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 06 May 2012

Stories from all over the world... and especially here 'at home' in Asia. ISAF have announced that windsurfing is OUT for Rio 2016 and kiteboarding is IN - that'll ruffle a few feathers in this part of the world no doubt. We've got updates on the VOR, Clipper, the various ISAF decisions on classes and equipment for the Olympics 2016, and news from as far afield as Antigua and Indonesia. Pull up a chair, grab a coffee and read all about it.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Top of the Gulf 2012, Day 1 – more than a capful of breeze
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Cue PRO Jerry Rollins' in-house Speaking Clock, and with a ‘three, two, one, go' off went the Cruising division on a windward/leeward course, followed by the Platus, Ocean Multihulls, IRS 1 and 2 and then IRC 3 and the Sportsboats. For the smaller boats a 2nm beat against the tide seemed a long haul, but the bigger boats made mincemeat of it,... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2012 opens with pace
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Breeze pumpin', band playin', rum flowin'... Racing starts tomorrow with 57 boats on the line for the ‘outside' course, which means the big boats. Add in the dinghies, beach cats, and the 100+ entries in the Thai National Optimist Championships, and there is serious credence for this being the ‘biggest regatta in Asia.' You know how reluctant we are to endorse superlatives, but the numbers stack up... [more]
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Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Spring Regatta - Day 1
RHKYC Media,
Overnight thunderstorms and torrential rain failed to deter the 94 crews who took to a Club start line for the first race of this year's RHKYC Spring Regatta, held in Hong Kong's iconic Victoria Harbour.... [more]
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Australian Maid crew rescued in Indonesian waters,
Indonesia search and rescue (SAR) team has rescued two Australians and two British sailors on a the well known Australian yacht Australian Maid on passage from the Philippines to East Timor. The veteran Australian cruiser racer was on a delivery back to Darwin after the China Sea Race.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Kiteboarding ousts Windsurfer for 2016
In a completely unexpected move, the ISAF Council has voted to have Kiteboarding as an Olympic Event for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.... [more]
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ABC dinghy sailors heading for Top of the Gulf Regatta
ABC Media,
The annual Top of the Gulf Regatta, now in its eighth year, incorporates the Thailand Optimist National Championship, this year with an expected entry list of over 100 young sailors. For the first time ever, Hong Kong's Aberdeen Boat Club will send a squad of five sailors to take part in this prestigious event.... [more]
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Two fat ladies - sail number HKG 88 up for grabs
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Vanity plates on cars, and now - special sail numbers. The HKSF is inviting sealed bids for the Special Sail Number HKG 88. Boat-owners who are interested are requested to submit their bids in a sealed envelope and send to the HKSF Office at Room 1009, Olympic House, 1 Stadium Path, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong on or before 21 May 2012.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: NACRA17 chosen as the Mixed Multihull class for 2016
On the second day of its Mid-Year meeting in Sestra, Italy, the ISAF Council have voted in favour of the NACRA17 being the class/equipment for the new Mixed Multihull event to be sailed at the 2016 Olympics. The Council vote was decisive at 20 votes to 15 - an improvement over the Events Committee where the NACRA17 only made it as preferred boat by virtue of the Chairman, Chris Atkins' casting... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Out of control onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 13 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: It's a good thing we're floating in a lawless land because closer to shore someone might charge our sails with assault and battery for the inflicted violence it continues to exact on our rig.... [more]
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China's Lijia Xu – firming as London 2012 Laser Radial favourite
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The top performing Women's Laser Radial sailor on the 2011- 2012 World Cup circuit has been China's 24 year old Lijia Xu, who just won her third Gold medal of this season at the Semaine Olympique Francaise. This now positions her atop the ISAF Laser Radial Standings.... [more]
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She's Home - Steinlager 2 returns to Auckland + Video
Richard Gladwell,
The most successful ever Whitbread/Volvo round the world racer, Steinlager 2 returned to New Zealand today, and is berthed in the Viaduct Harbour, alongside her predecessor, Lion New Zealand. Steinlager 2 is still the only boat to have won all the legs of a round the world yacht race, winning the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race... [more]
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The Ferret powered by Easy Tiger Racing is ready for action
Lulu Roseman,
Over the past two days Sydney's Easy Tiger Racing crew have been busy preparing their chartered Platu 25, The Ferret for competition in the Platu Coronation Cup at the Top Of The Gulf Regatta in Thailand which kicks off on Saturday.... [more]
