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 24 Jul 2012

Slice it whichever way you like, 15 podium positions from 15 legs in a circumnavigating race is pretty impressive. Put it another way – 15 offshore races and nothing lower than a third place. Richard Hewson and his crew in the latest edition of the Clipper Race have done just that, so hats off.

Hewson and the Gold Coast Australia crew won 12 out of the 15 legs of the race, two thirds and a solitary second. That's impressive. And it's not as if it was the same crew all the way round – Clipper crews are composed of full-timers (who ‘go all the way') and part-timers (who do bits, or ‘legs'). To be able to skipper a constantly-changing crew into a sequence of 15 podium-winning performances is nothing less than remarkable. Hats off again, please, and stand up as well.

It's a drifter out in the English Channel at the moment as the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
crews go head to head in their first offshore. If the glass-out conditions at the start stayed in it would give the HKG team a huge advantage - just the sort of weather we see in Asia all too often!

How much does it cost to build a 100' supermaxi racer? Surprise surprise, there are fewer of them around now than there were five years ago. Next, how much does it cost to build a brand new J Class yacht? Mmmm, and there are more and more of them coming along - ask Royal Huisman! Maybe it's the focus of interest that has changed, not the availability of funds themselves? Either way, there is no shortage of superyachts presently tearing up the waters off Cowes.

Singapore's no 1 regatta is on the cards for 4, 5, 11 August, but it seems a shame they can't fit it all into one weekend. Very little chance of attracting out-of-town entries with that scheduling.

Four days until the Olympics, so if you have tv coverage wherever you are, get the beer in the fridge, get settled, and get practiced at being an armchair sportsman for a fortnight. We'll keep you posted on the sailing even if it doesn't get on air.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Superyacht Cup Cowes day 1 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Superyacht Cup Cowes day 1 images by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam day 3 - High octane slalom and crashes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam day 3. Finally the slalom sailors hit the water after two long days waiting anxiously on the beach. The opening round the first elimination was full of drama as several sailors suffered some big crashes early on to cause a couple of upsets.... [more]
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Mystery over missing South African yachtsman
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A South African family has flown to the Seychelles in a desperate bid for news on missing yachtsman Sean Terry, formerly of Cape Town, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances while completing what was to be the final leg of his circumnavigation of the globe on his yacht Finnegan.... [more]
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Laser Radial sailors ready for London 2012
The forty one boat Laser Radial fleet will be one of the more hotly contended sailing events at London 2012 with a number of sailors having realistic medal hopes. Throughout 2011, Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Evi Van Acker (BEL) looked like they would be runaway leaders at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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29er World Championship - Long first day in Travemuender
Jerelyn Biehl,
After a long first day on the water at the 29er World Championship, with the last of the sailors returning at 8:30pm, the results see some familiar and some new faces rising to the top. Faced with beautiful conditions, with 8-12 knots of breeze for the first two fleets and light to dying winds for the last two, the two race committees were able to knock off three races per fleet... [more]
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RORC Commodores' Cup 2012: overnight driftathon expected
RORC Event Press,
The race management team has set up a complex course for the offshore race, taking the boats east out of the Solent and through the Forts, before heading south to a virtual mark 17 miles out into the Channel. Once round this the boats retrace their steps north towards the Outer Nab mark, before taking a long leg east to the CS1 mark, 15 miles south of Brighton and back. 154nm in all.... [more]
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RS Feva World Championship - Mediterranean conditions on Day 1
Golly Tucker,
RS Feva World Championship 2012 first day of racing got underway at Hayling Island Sailing Club on Sunday 22nd July. Given the UK weather recently we wouldn't blame you for thinking this is a spoof, but it was Mediterranean for the 180 boats competing for the World title.... [more]
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15th Western Circuit Sailing Regatta
Eric Loh,
This year, for two weekends in August, the calm straits of Johor becomes a fierce arena as Racers, Cruisers, Catamarans, Dinghies and even Radio Controlled Boats make their way to the west of Singapore to compete in the 15th SMU-RM Western Circuit Sailing Regatta.... [more]
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Optimist World Championship - Team Racing final day + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
The Optimist World Championship 2012 final day of Team Racing was held in Santo Domingo today and the hit was on! The top 16 teams of the world, having qualified from yesterday's races, would give it all in order to claim the prestigious Trophy.... [more]
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2012 China Marina Conference, coming soon...
YachtCN Media,
Nansha Marina is located in Guangdong Province and easily accessible from Hong Kong, Macao, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, all of which are served by international airports. The hinterland, commonly referred to as the Pearl River Delta, has been described by the Economist magazine as the ‘Workshop of the World'. One of the industries represented is boat manufacturing, and now there is a marina...... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura World Cup - Windless day 2
Chris Yates,
The forecast for the second day of the PWA Fuerteventura World Cup never materialized as the scorching weather continued in Fuerteventura. There was still plenty on offer around the event site though, with live entertainment, interviews and even a stand up paddleboard (SUP) race taking place.... [more]
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Commodores Cup - GBR out front on day 1
Trish Jenkins,
The Commodores' Cup leapt into action today and much to the delight of competitors and organisers, Mediterranean conditions prevailed. Two windward leeward races were held between Hill Head and Gilkicker Point in a 6-10 knot south-easterly.... [more]
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Phuket Race Week 2012 - last day
Event Media,
The best was saved for last on the final day of Phuket Race Week. Two races – a windward/leeward and an islands course – for all except the Classics was the decision by Race Officer Simon James.... [more]
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Commodore's Cup - Teams ready for action
Trish Jenkins,
Hong Kong is fielding one of the strongest teams this year for the Commodore's Cup. This is the third time they have competed having finished runner up to the Irish in 2010.... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura day 1 + Video
The PWA Fuerteventura opening day of competition unfortunately had no on water action. The wind dropped just before the racing could begin which then led to the sailors being held on standby until 6pm, because late in the afternoon the wind showed signs that it was going to pickup.... [more]
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Double Olympic medalist steps along the path ahead of Kiteboarding
Bruce Kendall,
Double Olympic windsurfing medalist Bruce Kendall looks at the issues with adopting Kiteboarding as an Olympic sport, and reflects on the lessons learned and experiences after Windsurfing travelled the same path since its selection for the 1984 Olympics.... [more]
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505 World Championship - Pre-Worlds conclude in La Rochelle + Video
505 Worlds,
At the 505 World Championship, two races took place amid ideal sailing conditions; sunshine, an average wind speed of twelve knots, and rough seas. The day finished as planned with a fantastic flotilla in the Vieux Port of La Rochelle. The 120 strong fleet, led by the FRA 321, an original 5O5 dinghy built in 1956, sailed a course around a buoy at the end of the port, in front of a sizeable crowd.... [more]
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Survival: 11 hours overboard without a life jacket
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A man who survived nearly 11 hours in cold water without a life jacket says he'll wear one from now on. Joseph Gross said he could see the Coast Guard searchlights as he treaded water... [more]
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Transat Québec Saint-Malo - Multifaceted fleet prepare for battle
Carla Anselmi,
Since its inception, the Transat Québec Saint Malo has always attracted a number of international sailors keen to put themselves to the test in the classic route and this eighth edition is no exception. Could a non-French skipper become the winner of the Transat Québec Saint Malo for the first time even in the 28 year long history of the classic transatlantic race?... [more]
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PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura World Cup - Ready for action
Chris Yates,
Racing in the PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura World Cup 2012 is set to get underway tomorrow but today, the slalom sailors registered for the 27th consecutive edition between 1pm and 3pm. The world's fastest sailors are now fully prepared to commence battle in what is sure to be an enthralling day of action.... [more]
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