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 05 Mar 2014

Do you have any idea of how invisible sailing is to the majority of the public? A couple of years ago I had lunch with Russell Coutts, here in Hong Kong. When I casually dropped this epic piece of news in front of a friend later that day, he said, “Russell who?”

During the recent Extreme Sailing Series event in Singapore, the Straits Times ran a big piece – half a page, with photo – of a charity dragon boat race that took place as a sideshow to the main event... and mentioned the Extreme 40s in the last column inch. Same same in Hong Kong – coverage of the Extreme Sailing Series constituted a big picture of Sir Ben Ainslie's boat, a short interview about the next America's Cup, and a two-line mention of the ESS at the end.

Which just goes to prove, if proof were needed, that if you need sailing news and information, then the place to go is!

Guy Nowell, Editor

The Mast Walk by Alex Thomson
Solo round the world yachtsman Alex Thomson performs a daring feat on board his high-speed yacht, Hugo Boss. In this video, he climbs up the 30-meter high mast of the moving vessel and dives into the ocean.... [more]
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It's coming. Dodgers/biminis to be solar power producers
UK Sailmakers/Sail-World Cruising,
It had to happen. With the advances of solar technology, soon you will be able to have solar energy producers - photovoltaic cells - built into sunshades, biminis, dodgers and/or into the sails themselves. The next best news is that the resultant fabric needs only light, not direct sunlight so it won't matter that dodgers and biminis are often shaded by the sails while moving.... [more]
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New Maldives rule - yachts can stay six months
Mohamed Hameed/Sail-World round-up,
There's good news for long range cruising sailors with the desire to visit the Maldives. The maximum stay for yachts has been increased from 90 days to 180 by the Ministry of Tourism.... [more]
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Unmanned tsunami boat takes three years to reach Taiwan
Focus Taiwan/Sail-World Cruising,
If ever you wanted proof that the currents of the North Pacific gyre exists, this must persuade you. An unmanned Japanese boat has swirled around the Pacific for three years before beaching itself in Taiwan. The massive tsunami that struck northeastern Japan three years ago dragged the small blue into the sea to be caught by the massive gyre.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Conditions ease off for the fleet
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, the wind and the sea have eased right off, with the yachts beating into about 10 knots of wind after speeds of 40 knots yesterday. The elongated 1,000-mile long Ocean Sprint to China is seeing each yacht performing in its own individual time trial as they set off at different times after repairs were carried out in Hong Kong.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: Day 5 Live Coverage from Sydney Harbour
Richard Gladwell,
Race 4 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy is due to be sailed at 3.00pm today, Wednesday. The breeze is a 16kt seabreeze, with some sailing with big rigs and others with small rigs... [more]
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Clipper Round The World Race – Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on the restart
Marina Thomas,
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman and Founder of the Clipper Race, has repaired the forestay bottlescrews of nine of the 12-strong Clipper 70 fleet with the rest being completed over the next day.... [more]
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Quick Clipper pitstop in Hong Kong
Guy Nowell, Editor, Sail-World Asia,
Clipper GREAT Britain arrived at RHKYC Middle Island at 0752 on Saturday morning, and at 0906h was pronounced ready to go again by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Racing in the Clipper fleet was cancelled when first one, and then three, forestay bottlescrews failed en route Singapore-Qingdao. 'There are always teething problems with new boats... this is just one of those things that need looking at,' said... [more]
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Pirates strike in the Mediterranean - yacht still missing
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Have you seen this hijacked yacht? Just because you don't sail in Somali or Nigerian waters, don't think you are safe from pirates. Just last month armed pirates attacked a 17m yacht in gentle Corsica, hijacking it and setting the owners and crew adrift in their life boat.... [more]
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The Clipper Race 2014- First yachts arrive in Hong Kong
Ruth Harrington,
