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 30 May 2012

The last regatta of the unofficial 'Asian season' is progress right now - warm winds, warm seas and cold beers are on the menu at the Samui Regatta 2012. Leader after two days' racing is Marcus Blackmore and his band of Hooligans, sailing the TP 52 Team Premier with which they cleaned up on their debut Asian appearance at Langkawi earlier this year. But there are three more days to go, and some hungry chasers in the pack right behind.

Australia's marine mega-fest, the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, is under way too, and by way of contrast the 5th Korea International Boat Show opens its doors tomorrow. KIBS has a record of doing things BIG - especially when it comes to occasions like an opening ceremony - so we are looking forward to seeing what they turn out. Korea is still in the throes of trying to build a leisure marine infrastructure and encouraging people to get out on the water - simultaneously. It's not an easy trick to pull off. Progress report soon.

Match Race Germany was won by Phil Robertson on a countback after the wind took a sabbatical on finals day - now feel sorry for the WMRT competitors who had to get on plane immediately and get to Korea to start all over again at the Korea Match Cup which starts tomorrow. A few red eyes among the fleet, to be sure.

And if you have ever thought you'd like to swap the tropical breeze at Asian regattas for the icy blasts of Antarctic waters, then read the story on the forthcoming re-enactment of Shackleton's epic voyage to South Georgia. Brrr...

Guy Nowell, Editor

Samui Regatta 2012 - snakes and ladders on day 2
Samui Regatta Media,
Sun greeted the Samui Regatta this morning as sailors left the anchorage with good breeze, blue skies and the anticipation of idyllic tropical racing. Shifting winds forced a start delay but all classes eventually got underway and competition was tight on the race-track.... [more]
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Three differences of the Korea International Boat Show 2012
KIBS Media,
The Korea International Boat Show 2012, the nation's largest water sports expo, will be held at the Jeonggok Port (Hwaseong-si) and Tando Port (Ansan-si), Gyeonggi Province from the 30 May - 03 June. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Korea International Boat Show 2012 is aiming to satisfy satisfying the needs of the water sports industry, and will provide visitors with a wide variety of event... [more]
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Samui Regatta 2012 opens with good winds and close racing
Samui Regatta Media,
Close racing amongst the 10-strong IRC 1 fleet looks set to be the theme of the week, with less than two minutes on corrected time separating the top four in the first race – windward/leewards. David Ross and crew on KukuKERchu took line honours but managed only fourth on corrected time.... [more]
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Shackleton's legendary open boat voyage: the re-enactment
Sail-World Cruising,
Almost a hundred years ago Ernest Shackleton, leader of a 1916 sailing expedition to Antarctica, whose sailing vessel was crushed by the ice and the crew had made their way to Elephant Island, made one of the most inspirational journeys by sailing boat in the history of the world to rescue his crew. Now it is to be re-enacted.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Keeping it together onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 7, day 9. Skipper Ken Read reports from onboard Puma's Mar Mostro. You know what the best part of this race has been so far? The fact that this crew, without exception, still laughs at each others' jokes and seems to hit it off as if it was day one of the program.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie - Amazing days in the life of triple Olympic Gold medalist
Aaron Child,
Three amazing days in the life of triple Olympic Gold medalist Ben Ainslie, as he takes his 10th World Championship title and is the first official torch bearer for the UK Olympic Torch Relay. Ben Ainslie has a lot of expectation sitting on him this summer. If he wins a fourth gold in Weymouth he could make history and become the World's most successful Olympic sailor since sailing was introduced... [more]
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WMRT Match Race Germany - Waka Racing team victorious
Leigh Ireland,
WMRT Match Race Germany, the first event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour 2012, has drawn to a conclusion in Langenargen today, 28th May. Phil Robertson's Waka Racing team has won the season opener after taking victory against Laurie Jury in an all-Kiwi final.... [more]
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Finn World Masters - Maier victorious in opening race
Robert Deaves,
At the 2012 Finn World Masters, defending champion Michael Maier (CZE) won the only race of the first day, as the tropical conditions continued and produced a long wait ashore in light winds. Laurent Hay (FRA) crossed in second with Neil Robinson (GBR) third. The fleet was held ashore until nearly 16.00 as the early fog gave way to more high temperatures, sunny skies and very light winds.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show - Day 3 through the lens (part 5)
Anna Parker,,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2012 - Photographs from day three in Gold Coast Australia by Mark Burgin.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Sanya's bold move might have paid big dividend
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Sanya made a break from the fleet overnight heading north towards the ice exclusion zone in search of wind as Abu Dhabi led the fleet into the final 1,800 nautical miles of Leg 7. The positions at 0900 UTC on May 27, 2012 show that all the Volvo Ocean Race fleet are heading north to pick up a more favourable route for the finish line in Lisbon, projected to be four days away.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show - Day 2 through the lens (part 2)
Anna Parker,,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2012 - Additional photographs from day two in Gold Coast Australia by Mark Burgin.... [more]
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Planning to be sailing in Turkey? Check out this event
Michalis Pateniotis,
Cruising sailors - whether chartering or sailing your own boat - who are to be in Turkish cruising waters at the end of the cruising season this year may be interested in joining some fun events out of Marmaris. The Marmaris International Race Week (MIRW) 23rd edition is being held in the beautiful gulf of Marmaris from 27th October to 2nd November 2012.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show - Day 1 through the lens (part 1)
Anna Parker,,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2012, Gold Coast Australia - Photographs from day one by Mark Burgin.... [more]
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Artemis Racing's AC72 wing sustains damage
Jennifer Hall,
Artemis Racing is the first Competitor for the 34th America's Cup to have launched and sailed with a full size AC72 wing using a modified trimaran. While training off Valencia today, Artemis Racing's AC72 wing suffered significant damage. No one was injured.... [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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America's Cup: Oracle Racing move wingsail for shipping to USA
Richard Gladwell,
US America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing, have moved their wingsail from the construction facility in Core Builders Composites at Warkworth to the Port of Auckland ready for shipping to USA. The hour long journey from the facility north of Auckland was completed about noon, local time.... [more]
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