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 15 Jan 2013

Opening shots for the Asian regatta calendar 2013 are over now, with Neil Pryde and HiFi putting an end to their long quest for the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta. Full reports and pictures below.

When Vendee Globe competitors turn left at Cape Horn, there's a certain feeling that they are on the home straight - when of course there is still the whole of the South and the North Atlantic, not to mention another Equator crossing, to get through. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss had a glamour run up the coast of South America, but the leaders have once again pulled away. After 65 days of racing, front-runner Francois Gabart (Macif) is rapidly approaching the Equator and the ITCZ (that's the Doldrums to you and me) and with a mere 3,400nm to go to the finish line.

And on the subject of circumnavigating races, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has officially launched the new fleet of Clipper 70 boats, and this time they really are race boats. RKJ told us a good while ago that this was a 'customer-driven decision. Prospective Clipper sailors wanted more 'racey' boats.' They got 'em. This is the third fleet of Clipper boats in the 17 years of the race. Ironic that the Volvo Ocean Race has now gone One Design, too!

Also 'launched' recently, the Global Ocean Race 2014-2015 in Class 40 boats. The 31,000-mile race will again follow the 'classic' Southern Ocean route around the world. Speaking at the Tullet Prebon London Boat Show, race organiser Josh Hall said, 'Ocean Racing is the pinnacle of our sailing sport. It is exciting, challenging and an enormous adventure, but in recent years it has been diluted because of the need to attract wealthy sponsorship from countries not on the classic routes.' So, no PR and marketing tours of Asia then?

Guy Nowell, Editor

Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2013 – HiFi High Fives
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
After ten years of trying, today Neil Pryde lifted the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta for the first time. With a day to spare, HiFi went out and scored one last first place (just to prove a point) and then ducked the last race in favour of a trip back to the marina, the dockside trophy presentation (and maybe a cold beer).... [more]
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Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2013 – The sun has got his hat on
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
No sign of overcast at first light, and that's the way it stayed in Langkawi today. Boats left the marina at RLYC in bright sunshine, the breeze came in, and that's the way it stayed. Inside-Bass-Harbour courses today, three windward-leewards for Racing, IRC 1 and Sportsboats, and two longer courses for the Cruisers, Ocean Rovers and Multihulls.... [more]
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Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2013 – still looking for breeze
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There's a grumbly old sailing photographer's saying that goes, 'For good pictures you need three things – breeze, waves, and sunshine. You can get away with only two of them, but one just isn't enough.' So we are rather sad to report that today Hughie provided no sunshine, no waves, and precious little breeze. 4-6kts max was reported from the Committee Boat.... [more]
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Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2013 - Utarid opens the batting
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Opening shots at the 2013 edition of the Royal Lamgkawi International Regatta. Today was the sort of day when yo'd rather not be the Race Officer. Heavy overcast at breakfast time and nary a breath of wind anywhere to be seen, AP on shore. The AP came down at 1105h, and boats were out on the water for a look at a midday-ish start in Bass Harbour. That proved to be optimistic... [more]
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London Boat Show - Global Ocean Race announcements at the ExCeL London
GOR Media,
Southampton and the Solent, on England's South Coast, famous as the start for some of the greatest ocean races of the past 50 years, has been chosen to host the start of the revamped Global Ocean Race 2014-2015.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - It was not a euphemism + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Mike Golding (Gamesa) is just 21 miles behind Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) and on Vendée Globe TV yesterday speculated that Le Cam may be missing a sail. It was not a euphemism – he was not suggesting Le Cam is one sail short of a wardrobe – but questioning why the formidable French sailor was almost four knots slower than Golding overnight and this morning.... [more]
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Thirteen teams confirmed for RC44 Oman Cup
Jo Grindley,
With the 2013 RC44 season about to get underway at the end of January, 13 teams have confirmed they will compete in the opening Championship Tour event, the RC44 Oman Cup presented by Oman Shipping Company, hosted by Oman Sail at the Wave Muscat.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Fatigue taking a toll on mind, body and soul + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, following nine weeks at sea, alone, the fatigue of the race is begin to toll on the mind, body and soul of the skippers. The tiredness can be heard in their voices. The bodies are beginning to fail. Arnaud Bossières (Akena Verandas) is suffering from salt blisters all over his hands and is in a lot of pain.... [more]
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Vendee Globe – Macif's Gabart makes furious push towards finish
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe race has reached its ninth Sunday since the round-the-world journey for these sailors began way back in November 2012. Macif's Francois Gabart continued to pad his lead heading into final stretches of the race, leading Banque Populaire's skipper Armel Le Cleac'h by 252.2 miles and Virbac Paprec 3 skipper Jean Pierre Dick by 605.1 miles.... [more]
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RHKYC Tomes Cup 2013 - Action packed competition on Victoria Harbour
RHKYC Media,
Tradition dictates that the first major event of the year for Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club(RHKYC) is the Tomes Cup pursuit race, which forms a constituent part of the Club's annual Top Dog Trophy Series and promises to blow out any post-festivity cobwebs at the same time as getting the sailors back out on the water.... [more]
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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to unveil new Clipper 70 in London
Ruth Harrington,
Some 45 years since he embarked on his record breaking attempt to become the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world, legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will reveal the latest phase in the development of his famous Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in London today (Friday).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race puts out call for Onboard Reporters for 2014 event
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race has launched the search for a team of Onboard Reporters capable of taking the event's unique media programme to the next level. For the third consecutive edition, each team taking part in sailing's premier offshore race will have on board an embedded multimedia reporter, formerly known as an MCM.... [more]
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Etchells Australian Championships 2013 - Of Black flags and protests
Bernie Kaaks,
Even after two general recalls, some of the senior sailors in the National Etchells Championship being held at Fremantle, tried to take on the race committee under a black flag. Some retired when advised, but one of the series favourites, Mark Thornburrow's Racer X, continued after being advised of his black flag infringement, requested redress and was subsequently scored DNE.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Golding makes history, rounds Cape Horn for sixth time
British and Gamesa solo sailor Mike Golding successfully rounded the Cape Horn on Wednesday 9 January, at 02:05 GMT, making him the only person to have raced around the dangerous rock three times each way: west to east and east to west.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race online entries hits capacity in 24-hours
Trish Jenkins, RORC,
By the time it hit midday, the Royal Ocean Racing Club confirmed that online entries for the Rolex Fastnet Race had hit capacity. Less than 24-hours after the online entry system opened, 300 boats had registered for this classic race. This sets a new record previously held by the last race in 2011 when the limit was reached after ten days.... [more]
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America's Cup: US events in America's Cup World Series cancelled
Richard Gladwell,
In a media conference just concluded the America's Cup Events Authority have announced that the two America's Cup World Series events scheduled for USA have been cancelled. The events were set down from May 28-30, and May 31 - June 2, 2013. Although no venue was nominated on www.americascup.com, the official website, it was advised that they were to have been held in New York.... [more]
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All women's Lady Sevenstar team to enter 2013 Phang Nga Bay Regatta
Marieke Derks,
'It can be quite daunting for a woman to hold her own amongst male sailors aboard a yacht, therefore I am happy to present Lady Sevenstar, the first all-female sailing team to enter the 2013 Bay Regatta', says Marieke Derks, Lady Sevenstar captain and marketing representative of Sevenstar Yacht Transport.... [more]
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