Blimey... Sail Rocket sets new speed record at 59kts

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 17 Nov 2012

59 knots and counting! Sail Rocket's new motto is 'Life Begins at 60' but we are are already blown away. More power to the persevering chaps down in Walvis Bay - they have had their fair share of setbacks over the last few years, and now it's make-out time.

A few setbacks in the Vendee Globe, too, with the fleet now standing at 16. The actuary says that there will be more...

In Asia, the mobile sailing carnival called the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta starts today at Port Klang, heading for Pulau Pangkor (and, of course, breakfast with the hornbills). See you at the Seaview.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Vestas Sailrocket 2 sets new speed record of 59kts
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket Project Leader and Pilot, Paul Larsen, discusses how he and the crew have now achieved a record setting pace of 59.01kts - yet to be ratified. During the run the team exceeded 62kts. The new mark was set in Walvis Bay, Namibia this September with a new hydrofoil package. The ratified record stands at 55.65 knots (64 mph) and is held by American Kite Surfer Rob Douglas.... [more]
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America's Cup: Volvo skipper gets first taste of foiling + Video
Chris Nicholson, skipper of second place getter in the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, had a big day out when he joined the America's Cup sailing crew on the teams AC72 America's Cup Challenger. The video features some excellent extended footage of the yacht foiling. Later in the day ETNZ's AC72 hit speeds of 43.6kts... [more]
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Innovative thinking leads to new Tandem Anchor product
Des Ryan,
If you are in love with the idea of putting out two anchors when the going gets tough, you may like the idea of a new idea in anchoring which was nominated for a DAME design award in 2012. It's the tandem anchor system - two anchors, but only one chain and it comes from a brand new company making waves for their innovative designs.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Black Friday - And then they were 16
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Javier Sansó reports that he has been sailing for thirty-two hours without his mainsail. He was approaching the Canary Islands yesterday afternoon, where he will shelter in calmer conditions while he climbs up his 100ft mast to recover the main halyard.... [more]
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Raja Muda 2012 - subtly different
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
If you live in Asia and sail, this is not news. But here is the update anyway. The 23rd edition of one of the region's most unique events starts tomorrow (Saturday 18th).... [more]
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Yachtstyle 21 on the newsstands now
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Yachtstyle, Asia's no 1 upmarket boating lifestyle magazine, is on the street and in the Clubs now. 'Superyachts, Regattas, People and their passion for the sea' is the tagline,... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Lead change and dismasting as skippers push on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, while Samantha Davies announced her dismasting to the race office last night, Armel Le Cléac´h, (Banque Populaire) took the lead from François Gabart. But for all the skippers in the top eleven, the conditions are much more comfortable than at the back of the fleet.... [more]
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Vendée Globe - Samantha Davies reports Savéol dismasted
Vendée Globe,
Vendée Globe skipper Samantha Davies contacted the race office of the Vendée Globe at 1945hrs (French time), on Thursday, November 15th, to report that her boat had dismasted. Davies is not injured. She is safe inside the boat with all the watertight doors closed. She is monitoring the situation and does not require assistance.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - All or none for the top two in Malaysia
Leigh Ireland,
The 2012 Monsoon Cup is set to take place 3-8 December and current Alpari World Match Racing Tour leader Bjorn Hansen believes that anything less than a Semi Final appearance from either himself or main rival Ian Williams will end their challenge for the Tour title this season.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 begins the big reveal of the beast within
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen of Vestas Sailrocket 2 discusses how the big reveal of the beast within is finally underway and how the speed was no accident nor was it unexpected.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Riding shotgun on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 at 43.6kts
Richard Gladwell,'s NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, spent three hours on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 for a training session on the Hauraki Gulf. Sailing in winds of up to 25kts the AC72 hit an amazing 43.6kts and didn't even feel like she was breaking into a sweat. He reports on Wednesday's race and test session.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Rollercoaster ride south is on for the leaders
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the rollercoaster ride south is on for the leaders, as on the heels of strong breezes from the north, speeds for the pacemakers surged this afternoon, finally freeing them from the shackles of the high pressure ridge and a frontal passage, which combined to form the biggest strategic challenge of the solo nonstop round the world race thus far.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Macif continues to lead as waiting game evolves
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, if there is to be a time for rest, repairs and recuperation after the first three days of racing, it has been granted over the last few hours and into the fourth afternoon at sea. At the front of the 18 boat fleet the advance of François Gabart continued again this afternoon.... [more]
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Inaugural RHKYC Around Middle Island Race
Richard Knight,
Youth sailors have navigated around Middle Island many times before, but now they got the opportunity to do it as part of a formal race! The Inaugural Around Middle Island Race attracted 20 Optimist sailors from the RHKYC and ABC racing teams.... [more]
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Dousing - er furling - a spinnaker from the cockpit
UK-Halsey Sailmakers/Sail-World Cruising,
If, as a short-handed cruising sailor, you use spinnakers at all, you would probably have been using a dousing sock. This takes the place of several long-armed crew members, but you still have to leave the cockpit to lower the sail. Here is a new tool that has been perfected to help cruising sailors control the cruising spinnaker from the safety of the cockpit.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Bitter conclusion for Kito De Pavant
Vendee Globe,
'I am cursed. The Vendée Globe is not for me.' That was the conclusion of the intensely disappointed Kito de Pavant this Monday afternoon, despairing at the harsh reality that his challenge to complete the Vendée Globe is, again, very prematurely over. For the second successive edition of the race this charismatic, twinkle eyed skipper from Port Camargue in the Mediterranean is having to withdraw.... [more]
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