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 23 Nov 2012

Sunshine in Penang and Langkawi but not a great deal of breeze for the 2012 edition of the Raja Muda Regatta, but the racing schedule is on track and continues today and tomorrow. Stories and pictures below.

More Demolition Derby stuff in the Vendee Globe, but the leaders are through the Doldrums and away. If you want to know how to do carbon repairs at 20kts, take a look at the video of Alex Thomson 'in the workshop'.

And then enjoy the sight of two AC72s together on the Hauraki Gulf. What more do you want? Sail Rocket breaking records? It's all here...

Guy Nowell, Editor

Raja Muda 2012 – Tiptoe to Langkawi
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Two hours later (1h 50m to be precise) at a gentle trolling speed (sorry, no fish!) of a little under 10kts, and some may have been wondering whether a motoring rally was the order of the day. But the wind had indeed been found, a good 8kts of it, and at 1400h away went all classes in good order with no recalls. Still ‘wish you were here' visuals, but with a respectable WNW breeze to launch everyo... [more]
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Raja Muda 2012 – Penang Inshore Races
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The Penang Inshores in the Raja Muda series are notorious for starting late. Three years ago they were canned altogether due to lack of wind, and I can't remember a year since 2003 when they have started on time! 2012 was no exception – the RO was out on the water bright and early, along with assorted members of the media, all raring to go, but it was very much a case of ‘hurry up, and wait'... [more]
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Raja Muda 2012 – Penang Rickshaw Races
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Just because the annual rickshaw races aren't part of the Raja Muda pointscore, doesn't mean they aren't taken seriously. Men between the shafts, girls sculling beers, arguments at the mark, on-water (well, on-the-quayside) penalties... this little add-on to the Raja Muda has all the ingredients for some serious mayhem.... [more]
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Raja Muda 2012 – Race 2, Pangkor to Penang
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
An unpromising start to proceedings in very light breeze, but there was a big band of heavy grey cloud approaching from the west, and RO Jerry Rollin decided to get things going. ‘There might be some wind under that cell – which is good – and there might be nothing at all behind it.'... [more]
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Raja Muda race 1 - sail changes, anchors, and rain
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Of course, being tropical, it didn't last forever. By the time the first start at 1100h came due it had become just ‘regular' rain spattering the coffee-coloured river and giving everyone cause to wonder what breeze would be left when it stopped. The answer was a perfectly sensible 6-8 knots as classes 5 and 6 were swept broadside towards the line by a 4-knot current and headed up the coast... [more]
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Jimmy Cornell's new venture: The Blue Planet Odyssey
Sail-World Cruising,
The Blue Planet Odyssey, a round the world sailing event in 2014 aiming to raise awareness of the global effects of climate change, will be officially launched December 15, 2012 at the Paris Boat Show. The event is spearheaded by Jimmy Cornell, founder of the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers). Cornell has run over 30 successful international sailing rallies including five round the world events.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - The flying Spaniard returns
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Javier ‘Bubi' Sansó (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) has scorched down the north Atlantic and through the Doldrums as if they were a myth and now has the top of the fleet in his sights. He has made up 350 miles in the last two days.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 - THAT magical mile record + Video
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen of Vestas Sailrocket 2 recounts the team's record setting speed achievement and the excitement that ensued.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - The chase is on as Golding achieves 22nd crossing
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Mike Golding (Gamesa) crossed the Equator for the 22nd time as he chased the six leading boats in front of him south to the coast of Brazil. He deferred the traditional celebrations and offerings to Neptune this time because he had a half-hour penalty to complete and he is worried that the gains on the top six that he banked in the Doldrums will be withdrawn in lighter breezes... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Penalties given while another one 'bites the dust'
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski (Energa), bowed to the apparently inevitable and announced his retirement from the race on Wednesday at 1330hrs (French time) after days trying to find a fix for his autopilots. Gutek, almost 2,000 miles behind the leader, Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) had been sailing east, running tests on his two autopilots after his wipe out on Saturday.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Energa, 'Gutek' bow out of the race
