Boracay Cup 2013, Team Australia sets new Sydney-Hobart course record, more...

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 24 Feb 2013

We've just come back from a visit to a regatta that's been on the cards for a long time – the Boracay Cup. Unfortunately the azure- skies-and-crystal-waters scenario for which Boracay is famous was rather spoiled by the rainy margins of Tropical Depression Crising. On one day, racing had to be cancelled on account of too much wind – how often does that happen in Asia? Boracay may well be the best-kept secret on the Asian regatta circuit – it needs, and deserves, a much bigger fleet. Just imagine the sunshine in the pictures, and read the words...!

Team Australia (Sean Langman and Co) have smashed the Sydney-Hobart course record with an ORMA 60 trimaran. 29hrs 52min 23sec. So quick, in fact, that they fitted it in between Sail-World newsletters! Congratulations to the team for a great effort, and congratulations to fellow photog Andrea Francolini for some great pictures. – of course, not just Sail-World Asia – now has a translation function that allows our news stories to be translated into no less than 15 different languages. Tech Editor Jedda Murphy points out that “of course, the automated translation, even with all our best work is still going to be clunky, compared to having a human translation - but as we run some 2,000 stories a month output in even 15 languages would be 30,000 translation hours a month, which is plainly impossible.” Please join us in spreading the sailing word to people whose first language is not English, and forgive the clunky bits.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Boracay Cup 2013 - more noise needed
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Another grey start to the day, and this time the coat tails of TD Crising had sucked all the breeze out of the area, leaving behind a complete glass-out. That made it a good deal easier to wade out and climb aboard the media boat ferry, and then transfer to the 35m Coastguard cutter, but it didn't make for much excitement on the start line.... [more]
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Boracay Cup Regatta 2013 – desperately needing sun
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Boracay has a well-earned reputation for being a tropical holiday paradise. The white sand beaches, waving palm trees, blue skies and so on. It's also noticeable that the tourist population of the island is a good deal younger than, say, Phuket, so we are guessing that the big package tour companies haven't completely taken over here – yet.... [more]
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Boracay Cup Regatta 2013 - racing abandoned due to high winds
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Another grey, wet and much-too-blustery day in Boracay – what happened to the slue skies and perfect sailing breeze that we were promised? The reason is Tropical Depression 02W Crising which 'is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by early morning tomorrow, Thursday, 21Feb2013. Tropical Depression (TD) Crising slowed down as it crossed the Sulu Sea before noon Wednesday... [more]
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Boracay Cup Regatta 2013 – Karakoa takes the lead
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The sun always shines on Boracay, right? Sorry, not today. A bit of a case of ‘you should have been here last week,' no doubt, but the wind blew – 25kts from an unusually northerly direction. It was great weather for yacht racing, even if it did look like the English Challel, but not quite so good for the RO Jerry Rollin, fresh from the Neptune Regatta in Indonesia via a change of clothes... [more]
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Team Australia smashes Sydney Hobart passage record,
Team Australia has set a new record for the 630 nautical mile passage from Sydney to Hobart. She crossed the finishing line off Constitution Dock at 16 51 20 this afternoon, to deliver a new elapsed time of 29 hours 52 minutes and 23 second, an amazing 12 hours 30 minutes and 49 seconds inside Wild Oats XI's 2012 record time.... [more]
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Missing Ghost Cruise Ship found - the strange tale of MV Lyubov Orlova
Lee Mylchreest,
MV Lyubov Orlova has had an adventurous life as a cruise ship, but in her latest voyage her salons are empty, there's no band playing and no Captain on the bridge. Since she was let loose by Canadian authorities in International waters last month she has made her slow way across the Atlantic towards Europe, alone, obviously determined to escape the scrapyard where she was headed.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Tom Slingsby takes turn to helm Oracle
Lisa Ramsperger,
The America's Cup World Series is headed to its final event before the big race in September. Tom Slingsby, one of the biggest names in Olympic sailing, will take the helm for Oracle Team USA after serving as a tactician in the last two years. The London Games gold medalist will skipper the team's entry into the spring regatta, which runs April 16-21 in Naples, Italy.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Team Korea to debut with Kiwi at the helm
Extreme Sailing Series,
The opening Act of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series will commence in Muscat, Oman in just over one week's time where Team Korea, the Korean America's Cup syndicate, skippered by Kiwi Peter Burling, Olympic silver medallist from London 2012, will line up for their Extreme 40 debut.... [more]
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Sail-World reaches 15 other languages
Nancy Knudsen, Editor,
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Sail the Gulf Regatta underway in Doha
Qatar Sailing,
Competition at the Sail the Gulf regatta is underway in Doha, Qatar at the Doha SC and boasts over 200 sailors competing across eight classes. Sailors from Algeria, Bahrain, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Myanmar, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Qatar, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, United Arabs Emirates and United Kingdom are participating.... [more]
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Gazprom Swan 60 Class officially recognised by ISAF
Jennifer Hall,
The Gazprom Swan 60 Class has now been officially recognised as a one design class by the world governing body for the sport of sailing, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). This comes after a successful inaugural year during 2012 that saw the fleet compete at the Rolex Swan Cup and then at the first edition of the Nord Stream Race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Lisbon set to vote
Lisbon News,
The Volvo Ocean Race, considered one of the biggest five sports events in the world, could be staged in the beautiful city of Lisbon as its officials prepare to vote over the issue on Tuesday.... [more]
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