Rounding up a quiet sailing week in Asia

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 01 May 2012

It's been a quiet few days for sailing in Asia, but there are stories here that spread the news net a great deal wider. The terrifying 'disappearance' of a yacht in the Ensenada Race, racing traditional 60' dhows in Dubai (that's sixty feet of very non-carbon, thoroughly chunky scantlings, traditional-build - heavy, man, and not to be messed with), and a hopeful little story from Singapore about a lad who just didn't give up. The Phuket Raceweek regatta has moved to a new home (congratulations on the relocation) and the Top of the Gulf is all set to be an even bigger success than ever before. Sail-World Asia will be at TOG next week, and we look forward to bringing you all the news that's fit to print, and a few pictures with some sunshine in 'em.

Guy Nowell, Editor

All that floats – TOG Regatta class updates
TOG Event Media,
Since its inception eight years ago, the Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOG Regatta) has endeavoured to provide an opportunity for Thai and regional sailors to compete against international sailors of the highest calibre. To this end, each year the Regatta welcomes national, Asian, World Champions and Olympians to take part in a varied fleet of dinghies, multihulls and keelboats.... [more]
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Two fatal yachting incidents - what are the lessons?
Nancy Knudsen,
One of the safer things about racing as opposed to cruising is the overarching care of race organisers, who plot routes and decide to call off a race if the weather dictates. But with two tragically fatal racing incidents off the coast of California in the past few weeks, is there anything that the cruising sailors can learn from these?... [more]
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Newport to Ensenada - Suspected shipping collision deaths - Update,
Newport to Ensenada Race - Three sailors are dead and one is missing after the Redondo Beach based Hunter 376 yacht Aegean sailing in the category three 113 nautical mile apparently collided with a large vessel in the main shipping channel near the Coronada Islands just south of the Mexican border.... [more]
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Teen overcomes horrific accident to win national title
Lim YuFan, The New Paper,
Just five months ago, 16-year-old sailor Jonathan Yeo could not even walk after a cycling accident caused severe trauma to his spine. Doctors told his parents then that the teenager might never sail again. Miraculously, even though he still cannot break into a run, Jonathan defeated 63 others to win the Schools National Sailing B Division Byte class last week.... [more]
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RHKYC wins 'Yacht Club of the Year' award
RHKYC Media,
At the third running of the Asian Marine & Boating Awards, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has won the 'Yacht Club of the Year' award for the second time.... [more]
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Royal Skandia renews sponsorship with Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
RHKYC Media,
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) and Royal Skandia, a leading offshore life assurance provider, has announced the continuation of its 5-year sponsorship agreement. The ongoing association with Royal Skandia will enable RHKYC to continue its efforts promoting sailing to its members and the wider community... [more]
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Phuket Raceweek 2012 announces dates
PRW Event Media,
A ‘home venue' has yet to be confirmed for the annual yachting event. Organisers recently announced that , ‘After eight excellent years at Evason Phuket, the regatta must move. Ownership changes, plans to sell the property and so on left Phuket Raceweek organizers looking for a new host venue. With venue negotiations drawing to a close, an announcement can be expected soon.'... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet begin sprint to finish
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - With yesterday's introduction of the Clipper Race Committee's shortened course for race ten, the sprint for the finish line has well and truly begun as the ten-strong fleet continue to battle against the fickle wind conditions. 'With the finish line now within a couple of days reach, the race has stepped up a gear,' explains Visit Finland skipper, Olly Osborne... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 a triple leap of faith - Luca Devoti
Luca Devoti,,
Luca Devoti gives a critical view on the current America's Cup and, in particular, the AC72 yacht which he considers to be an example of the 'complete lack of practicality' that, in his opinion, marks the 34th America's Cup. Devoti has first-hand experience on the issue, having been the Sports Director of Green Comm Racing, the now defunct challenger for the 34th America's Cup:... [more]
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Marine bites and Stings
Carl Hyland,
Like most marine creatures, stingrays, venomous fish such as bullrout, Scorpionfish and Guernard, all inject venom with barbs. The quickest method for dealing with a sting is to flush the area with warm to hot water. Do not use boiling water. This gives immediate pain relief. If the pain continues, seek urgent medical aid.... [more]
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Change in salinity detected in the world's oceans
In a paper published in the journal Science, Australian scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California, reported varying patterns of salinity in the global ocean during the past fifty years, marking a clear fingerprint of climate change.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf - Magnificence from Gollito on day 3
On the third day of the PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf, the wind was blowing from the word go which enabled the conclusion of the single elimination on what was an enthralling day of competition. Another scorching day in Austria saw Jose ‘Gollito' Estredo (Fanatic / North) eventually come out on top, after sailing magnificently for the duration of the elimination.... [more]
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The thrive and thrive of dinghy cruising
Nancy Knudsen,
Just like sailors on keel boats and catamarans, there are some dinghy sailors who just don't want the competition and culture associated with racing sailing. So while there are stirrings and mumblings that 'dinghy sailing is in decline', the cruising side of dinghy sailing is thriving.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - High pressure agony
Oliver Dewar,
For the Global Ocean Race leaders, Cessna Citation, there's high pressure agony tantalisingly close to the finish line in Charleston as the three chasing Class40s, Financial Crisis, Phesheya-Racing and Sec. Hayai thunder north at high speed parallel to the Bahamas. Having made major gains on Saturday, the brakes went on for Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough on Sunday morning... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma's lead collapses as the fleet turn corner
Richard Gladwell,
The lead of over an hour enjoyed by Puma Ocean Racing for the majority of Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, seems to have collapsed as they turn the corner of South America. The Volvo Ocean Race Tracker, using an instant position system, reports that Puma now has a lead of just 4nm over Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ, with Telefonica 10nm back.... [more]
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Dubai Traditional 60ft Dhow Sailing Race finale - Skippers struggle
Dubai Traditional 60ft Dhow Sailing final race - With winds ranging between 6-10 knots, not too favourable for ideal racing conditions, the dhow skippers struggled with many of them drawing penalties and infringements during the course of the race as only 46 of the total 74 dhows finishing the race.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf day 2 spectacular
Chris Yates,
PWA Surf World Cup spectators arrived in their thousands on Saturday and they basked in the sun and absorbed the electric atmosphere on day 2 of the event. After two failed attempts, it was a case of third time lucky as heat one was completed. Then the third heat provided the closest battle of the day.... [more]
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Womens Olympic Skiff proves a point in a 25kt breeze + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Mackay Boats, the team behind the FX, one of two preferred boats to emerge from the recent Olympic Womens Skiff Trials have responded to the report presented to the International Sailing Federation and comments made by other parties.... [more]
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