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 16 Dec 2012

With the Raja Muda and the Phuket King's Cup safely tucked away, it must be time to write Christmas cards and go shopping, right? But no, there's one more event first - the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, in Phuket. When a fleet of power and sailing superyachts get together for two days of laid back 'racing' and three evenings of first class partying. Reports, here, over the next couple of days. I guess the Christmas cards will just have to wait.

Bashing their way around Antarctica, the Vendee Globe suddenly seems to have turned into a two-boat race. Alex Thomson got slowed down badly a couple of days ago when he hit something hard, and sustained damage to his hydro. Meanwhile, Francois Gabart and Armel Le Cleac'h hooked onto a weather system and surfed away from the opposition. But it's not all over yet - remember, first objective is to keep the boat in one piece, and finish. Anything can happen between Australia and Les Sables d'Olonne - and probably will.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Vendee Globe - Leaders shrug off pursuers at Cape Leeuwin + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Francois Gabart and Armel Le Cléac'h are the double act which have shared the top two places through the Indian Ocean locked together for six consecutive days now. This evening, probably around midnight, the race's runaway leaders should pass the longitude of SW Australia's Cape Leeuwin in quick succession.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Leaders reach Australia's West gate
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Armel Le Cléac'h passed the Australia West gate last night at around 1944hrs UTC on its most westerly mark 21 minutes ahead of François Gabart, who was 18 miles to the east, but it is Gabart who has made the overnight gain as the fleet heads under Australia.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Indian Ocean, Amsterdam gate, and beyond + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, after the toughest 24 hours of his race so far, required to make a vital repair to his rudder mechanism on Hugo Boss after hitting a floating object during Sunday night, Alex Thomson (GBR) has been losing no time in getting right back into the race. This afternoon he has been closing fast on Bernard Stamm to challenge the Swiss skipper for fourth place.... [more]
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Book of the Week: The Art and Science of Yacht Design
Henry J Cooney,
For that yachting enthusiast for whom you just can't find the right gift (and that might be yourself), here's a timely suggestion, 'The Art and Science of Yacht Design', by Martin Black, who spent 20 years researching the the life of an amazing, but largely forgotten, yacht desiger. Here read the synopsis by Henry J Cooney:.... [more]
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America's Cup: End of the sailing road for the first AC72
Warren Douglas,
On Thursday the Emirates Team NZ shore crew began to decommission the yacht while the team concentrates on finishing Boat 2. Winch drums and some hardware will be removed from the yacht and fitted to Boat 2. Boat 1 will be refitted in the near future and held in reserve, to be commissioned quickly in the event it's needed.... [more]
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Yacht Racing Image of the Year Award goes to Kurt Arrigo
Bernard Schopfer,
The photographer Kurt Arrigo, from Malta has been awarded for his photography taken during the Volcano Race, featuring the yacht Nilaya and the reflection of the island of Capri on her hull. Some 46 photographers from all over the world participated in the contest.... [more]
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Tobago to Trinidad in a 14ft Laser
Nancy Knudsen,
Just when you think that all the records have been set, when everybody has conquered almost everything in the world of the cruising sailor - the oldest - the youngest - the first-ever, along comes another, because there's always some new remote first-ever that hasn't yet been done. This time it's sailing a 14ft Laser from Tobago to Trinidad in open seas off the north-east coastline of Venezuela.... [more]
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Kingdom Match Race - Great start for Estonia
Rami Ayoob,
At the 2012 Kingdom Match Race, Estonia had a commanding start yesterday when the event got underway at the Bahrain Sailing Club near Al Jazayer Beach in Zallaq. Mati Sepp, who is ranked 24th in the ISAF world ranking, the highest in the championship, skippered the four-member crew of Estonia to four successive wins in Group 'A' to lead the competition on its first day.... [more]
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Kingdom Match Race Championship preview
Rami Ayoob,
The Kingdom Match Race is about to underway and prominent teams will sail their boats at Bahrain Sailing Club near Al Jazayer Beach in Zallaq. Twelve teams in total, representing eight countries, are set for another match racing battle over the next five days of racing in an event that has been upgraded to Grade 2 following the tremendous organization of the previous nine championship editions.... [more]
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Ken Read named as new President of North Sails Group
North Sails announced today that Volvo Ocean Race skipper and veteran sailmaker Ken Read will return to North Sails in the role of president in early January, 2013. Read will take over for current president Gary Weisman, who has served at the helm of the world's largest sailmaker for 16 years, and who plans to retire within the next 4 months.... [more]
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Fifth World Yacht Racing Forum a success
Bernard Schopfer,
The fifth World Yacht Racing Forum and Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium closed its doors tonight following two intense days of presentations and networking at Gothenburg's Clarion Post Hotel. Four time Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie was the key speaker of the day.... [more]
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End of Days? Dutchman builds a modern Noah's Ark
Jeni Bone,
Moored in the city of Dordrecht, just south of Rotterdam, Holland, a new landmark is visible bobbing against the extremely flat and floodprone landscape. Johan Huibers has realised his 20-year quest to build a full-scale, functioning model of Noah's Ark.... [more]
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Sailing potential and assets highlighted at World Yacht Racing Forum
Bernard Schopfer,
Speakers of the World Yacht Racing Forum highlighted the great potential and assets of the sport of sailing. The industry offers wonderful prospects to partners, venues, athletes or events. However it needs more creativity. And a special care must be given to the return provided to the sport's partners.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2012: the Glittering Prizes
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Once again, it's all over bar the shouting. The fat lady has sung and sat down again, the trophies have been distributed, and the photographs taken. 75 boat crews (not forgetting the dinghy sailors and windsurfers) have partied their way from the Kata Beach Resort to the Kata Thani, the Phuket Orchid, Centara Resort, the Boathouse and back to Kata. A couple of multihulls got parked on the beach... [more]
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Big Boat Challenge images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini,
Photo gallery of the 2012 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge provided by photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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