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49er World Championship 2012 - Outteridge aims to make history
Craig Heydon,
Australian Nathan Outteridge is out to create history at the 2012 49er World Championship in Zadar, Croatia, next week as he aims to become the first sailor to win four world titles in the class.... [more]
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Four times Laser World Champ Slingsby starts title defence in style
Craig Heydon,
Tom Slingsby's World Championship title defence is off to an ideal start, with the Australian ending day one of the 2012 Laser World Championship with a perfect scorecard.... [more]
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Star Worlds 2012 - the Eve of the Championships - Field + Video
Jason Georgaris,
The 2012 Star Worlds - the eve of the 2012 Chmapionships - A practice race was held today. All the top sailors are on hand to try and claim the prestigious trophy while many still trying to qualify for the Olympics.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week day 5 - The nail-biting finale
Louay Habib,
On the fifth and final day of competition at Antigua Sailing Week, there was a nail-biting finale in CSA 1A. Geoff Hill's Santa Cruz 72, Antipodes won the last race of the day to take the division. Geoff Hill spoke dockside in Falmouth Harbour: 'This is the first time we have raced the yacht and to be honest we could have done with another week... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Tough tactical decisions for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefonica skipper, Iker Martinez, commented that 'The tactical decisions are tough and often we have to adapt them as we go.' Today, at 1900 GMT Telefonica had risen up the leg leaderboard to seize second place from Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS).... [more]
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2016 Olympic Womens Skiff chosen after tense political stoush
Richard Gladwell,
The FX by Mackay Boats carried the day after a tense debate over the choice of the selection of class, for the Olympic Womens Skiff, on opening day of the ISAF Council Meeting in Stresa, Italy. The FX had undergone eight months of development, particularly in the rig, which is carried on a 49er hull, designed by Julian Bethwaite and selected for the Mens Skiff event at the 2000 Olympics in Sydn... [more]
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Laser World Championship - Black flag for fleets on day 1
Deike Mary Flemming,
At the 2012 Laser World Championship, the first race of the qualification regatta got underway on Friday 4 May at 13:00. Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots caused two starts under the black flag for both the blue and the red fleet. The second start was delayed and the course was redesigned due to wind shifts to a westerly direction.... [more]
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'Eyesore' sailing ketch to be moved to the BACK yard
Lee Mylchreest,
Restoring a classic boat is something many a yacht lover aspires to, and it's often done at home. But the City of Newport Beach California claimed that one man's half-restored 1916 ketch was an eyesore, was 'destroying the residential character' of the neighbourhood, and demanded he remove it.... [more]
Share this story Pavilion underway at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
Construction of the main pavilion at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is now well underway, just 19 days out from the start of the show, 24-27 May.... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup preview
The 2012 PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup is set to take place from 5-11 May with everyone preparing for more high-octane racing as the slalom fleet head to Asia, South Korea. The second leg of the tour is guaranteed to be an exciting event, as competitors go head-to-head at one of the most challenging spots of the year. The beautiful Jinha beach will once again be thrust into the limelight... [more]
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Foiling skiff has successful shakedown sail with new wing mast
Bernard Schopfer,
Thomas Jundt's Mirabaud LX, a 2008 Swiss experimental foiler, now has a new and improved 24m2 wing mast for the 2012 Lake Geneva season. The crew took the foiler for a successful shakedown sail last night and has its eye on the Lake Geneva records this summer.... [more]
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Koh Samui Regatta extends Early Bird entry discount
Koh Samui Regatta,
Just a quick note to let you know that we have extended the early bird entry discount to 7th May to allow all competitors at the Top of the Gulf Regatta to get a few late entries in.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Welcome to Yorkshire secures second
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race - 'It brings me great pleasure to be writing Welcome to Yorkshire's report this morning,' explains skipper, Rupert Dean, after his team claimed second place in race ten. Welcome to Yorkshire crossed the Race 10 finish line at 1300 UTC yesterday afternoon to seal their second podium position, their first since the race to Rio de Janeiro.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf event summary
The 2012 PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf certainly didn't disappoint, with unbelievable action both on and off the water. Monumental crowds gathered on the shores of Neusiedler See, and they were treated to extreme freestyle action day and night with the Chiemsee tow in event running alongside the PWA event each evening.... [more]
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