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 19 Nov 2013

'Raja Muda' 2013. Race 1. Patience, and shuffle the cards.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Race 1, Port Klang to Pangkor, 110nm. Hot and sunny leaving the pontoon, with a promise from all the weather websites of – er, not much – in the way of wind. PRO Jerry Rollin took off at flank speed to set the line for the 1100h start group to the south of the entrance to Port Klang. All boats in Classes 5 and 6 away safely in 5 knots of breeze from the southwest and 3 knots of carrying tide... [more]
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Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta 2013: Change is in the air
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
‘The Raja Muda' is Asia's one-of-a-kind event, taking off on a 110nm coastal race from Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur) to Pulau Pangkor, then on to Penang where a day's cans racing gets thrown into the mix before another passage race north to Langkawi and one last day's inshore racing in the breathtaking environs of the archipelago that calls itself ‘The Jewel of Kedah'.... [more]
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Tommy Bahama Around The Island Race 2013 - Cariad Record falls
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
For the Tommy Bahama Around The Island Race 2013, what a day – with the replenishment of the northeast monsoon filling in overnight, many competitors took one look at the conditions and decided that discretion was the better part of valour.... [more]
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zerorh+ Top Dog Trophy Series 2013-14 - Lipton Trophy
Lindsay Lyons,
Today marked the start of the Hong Kong pursuit race season, with the first race in the zerorh+ Top Dog Trophy Series, organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. When RO Gareth Williams went out to preview conditions for Lipton Trophy, he found around 10kts gusting to 15kts, however by the time the 48 entrants had reached the start line off Hung Hom, conditions had filled in to a steady 18-20kts gus... [more]
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The Lipton Trophy presented by Zerorh+ Launches Top Dog Trophy Series
RHKYC Media,
In just three days, the highly anticipated Zerorh+ Top Dog Trophy Series 2013-2014 kicks off with the Lipton Trophy presented by Zerorh+... [more]
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9th Xiamen China Club Challenge Match – By the Numbers
Alistair Skinner,
Who said good sailing doesn't exist in China? 4 days, 4 umpires, 17 teams, 63 races, 2 black flags, more ‘Y' flags, greens, blues and yellows than you could shake a stick, yet not one Rule 14 infringement. In one semi final, on one 800m windward leg, 27 tacks apiece and on the final day 23 knots of wind – more than they can seemingly handle in the America's Cup.... [more]
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19th Int. Flying 15 Worlds - 50 boats turn up on day 7
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
At the 19th International Flying Fifteen World Championships, with first place already decided, 50 boats turned up at the start line for the seventh and final race. It's no exaggeration to say that the weather and sea state has been different on every day of this regatta and today was just perfect – sunny, 15kts, a light swell.... [more]
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Dubai to Muscat Race - Lee Overlay Partners claim line honours
Muscat Regatta,
Adrian Lee's Cookson 50, Lee Overlay Partners, has claimed line honours for the IRC Racing Division in the 2013 Dubai to Muscat Race, sponsored by Xtra-Link.... [more]
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2013 Flying Fifteen Worlds: Light and shifty winds - Day 6 Hong Kong
Graeme Robinson,
Kiwi competitor, Graeme Robinson gives a personal perspective of racing in the 2013 Flying Fifteen Worlds, being sailed at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. He writes: The Flying Fifteen Worlds now only have one race to go to complete the seven race series The official report pretty much sums up Day 6, with us all on the water under tow to the race area by 10:30am... [more]
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Int. Flying 15 Worlds - Competitors try light air sailing on Day 6
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
The 19th International Flying Fifteen Worlds has thrown every conceivable weather combination at competitors, and today it was time to try some light air sailing. The T flag was displayed on shore, indicating that all competitors would be towed across the Lamma TSS and RO Jerry Rollin was happy to raise the AP at the start line in order to ensure that everyone had time to prepare.... [more]
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19th International Flying Fifteen World Championships day 4
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
At the 19th International Flying Fifteen World Championships, having pushed racing to the point where he was the maximum permissible one race ahead, the Worlds RO, Jerry Rollin, was able to relax a little today with the requirement for one race, in a target time of 120 minutes.... [more]
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19th Int. Flying 15 Worlds day 3 - Team gets on station early
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
For the 19th International Flying Fifteen World Championships, having lost Day two to typhoon Krosa, the race management team was on station early today, with a target of two races in order to get back on track for a Thursday finish. Krosa left a confused sea and some dreach weather in its wake, with a shifty 10 to 14kt breeze which tracked from 040 to 070 degrees in the space of 20 minutes.... [more]
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2013 Flying Fifteen Worlds: Challenging Day 2 in Hong Kong
Graeme Robinson,
Kiwi competitor, Graeme Robinson gives a personal perspective of racing in the 2013 Flying Fifteen Worlds, being sailed at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. He writes: After the day off on Sunday, we had a long and rather challenging second day on the water yesterday for the Flying Fifteen World Championships.... [more]
