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 06 Nov 2012

Only four days until the start of the Vendee Globe. Alex Thomson is hoping to make it all the way round, Sam Davies says she is ‘not afraid of being afraid', and Dominique Wavre claims to ‘never before have been so ready.' I take my hat off to every one of the 20 brave souls who are about to embark on what must be the most terrifying, gut wrenching, challenging, exhausting and – if you just finish, dammit – awesome race of them all. Of course there's a virtual race too (sign on at but I'll be totally satisfied watching the real performers from the relative comfort of my desk...

...or maybe the deck at the Royal Selangor, or Charlie's Place at the Royal Langkawi. That's right, the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta starts next week.

The USA is about to elect a new President, and so is ISAF. David Kellett is well known to us, and although none of us can vote we'd thought you should see his ‘manifesto'. Kellett is a real hands-on sailor (38 Hobarts, anyone?) who, if elected, can be counted on to not only keep a firm hand on the tiller but is not above mopping out the bilges as well.

There's colourful action from the one of The Most Beautiful Bays in the World – Puerto Galera's All Souls Regatta in the Philippines, and coverage of both Luna Rossa and Artemis getting their AC72s on the water.

If you have a sailing event that deserves some coverage (and sponsors just love plenty of coverage!) please let us know.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Vendee Globe - Record visitors to Race Village in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
The level of the Vendee Globe's historic success continues to grow in Les Sables d'Olonne. In two weeks, no less than 575,000 visitors attended the Race Village and pontoons to see the 20 boats competing in the forthcoming non-stop round-the-world solo race without assistance.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Old and new set to start in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
Of the Vendée Globe fleet of twenty IMOCA Open 60's - six have been built new since the end of the last race, PRB, Banque Populaire, Virbac-Paprec 3, Macif, Cheminées Poujoulat and Acciona 100% EcoPowered. On paper, these newest boats should represent a jump in performance over the previous generation.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Samantha Davies ready for second participation
Romain Delaume,
The 2012 Vendee Globe is set to get underway in just over four days and Sam Davies, Savéol skipper, will bring her charming smile to this year's edition. This brave young mother is also a true sea lover. For her second participation, Sam seems quite calm and confident in her project. She tells us more about it.... [more]
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ISAF Presidential candidate David Kellett talks to the sailing world
ISAF Presidential candidate, David Kellett (AUS) has released a video setting out his experience and aspirations. Kellett is a veteran of 38 Sydney Hobart Races and has been involved in the ISAF since 1991. As well as being the ISAF Treasurer, and a two-term Vice President, Kellett has also been the ISAF Technical Delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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All Souls Regatta Day 3 - Puerto Galera's 'Boys' take overall crown
Asian Yachting,
All Souls Regatta came to a scintillating finish as winds as strong as 16 knots made the final race a lot tougher for the competitors. At the end of the day, the boys on Guinivere II overcame all sorts of adversities throughout the three-day event to capture the overall crown on their maiden racing competition... [more]
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All Souls Regatta Day 2 – Day One winners still reign supreme
Asian Yachting,
After a rousing start of racing at Puerto Galera Yacht Club, the action got more intense as yesterdays' winners tried to build decisive advantage over their competitors on the second day of All Souls Regatta. Several crews came ashore yesterday complaining about their performance and made plans to rectify the situation.... [more]
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All Souls Regatta Day 1 - Typhoon Son-Tinh causes havoc
Asian Yachting,
All Souls Regatta, being held at Puerto Galera Yacht Club, first day of racing got underway today. What a difference a week makes. Typhoon Son-Tinh caused havoc over the Philippines, South China Sea and Vietnam last week and now the NE tradewind has settled in with 15 to 20 knots, clear blue sky and 27 yacht crews looking forward to a great regatta.... [more]
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ISAF Conference: Kites and Windsurfer deal brokered?
The second day of the 2012 ISAF Annual Conference in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland was marked by a compromise on the vexed issue of Kiteboarding versus Windsurfing for the 2016 Olympics. But like all compromises – how long will it last? This one's lifespan could be measured in hours or days. .... [more]
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David Gilmour earns Asian Match Racing entry at Monsoon Cup
Bernie Kaaks,
