Fast and furious Joyon, match racing in Asia, Vendee Globe line up, more...

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 28 Sep 2012

There are at least three reasons why Francis Joyon's new 24hr record is beyond amazing. First, he was sailing a 95' trimaran, single-handed – that's awesome for a start. Second, an average speed of 27.5 kts for 24 hrs takes the breath away. That's the average, remember, so you know perfectly well that the top burst speeds were way higher – that's awesome too. And then there's the distance covered, the Number of the Beast: 666 nautical miles. Hats off to Joyon for taming the beast!

Another fairly quick boat, l'Hydroptere, has put her TransPacific record attempt on hold for 2012 and will wait for a better weather window when the season comes around next year. Patience is a virtue.

In the world of match racing, Ian Williams looks set to stake his place at the top of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour once again. Williams won the World Championship in 2011, 2008 and 2007, and Ben Ainslie took the title in 2010. Which rather begs a few questions about the Brits converting WMRT and Olympic success into AC results... just a thought.

Also in the match racing department, no doubt the RHKYC is delighted to welcome Hong Kong telecom company 1010 on board for a two-season sponsorship run. Hopefully this is symptomatic of something even bigger – match racing certainly seems to be enjoying a renaissance in Asia right now. Royal Varuna is running the Match Race Thailand series, and there's a new Malaysian Match Racing Circuit just started. Throw in the AWMRT ‘shop window' events, Monsoon Cup and Korea Match Cup, and there's a lot of it about at the moment. We like match racing – a lot. It is spectator-friendly (and for non-sailors, there is a clearly identifiable winner) and otherwise rather like rugby 7s – short, sharp, entertaining and unforgiving. Crunch time on the water. More, please.

During a recent visit to Hong Kong, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) pointed out that, "Every Vendee Globe since it started in 1989 has been won by a Frenchman. I aim to fix that." He has company in his quest - six nations represented for the next race (starts 10 November, Les Sables d'Olonne), with no less than three British skippers in the 20-entry line up - Thomson, Mike Golding and Samantha Davies.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Vendee Globe to get underway with best participant list ever
Vendee Globe,
When the seventh edition of the Vendee Globe gets underway on November 10th in Les Sables d'Olonne, twenty yachtsmen will be on the line. The final entrants list was unveiled on Wednesday at Paris' Maison de la Mutualité by Vendée General Council President Bruno Retailleau.... [more]
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1010 signs sponsorship deal for RHKYC match racing series
1O1O, Hong Kong's premium mobile communications brand, has been named the title sponsor of the Match Racing Series at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons. This two-year agreement combines this award-winning network and mobile industry benchmark with one of Asia's premier yacht clubs and a fast growing global sailing discipline.... [more]
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Ratification of new World Record announced by WSSR
John Reed,
The World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSR) has now announced the ratification of a new World Record.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère DCNS Transpacific record attempt to relaunch next season
Stéphanie André,
The ‘pilots' of l'Hydroptère DCNS will have to wait until next season to relaunch their Transpacific record attempt between Los Angeles and Honolulu. Ultimately their 2012 campaign, which has been driven at a steady pace throughout the year, hasn't offered up a favourable weather window... [more]
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Match Race France - Ian Williams returns to form
Leigh Ireland,
At Match Race France, after his progression through Qualifying went down to the wire, Ian Williams returned to form in his Quarter Final today as the challenge ended for home favourites Damien Iehl and Pierre-Antoine Morvan of France. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar put in a dominating performance to beat the reigning 2011 event Champion, Damien Iehl (FRA) Wind 2 Win in three straight matches.... [more]
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PWA World Tour heads to Germany for finale
Chris Yates,
The PWA World Tour 2012, one of the world's biggest and longest running event, will return for its next installment from 28th September until 7th October in Sylt. The world's fastest, most radical and outrageous windsurfers are readying themselves to descend once again upon the North Sea, as the PWA title races reach their climax.... [more]
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Sustainable sailing - Eight tips about what you can do
Katie Jewett for Sailors for the Sea/Sail-World,
With the world's oceans in crisis because of increasing pollution, acidification and over-fishing, the problem seems so large it can be daunting for any individual sailor. But there ARE things you can do, and here Katie Jewett, writing for 'Sailors for the Sea', tells:... [more]
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Match Race France - Early exit reignites race for the title
Leigh Ireland,
At Match Race France, following a disappointing exit for Bjorn Hansen at the Qualifying stage, the race for the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour title has been reignited. Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team currently leads the overall standings but was unable to maintain his good form in Marseille, failing to reach the knockout stages after finishing Qualifying Session Two on 4-7.... [more]
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America's Cup: New Zealand enter team in Red Bull Youth America's Cup
Yachting New Zealand has announced that it has entered a team to sail the Red Bull Youth America's Cup 2013 set to take centre stage on San Francisco Bay between the Louis Vuitton Cup and the Americas Cup in 2013. YNZ has invited applications from eligible sailors keen to be part of the New Zealand Team.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships preview
Rory Ramsden,
RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships 2012 are being held in Penghu, Chine Taipei from 20th to 27th October. With 65 athletes registered from 17 countries and five continents, this is the first time that such a high level youth championship has been staged in Asia by the RS:X Class.... [more]
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Whoops! Catamaran beached in Force 7 winds
County Press Online/Sail-World Cruising,
Whoops! Three crew on board could not stop their catamaran Dazzla from beaching in a very embarrassing way in Force 7 (32-38kts) conditions last weekend. The story has a good end though, as catamarans, practised at beaching for picnics, are easier to 'de-beach' than a conventional yacht.... [more]
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China and Turkey pick up slack in marina building
Des Ryan,
The world is getting bigger, not smaller, for the adventurous cruising sailor. While the traditional sailing world is still recovering from the global financial crisis, China has announced the building of yet another sizable marina and Turkey has announced that two long-planned marinas are to be built in the heart of Istanbul, encouraging cruising sailors to visit the ancient city.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup event summary + Video
Chris Yates,
The 2012 PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup proved to be another huge success, as Klitmoller maintained its amazing wind record. Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra) produced a fantastic display, as he became the first man to defeat Philip Köster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) in five events and in doing so, Traversa, claimed his maiden event victory.... [more]
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