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 22 May 2012

Headline stuff today is the AC45s racing in Venice - practically a street circuit, like Monaco GP but on water - and the re-start of the Volvo Race. Ben Ainslie puts everyone on notice with his 6th World Finn title, not to mention starting the Olympic torch relay in the UK. And if you're at a loose end 26 May - 02 June then you should be in Koh Samui for the Tropical Island Regatta. Just do it!

Guy Nowell, Editor

Samui Island opens it doors for 2012 Samui Regatta
Samui Regatta Media,
Samui Island is set to welcome an influx of sailors as the 2012 Samui Regatta gets ready for more than 500 people from around the world to take part in a week of high-octane sailing competition from May 26th to June 2nd. Organised by Regattas Asia, Samui Regatta is headquartered at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, with sailing taking place off the Island's west coast.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Ben Ainslie starts torch relay
UK Telegraph,
London 2012 Olympic Games - Triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie said waiting to start the torch relay at Land's End was 'one of the more nervous moments in my life'. But Ainslie, who said the torch leg was so special it ranked alongside winning one of his Olympic gold medal: said 'It was one of those moments where I was in a bit of shock really At least I didn't trip over'.... [more]
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Finn World Championship - Ainslie wins sixth world title
Lindsey Bell,
The Finn World Championship 2012 concluded in Falmouth today, 18th May, with Ben Ainslie confirmed as winning an unprecedented sixth Finn World Championship title but was denied the chance to finish the regatta in style, as light winds put paid to the final 10-boat medal race.... [more]
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From tears to joy - Sydney GTS43 Walawala2 shines in Asian debut,
After a sad end to the 2010 Kings Cup where Singapore based yachtsman Steve Manning lost his Beneteau 44.7 Walawala to the nature of a storm, which ended with his pride and joy being washed up on the beach and destroyed in Phuket Thailand.... [more]
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Internet use on Smartphones surges - Advertisers follow crowds
Jeni Bone,
Around the world, as internet connectivity leaps ahead with the popularity of Smart phones and tablet technology, as well as soon to be commonplace web-enabled TV, online advertising is outstripping all print media.... [more]
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Double Honours for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
RHKYC Media,
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club received double honours at the recent eighth Asia Boating Awards.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Gulf Stream conveyor belt whisks fleet towards storm
Volvo Ocean Race,
After a light airs start to Leg 7 yesterday, Groupama sailing team have the lead today as northerly winds blowing against the Gulf Stream kick up a choppy sea in the opening stages of the transatlantic leg to Lisbon in Portugal.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7 restart images by Leighton O'Conner
Leighton O'Connor images,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7 restart images from photographer Leighton O'Conner... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 4 ACWS Venice - Big crowds for slow day in Venice
Bob Fisher,
Day 4: The ACWS has certainly captured the imagination of the Venetians. For Saturday's racing there were in excess of a thousand spectator boats (counted from helicopter-shot images) and over 100,000 spectators along the shoreline. The attendance in the AC Village was 14,500 and you can take it from me that that was probably understated - it was extremely crowded.... [more]
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Plastic Oceans (Plastic in our playground!) Part 1 - Plastic bags
Ian Thomson,
The ocean is our playground. We sail on it, we swim in it, we fish from it and without it we don't have 60-80% of the world's oxygen........So why do we abuse it? The reason we abuse it is because most of us don't even realise we are. Covering 70% of the planet, our oceans seem to cope with everything we throw at it, right? Well think again.... [more]
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Plastic Oceans (Plastic in our playground!) Part 2 - Plastic bottles
Ian Thomson,
In part one, we looked at plastic bags. We went through the numbers and quantified how much one million and one billion is in reality. Let's revisit that before we move onto Plastic water bottles. To count straight through from one to 1,000,000 will take you 11 days and it will take 32 years to count to one billion. You cannot count to one trillion in your lifetime.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Another InPort clanger costs Telefonica dearly
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Overall race leaders Team Telefónica are lamenting their second successive in-port race loss at the hands of a simple error that racing veteran Neal McDonald described as heartbreaking. The error has cost the overall points leader dearly on the overall points table. Their once comfortable lead has now been cut to just seven points ahead of Groupama... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Miami In-Port Race images by Leighton O'Connor
Leighton O'Connor Images,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor sends this gallery of images of the action during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Miami In-Port Race.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Olympic dreams and world medals + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
The magnificent final day of the 470 World Championships in Barcelona brought to an end seven days of intense and closely fought racing. Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) have made it three World Championship titles in a row – an outstanding accomplishment. In the 470 Women event, Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR) make it a first for British sailing by winning the 470 World Championship title.... [more]
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Atlantic Rally yacht hits whale, sinks
World Cruising Club/Sail-World,
The value of undertaking long passages with a rally was shown again this week when a yacht in World Cruising Club's ARC Europe Rally hit a whale and started sinking during an Atlantic Ocean crossing.... [more]
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Robotic sailing boat goes for a world record
Darren Quick, Gizmag/Sail-World,
There have been many attempts by a variety of countries to master the art of robotic sailing and Sail-World has reported them steadily. While there have been a lot of failures, gradually the technology is improving, as Darren Quick of Gizmag reports on the greatest success of all:... [more]
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Indian Ocean Piracy and the road to a solution
Keith Campbell, Engineering News/Sail-World,
Cruising sailors interested in the factors driving Indian Ocean piracy and the complications of strengthening international maritime law to allow the successful crushing of the business of piracy will find this in-depth article published by South Africa's Engineering News very informative. Success, of course, will also mean the resumption of the Red Sea route for yachts to the Mediterranean.... [more]
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AC World Series Venice - Images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
The America's Cup World Series is currently taking place in Venice, Italy. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on hand to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet battle for crucial points
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the third day of race eleven from Panama to New York. As the ten international teams competing battle with the steady Caribbean trade winds on their way through the Windward Passage, focus turns to the vital Scoring Gate points.... [more]
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