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19th Int. Flying 15 Worlds - approaching typhoon impacts Day 1
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
With typhoon Krosa meandering east to west below the coast of China and threatening to disrupt the sailing programme for the worlds, Race Officer Jerry Rollin wasted no time today in informing competitors that his intention was to try and fit in two races if at all possible, as an insurance against the possible postponement of tomorrow's racing in the event of a T3 being raised.... [more]
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2013 Extreme Sailing Series - The Wave, Muscat clinch crown
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Wave, Muscat clinched victory in the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series™ in Florianopolis presented by Land Rover, in one of the closest ever-final races in the seven-year history of the Series. Under a brilliant Brazilian sunshine with a perfect 10 knots of breeze, Leigh McMillan, Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Hashim Al Rashidi and Musab Al Hadi were leading the fleet as they went into the final.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Wind gusts exceed 100 knots
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, mother Nature invited select teams to a star studded weather show yesterday. Those who were invited had no choice in their attendance, though according to skipper reviews it was a fun night of exciting, incredible, awe inspiring and definitely unforgettable proportion.... [more]
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Gigantic iceberg sails north from the Antarctic
Live Science/Sail-World Cruising,
If you are contemplating ever sailing into the Southern Ocean, there's a new hazard that you might need to look out for. Live Science has reported that, after lingering in its birthing bay for nearly six months, an Antarctic iceberg measuring about 270 square miles, or the size of Singapore, is finally heading out to sea.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Slingsby re-sign a tip-off for next America's Cup?
Richard Gladwell,
News emanating from Australia that Australian Olympic Gold Medalist, Tom Slingsby, will stay with America's Cup Defenders Oracle Team USA has implications in a number of areas for the 35th America's Cup. The Protocol has not yet been published for the trophy which was defended earlier this year, in the tightest contest ever for the Cup.... [more]
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2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year announced in Oman
Australian Mathew Belcher and New Zealanders Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie were named male and female winners of the 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards during a ceremony held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman on Tuesday 12 November.... [more]
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Oman's Nashwa Al Kindi receives ISAF President Development Award
The ISAF President Development Award was presented to Nashwa Al Kindi (OMA) at the ISAF Annual Conference in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The ISAF President Development Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the development of sailing and Al Kindi has been an instrumental figure in the development of female sailors and coaches in Oman.... [more]
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America's Cup - Forging rules for the 35th edition
America's Cup,
With existing and potential America's Cup crews working in the background to secure sailors, designers and shore crew for the 35th Cup, efforts are also being made to forge the Rules for the next event. The Protocol for the 35th America's Cup must be agreed between the defender and the challenger of record and will detail the timing, location, format, type of boat and other rules for the event.... [more]
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Ragamuffin team change plans to focus only on Sydney Hobart Race
Tracey Johnstone,
The Ragamuffin 90 team have changed their Asian racing program, withdrawing from the Phuket King's Cup to allow them to focus their energies on this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Lijia Xu ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 - THAT Speech
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Lijia Xu (CHN) was crowned ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 at an awards night in Dublin, Ireland. The acceptance speech from the China sailor was one of the most eloquent ever heard. The acceptance speech from the China sailor was one of the most eloquent ever heard. If you have not heard it, you can catch it now.... [more]
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Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race - Celebrating sail and paddle
RHKYC Media,
Anyone looking out of their window in Hung Hom or Chai Wan on the morning of Sunday 10 November will see around 240 boats converging on Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour for Hong Kong's biggest annual celebration of sail and paddle - Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race.... [more]
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African Queen to sail again in Uganda
The Guardian/Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The African Queen. She didn't have a sail, but she is certainly etched in the mind of many as the most memorable of boats, and cruising sailors who stray off the beaten track have always been able to identify with many of the privations of life on a small boat. The African Queen movie has been shown to generation after generation, and now the boat is to sail again in Uganda.... [more]
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2013 Phuket King's Cup Regatta
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta. Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December....
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