T-shirts and shorts in Phuket (so, no surprise there...)

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 07 Dec 2012

The Big Ticket numbers in the news at the moment are the Phuket King's Cup and the Vendee Globe. One requires intense concentration while wearing a t-shirt and shorts, the other demands survival suits and the sort of self-discipline and doggedness that would crumble gneiss (look it up).

Sail-World Asia is in Phuket, and just got handed a t-shirt from the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club - 'Phuket's Premier Antifoul and Intergalactic Affairs Convention Venue'. Guess the survival suit will have to wait.

Read on...

Guy Nowell, Editor

WMRT Monsoon Cup - Hansen and Robertson fight back
Leigh Ireland,
In the third Qualifying Session of the 2012 Monsoon Cup, Bjorn Hansen and Phil Robertson endured tough starts to their bids for glory this week but fought back strongly today. Hansen has kept his World Championship quest alive by Qualifying for the knock-out stages while Robertson posted three wins from three today to leave himself on the cusp of a Quarter Final berth.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2012 - A Royal Salute and another day of good breeze
Event Media,
The morning of Day Three at the 2012 Phuket King's Cup Regatta started with the traditional Sail Past and royal gun salute in honour of the birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand... [more]
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America's Cup: King of the Foredeck becomes God of the GoPro
One of New Zealand's first professional sailors, Joey Allen, is now the Emirates Team New Zealand sailing coach. He spends a lot of time in a chase boat, watching the AC72 sail. He also spends a lot of time shooting video. Known as a demon on crew-work and doing it fast and right, when he ruled the foredeck on many top campaigns, Joe is still very interested in performance... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Fleet hobbled by high pressure and tension
Vendee Globe,
On board the top eight IMOCA Open 60's on the Vendée Globe solo ocean race around the world there is added pressure to absolutely maximise speeds over what might prove a key section of the three month race. For both the leading group of five, and the so called ‘chasing trio' behind them, high pressure systems are encroaching from the west and also possibly from the north east.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Williams on form as Gilmour announces retirement
Leigh Ireland,
Record 4-time ISAF Match Racing World Champion and multiple America's Cup campaigner, Peter Gilmour announced his retirement from the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and professional match racing on day two of racing at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia. Gilmour will bow out following the event conclusion this Saturday 8th December.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Stable winds, good speeds and frustration
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, still with the indefatigable Armel Le Cléac'h on Banque Populaire in the lead, the advantage continues to grow for the pace making pack this morning as they reach fast towards to the Crozet ice gate, the second control designed to keep the fleet north of the worst of the ice threat.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2012: Strong winds shake up the leaderboard
Event Media,
The weather from the first day only got better on Day Two with strong winds delivering some great sailing for the fleet, while being a little too strong for some others. While the sailors enjoyed the conditions, the Jury were a little less happy working long into the night to handle a raft of protests in response to a finish line 'issue'.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup stepping up to the next level
Rob Kothe,
The Phuket King's Cup sailing regatta has, over the last 26 years, had a significant impact on sailing across Asia. It is the largest sailing event in Asia. On the world stage it has become the keelboat regatta that has the greatest number of nations competing each year.... [more]
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Is Vendée Globe skipper François Gabart crazy?
Vendée Globe,
Third placed Vendée Globe golden boy, François Gabart (MACIF) today confirmed on Vendée Globe LIVE that he is excited, but not frightened, about entering the mountainous swells of the southern seas. Is this naivety, optimism or just plain craziness?... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2012 Windsurfing update - Day 3
Windsurfing Association of Thailand,
After yesterday's heavy showers, weather conditions improved for the second day of the windsurfing competition at the 2012 Phuket King's Cup Regatta. Light easterly winds prevailed on the race course allowing two races to be sailed.... [more]
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Smokin! WSSR Council confirms 65.45 knot World speed record
John Reed, WSSR Council,
The World Speed Sailing Record Council has announced the establishment of a new World Record. Paul Larsen of Australia and Vestas Sailrocket 2 have set the new Outright World and World 'B' Division Speed Sailing Record.... [more]
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Notice of Race for 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship released
The Notice of Race for the 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, the 43rd version of the championship being held in Limassol, Cyprus has now been released. More than 300 of the world's top youth sailors are expected to descend on Cyprus from 13-20 July 2013 and add their name to a list of winners.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2012 delivers stunning first day of racing
Event Media,
Recognised throughout the eastern hemisphere as the premier sailing event of its kind, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2012, the largest in its history with 168 entrants, has opened with a first day thriller in glorious sunshine and swift north-easterly winds off Kata Beach.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2012 – What is old is new again!!
Rob Kothe,
One of Australia's sailing gurus is spearheading a surprising new campaign to win another Phuket King's Cup with one of the Asia Pacific best known racing campaigners. And Day One at the 2012 Phuket King's Cup showed they are very much on a winner. Michael Spies, a former dual 18 foot skiff World Champion (1993, 1995), first sailed south in the Sydney to Hobart at age 17 back in ....... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2012 kicks off 26th race with strong fleet
Event Media,
Recognised throughout the eastern hemisphere as the premier sailing event of its kind, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta will once more put on a spectacular display of the finest sailing talent with a total of 168 boats entering from over 35 countries around the world, competing in Andaman Sea to win the ‘must-have' racing trophy in all of Asia, from 1 to 8 December, 2012.... [more]
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UK's RNLI saves 140,000 lives
RNLI/Sail-World Cruising,
Yes that's the number, but when the all-weather lifeboat went out to help the young man, who was kitesurfing not sailing, they didn't realise what a milestone they were passing. The rescue of the kitesurfer by the Fraserburgh crew in Scotland this year marked the 140,000th life saved by the charity since its founding in 1824.... [more]
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