T-Best Events SdnBhd, organising authority of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour's (AWMRT) season ending Monsoon Cup together with the Warren Jones Foundation have today announced that the top placed Australian from the 2012 Warren Jones International Regatta will be invited as the Asian Match Racing entry to the upcoming Monsoon Cup.... [more]
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The Lipton Trophy presented by Infiniti
The Top Dog Trophy Series 2012-2013 incorporates the Lipton Trophy (Saturday 10 November 2012), the Around The Island Race (Sunday 11 November 2012), the Tomes Cup (Saturday 12 January 2013) and the HKRNVR Pursuit Race (Saturday 2 March 2013).... [more]
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Swedish sailor to circumnavigate the world non-stop in a 10ft boat
Nancy Knudsen,
Swedish sailor Sven Yrvind, boat builder, inventor and writer, is planning to sail around the world solo and non-stop in a 10ft sailing boat he is building in his workshop. He is already famous in Sweden for sailing alone across oceans in tiny boats of his own design.... [more]
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Artemis Racing launches first AC72 catamaran
Artemis Racing,
Artemis Racing has now launched its first AC72 catamaran, marking a major milestone in the team's quest for the America's Cup. Thousands of design and build hours came together today when the AC72 was launched at the team's base in Alameda. Barbro Osher, Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco and Godmother of Artemis, christened the AC72 in the presence of the entire team and their families.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa foils on Day 1 - with single foil
Richard Gladwell,
Luna Rossa Challenge were able to get their AC72 foiling on their first day of sailing on the Hauraki Gulf on Friday (NZT) It was the first day of sailing for the Italian America's Cup Challenger starting in light winds which slowly increased top around 15 knots.... [more]
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Search for HMS Bounty's Captain called off - investigation begun
Nancy Knudsen,
The search for Captain Robin Walbridge, captain of HMS Bounty which was caught in the edge of the fierce Hurricane Sandy this week, has been called off and a formal investigation begun. HMS Bounty and its crew abandoned the tall ship early Monday about 90 miles off the coast of North Carolina's Outer Banks near Cape Hatteras. The vessel lost power and started taking on water.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Kiteboard Association releases Promotional video
Richard Gladwell,
Ahead of a crucial vote for the Events for the 2016 Olympics the International Kiteboarding Association has released a promotional designed to to show the sport at its best. Hear from sailors on the format and equipment, get first hand information from RS:X sailors like Dorian van Rijsselberghe, Zac Plavsic, and Race Officers like St. Francis' Director of Race Operations, Robbie Dean.... [more]
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Election of ISAF Officers to take place in Dun Laoghaire
The election of Officers of the International Sailing Federation, will take place at the ISAF General Assembly in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland on 10 November 2012. The ISAF Annual General Meeting is held at the close of the Annual Conference, and every fourth year is known as the General Assembly and brings together all of the Member National Authorities (MNAs), who represent the nations within ISAF.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa sails for the first time in the Hauraki Gulf
Carlo Borlenghi,
Italian America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, was out sailing on the Hauraki Gulf today - just a week after being launched in Auckland. It was a grey day in Auckland, which started with light winds before the breeze came in to a modest strength - ideal for a first sail.... [more]
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Loïck Peyron to sail with Artemis Racing during AC72 training
Jennifer McHugh,
Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, announced today that French multihull legend Loïck Peyron will join the Swedish crew during this month's AC72 training. 'It is fantastic to have Loïck join Artemis Racing. Loïck has no peer when it comes to large multihulls.' said Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 bouncing off the ceiling
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket 2 project leader and pilot, discusses how the crew is bouncing off the ceiling due to the lack of sufficient wind: The Walvis Bay wind machine seems to have broken down. The powers that be that make this one of the best and most consistent speed sailing venues in the world have taken a break and left no message as to when they are coming back.... [more]
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Water Margin: Hong Kong's Link to the Sea
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
And then we get to the ‘Challenges'. An inundation of plastic. Waterborne litter. Sewage pumped into Victoria Harbour. Storm drains. Degraded water quality. Reclamation. How on earth, one is moved to ask, did it come to this? The rape of a natural resource and an environment that has given so much to Hong Kong and received so little care in return.... [more]
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