Superyachts at Porto Cervo, Match Race Germany. Coming up, WMRT Korea Cup, Korea International Boat Show, Samui Regatta

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 26 May 2012

It's gone a little quiet in Asia on the sailing front,but that won't last long. The Koh Samui Regatta - 'under new management' - starts tomorrow, with four TP52s on the start line and a total line-up of 34 boats of which 11 are racing in IRC 1. They call it The Tropical Island Regatta (which is fair enough!), and Samui is possibly the most idyllic location among all the major Asian regattas. Race reports coming up - watch this space.

At the same time, the Korean International Boat Show and the WMRT Korea Cup take off at Tando Port in Gyeonggi Province, on the west coast of Korea just south of Seoul. Over the last few years there has been a huge government-driven effort to establish a marine leisure industry in Korea, and we will be bringing you an update on where it's at. Marinas are being (read: 'have been') built, and a new canal now connects the Han River in the middle of Seoul through to the sea on the west coast. Time to go and have a look.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Aberdeen Boat Club Summer Series
Elaine Morgan,
This series has a bigger social component than the club's Championship Series but both HKPN handicaps and IRC ratings are used to calculate the results as usual. The difference is that the results are sent by fax to the restaurants and announced there and then. There is an individual prize for each race and an overall trophy for the series... [more]
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WMRT Match Race Germany – Difficult first day
Leigh Ireland,
Match Race Germany first qualifying session kicked off in Langenargen, Germany today. Phil Robertson and new Tour Card Holder Pierre-Antoine Morvan made the most of a difficult day's racing posting three wins from three. Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team joins the Tour in 2012 with an ISAF World Match Race Ranking of third and a previous second place finish at the St. Moritz Match Race in 2... [more]
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Summer Sailstice is on again - June 23
Sail-World Cruising,
Every year thousands of people sign up to go sailing on the weekend nearest the solstice for a global celebration of sailing called Summer Sailstice. Don't be left out this year!... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup - Britain's Ian Williams prepares for battle
Jo Gregory,
WMRT Korea Match Cup - GAC Pindar skipper and reigning ISAF World Match Racing Champion Ian Williams has set his sights once again on another Match Racing win next week. Williams will lead the GAC Pindar crew consisting of Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Bill Hardesty, experienced Farr 40 sailor Matt Cassidy, America's Cup sailor Mal Parker and professional sailor Gerard Mitchell... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Frustrating sailing for Puma's Mar Mostro
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7, day five. Skipper Ken Read reports from on board Puma's Mar Mostro: This is strange. Not just the guys on board (pretty weird) or the route we take (sailing straight into a Tropical Storm after the start – not too bright). The strange part is the weather and the route and the fact that every time we leave the dock it seems like we say, 'It is never like this out here.'... [more]
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Australia's Lake Eyre native title decision - but what of the sailing?
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
This week, at the remote Finniss Springs Station south of the Oodnadatta Track, the Australian Federal Court is expected to recognise native title over one of Australia's most iconic lakes, Lake Eyre, where the Lake Eyre Yacht Club is based. The question is - once granted, will sailors again be able to sail on the lake?... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet sprint towards Leg 7 finish
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It has been an exciting 24 hours of close racing for the fleet with only ten miles separating the current first and second place rivals Gold Coast Australia and Visit Finland. With around 24 hours until race finish near New York, Skipper Richard Hewson explains his tactical manoeuvres that have allowed the Australian entry to steal back poll position... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series heads to Istanbul for Act 3 + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
The third Act in the Extreme Sailing Series 2012 is being held in Istanbul. Historic, modern and traditional – Istanbul, the European Capital of Sport 2012, is several cities in one. The teams will race over four days, with one day of open water racing followed by three days of stadium racing at the juncture where the Marmara Sea meets the Bosphorus... [more]
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A Swiss challenge to the Little America's Cup in 2013
Jean Philippe Jobé,
Today, the group behind the Hydroptè announced three new projects, one of them being a challenge to the Little America's Cup to take place in Falmouth, UK during the summer of 2013. This competition is raced on Class-C catamarans with wings. Interestingly, it will take place a couple of weeks before the final of the America's Cup in San Francisco.... [more]
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Red Bull Storm Chase – Windsurfing's most challenging contest + Video
Vivienne Masters,
Red Bull Storm Chase – Ever dreamt of windsurfing in a prestigious contest side-by-side with the world's best windsurfers in the planet's toughest conditions? Stop daydreaming and register now! Red Bull Storm Chase is returning and offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete against the Top Guns of wavesailing.... [more]
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Boat in a box - Seawind opens market with new catamaran cruiser
Sarah Ruggiero,
Seawind Catamarans revealed a revolutionary strategy for tackling the international market with the launch of their latest catamaran during the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show Thursday. Marketed as a ‘boat in a box', the Seawind 950 Catamaran is intentionally designed to ship anywhere in the world in two 40ft containers.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Unexpected twist for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the quick Atlantic crossing to Lisbon, Portugal, has taken an unexpected twist, as the cold front the fleet had been hoping to hook into for a fast ride across the North Atlantic was moving too quickly, slamming the door shut and forcing some quick thinking.... [more]
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Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta - Spectacular sailing in Porto Cervo
Jill Campbell,
Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2012, being held from 4th to 9th June, once again opens the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's superyacht racing season, the first of the major events in the Mediterranean. The fifth edition of the event, organized in Porto Cervo, Sardinia in collaboration with Boat International Media will host a fleet of spectacular sailing yachts from around the world.... [more]
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Double Olympic medallist responds to US Sailing
Bruce Kendall,
Double Olympic windsurfing medalist, Bruce Kendall (NZL) responds to the US Sailing's reasoning as to why the US national sailing body chose to vote for the Kiteboard as an event for the 2016 Olympic Regatta. Earlier this month, at its Mid-Year Meeting in Stresa, Italy, the ISAF Council voted by a margin of 19 votes to 17 to replace the Windsurfer with the Kiteboard... [more]
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l'Hydroptere heads for US in quest for new offshore speed record marks
Thomas Lesage,
l'Hydroptère DCNS, the French¨ flying trimaran¨ of Alain Thébault, has just completed her last trials off the La Ciotat (France)coast and is ready to leave for Los Angeles where she will attempt her first offshore record. Under the watchful eyes of their technical team l'Hydroptere made several runs, sailing between 20 and 45 knots according to the angles to the wind.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Final spots taken
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Netherlands Antilles, Peru and South Africa take the number of nations qualified up to 57 after the 470, Finn and Laser Radial Worlds. The Laser Radial fleet at London 2012 is the second biggest with 39 spots available.... [more]
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