean Marina.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Mike Sanderson on the present and future of the Volvo Ocean Race
Richard Gladwell,
Mike Sanderson was the youngest ever skipper to win the Volvo Ocean Race when he skippered the Volvo 70 ABN Amro, otherwise known as Black Betty, to victory in the 2005/06 edition of the round the world classic. Sail-World caught up with Mike Sanderson while he was in Auckland, after pulling out of Leg 5, and sought his views on a range of issues overhanging the future of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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5th Xiamen International Boat Show. With wedding photography.
What's On Xiamen,
Following the breathtaking 2012 Xiamen International Marathon Race, Xiamen will again draw the international spotlight with its annual international boat show. The fifth China (Xiamen) International Boat Show, which is themed with 'Exploring Sea Culture, Enjoying New Life' this year, is scheduled to be held during second-5th November at scenic Wuyuan Bay.... [more]
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He's done it! Sailor sets Around-Americas solo sailing record
Nancy Knudsen,
He's done it! Matt Rutherford crossed the finish line at the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel Bridge in Norfolk, Va., at 10:48 a.m. Wednesday, becoming the first solo sailor to circumnavigate North and South America nonstop. Rutherford, who is sailing a 27-foot boat called the St. Brendan, steps on land for the first time today (Saturday) at noon during a public ceremony in Annapolis in Maryland, USA.... [more]
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EU Warship Escorts Freed Dhow to Yemeni Coast
EU NAVFOR/Sail-World,
Dhows have for centuries been sailing the coasts of Africa and the Middle East, for fishing and for transport. But today's dhow crews are also vulnerable to the attacks of Somali pirates Unlike the rest of us, they depend completely on these waters. So there is always great joy when the crew of a dhow is freed by the efforts of the coalition and EU forces in the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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2016 Women's Skiff Evaluation - Panel report and recommendations
The Evaluation Panel is unanimous in recommending that one of two boats is selected as the Equipment for the Women's Skiff event in the 2016 Olympic Sailing competition.... [more]
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PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup - Day 2 and still on standby
Chris Yates,
On day two of the 2012 PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup, there was an air of excitement early on as the day started with glorious sunshine and the anticipation that the thermal winds would kick in and deliver the perfect conditions for racing. However, as the afternoon developed, the weather turned increasingly stormy and inclement, which prevented the wind from strengthening.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 - Victory to The Wave, Muscat + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 final day of racing got underway today. An ecstatic Leigh McMillan and his crew on board The Wave, Muscat won Act 2 with a race to spare, a feat rarely achieved on the circuit, and move into the lead for the overall Series.... [more]
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ISAF releases 2016 Kiteboarding Format Evaluation reports
The 2016 Kiteboarding Format Evaluations were held in Santander, Spain from 21st to 25th March 2012. ISAF has now released the Evaluation and Technical reports.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40 Sec. Hayai sails through strings of seaweed
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - The majority of the Class40s are now the furthest offshore since the start of Leg 4 in Punta del Este, Uruguay, 18 days ago as Cessna Citation leads the fleet towards the Caribbean's Windward Islands in the North-East Trade Winds.... [more]
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Sailing the Arctic - the opening sea routes
Des Ryan,
Want to sail the Arctic? With global warming gradually changing the profile of the world's northern seaways, many of the world's seafaring nations are looking at the northern sea routes for alternative shipping routes. But where a ship may go, so may a yacht, so if you're after adventure, there are routes possible that one could have only dreamed of once.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Camper to seek redress on Telefonica decision
The joint New Zealand/Spanish entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ has given notice that she wishes to have the International Jury reconsider their decision announced today of the extra sail use by overall race leader, Telefonica. The jury decided the original rule was ambiguous and that Telefonica were reasonable in assuming they were in compliance.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40 Sec. Hayai restarts racing from Fortaleza
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race Dutch team of Erik van Vuuren and Yvonne Beusker, at 20:30 GMT on Wednesday night, restarted racing from Fortaleza, Brazil, coming out of the blocks going fast, hitting ten knot averages as they pulled away from the coast with Class40 Sec. Hayai and remain the only double-handed team south of the Equator.... [more]
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MOD70 Multi One Championships - Oman Sail announce new team
Jo Grindley,
Three of Oman's most celebrated sailors will join a top international crew for the first ever one-design trimaran MOD70 Multi One championships. Oman's Fahad Al Hasni, Mohsin Al Busaidi, and Khamis Al Anbouri joined skipper Sidney Gavignet (FRA) in the French city of Lorient as Oman Sail's new next generation 70ft one-design multihull went into the water for the first time last week.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 - Shannon Falcone joins Puma crew
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 winner Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg announced today that Shannon Falcone will sail onboard Puma's Mar Mostro for Leg 6 from ItajaĆ­, Brazil, to Miami, Florida, USA. Falcone takes the place of bowman Casey Smith who injured his back during the last leg of the race from Auckland, New Zealand, to ItajaĆ­.... [more]
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PWA World Tour Reggio Calabria World Cup preview
PWA World Tour,
As the opening event of the 2012 PWA world tour approaches, competitors will be travelling to a completely new destination on the PWA calendar.... [more]
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Solar-powered yacht's circumnavigation - in the home stretch
Sail-World Cruising,
Turanor Planet Solar, the largest solar yacht in the world, has conquered the Red Sea and the Suez Canal and arrived in the Mediterranean. With the threat of pirates keeping all prudent sailors away from the Gulf of Aden approach to the Red Sea, theirs is not only a solar power triumph but also a pretty unusual voyage.... [more]
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