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 15 Mar 2013

What makes a ‘good' regatta, or race? What constitutes a ‘good' fleet? Last year we had Marcus Blackmore telling us that the Royal Langkawi International Regatta was the best event he'd been to in ages – in terms of Grand Prix competition and numbers. Last month we were in the Philippines for the 10-boat Boracay Cup, which the organisers were keen to describe as a ‘quality' fleet. Next week the San Fernando Race leaves Hong Kong with an expected 25 boats on the start line, where once upon a time the bi-annual trip to ‘fun in the sun' had 50+ entries. And recently we heard that some Japanese sailors though that the Hong Kong-Vietnam Race sounded like a good idea, but just didn't know about it until recently.

One thing's sure – events need to make a huge noise about themselves in order to be heard above the ceaseless hubbub of communications with which we are all bombarded these days. We are not offering a definition of what constitutes a good regatta, or a good fleet, but we all know one when we see it.

Guy Nowell, Editor

San Fernando Race - set sail for the Philippines on 27 March
Supported by the Philippines Department of Tourism and proving ‘it's more fun in the Philippines!', 25 boats will gather on the start line in Victoria Harbour for the 19th edition of the San Fernando Race, which gets underway on Wednesday 27 March. This 480nm Category 1 offshore race attracts a sector of the sailing population committed to blue water offshore racing.... [more]
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Heading for the Southern Ocean? Solo? Take a TPS
Nancy Knudsen,
So you want to go sailing alone? Solo? Even worse for your family you want to sail in the Southern Ocean? Tell them you'll invest in a Guy Cotten Thermal Protective Survival (TPS) suit and this might be of some comfort to them.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean - Jostling at the start line sets the scene
Jennifer Hall,
In the 2013 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean, jostling at the start line set the scene for day three. With Classes A and B sharing a start line, there were bound to be a few exciting moments including this morning when Swan 90 Freya mixed it up with Swan 56 White Rhino and Swan 48 Catch 22 at the Committee Boat end of the line.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to stop in Cape Town
Adriana Wright,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has announced that Cape Town will again be its official South African host port later this year with the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront being the fleet's base in the city for the ninth edition of the unique global race.... [more]
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WSSRC sanctions Team Australia's new world record
Lisa Ratcliff,
The World Speed Sailing Record Council this week has sanctioned Team Australia's passage record from Sydney to Hobart which was set over 22nd and 23rd February 2013. The ORMA 60 with its six crew members established a time of 1 day 5 hours 52 minutes and 23 seconds for the famous 630 nautical mile Tasman Sea crossing, their average speed 22 knots.... [more]
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Out now! Yachtstyle issue 22.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
We all like to get our racing news bang up to date, but there's still something great about a comfortable armchair, the feet on the coffee table, and a good weighty quarterly magazine full of fabulous glossy images.... [more]
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The question of Turtles
Jennifer Nolan/Sail-World Cruising,
There are probably few groups of people who come into contact with turtles more than cruising sailors. Whether we dive with them, shout a call when we sight them off the bow, or trek the beaches searching for their footprints, most cruising sailors are fascinated by turtles. And they need help. Read this fascinating article by Jennifer Nolan, a Sailors for the Sea Essay:... [more]
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ISAF Match Racing Umpire Clinic Hong Kong will take place 2 to 6 May
Richard Knight,
An ISAF clinic provides an effective springboard to launch match racing in a region in a way that will be consistent with match racing and umpiring around the world... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race to make another stop in Sanya
Kevin Fylan,
The Volvo Ocean Race will return to Sanya's sparkling Serenity Marina in 2014-15, with the Chinese holiday destination once again confirmed on the race route after making a great impression on its debut in 2011-12.... [more]
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Melbourne-Osaka Yacht Race 2013 - The epic journey begins
George Shaw,
Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race 2013 is all ready to go with the 5,500 nautical mile sailing event scheduled to start in three parts from Sunday, March 17 at Portsea Pier.... [more]
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Mussanah Race Week - Challenging first day for competitors
Mussanah Race Week,
Mussanah Race Week - Oman's annual dinghy regatta – got underway with a light wind start, making it particularly challenging for the competitors, with 6-8kts of breeze and small chop, their focus and concentration was continually being tested, leaving them with no room for error.... [more]
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Scientists get more in depth view of Antarctica's landmass
British Antarctic Survey,
Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have been working with a host of international collaborators to offer the most detailed map yet of Antarctica's landmass. Bedmap2 uncovers a landscape of mountain ranges and plains cut by gorges and valleys much deeper than previously seen.... [more]
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Wandering albatrosses' final push for successful parenting
British Antarctic Survey,
Idealized in poetry, the wandering albatross is famed for its vast wing-span and long life. The bird can often live to fifty years and beyond. But now a group of scientists from the University of Edinburgh and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have identified another feature. The birds, which often mate for life, are more likely to successfully raise a chick when they breed for the last time.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Hunt for 2014-17 venues commences
Extreme Sailing Series,
OC Sport, organisers of the original stadium sailing circuit, the Extreme Sailing Series, are officially inviting formal bids from cities or regions around the globe interested in hosting an Act as part of this high profile, international annual circuit in 2014 and beyond.... [more]
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New world record establishment announced by WSSR
John Reed, WSSR,
The World Speed Sailing Record Council has now announced the establishment of a new World Record.... [more]
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Easy Tiger IV – Platu 25 – to be launched in Thailand
Lulu Roseman,
Easy Tiger Racing Team will take delivery of their brand new Platu 25 this week, Easy Tiger IV, just in time for the Platu 25 Open to be hosted by the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand from 15-17 March, 2013.... [more]
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America's Cup - Oracle's James Spithill tells it like it is!! (Pt 2)
Rob Kothe,
Oracle skipper, James Spithill is a straight talking Australian. Sail-world interviewed the America┬┤s Cup winning skipper last week.In Part I of this interview Spithill detailed the progress of the Oracle USA team and made some blunt comments about Emirates Team New Zealand. There is more of the same in Part II.... [more]
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