2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The first yachts have started to arrive at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on Middle Island, Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong this morning local time (UTC+8).... [more]
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RHKYC Tomes Cup - Buster by a whisker
With winds softening throughout the day, this year's Tomes Cup, presented by zerorh+ was a sedate affair in a 5 to 6kt south easterly, with 58 boats taking to the water in pursuit of one of RHKYC's oldest perpetual trophies, engraved as the ‘Sugar Refiners' Cup' and first presented in 1880.... [more]
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Xiangshan Yacht Club reportedly in the soup for RMB1.82bln
WOX Team,
The International Yacht Club (Xiamen) Co. Ltd, the developer of the Xiamen Xiangshan International Yacht Club, was recently dragged into a debt crisis after a law firm made an announcement in a newspaper claiming the company owes its clients 1.82 billion Yuan (US$300 million) in unpaid debt, reports [more]
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Cruising boats flee Thailand after rules change
Sail-World Cruising/Phuket News,
Governments of the world beware. Countries popular with cruising sailors reap good economic benefits, but cruising yachts are designed to move, and cruising sailors will vote with their lifted anchors when authorities, by design or accident, make it difficult or more expensive for visiting yachts. Many countries have experienced this, and Thailand is only the latest.... [more]
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Product of the Week: DIY splicer for small diameters
Ken Quant,
If you do your own splicing, you'll just love this product of the week: Ronstan's new D-Splicer range of specialized rope splicing tools are designed to take the difficulty out of working with smaller diameter synthetic 12-strand or single braid lines.... [more]
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Nations' Cup 2014 - New sponsor for RHKYC's Nation Cup
RHKYC Media,
Nations' Cup 2014 - The Club has already received 47 entries from 18 nations to this relatively recent addition to the RHKYC calendar, including defending nation the Philippines and inaugural winners England, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, Wales, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China and France.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race,
法国水手夏尔·戈德赫里埃在今天举行的东风号亮相仪式上被正式任命为东风队船长。两届奥运会羽毛球女单冠军张宁和中国首位完成单人不间断环球航海壮举的郭川在沃尔沃环球帆船赛首席执行官克努特·弗洛斯塔德、中国国家体育总局水上运动管理中心主任李全海、东风汽车公司副总经理童东城、东风商用车有限公司总经理黄刚、东风队各合作伙伴、以及在场宾客的共同见证下,在东风号赛船的船首敲碎香槟酒瓶,共同完成掷瓶礼... [more]
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Dongfeng - the East wind is coming
Al Skinner,
Dongfeng are making an impact on the business scene with their recently announced 1.1bn investment in Peugeot but they are also making a splash in the sailing world with their VO65, Dongfeng Race Team, being officially and ceremoniously christened today in Sanya, China.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - New skipper for Dongfeng Team
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Caudrelier is no stranger to the round-the-world 38,739-mile marathon as a key figure of the winning French team Groupama in 2011-12. Announced as skipper of Dongfeng Race Team at the official christening this Wednesday in Sanya, he understands what it means to guide a team through the next edition.... [more]
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Jimmy Cornell launches global race for amateurs
David Glenn,
Jimmy Cornell, the founder of the ARC, has launched a global race for amateur sailors. The World Odyssey will take competitors eastabout via the three great capes of the Southern Ocean in 2016/17. 'I want to give ordinary sailors the opportunity to race on their own terms,' declares the three times circumnavigator who says he is responding to the aims and interests of amateur sailors.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Speculation on an entry from Emirates Team NZ
Richard Gladwell,,
European sailing website, reported late last night (NZT) that Emirates Team NZ was close to securing the funding and entry in the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race. reported that 'according to one of Spain's top sailing journalists, Nicolas Terry, Emirates Team New Zealand is back in the Volvo Ocean Race, joining forces with Pedro Campos.... [more]
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Cruising sailors needed to help improve the world's charts
Sail-World Cruising,
If you've ever been in a situation where your GPS is telling you one thing while 'looking out the window' tells you another, you'll be engaged by a new initiative which is pleading for the help of cruising sailors to improve the world's charts - and therefore eventually the GPS result that you see on your electronic chart as well.... [more]
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