RHKYC Autumn Regatta, media appeal, hinged foils on AC72s, more...

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 14 Sep 2012

Sometimes it isn't easy reporting an event. Even at the Olympics where - supposedly - everything is set up make things easy for the press and media. At some of our Asia regional regattas it is devilish hard to find people after the racing is over for the day. Then, as Sail-World NZ editor Richard Gladwell points out, the reporter has to choose between guesswork, supposition, or saying nothing at all. Next time one of the always-friendly media asks you for 'a few words,' please stop for a moment! It helps the event no end when reporting really is 'reporting,' and not just a shot in the dark, a quick comment about the breeze and a dressed-up version of the results sheet.

Guy Nowell, Editor

RHKYC Autumn Regatta 2012 - what a difference a day makes!
Sunday was positively beaming. Out came the sun with not only a hat on, but wearing white spats as well, and bringing his best chum, the breeze, along for the ride. Victoria Harbour almost looked as it once did before super-pollution was invented.... [more]
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RHKYC Autumn Regatta. Wet, wet, wet, still, still, still
At the same time causing the wind to back round by 180 degrees to give a downwind start for the later classes - and then collapse completely. In the space of 30 minutes, everything went from stair-rods to glass-out. The storm passed, but the wind never recovered, and a very slow afternoon followed.... [more]
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Phuket International Boat Show to kick-off season: 21 – 24 March 2013
Infinity Communications,
The 2013 Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) will showcase leading marine and lifestyle businesses, products and services from 21 – 24 March at the Royal Phuket Marina on Phuket Island, with a large in-water boat display, 2,500 sqm indoor exhibition space and marina-side activities on the boardwalk.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship kicks off with Farr 40 Pre-Worlds
Farr 40 Class Association,
Farr 40 Pre-Worlds 2012 kicks off tomorrow when twenty teams from eight countries will be lined up to race for two days in the opening act of next week's 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship held at Chicago YC. And while the Pre-Worlds marks the beginning of the Worlds, it also is the last two days of racing in the five-event North American Circuit leading up to this final showdown... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 project returns to Namibia
Paul Larsen,
This September the Vestas Sailrocket 2 project will be returning to the waters of Walvis Bay in Namibia with a new hydrofoil package which they hope will bring them an outright world speed sailing record. The record currently stands at 55.65 knots (64 mph) and is held by American Kite Surfer Rob Douglas. Vestas Sailrocket 2 was built in the Vestas R+D facilities on the Isle of Wight... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: 2012 Olympic Review - The Media - Friend or Foe?
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's Editor @Large looks at the issues of the 2012 Olympic Regatta in Portland and Weymouth - here he looks at the approaches of different teams and sailors towards the sailing and general media, and gives a behind the scenes insight as to how the media works at a regatta like the Olympics.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: Readers respond to the Olympic Media Commentary
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on Gladwell's Line: 2012 Olympic Review - The Media - Friend or Foe? 'What a strange article from Mr Gladwell. I am not sure what point he is trying to make. Foxtel, the Australian Subscription TV rights holder for London 2012, broadcast every medal race live... [more]
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America's Cup: Hinged foils approved by Measurement Committee
Richard Gladwell,
While the sailing world is still coming to terms with the concept of seeing 72ft America's Cup catamarans charging at 30kts plus, while fully out of the water on foils, the design teams are several steps further down the path.... [more]
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How far from shore to be safe? An incident tells
Des Ryan,
How far do you keep from the shore while sailing? The best test, according to old salts, is to continue to ask, 'What would happen NOW if my engine/rudder failed?' You need to calculate just how long it would take you to reorganise a method of propulsion. On the basis that the best kind of experience to learn from is 'other people's', a recent incident is a case in point:... [more]
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New yachts galore for Southampton Boat Show
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Things are either looking up or desperate in the yacht manufacturing business. One of the world's great boat shows is just about to open, and it's featuring over 20 brand new yachts models... [more]
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RNLI conducts inflating life jacket tests
Des Ryan,
How well do you maintain your inflating life jacket? How do you KNOW that it will inflate when you hit the water? The UK's Royal National Lifesaving Institution (RNLI) has recently conducted some testing of eleven different brands of inflating life jacket, sponsored by Motor Boat and Yachting. Watch the video:... [more]
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Rod Davis: Working out in the shed - AC72 style
Rod Davis,
Double Olympic medalist and long time US and NZL America's Cup crew, skipper and coach, Rod Davis, looks at AC72 land base drills...The show must go on. The team programme calls for crew drills and we are looking to create an AC72 cat racing environment complete with tacking, gybing and rounding marks. Never mind the weather forecast is foul, we go anyway.... [more]
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Amundsen's schooner finally to sail home
Des Ryan,
The Maud, schooner sailed by legendary Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the first to reach the South Pole and who made famous forays sailing into the Northwest Passage, is finally to sail home. Currently she is 'resting', partially submerged, in Nunavut's Cambridge Bay in Canada but a group in Norway has set plans to retrieve the vessel from where she has rested since she sank in 1930.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series - Stakes high with one race to go
Barbara McGowan,
A chill in the air did nothing to lessen the heat on the race course at the Rolex Big Boat Series, where 66 boats in eight classes have now completed three days of competition and look forward to the last and longest race of the event. Tomorrow's 'Bay Tour' race, which traditionally covers 20 or more nautical miles, will solidify who takes home class honors and the six special St. Francis Yacht Cl... [more]
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