Zbigniew Gutkowski,
The Vendee Globe has been nothing short of hectic for the skippers who set off from Les Sables d'Olonne and now, yet another skipper has been forced to retire. Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski, sailing on board Energa, has announced his retirement from the race.... [more]
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Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win - The Big Crash off Sydney Heads
Peter Allison and Andy Rose,
The collision between two US-flagged maxi yachts, Windward Passage (Fritz Johnson) and Kialoa III (Jim Kilroy) during the first race of the 1977 Southern Cross Cup sailed ahead of the 1977 Sydney Hobart Race, was a talking point around international sailing circles for several days.... [more]
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Invitation to Compete in the 2013 Pacific Keel Boat Challenge
Tom Macky,
MRX Yachting and the Auckland Regatta Week Trust invite overseas Clubs, Classes or Crews to submit an 'Expression of Interest' in competing in the 2013 Farr MRX Pacific Keelboat Challenge... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - World's best collide at ISAF Sailing World Cup
Lauren Garnet,
The world of sailing will convene in Australia roughly two weeks from now for the first stop of the ISAF Sailing World Cup at Sandringham Yacht Club from December 2-8, 2012. The best local and international sailors are expected to compete in several classes as they attempt to kick start their Rio Olympics build-up in a right direction.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Brits excel in the Doldrums
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alex Thomson and Mike Golding have been two of the big winners in the Doldrums. Thomson was down to sixth at the 1600hrs (French time) ranking, having been up to third this morning, but just 2.3 miles separate the five boats chasing the leader, Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire). Thomson made up eighty miles as the fleet compressed and has been able to bank that.... [more]
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Vote for best image of the year - Thierry Matinez
Thierry Martinez,
Like every year, I have sent an image to photo contest of Yacht Racing Image of the Year presented by Mirabaud. I have been honoured two times in past year with Trophée Mirabaud. The public will be asked to vote on Facebook for the picture they consider the world's best yacht racing photograph of the year until December 1 at midday (CET).... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Hugo Boss moves into third place
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, at the back of the fleet, Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski (Energa) partially revealed the reason for his strange heading – he is testing a new solution to his autopilot nightmare. Since releasing his gennaker, the 39-year-old Polish skipper, has been heading due east and is 1607.9 miles from the top of the fleet.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Rudder scare on board Hugo Boss + Video
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe fight continues for the remaining skippers. Alex Thomson was faced with a broken rudder bar on board Hugo Boss as the hydro generator ripped off whilst Gutek is heading north-west on board Energa. If Alex Thomson ever retires from sailing he might be able to open a mechanic's workshop after unveiling the result of seven hours handiwork with his grinder.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ blasting in the Gulf
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team NZ was out sailing again in the Hauraki Gulf on Friday, ahead of an advancing front which hammered Auckland over the weekend. Team photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to capture the action.... [more]
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America's Cup: Two AC72's sailing on the Hauraki Gulf
Richard Gladwell,
Another milestone in the 34th America's Cup occurred today, November 19,2012 with two AC72's sailing on the Hauraki Gulf for the first time. For much of the session Luna Rossa confined herself to being well offshore, while Emirates Team NZ was much closer to the Takapuna shore. Later Sail-World's camera caught Luna Rossa on her mooring at sunset... [more]
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Entries now open for 2013 RS Feva World Championships
Bill Tucker,
The International RS Feva Association is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2013 World Championships in Marina di Grosseto, Italy! If you click on the Worlds 2013 tab on the class website - that takes you to the 2013 Worlds website. The Entry Form is available on the 'How to Enter' tab on the Worlds site.... [more]
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Sailing the Oceans - not as modern as we thought
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Leisure sailing as we know it may have begun a mere 150 years ago or so, but researchers are now becoming more and more convinced that Neanderthals, or even older homo erectus, knew how to cross seas and oceans by boat.... [more]
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