Superyacht Rendezvous, Rolex Sydney-Hobart, more, lots more...

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 27 Dec 2012

The Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race chases out the old year and rings in the new. All the news and updates here, from Grant Wharington's disqualification to Wild Oats's record-breaking run (so far). And lots of good pics too.

In Asia, the end of the boating year is signalled by the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, a splendiferous affair held this year at Angsara Laguna and the Xana Beach Club, Phuket. Not everyone is in the market for a £70m 188 ft ketch, but you have to admit, they look pretty damn good!

Lead swapping in the Vendee Globe - that's got to be hard - but the two leaders are still out in front. Bernard Stamm has holed up for repairs. It's a tough game, but my armchair is very comfy!

Guy Nowell, Editor

Asia Superyacht Rendezvous: Grand Dames and a Baby Elephant
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Sprinkle ten superyachts across the bay, and it looks good every time. Include three Feadships in the mix, and the view just got better. Add a Royal Huisman, a Hoek, and a couple of traditional Indonesian phinisis, and you were probably hanging out at the Xana Beach Club at the Angsana Laguna, Phuket. On the last day of the annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, Bang Tao Bay was host to... [more]
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Yassine to attempt 150nm Laser sail - once his mast is fixed
Nancy Knudsen,
Last week we told how Andrew Lewis sailed a Laser from Tobago to Trinidad, a route which took him through open ocean and a distance of 50 nm. Now there's a Moroccan sailor, Yassine Darkaoui, who wants to sail a 150nm course from Phuket, round the island of Ko Ta Ru Tao and back to Phuket. There's just one problem - his mast is broken.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI tracks towards a new race record
Rob Kothe,
Five-time Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours winner Wild Oats XI has crossed Bass Strait and is ripping south towards Tasman Light, maintaining speeds of around 24 knots.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race 2012-2013 - Leaders towards final safety gate
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe Race leaders Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) and François Gabart (MACIF) are heading towards the finals safety gate of the round-the-world race while Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm is still struggling to fix the broken hydrogenerators of Cheminées Poujoulat.... [more]
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Sailing seen as preserver of the environment in India
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Sailors see the devastation of the oceans more than others - we find the plastic floating, swim with bleached coral and don't catch fish where we used to last year. In India where sailing is not so developed, one would-be sailor sees encouraging the use of sail as a way of preserving India's precious waterways. So he has home-built a sailing boat.... [more]
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Sailing picks up in Asia as European sponsors pull out
Like many other professional sports, sailing was not spared by the 2008 global financial crisis as sponsors in Europe pulled out and governments were not keen to host large-scale tournaments. However, halfway across the world, Asia's resilient economy fueled by strong domestic consumption from a rapidly growing population raised hope of providing the boost the ailing sport needed... [more]
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Superyacht responds to Fiji after Cyclone Evan
Sanele Chadwick/Sail-World Cruising,
When superyachts make the news - and they do it often - it is usually about the expensive lifestyle they support, how many helicopter pads, jetskis, escape submersibles, or other luxury items they feature. But here's a superyacht making news with a very unusual angle - they're helping others in need.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Day 2 2012 - Carlo Borlenghi's photos
Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi, one of the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race official event photographers, provides the action on the second day of the 628 nautical mile race.... [more]
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America's Cup: Short break and then the Big Push for Emirates Team NZ
Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand's chief operating officer Kevin Shoebridge reflects on the end of the Boat 1 sailing programme and the push to get Boat 2 ready to go sailing. The sailing programme finished on time, in fact two days earlier than we had planned way back in January when we sat down to write the AC72 programme.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 - Wild Oats XI eyes treble repeat
Danielle McKay,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 could be very well owned by Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI, which is so far separating itself from the rest of the pack and inching closer towards pulling off another treble.... [more]
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America's Cup: A look inside Oracle Team USA's building facility
Just before Christmas a special package left Core Builders Composites in Warkworth, New Zealand bound for Oracle Team USA in San Francisco. The team from Core Builders Composites tell their story on this video... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Start day images from Alex McKinnon Team,
Enjoy this gallery of 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images by Melbourne yachting photographer Alex McKinnon.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI bears down on the Bass Strait
Jim Gale,
In the CYCA's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, leader Wild Oats XI is set to launch into Bass Strait in a freshening northerly breeze this morning. A short time ago Wild Oats XI's navigator, Adrienne Cahalan, reported that the crew had had a busy night, constantly changing sails as yesterday's east-south-easterly breeze moved around to the east and softened to 4-5 knots at around midnight.... [more]
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Carlo Borlenghi's aerial view of the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart start,
Carlo Borlenghi, one of the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race official event photographers, gives an aerial perspective of the start. Enjoy!... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart start through the lens of Daniel Forster,
Daniel Forster, who is one of the official event photographers for the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, was on the water today capturing all the action. Enjoy!... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 – Wild Thing - more details - in then out?
John Curnow,
Earlier today, Grant Wharington and his Wild Thing crew had turned off their mobiles to conduct their pre-race briefing in silence. Here they were in familiar territory, with a lot of the old crew, a new aft section on the boat and a sail wardrobe that was virtually straight from the loft.... [more]
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Vendee Globe 2012-2013 - Stamm makes stop, Le Cléac'h regains lead
Vendee Globe,
A podium finish for Bernard Stamm is slipping away in each passing day of the Vendee Globe race after Frenchman decided to drop anchor in another desperate effort to fix Cheminées Poujoulat's banged up hydrogenerators.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 – Wild Thing disqualified
Jim Gale,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 is down to 76 fleets after Grant Wharington's super maxi Wild Thing was disqualified to compete in the 628-natical mile race classic because of its non-compliance with the Notice of Race.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Gabart regains lead from Le Cléac'h + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, from the delicious, unprecedented duel between François Gabart and Armel Le Cléac'h at the head of the fleet, sliding east towards Cape Horn 2400 miles ahead of them, right back to Italy's 13th placed Alessandro Di Benedetto still 750 miles to the south and west of Australia's Cape Leeuwin, the main focus of the day has been to just get through it incident free.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Stamm, Cheminées Poujoulat head for New Zealand + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, unable to stay where he is because of the imminent arrival of storm force conditions, Bernard Stamm was forced to sail to New Zealand on Monday afternoon. Stamm has been anchored at Sandy bay, south of Enderby Island, 200 miles south of New Zealand, since Sunday morning, as he tries to repair his hydrogenerators. He will attempt to finish his repairs and re-start the race... [more]
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Columbus's ships, Nina and Pinta, sail America again
Sail-World Cruising,
Morgan Sanger started a project of reproducing the three ships sailed by Christopher Columbus to America in 1992 as part of the 500th anniversary commemoration of Columbus' voyage. Now he and his son Stephen are proudly sailing replicas of two of Columbus's ships, visiting various ports in the United States to educate young Americans on their history.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Alex McKinnon pictures from VO60 - Merit
Alex McKinnon,
2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Photographer Alex McKinnon joined the crew of VO60, Merit, for their training run on a delightfully sunny Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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ARC 2012 wrap up
World Cruising Club,
The 27th ARC finally draws to a close with Ostrea winning the Spirit of the ARC plum for showing the spirit of goodwill and camaraderie. Ostrea was only one of the several awards presented Saturday at Gaiety Nightclub in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia.... [more]
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